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BC-AP Sports Digest

August 21, 2018

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Tiger Woods almost certainly will be chosen for the Ryder Cup, and AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson says Phil Mickelson will likely join him. Ferguson speaks about next month’s competition with co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on PodcastOne Sports Now. AP Auto Racing Writer Jenny Fryer discusses the DUI arrest of NASCAR chairman Brian France. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

The Pac-12 is banking on a strong Washington team, some new coaches and a couple of Heisman Trophy contenders to help the conference bounce back from a lackluster 2017. On the latest episode of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the Pac-12. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast



OXNARD, Calif. — Kris Richard wears cleats to practice just in case the new secondary coach of the Dallas Cowboys decides to jump in on a play. The former defensive coordinator for the Legion of Boom in Seattle was the highest-ranking hire in an overhaul of Jason Garrett’s staff after the Cowboys missed the playoffs. The fiery Richard takes over a young group, similar to his early days with the Seahawks. For now, it’s a stretch to say he has another Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas or Kam Chancellor. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 940 words, photos by 3 a.m.



OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis asked a young fan from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to sign his jersey, then slugged a mighty home run for the Oakland Athletics against the Texas Rangers. Ten-year-old Anthony Slocumb told Davis that he was his favorite player and asked for an autograph, Slocumb told The Associated Press. That’s when Davis asked for a signature right back. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 600 words, photos. With embeddable AP video.



College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo takes a look at the preseason AP Top 25, using the poll’s history to try identifying overrated, underrated and unpredictable teams. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 1900 words, photos by 3 a.m.


Anyone who pays attention to the NFL knows that Tom Brady is 41 as he heads into the season. He’s hardly the only geezer in football terms still on the field or hoping to be when the season kicks off next month. Brady isn’t even close to the oldest guy suiting up these days. His former teammate in New England, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, is 45. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 740 words, photos by 3 a.m.


MADISON, Wis. — The suspension of Quintez Cephus leaves Wisconsin without one of its top receivers for the foreseeable future. Cephus was charged with felony sexual assault on Monday, accused of misconduct involving two women at his apartment last April. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 640 words, photos by 3 a.m.


LOS ANGELES — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen allowed ninth-inning homers to Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter in his return from the disabled list, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Los Angeles 5-3. By Beth Harris. SENT: 700 words, photos. Will be updated.



INDIANAPOLIS — Joe Flacco threw a touchdown pass in the first half, Lamar Jackson added another in the second half and the Baltimore Ravens ruined Andrew Luck’s Indianapolis homecoming by topping the Colts 20-19. Flacco looked sharp, going 7 of 9 for 72 yards before departing. By Michael Marot. SENT: 830 words, photos.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen is getting his chance to secure the starting job in Buffalo’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. By John Wawrow. SENT: 700 words, photos.


GREEN BAY, Wis. — Injuries and unexpected developments have left the Green Bay Packers thin at running back with just two camp practices and two games left in the preseason. Only Ty Montgomery, who has overcome injury issues in the past, and little-known halfback Joel Bouagnon have made it through camp unscathed. SENT: 590 words.


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates on rookie QB Sam Darnold: ‘He’s owned the playbook.’ By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 850 words, photos.



A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 480 words, photos by 3 a.m.


MINNEAPOLIS — Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria will stay in a Minnesota hospital overnight after complaining of lightheadedness. The 56-year-old Renteria was at the ballpark when the issue arose and was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center as a precaution. A team official says Renteria went through tests, but didn’t have any further information. SENT: 140 words.



A look at the two first-round games in the WNBA playoffs with Los Angeles hosting Minnesota and Phoenix playing Dallas. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 3 a.m.



ALLENTOWN, Pa. — IndyCar driver Robert Wickens will have surgery for a spinal injury suffered in a crash at Pocono Raceway. IndyCar says the 29-year-old Canadian was scheduled for surgery in an Allentown hospital. He was airlifted there following the crash in the opening laps of Sunday’s race. Wickens has injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine and a pulmonary contusion. SENT: 270 words, photos.




Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

San Diego at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Texas at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

Houston at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

St. Louis at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


Dallas vs. Phoenix at Tempe, Ariz., 8:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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