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NEW YORK — Past U.S. Open champions Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic try to return to the semifinals at Flushing Meadows, while 2017 runner-up Madison Keys is among the women in quarterfinal action. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
— TEN--US OPEN-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.
— TEN--US OPEN-WHEELCHAIR — By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 500 words.
— TEN--US OPEN GLANCE.
PHILADELPHIA — Coach Doug Pederson and his veteran players have preached throughout the offseason the importance of moving forward and focusing on the present if the Eagles are going to have any chance of repeating as Super Bowl champs. They have a tough opponent Thursday night in the NFL opener against the Atlanta Falcons. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 700 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said he stands with Nike, a clear reference to the company’s Colin Kaepernick ad campaign. The basketball superstar — and new Los Angeles Laker — made the remarks as he received an award for both his style and his philanthropy from Harlem’s Fashion Row. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— TRUMP-NIKE — SENT: 125 words, photo.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Luis Severino goes for his 18th win for the New York Yankees in their series finale against 10-game winner Mike Fiers and the Oakland Athletics. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:05 p.m.
ATLANTA — The Boston Red Sox will try to complete a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves as the series between division leaders ends with Red Sox right-hander Hector Velazquez facing Mike Foltynewicz. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 12:10 p.m.
— BBO--PLAYERS UNION-BUSINESS HIRING. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 500 words.
— BBA--ORIOLES-BLIND NIGHT. SENT: 125 words.
The previous time the Eagles opened a season as NFL champions, it was 1960 and, well, who remembers what folks did then in Philadelphia? What they’ll certainly do Thursday night at the Linc when the Falcons come to town is roar with approval at the site of the Lombardi Trophy and the championship banner. Fans will sing many, many choruses of “Fly Eagles Fly.” By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 700 words.
FBN--WATCHING FOOTBALL ONLINE
NEW YORK —The good news for football fans: It’s going to be much easier to watch NFL games online this year. The league is finally dropping a requirement that viewers sign in with a cable or satellite subscription, in hopes of expanding its online audience at a time when TV ratings are declining. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 700 words, photos.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — When Jimmy Garoppolo got thrown into the lineup as San Francisco’s quarterback just weeks after joining the 49ers, simply getting a play off in time was an accomplishment. He still won all five starts and figures to be even better prepared for the start of this season following an entire offseason with the team. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
COSTA MESA, Calif. — Two days after signing a contract to return to the Chargers, tight end Antonio Gates has his first practice with the team as they prepare for Sunday’s opener against Kansas City. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
FBN--COWBOYS-DAK’S THIRD ACT
FRISCO, Texas — Dak Prescott is looking for a bounce-back season that will lead the Dallas Cowboys to the playoffs after the quarterback’s sensational rookie year was followed by a less-than-stellar encore. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.
HOUSTON — J.J. Watt has played just eight games over the past two seasons because of injuries leaving everyone cautiously optimistic that the three-time Defensive Player of the Year can return to form for the Houston Texans this year. A first look will come on Sunday in a big test with a trip to New England to face Tom Brady and the Patriots. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBN--BROWNS-SHREDDING BIG BEN
BEREA, Ohio — Myles Garrett ran a photo of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger through a paper shredder for a video spoof during the offseason. On Sunday, Cleveland’s dynamic defensive end plans to get his hands on the real Big Ben in the season opener. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--SEAHAWKS-THOMAS. By Tim Booth. SENT: 500 words.
— FBN--COLTS-LUCK’S BACK. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 850 words, with photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--VIKINGS-CENTER OF ATTENTION. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 5 p.m.
— FBN--SAINTS-PASSING GAME. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— FBN--CHIEFS-BERRY. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words.
— FBN--JAGUARS-COUGHLIN. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.
— FBN--BENGALS-DALTON’S DEBUT. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.
— FBN--TITANS-MARIOTA. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--BILLS-MCCOY — By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— FBN--DOLPHINS-TANNEHILL. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.
— FBN--BEARS-TRUBISKY. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m.
— FBN--CARDINALS-BRADFORD — By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m.
— FBN--RAVENS-COLLINS. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 550 words, photo by 5 p.m.
— FBN--REDSKINS-WILLIAMS’ KNEE — By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 625 words.
FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS
The first few weeks of the college football often set the tone for which conference will be deemed best for the rest of the season. It’s a debate that can be both fun and tedious. Also, not nearly as important as it’s made out to be. This week nine nonconference games match Power Five teams and there are numerous opportunities for teams from the Group of Five to make a statement against Power Five opponents. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m.
Southern Conferences showed plenty of offensive firepower in week one and plan to keep lighting up scoreboards this season. Eleven of 14 SEC teams scored 35 or more points and the conference won 13 of its 14 opening-week games. Top-ranked Alabama scored 51 points and LSU put an impressive 33 in a win over Miami. Many feel the defensive-minded SEC could be more offensive this season. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 6 p.m.
Injury information could be tougher to find around the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. For the past decade, the ACC compiled a weekly list of injuries for league games as part of a gentlemen’s agreement among the coaches. Those coaches voted last spring to stop issuing those reports, and some describe the move as “counterintuitive” with sports wagering creeping further toward the mainstream. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— FBC--KANSAS STATE-QB QUESTIONS — By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Along with winning, the goal at the BMW Championship is for players to make sure they are among the 30 who advance to the Tour Championship for a shot at the $10 million prize. Among those feeling the heat is a former FedEx Cup champion, Jordan Spieth. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
GLF--RYDER CUP-EUROPEAN PICKS
In a selection that rewarded experience over form, Thomas Bjorn balanced a team overflowing with rookies by picking Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey and Henrik Stenson as his wild-cards for Europe’s bid to regain the Ryder Cup from the United States in Paris from Sept. 28-30. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 750 words, photos.
SOC--MLS-AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
The youthful U.S. men’s national team roster pulled together for Friday’s match against Brazil includes a number of Major League Soccer standouts. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos by 6 p.m.
— BKO--USA CAMP-COLLEGE PLAYERS — With several of America’s best competing in the WNBA plays, U.S. national team coach has invited several college players, including one of her own South Carolina starters, to work with members headed to compete in the World Cup later this month. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words.
— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — Alessandro De Marchi broke away with five kilometers left to win the longest stage of the Spanish Vuelta, while Simon Yates kept his slim lead over Alejandro Valverde in the overall standings. SENT: 300 words.
Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Boston at Atlanta, 12:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 7:35 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Baltimore at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
Major League Soccer
New England at New York City FC, 7 p.m.