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BC-AP Sports Digest

August 20, 2018
BC-AP Sports Digest,1079

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Tiger Woods almost certainly will be chosen for the Ryder Cup, and AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson says Phil Mickelson will likely join him. Ferguson speaks about next month’s competition with co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on PodcastOne Sports Now. AP Auto Racing Writer Jenny Fryer discusses the DUI arrest of NASCAR chairman Brian France. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

The Pac-12 is banking on a strong Washington team, some new coaches and a couple of Heisman Trophy contenders to help the conference bounce back from a lackluster 2017. On the latest episode of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury news joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the Pac-12. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast



Colleges are looking for a way to get a piece of the action from sports betting. Schools in states where legal wagering has started or soon will are taking a page from the playbooks of professional sports leagues by pushing casinos to pay them “integrity fees.” The goal would be legislation requiring sports book operators to pay them a percentage of the amount wagered on their games. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 1200 words, photos by 3 a.m.



COLUMBUS, Ohio — The investigation of how football coach Urban Meyer handled domestic violence accusations against an assistant has drawn attention to his contractual obligation to report violations of Ohio State’s sexual misconduct policy. Such specificity is becoming increasingly common in contracts for highly paid college coaches. Sports law experts say it clarifies expectations for those employees and makes it easier for schools to fire them without further payment if they don’t fulfill those duties. By Kantele Franko. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.


BOSTON — Olympic champion Simone Biles captured her fifth US women’s gymnastics title, winning all four events as well as the all-around in a dominant performance that showcased the ever-widening chasm between Biles and the rest of her sport. She did it in a teal leotard she designed herself in a nod to the victims of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. By Will Graves. SENT: 910 words, photos.


LONG POND, Pa. — Alexander Rossi won at Pocono Raceway in a race marred by a violent wreck that sent IndyCar rookie driver Robert Wickens to the hospital. Wickens was airlifted to a hospital and being treated for injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.



Dakota Allen got another chance after one huge mistake he thought would keep him from ever playing football again. He went from “Last Chance U” to an unexpected second opportunity at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders senior linebacker feels like redemption is important for him and doesn’t want to let down the people that gave him a second chance. He is a preseason All-Big 12 pick and a top NFL prospect at his position. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m.



BOSTON — USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry says the embattled organization is in the midst of “productive” mediation talks with athletes who were sexually abused by a disgraced former national team doctor. USA Gymnastics is facing civil lawsuits filed by dozens of athletes who say they were abused by Larry Nassar. Perry says the legal process is heading toward a resolution that will help both the survivors and the organization move forward. By Will Graves. SENT: 610 words, photos.


BOSTON — Riley McCusker came within one-tenth of a point on the uneven bars of preventing a Simone Biles sweep at the U.S. gymnastics championships. With the Olympic champion turning in another otherworldly performance, that will have to do. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 350 words, photos.



The St. Louis Cardinals finished July with a 7 1/2-game deficit in the NL Central. They were still in the race for a wild card, but after trading outfielder Tommy Pham to Tampa Bay, they didn’t seem like a team that was on the verge of making a serious run at the postseason. Then the Cardinals began playing some of their best baseball of the year. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCMONING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.


A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.


WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Amed Rosario had three hits and drove in three runs, and the New York Mets went from cheering on players in the Little League World Series to impressing the youngsters in an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. By Mike Cranston. SENT: 990 words, photos.



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — First-round draft pick Saquon Barkley ran on his own as the New York Giants returned to practice. The Penn State running back who was the No. 2 overall pick carried a ball as ran as roughly three-quarter speed on Sunday as strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman watched. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 500 words, photos.



The WNBA playoffs are set as a wild, unpredictable regular season came to an end Sunday. As expected, Los Angeles and Minnesota will meet in the postseason for a third straight year. Unexpectedly, it’s in the first round. The two-time WNBA finalists finished a surprising sixth and seventh in the regular season and will face off in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.






Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

Texas at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

Houston at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

St. Louis at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


Baltimore at Indianapolis, 8 p.m.

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