BC-AP Sports Digest
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Early in the fourth quarter, coach Tom Coughlin couldn’t help himself after seeing Odell Beckham catch a touchdown to give the New York Giants a big lead over the Washington Redskins. A smile crossed his face for a split second. There was going to be no repeat of the last-minute losses to Dallas and Atlanta. And there wasn’t as Eli Manning added a 41-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle in a 32-21 victory that gave New York its fifth straight win over Washington. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 850 words.
FBC--THINGS TO WATCH-WEEK 4
Weeks like this are when college football can get really weird. Only two games match ranked teams, both in the Pac-12. Most of the top-10 teams are huge favorites, playing at home. Upsets seem unlikely, but weird stuff can happen. By Ralph Russo. SENT: 677 words.
MINNEAPOLIS — Halfway into his rookie season, Adrian Peterson had passed the 200-yard mark for a second time. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Minnesota Vikings held a four-point lead over the San Diego Chargers before Peterson finished with the NFL single-game rushing record with 296 yards. San Diego will play at Minnesota Sunday for the first time since that game Nov. 4, 2007. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 790 words.
DENVER — Minnesota fullback Zach Line with a short touchdown over Adrian Peterson? Now that’s infuriating for fantasy owners. Same with Kansas City’s Knile Davis scoring last week instead of Jamaal Charles. Or New Orleans’ Austin Johnson over Mark Ingram. These players are fantasy vultures, swooping in to deny your guy points. But they don’t have to be. There’s a scenario where they could actually be a valuable asset. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words.
— FBN--JETS-FITZ’S TEAM — By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 720 words.
— FBN--CARDINALS-FITZ’S RENAISSANCE — By Bob Baum. SENT: 766 words.
— FBN--SAINTS-MCCOWN — By Brett Martel. SENT: 390 words.
— FBN--COWBOYS-WITTEN’S STREAK — By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 720 words.
— FBN--SEAHAWKS-BENNETT BROTHERS — SENT: 390 words.
— FBN--PACKERS-RODGERS — By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 450 words.
— FBN--PEYTON’S PERSONAL DAYS — By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 470 words.
FBC--T25-CENTRAL MICHIGAN-MICHIGAN STATE
EAST LANSING, Mich. — It’s one loss that really stands out as a head scratcher in Mark Dantonio’s tenure as Michigan State’s coach. In 2009, Central Michigan upset the Spartans in stunning fashion, scoring a touchdown and a field goal in the final 32 seconds to win 29-27. A lot has changed for Michigan State since then. The Spartans are now ranked No. 2 in the country, and they’ll be heavily favored when they host Central Michigan on Saturday. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words.
LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury sees his players maturing this season and is eager to see how that translates to improved performance when the Red Raiders host third-ranked TCU in the Big 12 opener for both teams. This is an early test against the team that scored a Big 12 record 82 points against them last season. By Betsy Blaney. UPCOMING: 790 words.
WACO, Texas — Fifth-ranked Baylor got the expected lopsided victories and big offensive numbers in its first two games. The two-time defending Big 12 champion Bears just haven’t been putting away non-conference opponents as quickly as they did the past two seasons. Coming off an open date, Baylor plays its final non-conference game Saturday against Rice. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 670 words.
— FBC--T25-TEXAS A&M-ARKANSAS — By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 660 words.
— FBC--T25-BYU-MICHIGAN — By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words.
— FBC--BOWLING GREEN-PURDUE — SENT: 672 words.
— FBC--SOUTHERN MISS-NEBRASKA — By Eric Olson. SENT: 690 words.
— FBC--N TEXAS-IOWA — By Luke Meredith. SENT: 640 words.
— FBC--ARMY-EASTERN MICHIGAN — UPCOMING: 544 words.
GLF--ON THE TEE
ATLANTA — Henrik Stenson made a late bogey to settle for a 7-under 63 and a two-shot lead over paul Casey after the first round of the Tour Championship. Stenson opened with a 29 on the front nine and reached 8 under through 12 holes before his round stalled. Even so, he was one round closer to the biggest payday in golf. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 775 words.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — No unexpected wild-card ride into October this year. The Kansas City Royals are division champs for the first time in three decades — and they want a whole lot more. Johnny Cueto earned his first win in nearly six weeks and the Royals clinched the AL Central crown Thursday night with a 10-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners. It is Kansas City’s first division title since 1985, when Brett led the Royals to AL West crown en route to their only World Series championship. SENT: 830 words.
BBO--REUNION ON THE MOUND
OAKLAND, Calif. — All Tim Hudson and Barry Zito need is Mark Mulder wearing a uniform and back on the mound to complete the ’ol Big Three in Oakland. Oh, Mulder will be there, all right — he wouldn’t miss it when San Francisco’s Hudson and Zito with the A’s face off Saturday before both head into their planned retirements. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 850 words.
CHICAGO — As much as he is enjoying this, Greg Simon can’t quite escape the thought that it might unravel in some cruel, freakish way. He is, after all, a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs. After five consecutive losing seasons, the Cubs are nearing a playoff berth for the first time since they repeated as National League Central champions in 2008. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 800 words.
— BBA--RED SOX-HAZEN — SENT: 583 words.
— BBA--ROYALS-HOLLAND — SENT: 380 words.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The prosecutor overseeing the sexual assault investigation of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is set to talk about an evidence bag that’s at the center of a decision by the accuser’s attorney to quit the case. Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita has scheduled a news conference for Friday morning. It follows a Thursday night press conference by attorney Thomas Eoannou during which he announced that he’s no longer representing the accuser. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after 11 a.m. news conference
CYC--WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS-HOUR RECORD
RICHMOND, Va. — It is the simplicity of the hour record that makes it the most hallowed in cycling, one rider on one machine for 60 minutes to determine just how much distance a human can cover. Those who have chased it amount to a master’s class in cycling history: from Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx to Chris Boardman, Francesco Moser and Miguel Indurain. Now, the latest generation is taking its shot. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 690 words.
— BKN--NBA FINALS SCHEDULE — SENT: 200 words.
— BKN--LAKERS-WORLD PEACE — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 490 words.
— BKN--REFEREES TRAINING — By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 650 words.
— BKN--HEAT-BOSH — By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 590 words.
— BKL--WNBA DRAFT LOTTERY — By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 590 words.
— OLY--2024-LOS ANGELES — By Eddie Pells. SENT: 700 words.
— OLY--JAPAN-STADIUM — SENT: 250 words.
— RAC--LITTLE BROWN JUG — SENT: 360 words.
Friday’s Time Schedule
No. 21 Stanford at Oregon State, 10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, 7:08 p.m.
Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.
Texas at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.
San Francisco at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Seattle at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.
Arizona at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders (ss) at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders (ss) at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Florida at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Edmonton at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Vancouver at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Los Angeles at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Arizona at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Orlando City at New York, 7 p.m.