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BC-AP Sports Digest

August 31, 2018

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Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg take college football’s pulse on PodcastOne Sports Now, discussing the start of the season with AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo. Also, celebrated fight promoter Bob Arum recalls his work on a boxing safety measure with the late Sen. John McCain.




NEW YORK — Serena and Venus Williams meet in the third round of the U.S. Open, the sisters’ earliest Grand Slam matchup in 20 years. Serena leads the head-to-head series 17-12 and 10-5 at Grand Slam tournaments. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Match starts 7 p.m.


Andrew McCutchen joins the Yankees in a trade with the Giants, and more players might be on the move on the final day for trade waiver deals. Washington closer Ryan Madson seems headed to the Dodgers, and Toronto could be shopping Josh Donaldson, Curtis Granderson or Justin Smoak. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m. Deadline at midnight.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jim Harbaugh was hired by Michigan to win games like this: rivalry game. Both teams ranked. On the road. That has not happened. No. 14 Michigan has a chance to change the narrative after a disappointing 2017 season when it faces No. 12 Notre Dame on Saturday. By College Football Write Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Defensive tackle Aaron Donald ends his second consecutive preseason holdout, agreeing to a six-year deal with the Rams for a reported $135 million that makes him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


NORTON, Mass. — Tiger Woods returns to the TPC Boston for the first time in five years for the Dell Technologies Championship, the second of four FedEx Cup playoff events. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.



Colin Kaepernick scores first in his legal showdown with the NFL. Where does this highly divisive case now go? Is it time for the league to seriously talk about a settlement and perhaps find a way to get Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid back in the league? By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.



NEW YORK — Defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens defeats two-time runner-up Victoria Azarenka to reach the fourth round. Rafael Nadal also plays a third-round match in the afternoon before the Williams sisters face each other for the 30th time. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m. Updated with night session.

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— TEN--US OPEN-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.


NEW YORK — The chair umpire who climbed out of his seat to talk with Nick Kyrgios during a second-round match will continue to officiate during the U.S. Open. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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LOS ANGELES — Zack Greinke takes the mound for the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are two games back after losing the series opener. Greinke is 2-0 in two starts against Los Angeles this season. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. — The Athletics, 2 1/2 games behind first-place Houston in the AL West, play a Mariners team that trails Oakland by 4 1/2 games for the second AL wild card. Starting for the A’s is Mike Fiers, who is 10-6 and 3-0 in four starts since being acquired from Detroit on Aug. 6. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:05 p.m.


NEW YORK — Major league wins leader Luis Severino (17-6) faces the Detroit Tigers and can become the Yankees’ first 18-game winner since 2011. New York loads for a likely playoff run by landing outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Giants. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

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— BBO--GIANTS-YANKEES-TRADE — By Jake Seiner. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMIN G: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.



ATLANTA — It’s still four months from the College Football Playoff, but the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is often an accurate predictor of where the season is headed. So there’s a good chance this could prove pivotal for No. 6 Washington and No. 9 Auburn. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer’s suspension might have affected Ohio State’s preparation for Saturday’s opener Saturday, but don’t expect much drama. The No. 5 Buckeyes play an Oregon State team that’s a 38-point underdog and facing an amped-up, football-starved crowd. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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— FBC--OHIO STATE-MEYER — Meyer pushes back on reasons for suspension. SENT: 350 words, photos.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nick Saban’s quarterback choice will finally be known when Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa walks on the field Saturday for No. 1 Alabama. The defending champions face a Louisville team that can no longer turn to Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 750 words, photos.


DENVER — Rebecca Longo became one of the first females to receive a partial football scholarship a season ago. This season, the 19-year-old could be the starting kicker for Division II Adams State. She’s hoping to open doors for future female football players. By Pat Graham. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— Friday’s Games (Top 25):

— FBC--T25-W KENTUCKY-WISCONSIN — By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

— FBC--T25-UTAH ST-MICHIGAN ST — By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

— FBC--T25-SAN DIEGO ST-STANFORD — By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

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— FBC--T25-TEXAS-MARYLAND — By David Ginsburg. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— FBC--NEW KICKOFF RULE — By College Football Eric Olson. SENT: 800 words, photos.



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jaguars have assembled the most expensive defense in NFL history. They believe it’s among the most talented, too. The unit features budding stars and wily veterans, huge egos and team players. And it’s why Jacksonville is the trendy pick to reach the Super Bowl. By Mark Long. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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— FBN--COWBOYS-CHIEFS TRADE — By Dave Skretta. SENT: 450 words.

