Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. EDT:
– PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police say.
– NEW YORK – The CEO of PepsiCo, one of the NFL’s biggest sponsors, calls the behavior of some of the league’s players ”repugnant” but lauds Commissioner Roger Goodell as ”a man of integrity.”
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– ATLANTA – With a short week to prepare, Matt Ryan and the Falcons take on the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a prime-time matchup of NFC South teams coming off losses. Game starts 8:25 p.m.
– MANHATTAN, Kan. – No. 5 Auburn heads to Big 12 country to play No. 20 Kansas State in a game between 2-0 teams trying to make a statement to the new playoff committee. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
– It really is as bad as it looks in the Big Ten this season. Troubling trends in recruiting have been dragging down Big Ten football, and this season could be rock bottom.
– LONDON – Andy Murray changes course and signals his support for Scottish independence. The Scottish tennis star tweets hours ahead of the polls opening: ”Huge day for Scotland today!”
– The Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, an all-male bastion in Scotland since its founding 260 years ago, votes whether to admit women members.
– PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Past champions Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson highlight the start of play at the Yokohama LPGA Classic. The tournament is the final full-field event of the year.
– Individual team stories on the opening of NHL training camps.
– INCHEON, South Korea – North Korea’s team is welcomed to the athletes’ village at the Asian Games after a series of disputes nearly scuttled its trip to this regional mini-Olympics.
– SINGAPORE – Formula One teams must adjust to new rules banning much radio contact during races. The change comes in response to fan discomfort over the increasingly remote-control nature of the sport.