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John Smoltz says baseball must change — and fast. The Hall of Fame pitcher speaks about the need to make the game more appealing to fans young and old on PodcastOne Sports Now with co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke.
Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic joins College Football Writer Ralph Russo on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to discuss the suspension of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Also, ESPN’s Rece Davis, a voter in the AP college football poll, weighs in on the preseason rankings.
NEW YORK — Simona Halep makes a quick-as-can-be exit on Day One of the U.S. Open, becoming the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose her opening match at the Grand Slam tournament in the half-century of the professional era. She is easily beaten by 44th-ranked Estonian Kaia Kanepi. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m., updated with night session featuring Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal matches.
— TEN--US OPEN-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
FBN--THE GRUDEN BROTHERS
The Gruden brothers are about to do something only one other family has done. With Jon Gruden leaving the TV booth for another stint at Oakland and Jay Gruden in place at Washington, the Grudens will join the Harbaughs as the only siblings to simultaneously hold jobs as NFL head coaches. By Pro Football Writers Josh Dubow and Howard Fendrich. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.
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Manu Ginobili retires at age 41 after a “fabulous journey” in which the two-time All-Star helped the Spurs win four NBA titles in 16 seasons there. The left-handed guard with the quick move and sure shot came to San Antonio in 2002 and formed the “Big 3″ with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
FBC--T25-OHIO ST-COACHES SPEAK
COLU7MBUS, Ohio — Two Ohio State assistants are to speak for the first time since coach Urban Meyer was suspended for his handling of domestic abuse allegations against now-fired assistant Zach Smith. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
PARAMUS, N.J. — PGA Tour is putting the final touches on a new FedEx Cup structure for next year, the AP is told. A bonus would be awarded to the leading player from the regular season, followed by a new scoring format for the Tour Championship that will decide the FedEx Cup champion. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.
TEN--US OPEN-FINDING AMERICAN MEN
NEW YORK — There were four American women in the U.S. Open semifinals just last year. No American man has won any Grand Slam tournament in 15 years. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— IRAN-US OPEN — Iran’s ex-president tweets in defense of Serena Williams’ catsuit. SENT: 150 words.
— TEN--US OPEN GLANCE.
BALTIMORE — Kendrys Morales has homered in seven straight games for Toronto, one short of the major league record. He can match the mark set by Dale Long, Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr. when the Blue Jays face a major league-worst Orioles team that has lost eight in a row. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
HOUSTON — In a series opener between the AL West’s top two teams, the Athletics start Gerrit Cole (11-5) against the Astros, who have won five in a row. All-Star outfielder George Springer is expected back for Houston. Oakland trails the first-place Astros by 1 1/2 games. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Rockies, a game behind first-place Arizona in the NL West, send Jon Gray to the mound against Mike Trout and the Angels. Gray hasn’t lost a start since June 12, a span of 10 outings. Los Angeles has dropped six straight. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:07 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis is Oakland’s other “KD.” Playing next door to where Kevin Durant led the Warriors to a second straight NBA title, Davis is on such a home run streak for the Athletics he has reason to think he might hit 50. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 750 words, photos.
FBN--AFC EAST PREVIEW
NEW YORK — Everyone’s still chasing New England in the AFC East. Many faces change every year — in Miami, Buffalo, New York and even Foxborough — but Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are constants. The Patriots have won nine straight division titles and 14 of 15. Another could be coming. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBN--NFC EAST PREVIEW
PHILADELPHIA — Before they try to become the ninth team to repeat as Super Bowl champions the Eagles face another tough task. Winning consecutive NFC East titles is so difficult it hasn’t happened since Philadelphia Eagles did it four straight seasons from 2001-04. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
BEREA, Ohio — Browns receiver Josh Gordon believes this time he’s back to stay. The oft-suspended former Pro Bowler recently returned to the team after leaving for three weeks to get mental health counseling. By Tom Withers. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Adam “Pacman” Jones rejoins Vance Joseph in Denver a month shy of his 35th birthday to bolster both the defensive backfield and the Broncos’ special teams units. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jaguars will be without their top receiver for the second straight year. Marqise Lee needs season-ending surgery after Falcons cornerback Damontae Kazee delivered a helmet-first hit to his knee. By Mark Long. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— FBN--BILLS-WORK IN PROGRESS — By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8:30 p.m.
— FBN--FALCONS-QUINN — By George Henry. UPCOMING: 550 words with photos by 5 p.m.
— FBN--REDSKINS-OFFENSIVE QUESTION — By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBN--SEAHAWKS-RUN GAME — By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--TITANS-MATTHEWS — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5:30 p.m.
— FBN--CARDINALS-TURNOVERS — By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
FBC--WASHINGTON STATE-REMEMBERING TYLER
PULLMAN, Wash. — The family of former Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski plans to attend the Cougars’ Sept. 8 home opener. The game will be the team’s first at home since Hilinski killed himself in January. The family is still searching for answers for what their son did. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 800 words, photos.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan has not won a true road game against a ranked team since winning at Notre Dame in 2006. The No. 14 Wolverines have a shot to stop the 0-16 streak when they open Saturday night against the No. 12 Fighting Irish. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBC--FLA ATLANTIC-AL-SHAAIR’S JOURNEY
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Florida Atlantic star linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair could use an NFL paycheck. But the nation’s fifth-leading tackler is back for his senior season and essentially raising two of his brothers. Al-Shaair grew up homeless and believes that made him a better football player. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBC--UCLA-SUSPENSIONS — SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-FITZGERALD SUSPENDED — By David Brandt. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBC--T25-ALABAMA-QUARTERBACKS — By John Zenor. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBC--T25-CLEMSON QUARTERBACK — By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-GEORGIA-FROMM’S ROLE — By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBC--FLORIDA-QBS — By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-TWO DOCTORS
CLEVELAND — A scandal at Ohio State over decades-old sexual misconduct by a team doctor has raised comparisons with the Larry Nassar abuse case at Michigan State, which inspired many Ohio State victims to come forward. A side-by-side look at the cases. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 900 words, photos.
Kenya’s first WADA-approved drug-testing laboratory will be operational early next month. Doping authorities are trying to close a loophole that some fear had allowed athletes from the East African distance-running powerhouse to beat controls for years. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— ATH--DOPING-BETT — Kenya’s Kipyegon Bett, star 800-meter runner, suspended for EPO. SENT: 200 words.
— TRUMP-ATHLETES — Trump praises Tiger Woods for urging respect for presidency. SENT: 130 words, photos.
— FBH--MISSING STUDENT-FOOTBALL — Brother of slain Iowa student leads high school team to victory. SENT: 170 words.
— SOC--A-LEAGUE-BOLT-KURZ — Australian league soccer coach says giving Usain Bolt a tryout comes at expense of younger players. SENT: 250 words, photos.
— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — Elia Viviani wins third stage of Spanish Vuelta; Michal Kwiatkowski keeps lead. SENT: 130 words.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.
Oakland at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
Colorado at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
Arizona at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.