BC-AP Sports Digest
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MOSCOW - Two Swedish athletes paint their fingernails in rainbow colors at the world championships in response to Russia's anti-gay law. Russian pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva then replies with a condemnation of homosexuality. Is this a glimpse of what awaits at the Sochi Olympics? By Chris Lehourites. 800 words. ETA 4:30 p.m.
- ATH--Worlds. By Pat Graham. ETA 5 p.m.
- ATH--Worlds-Notebook. By Pat Graham. Sent.
LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers swept the Mets for their eighth straight victory, putting them in rare company. They are 40-8 since June 22, their best 48-game run in the modern era and the best since the 1942 Cardinals. Los Angeles leads the NL West by 7 1/2 games. By Beth Harris. 600 words. ETA 5 p.m.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Calling it a "historic'' moment, Commissioner Bud Selig says Major League Baseball intends to expand video review next season, giving managers a tool they've never had in an effort to reduce the number of incorrect calls. By John Kekis. 900 words. Sent.
A different kind of "sport'' is likely to make its debut at the Winter Olympics, despite the lack of an official announcement by the IOC. It's called "harassment,'' and it will pit a handful of competitors and activists against their Russian hosts, who have vowed to enforce new, discriminatory anti-gay legislation. By Sports Columnist Jim Litke. 800 words. ETA 7 p.m.
BBY--LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Little League World Series begins with four games. Among the newcomers in the 16-team field is the Czech Republic. The tournament ends Aug. 25. 500 words.
- BBY--LLWS-Panama-Puerto Rico. 1 p.m.
- BBY--LLWS-Texas-Washington. 3 p.m.
- BBY--LLWS-Austalia-Mexico. 5 p.m.
- BBY--LLWS-Tennessee-Connecticut. 7 p.m.
GENEVA - Mark Sutton, the skydiver who parachuted into London's Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony dressed as James Bond, is killed during a helicopter jump in the Alps. London 2012 chief Sebastian Coe calls the 42-year-old stuntman a "consummate professional and team player.'' By John Heilprin and Jill Lawless. 500 words. Sent.
HARTFORD, Conn. - The U.S. women's gymnastics championships begin, with Kyla Ross the heavy favorite and two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney going for her second national title on vault. By Will Graves. 700 words. Event starts 7:30 p.m.
- OLY--GYM-US Championships-Notebook. Sent.
NEWARK, N.J. - Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris is the new owner of the New Jersey Devils. The founder of one of the world's largest private equity firms, Harris and his group pay $320 million to Jeff Vanderbeek for the rights to the Devils and the lease to the Prudential Center. By Tom Canavan. 600 words. Sent.
ST. LOUIS - Lance Lynn (13-6) tries to beat Pittsburgh for the third time this season, facing A.J. Burnett in the finale of a three-game series. The Pirates have a three-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central. By R.B. Fallstrom. 700 words. Game started 1:45 p.m.
Skipper Max Sirena of Italy's Luna Rossa is the latest America's Cup competitor to accuse defending champion Oracle Team USA of cheating. Oracle last week acknowledged it modified its boats without proper permission. By Bernie Wilson. 400 words. Sent.
TEN--US OPEN-STADIUM ROOF
NEW YORK - The U.S. Open's main stadium is expected to have a roof by 2017. The U.S. Tennis Association says Arthur Ashe Stadium could be covered as soon as the 2016 tournament, but more likely the next year. The men's final was delayed to Monday each of the last five years. By Rachel Cohen. 600 words. Sent.
- TEN--US Open-Tsonga Out. Sent.
PARKER, Colo. - Laura Davies had played in every Solheim Cup since it began in 1990 until this one. Europe now has a 17-year-old, the youngest player ever. Juli Inkster is missing for the first time since 1996. She has a daughter older than three U.S. players. This time, the Solheim Cup is awash with new faces. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson.
- Capsules, Rosters, Pairings, Glance.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Play begins at the Wyndham Championship, the last chance for the PGA Tour's bubble players to force their way into - or out of - the playoffs that start next week. By Joedy McCreary. 700 words. ETA 7 p.m.
- BROOKLINE, Mass. - GLF--US Amateur. Sent. To be updated.
