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Gary Bettman says the NHL wants a cut of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or game video are used. The commissioner speaks with AP Hockey Writer Larry Lage in the latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now.” Also up for discussion: Ice Cube on his BIG3 basketball league, and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on fatherhood.
The Big Ten features maybe the most interesting division in college football and one of the biggest divisional favorites. The AP Top 25 College Football Podcast previews the Big Ten this week, with Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network.
FBN--HALL OF FAME
CANTON, Ohio — Eight new members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be inducted Saturday night. Seven of them will actually be on hand. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Induction starts 7 p.m.
— FBN--HALL OF FAME-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
FBN--HALL OF FAME-OWENS
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Terrell Owens celebrates his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on his own terms at the college where he played football and basketball and ran track. A couple thousand people are expected at McKenzie Arena when Owens gives his speech far from Canton, Ohio. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Ahead of a campaign rally in Ohio, President Donald Trump unleashes a withering attack on the state’s favorite son, savaging LeBron James in a tweet that derided the intelligence of one of the nation’s most prominent African-American men. Trump blasted James after seemingly watching an interview James did earlier in the week with CNN anchor Don Lemon in which he deemed Trump divisive. Trump also appeared to weigh in on the growing debate over who is the greatest NBA player of all time, James or Michael Jordan, by writing “I like Mike!” By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— TRUMP-LEBRON-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
LOS ANGELES — T.J. Dillashaw defends his bantamweight title in a rematch with unfriendly rival Cody Garbrandt, and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson goes for his UFC-record 12th consecutive defense of his flyweight title in a rematch with Henry Cejudo. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Title fights start around 11 p.m.
Fifty years ago, Julius Boros took his place in golf history by winning the PGA Championship at age 48. He remains the oldest winner of a major championship, a record that seems almost as safe these days as Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major titles. Equipment and fitness allow players to compete well into their 40s. It just doesn’t translate in the majors, particularly the PGA Championship. Vijay Singh is the only PGA champion in his 40s since 1984. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.
— GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-CAPSULES — A capsule look at 10 contenders for the PGA Championship. UPCOMING: 1,260 words, photos.
— GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-TRIVIA QUIZ. SENT: 520 words.
NEW YORK — Kevin Gausman makes his Atlanta Braves debut when he pitches against Zack Wheeler and the Mets at Citi Field. Gausman was acquired from Baltimore at the trade deadline. Wheeler, who stayed put in New York, has won three straight starts. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
BOSTON — Nathan Eovaldi makes his second start for the Red Sox when AL East-leading Boston hosts the Yankees in the third game of their four-game series. New York counters with Chance Adams, making his major league debut in the place of new Yankee J.A. Happ, who is sidelined with hand, foot and mouth disease. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Breaking his left ankle and having his career put in jeopardy has given New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. a new perspective on life and football. Speaking to reporters for the first time since getting hurt in a game in early October, Beckham was thankful to be back on the field and seemingly more relaxed and more mature. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— FBN--BRONCOS-LINDSAY. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— FBN--CARDINALS-CHANDLER JONES. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— FBN--FALCONS-FREEMAN’S GLEE. By Charles Odum. SENT: 670 words, photos.
— FBN--JETS-SCRIMMAGE. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Scrimmage starts 7:15 p.m.
— FBN--PACKERS-FAMILY NIGHT. UPCOMING: 300 words. Practice starts 8:30 p.m.
— FBN--RAVENS-HURST. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 580 words, photo.
— FBN--SAINTS-ARMSTEAD. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--SEAHAWKS-SAFETY PLAN. By Tim Booth. SENT: 660 words.
— FBN--STEELERS-INSIDE JOB. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.
— FBC--ALABAMA-QB BATTLE. By John Zenor. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— FBC--OKLAHOMA STATE-RECEIVERS. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— FBC--USC-CAMP BEGINS. SENT: 630 words.
AKRON, Ohio — Ian Poulter, Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Thomas shared the lead going into the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger Woods was five shots behind on the Firestone course where he has won eight times. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— GLF--WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN — Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand goes into the third round at the Women’s British Open with a one-shot lead over Georgia Hall, Mamiko Higa and Minjee Lee. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS BLAINE, Minn. — Jerry Smith takes 2-shot lead into second round at 3M Championship. UPCOMING: 500 words by 8 p.m.
— GLF--BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP — Aaron Baddeley takes lead into the weekend in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s only modified Stableford scoring event. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10:30 p.m.
AP Sports Extra: PGA Championship
A paginated preview of the 100th PGA Championship, which starts Aug. 9, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. The pages take a quick look at what’s at stake in the only golf major restricted to only professionals. Please contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org with any questions.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Martin Truex Jr. has won the last two NASCAR Cup road races and has a chance to make it three in a row when the series visits Watkins Glen on Sunday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m..
— CAR--CAR--NASCAR--WATKINS GLEN-QUALIFYING. Starts 6:35 p.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-XFINITY-ZIPPO 200. Race starts 3 p.m.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Sergey Kovalev defends his share of the light heavyweight championship against Eleider Alvarez in the main event of a card televised on HBO from the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Card starts 10 p.m.
— TEN--WASHINGTON. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— TEN--MONTREAL-SERENA WITHDRAWS. SENT: 140 words.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— SOC--MLS CAPSULES
Saturday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Cincinnati at Washington, 1st game, 1:05 p.m.
San Diego at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 4:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.
Miami at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Washington, 2nd game, 7:05 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Colorado at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.
Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Baltimore at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
San Francisco at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.
Detroit at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
Toronto at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
Indiana at New York, 3 p.m.
Toronto FC at Atlanta United FC, 4 p.m.
D.C. United at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
New England at Orlando City, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.
Seattle at Minnesota United, 8 p.m.
Vancouver at New York City FC, 8 p.m.
LA Galaxy at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City at Houston, 9 p.m.
Chicago at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Portland, 11 p.m.