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September 23, 2018

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TOP STORIES

GLF--TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTA — A year after Tiger Woods was still recovering from a fourth back surgery, he takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the Tour Championship in a bid for his first victory in more than five years. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

After a season-high seven ranked teams lost, the AP poll undergoes a makeover in the back end. Five teams enter the rankings, including No. 17 Kentucky for the first time since 2007. At the top it was mostly status quo, with Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State staying Nos. 1-4. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FBN--CHARGERS-RAMS

LOS ANGELES — The Rams and Chargers meet at the Coliseum for the first time since their dual relocation to Los Angeles. Sean McVay’s Rams (2-0) look to remain unbeaten, while coach Anthony Lynn’s Chargers (1-1) try for a statement victory in the friendly competition between these future stadium roommates for the hearts of their new hometown. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.

COMMENTARY

GLF--PAUL NEWBERRY-TIGER WOODS

ATLANTA — Welcome to Throwback Sunday. We sure needed this. Tiger Woods is atop the leaderboard heading to the final round of the Tour Championship, showing just how important he is to a game that, despite an influx of exciting, talented players in recent years, just didn’t seem the same while he was battling injuries, age and personal demons. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBA--TWINS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Athletics can clinch a spot in the postseason with a win over the Twins. Trevor Cahill (6-3, 3.77), scratched from his last scheduled start with a back strain, starts for Oakland while Kyle Gibson (8-13, 3.78) goes for Minnesota. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.

BBN--GIANTS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — With the Cardinals holding the second wild-card position in the National League, Miles Mikolas (16-4, 3.01) faces Andrew Suarez (7-11, 4.24) and the Giants in the final game of a three-game series. Mikolas is 16-0 when receiving two or more runs of support. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1:05 p.m.

NFL

FBN--EAGLES-COLTS

PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz returns to the field for the first time since tearing two knee ligaments as the Philadelphia Eagles host the Indianapolis Colts. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.

FBN--PATRIOTS-LIONS

DETROIT — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick matches wits on the field for the first time with one of his former assistants, Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:20 p.m.

Also:

— FBN--WEEK 3-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.

— FBN--NFL TODAY.

— FBN--NFL INJURIES.

FBN--STEELERS-BUCCANEERS

TAMPA, Fla. — Tony Dungy will always be appreciative of the opportunity the Tampa Bay Buccaneers provided when no other NFL team was willing to take a chance on him as head coach. So long after transforming the Bucs from laughingstocks into championship contenders only to be dismissed before the franchise won its only Super Bowl, the Hall of Famer returns to Raymond James Stadium on Monday night to become the latest member of the club’s Ring of Honor. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 900 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-KENTUCKY’S ROLL

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. is answering every challenge with a punishing rushing performance. That and a relentless defense has unbeaten Kentucky off to its best start in a decade, and the No. 17 Wildcats believe they can get even better. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME QUARTERBACK

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A quarterback change helped make No. 8 Notre Dame finally feel good about its offense again. Now the question is whether the Fighting Irish will stick with him this week against No. 7 Stanford. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-MIAMI-QUARTERBACKS

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — It’s a short week for No. 16 Miami, and a big decision looms going into the ACC opener on Thursday: N’Kosi Perry or Malik Rosier at quarterback? Like Alabama and Clemson and others, the Hurricanes have a two-QB question. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-STAYING HUMBLE

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban would like a little bad press to help keep his team grounded. It’s been that kind of start for the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s season, when Saturday’s 45-23 win over Texas A&M amounts to the closest game yet by a couple of touchdowns. By John Zenor. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBC--ARMY’S CLOSE CALL

NORMAN, Okla. — Army couldn’t have played much better against Oklahoma, falling 28-21 in overtime on the road despite being a more than four-touchdown underdog. The Black Knights are 2-2 this season, losing only to undefeated Duke and undefeated Oklahoma, both on the road. They will pay a visit to another undefeated team, Buffalo, next weekend. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 600 words, photos.

Also:

— FBC--VIRGINIA TECH-HILL DISMISSED — Virginia Tech dismissed DE Trevon Hill from team. SENT: 120 words.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-RELAXED BUSCH

RICHMOND, Va. — Kyle Busch has been one of the final four eligible for the championship in each of the last three years, but with stage one of the playoff eliminations no longer a concern, he can go to next week’s race on the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a devil may care attitude. That could be trouble for others who need to perform to advance. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

HOCKEY

HKN--AVALANCHE-MACKINNON’S MINDSET

DENVER — Colorado Avalanche fast-skating center Nathan MacKinnon cemented himself as one of the top players in the game a year ago with a 39-goal, 58-assist season. He’s eager to top those numbers for one reason above all else: To lead his team back to the playoffs. By Pat Graham. SENT: 810 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--HEAT-DRAGIC

MIAMI — Heat guard Goran Dragic didn’t play much this summer, which he hopes pays off for him next spring. Dragic was worn down by injuries last season but tells the AP that he’s never been fresher to start a training camp than he is now. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BKL--WORLD CUP-CHINA-US

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain — The U.S. will try to continue to build chemistry on the court as it faces China in its second game at the World Cup. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game started 1 p.m.

With:

— BKL--WOMEN’S WORLD CUP DAY 2-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.

GOLF

— GLF--PORTUGAL MASTERS — Tom Lewis wins Portugal Masters for 2nd time. UPCOMING: 200 words by 5 p.m.

— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Stever Stricker, Brandt Jobe tied for lead entering final round of inaugural Sanford Championship in Sioux Falls, S.D. UPCOMING: 300 words by 10 p.m.

— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — Sepp Straka has one-shot lead entering final round of season-ending Web.com Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Fla. UPCOMING: 250 words by 9 p.m.

TENNIS

TEN--LAVER CUP

CHICAGO — Team Europe takes a 7-5 lead over Team World into the Laver Cup final, which wraps up with one doubles and three singles. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 11 p.m.

Also:

— Tournaments in Tokyo; Seoul, South Korea; St. Petersburg, Russia; Metz, France.

SOCCER

SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

LONDON — Chelsea looks to extend its 100 percent start to the Premier League to six games by beating West Ham in a London derby, while Arsenal hosts Everton in the other game. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m. Plus separates on both games.

Also:

— SOC--WCUP-COACHES’ DEBRIEF — Germany lacked “drive” to defend World Cup, coach says; France to heed lessons. By Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 520 words, photo.

OTHER

BOX--JOSHUA-FUTURE

LONDON — No sooner had Anthony Joshua brutally dispatched another pretender to his heavyweight titles than attention turned to who the British fighter would face next as he seeks to clean up boxing’s most glamorous division. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 720 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— FBN--NFL CAPSULES

— SOC--MLS CAPSULES

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Sunday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

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

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

Kansas City at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Miami, 1:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m.

Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Washington, 1:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

San Francisco at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

Seattle at Texas, 3:05 p.m.

Minnesota at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

Colorado at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.

Boston at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m.

NFL

New Orleans at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Buffalo at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Denver at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati at Carolina, 1 p.m.

San Francisco at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Washington, 1 p.m.

Oakland at Miami, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at Houston, 1 p.m.

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

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

Chicago at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Dallas at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

New England at Detroit, 8:20 p.m.

NHL Exhibition

St. Louis at Columbus, 3 p.m.

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m.

Edmonton at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

MLS

Sporting Kansas City at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

FC Dallas at Vancouver, 7 p.m.

Seattle at LA Galaxy, 7 p.m.

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