- ENDICOTT, N.Y. - GLF--Champions Tour. By John Kekis. ETA 6 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alex Smith wants to "stick it'' to all his doubters, but wants to be clear he's not referring to the 49ers - the team that benched him on the way to the Super Bowl and then shipped him to Kansas City. Smith faces his former team in a preseason game Friday night. By Dave Skretta.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Bills running back C.J. Spiller would like to speak to Adrian Peterson after Buffalo's preseason game against Minnesota on Friday night. Spiller is hoping for some advice from the Vikings' star rusher on what it takes to reach 2,000 yards in one season. By John Wawrow. 600 words. ETA 3 p.m.
NEW YORK - Mark Sanchez has a chance to take the lead in the Jets' quarterback competition. The team says he will start over rookie Geno Smith for the preseason home game against Jacksonville on Saturday night. By Dennis Waszak Jr. Will be updated from Rex Ryan conference call at 3 p.m.
- Four exhibition games: Detroit at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.; Atlanta at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.; Carolina at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.; San Diego at Chicago, 8 p.m.
- ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - FBN--Broncos-Miller. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.
- FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - FBC--Bucs-Patriots Practice. By Howard Ulman.
- RENTON, Wash. - FBN--Seahawks-Thomas. By Tim Booth.
- JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - FBN--Jaguars-QBs. By Mark Long.
- METAIRIE, La. - FBN--Raiders-Saints-Coaches. By Brett Martel.
- RICHMOND, Va. - FBN--Redskins-Kyle-Shanahan. By Joseph White.
- NASHVILLE, Tenn. - FBN--Titan-Walker. By Teresa M. Walker.
- DAVIS, Fla. - FBN--Dolphins' New Kicker. By Steven Wine.
SAN ANTONIO - Ricky Williams, a Heisman Trophy winner and an NFL All-Pro, has a new line of work. He is to be introduced as running backs coach at University of the Incarnate Word, a small Catholic school jumping to the second tier of college football. By Kristie Rieken. 700 words. ETA 5 p.m.
FBC--OHIO ST-BRAXTON MILLER
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Braxton Miller is feeling more comfortable, not only on the field as the quarterback at Ohio State, but also in his role as team spokesman and Heisman Trophy candidate. By Rusty Miller. 800 words. Sent.
FBC--MARIOTA IN CONTROL
EUGENE, Ore. - Marcus Mariota plans to take on more than just a few extra pounds this season. The Oregon quarterback, who bulked up with 12 pounds of muscle over the summer, says he's ready to become a more vocal leader of the Ducks in his sophomore year. By Anne M. Peterson. 800 words. Sent.
- KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - FBC--Tennessee-Media Day. By Steve Megargee.
- SALT LAKE CITY - FBC--Utah-Wilson. By John Coon. Sent.
- AMES, Iowa - FBC--Iowa St-Receivers. Luke Meredith.
- NORMAN, Okla. - FBC--Oklahoma-Defensive Speed. By Murray Evans. Sent.
DALLAS - Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon are the new guards charged with finding the best way to make Dirk Nowitzki's life easier. Their resumes are better than those of O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison, but these veterans have just one playoff series win between them. By Schuyler Dixon. 600 words. ETA 4:30 p.m.
BARCELONA, Spain - There are three reasons why Barcelona is favored to defend its Spanish league title: Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and newcomer Neymar. Looks perfect on paper for the Spanish power. So what could go wrong? By Joseph Wilson.
- MASON, Ohio - TEN--Cincinnati. Roger Federer (3 p.m.), Serena Williams (9 p.m.) tune up for U.S. Open at Western & Southern Open. By Joe Kay.
- LOS ANGELES - BKN--Kobe & Kimmel. Late night host Jimmy Kimmel goes one-on-one with Kobe Bryant. By Beth Harris. 400 words. ETA 1 a.m.
- LONDON - SOC--Qatar-2022 World Cup. Premier League head suggests moving 2022 World Cup from Qatar. Sent.
- SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - People-Orlando Cruz. Puerto Rico gay boxer Orlando Cruz proposes marriage to partner. Sent.
- LOS ANGELES - SOC--MLS-Chivas USA-Lawsuit. Former executive sues Chivas USA soccer team, claiming harassment for not being Latino. Sent.
- BBA--AL Capsules.
- BBN--NL Capsules.
- FBN--NFL Preseason Capsules.
Thursday's Time Schedule (EDT)
L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 1:45 p.m.
Houston at Oakland, 3:35 p.m.
San Francisco at Washington, 4:05 p.m.
Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Kansas City at Detroit, 7:08 p.m.
Seattle at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
Detroit at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Atlanta at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.
Carolina at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
San Diego at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Seattle, 10 p.m.
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