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September 22, 2018

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TOP STORIES

FBC--T25-STANFORD-OREGON

EUGENE, Ore. — Seventh-ranked Stanford plays No. 20 Oregon in a Pac-12 clash between two undefeated teams that could have lasting implications. It may play a part in the Pac-12 North, the league championship and the college football playoffs. The game feature star players in Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert and Stanford running back Bryce Love. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

FBC--IOWA ST-HONORING BARQUIN

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State honors slain golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena with an elaborate ceremony ahead of the Cyclones’ game against Akron. Iowa State’s band used a formation that spelled out Barquin’s initials. Both teams wore a decal on their helmets in her memory. A tribute to Barquin played on a video screen before a moment of silence. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 430 words, photos.

GLF--TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTA — Tiger Woods is tied for the 36-hole for the first time in more than three years going into the weekend of the Tour Championship. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

BBN--PHILLIES-BRAVES

ATLANTA — The Braves, with All-Star pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (11-10) on the mound, can win their first division title in five years with a victory over the Phillies. Jake Arrieta (10-9) starts for Philadelphia. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game started 1:05 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

GLF--RYDER CUP-MICKELSON

ATLANTA — For a player who has always had to settle for second-best of his generation, Phil Mickelson has one record that not even Tiger Woods can touch. Neither can anyone in Europe. Mickelson is playing in his 12th consecutive Ryder Cup, a testament to a career that has been so steady and at times spectacular that he has had 55 teammates over the last 23 years. There’s one glaring omission from his Ryder Cup legacy. “This is most likely my last chance to go over to Europe and to be a part of a winning U.S. team in Europe,” he said. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 950 words, photos.

With:

— GLF--Ryder Cup-Trivia Quiz. SENT: 910 words.

— GLF--Ryder Cup-Hole by Hole. SENT: 870 words.

— GLF--Ryder Cup-Yardage-Par. SENT: 100.

SOC--SPANISH LEAGUE-US

GIRONA, Spain — A feud has erupted in Spanish football about La Liga’s unprecedented plan to hold a regular-season match in the United States. The league and clubs are for it. The Spanish soccer federation and players’ union are against it. And in the middle, born-and-raised local fans are divided over their future in a sport that is expanding its global profile. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBA--ORIOLES-YANKEES

NEW YORK — The Yankees can clinch their second straight AL wild card with a win over Baltimore and a loss by Tampa Bay in Toronto. Lance Lynn (2-2) starts for the Yankees and David Hess (3-10) for the Orioles. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.

BBA--RED SOX-INDIANS

CLEVELAND — The Red Sox go for their 106th win, which would break a team record that’s more than a century old. Boston (105-49) beat Cleveland in a matchup of AL division champions to tie the club mark set in 1912. Rick Porcello (17-7, 4.30 ERA), the team leader in wins, starts for the Sox against Mike Clevinger (12-8, 3.06). UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-TEXAS A&M-ALABAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 1 Alabama hosts No. 22 Texas A&M and former Nick Saban staffer Jimbo Fisher. It is the latest matchup of Saban and one of his former pupils. He has won all 12 such meetings, including a 24-7 opening win over Fisher’s Florida State team last season. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.

FBC--T25-TULANE-OHIO STATE

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tulane will be a heavy underdog to surging No. 4 Ohio State as the Green Wave makes its first visit to Ohio Stadium, The Buckeyes, with Urban Meyer coaching from the sideline in his first game back since his three-game suspension for mismanaging a former, will get another tuneup game before playing Penn State next week. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.

FBC--T25-ARMY-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. — It might be strange for longtime college football fans to imagine that Oklahoma’s roster is almost completely unfamiliar with the triple option offense. The Sooners ran it out of the wishbone formation to win national championships in 1974, 1975 and 1985 under coach Barry Switzer. It’s rarely seen today. That made Army’s offense difficult to simulate in practice as the fifth-ranked Sooners prepared to host the Black Knights. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

— Other Top 10 Saturday games: No. 2 Georgia-Missouri; No. 3 Clemson-Georgia Tech; No. 6 LSU-Louisiana Tech; No. 8 Notre Dame-Wake Forest; No. 9 Auburn-Arkansas; No. 10 Washington-Arizona State.

FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 TAKEAWAYS

No. 22 Texas A&M has already faced Clemson. Now it goes to No. 1 Alabama. The Aggies look for the upset that got away against the Tigers and they will also be a litmus test for comparing the top teams. Also, No. 7 Stanford and No. 20 Oregon play the first big Pac-12 game of the season. By College Football Write Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 1000 words, photos by 9 p.m. Will be updated following late games.

NFL

FBN--NFL THIS WEEK

There have been some classic games between the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins. Sunday’s meeting doesn’t carry the weight of a playoff contest between two powers. But it certainly brings plenty of intrigue. Such as: Are the Dolphins (2-0) real good. Are the Raiders (0-2) pretty bad? By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,780 words, photos. Also moved in advance.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-TIES

Two weeks, two ties. OK, let’s get this out of the way now: Yes, the NFL is fit to be tied. Fit tighter than most folks might think, too. More draws are likely ahead. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 810 words, photos. Also moved in advance.

