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October 8, 2018

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TOP STORIES

BBA--ALDS--ASTROS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND — After two dominant wins in Houston, the World Series champion Astros try to complete a sweep of the Indians. Cleveland needs three straight victories to save its season. Dallas Keuchel starts for Houston against Mike Clevinger of Cleveland. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started 1:30 p.m.

BBN--NLDS-DODGERS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — After a tense victory to keep their season going, the Braves try to even the NLDS in Game 4 against Los Angeles. Mike Foltynewicz, who gave up four runs and three hits in two innings in a 6-0 loss in the opener, pitches for Atlanta. The Dodgers could start Rich Hill. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 4:30 p.m.

BBA--ALDS-RED SOX-YANKEES

NEW YORK — With the Red Sox and Yankees tied at a game apiece, this ALDS shifts to New York, where Aaron Judge and the Bronx Bombers are 7-0 the past two postseasons. New York’s Luis Severino faces ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:40 p.m.

FBN--REDSKINS-SAINTS

NEW ORLEANS — With Drew Brees in range of the NFL’s all-time yards passing mark, the New Orleans Saints (3-1) play a Washington Redskins team coming off a bye and leading its division at 2-1. Brees needs 201 yards to overtake Peyton Manning for the career lead. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.

COMMENTARY

CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The hard part should have been getting Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney to victory lane in back-to-back races. The task for NASCAR, though, is getting fans to embrace the young drivers now representing the sport. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--ON-FOOTBALL-KICKING IT

NEW YORK — Some teams can’t kick about their kickers. Others might want to kick them off the roster. It’s an odd business. Even Indianapolis’ Adam Vinatieri and Baltimore’s Justin Tucker missed kicks in Week 5. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--STILL SCRAPPING

Erik Kratz kept scrapping, through a dozen big league organizations. Luke Voit took advantage of a summer trade. Ryan Brasier got his chance this October as a rookie — despite making it to the majors back in 2013. The path to the playoffs can be a strange one. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— Also:

— BBN--ROCKIES WRAPUP — By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— BBA--TWINS-SANO — Police: Twins’ Miguel Sano under investigation for hitting officer with car outside Dominican nightclub. SENT: 170 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--COMPLETE CHIEFS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The undefeated Chiefs showed in their biggest test this season that they are a complete unit. Kansas City moved the ball effortlessly against Jacksonville’s top-ranked defense, and its defense produced five turnovers in a 30-14 rout. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--PANTHERS-DAVIS’ RETURN

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers are coming off a last-second 33-31 win over the Giants on a 63-yard field goal and now have even more reason to be feeling good. Star linebacker Thomas Davis returns from a four-game suspension for PEDs. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--DOLPHINS-MELTDOWN

DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins have three offensive linemen hurt, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill is feeling the heat. Many are blaming him for ugly losses the past two weeks. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--BENGALS SOAR

CINCINNATI — Since blowing a late lead in their playoff loss to the Steelers in 2015, the Bengals have been known for coming up short at the end of games. A young defense with a knack for getting turnovers has changed all that. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--BEARS-NAGY — By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--RAIDERS-GRUDEN — By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBN--FALCONS-QUINN’S DILEMMA — By George Henry. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--TEXANS-RED ZONE WOES — By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--WINNING CARDINALS — By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FBN--STRUGGLING GIANTS — By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--RAVENS-RELAPSE — UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--NFL-ICYMI — By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25--OKLAHOMA-STOOPS FIRED

No. 11 Oklahoma fires defensive coordinator Mike Stoops after the Sooners struggle to stop Texas during their first loss of the season. The Sooners (5-1) lost 48-45, allowing 501 yards to the Longhorns. Coach Lincoln Riley says the dismissal came from a “gut feeling.” By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— With:

— FBC--T25-TITLE CONTENDER-TEXAS — Longhorns set sights on Big 12 title. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-FAST STARTS

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 1 Alabama wastes no time, often putting opponents in big holes before some fans have even settled into their seats. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBC--T25-WASHINGTON-OREGON AWAITS

SEATTLE — One bad half against a winless opponent nearly derailed the season for No. 7 Washington. The Huskies survived, but the question was raised: If winless UCLA is going to give Washington problems, what could No. 17 Oregon do this week? By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--T25-WEST VIRGINIA-LAST UNDEFEATED

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia is the only remaining undefeated team left in the Big 12. For now, the Mountaineers could be the league’s hope for making the College Football Playoff. By John Raby. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK — By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

— FBC--STAT WATCH — By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— FBC--NEBRASKA-GETTING CLOSER — By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

NBA

BKN--SUNS-MCDONOUGH FIRED

PHOENIX — Barely a week before the season, the Phoenix Suns fire general manager Ryan McDonough. Owner Robert Sarver says the decision came after “a long evaluation.” Executives James Jones and Trevor Bukstein will share the job on an interim basis. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKN--MAGIC-CLIFFORD

ORLANDO, Fla. — Magic coach Steve Clifford knew early on he was going into the family business. His father was a teacher and high school coach, and Clifford wanted the same. The NBA was never on his radar, but here he is. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 900 words, photos. Part of the AP’s NBA preview package.

— Also:

— BKN--SPURS-MURRAY — Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray tears knee ligament. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— BKN--CHINA GAMES — Mavericks top 76ers 115-112 in Shenzhen to earn split in China Games; Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid scores 29 points. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— BKN--NBA PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of eight exhibition games. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 1 a.m.

NHL

HKN--RED WINGS-DUCKS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks look to remain unbeaten when they host the winless Detroit Red Wings in the home opener of their 25th NHL season. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.

— Also:

— HKN--FLYERS-VAN RIEMSDYK — Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk out five to six weeks with lower-body injury. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— HKN--PANTHERS-LUONGO — Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo out two to four weeks with knee injury. SENT: 150 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--US-BRADLEY-GUZAN

TAMPA, Fla. — Midfielder Michael Bradley and goalie Brad Guzan are back with the U.S. national team, two days shy of the first anniversary of the most team’s crushing defeat — a 2-1 loss at Trinidad and Tobago that ended the U.S. streak of seven straight World Cup appearances. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Also:

— SOC--BALLON D’OR — Marta highlights list of contenders for women’s Ballon d’Or award, given to world’s best player. SENT: 100 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— SOC--ENGLAND-WEEKEND WATCH — Arsenal, winners of nine straight, hasn’t had it this good in years. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— Two Women’s World Cup qualifiers in Edinburg, Texas — Jamaica-Costa Rica (6 p.m.); Cuba-Canada (8:30 p.m.).

TENNIS

— TEN--UMPIRES BANNED — Three Thai chair umpires banned for life for match-fixing, gambling. SENT: 150 words.

— Tournaments in Shanghai; Tiajin, China; Hong Kong.

OTHER

— OLY--BOB-RUSSIAN DOPING — Top sports court lifts doping ban on Russian bobsledder. SENT: 200 words, photos.

— NORTH KOREA-CHINA — Chinese athletes visit North Korea in latest sign of thaw. SENT: 200 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES.

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Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball (Division Series)

Houston at Cleveland, 1:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at Atlanta, 4:30 p.m.

Boston at New York, 7:40 p.m.

NFL

Washington at New Orleans, 8:15 p.m.

NHL

San Jose at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.

Ottawa at Boston, 1 p.m.

Vegas at Buffalo, 3 p.m.

Detroit at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

NBA Exhibition

Dallas vs. Philadelphia at Shenzhen, China, 8 a.m.

Brooklyn at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Orlando at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Maccabi Haifa at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Phoenix at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

MLS

Houston at Seattle, 10:30 p.m.

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