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Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg take college football’s pulse on PodcastOne Sports Now, discussing the start of the season with AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo. Also, celebrated fight promoter Bob Arum recalls his work on a boxing safety measure with the late Sen. John McCain.
ATLANTA — On college football’s first full weekend, No. 6 Washington plays No. 9 Auburn in a game that could have ramifications all the way to December. Both teams are looking to bounce back from disappointing finishes and establish themselves as national championship contenders. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 14 Michigan and new quarterback Shea Patterson begin against No. 12 Notre Dame, a rivalry that resumes after three years. The Wolverines are trying to break their 16-game losing streak against ranked teams on the road. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
NEW YORK — Roger Federer takes on young, mercurial Nick Kyrgios in the highlight of the third round of the U.S. Open. On the women’s side, Angelique Kerber, Madison Keys and Maria Sharapova are on the schedule. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. Updated with night session.
— TEN--US OPEN-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
NORTON, Mass. — Justin Rose is in front by a shot going into the second round of the Dell Technologies Championship, the second of four FedEx Cup playoffs events. Tiger Woods, off to another slow start, is seven behind. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
HUESCA, Spain — Huesca has spent more than three decades in the lower divisions of Spanish soccer. Now, thanks to two former players who a decade ago set out to revamp the modest club, Huesca is being tested at the highest level: Spain’s La Liga. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.
TEN--US OPEN-REPLAY ROOM
NEW YORK — One of the best seats during the first week of the U.S. Open isn’t even in a stadium. With electric line calling available on all courts for the first time, a replay center showing all the action was built to monitor play on outer courts. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— TEN--US OPEN GLANCE.
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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw, with a 1.85 ERA since the All-Star break, starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers against NL West-leading Arizona. Fellow left-hander Patrick Corbin (10-5) goes for the Diamondbacks, who lead the division by a game. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Athletics are 1 1/2 games behind Houston in the AL West and try to gain ground when they play the Mariners. Oakland has won 20 of 29 and leads Seattle by 5 1/2 games for the second wild card. James Paxton comes off the disabled list to start for Seattle. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9:05 p.m.
NEW YORK — Freshly shaved and wearing pinstripes, Andrew McCutchen is expected to be in right field for the Yankees against the Detroit Tigers. McCutchen, traded from the Giants a day earlier, joins a team that has baseball’s second-best record but trails Boston by 7 1/2 games in the AL East. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.
— BBA--INDIANS-DONALDSON — By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBC--T25-OREGON STATE-OHIO STATE
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer begins his three-game suspension when the No. 5 Buckeyes play an Oregon State team that went 1-11 last year. Ryan Day will stand in for Meyer, who was disciplined for his handling of domestic-abuse allegations against a former assistant. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started noon.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Whether Nick Saban’s quarterback is Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa, top-ranked and defending national champion Alabama starts the season as heavy favorites. The Tide plays a Louisville team that can no longer turn to Lamar Jackson, the Heisman Trophy winner. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
LANDOVER, Md. — Shaken by the preseason death of a player, Maryland begins its season by using its first play from scrimmage against No. 23 Texas to honor Jordan McNair. Maryland upset the Longhorns in last year’s opener and will be making their debut under interim coach Matt Canada. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started noon.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Heisman Trophy candidate Will Grier returns home to Charlotte, where he was a star quarterback before coming to West Virginia. He leads the No. 17 Mountaineers against a Tennessee team that has a new coach in Jeremy Pruitt. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
FBC--T25--TOP 25 TAKEAWAYS
No. 6 Washington tries to make an early statement for the Pac-12 that could impact the entire season and No. 14 Michigan unveils quarterback Shea Patterson against No. 12 Notre Dame. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— FBC--COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY— Highlights, top performances, stats. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 10 p.m.
— Other Top 10 Games:
— FBC--T25-FURMAN-CLEMSON — By Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 12:20 p.m.
— FBC--T25-AUSTIN PEAY-GEORGIA — By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
— FBC--T25-FLORIDA ATLANTIC-OKLAHOMA — By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started noon.
— FBC--T25--APPALACHIAN ST-PENN ST — UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
— Sunday’s Top 25 Game
— FBC--T25-MIAMI-LSU — By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 700 words, photos. With capsule.
