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September 24, 2018

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TOP STORIES

GLF--TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTA —Tiger Woods, in his Sunday red shirt, both arms raised in victory on the 18th green. For so many years, the scene was familiar. This time, it was surreal. Woods gave thousands of delirious fans at the Tour Championship at East Lake, and millions more around the world, what they wanted to see, and what they thought they might never see again. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

With:

— GLF--TIGER WOODS-TIMELINE. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-BREATHING EASIER

UNDATED — They’re breathing easier in New Jersey, Seattle, and the Motor City, and taking in some rarefied air in western New York. That’s what happens when your hapless, helpless and hopeless football teams suddenly turn nasty, effective and victorious. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--BILLS-VIKINGS

MINNEAPOLIS — Buffalo’s defense was dominant all afternoon at Minnesota, coming up with all kinds of clutch plays even when the stunning outcome was no longer in doubt. The Bills forced three turnovers by Kirk Cousins and beat the Vikings 27-6, behind a poised performance by rookie quarterback Josh Allen in his first career road start. By Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--RAIDERS-DOLPHINS FOLO

MIAMI — Razzle dazzle can work for the Miami Dolphins even when little else is going right. On Sunday, injuries depleted their front four, penalties became a problem and the ground game disappeared. But creative play-calling helped the Dolphins overcome a 10-point deficit in the final 16 minutes to beat winless Oakland. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 609 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BBA--ORIOLES-YANKEES

NEW YORK — The playoff-bound Yankees blew a three-run lead in a 6-3 loss to the lowly Baltimore Orioles — and then came the really bad news. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

AFRICA-WORLD CUP WINS

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain — It was a historic day for African teams in the Women’s Basketball World Cup. Senegal became the first African country to win a pool game. Hours later, Nigeria followed suit getting its first win ever in the tournament. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 580 words, photo by 3 a.m..

COMMENTARY

GLF--PAUL NEWBERRY-TIGER WOODS

ATLANTA —They had waited more than five years for this moment. No way were those frail little ropes, strung up on flimsy poles, going to hold them back. No way were they listening to those red-shirted marshals, a bit of terror in their eyes as they pleaded futilely for everyone to come to their senses. They had to feel it, touch it, see it with their own eyes. Tiger Woods. A winner again. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 890 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--NFL-ICYMI

LANDOVER, Md. — Sure does seem as if “When is a sack just a sack?” is quickly becoming the NFL’s new “Did that player lower his helmet too much?” or “What, exactly, is a catch?” It’s a fundamental element of football — how a pass-rusher is allowed to bring a QB down to the ground — and no one really seems to be clear on it at the moment. The AP takes a look at that and other top topics after the season’s third Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN_PATRIOTS-LIONS FOLO

DETROIT — Kerryon Johnson was drafted to help Detroit’s woeful running game. In a win over New England, he became the Lions’ first 100-yard rusher since 2013. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.

Also:

—FBN--PATRIOTS-BAFFLED BRADY — Tom Brady isn’t the type to panic over a couple early losses. He’s also not making any promises about where New England’s season could go from here. By Noah Trister. SENT: 580 words, photos.

FBN--COLTS-EAGLES

PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz eluded defenders, scrambled, threw his body around and played the same way he has throughout his career. He’s all the way back. Playing his first game since he tore two ligaments in his left knee last Dec. 10, Wentz had no fear and no hesitation, even on a wet, soggy field. He threw a touchdown pass on his first drive and engineered a go-ahead score in the fourth quarter. By Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBN--STEELERS-BUCCANEERS

TAMPA, Fla. — Tony Dungy will always be appreciative of the opportunity the Tampa Bay Buccaneers provided when no other NFL team was willing to take a chance on him as head coach. So long after transforming the Bucs from laughingstocks into championship contenders only to be dismissed before the franchise won its only Super Bowl, the Hall of Famer returns to Raymond James Stadium on Monday night to become the latest member of the club’s Ring of Honor. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 900 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBA--TWINS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland will have to take its bubbly on the road. Kyle Gibson allowed one run over 7 1/3 innings, Jake Cave hit a two-run homer and the Minnesota Twins beat the Athletics 5-1 Sunday, preventing Oakland from clinching an AL wild-card berth in its last regular-season home game. By Gideon Rubin. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BBA--INDIANS-RED SOX

CLEVELAND — The Boston Red Sox are trying to make history. The Cleveland Indians keep getting in the way. And after a highly competitive three-game series, the teams could see each other again next month with even more at stake. By Steve Herrick. SENT: 880 words, photos.

