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September 6, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL season kicks off tonight when the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons, the team that almost beat them in the divisional round of the playoffs. Before the game, the Eagles will unveil the first Super Bowl banner in franchise history in front of a sellout crowd.

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams will attempt to reach her ninth U.S. Open final when she faces No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the semifinals tonight. Williams, who turns 37 in a few weeks, is bidding for a seventh U.S. Open championship and 24th Grand Slam singles trophy overall, which would tie Margaret Court for the most in tennis history. Tonight’s second semifinal features No. 14 Madison Keys of the U.S. against No. 20 Naomi Osaka of Japan.

TORONTO (AP) — The Cleveland Indians attempt to move closer to a third consecutive AL Central title when they begin a four-game series in Toronto tonight. Cleveland’s magic number is down to eight. Shane Bieber starts for the Indians against fellow right-hander Sam Gaviglio.

PHOENIX (AP) — Rookie phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. will try to get the first-place Atlanta Braves off to another fast start when they open a four-game series at Arizona. Acuna hit his eighth leadoff homer yesterday in a losing effort against the Red Sox. He has 24 homers in all. Anibal Sanchez pitches for the Braves and Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) starts for the Diamondbacks in a matchup of NL playoff contenders.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg pitches for Washington when the Nationals open a four-game series tonight against the visiting Chicago Cubs. Kyle Hendricks starts for the Cubs. There’s no telling who the Cubs will use as their closer. Brandon Morrow held the job through the All-Star break, but hasn’t pitched since then because of a biceps injury. Pedro Strop has gotten the ball in the ninth inning lately, but Steve Cishek and Justin Wilson also could fill in.

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