BC-AP Sports Preview Digest,1st Ld-Writethru - NBC Sports

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest,1st Ld-Writethru
September 1, 2013, 12:10 pm

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EDT.

EDITORS:

UPDATES to add story on steps other schools have taken following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State.

As they watched Penn State struggle to contain a child sex-abuse scandal that ruined its once-pristine name, schools around the country realized they needed to examine what they were doing so they wouldn't see their reputations destroyed, as well. A review by The Associated Press finds that 55 of the 69 BCS football schools either reviewed or strengthened their policies regarding minors on campus in the wake of the case involving Jerry Sandusky. 1,300 words. ETA 1 p.m.

- NEW YORK - Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens meet in an all-American fourth-round showdown at the U.S. Open. Past champions Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are also in action. 950 words. Sessions 11 a.m., 7 p.m.

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- NORTON, Mass. - Sergio Garcia has a one-shot lead over Henrik Stenson and Roberto Castro heading into the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods were still in range. 800 words. ETA 6:30 p.m.

- HAMPTON, Ga. - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. starts from the front at Atlanta Motor Speedway after winning the first pole of his young career, but most of the attention will be on those trying to lock up a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. 850 words. Race starts 7:30

- BALTIMORE - Scott Dixon has the pole in the Grand Prix of Baltimore, hoping to close the gap on IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves on a difficult street course in Charm City. 750 words. Race starts 2 p.m.

- CLEMSON, S.C. - Quarterback Tajh Boyd says No. 8 Clemson plans to make a habit of winning big games following the Tigers' victory over No. 5 Georgia in the season opener. 700 words. Availability at 6:30 p.m.

- COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Johnny Football may have started his season a half later than his team, but Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel didn't take long to throw three TD passes and generate controversy over his on-field behavior in the win over Rice. 700 words. ETA 4 p.m.

- LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ninth-ranked Louisville, coming off an 11-2 season and Sugar Bowl win, opens the season against Ohio, also coming off a bowl win. The Cardinals begin with their highest preseason ranking in school history. 700 words. Game starts 3:30 p.m.

- PITTSBURGH - The Pirates try to extend their one-game lead over the Cardinals when the NL Central rivals meet in a game that will feature the debut of Justin Morneau - traded to Pittsburgh by Minnesota on Saturday. 800 words. Game starts 1:35 p.m.

AP Photos.

- DETROIT - The AL Central-leading Tigers hope Justin Verlander snaps out of his slump to help them add to their cushion against the second-place Indians. 800 words. Starts at 1:08 p.m.

- ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Joe Flacco's giant banners hang from the stadium in downtown Denver, larger-than-life reminders that his 70-yard touchdown toss in the final minute of regulation ruined the Broncos' Super Bowl hope and propelled the Ravens to the title instead. The teams kick off the new season Thursday night in the Mile High City. 750 words. ETA 5 p.m.

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