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September 25, 2018
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SHOWCASE

FBN--BRISCOE-BLACK QUARTERBACKS

UNDATED — Marlin Briscoe became the first black quarterback to play in the American Football League in 1968. He started five games and was runner-up for AFL rookie of the year. He opened the door for many others, including Carolina’s Cam Newton and Seattle’s Russell Wilson, who both have considered his history as they contend for championships. Briscoe says he sees parallels with his experience in how black athletes are treated today. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 1,700 words, photos by 4 a.m.

Also:

— FBN--BRISCOE-BLACK QUARTERBACKS, ABRIDGED. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 a.m.

TOP STORIES

FBN--STEELERS-BUCCANEERS

TAMPA, Fla. —The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can’t avoid questions about Jameis Winston’s return much longer. The young quarterback’s three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy officially ended after a 30-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 820 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BBA--ATHLETICS-MARINERS

SEATTLE — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth since 2014, then beat the Seattle Mariners 7-3 Monday night behind Khris Davis’ major league-leading 46th home run. Jonathan Lucroy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Chapman also homered for the A’s, assured no worse than a wild-card berth. Oakland was one out into the game when Tampa Bay was eliminated with a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees. The A’s went on to win after Chapman broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run drive in the seventh off Shawn Armstrong (0-1). SENT: 900 words, photos.

BBA--ORIOLES-RED SOX

BOSTON —The Red Sox were still shaking hands on the field when the “106” went up in the win column of the AL East standings that are posted on the Green Monster. Scoreboards flashed “106 Wins.” Fans waved signs to celebrate breaking a record that has stood as long as Fenway Park itself. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 760 words, photos.

BKW--WORLD CUP-HIGHER EDUCATION

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain — Kitija Laksa and Digna Strautmane, along with about a half dozen other college players, are getting quite the education on the court playing against the best players at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. All of them hope to bring their experiences back to school next week when they return to campuses across the U.S. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 670 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BASEBALL

BBN--PIRATES-CUBS

CHICAGO —Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run. They’ll have to wait at least another day for a playoff party. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 715 words, photos.

BBN--BREWERS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS —Eric Thames scored on reliever Bud Norris’ throwing error in the eighth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers improved their playoff positioning by topping the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Monday night. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Also:

— BBN--GIANTS-EVANS — Bobby Evans has been fired as the San Francisco Giants’ general manager. SENT: 125 words, photo.

— BBA--ANGELS-SCIOSCIA’S FUTURE — Mike Scioscia says he would like to keep managing next season. SENT: 300 words.

NFL

FBN--PATRIOTS-DEJA VU

BOSTON —Two weeks, two head-shaking losses by the New England Patriots. In Week 2, the Patriots’ defense was deficient in a 31-20 loss to Jacksonville in which the Patriots were victimized on third down. There were problems all over the field in Sunday’s stunning 26-10 loss at Detroit, though it was Tom Brady and the Patriots offense that struggled the most against a defense coached by former Patriots defensive coordinator and new Lions head coach Matt Patricia. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 570 words, photos.

FBN--49ERS-GAROPPOLO

SANTA CLARA, Calif. —Jimmy Garoppolo’s addition last season immediately turned around the fortunes of the San Francisco 49ers. Now the 49ers will have to go back to life before Garoppolo for the rest of the season. The Niners announced Monday that Garoppolo tore the ACL in his left knee while making a cut late in a loss at Kansas City, sidelining him for the rest of the season. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 830 words, photos.

FBN--FIRST-PLACE BEARS

CHICAGO — LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It’s not exactly a comfortable feeling for the Chicago Bears, despite their current lofty status. Alone in first place in the NFC North for the first time since late in the 2013 season, the Bears (2-1) know they’ve shown enough flaws for concern about upcoming games. SENT: 780 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--REDSHIRT RULE-TRANSFERS

UNDATED — A new NCAA policy that makes it easier to redshirt football players comes with an unintended consequence: Players can now choose to save their eligibility by leaving teams after participating in four games, with plans to transfer and use the saved year at a new school. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 860 words.

FBC--T25-OHIO ST-HASKINS RISING

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dwayne Haskins Jr. got a phone call from coach Urban Meyer on Saturday night, hours after the quarterback bullied Tulane in a performance that turned up the volume of talk about his potential Heisman Trophy candidacy. Meyer wanted to make sure Haskins was keeping his feet on the ground as the hype around him intensifies. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-LOCKSLEY’S OFFENSE

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —If Mike Locksley lacks the national cachet of other recent Alabama offensive coordinators, he does have the numbers — and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa — on his side. By John Zenor. SENT: 690 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--RYDER CUP

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Already the most intense competition in golf, the Ryder Cup doesn’t need help to boost the excitement. Tiger Woods managed to take it to another level. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 850 words, photos.

CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —Charlotte Motor Speedway already has a win for the buzz it created by taking a bulldozer to its infield and building something new to NASCAR. Charlotte’s “roval” will debut Sunday in a critical playoff race — a track unlike anything used before in NASCAR. It isn’t an oval or a road course; rather, it’s a hybrid that uses Charlotte’s existing speedway along with a winding course through the infield. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BASKETBALL

BKN--NBA-THINGS TO KNOW

MIAMI — Training camps are opening in the NBA, and there’s already plenty of stories to follow. There’s a Jimmy Butler saga in Minnesota, a sense of nostalgia perhaps around Golden State, a wide-open Eastern Conference race, Vince Carter beginning anew, San Antonio trying to extend a playoff streak and so much more. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 990 words, photos by 4 a.m..

With:

— Stories from other teams not playing international games.

BKW--NCAA FINAL FOUR CITIES

UNDATED — The Women’s Final Four will have a familiar feel to it for the next few years. The NCAA on Monday chose San Antonio, Minneapolis, Dallas and Cleveland to host the event from 2021 through 2024. All four cities have hosted before. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 540 words.

BKL--PLAYING FOR PUERTO RICO

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain —Puerto Rico is making its first trip to the Women’s Basketball World Cup. The team is likely to be eliminated soon but its presence is a big lift for an island still reeling more than a year later from a hurricane that its governor says left nearly 3,000 dead. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 400 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--GOLDEN KNIGHTS-THEODORE

LAS VEGAS — Defenseman Shea Theodore ended his holdout Monday night, agreeing to a seven-year contract with the Vegas Golden Knights. Theodore’s deal runs through the 2024-25 season and has an average annual value of $5.2 million. By W.G. Ramirez. SENT: 400 words, photos.

HKN--GIONTA RETIRES

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Brian Gionta has retired after 16 NHL seasons, two Olympic appearances and a Stanley Cup title with the New Jersey Devils in 2003. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 140 words, photos. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— Also:

— HKN--SEATTLE ARENA —The Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena on Monday, clearing one of the last major hurdles in the city’s bid to land an expansion NHL franchise. By Tim Booth. SENT: 640 words, photos.

— NHL Rdp — SENT: 56o words, photo.

SOCCER

SOC--FIFA AWARDS

LONDON —Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were far from the auditorium by the River Thames when Luka Modric broke their decade-long grip on FIFA’s award for the world’s best player. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— Also:

— SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-VALCKE: By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— SOC--SPANISH LEAGUE-US: By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 550 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

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Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Kansas City at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Houston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

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

N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

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

Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Philadelphia at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

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

Oakland at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

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

NHL PRESEASON

Columbus vs. Buffalo at Clinton Arena, 7 p.m.

Florida at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Carolina at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

San Jose at Calgary, 9 p.m.

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