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TOP STORIES

TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal, trying to become the first man in a decade to repeat as U.S. Open champion, plays Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals. Novak Djokovic faces Kei Nishikori in the other. All four are past Open finalists, the first time that's happened at Flushing Meadows since 2011. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Men's semifinals start 4 p.m.

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— TEN--US OPEN-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

NIKE-POLITICS AND SHOES

Nike's decision to use Colin Kaepernick as a spokesman underlines the high stakes of shoe politics. The company must weigh the criticism of some white purchasers who threaten to boycott and burn Nike gear against the longtime support of black athletes and black culture. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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— GLF--KAEPERNICK-NIKE AD-WOODS — Tiger Woods calls Nike Kaepernick ad a "beautiful spot." By Dan Gelston. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos, video by 4 p.m.

GLF--BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Xander Schauffele is on a mission to win again, and maybe force Jim Furyk to consider taking him with the last Ryder Cup pick. He shoots a 64 in the BMW Championship for a two-stroke lead. Tiger Woods has a 70 to fall five shots behind. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BKO--HALL OF FAME

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Basketball Hall of Fame inducts its Class of 2018, with Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Tina Thompson leading the 13-member group. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Ceremony starts 7 p.m.

FBN--COWBOYS-DAK'S THIRD ACT

FRISCO, Texas — Dak Prescott is looking for a bounce-back season that will lead the Cowboys to the playoffs. The quarterback's sensational rookie year was followed by a less-than-stellar encore. Dallas opens at Carolina on Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

FBN--SEAHAWKS-SHAQUEM'S START

RENTON, Wash. — Shaquem Griffin begins another chapter to his inspirational story Sunday when he makes his NFL debut. The linebacker was drafted by Seattle out of Central Florida in the fifth round, becoming one of the nation's top defensive players despite the amputation of his left hand as a child. By Tim Booth. SENT: 950 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

PAUL NEWBERRY-ABUSING THE REFS

Brian Barlow has had enough. The Oklahoma soccer referee is leading the charge to stamp out the taunting, abusive behavior officials must endure at every stage of sports, from youth to adult leagues. There could come a day when no one is willing to officiate the games. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-NO CLASSIC

PHILADELPHIA — The NFL season opener — an 18-12 victory by Philadelphia over Atlanta — didn't offer a whole lot to cheer about. Neither the defenses nor the offenses was dynamic. There were, however, plenty of penalties and a weather delay. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--DODGERS-ROCKIES

DENVER — Trevor Story and the first-place Rockies open a three-game series against the Dodgers at Coors Field with 1 1/2 games separating the NL West rivals. Colorado had a day off following Story's three-homer outburst against San Francisco. Clayton Kershaw goes for Los Angeles. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:40 p.m.

BBA--ASTROS-RED SOX

BOSTON — Two AL division leaders meet at Fenway Park when Gerrit Cole (13-5) and the Astros face David Price (14-6) and the Red Sox. Houston has won five straight behind slugger Alex Bregman, who has reached base safely in 33 games in a row. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

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— TOMMY LASORDA'S BROTHER KILLED — 83-year-old brother of famed Dodgers manager killed in Florida car crash. SENT: 150 words.

U.S. OPEN

TEN--US OPEN-WOMEN

NEW YORK — Serena Williams was trying to recover from a health scare after giving birth during last year's U.S. Open final. Now she's playing in it again after a rapid rise back toward the top. She faces first-time finalist Naomi Osaka on Saturday. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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— TEN--US OPEN GLANCE.

— Sidebars on merit.

WNBA

BKL--WNBA FINALS

SEATTLE — Sue Bird and league MVP Breanna Stewart lead the Seattle Storm against Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics in Game 1 of the best-of-five WNBA Finals. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

NFL

FBN--JETS-GUYS UP FRONT

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — All eyes will be on Sam Darnold on Monday night when the Jets open against the Detroit Lions. But the five guys lined up in front of him will play a big role in the success — or failure — of the rookie quarterback and his offense. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

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— FBN--YOUNGEST QBS-OPENERS — By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FBN--EAGLES-WINNING START

Thanks to a tough, resilient defense, the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles overcame a sluggish start, a sputtering offense and several sloppy mistakes to begin the season with a win. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--RAMS-ADDING DONALD

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh are finally working together with the Rams, and fellow defensive lineman Michael Brockers thinks the NFL should be very afraid. A potentially fearsome defense is finally taking shape for Los Angeles. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 10 p.m.

