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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.
NEW YORK — Get ready for the latest Grand Slam installment of Williams vs. Williams. One big difference this time: The superstar siblings will be meeting in the third round at the U.S. Open, their earliest showdown at a major tournament in 20 years. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 873 words, photos.
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION-WHAT TO SAY
NEW YORK — Serena Williams has become the latest high-profile mom to disclose her struggles with postpartum depression. The 23-time Grand Slam champion took to Instagram recently to share her feelings of inadequacy as a mother. What to say — and what NOT to say — to women suffering postpartum depression can be tricky for friends, colleagues and loved ones who have never experienced it. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.
CINCINNATI — Christian Yelich led Milwaukee’s big comeback by hitting for the cycle, and Jesus Aguilar homered in the 10th inning, powering the Brewers to a 13-12 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Aguilar connected off Raisel Iglesias for Milwaukee’s fourth homer of the game. By Joe Kay. SENT: 800 words, photos.
FBN--INSIDER TRADING-NFL PLAYER
Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks was released by the NFL team Wednesday night, hours after he was charged by federal prosecutors in Philadelphia with insider trading. Kendricks, who signed a one-year contract with the Browns in June after winning a Super Bowl title last season with the Eagles, allegedly used tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals, federal prosecutors said. By Tom Withers and Claudia Lauer. SENT: 727 words, photos.
MILWAUKEE — Before he became the NFL’s highest-paid player again, Aaron Rodgers wore a denim suit and a cowboy hat that made him look as if he were going to serve as a chaperone at a square dance. For Rodgers, it’s kind of a big deal either way. The two-time NFL MVP signed a four-year extension with the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday that would keep him under contract through the 2023 season. The four-year deal is worth $134 million, with more than $100 million in guaranteed money. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 504 words, photos.
TEN--US OPEN-MURRAY’S COMPLAINT
NEW YORK — Andy Murray complained at the U.S. Open that his opponent might have flouted the rules during their 10-minute heat break in what became a second-round loss for the 2012 champion. Murray also said after he was beaten by No. 31 seed Fernando Verdasco in four sets that the tournament did not do a good enough job of making clear exactly what is allowed and what isn’t during the time away from the court. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 622 words, photos.
— TEN--US OPEN-ATTIRE POLICY — By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 665 words, photos.
— TEN--US OPEN-SERENA’S DRESSES — SENT: 195 words, photos.
— TEN--US OPEN GLANCE.
BOSTON — Mookie Betts homered early and had a two-run double in Boston’s 11-run seventh inning as the Red Sox rallied for a 14-6 victory over the Miami Marlins after their hottest pitcher, David Price, was knocked out with a bruised left wrist. The lefty exited in the fourth after being struck by a line drive off the bat of Austin Dean on the final play of the previous inning. SENT: 818 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Tyler White homered with one out in the ninth inning to give the Houston Astros a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The Astros won two of three games in the series to move 2 1/2 games ahead of Oakland atop the AL West. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 790 words, photos.
— BBA--ANGELS-PUJOLS SURGERY — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 408 words, photos.
FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-TAGGART’S TIME
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Willie Taggart grew up as a Florida State fan and said he felt like the goal of becoming the Seminoles’ head football coach would become a reality since his first job at Western Kentucky in 2010. He will reach his goal on Sept. 3 when the 19th-ranked Seminoles take on Virginia Tech. While the Bradenton native has enjoyed a honeymoon with fans and his own team, he has to prove to skeptical outsiders that he can do the job. Despite turning around Western Kentucky, South Florida and Oregon, Taggart’s career record is under .500 and a recent coaches poll named him one of the most overrated in FBS. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBC--FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 1
Seventh-ranked Oklahoma has won three Big 12 championships in row while Conference USA champ Florida Atlantic carries a 10-game winning streak into 2018. Both teams have second-year head coaches, with Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma and Lane Kiffin at Florida Atlantic. The Big 12′s opening weekend includes three games against teams from other Power Five conferences. Texas is at Maryland, Texas Tech plays Ole Miss, and West Virginia takes on Tennessee. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
FBC--T25-WEST VIRGINIA-WILL AND SILLS
MORGANTOWN, WVa. — Will Grier and David Sills are back for more at West Virginia. The two senior players decided to return to No. 17 West Virginia for a run at a Big 12 championship and maybe more. They will get stated in Saturday’s season opener against Tennessee in Charlotte, North Carolina. Grier suffered a broken finger and missed most of the final three games last season. He still threw for 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns, second most in school history. Sills had 18 receiving touchdowns. By John Raby. UPCOMING: 740 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-W KENTUCKY-WISCONSIN — By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
— FBC--ACC THIS WEEK — SENT: 380 words, photos.
— FBC--SEC THIS WEEK — SENT: 540 words, photos.
— FBC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK — UPCOMING: 440 words, photos.
— SOC--MLS-SOUNDERS-DEMPSEY RETIRES — By Tim Booth. SENT: 874 words, photos.
— RAC--MR FITZ AWARD-MIKE SMITH — SENT: 174 words, photos.
— BOX--JERMAIN TAYLOR ARRESTED — SENT: 141 words, photos.
Thursday’s Time Schedule
Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 12:35 p.m.
Minnesota at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.
Detroit at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.
Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Houston, 8:10 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.
No. 21 UCF at UConn, 7 p.m.
New England at N.Y. Giants, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.
Miami at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Jacksonville at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m.
L.A. Rams at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Buffalo at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at Tennessee, 8 p.m.
Green Bay at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Denver at Arizona, 10 p.m.
Oakland at Seattle, 10 p.m.
L.A. Chargers at San Francisco, 10 p.m.