AP Sports Digest for Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021

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All times EDT



NEW YORK — No. 2-seeded Daniil Medvedev tries to reach the U.S. Open semifinals for the third year in a row, and 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez seeks to follow up victories over two past champions. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Night session starts 7 p.m. With The Latest (developing), glance (upcoming), separate on zero Americans left (upcoming), other sidebars on merits.


Georgia figures to move up in the latest AP Top 25 after the Bulldogs beat Clemson in the biggest game of the opening weekend. Who else will move in after eight ranked teams lost their openers, three to unranked teams? By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3 p.m. With separate on rough start for Pac-12 (upcoming).


AMES, Iowa — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has been where Iowa State’s Matt Campbell is now in his career. Successful coach, courted annually by other schools and the NFL. Ferentz stayed at Iowa and settled into a two-decade run. Heading into the biggest Iowa-Iowa State game in the history of the rivalry, it’s hard to know how much longer Campbell will be in Ames. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


The days of TV announcers subtly mentioning betting lines or gambling during NFL games appears to be over. Six years after commissioner Roger Goodell said he opposed states legalizing gambling, the NFL appears to have fully embraced it. The league is allowing networks to sell up to six spots to sportsbooks during games while the league has partnered with seven sportsbooks. From betting shows to networks partnering with their own betting services, the days of gambling being taboo on NFL TV are over. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 5 p.m.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Amid another lost year for the Kansas City Royals, Salvador Perez is giving fans a reason to pay attention. The veteran catcher is on a historic home run-hitting pace as the stretch run begins, setting his sights not only on the franchise record but also the mark for any big league backstop. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


Twenty years after the attacks of Sept. 11, and just days after the Taliban took control of Kabul, some American combat veterans competed in the Tokyo Paralympics — a corps of elite athletes who have triumphed over the catastrophic injuries they suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are a disparate group. Some are relentlessly optimistic. Others spent years wrestling emotional demons. Some insist they emerged from their personal battlefields without emotional scarring. Others insist that’s impossible. Their stories are tangles of adversity and redemption, loss and achievement. SENT: 2,400 words, photos.



ATLANTA — A season like no other in PGA Tour history ended with a one-of-a-kind feat. Over the final two weeks, Patrick Cantlay won the FedEx Cup by beating the U.S. Open champions. Both of them. The “super season” included six majors. And now comes a super hard vote on player of the year. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 850 words, photos. With Golf Notes and Golf Glance (both sent).



SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Two starters are injured, another tested positive for COVID-19 and a fourth was sent home as punishment as the U.S. headed to Honduras for its third World Cup qualifier in seven days. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words by 9 p.m. Developing from news conference scheduled for 6 p.m. With separate roundup on European qualifying for World Cup (upcoming).


Disciplinary proceedings have been opened by FIFA against Argentina and Brazil over the chaos that led to their World Cup qualifier being suspended after Brazilian health officials stormed the field to question the quarantine status of players. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 670 words, photos by 4 p.m.


CHICAGO — Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds take on Willson Contreras and the Chicago Cubs. Wade Miley pitches for Cincinnati, and Adrian Sampson starts for Chicago. The Reds are one game back of San Diego for the second NL wild card. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:40 p.m.


MILWAUKEE — Aaron Nola pitches for Philadelphia and Eric Lauer starts for Milwaukee as the Phillies and Brewers continue their three-game series. Milwaukee has an 11-game cushion in its division, but the Phillies are chasing a playoff spot. They’ve won eight of 10 to close within 1 1/2 games of first-place Atlanta in the NL East and two games of San Diego for the second NL wild card. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:40 p.m.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Switching personnel mid-drive is commonplace in the NFL with running backs shuttling in and out and teams switching from three-receiver sets to two-receiver formations all the time. The San Francisco 49ers could do it at quarterback this season with Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Trey Lance sharing time. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.


LSU coach Ed Orgeron, who helps coach the defensive line, likes nothing more than to see his defensive front cause misery for opposing quarterbacks. This week, the opposing quarterback will be Cody Orgeron, his son, setting up an unusual matchup for both the Tigers’ coach and McNeese State’s signal caller. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.


NEW YORK — With 12 days left in the WNBA season, five teams are jockeying for the top two spots and the coveted double bye in the playoffs. While Connecticut has the inside track to the No. 1 seed, the second position seems wide open. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.


AP Sports Extra: NFL Season Preview: A paginated preview of the NFL season is now available in AP Newsroom. It can be found by searching “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. The page looks at coaching changes and comebacks to watch in the NFL this season. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org


Tuesday Time Schedule


Minnesota at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 6:35 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Miami, 6:40 p.m.

Kansas City at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Washington at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 7:40 p.m.

Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m.

LA Dodgers at St. Louis, 7:45 p.m.

Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

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

Chicago White Sox at Oakland, 9:40 p.m.

Texas at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

LA Angels at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.


Connecticut at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Washington at Seattle, 10 p.m.

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