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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is running a more family-friendly training camp. In the latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now,” he speaks with AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds about juggling work with fatherhood. Also, AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker breaks down the playoffs.
And this week on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, USA Today’s George Schroeder joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the big games of Week 6, including the 19th-ranked Texas Longhorns and No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners’ meeting in Dallas.
NEW YORK — Aaron Judge got the party started with a two-run homer nine pitches in. By the time Giancarlo Stanton capped the mauling with monstrous drive in his postseason debut, New York Yankees fans already were looking ahead. “We want Boston!” they chanted. Coming up next after the Yankees pounded the Oakland Athletics 7-2 to win their second straight AL wild-card game. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 1,217 words, photos.
— BBA--ATHLETICS ELIMINATED — By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 849 words, photos.
LAS VEGAS — Lawyers for a Nevada woman accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of raping her nine years ago said their client has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and depression, conditions they argue would have made her legally incompetent to reach a non-disclosure agreement. Kathryn Mayorga didn’t appear with her lawyers at a news conference the same day Ronaldo denied the rape accusations, using Twitter to say he had a “clear conscience” as he awaits results “of any and all investigations.” By Ken Ritter. SENT: 763 words, photos.
BBA--ALDS-YANKEES-RED SOX PREVIEW
NEW YORK — Pedro vs. Zimmer. Munson vs. Fisk. A-Rod vs. Varitek. Yankees-Red Sox set to tangle again, this time as 100-win heavyweights in the playoffs. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
BBO-THE WEEK IN BASEBALL
With the wild-card games now over, here’s a look at the 16 possible World Series matchups in this year’s postseason. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich’s steady demeanor off the field balances big production at the plate. The Milwaukee Brewers’ outfieler is a favorite in the NL MVP race after hitting .367 with 25 homers after the All-Star break. His second-half surge helped the Brewers win the NL Central for their first playoff appearance since 2011. His mother, Alicia, says her son’s even-keeled demeanor hasn’t changed despite the increased attention to what he’s accomplishing on the field. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 525 words, photos.
— BBA--ALDS--RED SOX-BULLPEN — By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 756 words, photos.
— BBN--NLDS-BRAVES-DODGERS PREVIEW — By Beth Harris. SENT: 710 words, photos.
— BBN--NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS PREVIEW — By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 822 words, photos.
— BBA--ORIOLES FIRINGS — By David Ginsburg. SENT: 770 words, photos.
— BBN--CUBS-MADDON — SENT: 803 words, photos.
— BBN--CUBS-RUSSELL SUSPENDED — SENT: 809 words, photos.
— BBN--NLDS-BRAVES-DODGERS MATCHUP CAPSULE. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.
— BBN--NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS MATCHUP CAPSULE. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.
— BBA--ALDS-INDIANS-ASTROS MATCHUP CAPSULE. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.
FBN--INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Four rookie quarterbacks started in the same week for only the second time in NFL history in Week 4. None of them earned a win. Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield and Arizona’s Josh Rosen came close. Both of their teams lost by a field goal. Buffalo’s Josh Allen had the worst game of the group in a shutout loss. Sam Darnold and the Jets didn’t have a chance against Jacksonville. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 517 words, photos.
— FBN--RESPECTED RAMS — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 764 words, photos.
— FBN--RAMS-SANTOS — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 371 words.
— FBN--JETS-CROWELL CONTROVERSY — By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 490 words, photos.
— FBN--SEAHAWKS-RUNNING OPTIONS — By Tim Booth. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBN--PACKERS-RODGERS — SENT: 618 words, photos.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska’s descent from the top of the college football hierarchy is going on two decades. The Cornhuskers’ 0-4 start still seems jarring, and not just to people inside the program and the fan base that has sold out Memorial Stadium every game since 1962. Former Kansas coach Glen Mason says he never thought he would see the day when a Nebraska team was struggling so much. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.
— FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK — By Eric Olson. SENT: 475 words, photos.
— FBC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK — SENT: 475 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — A Stanley Cup championship banner rose to the rafters at the home of the Washington Capitals for the first time, and everyone in attendance got to relive the sheer excitement of it all. Alex Ovechkin and the other players, who craned their necks to see the video montages of last season on the overhead scoreboard, couldn’t help but smile. Coaches, too, including new head man Todd Reirden. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 746 words, photos.
— HKN--CAPITALS-WILSON SUSPENDED — By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 833 words, photos.
— HKN--BETTMAN AND O’REE — By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 584 words, photos.
— HKN--PENGUINS-JOHNSON — By Will Graves. SENT: 866 words, photos.
— OLY--SEX ABUSE-CONGRESS — By Eddie Pells. SENT: 430 words.
— BKN--NBA PRESEASON RDP — SENT: 917 words, photos.
— BOX--WILDER-FURY — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 596 words, photos.
— TEN--CHINA OPEN — SENT: 161 words, photos.
Thursday’s Time Schedule
Indianapolis at New England, 8:20 p.m.
NL Divisional Series
Colorado at Milwaukee, 5:07 p.m.
Atlanta at Los Angeles, 8:37 p.m.
Washington at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Nashville at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Winnipeg at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Arizona at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Philadelphia at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Indiana at Houston, 8 p.m.
Sacramento at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.