Editors, news directors:

Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Connecticut. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and can be directed to Mike Melia at 860-246-6876 or mmelia@ap.org.

Jennifer McDermott is on the desk. New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

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IN BRIEF:

— OFFICER KILLED: SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. — Police say a Connecticut police officer has died from injuries he sustained while trying to break up a bar fight in South Carolina. South Windsor Police say 41-year-old Matthew Mainieri was a 20-year veteran of the department. The Hartford Courant reports Mainieri was attempting to break up the fight when he sustained a fatal blow to the head. SENT: 130 words.

— REALTOR-KIDS IN CAR: BRISTOL, Conn. — A 38-year-old Connecticut real estate agent faces a judge after being charged with leaving his young daughters in a hot car for about 20 minutes as he showed a listing. Karl Luberda is due in Bristol Superior Court Tuesday after being charged last month. SENT: 130 words.

— CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR-DEBATE: WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — The first gubernatorial debate in Connecticut's general election is set to take place. The Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges will host the match-up on Wednesday, at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford. The topic will be the future of Connecticut's economy. SENT: 130 words.

— CHURCH CLOSING: NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Connecticut church in New Haven will close its doors after nearly 200 years. WTNH-TV reports the Church of the Redeemer held its final service Sunday morning. The Connecticut Conference United Church of Christ announced Thursday that members had voted to move their congregation to Spring Glen Church of Hamden. SENT: 100 words.

— FISHING ENGINEERING: PORTLAND, Maine — A group of organizations is getting more than $2 million in grants to use engineering to try to reduce bycatch in fisheries. Bycatch is the term for when fish and other animals are accidentally caught with gear that was seeking a different species. Bycatch poses problems for rare species of dolphins, turtles, sharks and other animals. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

BBA--Yankees-Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. — CC Sabathia pitches back home in the Bay Area looking for just his second victory in eight starts when the New York Yankees — who hold the top AL wild-card spot — visit for a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics, who have hold of the second wild card. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 1:05 p.m. PDT.

BBN--Mets-Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Jacob deGrom, who's allowed three runs or less in 24 consecutive starts, takes the mound for the New York Mets against Alex Wood and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Begins 5 p.m. PT.

BBO--Red Sox-Braves

ATLANTA — Touki Toussaint will make his second start when the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves face the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox on Monday. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.

BC-FBN--Giants-Barkley

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley is expected practice as the New York Giants start preparations for the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. By Tom Canavan.

GLF--Dell Championship

NORTON, Mass. — Abraham Ancer of Mexico leads by one going into the Labor Day finish at the Dell Technologies Championship. Among those within four shots are Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT.

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