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October 5, 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

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 No. 19 Texas vs. No. 7 Oklahoma in Dallas. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

TOP STORIES

BBA--ALDS-INDIANS-ASTROS

HOUSTON — Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber start Game 1 of the AL Division Series between the World Series champion Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians. This matchup surely figures to buck the October trend of bullpen “openers.” By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game started 2:05 p.m.

— With:

— Postgame sidebar.

BBA--ALDS-YANKEES-RED SOX

BOSTON — The Red Sox and Yankees renew their sizzling rivalry, meeting in the postseason for the first time since the 2004 ALCS. Chris Sale, bombarded by the Astros a year ago in his playoff debut, starts for Boston. J.A. Happ goes for New York, facing the team with baseball’s best record. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 7:32 p.m.

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— Postgame sidebar by Kyle Hightower.

SOC--RONALDO-RAPE LAWSUIT-FALLOUT

Cristiano Ronaldo’s image is vanishing from the website of a key sponsor since a lawsuit accused the soccer star of raping a woman in Las Vegas in 2009. EA Sports has not suspended the sponsorship but calls the allegation concerning. Ronaldo is the face of a FIFA video game released last week. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— With:

— SOC--RONALDO-RAPE LAWSUIT — Ronaldo likely to play for Italian league club Saturday. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 400 words, photos.

FBC--TEXAS-OKLAHOMA PREVIEW

DALLAS — It’s a perfect setting: the middle of the State Fair of Texas on an early fall Saturday, with passionate fans clad in crimson and burnt orange at the Cotton Bowl. It’s also nice these rivals are both ranked — No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 18 Texas. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 750 words, photos.

MMA-UFC 229

LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor was the biggest star in MMA after his last fight nearly two years ago, and his fame and bankroll have only grown since. He returns at UFC 229 on Saturday against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has made nearly all his opponents look ordinary. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 10 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

SOULFUL SURFER

Matt Meola is a surfer from Hawaii, but he doesn’t compete much. He’s the sort who is raising a deer and wants to design fishing lures using his hair. Meola just might be what surfing needs for its Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games. That is, if he wants to catch that wave. By Pat Graham. SENT: 700 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-PILING UP POINTS

The folks at the NFL are gloating. It’s hard to blame them. What they apparently want are points and big plays, especially in the air. They’ll take long runs, too. Oh yeah, and more points. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 750 words, photos. For weekend use.

BASEBALL

BBN--NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers try for their second straight win against the Colorado Rockies in the NL Division Series. Yelich homered and scored the winning run in Milwaukee’s 3-2, 10-inning victory in Game 1. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 4:15 p.m.

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— Postgame sidebar by Genaro C. Armas.

BBN--NLDS-BRAVES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw pitches Game 2 of the Dodgers’ NLDS against Atlanta, showing no signs he’s miffed about being passed over for Game 1. Hyun-Jin Ryu was sharp for Los Angeles in a 6-0 victory. The Braves counter with veteran Anibal Sanchez. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 9:37 p.m.

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— BBA--ATHLETICS FUTURE — A’s look to secure manager Bob Melvin, other key pieces for long term. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-LSU-FLORIDA PREVIEW

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Swamp is sold out for the first time in nearly three years. A victory over No. 5 LSU on Saturday would surely give the No. 22 Gators a big push in their bid to return to national prominence. By Mark Long. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-VIRGINIA TECH PREVIEW

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is tired of “Enter Sandman,” the Metallica song played by No. 24 Virginia Tech to stir fans for games at Lane Stadium. The No. 6 Fighting Irish have been preparing for the wall of sound, and get to hear it live Saturday night. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FBC--T25-FLORIDA STATE-MIAMI PREVIEW

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — There have been bigger games in the Miami-Florida State rivalry — games thwarting undefeated seasons, games costing a team the national title. None of that applies this time — yet to the No. 17 Hurricanes and Seminoles, it’s still enormous. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBC--T25-FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 6 — By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Previews on other Top 10 games: No. 1 Alabama-Arkansas; No. 2 Georgia-Vanderbilt; No. 3 Ohio State-Indiana; No. 4 Clemson-Wake Forest; No. 8 Auburn-Mississippi State; No. 9 West Virginia-Kansas; No. 10 Washington-UCLA.

