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September 26, 2018

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AP golf writer Doug Ferguson speaks with PodcastOne Sports Now, giving some perspective on Tiger Woods’ first victory in five years. Co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke weigh in on other notable comebacks. Also, AP football writer Rob Maaddi discusses the first three weeks of the NFL season. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

Is The Associated Press poll bad for college football? Joel Klatt, lead game analyst for Fox Sports, thinks so. Klatt joins AP’s Ralph Russo on the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to discuss to pros and cons of the Top 25.

TOP STORIES

FBN--ROUGHED-UP NFL

The NFL is getting roughed up over its broadened enforcement of roughing the passer penalties that has produced game-changing calls and a season-ending injury to a defender who got hurt trying to comply with the league’s mandate not to land on the quarterback. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 7 p.m.

GLF--RYDER CUP

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — The American team at the Ryder Cup is one of the strongest ever, with nine major champions and the No. 1 player in the world. Europe? That’s the team that usually wins the Ryder Cup, especially at home. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.

With:

— GLF--RYDER CUP-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

BKN--NBA-NEW MONEY

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Virtually every player in the NBA is a millionaire. But a handful of lucky players like Miami’s Tyler Johnson, Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon are seeing their salaries rise to a different stratosphere this season. And those enormous raises can come with an enormous rise in expectations. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

HKN--MAJOR MOVES

The NHL offseason included some major moves with stars John Tavares and Erik Karlsson along with Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz landing with new teams. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 660 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

SKI--WAR HORSE’S NEW LIFE

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Two-time Olympic medalist in Alpine skiing Andrew Weibrecht is forging a new life since he retired in May. He’s back in college to complete his undergraduate degree and is learning the ropes of the family business, the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid. By John Kekis. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GLF--PAUL NEWBERRY-BUBBA IN FRANCE

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Bubba Watson— or “Boo-ba,” as he’s known in these parts — is trying hard to shed his image as the Ugly American. He doesn’t just like France. He LOVES France! The museums. The culture. The food. All of it. You almost expected him to start speaking French (with a Southern accent, of course), which is a far cry from what he thought of the land or champagne and fromage back in 2011. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 950 words, photos.

GLF--JOHN LEICESTER-RYDER CUP

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — The Ryder Cup is the biggest golf event to come to France, not that anyone thinks that will turn the country into a golf nation. Its only major champion was Arnaud Massy in 1907. And the defining moment of French golf remains Jean Van de Velde up to his knees in a silty creek as he threw away the British Open. By International Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--BREWERS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — The Milwaukee Brewers go for their fifth win in six games in another big matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals. Milwaukee leads the wild-card standings by three games over St. Louis and trails NL Central-leading Chicago by just 1½ games. The Cardinals are trying to hold off Colorado for the second NL wild card. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.

BBN--NATIONALS-HARPER’S HOME FINALE

WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper showed up early to Nationals Park to put on the home white jersey with the curly red “W″ for what could be the last time as Washington hosts the Miami Marlins in its home finale of a lost season. By Howard Fendrich. Stands for BBN--Marlins-Nationals. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m. Will be updated with game, which starts 4:05 p.m.

BBA--ASTROS CLINCH

TORONTO — The Houston Astros had long left the ballpark and were back at their hotel when they clinched their second straight AL title at about 2 a.m. when Oakland lost in Seattle. By Ian Harrison. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

Also:

— BBA--BLUE JAYS-GIBBONS — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons won’t return next season. SENT: 280 words, photos. UPCOMING: 550 words by 6 p.m.

RYDER CUP

GLF--RYDER CUP-EUROPE

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — As the missed cuts mounted, Sergio Garcia started to fear his status as a constant in Europe’s Ryder Cup team was coming to an end. Not to worry. He is back for the ninth time, and showing his value even before the matches begin. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 600 words, photos.

Also:

— GLF--RYDER CUP-REED’S BRAVADO — Patrick Reed enjoys the role of villain at the Ryder Cup. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-NOTEBOOK. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--VIKINGS-RAMS

LOS ANGELES — Kirk Cousins might not be an $84 million quarterback if Sean McVay hadn’t masterminded his development in Washington. The student meets the teacher Thursday when the Minnesota Vikings and the Los Angeles Rams attempt to overcome their injury woes in a short-week NFC showdown. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m.

FBN--BUCCANEERS-WINSTON

TAMPA, Fla. — Jameis Winston practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first time since returning from a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 500 words by 8 p.m.

