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BC-AP Sports Digest

August 10, 2015

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Thirteen of 40 members on an American team came down with stomach illness at the World Junior Rowing Championships. A team doctor believes it was because of polluted water at the venue. The weekend event was used as a trial run for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. By Stephen Wade. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.


PITTSFORD, N.Y. — In a little more than six months, Rex Ryan has given a bold voice to a Bills franchise that’s spent much of the past 15 years in hiding. His arrival also gives Ryan a second chance after his stay with the New York Jets unraveled with a string of losses and front-office infighting. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 5 p.m.


SAN ANTONIO — Michael Phelps already has far more medals than any athlete in Olympic history. There is no longer any reason to doubt he’ll have another massive haul in Rio. Not after an astounding weekend in sweltering San Antonio. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 900 words, photos.



SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — The “Dustin Johnson bunker” will be just a memory when the PGA Championship returns this week to Whistling Straits, covered up by a hospitality area. But countless other sandy areas at the links-style course overlooking Lake Michigan remain hazards — or are they? By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 750 words, photos.


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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The police investigation of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane concerns something that happened between the player and a woman in her 20s, the AP is told. Police have said only that the inquiry involves an “alleged incident” at Kane’s offseason home on Aug. 2. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.


AUSTIN, Texas — The federal government says it wants Lance Armstrong’s medical records from his 1996 cancer treatments because they could prove just how far he was willing to go to conceal performance-enhancing drug use from the public and his sponsors. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 550 words.



KAZAN, Russia — Katie Ledecky is ready to enjoy a week off. She’s certainly earned it. With five gold medals and three records at the world swimming championships, she stamped herself as a huge favorite for next year’s Olympics. By Beth Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.


KAZAN, Russia — The city calling itself “Russia’s sports capital” isn’t Moscow, St. Petersburg or even last year’s Winter Olympic host Sochi. Instead it’s Kazan, a provincial city with global ambitions. The site of the swim worlds wants to use the event as a springboard to host the Summer Olympics. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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— SWM--OLY--RIO 2016-LATE NIGHT SWIMMING — Swimmers will be competing until or after midnight at the Rio Games. By Andrew Dampf and Beth Harris. SENT: 600 words, photos.



SEATTLE — Nelson Cruz looks to extend his hitting streak to 20 games against his former club when the Mariners play a Baltimore Orioles team five games out of first in the AL East. Cruz is batting .422 with 11 home runs, six doubles and 15 RBIs during his tear. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:10 p.m.



SAN DIEGO — City and county officials resume work on the issue of a new stadium for the Chargers even though the team walked away from negotiations in June. San Diego, Oakland and St. Louis officials update a committee of NFL owners in Chicago on Monday, while the teams address all the owners Tuesday. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 750 words by 7 p.m.


MIAMI — When Joe Philbin describes himself as bland — that’s as entertaining as he tends to get. But the Miami Dolphins’ straight-arrow coach does have a sense of humor, as his players will attest. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.


ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Alex Smith did everything the Kansas City Chiefs asked of him last season. Now, he needs to do more. The veteran quarterback needs to build on a solid if unremarkable season if the franchise wants to end its long playoff victory drought. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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— FBN--RAVENS-STEVE SMITH — SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--PANTHERS-NEWTON FIGHT — By Steve Reed. SENT: 400 words, photos. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— FBN--RAMS-ROBINSON — By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--FALCONS-RECEIVERS — By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--BUCCANEERS-DAVID — By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.



STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Last season, Christian Hackenberg was at a loss: new offense, new coaches, inexperienced teammates. He insists it has all made him stronger as he enters his third — and possibly final — season as Penn State’s quarterback. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.


The Southeastern Conference, as many see it, is the unquestioned king of college football. That mindset has become practically a mantra. But the fact is this: Other leagues have won the national crown the last two seasons. By John Zenor. SENT: 750 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Gary Andersen knew exactly what he was getting into when he left Wisconsin for Oregon State. The Pac-12′s only new coach this fall realized he was rejoining a league with remarkable talent and blossoming programs that are sure to make life tough on Saturdays. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m. PDT.

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— FBC--OKLAHOMA-SHEPARD — By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBC--FLORIDA’S LINE — By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBC--MICHIGAN ST-MEDIA DAY — By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.



Nick Symmonds will be watching the world championships in Beijing from the sideline after being left off the U.S. squad over a uniform squabble. The defending world runner-up at 800 meters refused to sign a contract requited by USA Track and Field. By Pat Graham. By Pat Graham. SENT: 600 words, photos.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeff Gordon wanted to go out on top of NASCAR. Instead, a recent slide leaves him in danger of missing the playoffs altogether. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.



GENEVA — FIFA cannot make credible changes in the last months of Sepp Blatter’s leadership of the scandal-hit body, former presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein tells the AP. The Jordanian prince also doubts the worth of FIFA’s in-house reforms task force. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 650 words, photos.


MANCHESTER, England — The FA Cup. The Community Shield. The Asia Trophy. The Emirates Cup. Arsenal has built quite the trophy collection the last few months. But what it really wants — the Premier League and the Champions League — seems out of reach judging by the season opener. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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SOC--NBC-PREMIER LEAGUE — NBC renews deal with English Premier League for six years. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

— SOC--US WOMEN-VICTORY TOUR — U.S. women add match against Brazil to World Cup victory tour. SENT: 130 words.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Buddy Baker, who won the 1980 Daytona 500 and at 6-foot-6 was NASCAR’s “Gentle Giant,” dies at 74. Baker rode for more than 30 years and was honored as one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers in 1998. SENT: 400 words, photos.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rick Pitino’s loyalties will be divided this week. The Louisville coach guides Puerto Rico’s national teams in nine exhibition games against his Cardinals, who will be coached by his assistants. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— BKW--MIAMI-EUROPE TRIP — Miami’s women’s team looks to capitalize on Europe trip. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words by 4 p.m.


— HKN--RANGERS-STOLL — Jarret Stoll, recently arrested in cocaine case, signed by Rangers. SENT: 250 words.

— HKN--KINGS-RICHARDS-NHLPA — Union files grievance over Mike Richards’ contract with Kings. SENT: 140 words.


— FBO--ARENA FOOTBALL-TEAMS FOLD — Arena Football League folds Las Vegas, New Orleans teams. SENT: 130 words.

— RAC--PREAKNESS-NBC SPORTS — Preakness, NBC reach new deal, adding to Derby, Belmont agreements. SENT: 130 words.

— TEN--ROGERS CUP — Sam Querrey wins first-round match at Rogers Cup in Montreal. UPCOMING: 300 words by 8 p.m.

— BAD--ISRAEL-VISA GRANTED — Israeli badminton player granted visa to Indonesia for world championship, ending standoff. By Miriam Berger. SENT: 300 words.

— ATH--DOPING-SUSPICIOUS TESTS — German athletes criticize track and field body in video about doping. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT: 450 words.




Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Colorado at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Detroit at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

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

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

Baltimore at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

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