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Clemson is a heavy favorite to win its fourth straight ACC championship. On this week’s AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, the conference is previewed by ESPN’s David Hale. Hale and AP’s Ralph Russo discuss whether star freshman Trevor Lawrence will unseat quarterback Kelly Bryant.
CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE
ESPELETTE, France— Geraint Thomas all but seals his first Tour de France title by protecting his lead in the next-to-last stage time trial. The Welshman, barring any extraordinary mishap, will glide into Paris on Sunday in the mostly ceremonial finish. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady says it’s “ridiculous” to suggest the suspension of Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is tied to the quarterback’s personal health coach. The questions prompt Brady to abruptly end his first media session of camp. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.
LONG POND, Pa. — Jimmie Johnson awaits one more milestone when he starts for the 600th time in his career. He has won a record-tying seven championships and 83 races. On Sunday, he’ll try to join Richard Petty as the only drivers to win his 600th start. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.
OVERWATCH LEAGUE-FENDING OFF FORTNITE
NEW YORK — The Overwatch League is gambling that its deep pockets and strong infrastructure can keep it atop the esports mountain. While Fortnite is far more popular among gamers it does not have a league. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— OVERWATCH LEAGUE-ARE ESPORTS SPORTS? — By Terrin Waack. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — Jacob deGrom, with a major-league leading 1.71 ERA but only a 5-5 record, faces a Pittsburgh Pirates team that has won 12 of 14. De Grom has allowed three earned runs combined during his past three starts and has gone eight innings in each. UPCOMING 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Moustakas, the star third baseman acquired in a trade from Kansas City, is expected to make his Brewers debut against the San Francisco Giants. Milwaukee trails the Cubs by 1 1/2 games in the NL Central. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9:05 p.m.
— BBO--HALL OF FAME AWARDS — Broadcaster Bob Costas, writer Sheldon Ocker honored by Hall. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 5 p.m.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Heisman Trophy that Lamar Jackson earned as a 19-year-old at Louisville doesn’t carry any weight at his first NFL camp. Just like all the other Baltimore Ravens rookies, Jackson has to prove he can make the transition to the pro game. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3 p.m.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Despite all the hoopla surrounding rookie Josh Rosen, the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals is Sam Bradford. That is if he can stay healthy — a qualifier that has shadowed him his entire career. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings begin practice with the offensive line in the spotlight, a place the players would prefer not to be. This time it’s because of the death of beloved offensive line coach Tony Sparano. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After a year in which many questioned whether the New York Giants wasted a recent first-round draft pick, cornerback Eli Apple is starting to live up to expectations. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--PANTHERS-WILLIAMS — Panthers tackle Daryl Williams screaming in pain, carted off with knee injury. By Steve Reed. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— Reports from other NFL camps.
TOUR DE FRANCE
CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-THOMAS PROFILE
ESPELETTE, France — Five years ago, Geraint Thomas fell off his bike in the opening stage and broke his pelvis but soldiered on for three weeks to the finish. Now the Welshman heads to Paris, not so much a support rider for Chris Froome but a Tour de France champion. By Samuel Petrequin. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.
— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-TASTE OF THE TOUR — Champagne toasts in store Sunday as Tour finishes along Champs-Elysees. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BKL--WNBA ALL-STAR GAME
MINNEAPOLIS — Team Candace Parker takes on Team Elena Della Donne in the WNBA All-Star Game. This is the first time the league’s best players have been divided by captain picks rather than by conference. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Reigning Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles competes for the first time in two years when she leads the field in the U.S. Classic. Biles hasn’t lost an all-around competition in five years. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Event starts 7:30 p.m.
IRVINE, Calif. — Caeleb Dressel tries to qualify for a second individual event at next month’s Pan Pacific championships when he swims in the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. national championships. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Finals start 9 p.m.
LEXINGTON, Ohio — Will Power had never won the Indy 500 until May. He’s using that as inspiration at the Honda Indy 200 on Sunday at Mid-Ohio, where he’s been close but never won. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— CAR--INDYCAR-MID-OHIO-QUALIFYING — UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Qualifying started 1:35 p.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-RPM-WALLACE EXTENSION — Darrell Wallace Jr. on board with Richard Petty Motorsports. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— CAR--NASCAR-TRUCKS — Trucks race in Long Pond, Pa. By Dan Gelston. Race starts 1:15 p.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-QUALIFYING — Qualifying for Sunday’s Ganders Outdoors 400 in Long Pond. By Dan Gelston. Qualifying starts 4:10 p.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-IOWA — Christopher Bell eyes third straight win at Xfinity race in Newton, Iowa. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Race starts 5:30 p.m.
— CAR--F1-HUNGARIAN GP — Lewis Hamilton wins pole for Hungarian Grand Prix. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 650 words, photos.
OAKVILLE, Ontario — Kevin Tway leads by a stroke going into the third round of the RBC Canadian Open. Keegan Bradley, who had two eagles and two birdies in Friday’s last four holes, is one back along with Whee Kim. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— GLF-SENIOR BRITISH OPEN — Stephen Ames, Miguel Angel Jimenez in front by a stroke entering third round of Senior British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— GLF--LADIES SCOTTISH OPEN — Tiffany Joh up by three shots entering third round of tuneup for Women’s British Open. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— GLF--EUROPEAN OPEN — Bryson DeChambeau up by a shot entering third round of European Tour event in Germany. UPCOMING: 200 words by 4 p.m.
RAC--JIM DANDY STAKES
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Flameaway and Vino Rosso highlight a five-horse field for the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. It’s the second straight year the Grade 2 race has had only five entries. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Post time 6:18 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Liverpool and Manchester United could draw a crowd of more than 100,000 when they play a preseason International Champions Cup exhibition at Michigan Stadium. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Game starts 5:05 p.m.
— SAI--CLIPPER RACE — Australian is first woman to skipper winner in Clipper around-the-world yacht race. SENT:
— U.S. Open tennis tuneups in Atlanta; Hamburg, Germany; and Nanchang, China.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— SOC--MLS CAPSULES
Saturday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees, 1st game, 1:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.
Cleveland at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.
Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees, 2nd game, 7:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.
Texas at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Washington at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Oakland at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.
Arizona at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.
Milwaukee at San Francisco, 9:05 p.m.
Seattle at L.A. Angels, 9:07 p.m.
All-Star Game at Minneapolis, 3:30 p.m.
Atlanta United FC at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Toronto FC, 7 p.m.
Columbus at New York, 7 p.m.
Colorado at D.C. United, 8 p.m.
FC Dallas at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Houston at Portland, 9 p.m.
Minnesota United at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.