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BC-AP Sports Digest

September 15, 2018
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Gennady Golovkin’s trainer tells PodcastOne Sports Now co-host Tim Dahlberg that Alvarez’s claim the test was positive because of tainted meat he ate in Mexico rings hollow, and that it could be Alvarez didn’t want to fight when the bout was originally scheduled.


Steve Coughlin, better known as Stanford Steve on ESPN SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, joins the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to preview the big games — and look for some off-the-radar games that might be worth a wager.



CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson is moving forward with plans to host its scheduled football game while Hurricane Florence wreaks havoc on the Carolinas’ coastline with officials bracing for historic flooding and record-setting rainfall that has forced people to evacuate their homes to escape the wrath of the storm. Kickoff against Georgia Southern remains set for noon. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 950 words, photos.


ST. LOUIS — In a pivotal series for the Dodgers, rookie Walker Buehler came through with a masterful performance. Buehler allowed two hits in eight innings, Yasiel Puig homered twice and Los Angeles drew even with the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL wild-card race with a 3-0 victory on Friday night. The Dodgers also moved within one-half game of first-place Colorado in the NL West. SENT: 740 words, photos.


LAS VEGAS —Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but not tennis fouls during a Friday appearance before a business trade group in Las Vegas. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 580 words, photos.



HOUSTON — In a stretch where the Arizona Diamondbacks feel like things haven’t been going their way, a lucky break on Friday night helped them to a much-needed win. Pinch-hitter Jon Jay’s tiebreaking triple in the eighth inning sent them past the Houston Astros 4-2, tightening a pair of playoff races. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 690 words, photos. By Mark Didtler.


ST .PETERSBURG, Fla. — Khris Davis helped Oakland win another close one. Davis led off the 10th inning with his major league-leading 42nd homer, and the Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Friday night. Oakland improved its majors-best record in one-run games to 29-12 and extended its lead for the second AL wild card to nine games over the surprising Rays. The A’s remained 1½ games behind the New York Yankees for the first wild card. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 720 words, photos.


MLB Previews

Previews of all MLB games will now be available in Newsroom or your other AP feeds by searching for “Preview” and one of the MLB slug prefixes — BBA, BBN or BBO. These are being generated using automation by HERO Sports and data from Sportradar. We will be working to provide them earlier in the morning to better meet more evening newspaper deadlines and also for more optimal digital usage. Please contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org with any questions.


UNDATED — A key review committee changed directions suddenly this week, and is recommending Russia’s anti-doping agency be reinstated after a nearly three-year suspension resulting from the country’s scheme to circumvent rules and win Olympic medals. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 680 words, photos.



ATLANTA — It was a seminal moment in the civil rights movement. In hindsight, one of the most significant games in American history. Yet most people have never heard the story. It’s about time everyone gets to know what a bunch of 12-year-olds did in Orlando, Florida back in 1955. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


NEW YORK — One NFL fan is enraged by a penalty flag he sees fly on TV. He turns to the woman next to him and asks, “Where do they get these guys?” Replay then proves the call was correct, and the fan just shrugs as the woman replies: “Guess they know what they are doing” about the officials. Those officials come from a pipeline established by the NFL that seeks to identify people with the right skill set, temperament and judgment to handle a thankless job week after week. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 770 words, photos.



The NCAA football oversight committee has looked into lengthening the college football season in recent years, in the hopes of giving teams 14 weeks to play 12 games annually. The cancellation of several games due to severe weather has brought up the topic again, but experts say a spate of weather related scheduling problems does not suggest a trend. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words.


ARLINGTON, Texas — No. 4 Ohio State’s last Saturday without Urban Meyer on the sideline will be against No. 15 TCU. It will be the toughest test for the Buckeyes during their coach’s three-game suspension. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 840 words, photos.

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI — No. 1 Alabama looks like it has one of the most complete teams in the nation through two weeks, boasting a roster loaded with stars on offense or defense. Lopsided Ole Miss - which is much better on offense than defense - will try to turn Saturday’s game into a shootout to keep up with the Tide. By David Brandt. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBC--T25-ARIZONA ST-SAN DIEGO ST — San Diego State coach Rocky Long was driving to work earlier this week when he heard on the radio that the NFL’s Jets knew all the Detroit Lions’ signals, resulting in a 48-17 victory for New York. Then it hit Long. No. 23 Arizona State is going to have the Aztecs’ hand signals when the teams play Saturday night in San Diego. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 750 words, photos.



RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks are hoping Mychal Kendricks can provide a short-term boost on the field that overshadows the issues of signing a player with a pending jail sentencing in his future. By Tim Booth. SENT: 720 words, photos.


PITTSBURGH —Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned under center on Friday after missing the previous two practices with a bruised right elbow. He is officially listed on the injury report as questionable to play, but Roethlisberger’s teammates expect him to be on the field for the Steelers’ home opener Sunday against Kansas City. By Dan Scifo. SENT: 690 words, photos.


