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BC-AP Sports Digest

July 31, 2018
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Clemson is a heavy favorite to win its fourth straight ACC championship. On this week’s AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, the conference is previewed by ESPN’s David Hale. Hale and AP’s Ralph Russo discuss whether star freshman Trevor Lawrence will unseat quarterback Kelly Bryant.




CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dabo Swinney has built Clemson into an every-year power with regular College Football Playoff appearances and a recent national championship. None of that could’ve happened without first asserting unquestioned control of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers open practice this week with two league losses in three seasons and as the overwhelming favorite to become the first team to win four straight ACC titles since Florida State’s romp through the 1990s. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 790 words, photos by 3 a.m.



The Twitterscape is often the site for competition among sports fans. But in the case of a trio of threads exposing racist, misogynist and homophobic past posts from baseball players, the motivations are less malicious. According to two people whose Twitter posts went viral over the weekend, their aim was not to destroy the athletes’ careers, but to give fans a fuller picture of who they’re cheering for, and to expose the sport’s “toxic” culture. By Errin Haines Whack. UPCOMING: 690 words, photos by 3 a.m.



AKRON, Ohio — LeBron James got dressed up for the first day of school — at his school. James opened the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, a parting gift of sorts before he leaves to play for the Los Angele Lakers. James modeled the cutting-edge school after his own childhood and it offers resources to at-risk kids and their parents. James told a crowd of thousands that although he’ll be playing in L.A., Akron will always be home. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 740 words, photos by 3 a.m.


Bobby Beathard loathed first-round draft picks and reveled in taking chances on players from out-of-the-way colleges. It was a formula that paid off with two victories in four trips to the Super Bowl as general manager of the Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers. It also earned him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 1090 words, photos.


BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have acquired Ian Kinsler from the Los Angeles Angels to fill in for injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Boston is sending Triple-A pitchers Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez to Los Angeles. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced the deal in the Red Sox clubhouse after the 2-1, 13-inning win over Philadelphia that put them a season-best six games ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL East. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 460 words, photos.


DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera is hoping to be healthy again next season. As he recovers from a ruptured biceps tendon, the Detroit slugger says being away from his teammates has been hard — and the game looks a lot slower and simpler on TV. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.



OAKLAND, Calif. — Before Roberto Osuna steps onto the mound as Houston’s new closer, the Astros want him to stand in the clubhouse and explain himself. Swapping a closer with on-field problems for one with off-field troubles, the defending World Series champion Astros traded Ken Giles to the Toronto Blue Jays along with a pair of pitching prospects for Osuna. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 1140 words, photos.


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired hard-throwing closer Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers for two players to be named. Kela is a 25-year-old right-hander with 24 saves and a 3.44 ERA this season. He will be arbitration eligible beginning next season and will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season. SENT: 300 words


A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 3 a.m.


Several relievers were dealt to contending teams on the eve of the non-waiver trade deadline, including one with off-the-field issues. The defending champion Houston Astros acquired Roberto Osuna from the Toronto Blue Jays for Ken Giles and two pitching prospects. Osuna is coming toward the end of a 75-day suspension under baseball’s domestic violence policy. Later Monday, Adam Duvall was traded to the Braves and the Red Sox acquired Ian Kinsler. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 760 words, photos.


ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have acquired outfielder Adam Duvall from the Cincinnati Reds to bolster their lineup for a postseason push. The Braves sent right-handers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler and outfielder Preston Tucker to Cincinnati. All three spent time in Atlanta this season but were with Triple-A Gwinnett at the time of the trade. By Charles Odum. SENT: 440 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS — The disappointing Minnesota Twins have accelerated their dismantling of this year’s roster. They traded relief pitcher Zach Duke to the Seattle Mariners and starting pitcher Lance Lynn to the New York Yankees, three days after dealing popular infielder Eduardo Escobar to the Arizona Diamondbacks and relief pitcher Ryan Pressly to the Houston Astros. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 680 words, photos.


NEW YORK — The Yankees reshaped their pitching staff for the stretch run, acquiring right-hander Lance Lynn from Minnesota while dealing Adam Warren to Seattle. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 900 words, photos.



FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets have signed Sam Darnold to a four-year, $30.25 million fully guaranteed deal. The move ends the rookie quarterback’s contract holdout. Darnold missed the first three days of training camp practice while his representatives and the team worked out the details of his contract. The 21-year-old quarterback was the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft in April. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 880 words, photos.




Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


San Francisco at San Diego, 4:10 p.m.

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Miami at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Cleveland at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Colorado at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Texas at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Toronto at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

Houston at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


Washington at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Seattle at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

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