NFL

FBN--WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

Antonio Brown is the near-unanimous choice as the NFL’s top wide receiver by a panel of 10 AP football writers. The Steelers’ All-Pro received nine first-place votes. By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--VIKINGS-STURDY SNAPPER

EAGAN, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings long snapper Kevin McDermott gained a whole lot of locker-room credibility last week by returning to the game after losing the tip of a pinkie that became tangled in a facemask. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--PANTHERS-JACKSON

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers rookie Donte Jackson is backing up his brash talk with a strong start to his career that includes three interceptions in three games. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-DOVER

DOVER, Del. — Sports betting has come to Delaware, and Dover International Speedway is ready to throw open the betting windows. Fans may wager on Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race — the winner, the first two stage winners and a slew of other bets. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 900 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--SAFEWAY OPEN

NAPA, Calif. — Phil Mickelson is two strokes behind leader Sepp Straka entering the second round of the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 10 p.m.

— Also:

— GLF--INTERNATIONAL CROWN — With typhoon approaching, Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda spur U.S. in eight-nation event in South Korea. By John Duerden. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— GLF--DUNHILL LINKS — Andrea Pavan, Lucas Bjerregaard up by a shot after second round in Scotland. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 4 p.m.

NBA

BKN--DURANT-SEATTLE

SEATTLE — Kevin Durant comes back to where it all started in the NBA. Durant brings the Golden State Warriors to Seattle for a preseason game against the Sacramento Kings in the final at KeyArena. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game at 10:30 p.m.

BKN--CHINA GAMES

SHANGHAI — JJ Redick makes all 10 of his shots and scores 28 points, Joel Embiid adds 22 and the Philadelphia 76ers down the Dallas Mavericks 120-114 in the opener of the NBA China Games. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— Also:

— BKN--PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of 12 exhibition games. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 1 a.m.

NHL

HKN--COYOTES-KELLER’S CONSISTENCY

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Coyotes forward had a strong start to his rookie season, followed by a lull. His goal for his second season: more consistency. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

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— HKN--CAPITALS-WILSON’S APPEAL — Union appeals Tom Wilson’s 20-game suspension. SENT: 200 words, photos.

CYCLING

CYC--LANDIS-CYCLING TEAM

Floyd Landis is using money he earned by taking down Lance Armstrong to start his own cycling team. The man whose own doping saga cost him the 2006 Tour de France title and helped expose Armstrong’s cheating says he’s building a developmental team for 2019 based in Canada. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 400 words, photos.

DOPING

OLY--WADA-WHISTLEBLOWERS

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The World Anti-Doping Agency has registered 400 cases after a flood of information from new whistleblowers. The group adds that supports a U.S. assessment that a 2016 hack of the agency was perpetrated by Russia. SENT: 400 words.

LAW

OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State has been billed about $1.5 million and counting for the investigation into a team doctor accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other young men decades ago. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBC--EX-PLAYER CHARGED-LINEMAN’S DEATH — Ex-Rice football player charged in opioid death of lineman. SENT: 150 words.

— NBA PLAYER KILLED — Ex-wife of slain NBA player found competent to stand trial. SENT: 140 words.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BKL--WILSON’S WORLD CUP DIARY

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson provides a final diary from the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup following the U.S. team’s gold medal-winning performance. By A’Ja Wilson. SENT: 300 words, photos.

SOCCER

— SOC--COSTA RICA-CUBA — Costa Rica vs. Cuba in Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in Edinburg, Texas. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts 6 p.m.

— SOC--FIFA-SIERRA LEONE — FIFA suspends Sierra Leone over government interference. SENT: 140 words.

OLYMPICS

— OLY--IOC-ATHLETE CHARTER — Players’ union, rights activists urge IOC to proposed athlete shelve charter. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— OLY--TOKYO-WATER QUALITY — Tokyo to “screen off” bacteria for Olympic swimming in bay. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 600 words, photos.

TENNIS

— Tournaments in Beijing, Tokyo.

CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES.

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Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

AL Division Series

Cleveland at Houston, 2:05 p.m.

New York at Boston, 7:32 p.m.

NL Division Series

Colorado at Milwaukee, 4:15 p.m.

Atlanta at Los Angeles, 9:37 p.m.

NHL

Carolina at Columbus, 7 p.m.

San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

NBA Exhibition

Philadelphia vs. Dallas at Shanghai, 7:30 a.m.

Flamengo Flamengo at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Melbourne United at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 7 p.m.

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

Atlanta at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Detroit at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Adelaide 36ers at Utah, 9 p.m.

Perth Wildcats at Denver, 9 p.m.

Portland at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Sacramento vs. Golden State at Seattle, 10:30 p.m.

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