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Gennady Golovkin’s trainer tells PodcastOne Sports Now co-host Tim Dahlberg that Alvarez’s claim the test was positive because of tainted meat he ate in Mexico rings hollow, and that it could be Alvarez didn’t want to fight when the bout was originally scheduled.
Steve Coughlin, better known as Stanford Steve on ESPN SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, joins the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to preview the big games — and look for some off-the-radar games that might be worth a wager.
Hurricane Florence continues to impact college football games this week. The kickoff for Middle Tennessee’s game at No. 3 Georgia on Saturday has been moved to noon due to concerns about the impact of the storm. DEVELOPING: SENT 200 words.
— FBC--MONITORING FLORENCE-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
— FBC--MONITORING FLORENCE-LIST. SENT: 300 words.
CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton’s 49-yard touchdown pass in the closing seconds of the season finale at Baltimore knocked the Ravens out of playoff contention and helped coach Marvin Lewis get a two-year extension in Cincinnati. Both teams are coming off opening wins as they resume their AFC North rivalry at Paul Brown Stadium, where the Ravens won 20-0 last year. By Joe Kay. Game starts at 8:20 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — After a surprising first half and a late July surge had the Phillies sitting with the second-best record in the NL on Aug, 5, they’ve dropped 23 of 34 games and are as close to fourth place as first. By Rob Maaddi.
FBN--COWBOYS-NO PASSING ZONE
FRISCO, Texas — It’s no secret that Dak Prescott and his revamped group of Dallas receivers hold the key to creating consistent running room for Ezekiel Elliott. The formula needs improvement with the Cowboys trying to avoid their first 0-2 start under Jason Garrett. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.
HOUSTON — J.J. Watt got better as the day went on his first game since breaking his leg last October in Houston’s opener on Sunday. After getting through that game, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year is looking to make more of an impact this week when the Texans visit Tennessee. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
RENTON, Wash. — Maybe the biggest concern about the overhauled Seattle Seahawks defense entering the season was where would the pass rush come from. It proved to be true in the opener when the Seahawks had just one sack and very little pressure. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 550 words by 8 p.m.
EAGAN, Minn. — Mike Hughes was forced into a heavy role in his NFL debut by injuries in Minnesota’s secondary, and this week the rookie has been preparing to face Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. There’s no easing in for this first-round draft pick. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 7 p.m.
FBN--NFL THIS WEEK
If there’s ever going to be a changing of the guard in the AFC, then Sunday’s visit to Jacksonville by the Patriots would seem a perfect time. Except when you look at the numbers that say Tom Brady doesn’t lose to the Jaguars. Ever. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. For Weekend Use: 1,700 words, photos by 11:30 p.m.
— FBN--HALL OF FAME NOMINEES. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— FBN--COLTS-VINATIERI’S RECORD CHASE. By Michael Marot. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— FBN--GIANTS-BECKHAM. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.
— FBN--CHIEFS-INNOVATIVE ANDY. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBN--STEELERS-MCDONALD. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.
DENVER — The NL West-leading Colorado Rockies have taken two of three from the Arizona Diamondbacks as they conclude their four-game series. Arizona right-hander Clay Buchholz makes his first career start at Coors Field, while the Rockies will throw LHP Kyle Freeland, who is 8-2 at home this season. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game start 3:10 p.m.
BALTIMORE — The Oakland Athletics seek to complete a three-game sweep of the hapless Baltimore Orioles, who have dropped six in a row and are 0-5 against the A’s this season. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.
— BBN--METS-WRIGHT. SENT: 250 words, photos.
Previews of all MLB games will now be available in Newsroom or your other AP feeds by searching for “Preview” and one of the MLB slug prefixes — BBA, BBN or BBO. These are being generated using automation by HERO Sports and data from Sportradar. We will be working to provide them earlier in the morning to better meet more evening newspaper deadlines and also for more optimal digital usage. Please contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org with any questions.
FBC--BIG TEN-WORTH THE RISK?
The past two Big Ten champions didn’t make college football’s playoff, in part because of early losses against tough nonconference foes. This year, Michigan State and Michigan have already dropped games, reducing their margins for error and raising again the question of whether playing tough teams out of conference is worth the risk. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBC--BIG 12-SPOTLIGHT WEEK
LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Big 12 is in the spotlight this week with a series of games against Power Five schools, to say nothing of Oklahoma State’s game against Boise State. The highlight is No. 15 TCU against fourth-ranked Ohio State. But whether it’s Kansas-Rutgers or Texas-Southern California, the league has a chance to make a national statement. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 750 words, photos.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama’s new-look secondary is facing its biggest challenge yet. So, however, are Mississippi’s receivers. The top-ranked Crimson Tide’s still inexperienced defensive backs are tasked with containing Rebels’ quarterback Jordan Ta’amu along with A.J. Brown and his fellow receivers. By John Zenor. SENT: 600 words, photos.
