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Gennady Golovkin’s trainer tells PodcastOne Sports Now co-host Tim Dahlberg that Canelo Alvarez’s claim the test was positive because of tainted meat he ate in Mexico rings hollow, and that it could be Alvarez didn’t want to fight when the bout was originally scheduled.

Steve Coughlin, better known as Stanford Steve on ESPN SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, joins the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to preview the big games — and look for some off-the-radar games that might be worth a wager.

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TOP STORIES

FBN–RAVENS-BENGALS FOLO

CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton has turned into a big pain for the Baltimore Ravens. He threw four touchdown passes — three of them to A.J. Green — as the Cincinnati Bengals got ahead big and held on for a 34-23 victory that left them alone atop the AFC North. It’s an unaccustomed spot for Cincinnati, which is off to its first 2-0 start since it won the division title in 2015. By Joe Kay. SENT: 635 words, photos.

With:

— FBN–RAVENS’ BAD HALF. By Joe Kay. SENT: 450 words, photos.

FBC–T25-OHIO ST-TCU

ARLINGTON, Texas — No. 4 Ohio State’s last Saturday without Urban Meyer on the sideline will be against No. 15 TCU. It will be the toughest test for the Buckeyes during their coach’s three-game suspension. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 840 words, photos.

FBO–THE ALLIANCE

There’s a lifeline out there for the guys who couldn’t quite make it in the NFL this month. The Alliance of American Football.

Call it spring football or a developmental league or whatever. To those players who were cut when NFL rosters were set — and even for those who actually get to spend a bit of time in the league this season — it’s a second chance. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 880 words.

FBC–MONITORING FLORENCE

Second-ranked Clemson is the only major conference school in the Carolinas and Virginia that will play its scheduled football game this weekend as Hurricane Florence looms. Several schools across the three states canceled, re-scheduled or relocated games ahead of the storm, citing safety concerns. SENT: 840 words, photos.

With:

— FBC–MONITORING FLORENCE-LIST. SENT: 300 words.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC–T25-FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 3

The Southeastern Conference’s West Division commands the spotlight Saturday. Top-ranked Alabama opens league play at Mississippi, and No. 7 Auburn hosts No. 12 LSU. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a chance to become a serious Heisman Trophy contender when the Buckeyes play TCU in Arlington, Texas. New UCLA coach Chip Kelly is still looking for his first win when the Bruins play Fresno State. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 665 words, photos.

FBC–T25-USC-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas — A Southern Cal-Texas rematch was supposed to be an early-season blockbuster. With both programs struggling, it feels more like a fight for survival and the pressure is mounting to find a win to keep their seasons from spinning off course. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 830 words, photo.

Also:

— FBC–T25-BYU-WISCONSIN. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

— FBC–T25-SMU-MICHIGAN. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 580 words, photos.

— FBC–TROY-NEBRASKA. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

— FBC–BOSTON COLLEGE-WAKE FOREST. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 740 words, photos.

— FBC–GUILFORD-DAVIDSON — Davidson sets records, tops D-III Guilford 91-61. SENT: 200 words.

BASEBALL

BBN–WILD WEST

DENVER — Managers Dave Roberts and Bud Black are close friends. Infielders Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt talk all the time. Just maybe not as much right now. This NL West title chase between the Rockies, Dodgers and Diamondbacks is serious business and shaping up to go down to the wire. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 725 words, photos.

BBN–METS-WRIGHT

NEW YORK — Mets captain David Wright will return for the team’s final homestand, making what will probably be his last appearance as a big leaguer. The club said it plans to activate Wright when New York gets back to Citi Field on Sept. 25 against Atlanta. The 35-year-old is scheduled to start at third base on the second-to-last day of the season against Miami. It would be his first major league game since May 2016. Wright has worked to return from a litany of neck, back and shoulder injuries that required surgery. By Scott Orgera. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

Also:

— BBN–DODGERS-CARDINALS. By Joe Harris. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— BBO–LEADING OFF — A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 470 words, photos.

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MLB Previews

Previews of all MLB games will now be available in Newsroom or your other AP feeds by searching for “Preview” and one of the MLB slug prefixes — BBA, BBN or BBO. These are being generated using automation by HERO Sports and data from Sportradar. We will be working to provide them earlier in the morning to better meet more evening newspaper deadlines and also for more optimal digital usage. Please contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org with any questions.

NFL

FBN–SEAHAWKS-KENDRICKS

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks are expected to sign linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a one-year contract despite his recent guilty plea on insider trading charges. By Tim Booth. SENT: 535 words.

FBN–RAMS-DONALD DISAPPOINTED

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Aaron Donald is his own worst critic. Nothing is going to change that, not even a $135 million contract extension that briefly made the Los Angeles Rams’ All-Pro lineman the highest-paid defender in NFL history. Donald was not pleased with his performance in the Rams’ opener. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 675 words.

