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September 17, 2018

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TOP STORIES

FBN--PATRIOTS-JAGUARS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —Tom Brady trudged off the field with his helmet in one hand, grass stains on his jersey and a look of frustration on his face. This was a different feeling for the New England Patriots quarterback — at least against Jacksonville. Brady lost for the first time in nine starts against the Jaguars. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 790 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--CHIEFS-STEELERS

PITTSBURGH — Patrick Mahomes is taking a democratic approach to his new job. Get open and the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback will get you the ball. The proof came on Sunday in Pittsburgh in a record-setting 42-37 victory over the Steelers. The first-year starter threw six touchdowns to five different players over four quarters of brilliance that did little to derail the rapidly accelerating hype train around Mahomes. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BBO--METS-RED SOX

BOSTON — Mookie Betts doesn’t seem to be badly hurt, so the Red Sox can focus on clinching the AL East at Yankee Stadium for the second time in three seasons. Boston has an 11½-game lead over the second-place Yankees and would clinch with one win during a three-game series that opens Tuesday afternoon. By Ken Powtak. SENT: 860 words, photos.

CAR--INDYCAR-SONOMA

SONOMA, Calif. —Scott Dixon used a steady drive to win his fifth IndyCar championship with ease. Dixon needed an uneventful finale at Sonoma Raceway to lock up the title and got it on the opening lap of the race. Alexander Rossi, his challenger, made contact with teammate Marco Andretti seconds after the start and broke his front wing. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 870 words, photos.

HKN--RANGERS-LUNDQVIST

UNDATED — Henrik Lundqvist is entering his 14th season in the NHL, having spent his entire career with the New York Rangers. And although the team is in a rebuilding mode for a future run at their first Stanley Cup title since 1994, the 36-year-old goalie wants to stick around and be a part of that process. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 790 words, photos by 3 a.m.

NFL

FBN--DOLPHINS-JETS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sure, it’s just two games in and early overreactions can look silly fast. But the Miami Dolphins are 2-0 for the first time since 2013 and sitting in first place in the AFC East. It’s a promising start for a squad that had plenty of questions entering the season. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak. UPCOMING: 960 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--EAGLES-BUCCANEERS

TAMPA, Fla. — Courtesy of DeSean Jackson, Ryan Fitzpatrick rocked a pair of sunglasses and a partially zipped warmup jacket revealing a couple of gold chains and a large pendant resting on his chest. Filling in for suspended quarterback Jameis Winston, Fitzpatrick joked about staying humble after completing 27 of 33 passes for 402 yards as the explosive Bucs got off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2010. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-KICKING GAME

NEW YORK — Who needs a kicker? Apparently not the Los Angeles Rams. As for the Browns and Vikings, who are going with untested youngsters, well, maybe a new guy to handle field goals and extra points will be employed soon. Sure, it’s kind of early to panic about placekicking. Still, when it’s early in the schedule and kickers are struggling — there were seven missed PAT kicks Sunday afternoon — despite generally decent conditions, that’s troubling. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--ICYMI-WEEK 2

UNDATED — How’s THAT for a halftime adjustment? While the rest of the Buffalo Bills jogged into the locker room at halftime of their game against the Los Angeles Chargers, cornerback Vontae Davis jogged in, then just kept on going. He quit at halftime — a jaw-dropping decision that left his teammates and coaches shaking their heads. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos by 3 a.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK

UNDATED — LSU should be No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll. Yes, that is a thing you could argue after three weeks of the season. None of the 61 members of the AP Top 25 media panel held that opinion Sunday, but the Tigers did make a big leap from No. 12 to No. 6. By College Football Writer Ralph Russo. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 3 a.m.

With:

— FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL — LSU surges to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll after its second victory of September against a highly ranked team, and Wisconsin tumbles to No. 18. By College Football Writer Ralph Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FBC--STAT WATCH

UNDATED — Alan Bowman looks to be next in line on the list of prolific passers who have come through Texas Tech. The true freshman sits No. 2 on the national passing chart this week after throwing for 605 yards and five touchdowns in the Red Raiders’ 63-49 win over Houston on Saturday. Bowman’s total was the highest nationally since 2016. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 490 words, photos by 3 a.m.

