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BC-AP Sports Digest

October 7, 2018
BC-AP Sports Digest,1717

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TOP STORIES

BBN--NLDS-DODGERS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Left-hander Sean Newcomb starts for Atlanta against Los Angeles rookie Walker Buehler as the Braves try to avoid being swept by the Dodgers in the NL Division Series. Los Angeles leads the best-of-five series 2-0. The 25-year-old Newcomb came within a strike of throwing a no-hitter against the Dodgers at home on July 29. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:07 p.m.

BBN--NLDS-BREWERS-ROCKIES

DENVER — The Milwaukee Brewers can close out the NL Division Series with a win over the Colorado Rockies. The Brewers lead the best-of-five series 2-0. Wade Miley takes the mound for the Brewers, while the Rockies call on hard-throwing German Marquez to keep their season going. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 4:37 p.m.

FBN--EAGLES-VIKINGS

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles and the Vikings meet for the first time since they were vying for a spot in the Super Bowl. Now, they are searching for consistency while looking up at other division leaders. Philadelphia is just a half-game out of the NFC East lead, and Minnesota is1-2-1 and trails Chicago and Green Bay in the NFC North. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:25 p.m.

With:

— FBN--WEEK 5-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Notre Dame moved into the top five, Texas and UCF slipped into the top 10 and the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the AP college football poll. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 550 words, photos.

MMA--UFC 229 BRAWL

LAS VEGAS — Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov could face a large fine and a lengthy suspension after his post-fight actions at UFC 229. The Dagestan-born Russian fighter hurdled the cage and fought with one of Conor McGregor’s cornermen immediately after choking out McGregor in one of the biggest fights in mixed martial arts history. UFC President Dana White says Nurmagomedov and the members of his entourage who ambushed McGregor in the cage are in “big trouble” with the Nevada Athletic Commission. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

SHOWCASE

SOC--EGYPT-SOCCER CHAOS

Soccer in Egypt is in upheaval with the head of one of the country’s top soccer clubs severely sanctioned and a key investor abruptly announcing he’s pulling his soccer investments in the country. The scandals are weighing heavily on Egyptian soccer at a time the country is trying to shake off memories of its miserable run in the World Cup and other recent issues. By Hamza Hendawi and Samy Magdy. SENT: 950 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

MMA--TIM DAHLBERG--UFC or WWE?

LAS VEGAS — Khabib Nurmagomedov will get some punishment, not that it really matters. What he’ll also probably get from his dive into the crowd after beating Conor McGregor is a rematch that will pay him many more millions than he would have gotten otherwise. All that was missing from the whole melee were the folding chairs and breakaway tables, but otherwise this was more WWE than it was UFC. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBA--ALDS-ASTROS-INDIANS PREVIEW

CLEVELAND — The Indians know a 2-0 deficit isn’t insurmountable after they blew one last October. But unless they start to hit Houston’s pitchers in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, Cleveland’s season will come another quick conclusion. By Tom Withers. SENT: 750 words, photos. Will be updated following workouts.

With:

— BBA--ALDS-ASTROS-BIG STATE BREGMAN. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

BBA--ALDS--YANKEES-RED SOX PREVIEW

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have a day off before their AL Division Series resumes. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.

NFL

FBN--JAGUARS-CHIEFS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1) visit the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs in a matchup of elite AFC teams. Kansas City’s powerful offense led by emerging star quarterback Patrick Mahomes faces the league’s best defense. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.

FBN--FALCONS-STEELERS

PITTSBURG — The Atlanta Falcons (1-3) visit the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1). The Steelers have never lost to Atlanta at home but have dropped three consecutive games at Heinz Field. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.

Also:

— FBN--NFL TODAY.

— FBN--NFL INJURIES.

— FBN--PANTHERS-REID — Panthers’ Eric Reid returns, kneels during national anthem. By Steve Reed. SENT: 400 words, photos.

