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RENTON, Wash. — Shaquem Griffin’s story will likely add another unplanned chapter on Sunday in Denver. It’s one nobody could have expected on the day he was drafted by Seattle. He’ll do more than just play in his first NFL regular-season game. Griffin will be one of the starting linebackers for the Seahawks with K.J. Wright out due to minor knee surgery. The player that’s been told countless times he can’t will make his professional debut as a starter. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 980 words, photos by 3 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Nike aired its highly anticipated ad featuring Colin Kaepernick during the NFL season opener Thursday night as the quarterback watched from the apparel giant’s Oregon headquarters. The spot highlighting Kaepernick aired during the third quarter of the Eagles-Falcons game Thursday night. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 670 words, photos by 3 a.m.
NEW YORK — Serena Williams dropped the first two games of her U.S. Open semifinal before taking 12 of the next 13 and easily beating Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 6-0. Williams won 24 of 28 points when she went up to the net. Williams reached her ninth final at Flushing Meadows and will play Naomi Osaka for the championship. Osaka is the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam final. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 940 words, photos.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold’s first snap for the New York Jets on Monday night will be one for the record books. The rookie will become the youngest quarterback to start a season opener in the Super Bowl era — since the 1966 season — at 21 years and 97 days old at kickoff against the Lions in Detroit. Darnold will have some history against him. The five previous youngest QBs all lost in their debuts. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 930 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBC--FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 2
A couple of conference games are the only ones matching ranked teams in week two of the college football season. No. 3 Georgia faces what could be its toughest SEC East test when it goes to newly ranked and No. 24 South Carolina. Stanford star Bryce Love tries to get his Heisman campaign revved up against USC and Kansas coach David Beaty looks to break the Jayhawks’ long road losing streak. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 720 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-NO CLASSIC
PHILADELPHIA — The NFL season opener wasn’t all that memorable despite an exciting finish eerily similar to last January’s playoff game. Even with another Philly Special, there wasn’t a whole lot to cheer about in the Eagles’ 18-12 victory over the Falcons. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 270 words, photos. Will be updated.
NORMAN, Okla. — Two of the nation’s best offensive minds will meet when Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley matches wits with UCLA coach Chip Kelly on Saturday. Riley took over as Oklahoma’s head coach last year, and the Sooners led the nation in total offense and quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy. Kelly’s offenses at Oregon were among the nation’s best, and he had success with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles before returning to the college ranks. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos by 3 a.m.
Michigan desperately needs a confidence-boosting victory. The 21st-ranked Wolverines hope to get that at home against Western Michigan in a matchup of teams coming off season-opening losses. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 610 words, photos by 3 a.m.
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TEMPE, Ariz. — No. 15 Michigan State is preparing for the heat and a stiff road test against Arizona State. The Spartans needed a late touchdown to hold off Utah State in their opener. The Sun Devils rolled over UTSA in their debut under coach Herm Edwards last week. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 670 words, photos by 3 a.m.
MILWAUKEE — New Mexico is visiting Camp Randall for No. 5 Wisconsin’s next early-season nonconference tune-up game on Saturday. The Lobos are stepping up in class after beating FCS school Incarnate Word by 32 points in their season opener at home. The Badgers might be looking to get off to smoother start on offense after some stalled drives early in last week’s season-opening win over Western Kentucky. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos by 3 a.m.
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MANHATTAN, Kan. — Nick Fitzgerald will be back under center when No. 18 Mississippi State visits Kansas State on Saturday. The Bulldogs’ star quarterback was hurt late last season, then was suspended for the season opener. Kansas State counters with a pair of quarterbacks, Alex Delton and Skylar Thompson, who have experience from last season. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 760 words, photos by 3 a.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas says offensive lineman Patrick Hudson was treated in intensive care and remains hospitalized because of a heat illness in practice this week. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 460 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBN--NFL THIS WEEK
No team wants to distance itself from last season — or even the previous year — more than the Cleveland Browns. They get a chance to prove all of those offseason maneuvers paid off when they host the archrival Steelers on Sunday. It’s not fair to fully judge Cleveland’s progress in the opener. It is tempting, though, considering how the roster has been revamped and the enthusiasm has been ramped up. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1880 words, photos.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A day after the San Francisco 49ers elected Richard Sherman as their player representative, the veteran cornerback believes a lockout is coming when the NFL collective bargaining agreement expires. By Joe Stiglich. SENT: 530 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Mike Bryan continues to excel at the U.S. Open, even without his twin brother and longtime doubles partner Bob. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 570 words.
A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 a.m.
Kazuto Ioka thought he was retired from boxing until he attended a show at the Forum in Inglewood last February. The experienced sparked the Japanese three-division champion to continue his career in the U.S. He’ll take on McWilliams Arroyo at the Forum in his super flyweight debut. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
Caroline Marks took to the waves with such gusto at a young age that at 16 she’s the youngest competitor ever on the World Surf League’s Championship Tour. Marks has already made $105,450 and attracted top sponsors. She is ranked sixth on the women’s tour, which makes a stop this weekend at the Surf Ranch Pro on the artificial waves of the WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 930 words, photos by 3 a.m.
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Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
San Diego at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Miami at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Cleveland at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Houston at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Atlanta at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Texas at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
AP TOP 25 FOOTBALL
No. 16 TCU at SMU, 8 p.m.
Washington at Seattle, 9 p.m.