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October 11, 2018

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TOP STORIES

BKN--TIM DAHLBERG-NBA-LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS — LeBron on one side, still getting used to the unfamiliar colors of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Golden State Warriors on the other, trying to stretch their legacy out. And in the middle Las Vegas, a city that figures to play a big role in the future of the NBA for years to come. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BKN--OBIT-TEX WINTER

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Tex Winter, the innovative “Triangle Offense” pioneer who assisted Phil Jackson on NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 96. SENT: 600 words, photos.

HKN--GOLDEN KNIGHTS-CAPITALS

WASHINGTON — Evgeny Kuznetsov is dancing with the puck just like last June. Kuznetsov continued his wizardry against the Vegas Golden Knights, scoring a goal and assisting on three more as part of a 5-2 Washington Capitals victory in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup Final. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-BUTLER

Jimmy Butler is back with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and his first practice of the season had fireworks. He caused them — with his words and his play. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.

Also:

— Previews for all 30 teams, along with capsules for each team.

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

BBA--ALCS-ASTROS-RED SOX

BOSTON — After vanquishing the hated Yankees, Alex Cora has another, perhaps even more personal fight in front of him. The first-year Red Sox manager will lead Boston against his former team in the AL Championship Series. Cora was a bench coach in Houston last season when the Astros won the World Series. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 670 words, photos.

BBA--ALCS-ASTROS-CORREA’S BACK

HOUSTON — Carlos Correa is in pain. Every swing and miss hurts, and on the bad days it can even be uncomfortable for the star shortstop to walk. Correa often puts on a brave face but told The Associated Press how much this is affecting him as the Astros prepare to leave for Boston and the best-of-seven AL Championship Series that begins on Saturday. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— Also:

— LOS ANGELES — BBN--NLCS-Dodgers-Mad Max. By Beth Harris. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— MILWAUKEE — BBN--NLCS-Brewers-Moose Country. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 650 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--INSIDE THE NUMBERS

While Drew Brees and Tom Brady continue making history, the rookie quarterbacks are making their mark. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 400 words.

— Also:

— FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — FBN--Jets-Darnold-Luck. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — FBN--Rams-Run Defense. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— BEREA, Ohio — FBN--Browns Believe. By Tom Withers. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— PITTSBURGH — FBN--Steelers-Shazier’s New Role. By Will Graves. SENT: 860 words, photos.

— FBN--Pro Picks. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 650 words, graphic.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS

If the Pac-12 wants to maximize its already severely damaged hopes of playing for a national championship, No. 7 Washington needs to beat No. 17 Oregon on Saturday. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBC--Big Ten This Week. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— FBC--Big 12 This Week. SENT: 600 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-TV

The PGA Championship will remain with CBS Sports and pick up a powerful partner in ESPN for weekday rounds as part of an 11-year agreement in which the networks will combine to deliver 175 hours of coverage across broadcast, cable and digital platforms. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 700 words, photo.

— Also:

— KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — GLF--CIMB Classic. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 a.m.

— INCHEON, South Korea — GLF--LPGA Tour. UPCOMING: 300 words by 7 a.m.

SKIING

SKI--SHIFFRIN’S STRESS

On particularly stressful occasions, Mikaela Shiffrin can feel the anxiety build moments before her run. Her throat tightens, eyes water, suit feels way too tight and stomach churns. This World Cup season, she’s trying something new after talking to a friend who doubles as a sports psychologist: Tune out expectations, enjoy the ride. By Pat Graham. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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Thursday’s Time Schedule

NFL

Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants, 8:20 p.m.

NHL

Edmonton at Boston, 7 p.m.

Washington at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Vegas at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

San Jose at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Florida, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Calgary at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

NBA preseason

Toronto at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Utah at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Maccabi Haifa at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

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