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August 8, 2018

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Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson says his four years of high school coaching in Louisiana helped him become a Super Bowl champion coach. Pederson speaks with guest host Rob Maaddi in the AP’s latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now.” Also, AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner and Teresa M. Walker discuss Terrell Owens and the Hall of Fame.

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The Big Ten might be the most interesting and one of the most formidable conferences in college football this season. The AP Top 25 College Football Podcast previews the league with Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast

SHOWCASE

FBN--COWBOYS-PLAYER TO COACH

OXNARD, Calif. — In one year, Kellen Moore has gone from sitting next to Dak Prescott in meetings to running them as the new quarterbacks coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Moore’s broken ankle two years ago was the first of two injuries that led to Prescott starting as a rookie. Moore was the backup last season before deciding the time was right to step into a coaching role those around him figured was coming. It ended up being sooner rather than later. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m.

TOP STORIES

BKL--LOSING ACES

ATLANTA — The Las Vegas Aces lost two games in a single day — one on the court, another for refusing to take the court. The WNBA ruled the Aces must forfeit last weekend’s contest against Washington, which was called off when the Las Vegas players decided not to play because of concerns about their health and safety after 26 hours of travel. Shortly after that decision was announced, Las Vegas faded down the stretch in a 109-100 loss to Atlanta, dealing a severe blow to the Aces’ playoff hopes. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 930 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBC--AWARD HOPEFULS

Stanford running back Bryce Love’s decision to return for his senior year instantly made him a preseason front-runner for some of college football’s top individual awards. Love won the Doak Walker Award as college football’s top running back and was runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting last year as he rushed for 2,118 yards. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 870 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBC--SUMMER JOBS-FARMER’S WORK

Penn State linebacker Koa Farmer has always been a big fan of TV crime dramas. After he is done playing football, Farmer wants in on the action — for real. The senior is a criminology and sociology major at Penn State. In the summer of 2016, a former professor hooked him up with law enforcement organizations in Washington to get a taste of what it’s like to solve crimes. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 670 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--JIM BROWN-ANTHEM

CLEVELAND — Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown says he would never kneel during the national anthem and he believes all Americans “should respect the flag.” The 82-year-old said he appreciates players’ rights to protest during the anthem, but he would never do that because “I am not going to denigrate the flag.” By Tom Withers. SENT: 340 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--SUMMER JOBS-IT’S A ZOO

ST. PAUL, Minn. — From feeding the giraffes to patrolling the parking lots, Minnesota defensive ends Winston DeLattiboudere and Jerry Gibson enjoyed quite the unique summer job as security guards at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul a few miles away from campus. The good friends and Gophers teammates jumped at the opportunity when it was presented by the team’s director of player development. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBC--SUMMER JOBS-DOC SUN DEVIL

Summers are hardly a break for most college athletes, especially football players. Almost all take classes to lighten their loads during the season. But Arizona State receiver Kyle Williams is a little different. He’s preparing to be a surgeon. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 760 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBC--SUMMER JOBS-DALTON’S BLOG

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State offensive lineman Dalton Risner has a future in the NFL. But he also hopes his future includes the growth and development of his foundation, RiseUp, which aims to provide hope and inspire the next generation. Eventually, he wants to establish a series of football-centric summer camps for kids that come from a variety of backgrounds. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 630 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBC--USC-SCHIRMER

LOS ANGELES — An offensive lineman who punched a referee during a junior college game in 2016 has signed a financial aid agreement with Southern California. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 390 words, photos.

PRO FOOTBALL

FBN--PACKERS-RODGERS AND THE ROOKIES

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers expressed disappointment with the effort from some of the Green Bay Packers’ younger players during a frustrating period at practice. SENT: 570 words, photos.

FBN--JETS-TEDDY’S READY

Teddy Bridgewater nearly lost his playing career two years ago when he injured a knee during practice while with the Minnesota Vikings. He never doubted that he would get back despite the odds being stacked against him. Now with the Jets, he’s looking forward to his first extended action since the injury when New York plays Atlanta on Friday night. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 930 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--LEADING OFF

A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BBA--MARINERS-HERNANDEZ STRUGGLES

ARLINGTON — Felix Hernandez briefly looked like the ace he used to be for the Seattle Mariners before the struggles returned. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 770 words, photos.

BBM--TWIN CYCLES

INDIANAPOLIS — A pair of Pittsburgh Pirates minor leaguers put up an astonishing stat line. Kevin Newman and Jacob Stallings completed cycles three batters apart for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians in a 12-5 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. SENT: 180 words.

SOCCER

SOC--MARINERS-BOLT

GOSFORD, Australia — Central Coast Mariners coach Mick Mulvey says Usain Bolt will be treated as any other player when he joins the Australian A-League club this month on an “indefinite” trial. Mulvey will make the final decision over whether the Jamaican sprinting great is offered a contract as he pursues his long-held dream of playing professional football. SENT: 380 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES

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Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

BASEBALL

Cincinnati at N.Y. Mets, 12:10 p.m.

Seattle at Texas, 2:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Arizona, 3:40 p.m.

Detroit at L.A. Angels, 4:07 p.m.

Atlanta at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

San Diego at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

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

WNBA

Los Angeles at New York, 7 p.m.

Connecticut at Dallas, 8 p.m.

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