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BC-AP Sports Digest

September 19, 2018

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NEW YORK — Neil Walker and some teammates pulled into Yankee Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, only to turn right back around for home when New York announced a six-hour postponement. The Yankees needed a jolt to get through the long, soggy day. Aaron Judge provided the first with his return to the lineup, and Walker helped finish the job. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Chris Taylor hit a high-arching, solo home run to left field in the 10th inning, lifting the Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies that extended Los Angeles’ NL West lead to 1 ½ games. By Beth Harris. SENT: 700 words, photos.


PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement that the countries planned to jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. SENT: 180 words, photos.


BUFFALO, N.Y. — NHL players aren’t the only ones needing training camp to prepare for the start of the season. The league’s 80-plus on-ice officials gathered last week for their annual five-day camp which included video sessions, pick-up games and even a few self-deprecating jokes about some of them needing glasses. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.


— HKN--OFFICIALS-BEST REFEREE — An informal poll of NHL players leaves no doubt as to who the most popular referee is. UPCOMING at approximately noon EDT.


AMES, Iowa — They had both recently turned 22 and were residing in the same Iowa college town but their lives couldn’t have been much different before allegedly intersecting in the most violent way. By Luke Meredith and Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 910 words, photos.



ARLINGTON, Texas —For Blake Snell, all the setbacks set up all these victories. Snell became the major leagues’ first 20-game winner in two years, helping pitch the Tampa Bay Rays past the Texas Rangers 4-0. Snell (20-5) threw one-hit ball for five innings and tied the Tampa Bay record for victories in a season. David Price also won 20 in his Cy Young Award season of 2012. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 680 words, photos.


BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles trudged off the field following a historic loss, still not absorbing that they are part of one of the worst teams in franchise history. The Orioles lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Tuesday. It was the team’s 108th loss, the most in a season since arriving in Baltimore in 1954. By Todd Karpovich. SENT: 800 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Baseball players’ union officials met last month with management of the four teams accused in a grievance of improper spending of revenue-sharing money, people familiar with the grievance process told The Associated Press. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 350 words.



ALAMEDA, Calif. —Jon Gruden’s honeymoon in his return as Oakland Raiders coach is coming to a quick end with fans frustrated by the trade of Khalil Mack and an 0-2 start. He is not alone when it comes to new coaches getting off to rough starts. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


UNDATED — A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers led by Eric Dickerson is demanding health insurance coverage and a share of NFL revenues or else those former players will boycott the induction ceremonies. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 980 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--BUCCANEERS-WINSTON SUSPENDED — A female Uber driver in Arizona is suing Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, accusing him of sexual assault. SENT: 170 words.

— FBN--POWER RANKINGS — By Simmi Buttar. SENT: 450 words, photos.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Tony Jones Jr. is part of a running back-by-committee approach for No. 8 Notre Dame. He is sharing the rushing load with Jafar Armstrong and quarterback Brandon Wimbush. Jones dropped some weight in the offseason and added to his speed. He rushed for a career-high 118 yards in a win over Vanderbilt last week. The Irish visit Wake Forest on Saturday. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill — First-year offensive coordinator Rod Smith’s up-tempo, spread offense has created some big opportunities for Illinois, which has contributed to a solid 2-1 record going into Friday’s conference opener at home against No. 10 Penn State. No one has benefited more from Smith’s complex system than sophomore running back Mike Epstein. By Terry Towery. UPCOMING: 620 words, photo by 3 a.m.


UNDATED — The second All-America watch of the season features an unexpected national passing leader from Boston College, a versatile pass rusher for Oklahoma State and San Diego State’s next star running back. By College Football Writer By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.



PHILADELPHIA — Elton Brand is in charge of the Philadelphia 76ers. A person familiar with the situation says the Sixers have made Brand their new general manager, replacing Bryan Colangelo. Brand is expected to be introduced at a news conference on Thursday. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 680 words, photos.


— BKN--76ERS-BROWN-BIG 3 — Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz are expected this season to join Philadelphia’s Big Three. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 643 words, photos.


— BKN--RAPTORS-LEONARD — Kawhi Leonard has yet to address the media in Toronto since his trade to the Raptors, but team president Masai Ujiri said Tuesday that his star acquisition is happy and healthy. SENT: 440 words.


NEW YORK — Esports giant Riot Games is adding its first global sponsor, even as the company behind League of Legends contends with backlash over claims it has fostered a sexist culture. Riot announced that Mastercard has signed on to be the first global advertising partner for League of Legends, the world’s most-watched esport. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 800 words, photo.



ATLANTA —The Tour Championship is about more than just the cash, no matter how much is on the line. It was that way from the start. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photo.

— With:

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.


ATLANTA — The bonus pool for the PGA Tour postseason doubles next year to $70 million in a revamped system that gives a head start to top players at the Tour Championship and pays $15 million to the FedEx Cup champion. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 700 words, photos.


— OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING — Dozens of athletes, a key whistleblower and even a leader within the World Anti-Doping Agency’s own ranks slammed that organization on Tuesday as it headed toward a decision that could end the nearly three-year suspension of Russia’s anti-doping operation. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 770 words, photos.

— TEN--CHAIR UMPIRE SUSPENDED — The chair umpire who left his seat to talk with Nick Kyrgios during a U.S. Open match has been suspended for two tournaments. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 460 words, photos.

— With:

— TEN--SHARAPOVA OUT — Maria Sharapova says she will end her 2018 season early, withdrawing from the China Open in Beijing, the Tianjin Open, and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow due to her recovery from a right shoulder injury. SENT: 120 words.

— Tournaments in Tokyo; Seoul South Korea; Guangzhou, China; St. Petersburg, Russia; Metz, France.

— EQU--WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES — The World Equestrian Games are hoping to finish on a positive note after a dreadful first week that included the cancellations of two events, an organizational mistake that sent riders in the wrong direction at the start of a race and one horse being euthanized. By Steve Reed. SENT: 630 words.

— SOC — NWSL-RED STARS-COURAGE — Jessica McDonald and Samantha Mewis each scored, and North Carolina beat the Chicago Red Stars 2-0 on Tuesday night in a National Women’s Soccer League semifinal that was moved because of Hurricane Florence. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 470 words.

— SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUNDUP —If the World Cup had given the impression that Lionel Messi was slipping down soccer’s pecking order, the Argentine star made it clear he remains at the top of his game. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 790 words, photos.

— SOCCER TEAM-SEXUAL ASSAULT — New Mexico high school player raped and videotaped by teammates, lawsuit contends. SENT: 350 words.






Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


St. Louis at Atlanta, 12:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Texas, 2:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.

Boston at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m.

Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

San Francisco at San Diego, 9:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.


Calgary (ss) vs. Boston at Beijing, China, 7:30 a.m.

Tampa Bay at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Florida at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Minnesota at Des Moines, Iowa, 8 p.m.

Calgary (ss) at Vancouver, 10 p.m.


Columbus at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

Atlanta United FC at San Jose, 11 p.m.

Philadelphia at Seattle, 11 p.m.

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