BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA is ready to start paying players. Its board overwhelmingly approves landmark reforms that will allow the nation’s five wealthiest conferences to essentially play by their own rules – a key provision being player payments beyond scholarships. By Michael Marot. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: 950 words photos by 5 p.m.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tiger Woods appears healthy. His game is not. He opens the PGA Championship with one birdie in a round of 74. Lee Westwood is among the early leaders with a 65, a big boost toward his Ryder Cup hopes. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.


Minnesota and Cleveland agree to a trade that will send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round draft pick, the AP is told. The deal, which would become official Aug. 23, will unite Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in a new-look Big 3 in Cleveland. By Tom Withers and Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 600 words, photos.

– With:

– BEREA, Ohio- FBN–Browns-LeBron, By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – David Stern leads the class entering the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The former NBA commissioner is joined by Nolan Richardson, Mitch Richmond, Bob Leonard, Immaculata University, Guy Rodgers, Sweetwater Clifton, Sarunas Marciulionis, Alonzo Mourning and Gary Williams. By Jimmy Golen: UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.



CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan will retire from pro soccer after the MLS season. The LA Galaxy forward is widely considered the best soccer player in American history. The 32-year-old Donovan, who was left off the World Cup squad, is the top goal-scorer in MLS history. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.


DENVER – The Super Bowl teams meet six months after Seattle’s 43-8 romp in Denver, and the Broncos haven’t forgotten nor forgiven some Seahawks for all that trash talking during and after the blowout. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.


Kayla Roncin and Mo’Ne Davis are trying to reach the Little League World Series, a rare feat for girls. To get there, one may have to eliminate the other’s team. Davis pitches for her Philadelphia team; Roncin typically plays first base for her team in Toms River, New Jersey. Their teams play in separate regional semifinals Friday. By John Christoffersen. SENT: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS – Former No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden is arrested and charged with punching his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight at his mother’s home. The 7-footer tells officers ”things got out of control.” Oden is a free agent who played last season with the Miami Heat. By Rick Callahan. SENT: 300 words, photos.


IRVINE, Calif. – Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte double up on the second night of the U.S. national championships, with the Olympians swimming two events each. Michael Phelps has the night off after his next-to-last finish in his first event. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Finals start 9 p.m.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The National Guard is ending its sponsorship of NASCAR’s most popular driver and one of IndyCar’s most recognizable names. With military funding under increased scrutiny, the Guard says it is looking for ”more innovative and cost-effective ways of doing business.” By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 750 words, photos.


PRETORIA, South Africa – Oscar Pistorius was an ”appalling witness” who repeatedly lied in his testimony in a crude attempt to defend against a murder charge for killing his girlfriend, the chief prosecutor says during closing arguments. By Christopher Torchia and Gerald Imray. SENT: 850 words, photos.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Just when it appeared Lee Westwood’s window for winning a major had closed, the 41-year-old Englishman fires a 65 in the PGA. The timing could not have been better. This is his lowest start in this major, and it rekindles hopes of making another Ryder Cup team. By Jim Litke. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m. EDT.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tiger Woods surveyed his options from a hazard left of the first fairway when he said to his caddie, ”What about left gallery?” That turned out to be the best choice, and it showed the state of Woods’ game. At least he appeared to have his health. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

– With:

– GLF–PGA-Chappell. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

– GLF–PGA-Notebook. By Gary Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

– GLF–PGA-Glance.

– GLF–PGA-Leader Cards.

– GLF–PGA-Key Hole.



I just returned from Hall of Fame induction weekend, where I find that my cronies and I are slowly becoming the older generation of the membership. To the man, we find it amazing that this generation has little interest in our help when it comes to hitting. By Mike Schmidt. For The Associated Press. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. – Hyun-Jin Ryu goes after his 13th victory when the NL-leading Los Angeles Dodgers attempt to wrap up the Freeway Series with three straight victories. The Angels counter with C.J. Wilson on Mike Trout’s 23rd birthday. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.

– Also:

– CLEVELAND – BBA–Indians-Ballpark Renovations. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.



HOUSTON – Top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney says he’ll start Saturday’s preseason opener in Arizona after sitting out the last three practices. But Texans coach Bill O’Brien seemed surprised by Clowney’s proclamation. By Chris Duncan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.