Also:

— FBN--TEXANS-BLACK QBS COMMENT — School head resigns over comment about black quarterbacks. SENT: 130 words.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-RICHMOND

RICHMOND, Va. — Kevin Harvick starts from the pole position as the NASCAR Cup Series makes a playoff stop in Richmond for the first time. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race starts 7:30 p.m.

GOLF

— GLF--PORTUGAL MASTERS — Sergio Garcia tries to make a move up leaderboard in Portugal Masters. UPCOMING: 200 words by 5 p.m.

— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Stever Stricker, 3 others share lead entering second round of inaugural Sanford Championship in Sioux Falls, S.D. UPCOMING: 300 words by 10 p.m.

—GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — Lucas Glover has a one-shot lead entering third round of season-ending Web.com Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Fla. UPCOMING: 250 words by 9 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BKL--WORLD CUP-SENEGAL-US

TENERIFE, Spain — The U.S. women’s basketball team tips off its World Cup schedule with a game against Senegal. The Americans are seeking a third consecutive championship. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. Game started 1 p.m.

With:

— BKL--WOMEN’S WORLD CUP-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.

— BKL--WILSON’S WORLD CUP DIARY — World Cup Diary: A’ja Wilson talks USA Basketball. By A’ja Wilson. SENT: 580 words, photo.

TENNIS

TEN--LAVER CUP

CHICAGO — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic lost as doubles partners. Now they’ll return to their specialty — singles — in the Laver Cup, hoping to expand Team Europe’s first day lead. UPCOMING: 400 words by 11 p.m.

Also:

— Tournaments in Tokyo; Seoul, South Korea; St. Petersburg, Russia; Metz, France.

SOCCER

SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

LONDON — The sixth round of the Premier League includes Liverpool looking to maintain its 100 percent start in a home match against Southampton, and Manchester City visiting Cardiff in a potentially bad-tempered encounter. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. With separates on Saturday’s eight EPL matches.

SOC--MAN UNITED-FERGUSON RETURNS

MANCHESTER, England — Alex Ferguson makes an emotional return to Old Trafford for Manchester United’s Premier League game against Wolverhampton, following his emergency brain surgery in May. SENT: 210 words, photos.

SOC--NWSL-COURAGE-THORNS

PORTLAND, Ore. — The defending champion Portland Thorns play the North Carolina Courage in the NWSL championship game. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 4:30 p.m.

OTHER

BOX--JOSHUA-POVETKIN

LONDON — The boxing spotlight is on Wembley Stadium as Anthony Joshua defends his world heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Ring walk scheduled for 4:50 p.m.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— FBC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— SOC--MLS CAPSULES

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Saturday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Philadelphia at Atlanta, 1:05 p.m.

San Francisco at St. Louis, 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 4:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Washington, 4:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.

Kansas City at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Boston at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

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

Cincinnati at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Houston, 7:10 p.m.

Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Colorado at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.

San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.

College Football (Top 25)

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 22 Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m.

No. 2 Georgia at Missouri, Noon p.m.

No. 3 Clemson at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m.

No. 4 Ohio State vs. Tulane, 3:30 p.m.

No. 5 Oklahoma vs. Army, 7 p.m.

No. 6 LSU vs. Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Stanford at No. 20 Oregon, 8 p.m.

No. 8 Notre Dame at Wake Forest, Noon

No. 9 Auburn vs. Arkansas, 7:30 p.m.

No. 10 Washington vs. Arizona State, 10:30 p.m.

No. 12 West Virginia vs. Kansas State, 3:30 p.m.

No. 13 Virginia Tech at Old Dominion, 3:30 p.m.

No. 14 Mississippi State at Kentucky, 7 p.m.

No. 15 Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 17 TCU at Texas, 4:30 p.m.

No. 18 Wisconsin at Iowa, 8:30 p.m.

No. 19 Michigan vs. Nebraska, Noon

No. 21 Miami vs. FIU, 3:30 p.m.

No. 23 Boston College at Purdue, Noon

No. 24 Michigan State at Indiana, 7:30 p.m.

No. 25 BYU vs. McNeese State, 6 p.m.

NHL Exhibition

Columbus at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m.

Colorado at Minnesota, 6 p.m.

Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Boston at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Montreal, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers vs. N.Y. Islanders at Bridgeport, Conn., 7 p.m.

Nashville at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Florida vs. Dallas at Tulsa, Okla., 8 p.m.

Anaheim at Arizona, 9 p.m.

Vancouver at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.

Vegas at San Jose, 10 p.m.

MLS

San Jose at Los Angeles FC, 3:30 p.m.

Toronto FC at New York, 5 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at Atlanta United, 7 p.m.

Chicago at New England, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

Houston at Orlando City, 7:30 p.m.

New York City FC at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Portland at Minnesota United, 8 p.m.

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