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September 8, 2018

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TOP STORIES

TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Serena Williams, a year after giving birth, attempts to win her record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title when she faces first-time major finalist Naomi Osaka of Japan at the U.S. Open. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Final starts 4 p.m.

— With:

— TEN--US OPEN-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 3 Georgia gets its first test of the season when it faces No. 24 and newly ranked South Carolina to start SEC play. The Bulldogs, eyeing another league title and trip to the College Football Playoff, have not lost to South Carolina since 2014. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.

GLF--BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Xander Schauffele, trying to make a last impression for Ryder Cup consideration, is in front entering the third round of the BMW Championship. Justin Rose is two strokes behind and Tiger Woods is five back. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

U.S. OPEN

TEN--US OPEN-MEN’S FINAL

NEW YORK — In 2015, the year of his fourth wrist operation, Juan Martin del Potro was pretty sure he had enough. All that time working his way back only to get injured again. On Sunday, del Potro faces 13-time major champion Novak Djokovic for the U.S. Open title. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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— TEN--US OPEN-MIXED DOUBLES — Jamie Murray, Bethanie Mattek-Sands win mixed doubles title. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— TEN--US OPEN GLANCE.

— Other sidebars on merits.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 TAKEAWAYS

Six ranked teams are on the road, including No. 2 Clemson at Texas A&M, setting the stage for some early season upsets. The Pac-12 could use an upset or two: Arizona State faces No. 15 Michigan State and Colorado is at Nebraska. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.

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— FBC--COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY— Highlights, top performances, stats. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 10 p.m.

FBC--T25-USC-STANFORD

STANFORD, Calif. — Star running back Bryce Love and No. 10 Stanford host heralded freshman quarterback JT Daniels and No. 17 Southern California. This early Pac-12 showdown is a rematch of last year’s conference title game won by USC. Daniels is coming off a strong debut against UNLV. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

FBC--T25-UCLA-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. — No 6 Oklahoma, which walloped Florida Atlantic 63-14 last week, can’t let up against a UCLA team that dropped its opener to Cincinnati in Chip Kelly’s first game with the Bruins. A loss by the Sooners would be hard to overcome if the Sooners are in the running for a playoff spot. By Cliff Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.

FBC--COLORADO-NEBRASKA

LINCOLN, Neb. — Scott Frost makes his Nebraska coaching debut when the Cornhuskers play Colorado in a game full of nostalgia. The schools were longtime conference mates until 2011. Nebraska’s game last week was called off because of lightning. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--T25-PENN ST-PITTSBURGH — By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

— FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-KANSAS ST — By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started noon.

— FBC--T25-MICHIGAN ST-ARIZONA ST — By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:45 p.m.

— FBC--IOWA ST-IOWA — By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m.

NFL

FBN--NFL THIS WEEK

No team wants a fresh start more than the Browns. They get to test all their offseason maneuvers when they host a Pittsburgh Steelers team that will be without Le’Veon Belon. “Honestly, I would rather not look back,” says Cleveland coach Hue Jackson. And why would he with a 1-31 record in charge? By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,750 words, photos. First sent for weekend use.

— Also:

— FBN--RAIDERS-MCCARRON — Backup quarterback AJ McCarron gets crash course in Oakland offense. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBN--BRAVES-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX — With both teams locked in pennant races, the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves send Julio Teheran to the mound against Arizona’s Clay Buchholz, who is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in his past four starts. The Diamondbacks are 1 1/2 games behind NL West leader Colorado. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words. AP Photos. 9:40 p.m.

BBA--ASTROS-RED SOX

BOSTON — In a possible October preview, the Red Sox play the Astros in a strong pitching matchup — Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez (12-3) vs. Houston’s Charlie Morton (13-3). Boston leads the AL East by 8 1/2 games; Houston leads the AL West by 3 1/2. Both teams have won seven of 10. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-BRICKYARD

INDIANAPOLIS — Jimmie Johnson tries to lock up a postseason spot, needing a big run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday for a shot at a record eighth title. Qualifying for the final race of NASCAR’s regular season was rained out. Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BOXING

BOX--SUPERFLY

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada and Felipe Orucuta headline another showcase of the best super flyweights. Also on the Forum card: a matchup of Filipino contenders Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicta, and the comeback of Japanese three-division champ Kazuto Ioka. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Main card starts about 10 p.m.

UFC

MMA--UFC 228

DALLAS — Tyron Woodley defends his welterweight title against undefeated Darren Till at UFC 228. Woodley has had shoulder surgery since his last title defense more than a year ago. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Fight starts after 10 p.m.

ESPORTS

ESPORTS-THE MONEY GAME

An esports executive says he’s not playing budget games. The head of North American esports operations for Riot Games tells the AP the League of Legends Championship Series will spend what’s needed to meet fan expectations. The league crowns its summer champion Sunday in Oakland, Calif. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 550 words, photos.

SOCCER

— SOC--EUROPEAN ROUNDUP — England hosts Spain to highlight play in UEFA Nations League. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— SOC--A-LEAGUE-BOLT — Usain Bolt takes week break from tryout with Australian club because of prior commitment. SENT: 160 words.

OTHER

— BKN--CAVALIERS-NWABA — Cavaliers sign David Nwaba; guard played with Bulls last season. By Tom Withers. SENT: 140 words, photos.

— GLF--EUROPEAN MASTERS — Hideto Tanihara up by two shots entering third round of European Tour event in Switzerland. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — Simon Yates regains Spanish Vuelta lead in mountainous 14th stage. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— ATH--CONTINENTAL CUP — Team Americas leads after first day of four-continent track and field competition in Czech Republic. SENT: 200 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES.

— FBC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES.

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Saturday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Miami at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Washington, 2, 3:05 p.m.

San Diego at Cincinnati, 3:10 p.m.

Houston at Boston, 4:05 p.m.

Texas at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.

St. Louis at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.

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

L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.

College Football (Top 25)

No. 1 Alabama vs. Arkansas State, 3:30 p.m.

No. 2 Clemson at Texas A&M, 7 p.m.

No. 3 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina, 3:30 p.m.

No. 4 Ohio State vs. Rutgers, 3:30 p.m.

No. 5 Wisconsin vs. New Mexico, noon

No. 6 Oklahoma vs. UCLA, 1 p.m.

No. 7 Auburn vs. Alabama State, 7:30 p.m.

No. 8 Notre Dame vs. Ball State, 3:30 p.m.

No. 9 Washington vs. North Dakota, 5 p.m.

No. 10 Stanford vs. No. 17 Southern California, 8:30 p.m.

No. 11 LSU vs. SE Louisiana, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Virginia Tech vs. William & Mary, 2 p.m.

No. 13 Penn State at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.

No. 14 West Virginia vs. Youngstown State, 6 p.m.

No. 15 Michigan State at Arizona State, 10:45 p.m.

No. 18 Mississippi State at Kansas State, noon

No. 19 UCF vs. SC State, 6 p.m.

No. 20 Boise State vs. UConn, 10:15 p.m.

No. 21 Michigan vs. Western Michigan, noon

No. 22 Miami vs. Savannah State, 6 p.m.

No. 23 Oregon vs. Portland State, 2 p.m.

No. 25 Florida vs. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m.

MLS

D.C. United at New York City FC, 4:55 p.m.

Orlando City at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

Colorado at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

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