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US--OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two men who worked at an Ohio State University doctor’s off-campus clinic says things that seemed odd about it then appear more suspicious in light of claims that he sexually abused male athletes and other students. They say Richard Strauss conducted exams alone at the sparsely equipped clinic and marketed it in the campus newspaper with ads touting prompt treatment of genital problems, plus a student discount. Allegations of sexual misconduct at the clinic are part of an ongoing investigation. By Kantele Franko. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BBA--BLUE JAYS-RED SOX
BOSTON — The Red Sox became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a playoff berth and did not celebrate. At a major league-best 99-46, the Red Sox lead the AL East by nine games with 2½ weeks left. Their postgame celebration was lining up for routine high-fives and heading back to the clubhouse. By Doug Alden. SENT: 648 words, photos.
CHICAGO — Jose Quintana dazzled all night long. Chicago had the right guy on the mound for a big game against Milwaukee, and the Cubs regained their two-game lead in the NL Central with a 3-0 win over the Brewers. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 770 words, photos.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Tyler Adams showed he might be able to help when the rebuilding U.S. soccer team resumes competitive matches next June. So did Antonee Robinson and goalkeeper Zack Steffen in a 1-0 victory over Mexico, the Americans’ first win over El Tri in three years. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 790 words, photos.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. —Hurricane Florence has forced the cancellation of several Top 25 games this weekend, including No. 13 Virginia Tech’s home game against East Carolina, No. 14 West Virginia’s trip to North Carolina State and No. 18 UCF’s game at North Carolina. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 700 words, photos.
BOX--TIM DAHLBERG-BIG FIGHT
LAS VEGAS — For a sport often given up for dead, boxing is suddenly very much alive. For evidence, look no further than Saturday night’s middleweight clash between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, a fight that showcases what happens when the best meet the best with titles at stake. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 800 words, photos.
EAST LANSING, Mich. —A woman has filed a lawsuit against Michigan State University, saying she became pregnant after she was drugged and raped by Larry Nassar when he was a medical student in 1992 but that campus police refused to investigate. Michigan State said it’s “looking into the situation.” SENT: 380 words, photos.
NEW YORK —Yes, that really happened. Sam Darnold sparkled in his NFL debut — after a disastrous first throw, of course — and the New York Jets dominated on offense, defense and special teams for a stunningly complete victory over Detroit in their season opener Monday night. And, just like that, hopes have been raised just one week into the season. Well, everywhere outside the Jets’ facility, that is. By AP Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak. SENT: 800 words, photos.
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Losing didn’t get any easier for Jon Gruden in his nine seasons away from coaching. Gruden’s much-anticipated return from the broadcast booth to the sideline for Oakland ended in disappointment as the Raiders were outclassed in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. The performance showed how far the Raiders have to go to get back to the level they were at when Gruden ended his first stint here more than 16 years ago. By AP Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 740 words, photos.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams looked like a team that could be playing for a long time based on how they put away the Oakland Raiders in the second half of the teams’ season opener. With an eye toward possibly playing into February, coach Sean McVay is willing to play the game to make sure the Rams are physically ready. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 760 words, photos.
— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, who met in the Super Bowl, switched places in the latest AP Pro32 poll . By Simmi Buttar. SENT: 600 words, photos.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Angels turned a bullpen game into a near no-hitter. Blake Parker gave up Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s single to right with one out in the eighth inning to end Los Angeles’ no-hit bid in a 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers. By Jill Painter Lopez. SENT: 800 words, photos.
BBO--BASEBALL-SEPT 11 ANNIVERSARY
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball has commemorated the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks with ceremonies at ballparks all across the country. A moment of silence to honor victims and first responders was held before every game. By AP Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— BBA--MARINERS-IWAKUMA — Seattle Mariners right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma intends to try and continue his professional career next year pitching in Japan. SENT: 340 words, photos.
—BBA--RED SOX-SALE — Chris Sale pitched a scoreless inning for the Boston Red Sox in his first start since going on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. SENT: 120 words, photos.
