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BC-AP Sports Digest

By: Associated Press
September 25, 2017 Updated: September 25, 2017 at 1:45 pm
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TOP STORIES

FBN--TRUMP-SPORTS-NFL

After more than 200 sit or kneel during the national anthem, players around the NFL regroup to take in the reaction, figure out what they hope to accomplish with the protests and plan how they will treat the anthem moving forward. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BKN--TRUMP-SPORTS-NBA

LeBron James' tweet calling President Donald Trump a "bum" has become one of the most shared posts ever on Twitter. More NBA players are expected to use the league's enormous platform to discuss this political flash point when 28 teams hold their media days. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With:

— BKN--NBA MEDIA DAYS-THE LATEST — Real-time developments throughout day.

FBN--COWBOYS-CARDINALS

GLENDALE, Ariz. — After four straight weeks on the road — two in preseason, two in the regular season — the Arizona Cardinals finally play their home opener. They face the Dallas Cowboys, who are coming off a one-sided loss at Denver. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

TRUMP & SPORTS

TRUMP-SPORTS

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is indulging in his favorite kind of drama — personal, aggressive, culturally volatile and entirely of his own making. And his feud with the NFL shows no signs of abating, with the president tweeting the "issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race." By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— With:

— TRUMP-SPORTS-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

FBN--TRUMP'S INSULT

President Donald Trump strikes a nerve with NFL players when he implored team owners to "get that son of a bitch off the field" for protesting during the national anthem. Says Falcons defensive lineman Grady Jarrett: "I'm a son of a queen." By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 950 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

Von Miller pulled the old "psych" handshake trick on Tyrod Taylor, pulling back just as the Bills' prone quarterback was reaching up to grab the helping hand. The joke, it turned out, was on Miller. An official threw a flag that kept alive Buffalo's pivotal fourth-quarter drive. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBN--TEXANS-WATSON

HOUSTON — The Texans couldn't close out their game against New England, but Houston is encouraged by the marked improvement of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson in his second NFL start. Coming up for the Texans is Tennessee. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--WINLESS GIANTS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Giants' season is coming to a quick end. Burned by the Eagles on a last-play, 61-yard field goal, New York is now 0-3. Since 1980, only five teams of 168 have overcome that start to make the postseason. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--REJUVENATED JAGUARS

The Jacksonville Jaguars returned home from London with another win, this one a dominating victory against previously unbeaten Baltimore. The game showed how good the Jaguars (2-1) can be when they play mistake-free football. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--BIG-PLAY CHIEFS — By Dave Skretta. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— FBN--DRUBBED DOLPHINS — By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--MATURING TITANS — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--REDSKINS-THIRD DOWNS — By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--STEELERS-FAMILIAR TERRITORY — By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--WINLESS BENGALS — By Joe Kay. UPCOMIING: 500 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

— FBN--DRUBBED DOLPHINS — By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

NBA

BKN--MEDIA DAY-CAVALIERS

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Following a chaotic summer in Cleveland marked by a blockbuster trade, front-office overhaul and speculation about his future, LeBron James speaks to the media for the first time since last season's NBA Finals. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With:

— BKN--MEDIA DAY-CAVALIERS-THOMAS — Isaiah Thomas, recovering from hip injury, expected to join Cavs by January. By Withers. SENT: 250 words, photos.

BKN--MEDIA DAY-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY — Amid all the hype about the acquisition of Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. This fact remains: MVP Russell Westbrook hasn't signed an extension. Westbrook and the Thunder prepare to start training camp with great optimism and a giant cloud looming. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BKN--MEDIA DAY-CELTICS

BOSTON — The Celtics completed a massive transformation in the offseason, parting with 11 players from a team that lost to the Cavaliers in last season's conference finals. Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford are now the faces of the franchise. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BKN--MEDIA DAY-ROCKETS

HOUSTON — James Harden and Chris Paul have spent a lot of time together since Paul was traded to the Rockets in June. As Houston prepares for the start of camp, the two All-Stars can't wait to see how all that bonding will translate into chemistry on the court. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— Other individual team stories on media day.

