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John Smoltz says baseball must change — and fast. The Hall of Fame pitcher speaks about the need to make the game more appealing to fans young and old on PodcastOne Sports Now with co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic joins College Football Writer Ralph Russo on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to discuss the suspension of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Also, ESPN’s Rece Davis, a voter in the AP college football poll, weighs in on the preseason rankings. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
FBC--OHIO STATE-NO NCAA?
The question often comes up when a serious scandal hits college sports: Where is the NCAA? Why isn’t the governing body of major college sports, you know, governing? Ohio State suspended Urban Meyer for three games for mishandling allegations of domestic violence against one of his assistants, but it is doubtful the school or coach will face NCAA penalties. That’s because the NCAA is highly restricted in the issues it can punish, and schools don’t want another layer of discipline. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m.
— FBC--OHIO STATE-MEYER — Suspended Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has issued an apology to the ex-wife of a former assistant coach who was suspected of abusing her. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 433 words, photos.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Donald Trump again criticized the NFL and its broadcast partners concerning the national anthem. Trump specifically went after the league, CBS and ESPN. The president told a Republican party dinner crowd: “Can you imagine? They’re not going to broadcast the national (anthem) ... CBS and ESPN. How do we like that? Is that good?” SENT: 260 words, photos.
ARNOLD, Md. — Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper can once again turn his full focus to football this season following his son’s successful heart transplant. A year ago, Jasper would leave practice and head to the hospital to be with son Jarren. The teenager nearly died during a heart procedure, leading to a six-month battle for his life that ultimately ended with Jarren getting a transplant late last January. The situation led Ivin Jasper to consider skipping the 2017 season. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 1020 words, photos by 3 a.m.
CAR--NASCAR-XFINITY-DALY AND LEGGE
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Two NASCAR novices are taking interesting spins around Road America this weekend. Conor Daly and Katherine Legge traveled different paths to get ready for their first Xfinity series rides at the rural Wisconsin road course. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-DALY SPONSORSHIP — Lilly Diabetes has pulled its sponsorship of Conor Daly’s No. 6 car in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America, citing a racially insensitive remark made by the driver’s father in the 1980s that surfaced this week. SENT: 420 words.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sam Darnold led the New York Jets on two touchdown drives and moved closer to securing the starting quarterback job in a 22-16 loss to the New York Giants. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1080 words, photos.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton gave the Panthers an early injury scare before returning to help Carolina defeat the New England Patriots 25-14 in a preseason game. By Steve Reed. SENT: 720 words, photos.
TAMPA, Fla. — Brandon Powell scored on an 80-yard punt return and Jake Rudock threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Lucas with 30 seconds remaining to give the Detroit Lions a 33-30 preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 800 words, photos.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins helped Minnesota’s offense make some progress by passing for 182 yards in the first half, and third-stringer Kyle Sloter threw for two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Vikings rallied for a 21-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 990 words, photos.
LANDOVER, Md. — Adrian Peterson showed the Washington Redskins what they needed to see in his debut by rushing for 56 yards on 11 carries in a 29-17 loss to the Denver Broncos on Friday night in each team’s third preseason game. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 730 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Derek Carr led a scoring drive on his only possession of a shorter-than-expected preseason appearance and the Oakland Raiders beat the Green Bay Packers 13-6. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 500 words, photos. Will be updated.
A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 520 words, photos by 3 a.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ryan O’Hearn and Hunter Dozier became the first rookies ever to hit back-to-back home runs to tie and win a game in the ninth inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians 5-4. That came after Salvador Perez made a young fan’s night by coming through on his promise to hit a home run and a busted water pipe near Kauffman’s Stadium’s iconic fountains caused an odd 30-minute delay. SENT: 950 words, photos.
BKL--STORM-DREAM WAITING GAME
Seattle and Atlanta took the bye week as a chance to rest and relax and focus on themselves while waiting to see who they would play in the semifinals. The No. 1 seed Storm will play Phoenix while second-seeded Atlanta faces Washington. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 560 words, photos by 3 a.m.
HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan — A small Saskatchewan city devastated by a fatal bus crash involving its junior hockey team welcomed a trophy that fans no doubt hoped would one day be hoisted by one of their boys. SENT: 420 words, photos.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— FBN--NFL PRESEASON CAPSULES
— SOC--MLS CAPSULES
Saturday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Mets, 4:05 p.m.
Texas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.
Boston at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.
Oakland at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.
Seattle at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Angels, 9:07 p.m.
San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Rams, 4 p.m.
San Francisco at Indianapolis, 4:30 p.m.
Atlanta at Jacksonville, 7 p.m.
Baltimore at Miami, 7 p.m.
New Orleans at L.A. Chargers, 8 p.m.
New England at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Montreal at Toronto FC, 8 p.m.
Minnesota United at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Vancouver at San Jose, 10 p.m.
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
At South Williamsport, Pa.
International Championship: Seoul (South Korea) vs. Kawaguchi (Japan), 12:30 p.m.
United States Championship: Honolulu vs. Peachtree City (Ga.), 3:30 p.m.
F1, Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying, Spa-Francorchamps, 9 a.m.
NASCAR XFINITY, Johnsonville 180 Qualifying, Elkhart Lake, Wis., 12:35 p.m.
NASCAR XFINITY, Johnsonville 180, Elkhart Lake, Wis., 3 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck, Chevrolet Silverado 250 Qualifying, Bowmanville, Ontario, 6 p.m.
IndyCar, Bommarito Automotive Group 500, Madison, Ill., 8 p.m.
ATP World Tour, Winston-Salem (N.C.) Open
WTA, Connecticut Open, New Haven
PGA Tour, The Northern Trust, Paramus, N.J.
LPGA Tour, CP Women’s Canadian Open, Regina, Saskatchewan.
Champions Tour, Boeing Classic, Snoqualmie, Wash.
European Tour, D+D Real Czech Masters, Prague.
Web.com Tour, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Columbus, Ohio.
USGA, U.S. Senior Amateur, Eugene, Ore.
UCI WorldTour, Vuelta a Espana, Stage 1, Malaga, Spain.