BBO_THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL

UNDATED — Victor Martinez. Chase Utley. And maybe Adrian Beltre too? The end of the baseball season means the end of some distinguished careers. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, by 3 a.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25--AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK

UNDATED — Basketball schools storm football poll; Voters too cold on No. 9 Penn State and too hot for No. 15 Wisconsin and its wonky defense. By College Football Writer Ralph Russo. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 3 a.m.

With:

-FBC--T25-AP TOP 25. SENT. 230 words.

FBC--STAT WATCH

UNDATED — Kenneth Murray went into Oklahoma’s game against Army with the goal of breaking the school record for tackles. The sophomore linebacker ended up setting the Football Bowl Subdivision mark with 28. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 430 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBC--HEMORRHAGING HUSKIES

LINCOLN, Neb. — First-year coach Scott Frost said after the 56-10 loss at Michigan that Nebraska isn’t ready to beat a team like the Wolverines. He said this week’s game against Purdue presents an opportunity to end a seven-game losing streak dating to last year. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 720 words, photos by 3 a.m.

Also:

— FBC--VIRGINIA TECH-HILL DISMISSED — Virginia Tech dismissed DE Trevon Hill from team. SENT: 120 words.

NBA

BKN--MEDIA DAY

UNDATED — The NBA offseason is over. Media day — the day where most of the league’s 30 teams will have players and coaches answer questions about how they spent their summer vacation and discuss other more-pertinent matters — is Monday around the league. UPCOMING: 150 words, photo by 3 a.m. Will be updated.

BKN--HEAT-DRAGIC

MIAMI —This time last year, Miami’s Goran Dragic was already tired and the season was just getting started. It’s very different now. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BKL--WORLD CUP-CHINA-US

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain —After a quiet first half, Breanna Stewart felt she needed to be more assertive on both ends of the court. She certainly made her presence felt in the final 20 minutes. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 760 words, photos.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-RELAXED BUSCH

RICHMOND, Va. —Kyle Busch has been one of the last four contenders standing in each of the NASCAR Cup Series’ last three years, and now that he’s secured his spot in stage two of the playoffs, he’s approaching next week’s race on an unusual and foreign layout at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a devil-may-care attitude. That could be trouble for others who need to perform to advance. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 640 words, photos.

OTHERS:

— TEN--LAVER CUP — Alexander Zverev beat Kevin Anderson on Sunday night to give Team Europe a victory in the second Laver Cup. SENT: 270 words, photos.

— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Steve Stricker won the inaugural Sanford International on Sunday for his third PGA Tour Champions title of the year, closing with a 3-under 67 for a four-stroke victory. SENT: 350 words.

— GLF--WEBCOM TOUR FINALS — Denny McCarthy won the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship on Sunday to earn fully exempt PGA Tour status and a spot in the Players Championship SENT: 370 words.

— GLF--PORTUGAL MASTERS —Tom Lewis won the Portugal Masters for a second time after shooting a 5-under 66 in Sunday’s final round. SENT: 190 words.

— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — The grueling Thursday-to-Sunday turnaround that comes with playing in the Europa League might already be taking its toll on Chelsea. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— BOX--JOSHUA-FUTURE — No sooner had Anthony Joshua brutally dispatched another pretender to his heavyweight titles than attention turned to who the British fighter would face next as he seeks to clean up boxing’s most glamorous division. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 720 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— FBN--NFL CAPSULES

— SOC--MLS CAPSULES

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Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Miami at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Houston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Philadelphia at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

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

Oakland at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

NFL

Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m.

NHL PRESEASON

N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Boston, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

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