BASEBALL

BBN--CUBS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — The Chicago Cubs can clinch a second straight NL Central title by winning the opener of their series with the Cardinals. St. Louis is 2 1/2 games behind Colorado for the second NL wild card. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.

BBA--TWINS-CLOSING IN

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins have already surpassed last year's win total by 23, with a return to the postseason in full view. The magic number for clinching the second AL wild card spot is down to three. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BBN--NATIONALS-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper could come off the disabled list and return to the lineup when the NL East champion-Washington Nationals play the Phillies. The 2015 NL MVP has been out with a knee injury since slipping on a wet base Aug. 12. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

— Also:

— BBA--YANKEES-JUDGE — Aaron Judge hits 49th homer, tying McGwire's MLB rookie record. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 p.m.

OLYMPICS

OLY--USOC-DOPING

PARK CITY, Utah — With calls getting louder for a total Russian ban from next year's Olympics, the leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee weigh in on the issue at a news conference. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With:

— OLY--US ATHLETES-PROTEST — USOC leader says athletes have right to expression though political protest is barred at Olympics. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--ON GOLF: THOMAS TIME

ATLANTA — Justin Thomas had an inkling a big year was in store all the way back in January. He shot a 59 playing with Jordan Spieth on his way to a PGA Tour scoring record. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-FLORIDA SUSPENSIONS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nine Florida players, including standout receiver Antonio Callaway and running back Jordan Scarlett, could be charged with felony fraud. They allegedly transferred money from a stolen credit card to their student accounts and then bought electronics. By Mark Long. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK

The effects of preseason rankings are still lingering, and probably holding back the two newest members of the top 10. No. 7 Georgia and No. 9 TCU were the big movers in the rankings this week after impressive victories. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. 900 words, photos.

FBC--T25-SOARING GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia enjoyed a big win over Mississippi State, and coach Kirby Smart worries about how his players will handle the praise. Georgia jumped to No. 7 in the AP Top 25, setting up back-to-back road games, including this week's trip to Tennessee. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-WASHINGTON-PASSING GRADE

SEATTLE — No. 6 Washington faced its first challenge of the season and aced the exam. The Huskies found a run game led by a career day from junior Myles Gaskin. Next up, a trip to lowly Oregon State. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--T25-TURNOVER-FREE TIDE — By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBC--T25-CLEMSON-LATEST TEST — By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— FBC--STAT WATCH — By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SEN T: 550 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-UTAH-QUARTERBACKS — By Kareem Copeland. UPCOMING 600 words, photos by 10 p.m.

— FBC--WINLESS FLORIDA STATE — By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.

NHL

HKN--EAST PREVIEW

The two-time Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins and Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals are no sure bet to lead the Eastern Conference after significant offseason losses. Just making the playoffs in a brutal Metropolitan Division will be a challenge. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— HKN--NHL RDP — Roundup of 10 exhibition games. Updated throughout night.

HEALTH

FBN--THE BUONICONTIS

NEW YORK — Marc Buoniconti has been using a wheelchair for 32 years. Through those decades his father has been his companion. Now it is Nick Buoniconti, a Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, who needs Marc's inspiration. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 700 words, photos.

WNBA

BKL--WNBA FINALS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Lynx dropped Game 1 of the WNBA Finals for the fourth time in six appearances. They know they can bounce back, but they're in trouble against a loaded Los Angeles Sparks team looking to repeat. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

OTHER

— SOC--ARSENAL-WEST BROM — Gareth Barry will break the Premier League appearance record if he plays for West Bromwich Albion at Arsenal. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— TEN--WUHAN OPEN — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, runner-up Madison Keys loses in first round in China. SENT: 250 words.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— SOC--MLS CAPSULES

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Monday Time Schedule (EDT)

NFL

Dallas at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Baseball

Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m., 1st game

Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m., 2nd game

Houston at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Miami at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

San Francisco at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Seattle at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

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

NHL Exhibition

New Jersey at Ottawa, 6 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Boston, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Montreal at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Calgary at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Colorado at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Carolina at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

Anaheim at Arizona, 10 p.m.

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