BC-AP Sports Digest

By: Associated Press
September 24, 2016 Updated: September 24, 2016 at 2:10 am
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TOP STORIES

BBN--DODGERS-HONORING SCULLY

LOS ANGELES — Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully thanked Los Angeles Dodgers fans for making him feel like an 8-year-old again every time they cheer. The crowd, in turn, saluted Scully with a loud roar and multiple standing ovations on his appreciation night Friday. By Beth Harris. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-GARNETTE RETIRES

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Garnett released a short video on Friday, saying 'farewell' and 'thank you' after 21 seasons in the league. Garnett informed the Minnesota Timberwolves he was retiring and says he never could have imagined feeling as loved as he did during his NBA career. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 1150 words, photos.

FBC--WYOMING-E MICHIGAN PROTEST

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Protesters gathered near an end zone and marched on the field after Eastern Michigan's 27-24 victory over Wyoming on Friday night, three days after racial graffiti was found spray painted on a campus building. The graffiti was found Tuesday and included the letters "KKK" and a racial epithet. SENT: 500 words.

GLF--ON THE TEE

ATLANTA — U.S. captain Davis Love III referred to his Ryder Cup team as "the best golf team maybe ever assembled," a surprising comment for two reasons. Love is not exactly known for his brash comments. And his team isn't yet assembled. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

HKO--WORLD CUP-RUSSIA-DATSYUK

TORONTO — Russian star Pavel Datsyuk may have taken his final shift in North America at the World Cup of Hockey. The Detroit Red Wings great left the NHL this offseason to be closer to family, but he's put on one last magic show for fans who watched him for the past 14 years. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BASEBALL

BBA--RANGERS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers secured their second straight AL West title, becoming the first American League team to clinch a playoff spot with a 3-0 win over the Oakland Athletics. By Gideon Rubin. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

— With:

— BBA--RANGERS-BUSH — Matt Bush was a pivotal piece in the Texas Rangers' AL West title run. He was nowhere to be found as his teammates sprayed champagne in all directions celebrating that crown in the visitors' clubhouse at Oakland Coliseum. By Gideon Rubin. SENT: 350 words, photos.

BBO--LEADING OFF

A look at what's happening all around the majors. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--PAC-12 COMMISSIONER-PROTESTS

SALT LAKE CITY — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has no issue with players protesting during the national anthem long as it's done in a respectful way. Athletes across the country have begun a variety of pregame protests after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem in protest of police violence against African-Americans and minorities. By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 300 words.

FBC--T25-USC-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY — Troy Williams threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in No. 24 Utah's 31-27 comeback victory over Southern California. By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 700 words, photos.

PRO FOOTBALL

FBN--FANTASY PLAYS

It's been a busy week on the fantasy football waiver wire — especially at running back — as many notable players went down with injuries and owners scrambled for their replacements. By Scott Engel. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 3 a.m.

OLYMPICS

OLY--USOC-SMITH AND CARLOS

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the American sprinters whose raised-fist salutes at the 1968 Olympics are an ageless sign of race-inspired protest, will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House next week for its meeting with President Barack Obama. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 200 words, photos.

OLY--USOC-DIVERSITY

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The U.S. Olympic Committee and the sports it oversees are behind the curve when it comes to placing women and minorities in key coaching and leadership positions, according to a set of "scorecards" the federation has compiled over the past three years. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 550 words, photos.

PRO HOCKEY

HKN--PANTHERS-JAGR

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Another year goes by, another training camp arrives for Jaromir Jagr, the 44-year-old who led the Florida Panthers in scoring and helped key their run to an Atlantic Division title last season. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 a.m.

PRO BASKETBALL

BKN--NBA PROTEST TALKS

MIAMI — 'No one can be happy with what's going on': Around the NBA, teams, coaches and players are already thinking of ways to use platform for social change. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BKN--PELICANS BEGIN

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans are rife with uncertainty as they prepare to open training camp this weekend. By Brett Martel. SENT: 700 words, photos.

WOMEN'S PRO BASKETBALL

BKL--MERCURY-ANTHEM PROTEST

NEW YORK — Mistie Bass and Kelsey Bone of the Phoenix Mercury are among the WNBA players who plan to continue kneeling during national anthems at playoff games this weekend. Bass says that her "heart is too heavy to be able to stand." By Basketball Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3 a.m.

GLF

— GLF--TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

— GLF--PGA TOUR-CHAMPIONS

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES.

— GLF--GOLF CAPSULES.

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Saturday's Time Schedule (EDT)

BASEBALL

Kansas City at Detroit, 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 1:05 p.m.

Texas at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.

Boston at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.

Arizona at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Houston, 7:10 p.m.

Seattle at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.

Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.

TOP 25 FOOTBALL

No. 1 Alabama vs. Kent State, Noon

No. 3 Louisville at Marshall, 8 p.m.

No. 4 Michigan vs. Penn State, 3:30 p.m.

No. 6 Houston at Texas State, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Stanford at UCLA, 8 p.m.

No. 8 Michigan State vs. No. 11 Wisconsin, Noon

No. 9 Washington at Arizona, 10:30 p.m.

No. 10 Texas A&M vs. No. 17 Arkansas at Arlington, Texas, 9 p.m.

No. 12 Georgia at No. 23 Mississippi, Noon

No. 13 Florida State at South Florida, Noon

No. 14 Tennessee vs. No. 19 Florida, 3:30 p.m.

No. 16 Baylor vs. Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m.

No. 18 LSU at Auburn, 6 p.m.

No. 20 Nebraska at Northwestern, 7:30 p.m.

MLS

Philadelphia at Toronto FC, 5 p.m.

Colorado at Vancouver, 7 p.m.

Montreal at New York, 7 p.m.

Orlando City at D.C. United, 7 p.m.

Portland at Houston, 9 p.m.

FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

WNBA PLAYOFFS

Second Round: Phoenix at New York, 7 p.m.

MOTORSPORTS

NASCAR Camping World Truck, UNOH 175 Qualifying, 10:05 a.m.

NASCAR Camping World Truck, UNOH 175, 1 p.m.

NHRA, AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals Qualifying, Madison, Ill., 2:45 p.m.

NASCAR Xfinity, VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Qualifying, Sparta, Ky., 4:45 p.m.

NASCAR Xfinity, VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300, Sparta, Ky., 8 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS

Tennis

ATP World Tour, St. Petersburg (Russia) Open

ATP World Tour, Moselle Open, Metz, France

WTA, Guangzhou (China) International Open

WTA, Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo

WTA, Korea Open, Seoul

Golf

PGA Tour, Tour Championship, Atlanta

European Tour, Porsche European Open, Bad Griesbach, Germany

Web.com Tour, Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship, Columbus, Ohio

PGA Tour Champions, Pacific Links Championship, Victoria, British Columbia

Cycling

UCI WorldTour, Eneco Tour, sixth stage, Lanaken, Belgium

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