FBN--SUNDAY TICKET ANNIVERSARY
When Archie Manning was playing, his friends and family had to scramble to watch his games on TV. Not so when sons Peyton and Eli broke into the NFL. All Manning & Co. had to do was turn on DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket. The sports package heads into its 25th season. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
— FBN--NFL CUTS RDP — UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Deadline at 4 p.m.
DARLINGTON, S.C. — Denny Hamlin hasn’t won in NASCAR’s top series in a year, and his streak of 12 straight years with at least one such victory is in jeopardy. But there’s no better place for him than Darlington, where he’s won twice and taken to the track like few others. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-SOUTHERN 500-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
— CAR--NASCAR-SOUTHERN 500-QUALIFYING — Qualifying for Sunday’s race. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Qualifying started 2 p.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-XFINITY — Xfinity Series race, with Justin Allgaier leading points standings. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos. Race starts 3:30 p.m.
PORTLAND, Ore. — IndyCar charges toward its finish with Sunday’s return to Portland International Raceway. Scott Dixon is going for a fifth series title and Alexander Rossi is trying to chase him down with two races left. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Qualifying starts 6:30 p.m.
— CAR--F1-ITALIAN GP — Kimi Raikkonen edges teammate Sebastian Vettel for pole at Italian Grand Prix. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 550 words, photos.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Women’s British Open winner Georgia Hall takes a three-stroke lead into the third round of the Cambia Portland Classic. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 p.m.
— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Miguel Angel Jimenez, Kirk Triplett up by two shots entering second round of seniors’ Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta. UPCOMING: 400 words by 10 p.m.
— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — Kramer Hickok up by a stroke entering third round of DAP Championship in Beechwood, Ohio, the second of four events in Web.com Tour Finals. UPCOMING: 300 words by 9 p.m.
— GLF--MADE IN DENMARK — Eddie Pepperell, Matthew Fitzpatrick need good scores in third round of European Tour event in bid for Ryder Cup team. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 p.m.
JAKARTA, Indonesia — IOC President Thomas Bach isn’t certain if, or when, esports might become part of the Olympics. Bach speaks to the AP from the Asian Games, where esports is on the roster for the first time. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— INDONESIA-OLYMPICS — Indonesia president announces bid for 2032 Olympics. SENT: 300 words, photos.
PHOENIX — After a one-sided win at home, the Phoenix Mercury look for a victory Sunday that will even their best-of-5 playoff semifinal with the Seattle Storm at two games apiece. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— BKN--LAKERS-DENG — Lakers waive Luol Deng midway through $72 million deal. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Liverpool wins fourth in a row to open Premier League season. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 750 words, photos. With separates on all seven games.
— ASIAN GAMES RDP — Tottenham player avoids South Korean military duty when team wins soccer gold at Asian Games. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — Alejandro Valverde wins eighth stage of Spanish Vuelta; Rudy Molard keeps overall lead. SENT: 250 words.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— FBC--T25--TOP 25 CAPSULES
— SOC--MLS CAPSULES
Saturday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Detroit at N.Y. Yankees, 4:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
Milwaukee at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Boston at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Baltimore at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.
Cincinnati at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
Minnesota at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Colorado at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.
Seattle at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.
Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
College Football (Top 25)
No. 1 Alabama vs. Louisville at Orlando, Fla., 8 p.m.
No. 2 Clemson vs. Furman, 12:20 p.m.
No. 3 Georgia vs. Austin Peay, 3:30 p.m.
No. 5 Ohio State vs. Oregon State, noon
No. 6 Washington vs. No. 9 Auburn at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m.
No. 7 Oklahoma vs. FAU, noon
No. 10 Penn State vs. Appalachian State, 3:30 p.m.
No. 11 Michigan State vs. Utah State, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 Michigan, 7:30 p.m.
No. 15 Southern California vs. UNLV, 4 p.m.
No. 16 TCU vs. Southern U., noon
No. 17 West Virginia vs. Tennessee at Charlotte, N.C., 3:30 p.m.
No. 18 Mississippi State vs. Stephen F. Austin, 7:30 p.m.
No. 22 Boise State at Troy, 6 p.m.
No. 23 Texas at Maryland, noon
No. 24 Oregon vs. Bowling Green, 8 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City at Seattle, 4 p.m.
New York at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Orlando City, 7:30 p.m.
Portland at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Houston at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles FC at Toronto FC, 8 p.m.
New York City FC at Columbus, 8 p.m.
LA Galaxy at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m.
San Jose at Vancouver, 10 p.m.