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Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg take college football's pulse on PodcastOne Sports Now, discussing the start of the season with AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo. Also, celebrated fight promoter Bob Arum recalls his work on a boxing safety measure with the late Sen. John McCain. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

SHOWCASE

FBC--ACC-TV NETWORK

The Atlantic Coast Conference is a year away from the launch of its own TV channel in partnership with ESPN. The league needs the ACC Network to provide a reliable revenue boost after falling behind its power-conference peers in recent years. In an interview with The Associated Press, league Commissioner John Swofford says the ACC is reviewing options for the men's basketball and football schedules to set up attractive matchups that could help get the channel off to a good start in 2019-20. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 3 a.m.

TOP STORIES

FBN--QBS PROGRESS

Will they start? If not, when will they play? There are many scenarios that can dominate the spotlight as the NFL season kicks off. With five teams there is only one: the first-round rookie quarterback. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 1100 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBC--SEC-THE ALABAMA EFFECT

The decade-long chase to catch Alabama has caused patience to wear thin across the rest of the Southeastern Conference. Five of the SEC's 14 football programs have new coaches this season. That represents the league's highest total of new coaches since 1946. Alabama is seeking its sixth national title in 10 seasons. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m.

TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic went into 'survival mode' to get through his first-round match at the U.S. Open in extreme heat and humidity. Roger Federer won more easily. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 1070 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GLF--TIM DAHLBERG-TIGER AND PHIL

Much like the con-job pay-per-view match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, the Thanksgiving weekend showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson is little more than a money grab. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 790 words, photos by 3 a.m.

US OPEN

TEN--US OPEN-FEDERER'S RETIREMENT JOKE

NEW YORK — Roger Federer sent something of a shock wave through the tennis world with what he thought was an obvious joke after improving to 18-0 in first-round matches at the U.S. Open. He made a reference to retiring so he could preserve that perfect record. Apparently not everyone got it. So Federer clarified things. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 520 words, photos.

TEN--US OPEN-LUCKY POLANSKY

NEW YORK — Peter Polansky was still trying to qualify for the U.S. Open when fellow players began congratulating him. When it comes to tennis' luckiest loser, there was no need to wait to see if he'd win. Polansky lost to No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev in the first round, but not until after he'd become the first player to compete in all four Grand Slam tournaments in a season as a lucky loser. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 420 words, photos.

TEN--US OPEN-QUALIFIER AT AGE 39

NEW YORK — Patty Schnyder came back to tennis in her late 30s for nights like this — facing Maria Sharapova at the U.S. Open under the lights in a 14,000-seat arena. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 640 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

The game of the week in the Big Ten features No. 14 Michigan at No. 12 Notre Dame. Ole Miss transfer quarterback Shea Patterson makes his debut for the Wolverines. Northwestern visits Purdue on Thursday night in a key early West Division matchup. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 610 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBC--T25-OHIO STATE-HERMAN-STRIP CLUB

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University identified Texas head football coach Tom Herman as the Buckeyes assistant who went with Zach Smith to a Florida strip club when they were both Buckeyes assistants in 2014. SENT: 150 words.

FBC--OHIO STATE-MEYER

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State says coach Urban Meyer was allowed to meet with his team after he was suspended. A university spokesman said Tuesday that Meyer met with players and coaches for about 45 minutes last week. He met with the team one day after he was suspended for three games for his handling of domestic-abuse allegations against a former assistant. Meyer can return to practice Sept. 3 but won't be allowed to coach on game day until Sept. 22. By Kantele Franko and Mitch Stacy. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FBC--T25-USC-DANIELS

LOS ANGELES — J.T. Daniels doesn't know exactly how he'll react when he exits the Coliseum tunnel on Saturday for his debut as Southern California's starting quarterback. The 18-year-old freshman's coaches and teammates already feel the Trojans are in good hands. Daniels has gone through his first practice since winning a three-way competition to become No. 15 USC's starter. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 790 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--LEADING OFF

A look at what's happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BBN--DIAMONDBACKS-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO — Pinch-hitter Gorkys Hernandez singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 1-0 win against Arizona. Steven Duggar scored the deciding run moments after what looked like a potentially serious injury. The Diamondbacks fell into a first-place tie with Colorado atop the NL West and have gone 23 innings without scoring — shut out by the Giants for a second straight game and for the seventh time in all this year. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley SENT: 750 words, photos. Will be updated.

BBN--METS-CUBS

CHICAGO — The game between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets was suspended with the score tied at 1 in the top of the 10th inning following a rain delay of 53 minutes. SENT: 790 words, photos.

PRO BASKETBALL

BKL--MERCURY-STORM

SEATTLE — Sue Bird scored 19 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:03 left in overtime and two clinching free throws with 2.1 seconds left, to help the Seattle Storm recover from blowing a 17-point fourth quarter lead and beat the Phoenix Mercury 91-87. By Mark Moschetti. SENT: 890 words, photos.

CAPSULES

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— BKL--WNBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES

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Wednesday's Time Schedule (EDT)

BASEBALL

N.Y. Mets 1, Chicago Cubs 1, completion of suspd. game, 1 p.m.

Oakland at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Detroit at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Seattle at San Diego, 3:40 p.m.

Miami at Boston, 6:35 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Arizona at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

MLS

Houston at New York, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at D.C. United, 8 p.m.

FC Dallas at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

Toronto FC at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

TENNIS

ATP-WTA, U.S. Open, New York, 11 a.m.