CINCINNATI —A few hours after a Thursday night loss to the Texans left them 0-2 last season, the Bengals made a decision that amounted to reversing field. They fired coordinator Ken Zampese and elevated Bill Lazor to interim leader of the offense. One year later, the offense is a whole lot different. By Joe Kay. SENT: 700 words, photos.


—FBN--DONAHUE SUSPENDED — Former New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue has been suspended 14 weeks by the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy. Donahue was among the Jets’ final roster cuts two weeks ago and is currently a free agent. SENT: 160 words.



LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez goes to bed every night dreaming of knocking out Gennady Golovkin in their middleweight title showdown. He’ll get his chance for real Saturday as the two best 160-pounders in the world meet in a rematch of their controversial draw a year ago. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words, photos.





LAS VEGAS —Martin Truex Jr. could have been down this week while he prepared for the start of the NASCAR playoffs. After all, his race team is going out of business soon, and nobody has confirmed where he’ll drive next year. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 800 words, photos.


—CAR--NASCAR--LAS VEGAS QUALIFYING— Erik Jones surprised the field by winning the pole Friday for the opening race of the NASCAR Cup series playoffs, turning a lap in 28.705 seconds and narrowly edging Joey Logano. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 520 words, photos.

— CAR--NASCAR-TRUCKS — Grant Enfinger won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after leader Brett Moffit ran out of fuel on the third overtime shootout attempt. SENT: 270 words.


AP Sports Extra: NASCAR Cup Chase

A paginated preview of the NASCAR Cup Chase, which starts Sept. 16, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. Three page sizes are available — full broadsheet, half broadsheet and tabloid — with space for local advertising or content. The pages look at how the NASCAR season was dominated by the same three drivers but a fourth now has emerged as a contender for the Cup. Please contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org with any questions.


SINGAPORE — Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton is predicting a three-way fight for pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver was just .011 seconds behind Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari in Friday’s second practice session under floodlights, with Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo behind them in third and fourth. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 675 words, photos.



GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Brandt Jobe capped a fast start with an eagle in tour golf’s return to Warwick Hills and shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the first-round lead in The Ally Challenge. SENT: 475 words.


— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINAL — Brad Drewitt shot an 8-under 63 on Friday for a share of the lead with Sangmoon Bae and Alex Prugh in the Albertsons Boise Open, the third of four Web.con Tour Finals events. SENT: 350 words.



SAN JOSE, Calif. — Getting a healthy Joe Thornton back on the ice was supposed to be the biggest change when the San Jose Sharks began training camp this season. That all changed when general manager Doug Wilson made a blockbuster trade to acquire two-time Norris Trophy winning defenseman Erik Karlsson, immediately turning the Sharks from a contender to one of the favorites in the Western Conference. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 780 words, photos.


— FIG--INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC — U.S. ice dance champions Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue won the rhythm dance portion of the U.S. International Classic on Friday night. SENT: 330 words, photos.




Saturday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Washington at Atlanta, 1:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 1:05 p.m.

Detroit at Cleveland, 3:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Boston, 4:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 p.m.

Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Miami at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Arizona at Houston, 7:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.

Texas at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.

Colorado at San Francisco, 9:05 p.m.

Seattle at L.A. Angels, 9:07 p.m.


No. 1 Alabama at Mississippi, 7 p.m.

No. 2 Clemson vs. Georgia Southern, Noon

No. 3 Georgia vs. Middle Tennessee, Noon

No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 15 TCU at Arlington, Texas, 8 p.m.

No. 5 Oklahoma at Iowa State, Noon

No. 6 Wisconsin vs. BYU, 3:30 p.m.

No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 12 LSU, 3:30 p.m.

No. 8 Notre Dame vs. Vanderbilt, 2:30 p.m.

No. 9 Stanford vs. UC Davis, 2 p.m.

No. 10 Washington at Utah, 10 p.m.

No. 11 Penn State vs. Kent State, Noon

No. 13 Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina, ccd., hurricane

No. 14 West Virginia at NC State, ccd., hurricane

No. 16 Mississippi State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:30 p.m.

No. 17 Boise State at No. 24 Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m.

No. 18 UCF at North Carolina, ccd., hurricane

No. 19 Michigan vs. SMU, 3:30 p.m.

No. 20 Oregon vs. San Jose State, 5 p.m.

No. 21 Miami at Toledo, Noon

No. 22 Southern Cal at Texas, 8 p.m.

No. 23 Arizona State at San Diego State, 10:30 p.m.


Atlanta United at Colorado, 3:30 p.m.

LA Galaxy at Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m.

Montreal at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Columbus at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.

Portland at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Minnesota United at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.

Seattle at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

New England at Los Angeles FC, 10:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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