FBN--SAINTS-BETTER BREES

METAIRIE, La. — Those looking for signs of decline in 39-year-old Saints quarterback Drew Brees might have to wait a while longer. He’s completing 80 percent of his passes through three games, which is even high for him. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--BENGALS-DRE AND JULIO

CINCINNATI — Receiver Julio Jones was a star at Alabama, getting drafted by Atlanta in the first round in 2011. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick covered him in practice before he, too, went to the NFL, getting drafted in the first round by the Bengals a year later. On Sunday, they’ll be matched up in Atlanta. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--CARDINALS-ROSEN

TEMPE, Ariz. — Four games into his NFL career, Josh Rosen is a starting quarterback and his job is a tough one. He will lead the winless Arizona Cardinals into Sunday’s game against Seattle. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.

Also:

— FBN--BROWNS-THE BAKER EFFECT. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--LUCK’S ARM. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--PRO PICKS — Good week for football, bad week for Pro Picks. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 670 words, graphic.

NHL

HKN--EAST PREVIEW

After the Washington Capitals cracked the second round and became Stanley Cup champions, the rest of the Eastern Conference will make it tough for them to get back to the final. Sidney Crosby is one of the most motivated players in the NHL, the Maple Leafs added John Tavares, the Bruins are young and healthy and the Lightning are smack dab in the middle of their title window. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— The Western Conference preview story is moving Thursday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS

There are playoff implications in the last week of September. Two top-10 matchups highlight the college football weekend. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

FBC--SEC-BRUISING BACKS

Kentucky’s Benny Snell Jr. has rushed for 340 yards in two SEC games and ranks third nationally with 540. He is one of four SEC backs ranked in the top 20, including Ole Miss’ Scottie Phillips, Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams and LSU’s Nick Brossette. At a time when mobile quarterbacks are all the rage around college football, successful teams are always looking for durable running backs. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--ACC-YOUNG TALENT

The Atlantic Coast Conference is getting younger — and it’s a trend that’s sure to continue. Throughout the league, teams are counting on highly regarded, talented youngsters to make plays and take charge, no matter how little experience they have. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

Also:

— FBC--T25-CLEMSON-BRYANT TRANSFER — Clemson QB Kelly Bryant transferring after losing starting job. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 520 words, photos

— FBC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-MIAMI — A preview of Thursday’s night game. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 680 words, photos.

DOPING

OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING-NO VOTE

A key dissenter in the decision to reinstate Russia’s suspended drug-fighting operation tells The Associated Press that athletes must be better heard to restore the World Anti-Doping Agency’s credibility. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 600 words, photos.

ATH--RUSSIAN DOPING-CAS

SOCHI, Russia — Russia has filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn its doping ban from track and field competition. The country’s track team was banned by the IAAF in November 2015 after a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation found widespread drug use by elite Russian athletes. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 470 words.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BKL--WORLD CUP-SURPRISING NIGERIA

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain — Nigeria coach Otis Hughley Jr. says his team is pulling off miracle after miracle in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. To win the next game against the United States, he knows he’ll need the biggest miracle of them all. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 600 words.

With:

— BKL--WORLD CUP-DAY 4-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

— BKL--WORLD CUP-PRELIMINARY ROUND NOTEBOOK. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 790 words, photo.

SOCCER

SOC--MLS-AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

The North is making noise in the East. And no, it’s not Toronto FC. The Montreal Impact are unexpectedly in the playoff picture after a two-month climb up the standings. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

SOC--QATAR-2022 WORLD CUP

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A contractor involved in building infrastructure around the marquee stadium for Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup did not pay its workers, leaving them stranded thousands of miles from home, according to a new report. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 650 words, photos.

Also:

— SOC--UEFA-EURO 2024 — Germany is favored to beat Turkey in Thursday’s 2024 European Championship vote after four years as front-runner in a campaign that explicitly mixed soccer and politics. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 790 words, photos.

OTHER

— BKC--UNC WILMINGTON-FLORENCE — UNC Wilmington’s men’s basketball team holds first week of practice at North Carolina following Hurricane Florence. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— BKN--GRIZZLIES-CONLEY — Grizzlies’ Mike Conley pain-free after surgery on his left heel. By Teresa Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Tennis tournaments in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; and Wuhan, China.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

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Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Baltimore at Boston, 1st game, 1:05 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 4:05 p.m.

Houston at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.

Kansas City at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

Baltimore at Boston, 2nd game, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

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

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

Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

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

Detroit at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Texas at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

Oakland at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

NHL Exhibition

N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Boston, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

MLS

Chicago at New York City FC, 7 p.m.

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