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September 19, 2018

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On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , guest Chantel Jennings previews the Pac-12′s big game between No. 7 Stanford and No. 20 Oregon and gives the back story on Ducks star quarterback Justin Herbert. Jennings and the AP’s Ralph Russo focus on the Pac-12, looking at Southern California’s problems and who — if anybody — is good in the Pac-12 South. Plus, which struggling first-year coach is off to the most worrisome start. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts.

TOP STORIES

BKN--MAVERICKS-WORKPLACE CONDUCT

DALLAS — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban agrees to contribute $10 million to women’s causes and domestic violence awareness as part of the NBA’s investigation into workplace conditions with his franchise. The league announces that it will require staffing, reporting and policy changes for the Mavericks seven months after a Sports Illustrated report detailed years of examples of a hostile workplace for women on the business side of the team’s operation. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.

OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING

MOSCOW — Should Russia be reinstated without publicly admitting wrongdoing for its state-sponsored doping scheme? That question has caused ferocious infighting at the World Anti-Doping Agency, which could now be set to lift the suspension on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. WADA’s board is due to vote on the issue Thursday in the Seychelles. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 860 words, photos.

BBA--RED SOX-YANKEES

NEW YORK — The Red Sox try again to wrap up the AL East, which they can do with a win at Yankee Stadium. Boston missed a chance to clinch Tuesday night when it lost 3-2 in the Bronx. Left-hander David Price (15-6, 3.42 ERA) faces struggling New York ace Luis Severino (17-8, 3.46). Price is 5-0 with a 1.56 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break, while Severino has a 6.35 ERA in 10 starts over that same span. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

With:

— BBA--PREMATURE CHAMPIONSHIP BANNER — Too soon? Fans find Red Sox division title banner in street. SENT: 130 words, photo.

BBN--ROCKIES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — Locked in a tight race for the NL West title, the Rockies and Dodgers meet for the final time in the regular season. Los Angeles leads by 1½ games and will go for a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium when rookie Walker Buehler (7-5, 2.88 ERA) pitches against Tyler Anderson (6-9, 4.82). Colorado could be without slugger Trevor Story again after the All-Star shortstop hurt his right elbow Monday night. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:10 p.m.

US--GOLFER KILLED-IOWA

AMES, Iowa — Celia Barquin Arozamena was a top amateur golfer from Spain who was finishing her degree at Iowa State University. Collin Daniel Richards was a former inmate from small-town Iowa with a history of violence. Investigators say their contrasting lives intersected in the most violent way when Richards attacked and stabbed Barquin to death at a golf course. By Luke Meredith and Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 910 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--TEXANS-BLACK QBS COMMENT

HOUSTON — The Houston Texan fire back at an East Texas school superintendent who wrote: “You can’t count on a black quarterback,” in the comment section of a news article criticizing quarterback Deshaun Watson. Coach Bill O’Brien called the comments “outdated, inaccurate, ignorant and idiotic.” Watson said he didn’t waste time worrying about the post. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 560 words, photos.

FBN--STEELERS-DRAMA KINGS

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers began the season saying they needed to avoid the drama that plagued them in 2017. And yet two weeks in here we are. The team is winless, Antonio Brown is frustrated and Le’Veon Bell is MIA. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--VIKINGS-ALL IN

EAGAN, Minn. — In the three days since their last game, the Minnesota Vikings have made upgrades at kicker, wide receiver and defensive tackle, further underscoring their determination to reach the Super Bowl. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--JETS-BROWNS

CLEVELAND — Sam Darnold didn’t have exactly what the Browns were looking for in the NFL draft so they selected quarterback Baker Mayfield first. Darnold gets to show Cleveland what it missed on Thursday night when he leads the New York Jets against the Browns, who should be 2-0 but remain winless since 2016. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

Also:

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

— FBN--BRONCOS-PEKO. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.

— FBN--CARDINALS-BRADFORD’S WOES. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m.