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— FBN--QB RANKINGS — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— FBN--FALCONS-NEAL INJURY — By Charles Odum. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--49ERS-WARNER — By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--VIKINGS-COACH NEWMAN — By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-CLEMSON-TEXAS A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — No. 2 Clemson will use two quarterbacks against a Texas A&M team that settled its quarterback question in Week 1. Kelly Bryant and freshman Trevor Lawrence are set to go for the Tigers after both played well in a 48-7 romp in the opener. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FBC--T25-USC-STANFORD

STANFORD, Calif. — After getting carved up last year in two losses to Southern California, No. 10 Stanford no longer has to worry about Sam Darnold. This time, the Cardinal face an unproven but talented freshman quarterback in JT Daniels. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBC--T25-UCLA-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. — Two coaches who know how to run an offense meet Saturday when Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley matches wits with UCLA's Chip Kelly. Under Riley, the Sooners led the nation in total offense behind Baker Mayfield. Kelly's offenses at Oregon were among the best. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Friday's Game (Top 25)

— FBC--T25-TCU-SMU — By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 2 — By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-PENN STATE-PITTSBURGH — By Will Graves. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-KANSAS ST — By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-BRICKYARD 400

INDIANAPOLIS — With attendance at the Brickyard 400 declining steadily the past two decades, organizers moved the race from midsummer to early September. It might not help. Sunday's race goes up against the Indianapolis Colts' home opener. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--BRAZIL-US

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The U.S. has lost 10 straight games to Brazil heading into this exhibition, the first match for the Brazilians since their quarterfinal World Cup exit. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:06 p.m.

SOC--EGYPT-SALAH'S GAMBLE

CAIRO — Egyptian star Mohamed Salah has won his latest confrontation at home, his demands met for better security and improved discipline. But how long will a government that has shown little tolerance for dissent put up with the Liverpool player's show of independence? By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

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— SOC--EUROPEAN ROUNDUP — Italy, in first official match in 10 months, hosts Poland on Saturday in UEFA Nations League. By Andrew Dampf. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

NHL

HKN--CONTRACT CONTRASTS

CHICAGO — NHL players watched as John Tavares went to free agency and ultimately decided to go home to play for Toronto. But contract talks don't have a one-size-fits-all approach. Some prominent players are still eager to re-sign. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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— HKN--SCHMIDT REACTION — Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt's 20-game drug suspension caught teammates off guard. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 550 words, photos.

BOXING

BOX--IOKA'S COMEBACK

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Kazuto Ioka thought he was done with boxing until he watched a card at the Forum last February. The Japanese three-division champion decided to keep fighting. He makes his super flyweight debut Saturday at the Forum against McWilliams Arroyo. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 700 words, photos.

UFC

MMA--UFC 228

DALLAS — Tyron Woodley hasn't fought in more than a year, thanks to a shoulder injury alongside plenty of drama surrounding the welterweight champion. He's set to defend against undefeated second-ranked contender Darren Till in UCF 228. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

SURFING

SURFING PHENOM

SAN DIEGO — Caroline Marks showed her brothers who was the best surfer in the family. Encouraged by her siblings while growing up in Florida, Marks took to the waves with such gusto that at 16 she's the youngest competitor ever on the World Surf League's Championship Tour. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 850 words, photos.

OTHER

— GLF--EUROPEAN MASTERS — Hideto Tanihara ahead by two shots after second round of European Tour event in Switzerland. SENT: 250 words.

— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — Simon Yates cuts in half Jesus Herrada's lead in 13th stage of Spanish Vuelta. SENT: 300 words.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES.

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Friday's Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

San Diego at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Miami at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Houston at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Atlanta at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Texas at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

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

College Football (Top 25)

No. 16 TCU at SMU, 8 p.m.

WNBA Finals

Washington at Seattle, 9 p.m.