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October 22, 2013 03:02 PM EST | AP

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BOSTON — From Musial to Gibson to Pujols, from Williams to Yastrzemski to Martinez, the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox have shared an October link. So who will put their stamp on this World Series — Dustin Pedroia, Adam Wainwright or someone else? By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami's football team will lose nine scholarships and the men's basketball team will lose three as part of the NCAA penalties in connection with the Nevin Shapiro booster scandal. The governing body decision comes 2½ years after the association's investigation began. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— With:

— ST. LOUIS — Miami-NCAA Investigation-Haith. By Alan Scher Zagier. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami-NCAA Investigation-Shalala. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

— CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami-NCAA Investigation-Timeline. SENT: 1,000 words.


The days of smash-mouth football are long gone. Teams have perfected the pass and are not as equipped as they used to be when it comes time to getting a key yard on the ground. In the most critical of short-yardage situations, teams are successful only 59 percent of the time, lower than in any season since at least 1995. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 950 words, photos.



BOSTON — A year ago, the Red Sox are awful and fans are wondering whether Big Papi is washed up. Now, Boston is back on top and David Ortiz is living large. A link to that 2004 crown and the rise of the Red Sox, Ortiz is a real face of October. By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


BOSTON — Rarely has a rookie burst on the postseason the way Michael Wacha has. This young right-hander, almost unhittable lately, is the talk of October. He'll start Game 2, facing hitters who have never seen him. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— BBO--World Series-Schilling. By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— BBO--World Series-Notebook. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— BBO--World Series-Matchups. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 2,400 words, photos.

— BBO--World Series Capsule. SENT; 2,200 words, photos.



It's party time again in Miami, where the football team is undefeated and the little unpleasantness with the NCAA is now out of the way. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.


Adam Scott considers it his signature moment, even if it wasn't the putt that made him the first Australian to win the Masters. It was the stage — the 18th green Sunday at Augusta National, tied for lead and a 20-foot birdie putt dropping into the cup. It was the kind of putt Masters champions make. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--Golf Notes. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.



CINCINNATI — The Reds choose pitching coach Bryan Price to succeed Dusty Baker as manager, the AP is told. Price has never managed at any level and is to be introduced at an afternoon news conference. Baker was fired despite getting the Reds to the playoffs three times in the last four years. By Joe Kay: SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. News conference 3 p.m.


DETROIT — With a loaded roster coming off three straight division titles, the Detroit Tigers shouldn't have much trouble finding a taker for their now-open managerial spot, but the job may not be as easy as it looks. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


ISTANBUL — The WTA Championships, which features the top eight players, begins with Serena Williams facing Angelique Kerber among the opening matches. Also, it's Victoria Azarenka vs. Sara Errani and Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Petra Kvitova. Maria Sharapova has pulled out because of a shoulder injury. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.


Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee says he insinuated that Tiger Woods cheated and gave the world's No. 1 player an "F'' for his five-win season in a column he wrote for because "ethics matter more than athletics." He stands by the cheating implication. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 900 words, photos.



INDIANAPOLIS — Reggie Wayne is out for the year with a torn knee ligament. This is the first time in his 13-year career that the Colts' star receiver is on injured reserve. It also ends his streak of 189 consecutive games. By Michael Marot. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos, by 5 p.m.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers travel well, and it's hardly by accident. Jim Harbaugh took his team for weeklong-stays in Youngstown, Ohio, between East Coast games in each of the past two seasons. So this Nashville to London trek to face the Jaguars shouldn't be so bad. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


PITTSBURGH — Coach Mike Tomlin just wanted to keep his team "relevant" after an 0-4 start. Two wins later, the Steelers have something more important than relevance, they have momentum. By Will Graves. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— CINCINNATI — FBN--Bengals-Nugent's Kicks. By Joe Kay. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— RENTON, Wash. — FBN--Seahawks Return. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.

— EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — FBN--Vikings-Frazier's Decision. By Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — FBN-Panthers-Efficient Newton. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--Power Rankings. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--NFL Diversity Study. By Steve Reed. SENT: 550 words, photos.



AUBURN, Ala. — No. 11 Auburn is no longer an afterthought to Alabama, but a legitimate Southeastern Conference contender. It's a remarkable turnaround under first-year coach Gus Malzahn for a team coming off its worst season in decades. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The joke in the Big Ten is that maybe the league's freshman of the week honors should just be called the Christian Hackenberg Award. After all, it seems he wins it every week. The Penn State quarterback's biggest test comes Saturday at No. 4 Ohio State. By Rusty Miller. SENT: 750 words, photos.