— FBN--CHARGERS-RUNNING GAME. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBN--CHIEFS-DEEP ARSENAL. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--COLTS-GOING BACK. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBN--DOLPHINS FRONT FOUR. By Steve Wine. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--JAGUARS-REVENGE TOUR. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--PANTHERS-CAM’S CHECK DOWN. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--PATRIOTS-GORDON. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBN--RAIDERS-CARR. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m.

— FBN--REDSKINS-RECEIVERS. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.

— FBN--SEAHWAWKS. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words by 9 p.m.

— FBN--TITANS-MARIOTA. By Pro Football Writer Teresa Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words by 8 p.m.

— FBN--PRO PICKS. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 720 words, graphic.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS

No. 20 Oregon and its star quarterback, Justin Herbert, get a big-stage game against No. 7 Stanford to prove themselves. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

FBC--T25-SEC-DAUNTING DEPTH

ATLANTA — Don’t be misled by the top two spots of the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. There’s much more to the Southeastern Conference’s 2018 depth chart than the league’s impressive two-deep hold on the top of the poll. By Charles Odum. SENT: 830 words, photos.

FBC--ACC-QUARTERBACKS

BOSTON — Many of the Atlantic Coast Conference schools that had quarterback questions coming into the season seem to have found a solution. And that’s made the league deeper and more competitive than it might have seemed this summer. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 930 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTA — Tiger Woods once took for granted that he would end his season at the Tour Championship. Now, just being at East Lake feels like an accomplishment. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.

HOCKEY

HKN--OFFICIALS-BEST REFEREE

An informal poll of NHL players leaves no doubt as to who the most popular referee is: Veteran Wes McCauley. Known to fans for his demonstrative penalty calls and announcements, it’s the way he interacts with players and coaches that make him stand out in a fast sport where officials are prone to mistakes. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,070.

HKN--OFFICIALS-TRAINING CAMP

BUFFALO, N.Y. — NHL players aren’t the only ones needing training camp to prepare for the start of the season. The league’s 80-plus on-ice officials gathered last week for their annual five-day camp which included video sessions, pick-up games and even a few self-deprecating jokes about some of them needing glasses. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 700 words, photos.

TENNIS

TEN--OSAKA RETURNS

TOKYO — Naomi Osaka’s homecoming couldn’t have gone much better. Playing in her first tournament since winning the U.S. Open, third-seeded Osaka impresses her Japanese fans with a powerful 6-2, 6-1 win over Dominika Cibulkova to reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 600 words, photos.

Also:

— TEN--NADAL OUT — Rafael Nadal to skip tournaments in Asia because of bad knee. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— Tournaments in Tokyo; Seoul, South Korea; Guangzhou, China; St. Petersburg, Russia; Metz, France.

SOCCER

SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP

GENEVA — Real Madrid, now without Cristiano Ronaldo, and Juventus, now with him as their record signing, kick off their Champions League program as the four remaining groups begin play. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

Also:

— SOC--BARCELON-MESSI’S MISSION — Lionel Messi a man on a mission in the Champions League. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLYMPICS

OLY--KOREAS-2032 JOINT BID

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in say the countries plan to jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. SENT: 250 words, photos.

OTHER

— SPORTS BETTING-DISPUTED PAYOUT — New Jersey probes FanDuel’s refusal to pay $82,000 on wrong football odds. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 580 words, photo.

— BKL--US ROSTER — Sue Bird highlights U.S. women’s world cup roster. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 560 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— SOC--MLS CAPSULES

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Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

St. Louis at Atlanta, 12:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Texas, 2:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.

Boston at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m.

Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

San Francisco at San Diego, 9:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

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

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

NHL Exhibition

Calgary (ss) vs. Boston at Beijing, China, 7:30 a.m.

Tampa Bay at Carolina, 7 p.m.

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

Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Florida at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Minnesota at Des Moines, Iowa, 8 p.m.

Calgary (ss) at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

MLS

Columbus at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

Atlanta United FC at San Jose, 11 p.m.

Philadelphia at Seattle, 11 p.m.

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