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October 3, 2018
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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is running a more family-friendly training camp. In the latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now,” he speaks with AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds about juggling work with fatherhood. Also, AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker breaks down the playoffs. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

And this week on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, USA Today’s George Schroeder joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the big games of Week 6, including the 19th-ranked Texas Longhorns and No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners’ meeting in Dallas. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

BBA--ATHLETICS-YANKEES

NEW YORK — Reliever Liam Hendricks starts for the Oakland Athletics in the AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees and 19-game winner Luis Severino. The winner advances to a Division Series against Boston starting Friday. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:09 p.m.

With:

— Sidebar on the losing team.

SOC--RONALDO-RAPE LAWSUIT

Speaking hours before a news conference scheduled by the attorney of his accuser, soccer great Cristiano Ronaldo denies he raped anyone and says he has a “clear conscience” as he awaits the conclusion of an investigation. The 33-year-old Ronaldo is accused of raping a woman in Las Vegas in 2009. She has sued him in Nevada, seeking monetary damages from one of the world’s most well-known sports stars. By Chris Lehourites. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m. Eastern. News conference in Las Vegas scheduled for 6 p.m. Eastern. AP Video planned.

HKN--BRUINS-CAPITALS

WASHINGTON — After raising their Stanley Cup banner, the Washington Capitals open the 2018-19 season and their title defense against a finally healthy Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

With:

— HKN--CAPITALS-BANNER NIGHT. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBN--NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE — The red-hot Brewers, who won eight in a row to end the season to take the NL Central title, host the Colorado Rockies in a Division Series matchup beginning Thursday. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m.

BBN--NLDS-BRAVES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — For the first time in six straight postseason appearances, Clayton Kershaw won’t be starting a Game 1 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. That honor goes to Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has compiled a better ERA than the ace lefty who can opt out of his contract when the World Series is over. The Braves will start Mike Foltynewicz on Thursday. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 10 p.m.

BBA--ALDS-INDIANS-SECOND CHANCES

CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez were offensive dynamos last season for the Indians — until October. The All-Stars went a combined 4 for 38 in Cleveland’s playoff loss to New York and are hoping their swings during these playoffs don’t include as many misses. The Indians open a Division Series on Friday in Houston. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

Also:

— BBN--NLDS-BRAVES-DODGERS MATCHUP CAPSULE. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

— BBN--NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS MATCHUP CAPSULE. UPCOMING: 1,400 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— BBA--ALDS-INDIANS-ASTROS MATCHUP CAPSULE. UPCOMING: 1,400 words, photos by 8 p.m.

BBN--CUBS WRAPUP

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs head into the offseason with issues to address, including the inconsistency on offense and the future of manager Joe Maddon, after getting knocked out by Colorado in a marathon wild-card game. Kris Bryant could use the offseason to heal. And shortstop Addison Russell’s future with the club is in doubt. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

NFL

FBN--COLTS-PATRIOTS PREVIEW

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The matchups between Peyton Manning’s Colts and Tom Brady’s Patriots were must-watch affairs for a decade. Manning’s departure from Indianapolis ushered in a new era when the Colts drafted Andrew Luck. But Luck hasn’t fared nearly as well as his predecessor, going 0-5 in his matchups with Brady. He’ll try again when Indianapolis (1-3) travels to New England (2-2) on Thursday night. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

With:

— FBN--COLTS-VINATIERI’S LAST STAND — Adam Vinatieri preparing for potential last visit to New England. By Michael Marot. SENT: 860 words, photos.

FBN--PANTHERS-CHANGING TIMES

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The times are changing in Carolina. New owner David Tepper capped a big couple of weeks by signing Eric Reid — a move one former player says never would have happened under previous ownership — and then attending a meeting on bail reform with wide receiver Torrey Smith and the Players Coalition. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--CHIEFS-ODD DEFENSE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs give up yards by the dozen, whether it’s by ground or by air. Yet the strangest thing happens when they actually manage to force a third down: They make a stop. Yes, what is statistically the worst defense in the NFL is also the best when stopping teams from converting on that crucial down. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Also:

— FBN--BENGALS-BURFICT RETURNS. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

— FBN--BRONCOS-CONFOUNDING KEENUM. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 650 words by 7 p.m.

— FBN--CARDINALS-ROSEN. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.

— FBN--PRO PICKS. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 600 words, graphic by 6 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--SEC SURPRISES

Not everything is going according to plan in the Southeastern Conference this year. LSU coach Ed Orgeron was the odds-on favorite to be the first SEC coach fired, but his Tigers are one of the league’s last undefeated teams. And unbeaten Kentucky may be the SEC’s biggest surprise. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 840 words, photos.

FBC--ACC-BUILDING BOOM

The construction boom around the Atlantic Coast Conference is showing no signs of slowing down. In the seemingly never-ending arms race in big-time college football, some schools hope projects that are focused on the players will give them an edge and help them keep up with their peers in and beyond the ACC. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS

October means mostly conference play in college football, where the teams become more familiar and the games — generally — get more competitive. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m.

Also:

— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-MURRAY HEISMAN HYPE — No. 7 Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray embraces Heisman hype. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 800 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--DUCKS-SHARKS

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Erik Karlsson makes his San Jose debut when the Sharks host the Anaheim Ducks in the season opener. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.

HKN--BETTMAN AND O’REE

WASHINGTON — A month before they go into the Hockey Hall of Fame together, Commissioner Gary Bettman and Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the NHL, tour the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the opening day of the season. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 7 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION

NEW YORK — A New Jersey financial adviser testifies at a college basketball corruption trial about how he became the bag man for a secret cash payment to a highly prized high school prospect. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--DUNHILL-KOEPKA

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Brooks Koepka is thinking about more than just golf these days. The 28-year-old American, the U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner, says he is heartbroken to hear a woman struck by his tee shot at the Ryder Cup last week might lose vision in her right eye. SENT: 345 words, photos.

Also:

— GLF--SAFEWAY OPEN — Preview of the Safeway Open, the first tournament of the 2019 PGA season. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP

GENEVA — Liverpool plays at Napoli and Barcelona travels to London to face Tottenham in the Champions League. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

SOC--BRITAIN-2030 WORLD CUP

LONDON — Britain wants to host most major sporting events over the next 15 years to exert global influence and secure trade deals after Brexit, with a bid for soccer’s World Cup in 2030 the centerpiece of the strategy announced Wednesday. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

SOC--MLS-AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Let the clinching commence. It’s that time of year when Major League Soccer teams are scrambling for spots above the red line. Four teams already know they’re playoff-bound. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

Also:

— SOC--WCUP-WORLD CUP QUALIFYING — The U.S. women’s national team opens World Cup qualifying on Thursday in North Carolina with a match against Mexico. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.

OTHER

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

— Tennis tournaments in Beijing and Tokyo.

— SAI--NEW SAILING LEAGUE — Ex-America’s Cup champs Russell Coutts, Larry Ellison launch SailGP league. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 730 words.

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Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

BASEBALL

AL Wild Card: Oakland at New York, 8:08 p.m.

NHL

Montreal at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Boston at Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Calgary at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

NBA PRESEASON

New York at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Detroit at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

New Zealand Breakers at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Minnesota at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

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