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Note: The story slugged FBN--Packers-Williams in the Ring will now move early Wednesday, Sept. 5, not on Friday.




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.

MONDAY, Sept. 3


Russia's World Cup momentum on the football field seems to be fading as its clubs struggle to qualify for top European competitions and sell off top players. In smaller cities, though, the World Cup has sparked new enthusiasm among fans despite problems maintaining the new stadiums. By James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Monday.

TUESDAY, Sept. 4


GENEVA — The newest international soccer competition kicks off this week with many fans unclear exactly how it will work. Europe's Nations League will see top-ranked teams play each other in 3-team groups this fall, and send the winners to a Final Four tournament next June. It also kicks off a complex road to 2020 European Championship qualifying playoffs that guarantees at least one low-ranked team will play at the tournament. What's more, UEFA and FIFA already have plans for a global version for every national team. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday.



GREEN BAY, Wis. — If he had to do it all over again while growing up, Tramon Williams might have traded in his football cleats for boxing gloves. For now, the Green Bay Packers' veteran cornerback will settle on working boxing into his offseason routine. The 35-year-old Williams says the workouts help him stay in shape and keep his stamina up so he can hit the ground running in training camp. "I feel like I missed my calling, you know what I'm saying?" he said with a laugh. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Friday.


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