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September 28, 2018

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AP golf writer Doug Ferguson speaks with PodcastOne Sports Now, giving some perspective on Tiger Woods’ first victory in five years. Co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke weigh in on other notable comebacks. Also, AP football writer Rob Maaddi discusses the first three weeks of the NFL season. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

TOP STORIES

RYDER CUP

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — The Ryder Cup begins with two of the strongest teams ever assembled for the matches. Europe sets out to defend its turf against an American team coming off a victory two years ago in Minnesota but winless on the road since 1993. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— With:

— GLF--RYDER CUP-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

FBN--VIKINGS-RAMS

LOS ANGELES — Jared Goff passed for career highs of 465 yards and five touchdowns, winning a scintillating duel with Minnesota counterpart Kirk Cousins and leading the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams to a 38-31 victory over the Vikings. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SHOWCASE

BVL_WALSH JENNINGS-TOUR

In addition to practicing her set, spike and serve, Kerri Walsh Jennings is getting ready for her next tournament by sitting in on brand meetings, recruiting other players and making sure the musical acts are ready to go. The five-time Olympian and three-time beach volleyball gold medalist is one of the founders of the p1440 tour, a sports and lifestyle festival that will hold its first event in San Jose, California, on Sept. 28-30. In addition to playing — and planning to win, as would surprise no one who knows her — Walsh Jennings is also helping to run the event. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.

NFL

FBN--PANTHERS-REID

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eric Reid is back in the NFL, with the Carolina Panthers. The star safety had joined Colin Kaepernick in protests during the anthem and filed a grievance saying teams conspired to not sign him. The Panthers call his one-year contract a “football decision.” By Steve Reed. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--QUARTERBACK HITS

NEW YORK — The NFL is sticking with its officiating emphasis on quarterback hits, including those in which the tackler uses all or most of his body weight when falling on the quarterback. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 530 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

FBN--TIM DAHLBERG-REID SIGNED

The newest member of the old boys’ club fooled them all. Eric Reid will play this season for the Carolina Panthers and new owner David Tepper, ending the NFL’s blackballing of Colin Kaepernick’s former teammate. All that’s left now is for Kaepernick’s phone to ring. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 830 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC-T25--FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 5

It’s been four weeks since we’ve had a matchup between teams ranked in the top 10. This week we get two, with No. 4 Ohio State visiting No. 9 Penn State and No. 7 Stanford at No. 8 Notre Dame. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-MIAMI

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Miami tied a school record with three defensive touchdowns, N’Kosi Perry threw for a score in his first start and the No. 16 Hurricanes downed North Carolina 47-10. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--PHILLIES-ROCKIES

DENVER — David Dahl homered for the fourth straight game, and the Colorado Rockies opened a one-game NL West lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies that extended their winning streak to seven. Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra also went deep for a Rockies team trying for the first division title in team history. SENT: 800 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--PLAYERS TO WATCH

Teams at the bottom of the NHL need to stockpile young talent, and hope it eventually jells. The Buffalo Sabres, for example, enter this season with the top new player to watch in 18-year-old defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 a.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BC-BKL_WORLD CUP-NIGERIA-US

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — The U.S. faces surprising Nigeria in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts 6:30 a.m.

With: BKL--WORLD CUP-CHINESE IMPROVEMENT. Young Chinese team growing at World Cup. By Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 a.m.

MMA

MMA--KARATE COMBAT-WORLD TRADE CENTER

NEW YORK — Karate Combat became the first sports league to hold an event at the One World Observatory. The upstart MMA league hopes streaming events from exotic locations will help it rise from niche status. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 a.m.

OTHER

— Tennis tournaments in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; and Wuhan, China.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

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Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

BASEBALL

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m., 1st game

St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

Houston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

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

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

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m., 2nd game

Detroit at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

Washington at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

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

Oakland at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

Texas at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

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

L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

NBA PRESEASON

Melbourne United (Australia) at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Boston vs. Charlotte at Chapel Hill, N.C., 7:30 p.m.

NHL PRESEASON

Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Buffalo vs. N.Y. Islanders at Oshawa, Ontario, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles at Vegas, 10 p.m.

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