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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is running a more family-friendly training camp. In the latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now,” he speaks with AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds about juggling work with fatherhood. Also, AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker breaks down the playoffs. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
On the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, USA Today’s George Schroeder joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the big games of Week 6, including No. 19 Texas vs. No. 7 Oklahoma in Dallas. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
BOSTON — The Red Sox try to go up 2-0 on the Yankees after hanging on for a 5-4 win in their ALDS opener. David Price (16-7), who has struggled against New York while with Boston, faces Masahiro Tanaka (12-6). The Yankees could be without injured center fielder Aaron Hicks. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.
— Postgame sidebar by Kyle Hightower.
HOUSTON — Gerrit Cole (15-5) looks to give the World Series champion Astros a 2-0 lead over the Indians in the ALDS. Houston hit four homers in a 7-2 victory in Game 1, with George Springer having homered in five straight postseason games. Carlos Carrasco (17-10) goes for Cleveland. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 4:37 p.m.
— Postgame sidebar.
DALLAS — For the first time since 2012, No. 7 Oklahoma and No. 19 Texas are ranked for the Red River rivalry. The Longhorns are looking to regain their standing as the Big 12 heavyweight. Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray can boost his Heisman credentials with a victory. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game started noon.
LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor returns to mixed martial arts after a 23-month absence and boxing dalliance with Floyd Mayweather. The former two-division UFC champ tries to reclaim one of those belts, facing unbeaten lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov in a classic striker vs. grappler showdown. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Main event starts about 11:30 p.m.
ATLANTA — The Braves are back home, and one game from elimination in the NLDS. Kevin Gausman starts Sunday in Game 3, with rookie Walker Buehler expected to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gausman could just some support. So far, the Braves haven’t scored in two games. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— BBN--NLDS--BRAVES-DODGERS-GAME 3 — Confident Dodger team goes to Atlanta. By Beth Harris. SENT: 700 words, photos.
DENVER — Everything is going Milwaukee’s way: Christian Yelich is showing why he’s a leading NL MVP candidate and the bullpen is shutting big-hitting Colorado. The Brewers lead 2-0 in the NLDS, and the Rockies hope a return home will jump-start their bats. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.
— BBN--NLDS-ROCKIES-GONZALEZ — Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez promises better things at home. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 500 words, photos.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 5 LSU tries to stay unbeaten and add another road win to its resume when it plays at No. 22 Florida, which is honoring Tim Tebow during the game. The Gatos are coming off consecutive road wins against Tennessee and Mississippi State. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-VIRGINIA TECH
BLACKSBURG, Va. — No. 6 Notre Dame makes its first visit to Lane Stadium, facing No. 24 Virginia Tech. The unbeaten Fighting Irish are trying to stay in line for a shot at the playoff. The Hokies are looking for consecutive victories against ranked opponents for the first time since 2009. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — No. 17 Miami goes for its first home win over Florida State since 2004. The Seminoles can reclaim bragging rights over their rival and take a big step toward bowl eligibility. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
— FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 TAKEAWAYS — Three undefeated Top 10 teams face ranked foes away from home in Week 6. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— FBC--COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY— Highlights, top performances, stats. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 10 p.m.
— Other Top 10 Games:
— No. 1 Alabama-Arkansas (noon); No. 2 Georgia-Vanderbilt (7:30 p.m.); No. 3 Ohio State-Indiana (4 p.m.); No. 4 Clemson-Wake Forest (3:30 p.m.); No. 8 Auburn-Mississippi State (7:30 p.m.); No. 9 West Virginia-Kansas (noon); No. 10 Washington-UCLA (7:30 p.m.).
FBN--NFL THIS WEEK
When they last met, the Eagles and Vikings were vying for a spot in the Super Bowl. Now they are searching for consistency. By Pro Football Writer Barry By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,700 words, photos. First sent for weekend use.
DOVER, Del. — Ryan Blaney kept the party rolling from his first win long enough to stimulate business at his favorite bar. After his victory at Charlotte he hopes to stamp himself a contender in the next round of NASCAR’s playoffs. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— CAR--NASCAR-XFINITY — Playoff field cut from 12 to eight after Xfinity race. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Race starts 3:15 p.m.
— CAR--DOVER-GAMBLING — Dover track opens gambling kiosk. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m.
— CAR--F1-JAPANESE GP — Lewis Hamilton takes pole for Japanese Grand Prix. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 450 words, photos.
NAPA, Calif. — Brandt Snedeker is in front, leading Phil Mickelson and two others by three strokes entering the third round of the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 10 p.m.
— GLF--DUNHILL LINKS — Tyrrell Hatton positioned after three rounds to win third straight Dunhill Links title in Scotland. SENT: 200 words.
— GLF--INTERNATIONAL CROWN — Typhoon wipes out third day of eight-nation women’s event in South Korea. SENT: 300 words, photos.
UDINE, Italy — Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Juventus in the Italian league, a week after a Nevada woman filed a lawsuit accusing him of rape nine years ago. The five-time world player of the year denies the accusation. The goal was met by a mix of applause and boos. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Twenty-four years after parading through Brazilian streets while lifting the World Cup trophy, Romario is again dancing in the back of pickup trucks. This time the former soccer star is campaigning to become Rio de Janeiro’s next governor. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Manchester United, with manager Jose Mourinho’s job possibly in jeopardy, plays Newcastle in Premier League. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m. With separates on six games.
GOTHENBURG, Sweden — New Jersey and Edmonton open their regular season in Sweden. The matchup pits MVP Taylor Hall of the Devils against Art Ross Trophy winner Connor McDavid of the Oilers. By Karel Janicek. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.
— BKN--PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of three NBA exhibition games. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1 a.m.
— BOX--SRISKE-DIAZ — Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai keeps WBC super flyweight belt in home country. SENT: 160 words.
— Tennis tournaments in Beijing, Tokyo.
— FBC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES.
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES.
Saturday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
AL Division Series (Game 2)
Cleveland at Houston, 4:37 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 8:15 p.m.
College Football (Top 25)
No. 1 Alabama at Arkansas, noon
No. 2 Georgia vs. Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Ohio State vs. Indiana, 4 p.m.
No. 4 Clemson at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m.
No. 5 LSU at No. 22 Florida, 3:30 p.m.
No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 24 Virginia Tech, 8 p.m.
No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 18 Texas at Dallas, noon
No. 8 Auburn at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m.
No. 9 West Virginia vs. Kansas, noon
No. 10 Washington at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
No. 12 Central Florida vs. SMU, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Kentucky at Texas A&M, 7 p.m.
No. 14 Stanford vs. Utah, 10:30 p.m.
No. 15 Michigan vs. Maryland, noon
No. 16 Wisconsin vs. Nebraska, 7:30 p.m.
No. 17 Miami vs. Florida State, 3:30 p.m.
No. 20 Michigan State vs. Northwestern, noon
No. 21 Colorado vs. Arizona State, 4 p.m.
No. 23 NC State vs. Boston College, 12:30 p.m.
No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State, 3:30 p.m.
Edmonton at New Jersey, 1 p.m.
Winnipeg at Dallas, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Florida at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Nashville at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Montreal at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Vegas at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Anaheim at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Philadelphia at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Vancouver at Calgary, 10 p.m.
Boston at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana at Memphis, 8 p.m.
L.A. Clippers vs. L.A. Lakers at Anaheim, Calif., 10 p.m.
Columbus at Montreal, 3 p.m.
New England at Atlanta United, 3:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Toronto FC, 5 p.m.
Minnesota United at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Orlando City at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.
LA Galaxy at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Los Angeles FC at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Portland at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.
New York at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.