FBC--T25-AP ALL-AMERICA WATCH
The Associated Press has been honoring college football’s best with an All-America team since 1925. The first installment of the weekly All-America watch features Kansas’ all-around linebacker, Colorado’s breakout receiver and Alabama’s other offensive tackle. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 790 words, photos.
AUBURN, Ala. —Before Auburn beat two No. 1 teams and played for a league title last season, the Tigers stumbled against LSU. Going into Saturday’s rematch, No. 7 Auburn is determined to mine the embarrassing loss for a silver lining while trying to avoid a repeat. By John Zenor. SENT: 580 words, photos.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Ty Summers was an all-district dual-threat quarterback in high school. Since he started playing for No. 15 TCU, Summers has been on the other side chasing quarterbacks and making tackles all over the field. The school’s active career tackles leader has gone from linebacker to starting end for the Horned Frogs. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 680 words, photos.
UNDATED — There’s already a somewhat surprising development early in the Pac-12 season. The top two backs aren’t named Love and Gaskin, but instead Jefferson and Pierce. And they’re from Oregon State. Yes, they’re Beavers. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 900 words, photos.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A snoozer of a NASCAR season got a huge bolt of energy right before the playoffs with back-to-back wins by Brad Keselowski. Keselowski wasn’t a championship contender before two crown jewel victories, the Southern 500 and Brickyard 400, pushed him into sudden title talk. His door-slamming race with Denny Hamlin in the closing laps of Monday’s rain-rescheduled Brickyard awakened the NASCAR audience just in time for the postseason. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 860 words, photos.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-ROSE
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. —Justin Rose would like to have changed how he reached No. 1 in the world. But not when. The day Rose became No. 1 in the world was the anniversary of his death, a day the son never forgets. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 860 words, photos.
— GLF--GOLF NOTES. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.
Steve Yzerman stepped down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning after building them into a perennial contender, handing the reins to longtime assistant Julien BriseBois just two days before training camp. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 600 words, photos.
BUFFALO — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman downplayed the significance of entering mediation with former players in a bid to settle a concussion lawsuit, saying Tuesday the league is simply following a judge’s order. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 390 words, photo.
MADRID —Luis Enrique couldn’t have asked for a much better start as coach of Spain’s national team. Two matches, two convincing wins against top opponents in the UEFA Nations League. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 830 words, photos.
— SOC — ARGENTINA-COLOMBIA — With Lionel Messi not on Argentina’s roster, a crowd of just 35,624 turned out at MetLife Stadium to watch a 0-0 draw between La Albiceleste and Colombia. SENT: 130 words.
— SOC — EL SALVADOR-BRAZIL — Neymar converted a penalty kick for the second straight game, assisted on three goals and was given a yellow card for diving as Brazil routed El Salvador 5-0 on Tuesday night in an exhibition in front of just 28,511. By Bobby Bancroft. 240 words, photos.
— SOC--ARGENTINA-COED SOCCER BAN — A 7-year-old girl’s desire to play soccer has called attention to the obstacles women face in the sport. By Debora Rey. SENT: 680 words, photos.
— EQU--WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES — It’s referred to as the Super Bowl of equestrian competition. The World Equestrian Games begin Wednesday at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina, a small town about two hours west of Charlotte, and will run through Sept. 23. By Steve Reed. SENT: 800 words, photo.
— MOT--TOMAC’S TRAINING — Most professional motocross riders live in Florida or Southern California, where they can train in the warm weather, ride the same tracks together and work out with fitness gurus. Eli Tomac is not like the others. By John Marshall. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
L.A. Dodgers at Cincinnati, 12:35 p.m.
Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.
Houston at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 1:15 p.m.
Atlanta at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m., 1st game
San Diego at Seattle, 6:40 p.m.
Oakland at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m., 2nd game
Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Texas at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
Game 3: Seattle at Washington, 8 p.m.
Minnesota United at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.