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BC-AP Sports Digest

July 31, 2018

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Gary Bettman says the NHL wants a cut of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or game video are used. The commissioner speaks with AP Hockey Writer Larry Lage in the latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now” Also up for discussion: Ice Cube on his BIG3 basketball league, and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on fatherhood. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

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.




Baseball hits its trade deadline in what could be the last chance for contenders to strengthen themselves for the stretch run. Some tantalizing names are in the mix: Bryce Harper, Chris Archer, Adrian Beltre and Andrew McCutchen. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Deadline at 4 p.m.

— With:

— BBO--TRADE RDP-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.


Two Twitter users who exposed offensive tweets by baseball players tell the AP their aim was not to destroy careers but to give fans a fuller picture of the players they cheer and to expose the sport’s “toxic” culture. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 650 words, photos.


ATLANTA — The MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday night is more than a chance for the league to show off its players against a European power like Juventus. It’s a chance to flaunt an Atlanta franchise that has become a great MLS success story. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


LeBron James calls it his “greatest accomplishment.” The NBA superstar opened a school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Other celebrities — Magic Johnson, Andre Agassi, Will Smith among them — have also created schools, with mixed results. By Sally Ho and Kantele Franko. SENT: 800 words, photos.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dabo Swinney has built Clemson into a national power, and that could not have happened without first asserting control of the ACC. The Tigers open practice as the overwhelming favorite to become the first team to win four straight ACC titles since Florida State in the 1990s. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 850 words, photos.



AKRON, Ohio — Paul Lazoran has seen about everything at Firestone. He caddied for Gary Player and Arnold Palmer. He drank beer with Nick Price. He remembers the sound of Tiger Woods’ shot bouncing over a roof. And now Firestone is hosting the Bridgestone Invitational one last time. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 1,400 words.



BOSTON — Ian Kinsler joins a Red Sox team looking to offset the loss of Dustin Pedroia and trying to pull away in the AL East. Kinsler was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels and was expected to be in Boston for Tuesday night’s game against Philadelphia. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With:

— BBO--PHILLIES-RED SOX — UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.


SEATTLE — The Astros look to break a five-game losing streak, sending Charlie Morton to the mound against the Mariners. Seattle has pulled within three games of first-place Houston in the AL West. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:10 p.m.


PITTSBURGH — Jon Lester (12-3) starts for NL-Central leading Cubs against the Pirates. Pittsburgh is moving up, 3 1/2 games behind Arizona for the final NL wild-card spot. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.


DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera hopes 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. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— Also:

— BBM--BLUE JAYS-GUERRERO — Baseball’s top minor league prospect, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., making Triple-A debut in Buffalo, N.Y. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.



PHILADELPHIA — Brian Dawkins morphed from soft-spoken man into action hero on game days for 16 NFL seasons. “Weapon X” terrorized opponents with ferocious hits. He redefined the safety position with his pass coverage, run support and blitzing. Next up: the Hall of Fame. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 750 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO — Bobby Beathard reveled in drafting players from off-the-radar colleges. The approach brought two victories in four trips to the Super Bowl as general manager of the Redskins and Chargers. It also earned him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



TAMPA, Fla. — Ryan Fitzpatrick thought he had “seen it all” during a 13-year career as a starter and backup quarterback. Now, he’s preparing to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Jameis Winston’s three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.


WESTFIELD, Ind. — The first thing Andrew Luck noticed about rookie guard Quenton Nelson was his broad back — the biggest he’s ever seen. And he’s not the only guy doing double-takes of Luck’s massive new personal protector. One player likens Nelson to an immovable refrigerator. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.


CINCINNATI — The Bengals were among the worst in the league at producing the big play last season. Quarterback Andy Dalton knows the priority this time around: Produce a lot more plays of at least 20 yards. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


OXNARD, Calif. — Sean Lee had strong words for ex-teammate Dez Bryant. Tyrone Crawford said these Dallas Cowboys are in the business of football, not Bryant’s Twitter-fed antics. With Jason Witten gone, this is a team looking for leadership elsewhere. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--VIKINGS-DIGGS — By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--REDSKINS-NORMAN — By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--JETS-ENUNWA COMEBACK — By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— FBN--CARDINALS-MCCOY’S OFFENSE — By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--JAGUARS-RAMSEY — By Mark Long. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBN--RAVENS-RG3 — UPCOMING: 500 words, photo by 4 p.m.



SAN JOSE, Calif. — Serena Williams, now ranked 26th, plays Johanna Konta in her opening match of the new Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. This is Williams’ fifth event since giving birth last September. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Match starts 10 p.m.


WASHINGTON — Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki pulls out of the Citi Open because of a leg injury hours before she was to play. Grand Slam title winners Stan Wawrinka and Sloane Stephens are to compete in the U.S. Open tuneup. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Play started 2:30 p.m.



NEW YORK — The WNBA could be headed for one of its tightest finishes to a regular season. Only four losses separate second-place Atlanta from ninth-place Las Vegas. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 650 words, photos. With AP WNBA Power Poll.


— BKN--NBA-SPORTS BETTING — NBA strikes deal with MGM Resorts to become “gaming partner”. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 4 p.m.

— GLF--AUSTRALIA-LYLE ILLNESS — Golfer Jarrod Lyle, 36, will no longer fight leukemia. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— CYC--NIBALDI-SURGERY — Star cyclist Vincenzo Nibali has back surgery after Tour de France crash. SENT: 150 words, photos.

— HKN--SEATTLE ARENA — Update on arena for proposed NHL team in Seattle. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

— BRITAIN-SUSTAINABLE SOCCER TEAM — Fourth-tier English team now all vegan, carbon neutral. SENT: 130 words.





Tuesday’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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