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September 16, 2018

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TOP STORIES

FBN--PATRIOTS-JAGUARS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The New England Patriots face the Jacksonville Jaguars in a rematch of last season’s AFC championship game. The Pats overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 9 minutes to win that one, preventing the Jags from making the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 4:25 p.m.

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

LSU surges to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll after its second victory of September against a highly ranked team, and Wisconsin tumbles to No. 18 after becoming the first top-10 team to be upset by an unranked team. Clemson and Georgia switch spots at Nos. 2-3. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CAR--INDYCAR-SONOMA

SONOMA, Calif. — Scott Dixon goes for a fifth IndyCar championship in the season finale at Sonoma Raceway. Dixon has a 29-point lead over Alexander Rossi, but the race is worth double points. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Race begins 6:40 p.m.

BOX--GOLOVKIN-ALVAREZ

LAS VEGAS — The fight lived up to its billing, even if it did little to settle who is really the best. That may have to wait until a third fight, assuming Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin really want to see each other in the ring again. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 720 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--VIKINGS-PACKERS

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers starts for the Green Bay Packers against the Minnesota Vikings, wearing a brace on his left knee. Rodgers completed three passes on Green Bay’s first drive, which ended with a punt. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.

FBN--CHIEFS-STEELERS

PITTSBURGH — The Kansas City Chiefs try to win in Pittsburgh for the first time in 32 years when they visit the Steelers. The Steelers have won seven of their last eight meetings overall with the Chiefs. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.

Also:

— FBN--WEEK 2-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.

— FBN--NFL TODAY.

— FBN--NFL INJURIES.

FBN--SEAHAWKS-BEARS

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Khalil Mack sat out offseason workouts and the preseason, had just one week to learn a new system following a blockbuster trade and still managed to dominate in his debut for the Chicago Bears. The Bears hope for more of that when they host Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 800 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--FIRST-YEAR FRUSTRATIONS

Misery loves company, and there’s plenty to go around for first-year coaches at some of the biggest name schools in college football. Chip Kelly is 0-3 at UCLA, Scott Frost is 0-2 at Nebraska, Willie Taggart hasn’t beaten an FBS opponent at Florida State and neither has Kevin Sumlin at Arizona. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

Also:

— FBC--T25-OHIO ST-DAY AFTER. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBC--T25-LSU-BURROW’S MOMENT. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 510 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA ST-PRESSURE. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBC--T25-BYU’S PUSH. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 530 words, photos by 4 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBN--DODGERS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — A day after the Dodgers routed the Cardinals and moved into first place in the NL West, right-hander Adam Wainwright (1-3, 4.70) starts for St. Louis in the finale of the four-game series and righty Ross Stripling (8-3, 2.61) goes for Los Angeles. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:05 p.m.

BBO--DIAMONDBACKS-ASTROS

HOUSTON — Cy Young Award winners Zack Greinke (14-9, 3.11) of the Diamondbacks and Justin Verlander (15-9, 2.72) of the Astros start as Arizona concludes a three-game series at Houston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 2:10 p.m.

BBO--METS-RED SOX

BOSTON — Cy Young Award contenders Chris Sale (12-4, 1.96) of the Red Sox and Jacob deGrom (8-9, 1.71) of the Mets face off for the first time since their college days as Boston hosts New York. DeGrom was a two-way player at Stetson in 2010 when he hit his only college homer off Sale, the ace at Florida Gulf Coast. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.

Also:

— BBA--YANKEES-JUDGE — Yankees’ Aaron Boone says Aaron Judge could return vs Red Sox this week. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 230 words.

MLB Previews

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AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS — Erik Jones is on the pole when the NASCAR Cup series’ 10-race playoffs begin at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski is coming off back-to-back victories and seeking to solidify his fourth-place standing behind the dominant trio of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race starts 3 p.m.

CAR--F1-SINGAPORE GP

SINGAPORE — Lewis Hamilton wins the floodlit Singapore Grand Prix from pole position to extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel to a commanding 40 points. The Mercedes driver made a clean start and was largely untroubled as he beat Red Bull driver Max Verstappen by nine seconds, with Vettel much further back in third. The four-time Formula One champion recorded his seventh win of the season and 69th of his F1 career. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 750 words, photos.

