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September 18, 2018
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SHOWCASE

HKN--NO CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN

UNDATED — Even with young star Auston Matthews and longtime Islanders captain John Tavares in the fold, the Maple Leafs are in no rush to name a captain for a franchise that hasn’t had one since early 2016. But what’s in a “C″ exactly? For a sport rooted in the tradition of captains, a third of NHL teams could go into opening night without one. Hockey players still believe in the value of one captain, but that theory is being tested. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m.

TOP STORIES

FBN--SEAHAWKS-BEARS

CHICAGO — Mitchell Trubisky started fast, slowed down and picked it up down the stretch. Despite another inconsistent performance by their prized quarterback, the Chicago Bears pulled out their first win. Khalil Mack had one of six sacks against Russell Wilson, Prince Amukamara returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown and the Bears beat the Seattle Seahawks 24-17 to give coach Matt Nagy his first career victory. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3.a.m.

With:

— FBN--SEAHAWKS-WILSON — Russell Wilson looked to his left and his right. He looked for help in the middle of the field. He looked short and he looked for deep balls. No one was open. It was that kind of Monday night for the Seattle Seahawks. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 710 words, photos.

BBN--ROCKIES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES —Joc Pederson hit two homers, Max Muncy added a three-run shot and the Los Angeles Dodgers moved back into first place in the NL West with an 8-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. By Doug Padilla. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--TAFOYA ANNIVERSARY

UNDATED — Michele Tafoya stood next to Aaron Rodgers on the Lambeau Field turf and saw the mischievous glint in the quarterback’s eyes. She knew a good interview was ahead. And it was. Tafoya has mastered the difficult job of sideline reporter, balancing news and entertainment, and recently worked her 250th game. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 930 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--EAGLES-WENTZ

PHILADELPHIA —He’s back. Carson Wentz has been cleared to return and is slated to start for the Philadelphia Eagles against Indianapolis in Week 3. Wentz tore his left ACL and LCL last December and had surgery. Backup quarterback Nick Foles led the Eagles to their first NFL title since 1960 and was Super Bowl MVP. SENT: 390 words, photos.

FBC--T25-OHIO STATE-MEYERS RETURNS

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he has sent letters and had conversations with families of players as a key step toward containing and repairing the scandal that led to his three-game suspension for his mismanagement of an assistant coach accused of domestic abuse. Meyer acknowledges that the program’s reputation has suffered and says he hopes more clarity about what happened will help mitigate the damage. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 600 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBC--PAUL NEWBERRY-TAGGART

UNDATED — Willie Taggart is on the hot seat. After three whole games, the Florida State Seminoles are a program in big, big trouble. While it’s true he looks hopelessly overmatched in his new job, blame for the Seminoles’ sorry state surely extends to his predecessor. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

UNDATED — Pass rushers like Clay Matthews are stumped as to what constitutes a clean hit on quarterbacks anymore, and lending a sympathetic ear is none other than Mike Zimmer, one of the biggest beneficiaraies of the league’s renewed emphasis on protecting the passer. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--COWBOYS-RUNNING DAK

ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott was the first quarterback to get a good look at the Dallas defense this year — every day during training camp in California. Eli Manning might now agree with his counterpart that this unit can lead the Cowboys in 2018. By Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 690 words, photos.

FBN--CHIEFS-ST PATTY’S DAY

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes II has every reason to celebrate his 23rd birthday. He threw six TD passes without an interception in a win over the Steelers on Sunday, setting a slew of records in the process, and has the Kansas City Chiefs off to a 2-0 start. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 830 words, photos.

FBN--RAIDERS-GRUDEN

ALAMEDA, Calif. — A second game with no consistent pass rush raised an obvious question for Raiders coach Jon Gruden about whether the decision to trade Khalil Mack to Chicago for a package of draft picks was a wise move. Gruden says that he would have loved to have Mack. But he says that without Mack in Oakland, someone has to step up. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--CARDINALS-BRAVES

ATLANTA —Kolten Wong hit the first of four St. Louis homers, Miles Mikolas won his third straight start and the Cardinals boosted their playoff push with an 11-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves. By George Henry. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BBA--ATHLETICS-ASTROS

HOUSTON —Rookie pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach’s first career grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners over the Houston Astros 4-1. The loss cut Houston’s lead in the AL West to four games over Oakland, which was off Monday night. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BBN--REDS-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich cycled his way into the record book. Milwaukee’s streaking slugger became the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle twice in one season against the same team, driving in four runs to lead the Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds 8-0. By Jim Hoehn. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-WISCONSIN-MOVING ON

MADISON, Wis. — This is no time to sulk at Wisconsin. The upset loss to BYU might still sting, but the 18th-ranked Badgers must move on. Beating Iowa this weekend to open Big Ten play would sure give Wisconsin a lift. By Genaro Armas. UPCOMING: 490 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBC--T25-UNTESTED TIDE

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Nick Saban wants Alabama players to once again ignore the hype surrounding them after three straight blowout wins by the top-ranked Crimson Tide. The buzz around the football program is high after Alabama won its first three games by a collective 170-28 score heading into Saturday’s visit from No. 22 Texas A&M. By John Zenor. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-HOLYFIELD’S CHANCE — Junior running back Elijah Holyfield, the son of former boxing champion Evander Holyfield, is an early surprise for No. 2 Georgia. As the Bulldogs prepare to play at Missouri, the young Holyfield is coming off the first 100-yard game for a Georgia rusher this season. By Charles Odum. SENT: 600 words, photos.

Also:

— FBC--T25-SLUGGISH CLEMSON — Clemson’s fourth consecutive 3-0 start is no surprise. What has caught some off guard is how they have played. The third-ranked Tigers inconsistency and lack of crispness at times has been somewhat surprising. By Pete Iacobello. SENT: 670 words, photos.

OTHER

— BKO--WORLD CUP-US-PANAMA — U.S. coach Jeff Van Gundy came into the start of this second round of qualifying for the FIBA Basketball World Cup cautioning his players that they would face enormous challenges. They clearly heeded his words, and the Americans are now closing in on a trip to China next year. The U.S. easily got past Panama 78-48 in a qualifying game Monday night. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— FORMER ATHLETE KILLED-GOLF COURSE — A former Iowa State University golfer has been found dead at a golf course, and a man has been charged with murder. SENT: 360 words.

— NIKE PURCHASE-RHODE ISLAND — A Rhode Island town council has voted to ask its departments to refrain from purchasing Nike products, one of a handful of local governments or agencies that have called for boycotts in recent weeks. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL RDP.

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Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Boston at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

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

Washington at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

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

Minnesota at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

San Francisco at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

NHL PRESEASON(equals)

Boston at Washington, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Ottawa vs. Toronto at Lucan, Canada, 7:30 p.m.

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

St. Louis at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Vegas at Colorado, 9 p.m.

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

Edmonton at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m.

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

Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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