LATROBE, Pa. – Dick LeBeau doesn’t mince words on why the Steelers gave up more plays over 50 yards than any team in the NFL last year. ”We were young and we were running to the wrong places,” the Hall of Fame defensive coordinator says. Doing it again isn’t an option if the team wants to get back to the playoffs. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


GLENDALE, Ariz. – Todd Bowles engineered one of the best defenses in the NFL in his first season in Arizona. He will have to deal with a couple of major personnel changes if the Cardinals are going to be that good again this year. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words. ETA 4 p.m., EDT.

– Also:

– NASHVILLE, Tenn. – FBN–Titans-Wright. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

– GREEN BAY, Wis. – FBN–Packers-QBs. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

– ALLEN PARK, Mich. – FBN–Lions-Rookies. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

– HOUSTON – FBN–Texans-McNair. By Chris Duncan. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

– BUFFALO, N.Y. – FBN–Bills Future. By John Wawrow. SENT: 600 words, photos.



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State lost two receivers to the NFL, including first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin. Rashard Greene returns as the top threat for quarterback Jameis Winston, who will have to rely on some untested players. By Kareem Copeland. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.


STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford coach David Shaw is beginning this season the same way he has his first three: preaching a running back-by-committee approach. That never seems to last long. Kelsey Young and Barry Sanders – yes, the son-of-you-know who – are among four players competing to anchor the power running game. By Antonio Gonzalez. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – It wasn’t a typical year for Alabama’s secondary, which was hindered by inexperience, injuries and an SEC loaded with dangerous passers. Now, the Crimson Tide unit that has been an assembly line for NFL prospects is bolstered by a familiar position coach and two top-rated cornerback recruits. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

– Also:

– FBC–American Preview. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.

– FBC–Conference USA Preview. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

– NEW ORLEANS – FBC–Sun Belt Preview. By Brett Martel. SENT: 800 words, photos.

– FBC–MAC Preview. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.



PORTLAND, Ore. – The World Cup showed Major League Soccer that attracting U.S. fans is no longer an issue. Engaging them is the next step. The MLS victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday wrapped up a wildly successful summer for soccer in the U.S. following the national team’s run to the round of 16 in Brazil. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


NAIROBI, Kenya – A seven-man rowing crew on the cusp of setting an Indian Ocean speed record is looking forward to reaching the island nation of the Seychelles after 57 days on the water. By Jason Straziuso. SENT: 350 words.


– LONDON – TEN–Davis Cup-Israel. Israel’s Davis Cup match against Argentina next month moved out of country because of Gaza conflict. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 500 words, photos.

– TORONTO – TEN–Toronto. Novak Djokovic loses to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Rogers Cup. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 9 p.m.

– MONTREAL – TEN–Montreal. Caroline Wozniacki faces U.S. qualifier Shelby Rogers in third round of Rogers Cup. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 9 p.m.


– BELMONT, Mich. – GLF–LPGA Tour. Stacy Lewis and Michelle Wie open play in the Meijer LPGA Classic, the tour’s first event in Michigan since 2000. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7:30 p.m.

– GLEN COVE, N.Y. – GLF–US Women’s Amateur. Field cut from 32 to eight in U.S. Women’s Amateur. UPCOMING: 300 words by 7:30 p.m.


– FALL RIVER, Mass. – Aaron Hernandez-Cousin. Cousin of ex-Patriots star Aaron Hernandez asks for no more jail time, cites cancer. SENT: 130 words.

– HARRISBURG, Pa. – Penn State-Abuse. Pennsylvania officials, NCAA seek time to discuss settlement in suit over Penn State penalties. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: 400 words.

– RIO DE JANEIRO – OLY–Rio 2016. Rio says it can’t relax with its Olympic preparations despite World Cup success. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 500 words, photos.

– LAUSANNE, Switzerland – EQU–Doping Paget. Olympic equestrian medalist Jock Paget cleared in horse doping case; contaminated medication blamed. SENT: 400 words.


– BBO–Baseball Capsules.

– FBN–NFL Exhibition Capsules.

– BKL–WNBA Capsules.

– GLF–Golf Capsules.

Thursday’s Time Schedule (EDT)


N.Y. Mets at Washington, 12:35 p.m.

Detroit at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

San Francisco at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Colorado, 3:40 p.m.

Houston at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Miami at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Cleveland at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Boston at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

Kansas City at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Minnesota at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

NFL Exhibition

Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets, 7 p.m.

New England at Washington, 7:30 p.m.

San Francisco at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.

Cincinnati at Kansas City, 8 p.m.

Seattle at Denver, 9 p.m.

Dallas at San Diego, 10 p.m.


Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Phoenix at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Atlanta at Seattle, 10 p.m.