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BC-AP Sports Digest

August 8, 2018

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Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson says his four years of high school coaching in Louisiana helped him become a Super Bowl champion coach. Pederson speaks with guest host Rob Maaddi in the AP’s latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now.” Also, AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner and Teresa M. Walker discuss Terrell Owens and the Hall of Fame.


The most fascinating quarterback competition in the country got off to a rocky start this preseason when Jalen Hurts called out Alabama coaches last week. On the last episode of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the Southeastern Conference and discuss that budding QB controversy with the Crimson Tide.




ST. LOUIS — Justin Thomas was still in the shadows of young stars, and rare was a mention that didn’t include he was good friends with Jordan Spieth. A year later, he has won five times and is mentioned at Bellerive in the same sentence as Tiger Woods, whom he tries to join as the only repeat PGA Championship winners in stroke play. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.


— GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-THE LATEST — Real-time developments throughout the day.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban addresses reporters after practice, four days after two-year starting quarterback Jalen Hurts aired complaints about his treatment. Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa are engaged in college football’s most talked about QB competition. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 8 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA is adopting sweeping reforms aimed at cleaning up college basketball, which has been engulfed by an FBI investigation into corruption. Among the reforms are changes to the enforcement process for rules violations and allowing NCAA-certified agents to work with college basketball players who test the waters in declaring for the NBA draft. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 6 p.m.


— GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-THE LATEST — Real-time developments throughout the day.


AUSTIN, Texas— Texas’ thriving capital city may finally become a major league sports town. It will just take moving a bedrock franchise of Major League Soccer out of its home turf to do it. The Austin City Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on a stadium plan that could pave the way for the Crew to leave Ohio for Texas. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 800 words, photo.


NAIROBI, Kenya — Nicholas Bett, a Kenyan who won the 2015 world title in the 400-meter hurdles, was killed in an early morning car crash in the country’s famed high-altitude training region, police and his coach said. The 28-year-old Bett had only just returned home this week from the African championships in Nigeria. By Mutwiri Mutuota and Gerald Imray. SENT: 750 words, photos.


— ATH--KENYA-ATHLETES KILLED — Nicholas Bett’s death the latest road tragedy for Kenyan track. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 390 words, photos.



OXNARD, Calif. — In one year, Kellen Moore has gone from sitting next to Dak Prescott in meetings to running them as the new quarterbacks coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Moore’s broken ankle two years ago was the first of two injuries that led to Prescott starting as a rookie. Moore was the backup last season before deciding the time was right to step into a coaching role those around him figured was coming. It ended up being sooner rather than later. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 950 words, photos.



ST. LOUIS — Tommy Fleetwood has been playing so well lately that he navigated Club de Golf Chapultepec just outside of Mexico City with a mere 12 clubs, two fewer than players are allowed in the bag. Finished in the top 20, too. The Englishman with long locks seems to always play well in the big events. SENT: 760 words, photos.


ST. LOUIS —Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk says it was only a coincidence that he is playing the opening rounds of the PGA Championship with Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele, two young players trying to make the American team. The PGA is two tournaments in one— the final major of the year, and the final event to earn an automatic spot in the Ryder Cup. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.


— GLF--PGA-FAMILIAR NAMES. By Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— GLF--PGA-NOTEBOOK. By Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 9 p.m.



AP Sports Extra: PGA Championship: A paginated preview of the 100th PGA Championship, which starts Thursday, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. The pages look at what’s at stake in the only golf major restricted to professionals. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org



OAKLAND, Calif. — Mike Fiers makes his first start since the Athletics acquired him Detroit earlier this week. The right-hander will pitch at the Coliseum against a tough opponent in Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fiers is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA this season and 2-2 with a 1.96 ERA over his last seven starts. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 10:05 p.m.


WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves meet in the third game of a four-game set between teams chasing first-place Philadelphia in the NL East. The series got off to a rousing start Tuesday with a doubleheader split. Atlanta starts All-Star Mike Foltynewicz in this one, while Washington counters with Tommy Milone. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.



CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield played on a big stage at Oklahoma, so he’s not scared of stepping onto football’s biggest one. The Browns rookie quarterback will make his NFL exhibition debut on Thursday night as Cleveland visits the New York Giants in a game that will feature the top two overall picks in this year’s draft — Mayfield and Giants running back Saquon Barkley. By Tom Withers. SENT: 600 words, photos.


— FBN--BROWNS-CALLAWAY — Browns rookie WR Antonio Callaway had bullets, gun parts in car. SENT: 170 words. Developing.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes II will be under center when the Kansas City Chiefs begin their preseason schedule Thursday night against Houston. Mahomes, who took over for the traded Alex Smith, is due to play the first quarter. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Falcons released their first depth chart this week, revealing updates on position battles on the line when Atlanta plays at the Jets Friday night in their preseason opener. By Charles Odum. SENT: 700 words, photos.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona rookie Josh Rosen figures to get plenty of playing time in the preseason, beginning with his NFL debut Saturday night against the Los Angeles Chargers. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m.


— FBN--NFL RDP — A chunky-text roundup previewing the 12 preseason games being played Thursday night. UPCOMING: 800 words by 8 p.m.



College football players do not have a much of an offseason, and summer tends to be no break. Still, Arizona State’s Kyle Williams has managed to take steps toward his long-term goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon over the last two summers. Williams has been shadowing ASU’s team doctor at the Mayo Clinic. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 780 words, photos.


— FBC--SUMMER JOBS-FARMER’S WORK — Penn State linebacker Koa Farmer wants to be crime-stopper. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 690 words, photos.

— FBC--SUMMER JOBS-IT’S A ZOO — Minnesota teammates Winston DeLattiboudere and Jerry Gibson patrol zoo. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 720 words, photos.

— FBC--SUMMER JOBS-DALTON’S BLOG, K-State standout lineman Dalton Risner runs a popular blog. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 630 words, photos.


— FBC--AWARD HOPEFULS — Stanford’s Bryce Love, Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor shape up as preseason contenders for top individual awards. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 880 words, photos.



NBA fans will get a smorgasbord of LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, Kevin Durant and the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets and the up-and-coming Boston Celtics as part of the league’s national television schedule. The NBA released its TV schedule for the first week of the season, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and all are prominently featured. The highlight is James and the Lakers visiting the Warriors on Christmas Day. By Steve Reed. SENT: 500 words, photos.


— BKN--PELICANS-OKAFOR — AP sources: Pelicans and Jahlil Okafor agree on contract. By Brett Martel. SENT: 170 words, photo.



ATLANTA — Nicki Collen remembers facing the Atlanta Dream last season. “They laid down. There’s no other way to put it,” said Collen, a former assistant coach at Connecticut. Now that she’s coaching the Dream, it’s an entirely different story. With that dismal 2017 season firmly in the rear-view mirror, Atlanta is heading back to the playoffs as one of the league’s hottest teams, carrying high hopes of finally winning its first WNBA championship. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


— BKL--LOSING ACES — Las Vegas Aces lose 2 games in 1 day — on and off the court. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 960 words, photos.



PORTLAND, Ore. — What slow start? The Portland Timbers have recovered and then some. A fifteen-match unbeaten streak has moved the Timbers into second place in the Western Conference behind FC Dallas. The streak started with a 3-2 victory at home over Minnesota back on April 8. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.


— SOC--FRANCE SEASON-PREVIEW — Paris Saint-Germain forced to sell, still favored in the Champions League. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 800 words, photo.

— SOC--ENGLISH SPOTLIGHT-ALISSON — Liverpool’s Alisson considered hanging up gloves at age 15. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 680 words, photos.

— SOC--MARADONA-EX-WIFE LAWSUIT — Appeals court says Maradona can pursue ex-wife’s case in U.S. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 340 words, photo.





Wedneday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Cincinnati at N.Y. Mets, 12:10 p.m.

Seattle at Texas, 2:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Arizona, 3:40 p.m.

Detroit at L.A. Angels, 4:07 p.m.

Atlanta at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

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

Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

San Diego at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.


Los Angeles at New York, 7 p.m.

Connecticut at Dallas, 8 p.m.

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