FBC--T25-CLEMSON-BRYANT STEPS UP
CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson’s Kelly Bryant understands his big second half to lead the second-ranked Tigers to victory at Texas A&M won’t end his team’s two quarterback system or satisfy those who doubt he’s the championship answer for this program. He’s simply happy he did the job when called on. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 700 words, photo.
— FBC--BOSTON COLLEGE-WAKE FOREST. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 5:30 p.m.
— FBC--T25-MIAMI-BLADES. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 500 words, photo by 3 p.m.
LAS VEGAS — Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez had to follow a circus to town the first time they met a year ago. Maybe that’s why they’ve created a bit of an act themselves for their fight Saturday night for the middleweight title. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words, photos.
BOSTON — Celtics forward Gordon Hayward speaks to the media as he works his way back from a broken leg. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
ZADAR, Croatia — The men on the United States’ Davis Cup team are treading very carefully over Serena Williams’ insinuation that sexism played a role in the code violations she received during the U.S. Open final. Then again, Steve Johnson, Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison are about to come face to face with Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire who penalized Williams and who is also handling their best-of-five semifinal against Croatia this weekend. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 750 words, photos.
—TEN--Grand Slams-Seeds. SENT: 150 words.
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Carlota Ciganda shot a 6-under 65 to take an early two-stroke lead at the Evian Championship, the final women’s major of the season. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 475 words.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Ashun Wu of China shot a bogey-free 64 to take the lead after the opening round of the KLM Open. SENT: 100 words.
— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS. First-round play in the Albertsons Boise Open, the third of four Web.com Tour Finals events. UPCOMING: 300 words by 11 p.m.
SINGAPORE — Sebastian Vettel needs a return to form at the Singapore Grand Prix, the night race where his Formula One championship challenge started crumbling last year. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 675 words, photos.
AP Sports Extra: NASCAR Cup Chase
A paginated preview of the NASCAR Cup Chase, which starts Sept. 16, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. Three page sizes are available — full broadsheet, half broadsheet and tabloid — with space for local advertising or content. The pages look at how the NASCAR season was dominated by the same three drivers but a fourth now has emerged as a contender for the Cup. Please contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan(at)ap.org with any questions.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks have acquired two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators. In Karlsson, whose 518 points are by far the most of any defenseman since he entered the NHL in 2009, San Jose gets the difference-maker it was hoping for when it pursued free agent center John Tavares. Karlsson won the Norris as the league’s best defenseman in 2012 and 2015. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Stars have avoided any lingering questions about the future of Tyler Seguin, signing the five-time All-Star center to a $78.8 million, eight-year contract extension that goes through the 2026-27 season. General manager Jim Nill announced the deal before the Stars departed Texas to start training camp in Boise, Idaho. The team posted a Mario-inspired video on its Twitter account celebrating the news. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 400 words, photos.
HKN--TRAINING CAMP PRIMER
The Capitals seemed to celebrate as hard as any champion in NHL history. When they get on the ice for the first practices of training camp Friday, they will be just one of 31 teams chasing a title all over again. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 650 words, photos.
HKN--PREDATORS-BEST IN WEST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators are coming off their best season yet as winners of Presidents’ Trophy. They made their share of big moves last season to pick up that hardware, yet the pressure to succeed in the Western Conference never eases. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— OLY--HKO-GRETZKY. Wayne Gretzky says the NHL should again allow its players to compete in the Winter Olympics. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 475 words, photos.
— HKN--SABRES REPORT. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— HKN--RETOOLED ISLANDERS. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.
SKI--BREEZY’S INTERRUPTED JOURNEY
Rising American skier Breezy Johnson will miss the 2018-19 World Cup season after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee during a training crash in Chile. Johnson finished seventh in the downhill at the Pyeongchang Olympics last winter. Among her goals this season was to share a podium with teammate Lindsey Vonn in what figures to be Vonn’s last season. By Pat Graham. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — Jelle Wallays of Belgium won the Spanish Vuelta’s flat 18th stage, while Simon Yates held the overall lead before the decisive two days in the Pyrenees Mountains. SENT: 300 words, photo.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Thursday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 8:20 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 2, 3:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Washington, 4:05 p.m.
Oakland at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.
Seattle at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.