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September 20, 2018

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TOP STORIES

OLY--RUSSIA-DOPING

Russia’s drug-fighting operation back in business. The World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision, aimed at ending one of the biggest sports scandals, is fiercely disputed by hundreds of athletes and branded as “treachery” by the lawyer of the man who exposed the corruption. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BBA--RED SOX-YANKEES

NEW YORK — The Red Sox, eyeing a third straight division title, attempt to clinch the AL East at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have put the party on hold with two wins. Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez (12-4) pitches against New York’s Masahiro Tanaka (12-5) in the series finale. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

FEMALE ATHLETES-SAFETY

AMES, Iowa — The killings of three women who were attacked while engaged in sports they loved have raised alarms about how women can defend themselves, and why they must be ready to fight off attackers in the first place. By Luke Meredith and Scott McFetridge. SENT: 150 words, photos. SENT: 950 words, photos.

OLY--PYEONGCHANG-THE LEGACY

SEOUL, South Korea — The Pyeongchang Olympics closed seven months ago. Left behind are empty venues, feuding over who pays for upkeep and a ski course that’s now an abandoned dirt runway. The eventual solution may be simple: Raze the venues. By Kim Tong-hyung and Stephen Wade. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FBN--JETS-BROWNS

CLEVELAND — Still looking for their first win since 2016, the Browns need to contain Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who has a chance to show Cleveland it made a mistake by not drafting him first overall. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:20 p.m.

FBC--BIG TEN-DOWN YEAR

Less than a month into the season, the results haven’t been particularly good for the Big Ten. Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State have lost nonconference games. There are five unbeaten teams left. Two of them — No. 4 Ohio State, No. 10 Penn State — meet Sept. 29. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

SOC--MLS-WONDO WATCH

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Chris Wondolowski played Division II soccer, his game evolving over years. Now the San Jose Earthquakes star known as Wondo nears the MLS record for career goals. The mark is held by Landon Donovan, perhaps the greatest U.S. player. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

COMMENTARY

BKN--ON BASKETBALL-JIMMY BUTLER

MIAMI — Jimmy Butler isn’t the first NBA star to demand a trade, nor will he be the last. But there’s one safe bet regarding his future: The Minnesota Timberwolves will look to make the best deal they can for themselves, and not for Butler. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. MIAMI: 750 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--PHILLIES-BRAVES

ATLANTA — The Braves try to move closer to their first NL East title since 2013 when they begin a four-game series with Philadelphia. The Phillies trail Atlanta by 5 1/2 games but seven of their final 11 games are against the Braves. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:35 p.m..

BBA--RAYS-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO — Time is running out for the surging Rays, who face the Blue Jays in the opener of their final road series of the season. Tampa Bay has won five straight and 14 of 17 in September and trails Oakland by 5 1/2 games for the second AL wild card with 11 remaining. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:07 p.m.

NFL

FBN--STEELERS-BROWN

PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown says he doesn’t want to be traded and knows he must conduct himself more responsibly. After Pittsburgh’s loss to Kansas City, the star receiver skipped mandatory meetings for what he called personal reasons. By Will Graves. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--RIVERS VS GOFF

LOS ANGELES — The first game between two Los Angeles NFL teams since 1994 has one of the best quarterback matchups of Week 3: the Chargers’ Philip Rivers vs. the Rams’ Jared Goff. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos, video by 6 p.m.

FBN--CHIEFS-BLOCKING FOR PATRICK

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs have allowed only two sacks this season, tied for the best in the NFL. One reason: an offensive line that has played together for years. Another reason: Patrick Mahomes. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FBN--BENGALS-BULLOCK

CINCINNATI — While other NFL teams scramble to find new kickers after only two games, the Bengals have given Randy Bullock a two-year contract extension. He’s been perfect so far, just like his team. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--INSIDE THE NUMBERS — By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— FBN--SAINTS-PREDICTABLE PASSING — By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--CARDINALS-BRADFORD’S WOES — By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--TITANS-RUN D — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5:30 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-ALABAMA’S DEFENSE

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 1 Alabama’s defense, for a change, has been overshadowed by the offense. But rest assured, it’s still formidable. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--T25-LSU-BURROW’S AIM

BATON ROUGE, La. — Joe Burrow knows his numbers are nothing to brag about. But the LSU quarterback suspects the passing game of the No. 6 Tigers is about to get a whole lot better. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--TEMPLE-RAPPING RUNNING BACK

PHILADELPHIA — Tre Hood, the Temple running back-turned-rapper, takes the field one more time. At halftime Thursday night, he is to showcase the sports anthem he wrote called “Temple Made.” He calls it a gift to his school. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— Friday Games (Top 25):

— FBC--T25-PENN ST-ILLINOIS — UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. With capsule.