PHOENIX — The Pac-12 season has hit its midpoint and there's been a few surprises, some breakout performances and a familiar team on top in Oregon. A rundown of the best and worst in the conference so far. By College Football Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— STANFORD, Calif. — FBC--T25-Oregon Trail. By Antonio Gonzalez. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— COLUMBIA, S.C. — FBC--T25-S Carolina-Spurrier. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— SOUTH BEND, Ind. — FBC--Notre Dame-Offense. By Tom Coyne. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.



MIAMI — Very few teams in NBA history have won three consecutive championships. Even fewer have made four straight NBA Finals appearances. The Miami Heat will be chasing both of those things this season. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


CHICAGO — Welcome back, Derrick Rose. Welcome back to title contention, Chicago Bulls. With their superstar point guard back after missing a season following knee surgery, the Bulls are again taking aim at LeBron James and the Heat in the Eastern Conference. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Until Kobe Bryant returns from injury, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash will attempt to make sure the Lakers' season is still worth saving. But Bryant's early absence isn't the only unusual aspect of a transitional year for the venerable franchise. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.


NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets believe they have a shot at an NBA title. By acquiring Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett during a flurry of moves, the Nets built a team that Pierce said could be "one of those teams that can be talked about in NBA history." By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— With:

— Season previews on all NBA teams.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There's a young and hungry bunch of Jayhawks aiming for another Big 12 championship, but they may have their stiffest test in a decade. Oklahoma State is bringing back a bevy of talent with title aspirations of their own. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee center Mercedes Russell grew up rooting for Candace Parker and the Lady Vols. Now the 6-foot-6 freshman is about to begin her college career as Tennessee's most heralded recruit since Parker's arrival nine years ago. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.



A few months ago, Wade Moore heard the unmistakable noise in his Texas backyard again: the scream of a snowmobile's engine. He missed that sound. He misses his son, Caleb, who died in January from complications following his crash at the Winter X Games. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 4 p.m.


LONDON — A decade after kicking a boot at David Beckham's head, Alex Ferguson uses his autobiography to criticize the star's apparent preoccupation with fame. He also says he was approached twice to coach England, but refused because he's a Scot. By Rob Harris. SENT: 750 words, photos.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — J.B. Mauney is one of the top professional bull riders in the country but goes largely unnoticed in the heart of NASCAR country. Winning a world championship might get him a little more attention in his hometown of Mooresville. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.


VATICAN CITY — The Vatican serves tea and cucumber sandwiches as it launches its first cricket club, an initiative aimed at forging ties with teams of other faiths. Pope Francis, however, isn't taking up the sport long associated with manicured grounds and English nobility. His game is strictly soccer. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 600 words, photos.


— LONDON — SOC--AP Global Soccer 10. Giuseppe Rossi of Fiorentina and Roma take player, team honors in AP's global soccer poll. By Jack Bezants. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— ZURICH — SOC--FIFA-El Salvador-Match-Fixing. FIFA bans three more El Salvador national team players in a match-fixing case, bringing the total to 19. SENT: 130 words.

— SOC--Euro Rdp. Barcelona, Arsenal look to make it three wins in three games in the Champions League group stage. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— NYON, Switzerland — SOC--UEFA-Racist Abuse. Cypriot club APOEL Nicosia and Croatian club HNK Rijeka disciplined for racist behavior by fans at Europa League matches. SENT: 120 words.


— BASEL, Switzerland — TEN--Swiss Indoors. Stanislas Wawrinka loses in first round of Swiss Indoors. UPCOMING: 200 words.

— VALENCIA, Spain — TEN--Valencia. Nicolas Almagro wins in start to bid for third Valencia Open title. SENT: 200 words, photos.


— NEW YORK — ATH--NYC Marathon-Hall Withdraws. American Ryan Hall withdraws from New York City Marathon because of hip injury. SENT: 130 words.

— CHARLOTTE, N.C. — CAR--NASCAR-RPM-Parrott Fired. Richard Petty Motorsports fires crew chief Todd Parrott for violating NASCAR's substance-abuse policy. SENT: 130 words.


— HKN--NHL Capsules.

Tuesday's Time Schedule (EDT)


Anaheim at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Nashville at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Washington at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Calgary at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

NBA Exhibition

Indiana at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Orlando at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Utah at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.