HOCKEY

HKN--LOCKOUT LOOMING

With 12 months to go until the NHL or NHL Players’ Association can reopen collective bargaining talks, work is already being done to prepare for a potential work stoppage. Most long-term, big money contracts are including heavy bonuses in potential lockout years because no one knows yet if or when there will be another one. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--EVIAN CHAMPIONSHP

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Angela Stanford ends her long wait for a first major title when her 3-under 68 is enough to win the Evian Championship by one shot after longtime leader Amy Olson makes double bogey on the 18th. At age 40, and 15 years after she was runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Open, Stanford had a wild final few holes that gave her a 12-under total of 272. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 800 words, photos.

GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Scott McCarron took a share of the lead into the final round of The Ally Challenge, chasing his second straight PGA Tour Champions victory. UPCOMING: 400 words by 9 p.m.

Also:

— GLF--KLM OPEN — Ashun Wu wins KLM Open for 3rd career title on European Tour. SENT: 110 words.

— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — Scott Pinckney, Sangmoon Bae and Roberto Diaz shared the lead entering the final round of the Albertsons Boise Open, the third of four Web.com Tour Finals events. UPCOMING: 300 words by 10 p.m.

TENNIS

TEN--CROATIA-US

ZADAR, Croatia — Croatia is going to the Davis Cup final. After eight hours of tennis, Borna Coric ended a sustained comeback bid from the United States by rallying from two sets to one down to beat Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-7 (11), 6-1, 6-3 in the fifth and decisive match of a topsy-turvy semifinal. Seeking its second title, Croatia will visit defending champion France in the Nov. 23-25 final. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 830 words, photos.

With:

— TEN--CHAIR UMPIRE — Chair umpire Carlos Ramos hands Marin Cilic warning for slamming racket. SENT: 250 words.

— TEN--FRANCE-SPAIN — Already out, Spain salvages pride against France. SENT: 130 words.

SOCCER

SOC--ITALIAN ROUNDUP

MILAN— When the first goal finally came, it couldn’t have been any easier for Cristiano Ronaldo. It took the former Real Madrid forward nearly 320 minutes to score his first league goal for Juventus and he did it with the simplest of tap-ins. Ronaldo doubled his tally shortly after as the Bianconeri beat Sassuolo 2-1 in Serie A. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 630 words, photos.

SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

LONDON — West Ham plays Everton seeking its first point of the Premier League season in the fifth round while Burnley is at Wolverhampton chasing its first victory. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 3 p.m. With separates on both games.

TRACK & FIELD

ATH--BERLIN MARATHON

BERLIN — Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya sets a marathon world record, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds. His feat comes as Kevin Mayer set a decathlon world record with a total of 9,126 points in his native France, topping a previous best of 9,045 points set by American Ashton Eaton three years ago. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 370 words, photos.

OTHER

CYC--SPANISH VUELTA

MADRID — Simon Yates wins his first Grand Tour title after a largely ceremonial ride into Madrid in the final stage of the Spanish Vuelta, giving British riders a sweep of the season’s three biggest races. The 26-year-old Englishman was dominant throughout the three-week race across Spain, thriving on the toughest climbs and the flattest routes. Geraint Thomas won the Tour de France and Chris Froome the Giro d’Italia. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 420 words, photos.

Also:

— BKO--WORLD CUP-US-PANAMA — U.S. heads to Panama for next FIBA qualifying test. SENT: 670 words.

— BKN--ROMANIA-AMERICAN PLAYERS STABBED — 2 U.S. basketball players stabbed in Romania; 1 seriously hurt. SENT: 190 words.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— FBN--NFL CAPSULES

— SOC--MLS CAPSULES

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Sunday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Boston, 1:05 p.m.

Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Detroit at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Oakland at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.

Washington at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m.

Miami at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m.

Arizona at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Colorado at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Seattle at L.A. Angels, 4:07 p.m.

Texas at San Diego, 4:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 8:05 p.m.

NFL

Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis at Washington, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Miami at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

L.A. Chargers at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Arizona at L.A. Rams, 4:05 p.m.

Detroit at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

New England at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 8:20 p.m.

NHL PRESEASON

Washington at Boston, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1 p.m.

Arizona at Vegas, 8 p.m.

MLS

New York at D.C. United, 1 p.m.

Orlando City at Chicago, 5 p.m.

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