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BC-AP Sports Digest

Associated Press Updated: August 31, 2014 at 3:15 pm

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TOP STORIES

CAR--NASCAR-ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga. — A grieving Tony Stewart returns to driving after missing the last three races when he rides at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart, whose car struck and killed a driver Aug. 9 on a dirt track, will start 12th. Kevin Harvick has the pole and goes for a weekend sweep after winning the Nationwide Series race. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos. Race starts 7:30 p.m.

— With:

— CAR--NASCAR-Stewart. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos after race.

— CAR--NASCAR-Atlanta's Move. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — David Ferrer is beaten by Gilles Simon in the third round at the U.S. Open, the biggest name so far to lose in the men's draw. The comeback story of 32-year-old qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni ends with a loss to Sara Errani. Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova play later in day. By Rachel Cohen. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.

FBC--T25-UP-TEMPO ALABAMA

ATLANTA — Looking to calm a jittery quarterback, Alabama broke out the no-huddle offense against West Virginia. The move helped settle Blake Sims, and the offense rolled. Up-tempo Alabama? Hardly. Coach Nick Saban says the "dinosaur" ways are working just fine. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBN--COPYCAT LEAGUE

Trends will always will be a part of the NFL. Some burst on the scene and fade quickly: the wildcat or alternating QBs. Others — the zone blitz, the nickel back — have staying power. Says Troy Vincent, a former star player and now the NFL's head of football operations: "We are a copycat league, you bet." By Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBA--ATHLETIC-WHITE SOX TRADE

CHICAGO — The Athletics muscle up for a pennant drive, acquiring slugger Adam Dunn from the White Sox for a minor league pitcher. Oakland, second in the AL West, was looking to add a hitter after trading Yoenis Cespedes to Boston. Dunn has 460 career homers but struggled in four seasons with Chicago. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BBA--INDIANS-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals, who have lost three straight to fall into a tie with Detroit for first in the AL Central, play an Indians team gaining ground in the division. Cleveland has won seven of 10 and is 3 ½ games off the lead. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

BBO--PLAYERS TO WATCH

CHICAGO — With September in the on-deck circle, some players bear watching in the final weeks: Josh Hamilton and Bryce Harper are looking for redemption. Yadier Molina is on his way back from thumb surgery and Max Scherzer is putting together a fitting encore to his Cy Young season from a year ago. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 850 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--49ERS-MCDONALD ARRESTED

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald is arrested on domestic violence charges. The arrest comes days after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell imposed tougher penalties for such conduct. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--RAMS-NO SAM

ST. LOUIS — Michael Sam shows up for his exit meeting with Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a few hours after clearing waivers. The NFL's first openly gay player to be drafted declines to discuss the move by the team before going to see the coach. By R.B. Fallstrom. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — FBN--Broncos Bargains. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 600 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-GURLEY'S BIG NIGHT

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia's Todd Gurley is uncomfortable in front of the cameras. He doesn't relish the attention. Well, he better get used to it if he keeps playing like he did in an opening victory over Clemson. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-MOVING ON

ARLINGTON, Texas — Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was shaky and spectacular. The defense was dominant, then dicey. Defending champion Florida State opened with a 37-31 win over Oklahoma State. The top-ranked Seminoles are well aware they must improve. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBC--T25-SMU-BAYLOR

WACO, Texas — Big 12 champion Baylor debuts its new riverfront stadium when Bryce Petty and the Bears play former Southwest Conference rival SMU in a season opener. UPCOMING. By Stephen Hawkins. 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

— With:

— FBC--T25-Baylor-RG3-Stadium Scene. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.

— Also:

— SOUTH BEND, Ind. — FBC--T25-Michigan-Notre Dame Rivalry. By Tom Coyne. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— MANHATTAN, Kan. — FBC--T25-Vanilla K-State. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— AUBURN, Ala. — FBC--T25-Auburn-Duke Williams. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— NORMAN, Okla. — FBC--T25-Oklahoma Backs. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— LOUISVILLE, Ky. — FBC--Miami-Louisville. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--DEUTSCHE BANK

NORTON, Mass. — Jason Day and Ryan Palmer are tied for the lead going into the third round of the Deuetsche Bank Championship. Matt Kuchar, mourning the death of his caddie's wife, is a shot off the lead. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.

GLF--LPGA TOUR

PORTLAND, Ore. — Defending champion Suzann Pettersen, Carlota Ciganda and Mi Jung Hur are ahead by a stroke entering the last round of the Portland Classic. Pettersen is to match Nancy Lopez's record with her third victory in the event. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 10 p.m.

— Also:

— CALGARY, Alberta — GLF--Champions Tour. UPCOMING: 450 words by 9 p.m.

— TURIN, Italy — GLF--Italian Open. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

— FORT WAYNE, Ind. — GLF--Webcom Tour. UPCOMING: 150 words by 7 p.m.

BASKETBALL

BKO--WORLD CUP-TURKEY-US

BILBAO, Spain — The U.S., coming off a 59-point rout of Finland in which it didn't allow a second-quarter basket, meets Turkey at the Basketball World Cup in a rematch of the Americans' victory in the 2010 gold-medal game. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. Game starts 3:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

— Also:

MINNEAPOLIS — BKL--Mercury-Lynx. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.

SOCCER

ALGERIA-SOCCER VIOLENCE

ALGIERS, Algeria — Algerian youths are storming fields, stoning players and clashing outside stadiums. The wave of hooliganism is seen as an outlet for the frustrations of joblessness, weak institutions and sheer boredom. Players say the death of scoring star Albert Ebosse, killed by his own fans, was only a matter of time. By Karim Kebire and Paul Schemm. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— Also:

— SOC--Euro Rdp. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— TUKWILA, Wash. — SOC--NWSL Championship. UPCOMING: 250 words. Game starts 3 p.m.

OTHER NEWS

— BERLIN — ATH--ISTAF Meet. Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk sets world record in women's hammer throw; Olympic champion Robert Harting wins discus. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— ARAMON VALDINARES, Spain — CYC--Spanish Vuelta — Colombia's Nairo Quintana takes overall lead at Spanish Vuelta; ninth stage won by countryman Winner Anacona. SENT: 250 words.

— BOWMANVILLE, Ontario — CAR--NASCAR-Trucks. Chevrolet Silverado 250. UPCOMING: 200 words by 6 p.m.

— CLEREMONT, Ind. — CAR--NHRA. Drag racing's U.S. Nationals. UPCOMING: 200 words by 6 p.m.

— SALISBURY, Conn. — Vintage Racer-Fatal Crash. 73-year-old driver dies in crash at race of vintage cars. SENT: 120 words.

CAPSULES

— BBO--Baseball Capsules.

— SOC--Soccer Capsules.

— GLF--Golf Capsules.

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Sunday's Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Baltimore, 1:35 p.m.

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

Boston at Tampa Bay, 1:40 p.m.

Texas at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

Oakland at L.A. Angels, 3:35 p.m.

Milwaukee at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Colorado at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.

Washington at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 4:10 p.m.

Miami at Atlanta, 5:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Kansas City, 8:07 p.m.

College Football (Top 25)

No. 10 Baylor vs. SMU, 7:30 p.m.

WNBA Playoffs (Conference Finals)

Phoenix at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m.

MLS

New York at D.C. United, 2:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at Chivas USA, 8 p.m.

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