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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is running a more family-friendly training camp. In the latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now,” he speaks with AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds about juggling work with fatherhood. Also, AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker breaks down the playoffs. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
And this week on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, USA Today’s George Schroeder joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the big games of Week 6, including the 19th-ranked Texas Longhorns and No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners’ meeting in Dallas. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast
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NEW YORK — Reliever Liam Hendricks starts for the Oakland Athletics in the AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees and 19-game winner Luis Severino. The winner advances to a Division Series against Boston starting Friday. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:09 p.m.
— Sidebar on the losing team.
Speaking hours before a news conference scheduled by the attorney of his accuser, soccer great Cristiano Ronaldo denies he raped anyone and says he has a “clear conscience” as he awaits the conclusion of an investigation. The 33-year-old Ronaldo is accused of raping a woman in Las Vegas in 2009. She has sued him in Nevada, seeking monetary damages from one of the world’s most well-known sports stars. By Chris Lehourites. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m. Eastern. News conference in Las Vegas scheduled for 6 p.m. Eastern. AP Video planned.
— SOC--RONALDO-RAPE LAWSUIT-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
WASHINGTON — After raising their Stanley Cup banner, the Washington Capitals open the 2018-19 season and their title defense against a finally healthy Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
— HKN--CAPITALS-WILSON SUSPENDED — Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended 20 games by the NHL for a blindside hit to the head of an opponent during a preseason game. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— HKN--CAPITALS-BANNER NIGHT. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.
MILWAUKEE — The red-hot Brewers, who won eight in a row to end the season to take the NL Central title, host the Colorado Rockies in a Division Series matchup beginning Thursday. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — For the first time in six straight postseason appearances, Clayton Kershaw won’t be starting a Game 1 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. That honor goes to Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has compiled a better ERA than the ace lefty who can opt out of his contract when the World Series is over. The Braves will start Mike Foltynewicz on Thursday. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 10 p.m.
CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez were offensive dynamos last season for the Indians — until October. The All-Stars went a combined 4 for 38 in Cleveland’s playoff loss to New York and are hoping their swings during these playoffs don’t include as many misses. The Indians open a Division Series on Friday in Houston. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.
BOSTON — For a team that finished with the best record in baseball and won 108 games— the most in franchise history — the Boston Red Sox sure have a lot of questions about their bullpen. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— BBN--NLDS-BRAVES-DODGERS MATCHUP CAPSULE. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.
— BBN--NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS MATCHUP CAPSULE. UPCOMING: 1,400 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— BBA--ALDS-INDIANS-ASTROS MATCHUP CAPSULE. UPCOMING: 1,400 words, photos by 8 p.m.
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs head into the offseason with issues to address, including the inconsistency on offense and the future of manager Joe Maddon, after getting knocked out by Colorado in a marathon wild-card game. Kris Bryant could use the offseason to heal. And shortstop Addison Russell has been given a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— BBN--CUBS-RUSSELL SUSPENDED. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.
BALTIMORE — Buck Showalter is fired as manager of the Orioles, who made three playoff appearances under his guidance but this year staggered through the worst season since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 750 words, photos.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The matchups between Peyton Manning’s Colts and Tom Brady’s Patriots were must-watch affairs for a decade. Manning’s departure from Indianapolis ushered in a new era when the Colts drafted Andrew Luck. But Luck hasn’t fared nearly as well as his predecessor, going 0-5 in his matchups with Brady. He’ll try again when Indianapolis (1-3) travels to New England (2-2) on Thursday night. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 780 words, photos.
— FBN--COLTS-VINATIERI’S LAST STAND — Adam Vinatieri preparing for potential last visit to New England. By Michael Marot. SENT: 860 words, photos.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The times are changing in Carolina. New owner David Tepper capped a big couple of weeks by signing Eric Reid — a move one former player says never would have happened under previous ownership — and then attending a meeting on bail reform with wide receiver Torrey Smith and the Players Coalition. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs give up yards by the dozen, whether it’s by ground or by air. Yet the strangest thing happens when they actually manage to force a third down: They make a stop. Yes, what is statistically the worst defense in the NFL is also the best when stopping teams from converting on that crucial down. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBN--BENGALS-BURFICT RETURNS. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.
— FBN--BRONCOS-CONFOUNDING KEENUM. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 650 words by 7 p.m.
— FBN--CARDINALS-ROSEN. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— FBN--PRO PICKS. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 600 words, graphic by 6 p.m.
Not everything is going according to plan in the Southeastern Conference this year. LSU coach Ed Orgeron was the odds-on favorite to be the first SEC coach fired, but his Tigers are one of the league’s last undefeated teams. And unbeaten Kentucky may be the SEC’s biggest surprise. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 840 words, photos.
The construction boom around the Atlantic Coast Conference is showing no signs of slowing down. In the seemingly never-ending arms race in big-time college football, some schools hope projects that are focused on the players will give them an edge and help them keep up with their peers in and beyond the ACC. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.
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October means mostly conference play in college football, where the teams become more familiar and the games — generally — get more competitive. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-MURRAY HEISMAN HYPE — No. 7 Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray embraces Heisman hype. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 800 words, photos.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Erik Karlsson makes his San Jose debut when the Sharks host the Anaheim Ducks in the season opener. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
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WASHINGTON — A month before they go into the Hockey Hall of Fame together, Commissioner Gary Bettman and Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the NHL, tour the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the opening day of the season. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 7 p.m.
NEW YORK — A New Jersey financial adviser testifies at a college basketball corruption trial about how he became the bag man for a secret cash payment to a highly prized high school prospect. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Brooks Koepka is thinking about more than just golf these days. The 28-year-old American, the U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner, says he is heartbroken to hear a woman struck by his tee shot at the Ryder Cup last week might lose vision in her right eye. SENT: 345 words, photos.
— GLF--SAFEWAY OPEN — Preview of the Safeway Open, the first tournament of the 2019 PGA season. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m.
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GENEVA — Liverpool plays at Napoli and Barcelona travels to London to face Tottenham in the Champions League. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
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LONDON — Britain wants to host most major sporting events over the next 15 years to exert global influence and secure trade deals after Brexit, with a bid for soccer’s World Cup in 2030 the centerpiece of the strategy announced Wednesday. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
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Let the clinching commence. It’s that time of year when Major League Soccer teams are scrambling for spots above the red line. Four teams already know they’re playoff-bound. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— SOC--WCUP-WORLD CUP QUALIFYING — The U.S. women’s national team opens World Cup qualifying on Thursday in North Carolina with a match against Mexico. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— BKN--NBA PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of five exhibition games. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by midnight.
— Tennis tournaments in Beijing and Tokyo.
— SAI--NEW SAILING LEAGUE — Ex-America’s Cup champs Russell Coutts, Larry Ellison launch SailGP league. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 730 words.
Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
AL Wild Card: Oakland at New York, 8:08 p.m.
Montreal at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Boston at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Calgary at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
New York at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Detroit at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
New Zealand Breakers at Phoenix, 10 p.m.
Minnesota at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.