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September 9, 2018

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TOP STORIES

TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic bids for his 14th Grand Slam title in the U.S. Open final Sunday against Juan Martin del Potro, who is playing for a major championship for the first time since won his only one at Flushing Meadows nine years ago. Starts at 4 p.m. ET. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

With:

— Sidebars on merits.

— TEN--US Open-The Latest.

— TEN--US Open Glance.

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Alabama firmed up its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25 after another blowout victory and No. 2 Clemson’s close call at Texas A&M The Tide received a season-high 60 first-place votes. No. 23 Arizona State is ranked for the first time this season, and first time under new coach Herm Edwards. South Carolina and Florida both fell out after just one week. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos. Poll released at 2 p.m.

FBN--NATIONAL ANTHEM

DENVER — A once largely overlooked pregame ritual will receive plenty of attention on the NFL’s opening Sunday, as players take to the sideline for the national anthem. By National Writer Eddie Pells. AP Photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

U.S. OPEN

TEN--ON TENNIS-SERENA FALLOUT

NEW YORK — The latest unusual big-match episode involving Serena Williams at the U.S. Open raises all sorts of questions for tennis. Should coaching be allowed? Are women treated differently than men? And at the root of everything might very well be this: Is it time for the sport to have a single governing body that oversees all such issues? By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m. ET.

US OPEN-SERENA’S FINE

NEW YORK — Serena Williams was fined a total of $17,000 for three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open final.

On Sunday, a day after the match, the tournament referee’s office docked Williams $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching, and $3,000 for breaking her racket.

NFL

FBN--STEELERS-BROWNS

CLEVELAND — Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh’s offense will be without Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell when the Steelers open the season against the Cleveland Browns, who have upgraded their talent and have big expectations following a 0-16 season. Bell remains in a contract holdout. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts a 1 p.m.

FBN--49ERS-VIKINGS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings start the season at home with new quarterback Kirk Cousins, facing a San Francisco 49ers team that won its last five games last year after turning the quarterback job over to Jimmy Garoppolo. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

FBN--BEARS-PACKERS

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is back for his first regular season game since getting hurt last year when Green Bay opens the season by hosting the Chicago Bears and their new star linebacker, Khalil Mack. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8:20 p.m.

FBN--LIONS_PATRICIA

DETROIT — Matt Patricia has appeared to push the Detroit Lions more than they ever were under Jim Caldwell. The Lions seemed to run more and hit more in training camp and the preseason. And, they may have gotten yelled at more. By Larry Lage. SENT: 650 words, photos. Stands for FBN--Jets-Lions.

FBN--RAMS-RAIDERS

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams and Oakland Raiders spent most of the lead-up to the season in the same predicament, with their Defensive Players of the Year holding out while seeking new contracts. Oakland solved it by trading 2016 awrd winner linebacker Khalil Mack to Chicago. The Rams solved it by re-signing 2017 winner DT Aaron Donald to a massive contract. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 800 words, photos.

Also:

FBN--NFL Today

FBN--NFL Injuries

FBN--NFL Capsules

GOLF

GLF--BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — The fourth round of the BMW Championship is washed out Sunday, and the PGA Tour will wait until Monday before deciding whether to try to get in 72 holes. Otherwise, Justin Rose wins and moves to No. 1 in the world, and Keegan Bradley gets to the Tour Championship at the expense of Jordan Spieth. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m. EDT.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--ARIZONA ST-FAST START

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State was picked to finish last in the Pac-12 South in its first season under Herm Edwards. After knocking off No. 15 Michigan State to improve to 2-0, the Sun Devils now be a favorite to win the division. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-RELENTLESS GEORGIA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 3 Georgia heard the whispers during the offseason, plenty of outsiders wondering if the Bulldogs had what it takes to be more than one-year wonders both in the Southeastern Conference and nationally. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart’s unsure at the moment, even after his team’s 41-17 blowout win over previously No. 24 South Carolina. Smart was pleased with the victory, but said it would mean little down the road if his players did not keep their same relentless attitude about improving as they showed since losing the national title game last January. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, 600 words by 3 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBN--DODGERS-ROCKIES

DENVER — The first-place Colorado Rockies lead the Los Angeles Dodgers by 1 1/2 games heading into their series finale Sunday. They’ve split the first two games. It will be a battle of lefties, with the Dodgers sending Rich Hill (7-5, 3.73) to the mound and the Rockies countering with Tyler Anderson (6-7, 4.80). By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 3:10 p.m.

BBA--ASTROS-RED SOX

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros wrap up their three-game series, with Dallas Keuchel facing Rick Porcello. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-BRICKYARD

INDIANAPOLIS — NASCAR is battling three days of heavy rain at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as it attempts to run the Brickyard 400, the final race before the playoffs begin. Kyle Busch starts on the pole Sunday but no drivers have been on track because of weather cancellations. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. Race scheduled to start at 1 pm but under delay.

WNBA FINALS

BKL--WNBA FINALS

SEATTLE — The Seattle Storm look to take a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five WNBA Finals against the Washington Mystics on Sunday. Seattle cruised in Game 1 behind a big game from Jewell Loyd. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: Game at 3:30 p.m.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES.

— FBN--NFL CAPSULES

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Sunday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

NFL

San Francisco at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Houston at New England, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Buffalo at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at L.A. Chargers, 4:05 p.m.

Dallas at Carolina, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Washington at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Chicago at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m.

Baseball

Cleveland at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

San Diego at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.

Miami at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Washington, 1:35 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

Texas at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Atlanta at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

Houston at Boston, 8:05 p.m.

WNBA FINALS

Game 2: Washington at Seattle, 3:30 p.m.

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