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BC-AP Sports Digest

September 14, 2018

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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.



Clemson is moving forward with plans to host its scheduled football game on Saturday while Hurricane Florence wreaks havoc on the Carolinas’ coastline with officials bracing for historic flooding and record-setting rainfall that has forced people to evacuate their homes to escape the wrath of the storm. School officials reiterated their plans Friday morning, saying the kickoff against Georgia Southern remains set for noon Saturday. The game is expected to draw about 80,000 fans into the area. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 950 words, photos by 3 p.m.


LAS VEGAS — Tennis star Serena Williams is due to make a keynote speech to a trade show in Las Vegas after a week of debate about her argument with a chair umpire who penalized her for code violations during the U.S. Open finals match in New York. The 23-time Grand Slam champion has said she believes she was treated more harshly than a male player would have been. By Ken Ritter. UPCOMING: 300 words by 8 p.m.


— ZADAR, Croatia — TEN--CHAIR UMPIRE. The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final is back at work. Carlos Ramos is working the best-of-five Davis Cup semifinal series between Croatia and the United States. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 350 words, photos.


A key review committee is recommending Russia’s anti-doping agency be reinstated after a nearly three-year suspension resulting from the country’s scheme to circumvent rules and win Olympic medals. The World Anti-Doping Agency says its review committee was satisfied with Russian promises to fulfill one key criterion for reinstatement: Providing access to samples and data that could help corroborate positive tests uncovered during the investigation into Russia’s corruption. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 300 words.



ATLANTA — It was a seminal moment in the civil rights movement. In hindsight, one of the most significant games in American history. Yet most people have never heard the story. It’s about time everyone gets to know what a bunch of 12-year-olds did in Orlando, Florida back in 1955. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 1,000 words and photos by 5 p.m. EDT.


One NFL fan is enraged by a penalty flag he sees fly on TV. He turns to the woman next to him and asks, “Where do they get these guys?” Replay then proves the call was correct, and the fan just shrugs as the woman replies: “Guess they know what they are doing” about the officials. Those officials come from a pipeline established by the NFL that seeks to identify people with the right skill set, temperament and judgment to handle a thankless job week after week. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 6 p.m



The NCAA football oversight committee has looked into lengthening the college football season in recent years, in the hopes of giving teams 14 weeks to play 12 games annually. The cancellation of several games due to severe weather has brought up the topic again, but experts say a spate of weather related scheduling problems does not suggest a trend. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words.


ARLINGTON, Texas — No. 4 Ohio State’s last Saturday without Urban Meyer on the sideline will be against No. 15 TCU. It will be the toughest test for the Buckeyes during their coach’s three-game suspension. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 840 words, photos.


AUSTIN, Texas — A Southern Cal-Texas rematch was supposed to be an early-season blockbuster. With both programs struggling, it feels more like a fight for survival and the pressure is mounting to find a win to keep their seasons from spinning off course. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 830 words.


— FBC--T25-ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI — No. 1 Alabama looks like it has one of the most complete teams in the nation through two weeks, boasting a roster loaded with stars on offense or defense. Lopsided Ole Miss - which is much better on offense than defense - will try to turn Saturday’s game into a shootout to keep up with the Tide. By David Brandt. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-ARIZONA ST-SAN DIEGO ST — San Diego State coach Rocky Long was driving to work earlier this week when he heard on the radio that the NFL’s Jets knew all the Detroit Lions’ signals, resulting in a 48-17 victory for New York. Then it hit Long. No. 23 Arizona State is going to have the Aztecs’ hand signals when the teams play Saturday night in San Diego. By Bernie Wilson.



CLEVELAND — With third baseman Josh Donaldson making his home debut, the Indians can wrap up their third straight AL Central title with a win over Detroit and if Minnesota loses. Josh Tomlin starts the opener of Cleveland’s final homestand before the playoffs. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game start 7:05 p.m.


NEW YORK — Their lead for the top AL wild card down to 1 1/2 games, the Yankees open their final homestand of the regular season. Masahiro Tanaka (11-5) starts for New York and Marco Estrada (7-11) for the Toronto Blue Jays. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game start 7:05 p.m.


MLB Previews

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@ap.org with any questions.



PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s right elbow and David DeCastro’s fractured right hand won’t keep them out of the lineup on Sunday when Kansas City visits Heinz Field. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.


CINCINNATI — After two games last season, the Bengals were historically bad and fired their offensive coordinator. A 34-23 win over Baltimore on Thursday night left them 2-0 and atop the AFC North, an unaccustomed spot. By Joe Kay. 600 words by 6 p.m.


DENVER — With his league-rattling trade from the Oakland Raiders to the Chicago Bears, Khalil Mack cashed in with a new six-year, $141 million extension that makes him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. He’s still second fiddle to Von Miller, though. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.



LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez goes to bed every night dreaming of knocking out Gennady Golovkin in their middleweight title showdown. He’ll get his chance for real Saturday as the two best 160-pounders in the world meet in a rematch of their controversial draw a year ago. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING 700 words. AP Photos.



LAS VEGAS — Martin Truex Jr. has no idea where he’ll be racing next year as he begins his quest to repeat as NASCAR’s champion at the playoff opener this weekend in Vegas. Although he is determined to find another ride within NASCAR after Furniture Row Racing shuts down, Truex would love to send out owner Barney Visser with a second improbable championship for the little team that has beaten all the odds. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. PDT.


SINGAPORE — Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton is predicting a three-way fight for pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver was just .011 seconds behind Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari in Friday’s second practice session under floodlights, with Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo behind them in third and fourth. 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@ap.org with any questions.


LAS VEGAS — The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series hits Las Vegas for the second race of the playoffs. UPCOMING: 250 words by 11:30 p.m.



GRAND BLANC, Mich. — First-round play in the PGA Tour Champions’ The Ally Challenge at Warwick Hills, the longtime host of the defunct Buick Open. UPCOMING: 300 words by 9 p.m.


— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS. David Skinns took the lead into the second round of the Albertsons Boise Open, the third of four Web.com Tour Finals events. UPCOMING: 300 words by 11 p.m.



A longer than expected summer behind them after coming up short in their bid for a third straight Stanley Cup, the Pittsburgh Penguins open training camp on Friday. The new faces include defenseman Jack Johnson, who signed a five-year free-agent contract over the summer. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.


GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The New York Rangers open training camp with on-ice testing. After dealing several stars at the trade deadline last winter, the Rangers are in full rebuild mode with a new coach from the college ranks, and a youth movement with a few veterans remaining. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 600 words.


— ESPN-HILL — Outspoken ESPN personality Jemele Hill announced Friday that she is leaving the company after 12 years as a commentator, anchor, reporter and writer. Hill attracted attention last year and was briefly suspended for opinionated messages on social media, including a tweet that referenced President Donald Trump as a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 330 words.




Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

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

Miami at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Detroit at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Oakland at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Washington at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Arizona at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

Arizona at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Seattle at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

Texas at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

Colorado at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m