— FBC--T25-FLORIDA ATLANTIC-UCF — UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m. With capsule.

— Also:

— FBC--BIG 12-YOUNG STARS — By John Raby. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— Conference previews on ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12.

GOLF

GLF--TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTA — Tiger Woods returns to the Tour Championship for the first time in five years as the FexEx Cup finale begins at East Lake with 30 players, some with far better odds, chasing the $10 million prize. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.

— GLF--PORTUGAL MASTERS — Sergio Garcia, tuning up for Ryder Cup, trails leader Lucas Herbert by three shots after first round of European Tour event. SENT: 120 words.

— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR — Opening round of final event of Web.com Tour Finals in Atlantic Beach, Fla. UPCOMING: 200 words by 8 p.m.

UFC

MMA--UFC-MCGREGOR’S RETURN

NEW YORK — Conor McGregor is returning to UFC after a two-year absence. He fights undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov on Oct. 6 in New York, a bout certain to shatter UFC pay-per-view view records. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 10 p.m.

NBA

BKN--LAKERS-MAGIC

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Magic Johnson has good reason to be optimistic about this season. And how could he not, with LeBron James joining the Los Angeles Lakers’ young core. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 11 p.m.

BKN--76ERS-GM-BRAND

PHILADELPHIA — Elton Brand, only two years out of the league and with minimal executive experience, is hired as general manager of the 76ers. He will be counted on to steady a front office rocked by Bryan Colangelo’s exit in a Twitter scandal. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 750 words, photos.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BKL--NO REST FOR CHAMPS

TENERIFE, Spain — It’s been a whirlwind week for Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd. Win a WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm and then dash off to play for USA Basketball in the FIBA Womens World Cup. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

OLYMPICS

OLY--USOC REBOOT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sarah Hirshland gives her first speech as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, trying to reboot an organization roiled by a sex-abuse scandal in Olympic sports and turnover among its leadership. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 600 words. Speech starts 6 p.m.

TENNIS

TEN--LAVER CUP

CHICAGO — Roger Federer and U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic lead Team Europe into the second Laver Cup. Juan Martin del Potro is the biggest star for Team World. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.

— Also:

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

BOXING

BOX--JOSHUA-POVETKIN

LONDON — Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is back home in London, ready to fulfill his mandatory obligations by facing Russian fighter Alexander Povetkin on Saturday at Wembley Stadium. It’s not the fight he wanted — Deontay Wilder remains his No. 1 priority. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Also:

— BOX--DOPING-CHARR — WBA heavyweight champ Manuel Charr fails doping test; title bout with Fres Oquendo off. SENT: 180 words, photos.

GYMNASTICS

GYM--UCLA-KONDOS FIELD RETIRING

Longtime UCLA women’s gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field is retiring after the 2018-19 season, having led the Bruins to seven national titles. She had no formal background in gymnastics before joining the coaching staff in 1983. By Will Graves. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--ENGLAND SPOTLIGHT-TOTTENHAM’S TROUBLES

Tottenham had more players in the World Cup semifinals than any other team. It also was the only English Premier League club to not sign anyone in the European transfer window. And that might now account for why Tottenham is stumbling. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— Also:

— SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE ROUNDUP — Arsenal, Chelsea, AC Milan in action among 24 games for start of Europa League. By Karel Janicek. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

DAREDEVIL

EDDIE BRAUN -STUNTMAN MOVIE

Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun successfully jumped the Snake River Canyon two years ago in honor of boyhood idol Evel Knievel. Braun’s launch now serves as the backdrop for the documentary “Stuntman,” backed by actor Dwayne Johnson. By Pat Graham. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

RUGBY

RGU--RWC-YEAR TO GO

TOKYO — The Rugby World Cup in Japan is a year away, and organizers are girding for the possibility of earthquake and typhoon. both having hit the islands this month. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OTHER

— HKN--NHL RDP — Roundup of eight NHL exhibition games. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by midnight.

— CAR--NASCAR-LEADERSHIP CHANGE — Slumping NASCAR promotes Steve Phelps to president. SENT: 250 words.

— INSIDER TRADING-NFL PLAYER — Analyst who fed NFL player stock tips pleads guilty to fraud. SENT: 150 words.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

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Thursday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

NFL

N.Y. Jets at Cleveland, 8:20 p.m.

Baseball

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 3:35 p.m.

Boston at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

NHL Exhibition

Washington vs. Montreal at Quebec City, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Winnipeg at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

San Jose at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

Los Angeles (ss) at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Vegas at Los Angeles (ss), 10:30 p.m.

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