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BC-AP Sports Digest

September 12, 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.



RALEIGH, N.C. — While safety concerns at Atlantic Coast Conference schools are being addressed ahead of Hurricane Florence, the storm’s significant impact on this week’s schedule will have a lingering effect on scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations once it passes. The schools with canceled games left open the possibility to trying to reschedule them for later in the season, but there’s no guarantee that will work. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 850 words, photos.


— FBC--MONITORING FLORENCE-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.


MELBOURNE, Australia — A controversial cartoon of Serena Williams that has been widely condemned as a racist depiction of the tennis great has been partially reprinted on the front page of the Melbourne-based newspaper that initially published it. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 870 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola are going pitch for pitch in the NL Cy Young Award race. Baseball’s advanced analytics think an MVP might be on the line among that trio, too. Those pitchers are all outpacing the best NL hitters in wins above replacement, and the gap isn’t small. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va. — Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm go into Game 3 looking to sweep the Washington Mystics and win the WNBA championship. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — As legalized sports gambling rolls across the nation, the people who make sports television are ready to ride the boom with a series of shows explicitly about betting. Fox Sports 1′s “Lock It In” began daily production this week as the first of several planned major-platform shows focused on point spreads, odds and helping their viewers to make better bets. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words by 9 p.m.



COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two men who worked at an Ohio State University doctor’s off-campus clinic says things that seemed odd about it then appear more suspicious in light of claims that he sexually abused male athletes and other students. They say Richard Strauss conducted exams alone at the sparsely equipped clinic and marketed it in the campus newspaper with ads touting prompt treatment of genital problems, plus a student discount. Allegations of sexual misconduct at the clinic are part of an ongoing investigation. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 680 words, photos.



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 on Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium, where the Ravens won 20-0 last year. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey made headlines last month for saying, “I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.” His comments about Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski came months after Ramsey briefly exchanged words with Tom Brady before last season’s AFC championship game. It’s added some extra fuel to New England’s visit to Jacksonville on Sunday. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — By almost any measure, Patrick Mahomes aced his first test as the starting quarterback of the Chiefs. He threw a bunch of TD passes, led Kansas City to a road win against a division foe and, perhaps most importantly, was perfect where it mattered most: turnovers. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


EAGAN, Minn. — Kirk Cousins has experienced his first game with the Minnesota Vikings. This week, he’ll really be part of the team with his first action at hallowed Lambeau Field against the rival Green Bay Packers. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.


— FBN--BRONCOS-KEENUM CLEANUP. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--BILLS-ALLEN. SENT: 260 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--CARDINALS-OFFENSE. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.

— FBN--CHARGERS-DEFENSE. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBN--COLTS-LUCK. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--BATTERED FALCONS. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--JAGUARS-YELDON. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--JETS-DARNOLD’S NEXT TEST. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBN--PANTHERS-OFFENSIVE ADJUSTMENTS. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--RAVENS-BENGALS. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.

— FBN--REDSKINS-HOGS. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--SAINTS-UNBALANCED OFFENSE. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--STEELERS-LINEBACKER FLIP. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

— FBN--TITANS-MARIOTA. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--PRO PICKS. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 750 words, graphic by 6 p.m.



CHICAGO — The Brewers try to close ground on the NL Central-leading Cubs in their final showdown of the regular season. Chicago beat Milwaukee 3-0 on Tuesday night to stretch its division lead to two games. The Cubs will start Kyle Hendricks while the Brewers counter with Chase Anderson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8:05 p.m.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rays left-hander Blake Snell took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians as he goes for his major league-leading 19th win. Carlos Carrasco (16-8) pitches for the Indians, who have a magic number of three for clinching their third straight AL Central title. Game started 1:10 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.



No. 17 Boise State gets a big opportunity against No. 24 Oklahoma State to a win over a Power Five team that could pay dividends later in season when the College Football Playoff race develops. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.


Like most of college football, the Southeastern Conference is fighting falling attendance at its stadiums. Schools are cutting concession prices, introducing new mascots and unveiling new perks to try and keep fans coming to games. By David Brandt. SENT: 990 words, photos. With: FBC--SEC-EMPTY SEATS-GLANCE.


This marquee matchup is for all of those “Little Sisters of the Poor” teams that Ohio State’s former president once said the Buckeyes wouldn’t play, though a lot sure has changed since that statement went viral nearly eight years ago. When No. 15 TCU, now a Power Five team, plays No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday night, Gordon Gee may even have a different rooting interest. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — J.T. Daniels realizes he occasionally struggled in his second start for No. 22 Southern California, and the freshman quarterback has resolved to fix his mistakes swiftly, even with a bruised hand. He knows time is a factor with a perilous trip to Texas looming this weekend. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 10 p.m.


— FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-FINKE. SENT: 560 words, photo.

— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA MURRAY. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.



CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Florida goalie Roberto Luongo has made his money, knows he’s headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame one day, ranks among the sport’s all-time leaders in virtually every goaltending category. Yet at 39, he’s still chasing the thing he wants most — the Stanley Cup. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 940 words, photos.



— HKN--BLUE JACKETS-TORTORELLA — Blue Jackets sign coach John Tortorella to 2-year contract extension. SENT: 150 words, photo.



TOKYO — An IOC inspector working on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics says a powerful typhoon and a deadly earthquake that hit Japan in the last 10 days have been a wake-up call for organizers. The most powerful typhoon in 25 years left 11 dead in the Osaka area of western Japan when it struck Sept. 4. A few days later, a deadly earthquake hit the northern island of Hokkaido and killed about 40. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 650 words, photos.



EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — The Evian Championship, the final women’s golf major of the year, starts Thursday and offers American players a last chance to claim one of the five biggest titles in the sport. The highest-ranked American, No. 5 Lexi Thompson, returns to the field after skipping the Women’s British Open last month. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 480 words, photos.



With goals in each of England’s two games over the international break, Marcus Rashford might have nailed down a starting place for his country. Doing the same at his club won’t be quite so easy. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 660 words, photos.


LA Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid is the latest to go in the turnover of Major League Soccer coaches since last year. There’s a couple more on the hotseat this season, while the newcomers navigate their first full seasons. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.


— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — Simon Yates loses time in Spanish Vuelta stage won by Michael Woods. SENT: 380 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.




Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


L.A. Dodgers at Cincinnati, 12:35 p.m.

Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.

Houston at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 1:15 p.m.

Atlanta at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m., 1st game

San Diego at Seattle, 6:40 p.m.

Oakland at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m., 2nd game

Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

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

N.Y. Yankees at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

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

WNBA Finals

Game 3: Seattle at Washington, 8 p.m.


Minnesota United at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.