BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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LONDON – Wimbledon still brings out the best in Venus Williams. With this latest display of gutsy serving and big hitting, the five-time champion beats Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 and will play Garbine Muguruza for the title. Williams last played a Wimbledon final in 2009. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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– TEN–WIMBLEDON-THE LATEST – Real-time updates throughout the day.


CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs, scuffling and inconsistent since winning the World Series, acquire ace Jose Quintana from the White Sox in a major trade between crosstown rivals. The Cubs trail Milwaukee by 5 1/2 games in the NL Central. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.


NEW YORK – Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor bring their smack-talking promotion to Brooklyn. Insults and vulgarities have so far been the theme in selling fans on this Aug. 26 spectacle in Las Vegas. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video. Event starts 7 p.m.


NEW YORK – At the end, Chuck Blazer was stripped of his extravagances, banned from his sport and prosecuted as a racketeer. The eccentric bon vivant who once bestrode soccer’s global stage and set off a scandal that would reach FIFA’s highest levels dies at 72. By Tom Hays and Rob Harris. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.



LONDON – Wimbledon and the Masters seem to be each other’s counterparts, starting with the reverence accorded by players and fans. Then there are the traditions, the understated sponsorships and the sense of stepping back in time when on site. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.


LONDON – Call him the Big 1. Of the Big 4 in men’s tennis, only Roger Federer made it to Wimbledon’s semifinals – Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are all gone. Federer is nearly 36 and the oldest man to go this far at Wimbledon since 1974. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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– TEN–WIMBLEDON-KONTA – By Sam Johnston. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 4 p.m.

– TEN–WIMBLEDON GLANCE – UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.



BEDMINSTER, N.J. – After months of complaints about the choice of Trump National for the U.S. Women’s Open, the biggest tournament in women’s golf begins with Brittany Lang the defending champion and Shanshan Feng the early leader. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.


BALTIMORE – Bernhard Langer and John Daly open play in the Constellation Senior Players Championship, the fourth of five majors on the circuit. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

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– GLF–SCOTTISH OPEN – Padraig Harrington, Ian Poulter, Rickie Fowler among those two shots behind first-round leader Mikko Ilonen at Scottish Open. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

– GLF–JOHN DEERE CLASSIC – John Deere Classic begins in Silvis, Illinois, with FedEx Cup spots on line. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m.



LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers come out of the All-Star break at 61-29, the first time since 2009 they have the majors’ best record at this point. They are on course for 100 wins. That last happened in 1974 when they lost the World Series to Oakland. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.


Rookies left their mark on the first half of the season. Might some young player from the minors help lead a team to the playoffs – just like Kyle Schwarber, Carlos Correa and Trea Turner the last two years? By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 550 words, photos.


ARLINGTON, Texas – Yu Darvish could be going into his final stretch with the Rangers. The Japanese right-hander can become a free agent after this season. He was the lone All-Star this season for Texas. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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– BBO–ORIOLES-NATIONALS-TV DISPUTE – Court says MLB can determine Nationals’ TV rights fees. SENT: 140 words.



PEYRAGUDES, France – Three-time champion Chris Froome cracks during a grueling climb to the finish and loses the Tour de France’s overall lead to Fabio Aru. The demanding stage, the first in the Pyrenees, is won by Romain Bardet. By Samuel Petrequin and John Leicester. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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– CYC–TOUR DE FRANCE-TASTE OF THE TOUR – Friday’s stage, the Tour’s shortest, leaves barely time to picnic. By John Leicester and Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 650 words, photos.



NEW YORK – The Knicks and Rockets are still trying to work out a deal involving Carmelo Anthony but no deal is imminent, the AP is told. Anthony has a no-trade clause and would have to agree to any deal. He has told New York he would waive it to go to Houston or Cleveland. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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– BKN–NUGGETS-MILLSAP – Nuggets introduce four-time All-Star Paul Millsap. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

– BKN–SUMMER LEAGUE RDP – Eight summer league games: Pelicans-Spurs, Nuggets-Nets, Warriors-Celtics, Heat-Clippers, Suns-Grizzlies, Kings-Mavericks, Trail Blazers-Raptors, Lakers-Cavaliers. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos. Games start 4 p.m.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Clemson has played in two straight national championship games and won last year’s title, though things figure to be a little tougher in 2017 with the departure of such players as quarterback Deshaun Watson and linebacker Ben Boulware. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After tormenting defenses with his passing and running, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is back for a new challenge – trying to repeat as Heisman Trophy winner. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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– FBC–ACC MEDIA DAYS-THE LATEST – Real-time updates throughout day.


HOOVER, Ala. – The SEC has had scant star power – and no high draft picks – at quarterback the past few seasons. Alabama’s Jalen Hurts headlines a crop of promising quarterbacks hoping to change that. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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– FBC–SEC-THE LATEST- Real-time updates throughout day.

– Also:

– FBC–BIG 12-MEDIA POLL – Oklahoma is preseason favorite to win Big 12. SENT: 150 words.



GLENDALE, Ariz. – Rick Tocchet spent part of his playing career with the Arizona Coyotes. Steve Patterson spent two years as Arizona State’s athletic director. The two are back in the desert, hoping to lead the Coyotes back from a difficult stretch. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


– SOC–GOLD CUP-MEXICO-JAMAICA – Mexico vs. Jamaica in CONCACAF Gold Cup Group in Colorado. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.

– SOC–AJAX-COLLAPSED PLAYER – Dutch player who collapsed during game has severe, permanent brain damage. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 300 words, photos.


– TOM BRADY-COUNTRY CLUB – But can they afford the dues? Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen finally admitted to country club in Boston suburb. SENT: 140 words, photos.

– TEN–NASTASE-DIVORCE – Ilie Nastase, 70, facing divorce from fourth wife. SENT: 200 words, photos.

– BASEBALL DRAFT PICK-FATHER – Father of Red Sox minor leaguer charged with drug, weapons in New Jersey. SENT: 130 words.

Thursday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


Connecticut at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.