BC-AP Sports Digest,1st Ld-Writethru

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm •  Published: September 15, 2014
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— Also:

— FBN--STUNNED 49ERS. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--RUNNING COWBOYS. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--COMEBACK CARDINALS. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--BILLS-UNBEATEN. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--SLUMPING SAINTS. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, by 5 p.m.

— FBN--CHARGERS-MATHEWS. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

BASKETBALL

BKO--US-STAYING AHEAD

MADRID — It was only a decade ago when U.S. basketball was perhaps at its low point. Now the Americans are the world's best and could be even better in the 2016 Olympics, but coach Mike Krzyzewski intends to keep preparing as if they could lose. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— Also:

— BKL--CANADA-US. U.S., Canada play exhibition game in Bridgeport, Conn., leading to women's world championships. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-LAUNCHING POINT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — No. 1 Florida State used a lopsided victory over Clemson to propel itself to the national championship in 2013. Now, a strong showing against the No. 22 Tigers could answer some questions about an FSU team that has not been nearly as dominant as last year. By Kareem Copeland. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.

FBC--T25-AUBURN TAILBACKS

AUBURN, Ala. — Cameron Artis-Payne wants to prove he's got speed and Corey Grant's eager to prove he has power. The two Auburn tailbacks are complementing each other nicely and helping the Tigers' running game keep pace despite losing Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-NEBRASKA-ARMSTRONG'S TEST

LINCOLN, Neb. — Tommy Armstrong has had more than 300 yards of total offense in each of Nebraska's three games, and he's thrown seven touchdown passes against one interception. His biggest test so far this season comes when Miami visits this week. By Eric Olson. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBC--T25-ALABAMA'S OTHER PLAYMAKERS. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBC--T25--OKLAHOMA-ROAD TRIP. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FEATURES

BBN--MATHENY-PLAYER SAFETY

ST. LOUIS — It should come as no surprise that Mike Matheny is a leading proponent of player safety for big leaguers. Just like Giancarlo Stanton, the St. Louis Cardinals manager was struck in the face by a pitch in 1998, and concussions ended his playing career. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

SOC--EXTRA TIME

LONDON — British troops, which helped topple the Taliban after the Sept. 11 attacks, are preparing to end their combat role and leave Afghanistan by the end of the year. Now, balls are replacing bullets, with Britain looking to share its soccer expertise with Afghanistan in an effort to foster national unity. By Rob Harris. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TENNIS

— TEN--PAN PACIFIC OPEN. U.S. teenager Madison Keys loses to Lucie Safarova in first round of Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— TEN--KOREA OPEN. Varvara Lepchenko of U.S. reaches second round of Korea Open in Seoul. SENT: 130 words.

— TEN--GUANGZHOU. Roberto Vinci upset in first round of Guangzhou Open in China. SENT: 100 words.

— TEN--MOSELLE OPEN. French wild card Paul-Henri Mathieu plays Benjamin Becker in first round of Open de Moselle in Metz, France. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 p.m.

— TEN--INDIA-SERBIA. Davis Cup World Group playoff between Serbia and India to be decided on Monday after rain stops decisive fifth match in Bangalore, India. SENT: 120 words.

OTHER NEWS

— SOC--SCOTLAND INDEPENDENCE-BECKHAM. Former England captain David Beckham urges voters in Scotland to vote against independence. SENT: 120 words.

— CYC--UCI-COLOMBIAN UNIFORMS. Cycling's ruling group says flesh-colored uniforms by a Colombian women's cycling team are "unacceptable by any standard of decency." SENT: 200 words.

— GLF--WENTWORTH SOLD. Wentworth Golf Club, one of Britain's most famous courses and headquarters of European Tour, sold to Chinese firm for $220 million. SENT: 120 words.

— WRE--YARYGIN ELECTED. Widow of Olympic wrestling champion Ivan Yarygin is first female vice president of sport's governing body. SENT: 140 words.

CAPSULES

— BBO--Baseball Capsules.

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Monday's Time Schedule (EDT)

NFL

Philadelphia at Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m.

Baseball

Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

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

Washington at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

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

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

Philadelphia at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.