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Jeff Hall set off to spread his brother’s ashes at every major league ballpark. As the World Series begins, he talks to the AP about his mission with PodcastOne Sports Now co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg. Also up for discussion, the Rams’ bright yellow uniforms and the Lakers-Rockets brawl.

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is focused on seeing how high she can soar. She’s aware of the significant influence she wields in the sport still struggling from the fallout of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. And she wants USA Gymnastics to take ownership of its issues and do what’s right. She also wants her teammates competing at the world championships this weekend to be pushed in the right direction. Biles is the lone holdover from the team that dominated the 2016 Olympics. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 1230 words, photos by 3 a.m.

LOS ANGELES – The World Series isn’t quite a trip to the beach, but the Red Sox anticipate staying hot in balmy California. The Dodgers hope a warm welcome will help them reverse a 2-0 deficit. Walker Buehler will be the center of attention when he starts Game 3 for the Dodgers in Friday’s late-afternoon twilight against Rick Porcello. Buehler flew home from Boston ahead of his team to prepare for the outing. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 730 words, photos.

HOUSTON – Deshaun Watson tied a career-high with five touchdown passes to lead the Houston Texans to their fifth straight win, 42-23, over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 800 words, photos.


This is shaping up as a week of rest for many of the top playoff contenders. No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 LSU and No. 5 Michigan have open dates. That leaves No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame as the only top-five teams playing Saturday. The last few weeks indicate both those teams should be on upset alert. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 880 words, photos by 3 a.m.


LOS ANGELES – Boston’s J.D. Martinez will be a game-time decision going into Friday’s Game 3 after he rolled his right ankle while rounding second base on a double during Game 1 on Tuesday. Hobbling into a World Series game at Dodger Stadium? That’s not the only similarity between Martinez and 1988 Series hero Kirk Gibson. Like Gibson, Martinez is in his first season on a team that finds itself in the Fall Classic. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos by 4 a.m.


LOS ANGELES – The Boston Red Sox likely won’t know until Friday afternoon whether slugger J.D. Martinez will start Game 3 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. Martinez is Boston’s main designated hitter, and the DH spot won’t be used for the games at the National League park. Martinez can play the outfield, but he’s been nursing a sore ankle after slipping in the opener. Red Sox manager Alex Cora says star right fielder Mookie Betts won’t start at second base. Boston leads the Series 2-0. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 450 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers have seen the future and it’s ace-in-the-making Walker Buehler. Except they need him to deliver now. By Beth Harris. SENT: 980 words, photos.

ENGELWOOD, Colo. – Bill Bowlen, the brother of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, has asked a Colorado District Court to remove the three trustees who run the club as Pat Bowlen battles Alzheimer’s. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 560 words, photos.

The previous time the Saints and Vikings hooked up folks in Minnesota were toasting Stefon Diggs with steins of Surly. People in Louisiana were crying in their gumbo. They get together again in prime time for a nice treat to finish off a Sunday with several intriguing matchups. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1880 words, photos. For weekend use.

The Minnesota Twins have hired Tampa Bay Rays assistant coach Rocco Baldelli as their new manager. The 37-year-old Baldelli replaces Paul Molitor, who was fired after four seasons with a 305-343 record. Baldelli spent the last four years on the staff of Rays manager Kevin Cash. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 1040 words, photos.

PHILADELPHIA – Ruben Amaro Jr. had one of the best views in the house of a Boston Red Sox team on the brink of something special. Amaro just wished he could have stuck around another season as first base coach to watch the Red Sox play in the World Series. Amaro is instead set to moonlight as an actor in the 1980-something sitcom “The Goldbergs.” By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos by 3 a.m.


LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas coach Bill Self faces a potentially bumpy few months as the FBI’s investigation of corruption in college basketball continues to unwind. Self and the school have not been accused of any wrongdoing, though their names have surfaced in testimony, and that alone could be enough to hurt them on the recruiting trail and in the court of public perception. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m.

ST. LOUIS – Blues coach Mike Yeo says his job should be in jeopardy following St. Louis’ 7-4 defeat to the Columbus Blue Jackets. By Joe Harris. SENT: 660 words, photos.


MEXICO CITY – Formula One’s two old-timers Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso are taking very different paths into the late stages of their racing careers. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.


KIGALI, Rwanda – FIFA President Gianni Infantino understands why female footballers are unhappy about the lack of gender equality in World Cup prize money but says doubling the cash for finalists to $30 million is progress. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 680 words, photos.


Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Game 3: Boston at Los Angeles, 8:09 p.m.

No. 23 Utah at UCLA, 10:30 p.m.

Chicago at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Dallas at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Golden State at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Houston, 8 p.m.

Milwaukee at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Washington at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Vegas, 6 p.m.

San Jose at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Ottawa at Colorado, 9 p.m.

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