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BC-AP Sports Digest

October 9, 2018

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The NBA usually gets high marks for its diversity efforts and is widely viewed as a leader on social issues. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes the league needs to be better, and he made his feelings known in the wake of the Mavericks’ embarrassing scandal. Several NBA teams tout statistics about women in the workforce. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich doesn’t see a simple solution for the NBA to take the next step: Hire more women in positions of power. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 960 words, photos by 4 a.m.



NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees used one hand to hold his helmet and the other to wipe away tears. It was the first time the 39-year-old Brees had ever walked off of a football field knowing that he had thrown for more yards than any quarterback in the history of the NFL. And the Saints quarterback couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by thoughts of all the work and people who helped him get to such an esteemed point. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 a.m.

— With:

— FBN--SAINTS-BREES RECORD — By Brett Martel. SENT: 730 words, photos.

—FBN--REDSKINS’ REGRETS — By Guerry Smith. SENT: 700 words, photos.


NEW YORK —Brock Holt had one thing in mind: He was swinging for the fences. After all, the game was decided long ago. And everything else went Boston’s way all night, so why not this? The part-time utilityman put the finishing touch on a Red Sox blowout, becoming the first player to hit for the cycle in a postseason game as Boston routed the New York Yankees 16-1 on Monday to seize a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five AL Division Series.By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— With:

— BBA--ALDS-HUMILIATED YANKEES — By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— BBA--ALDS-YANKEES-ROMINE PITCHES — By Baseball Writer Ron Blum. SENT: 580 words, photos.


ATLANTA — Even with all their star power and deep pockets, all their booming hitters and ace pitchers, the Los Angeles Dodgers are approaching three decades since their last World Series championship. They’re making another run at that elusive title. Only this time, Manny Machado is along for the ride. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 770 words, photos by 4 a.m.

— With:

— BBN--NLDS-DODGERS-BRAVES — By Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— BBN--BABY BRAVES BOUNCED — By Charles Odom. SENT: 740 words, photos.


CLEVELAND — When the challenge arose in August, the Houston Astros responded like champions. They’re doing it again in October. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 a.m.

— With:

— BBA--ALDS--ASTROS-INDIANS — By Tom Withers. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

— BBA--ALDS-INEPT INDIANS — By Tom Withers. SENT: 870 words, photos.


NEW YORK — When Ice Theatre of New York honors Kristi Yamaguchi on Oct. 15, it will be for a whole lot more than her performances as a figure skater. Her on-ice resume is superb, of course, including the 1992 Albertville Olympic championship, followed by a starring role in the highly successful Stars on Ice tour. Her work away from the rink has been exemplary, particularly Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation that for the past seven years has fought child illiteracy. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. —NASCAR got a true gift when Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney — YOUNG GUNS! — put together back-to-back playoff victories. The two are part of the next generation of NASCAR superstars, but marketing that becomes difficult when the drivers don’t win. The hard part temporarily over, NASCAR must now go to work on making America care about these fresh faces. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 810 words, photos.



NEW YORK — Angel Hernandez hit .250 in Game 3 of the AL Division Series. That’s a mediocre batting average for a player and awful replay average for an umpire. Hernandez was overruled on three of four video reviews of his decisions at first base during Boston’s 16-1 rout of the New York Yankees on Monday night. By Baseball Writer Ron Blum. SENT: 730 words, photos.

— Also:

— BBN--ROCKIES WRAPUP — The immediate picture for the Colorado Rockies looks grim. The larger view, now that’s one third baseman Nolan Arenado prefers to take with him into the offseason. By Pat Graham. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— BBA--TWINS-SANO —Minnesota Twins player Miguel Sano will not face criminal charges in the Dominican Republic as a result of his involvement in a traffic incident that injured a police officer, authorities said Monday. SENT: 220 words, photos.



The Manning brothers have always had impeccable comedic timing and both of them showed up this week with wisecracks. Peyton had a funny message for Drew Brees on the Superdome videoboards when the Saints quarterback broke his career passing yards record. And Eli had a deadpan reaction to Odell Beckham Jr.’s wide-ranging criticism of his coach, city and quarterback. By Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The undefeated Chiefs showed in their biggest test this season that they are a complete unit. Kansas City moved the ball effortlessly against Jacksonville’s top-ranked defense, and its defense produced five turnovers in a 30-14 rout. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.



NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops on Monday after the Sooners struggled to stop Texas during their first loss of the season. The No. 11 Sooners (5-1) lost 48-45 on Saturday, allowing 501 yards to the Longhorns in Dallas. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— With:

— FBC--T25-TITLE CONTENDER-TEXAS —By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 470 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-ALABAMA-FAST STARTS — By John Zenor. SENT: 610 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-WASHINGTON-OREGON AWAITS — By Tim Booth. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— FBC--OBIT-USC-ELISON — SENT: 150 words.



ANAHEIM, Calif. —Although Troy Terry is only five games into his NHL career, he was already something of a shootout legend even before he arrived in Anaheim. When he got his first shootout opportunity for the Ducks on Monday night, Terry broke out the same skills he employed to win two enormous shootouts in the world junior championships last year. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— Also:

— HKN--FLYERS-VAN RIEMSDYK — Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk out five to six weeks with lower-body injury. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— HKN--PANTHERS-LUONGO — Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo out two to four weeks with knee injury. SENT: 150 words, photos.



PHOENIX —The Phoenix Suns fired general manager Ryan McDonough on Monday, nine days before their season begins. James Jones and Trevor Bukstein will share the GM duties on an interim basis for the Suns. By Bob Baum. SENT: 500 words.


ORLANDO, Fla. — Magic coach Steve Clifford knew early on he was going into the family business. His father was a teacher and high school coach, and Clifford wanted the same. The NBA was never on his radar, but here he is. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 900 words, photos. Part of the AP’s NBA preview package.

— Also:

— BKN--SPURS-MURRAY —Dejounte Murray was driving past James Harden and on his way to the basket, showing one of the skills that made the San Antonio Spurs convinced he’s the right point guard for their team. And then Murray’s knee gave out. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 640 words, photos.

— BKN--NBA PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of eight exhibition games. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



TAMPA, Fla. — Midfielder Michael Bradley and goalie Brad Guzan are back with the U.S. national team, two days shy of the first anniversary of the most team’s crushing defeat — a 2-1 loss at Trinidad and Tobago that ended the U.S. streak of seven straight World Cup appearances. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Also:

—SOC--US SOCCER-HEINRICHS — Former national team coach and player April Heinrichs will step down as director of the women’s youth national teams for U.S. Soccer at the end of this year. SENT: 160 words, photos.

— SOC--BALLON D’OR —Luka Modric and Kylian Mbappe are in the running to break Lionel Messi’s and Cristiano Ronaldo’s 10-year dominance of the Ballon d’Or. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 450 words.

— SOC--CUBA-CANADA — SENT: 190 words.




— Tennis tournaments in Shanghai; Tiajin, China; Hong Kong.


Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball (AL Division Series)

Boston at New York, 8:07 p.m.


Vancouver at Carolina, 7 p.m.

San Jose at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Toronto at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.


Milwaukee at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Shanghai Sharks at Houston, 8 p.m.

Denver at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

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