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TOP STORIES

TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Nick Kyrgios was losing big at the U.S. Open and barely even trying. So the chair umpire decided to get involved, climbing down from his seat to have a conversation. It was an unusual sight at a Grand Slam tournament. Kyrgios wound up winning and the episode raised questions about whether the chair umpire acted inappropriately. In the day's most surprising result, No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki lost in straight sets. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 788 words, photos.

Also:

— TEN--US OPEN-DJOKOVIC — By Dan Gelston. SENT: 540 words, photos.

— TEN--US OPEN-WOZNIACKI OUT — By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 477 words, photos.

— TEN--US OPEN-FEDERER ADVANCES — By Dan Gelston. SENT: 659 words, photos.

— TEN--US OPEN-TAKING A BREAK — By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 795 words, photos.

FBN--KAEPERNICK GRIEVANCE

PHILADELPHIA — An arbitrator is sending Colin Kaepernick's grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league's request to throw out the quarterback's claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice. Kaepernick's lawyer Mark Geragos tweeted a picture Thursday of a ruling by arbitrator Stephen B. Burbank. The former 49ers quarterback argues that owners have colluded to keep him off any NFL roster since he hit free agency in 2017. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 371 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

TEN--ON TENNIS-WILLIAMS VS WILLIAMS

NEW YORK — Serena Williams plays her sister Venus Williams in the third round of the U.S. Open. It will be their 30th matchup on tour. It's also the earliest at a Grand Slam tournament since their very first pro match at the 1998 Australian Open. Here they are, all these years later, thanks in part to setting a standard for the other to strive for. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 677 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--NEW KICKOFF RULE

The new NCAA rule that makes a fair catch on a kickoff anywhere inside the 25-yard line a touchback came into play only twice on 50 kickoffs in the four games involving Football Bowl Subdivision teams last week. The rule was made to enhance player safety. Research has shown kick returns are among the game's most dangerous plays. Coaches say the rule could be utilized in different ways depending on an opponent's strengths, weaknesses and tendencies. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

FBC--ADAMS STATE-FEMALE KICKER

DENVER — Adams State kicker Rebecca Longo became one of the first females to receive a partial football scholarship a season ago. This season, the 19-year-old is in the running to be the starting kicker for the Division II Grizzlies. She's hoping to open up doors for future female football players. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

FBC--T25-FAU-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. — Seventh-ranked Oklahoma is concerned about handling Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary heading into the season opener on Saturday. The junior returns after rushing for 1,920 yards and 32 touchdowns last season. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley believes Singletary will be one of the nation's best running backs this year. Oklahoma counters with its own elite back in Rodney Anderson. He gained 1,442 yards and 18 touchdowns from scrimmage last season. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

Also:

— FBC--N ILLINOIS-IOWA — By Luke Meredith. SENT: 683 words, photos.

— FBC--S DAKOTA ST-IOWA ST — By Luke Meredith. SENT: 619 words, photos.

— FBC--AKRON-NEBRASKA — By Eric Olson. SENT: 774 words, photos.

— FBC--UCLA-QUIET KELLY — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

FBN_GENERATIONAL JAGUARS D

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars return 12 of their top 14 players on a defense that carried them to the AFC championship title game last season. The talent-laden group plan to do whatever it takes to hoist the Lombardi Trophy and join a list of revered defenses that have carried teams to championships. Linebacker Telvin Smiths says "we want to say we dominated the world. That is the next step." By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--BROWNS-LIONS

DETROIT — Even if he doesn't play again for a while, Baker Mayfield has given Cleveland a glimpse. Mayfield threw for 138 yards in a dominant first half for the Browns, who wrapped up the preseason with a 35-17 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. The top overall pick in this year's draft looked sharp throughout his two quarters directing the offense. By Noah Trister. SENT: 839 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--GIANTS-YANKEES TRADE

NEW YORK — The playoff-contending New York Yankees are close to completing a trade for San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday night the Yankees would send infielder Abiatal Avelino and another minor leaguer to San Francisco for McCutchen. Trades must be done by Friday in order for players to be eligible for the postseason. By Ben Walker. SENT: 199 words, photos.

BBN--ROCKIES-PADRES

SAN DIEGO — Franmil Reyes homered with two outs in the 13th inning to give the San Diego Padres a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Reyes connected off Bryan Shaw for his 12th homer. It was only the sixth hit for San Diego. The Rockies had only three hits. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 470 words, photos. UPCOMIHG: 600 words, photos.

Also:

— BBA--YANKEES-STANTON'S 300TH HR — SENT: 223 words, photos.

— BBA--RED SOX-PRICE — SENT: 329 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--LPGA TOUR

PORTLAND, Ore. — Marina Alex matched the course record with a 10-under 62 to take a two-stroke lead over Brooke Henderson and Minjee Lee in the Cambia Portland Classic. Winless on the tour, the 28-year-old former Vanderbilt player birdied the last four holes and five of the last six in a back-nine 30. SENT: 555 words.

Also:

— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — SENT: 414 words.

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ALSO

— BKN--KINGS EXECUTIVE-EMBEZZLEMENT PROBE — SENT: 286 words.

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Friday's Time Schedule

BASEBALL

Detroit at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

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

Milwaukee at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

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

Toronto at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Minnesota at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

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

Seattle at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

Colorado at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

TOP 25

No. 4 Wisconsin vs. Western Kentucky, 9 p.m.

No. 11 Michigan State vs. Utah State, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Stanford vs. San Diego State, 9 p.m.

WNBA PLAYOFFS

Atlanta at Washington, 8 p.m.

Seattle at Phoenix, 10 p.m.