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College Football:


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Overcoming injuries that made walking difficult for Dorian Baker might explain why the Kentucky receiver is so eager to run back on the field. He has recovered from a season-ending ankle injury last August and is out to prove he can be a reliable target for the Wildcats. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words.


UNDATED — It's a tough start to the season for No. 9 Auburn, which has to face No. 6 Washington in a neutral-site opener on Saturday in Atlanta. No. 25 LSU also has an intriguing matchup vs. Miami while five different league schools will have new coaches on the sideline during the first week. SENT: 540 words, photos.


MADISON, Wis. — As lopsided matchups on paper go, No. 4 Wisconsin's season opener against Western Kentucky on Friday night could provide at least one interesting storyline. It has nothing to do with whether Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor can start his Heisman Trophy campaign with a 200-yard game, which is possible against an opponent picked to finish fifth in Conference USA's East Division. It is how Wisconsin's new-look secondary will fare against an offense with a history of throwing the ball. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 730 words, photos, capsule.


UNDATED — The Atlantic Coast Conference opens its football season with a key cross-divisional conference matchup when No. 20 Virginia Tech visits 19th-ranked Florida State in Willie Taggart's debut as the Seminoles' coach. Among other things to watch this week: The replacement for 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson at Louisville faces a tall task with an opener against top-ranked Alabama, and Boston College's AJ Dillon looks to keep rolling after a breakout freshman season. SENT: 410 words, photos.


—MR FITZ AWARD-MIKE SMITH, from Louisville: Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith will be honored by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters with the Mr. Fitz Award. SENT: 170 words, photo.


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