Also:

— FBC--FIRST-YEAR FRUSTRATIONS — Misery loves company, and there’s plenty to go around for first-year coaches at some of the biggest name schools in college football. SENT: 950 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--DODGERS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright had something to prove. Wainwright pitched two-hit ball over six innings for his first win in five months, Marcell Ozuna homered and the St. Louis Cardinals salvaged the finale of a four-game series with a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cardinals snapped a season-high four-game losing streak and moved into a tie for the second National League wild card with the Dodgers, who slipped a half-game behind Colorado for the NL West lead. By Joe Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BBO--DIAMONDBACKS-ASTROS

HOUSTON — Justin Verlander continued his strong September with another dominating outing. Verlander struck out 11 in seven solid innings and the Houston Astros extended their AL West edge, topping the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4. SENT: 820 words, photos.

BBO_THIS WEEK IN BASEBALLl

UNDATED — A second-half surge by Christian Yelich has Milwaukee in good shape for a postseason berth — and even challenging the Cubs for the NL Central title. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.

Also:

— BBO--LEADING OFF — A look at what’s happening around the majors. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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NBA

BKN--HEAT-WADE RETURNING

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade looked into the camera, stood alone in the middle of a darkened room and talked for 10 minutes. He struggled with his words at times, unable to control his emotions. He wept. And finally, he made what he called the hardest decision of his life. One more year. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 900 words, photos.

HOCKEY

HKN--LOCKOUT LOOMING

UNDATED — With 12 months to go until the NHL or NHL Players’ Association can reopen collective bargaining talks, work is already being done to prepare for a potential work stoppage. Most long-term, big money contracts are including heavy bonuses in potential lockout years because no one knows yet if or when there will be another one. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

Also:

— HKN--OBIT-RIDDELL — Clay Riddell, the billionaire oilman and co-owner of the NHL’s Calgary Flames, has died. He was 81. SENT: 270 words, photo.

BOXING

BOX--GOLOVKIN-ALVAREZ

LAS VEGAS — The fight lived up to its billing, even if it did little to settle who is really the best. That may have to wait until a third fight, assuming Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin really want to see each other in the ring again. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 720 words, photos.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS —Brad Keselowski nailed the final restart and roared away from the field in the scorching Vegas heat for his third straight Cup series victory. With another huge performance in his late-season surge, Keselowski finished up front again — and he’s got NASCAR’s Big Three drivers looking over their shoulders. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 900 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--EVIAN CHAMPIONSHP

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Angela Stanford ends her long wait for a first major title when her 3-under 68 is enough to win the Evian Championship by one shot after longtime leader Amy Olson makes double bogey on the 18th. At age 40, and 15 years after she was runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Open, Stanford had a wild final few holes that gave her a 12-under total of 272. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 800 words, photos.

GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

GRAND BLANC, Mich. —Paul Broadhurst won The Ally Challenge on Sunday for his PGA Tour Champions-leading third victory of the season, closing with a birdie to beat Brandt Jobe by two strokes in tour golf’s return to Warwick Hills. SENT: 420 words, photos.

Also:

— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS —Sangmoon Bae won the Albertsons Boise Open to regain his PGA Tour card, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory in the Web.com Tour Finals event. SENT: 380 words.

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TENNIS

TEN--CROATIA-US

ZADAR, Croatia — Croatia is going to the Davis Cup final. After eight hours of tennis, Borna Coric ended a sustained comeback bid from the United States by rallying from two sets to one down to beat Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-7 (11), 6-1, 6-3 in the fifth and decisive match of a topsy-turvy semifinal. Seeking its second title, Croatia will visit defending champion France in the Nov. 23-25 final. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 830 words, photos.

With:

— TEN--CHAIR UMPIRE — Chair umpire Carlos Ramos hands Marin Cilic warning for slamming racket. SENT: 250 words.

OTHER

— ATH--BERLIN MARATHON — Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya sets a marathon world record, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds. His feat comes as Kevin Mayer set a decathlon world record with a total of 9,126 points in his native France. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 370 words, photos.

— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — Simon Yates wins his first Grand Tour title after a largely ceremonial ride into Madrid in the final stage of the Spanish Vuelta. SENT: 420 words, photos.

— BKO--WORLD CUP-US-PANAMA — U.S. heads to Panama for next FIBA qualifying test. SENT: 670 words.

— BKN--ROMANIA-AMERICAN PLAYERS STABBED — 2 U.S. basketball players stabbed in Romania; 1 seriously hurt. SENT: 190 words.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— FBN--NFL CAPSULES

— SOC--MLS CAPSULES

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Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

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

Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

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

Minnesota at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Washington at Miami, 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.

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

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

NFL=

Seattle at Chicago, 8:15 p.m.

NHL PRESEASON=

Nashville(ss) at Florida(ss), 3:30 p.m.

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

Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Nashville(ss) at Florida(ss), 7 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at New Jersey(ss), 7 p.m.

New Jersey(ss) at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Edmonton at Calgary, 9 p.m.

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