FBN--SAINTS-BREES-LONGEVITY

NEW ORLEANS — When Peyton Manning eclipsed Brett Favre to become the NFL’s all-time yards passing leader, the end was in sight. With Drew Brees primed to surpass both marks as early as Monday night against Washington, the Saints’ star QB is matching the production of his prime. His current form suggests he’ll smash the yardage record by thousands of yards. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-WILLIAMS’ IMPACT

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Dexter Williams’ first rushing attempt of the season went for 45 yards and a touchdown, and the Notre Dame senior who teammates call “Juiceman” has hardly stopped running since returning from a four-game absence to start the season. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--T25-TALK OF TEXAS

DALLAS — Tom Herman paused when considering the question many are starting to ask. So is Texas really back? With a five-game winning streak after beating Oklahoma, that becomes a legitimate question for the No. 9 Longhorns. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--T25-FLORIDA-DARING DAN

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Jump pass. Double pass. Rocker step. Throwback pass. And that’s apparently just a glimpse into Dan Mullen’s playbook. The first-year Florida coach has turned to a little trickery to help the 14th-ranked Gators mask their offensive deficiencies. “Daring Dan” is perfect on the season, too. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--T25-MIAMI-RICHARDS

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami wide receiver Ahmmon Richards’ career is effectively over, after being declared medically ineligible to return to the field because of a neck injury that will simply make the game too high-risk for him going forward. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6:30 p.m. Developing from 4:45 p.m. announcement.

FBC--OBIT-GAGLIARDI

MINNEAPOLIS — John Gagliardi, who won more games than any other college football coach with his unconventional methods at a small Minnesota school, has died. He was 91. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 950 words, photo.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION

A federal trial alleging dirty money in college basketball has pulled back the curtain on the sport’s worst-kept secret. More revelations are sure to come, along with potential changes to the way college hoops operate. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-DOVER

DOVER, Del. — Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick start 1-2 at the NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway. The race kicks off the second round of the playoffs. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Race started 2:15 p.m.

CAR--F1-JAPANESE GP

SUZUKA, Japan — Lewis Hamilton storms to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix, claiming his fourth straight Formula One win and moving a step closer to a fifth world championship. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 440 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--SAFEWAY OPEN

NAPA, Calif. — Brandt Snedeker takes a three-stroke lead into the final round of the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 p.m.

Also:

— GLF--DUNHILL LINKS — Lucas Bjerregaard wrecks Tyrrell Hatton’s hopes of Dunhill hat trick with 1-strokes victory. SENT: 260 word.

— GLF--INTERNATIONAL CROWN — South Korea holds off U.S. and England to win International Crown. SENT: 240 words, photos.

— GLF--ASIA AMATEUR — Big weekend helps Takumi Kanaya to victory in Asia-Pacific Amateur. SENT: 260 words.

SOCCER

SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

LONDON — Liverpool, on the same points as Manchester City at the top of the standings but with an inferior goal difference, hosts the Premier League leader at Anfield. Chelsea looks to leapfrog Tottenham when it travels to play Southampton. In the day’s early game, resurgent Arsenal thrashed Fulham 5-1 in a London derby at Craven Cottage. By Tony Jimenez. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m. With separates on three EPL games.

Also:

— SOC--PANAMA-US — U.S. looks for its second straight win at CONCACAF Women’s Championship when Americans take on Panama in pool play in Cary, North Carolina. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 5 p.m.

OTHER

— BKN--PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of four NBA exhibition games. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1 a.m.

— TEN--CHINA OPEN — Caroline Wozniacki wins 2nd China Open title; Juan del Potro falls to Nikoloz Basilashvili. SENT: 260 words, photos.

— TEN--JAPAN OPEN — Daniil Medvedev beats local favorite Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4 in the Japan Open final for his third career ATP title. SENT: 140 words, photos.

— TEN--SHANGHAI MASTERS — Jeremy Chardy has lost track of how many times he’s lost to Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic. It’s a lot. SENT: 410 words.

CAPSULES

— FBN--NFL CAPSULES.

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES.

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Sunday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

NL Division Series (Game 2)

Milwaukee at Colorado, 4:37 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Atlanta, 8:07 p.m.

NFL

Miami at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Denver at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Tennessee at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Oakland at L.A. Chargers, 4:05 p.m.

Minnesota at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m.

Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.

L.A. Rams at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Dallas at Houston, 8:20 p.m.

NHL

N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, 5 p.m.

Toronto at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

NBA Exhibition

Atlanta vs. Oklahoma City at Tulsa, Okla., 3 p.m.

Houston at San Antonio, 4 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. Minnesota at Ames, Iowa, 8 p.m.

Utah at Portland, 9 p.m.

MLS

Chicago at D.C. United, 1 p.m.

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