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BC-AP Sports Digest

October 1, 2018

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CHICAGO — The Brewers, with Christian Yelich still alive for the Triple Crown, play the Cubs for the NL Central title in a tiebreaker. The winner gets a spot in the division series; the loser hosts the wild-card game. Milwaukee’s Jhoulys Chacin faces Chicago’s Jose Quintana. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game started 1:05 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Game 163 for the Rockies and Dodgers to decide the NL West title. German Marquez starts for Colorado and rookie Walker Buehler goes for Los Angeles. The winner advances to the NL Division Series and the loser goes to the NL wild-card game. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.


NEW YORK — A trial begins tied to an FBI investigation exposing the sleazy side of big money in college basketball. A former agent and Adidas executive are among those accused of plotting to pay a recruit’s father $100,000 for his son’s promise to go to Louisville. By Tom Hays. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.


One-quarter of the way through the schedule, minus the Panthers and Redskins who had byes in Week 4, there’s one obvious trend in the NFL: Nobody knows anything. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.


DENVER — Patrick Mahomes, with a record 13 touchdown passes through three games, leads the undefeated Chiefs against Von Miller and the Denver Broncos. Kansas City is only the third team in NFL history to score 38 or more points in its first three games. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.

— With:

— FBN--CHIEFS-PIECES OF PATRICK — Mahomes learns to handle spotlight off field. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 900 words, photos.


Seattle may soon have a home in the NHL. The prospective owners of an expansion team present their case Tuesday to a committee of the board of governors. Excitement is brewing for what looks like an inevitable decision. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3 p.m.



SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — This is no time to panic. The Americans’ goal in 2014 was to have a winning Ryder Cup record over the next 10 matches. So despite another beating by Europe, the U.S. still has 16 years before deciding if it’s on the right path. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--RYDER CUP-REED — Patrick Reed reportedly vents over Spieth, Furyk. SENT: 450 words, photos.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When Drew Brees was at Purdue, he marveled at the NFL stats of Dan Marino, Joe Montana and John Elway. Very soon, the Saints quarterback will have thrown for the most yards in league history. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 700 words, photos.



All four teams playing Monday — Dodgers-Rockies, Cubs-Brewers — will make the playoffs. But the big question is where and the pressure is considerable. The Dodgers know the peril. This tiebreaker scenario has not been kind to them over the years. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Also:

— BBN--NL WILD CARD — Preview of Tuesday night’s NL wild-card game. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. To be sent after Rockies-Dodgers game.

— BBA--ATHLETICS-YANKEES MATCHUP CAPSULE — A look at Wednesday’s Athletics-Yankees playoff game. UPCOMING: 1,400 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— Season wrapups on the 20 nonplayoff teams.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eric Reid practices for the first time with the Panthers, who next face the New York Giants. The safety had contended that NFL owners colluded to not sign him because of his protests during the anthem. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA — The defending Super Bowl champions hardly look like the team that beat the Patriots in February. The Eagles are 2-2 and closer to 0-4 than 4-0. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.


DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins not only were sent to their first loss but must now try to bounce back from a drubbing at New England, the beginning of a tough stretch of games. By Steven Wine. SENT: 600 words, photos.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Many are surprised the Chicago Bears are 3-1 after a 48-10 romp over Tampa Bay. Coach Matt Nagy isn’t one of them. Still, he insists his team as nothing close to a finished product. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--NFL-ICYMI — By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— FBN--DEFENSELESS BUCCANEERS — By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--CLUTCH BENGALS — By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--JAGUARS-FOURNETTE — By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBN--RAVENS-WINNING BIG — By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

— FBN--CONFIDENT TITANS — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5:30 p.m.

— FBN--BROWNS-BAD BREAKS — By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--RAIDERS-GRUDEN — By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--COWBOYS-PRESCOTT’S PROGRESS — By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8p.m.

— FBN--SEAHAWKS-ARIZONA DRAMA — UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBN--STEELERS-ROUGH MONTH — By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.



BATON ROUGE, La. — With nearly 600 yards of offense against Ole Miss highlighted by the best passing performance yet by first-year quarterback Joe Burrow, No. 5 LSU’s offense looks dialed in. The question now: Will this carry over on the road against No. 22 Florida. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.


CLEMSON, S.C. — It’s hard to imagine an undefeated, top-three team would be facing significant issues. But No. 3 Clemson must forget most of the drama of last week if it hopes to win a fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference title. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 700 words, photos.


Will Grier adds to his Heisman Trophy campaign with a sensational first half against Texas Tech. The rest of the game was a bust. Grier can only hope for a better start-to-finish effort at home Saturday when No. 9 West Virginia plays Kansas. By John Raby. SENT: 600 words, photos.


A new study shows concussions plunged in Ivy League football after the kickoff line was moved. The change was intended to limit returns, which might be the game’s most dangerous play. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK — By College Football Writer Ralph Russo. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

— FBC--STAT WATCH — By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-OHIO ST-MEYER — By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBC-T25--GEORGIA-OFFENSIVE TWEAKS — By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-RUNNING GAME — By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.



Connor McDavid is the near-unanimous choice around the NHL as the fastest player. His colleagues can’t explain how he does it. But what sets him apart is his Allen Iverson-like crossover move on ice that he built as a kid on roller blades. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 600 words, photos video.


SUNRISE, Fla. — Florida’s Vincent Trocheck says the NHL’s three best players, in some order, are Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby and Aleksander Barkov. The Panthers hope Barkov can lead them to playoff success this season. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— HKN--BLUES-OILERS TRADE — Blues acquire Jakub Jerabek from Oilers for draft pick. SENT: 150 words.

— HKN--HARTNELL RETIRES — Feisty forward Scott Hartnell retires after 17 NHL seasons. SENT: 140 words.



SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi know that winning a World Cup title is getting more difficult. With less time to train and the rest of the world improving, the two iconic U.S. players are proud of this third straight championship. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words, photos.



BELGRADE, Serbia — Novak Djokovic credits a career turnaround to a mind-cleansing hiking trip with his wife after the French Open. “Everything came together,” says Djokovic, who won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open this year after a two-year drought without a major. By Dusan Stojanovic. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— Also:

— SERENA WILLIAMS-BREAST CANCER AWARENESS — Serena Williams sings, goes topless for breast cancer video. SENT: 100 words, photos.

— Tournaments in Beijing and Tokyo.


— BKN--NBA PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of four exhibition games. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by midnight.

— SOC--DOPING-ROSSI — U.S.-born Giuseppe Rossi, a former Italy forward, escapes ban despite failed doping test. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— JEMELE HILL-THE ATLANTIC — Outspoken ex-ESPN anchor Jemele Hill joins The Atlantic. SENT: 150 words.


Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, 1:05 p.m.

Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, 4:09 p.m.


Kansas City at Denver, 8:15 p.m.

NBA Exhibition

New York at Washington, 7 p.m.

Orlando at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

New Orleans at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

NHL Exhibition

New Jersey vs. SC Bern, at Bern, Switzerland, 1:30 p.m.

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