April 20, 2014

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BC-AP Sports Digest

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TOP STORIES:

OLY–YEAR OF THE WOMAN

LONDON — Cynics say Olympic organizers have been touting the coming of gender equality for years, but 2012 brings several important crossovers. For the first time, there are more women on the U.S. team than men, 269 to 261, and Russia’s team, which is nearly as big, is also majority-female. And then there’s Saudi Arabia, which has sent its first two women to the competition. By Paul Haven. Sent.

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OLY–OPENING CEREMONY PREVIEW

LONDON — A world city that needs no introduction, but scarred by terror bombings, riots and economic crisis since awarded the games seven years ago, will launch the 2012 Olympics with a spectacular opening ceremony Friday faced with a unique challenge: to be as memorable as Beijing’s planet-wowing, money-no-object extravaganza of 2008. By John Leicester. Sent.

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COMMENTARY:

OLY–JIM LITKE-072612

LONDON — A minute of silence during the three-hour opening ceremony hardly seems too much to ask. It works out to little more than five seconds per victim. The widows and families of the Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Games have already waited 40 years. IOC boss Jacques Rogge, who competed as a yachtsman for Belgium that summer, has told them they may be waiting forever. By Sports Columnist Jim Litke.

PENN STATE:

FBC–BIG TEN-COACHES

CHICAGO — Penn State coach Bill O’Brien says he doesn’t know who is recruiting his Nittany Lions and he doesn’t care. O’Brien said he expects to keep his team intact, despite sanctions handed down this week by the NCAA that will keep Penn State out of bowl games for four years and allows players to transfer immediately. By Rick Gano.

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US–PENN STATE-ABUSE

HARRISBURG, Pa. — For months, the identity of the boy who was sexually assaulted in the locker-room showers by Jerry Sandusky was one of the biggest mysteries of the Penn State scandal. Now, for the first time, a man has come forward publicly to claim he was that boy, and is threatening to sue the university. By Mark Scolforo.

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NFL:

FBN–JETS REPORT

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez and the rest of Rex Ryan’s New York Jets report for training camp, with all eyes on the two quarterbacks. By Dennis Waszak Jr.

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FBN–MANNING’S COMEBACK

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The public gets its first glimpse of Peyton Manning in orange and blue as the Denver Broncos open training camp minus the Tim Tebow supporters but packed with fans curious to see if the NFL’s only four-time MVP still has it after missing last season with a neck injury. By Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.

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FBN–NFL-WELLNESS PROGRAM

NEW YORK — In an offseason marked by Junior Seau’s suicide and scores of lawsuits over brain injuries, the NFL is launching a comprehensive wellness program for current and retired players — including a confidential mental health Life Line. By Lynn DeBruin. Sent.

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FBN–QUICK HITS-CAMP QUESTIONS

PHILADELPHIA — Peyton Manning found a new home, Tim Tebow hit Broadway and a bounty scandal got Sean Payton a one-year suspension. After a wild offseason, the NFL is ready to kick off another year. As many teams open training camp this week, we’ll examine six questions heading into the season. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi.

AP Photos.

— Also:

— OWNINGS MILLS, Md. — FBN–Ravens-Lewis. By David Ginsburg.

— NEW ORLEANS — FBN–Saints-Vilma. By Brett Martel.

— EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — FBN–Vikings-Kalil. Sent.

— TAMPA, Fla. — FBN–Buccaneers-LeGrand Retires. By Fred Goodall. Sent.

— Other training camp stories as warranted.

— OTHERS NEWS:

— INDIANAPOLIS — CAR–NASCAR-Danica’s Future. JR Motorsports hopes to have Danica back in 2013. Sent.

— INDIANAPOLIS — CAR–NASCAR–Drug Testing. NASCAR president will keep test details private. By Michael Marot. Sent.

— LONDON — SOC–FIFA-Bin Hammam Suspended. FIFA suspends bin Hammam days. By Graham Dunbar.

— OCEANPORT, N.J. — RAC–Haskell-Draw. Paynter favored in Saunday’s Haskell.

— HOUSTON — BKN–Rockets-Asik. Houston welcomes Turkish center. By Chris Duncan.

— CHARLOTTE, N.C. — BKN–Bobcats- Haywood. Haywood coming home to Charlotte. By Steve Reed.

— SPARTANBURG, S.C. — FBC–SoCon Media Day. By Pete Iacobelli.

— TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — FBC–Twitter Ban. Florida State coach stops players from tweeting. Sent.

— PHILADELPHIA — HKN–Flyers-Voracek. forward Jakub Voracek signs.

— LOS ANGELES — TEN–Los Angeles. Day 4 of the ATP Tour’s Farmers Classic.

— KITZBUEHEL, Austria — TEN–Kitzbuehel. Top-seed Kohlschreiber into semis. Sent.

— EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — GLF–Evian Masters. Stacy Lewis takes 1st-round lead with 63. By Jerome Pugmire. Sent.

— MOSCOW — SOC–Russia-Capello. Capello signs 2-year contract as Russia coach. Sent.

— BBA–AL Capsules.

— BBN–NL Capsules.

Time Schedule

BASEBALL

American League

Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 12:35 p.m.

Oakland at Toronto, 12:37 p.m.

Detroit at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

National League

L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 1:45 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Houston, 8:05 p.m.

Washington at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.