— FBN--TITANS OFFENSE — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--EAGLES-CELEK — SENT: 130 words.



PHOENIX — The Storm look to complete a sweep of the Phoenix Mercury in Game 3 of their WNBA semifinal. Seattle is trying to reach the title round for the first time in eight years. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts 10 p.m.


WASHINGTON — Elena Delle Donne is questionable to play for the Washington Mystics against the Atlanta Dream in Game 3 of their WNBA semifinal that’s 1-1. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

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— BKL--SKY-STOCKS FIRED — Chicago Sky fire coach-general manager Amber Stocks. SENT: 160 words.



SAN DIEGO — In the calm of his suburban gym, Canelo Alvarez can escape the sharp words surrounding his rematch with Gennady Golovkin. After failing two drug tests and costing himself millions of dollars and fans, Alvarez is determined to recapture his supremacy and reclaim his swagger. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.



DARLINGTON, S.C. — Time is running out for those not in NASCAR’s playoff picture. The Southern 500 is the next-to-last race of the regular season and one of the final chances for drivers to nail that spot for the 16-team field. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.


PORTLAND, Ore. — Santino Ferruci was intent on becoming the next American driver in Formula One. One too many missteps torpedoed his career in Europe. Now he’s looking to rebuild his reputation with a two-race stint in IndyCar that begins Sunday. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 800 words, photos.



PORTLAND, Ore. — Marina Alex tries to follow her opening 10-under 62 with another low round in the Cambia Portland Classic. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 p.m.

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— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Scott McCarron opens his seniors title defense in Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta. UPCOMING: 350 words by 10 p.m.

— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — Kramer Hickok up by a stroke entering second round of DAP Championship in Beechwood, Ohio, the second of four events in Web.com Tour Finals. UPCOMING: 250 words by 8 p.m.

— GLF--MADE IN DENMARK — Thorbjorn Olesen in strong position to seal Ryder Cup spot after second round of European Tour event. SENT: 250 words.



CARSON, Calif. — The U.S. women begin their final stretch before World Cup qualifying with the first of two California exhibitions against Chile. The defending World Cup champion Americans are unbeaten in 19 consecutive matches over the past 13 months. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 11 p.m.


Unbeaten in his first 12 games with the Rangers, Steven Gerrard is making a seamless transition to coaching — a strong start to his task of reviving Scotland’s most decorated club. A big test comes Sunday when Rangers play Celtic in one of soccer’s fiercest team rivalries. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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— SOC--AUSTRALIA-BOLT’S DEBUT — Usain Bolt, on left wing, debuts for Australian pro team. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP — AC Milan plays Roma in first meeting of two American-owned clubs in Italian league. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— SOC--SOUTH AMERICAN SPOTLIGHT — Argentina, Brazil have seven of eight teams in Copa Libertadores quarterfinals. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— SOC--UEFA to start using video review at 2019 Super Cup. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 350 words, photos.



JAKARTA, Indonesia — Yao Ming, the ex-Rockets star who now runs Chinese basketball, is inspiring a generation of players. With a team featuring Rockets center Zhou Qi and Mavericks guard Ding Yanyuhang, China plays Iran in Saturday’s Asian Games final. By Zhu Pei. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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— ATH--ASIAN GAMES-ADVANCING ASIA — Track and field chief expects the sport in Asia to boom. By John Pye. SENT: 800 words, photos.


— BKN--ROCKETS-SUNS TRADE — Deal close on Rockets sending Ryan Anderson to Suns for Brandon Knight, the AP is told. By Bob Baum. SENT: 250 words.

— NBA PLAYER-CRIMINAL MISCHIEF — Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith charged with breaking fan’s phone in Manhattan. SENT: 130 words.


— ATH--DOPING-LAWSON — U.S. long jumper Jarrion Lawson, silver medalist at worlds, suspended for doping. SENT: 150 words, photos.

— ATH-VAN DAMME — Olympic champion discus thrower Sandra Perkovic of Croatia beaten at Belgian meet. SENT: 100 words.


— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — Tony Gallopin wins seventh stage of Spanish Vuelta; Rudy Molard keeps overall lead. SENT: 250 words.





Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


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

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

Milwaukee at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Toronto at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Minnesota at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

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

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

Seattle at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

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

Colorado at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

College Football (Top 25)

No. 4 Wisconsin vs. Western Kentucky, 9 p.m.

No. 11 Michigan State vs. Utah State, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Stanford vs. San Diego State, 9 p.m.

WNBA Playoffs (Semifinals)

Atlanta at Washington, 8 p.m.

Seattle at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

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