FBN–COWBOYS-NO PASSING ZONE

FRISCO, Texas — It’s no secret that Dak Prescott and his revamped group of Dallas receivers hold the key to creating consistent running room for Ezekiel Elliott. The formula needs improvement with the Cowboys trying to avoid their first 0-2 start under Jason Garrett. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN–TEXANS-WATT’S RETURN

HOUSTON — J.J. Watt got better as the day went on Sunday in Houston’s opener, his first game since breaking his leg last October. After getting through that one, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year is looking to make more of an impact this week when the Texans visit Tennessee. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN–NFL THIS WEEK

If there’s ever going to be a changing of the guard in the AFC, then Sunday’s visit to Jacksonville by the Patriots would seem a perfect time. Except when you look at the numbers that say Tom Brady doesn’t lose to the Jaguars. Ever. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. For Weekend Use. SENT: 1,700 words, photos.

Also:

— FBN–STEELERS-ROETHLISBERGER. SENT: 165 words.

— FBN–JAGUARS-FOURNETTE. SENT: 125 words.

— FBN–HALL OF FAME NOMINEES. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— FBN–JETS-ENUNWA EMERGES. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 950 words, photos.

BOXING

BOX–GOLOVKIN-ALVAREZ

LAS VEGAS — Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez had to follow a circus to town the first time they met a year ago. Maybe that’s why they’ve created a bit of an act themselves for their fight Saturday night for the middleweight title. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NBA

BKN–CELTICS-HAYWARD

BOSTON — Celtics forward Gordon Heyward said his broken leg and ankle are 100 percent and he expects to be out there for the Oct. 16 opener against Philadelphia. That leaves him about a month to get back into basketball shape after sitting out the last year. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 460 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF–EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Aiming to stylishly cap a rookie season that Hurricane Maria almost denied her, Maria Torres took a share of the lead into the second round at the final women’s golf major of the year. Torres, the first Puerto Rican player to get an LPGA Tour card, was tied atop the Evian Championship leaderboard with Carlota Ciganda of Spain. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 500 words.

Also:

— GLF–WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — David Skinns leads Web.com Tour Finals event in Boise. SENT: 380 words.

NHL

HKN–KARLSSON TRADE

SAN JOSE, Calif. — General manager Doug Wilson began the offseason by making a run to add John Tavares to the San Jose Sharks. When that move failed and Tavares signed with Toronto, Wilson stood pat instead of rushing into a lesser move. Patience paid off on the eve of the start of training camp. The Sharks acquired two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators for a package of young players and picks, adding a world-class player to a team now expected to contend in the ultra-tough Western Conference. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 925 words, photos.

HKN–STARS-SEGUIN

FRISCO, Texas — Tyler Seguin showed up in Dallas five years ago mired in a Twitter-fed mess and vowing to show fans he could be one of the faces of the only NHL franchise in Texas. The high-scoring forward has nearly 80 million ways to prove he pulled it off. The Stars avoided any lingering questions about the future of Seguin by signing the five-time All-Star center to a $78.8 million, eight-year contract extension that goes through the 2026-27 season. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 660 words, photos.

HKN–PREDATORS-BEST IN WEST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators are coming off their best season yet as winners of Presidents’ Trophy. They made their share of big moves last season to pick up that hardware, yet the pressure to succeed in the Western Conference never eases. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 600 words, photos.

Also:

— HKN–RETOOLED ISLANDERS — By Vin A. Cherwoo. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TENNIS

TEN–CHAIR UMPIRE

ZADAR, Croatia — The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final says he is pleased to be getting back to work. Preparing to take his seat to direct matches in the Davis Cup semifinals between Croatia and the United States, Carlos Ramos tells The Associated Press he is “just focusing on this tie and working again.” By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 160 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC–TOBIN’S TIME

PORTLAND, Ore. — Less than a year ago, Tobin Heath lamented that being injured was the “worst thing in the whole entire world.” Now healthy, the midfielder for the Portland Thorns and the U.S. national team looks like she’s having the time of her life. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 680 words, photo.

AUTO RACING

AP Sports Extra: NASCAR Cup Chase

A paginated preview of the NASCAR Cup Chase, which starts Sept. 16, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” under the Graphics tab. Three page sizes are available — full broadsheet, half broadsheet and tabloid — with space for local advertising or content. The pages look at how the NASCAR season was dominated by the same three drivers but a fourth now has emerged as a contender for the Cup. Please contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org with any questions.

OTHER

— FIG–INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC — US Olympian Zhou struggles at International Classic. SENT: 380 words, photo.

— TRI–WORLD TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS — American Taylor Knibb wins under-23 women’s triathlon title. SENT: 240 words.

CAPSULES

— BBO–BASEBALL CAPSULES

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Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

BASEBALL

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Miami at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Detroit at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Oakland at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Washington at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Arizona at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Seattle at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

Texas at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

Colorado at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

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