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NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic put aside all of it, from his opponent’s unheard-of, middle-of-a-set chance to change out of sweat-soaked clothes and shoes, to consecutive time violations because he let the serve clock expire, to the 16 break points he wasted. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 850 words, photos.
Nike has unveiled its first “Just Do It” ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick, a spot scheduled to air during the NFL season opener Thursday night as well as during the U.S. Open tennis tournament and other major sporting events. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 800 words.
BBA--ANGELS-OHTANI-TOMMY JOHN SURGERY
ARLINGTON, Texas — Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani has new damage in his pitching elbow and the team says Tommy John surgery has been recommended.
A couple of hours before Ohtani hit two home runs against Texas on Wednesday, the Angels said he had an MRI earlier in the day that revealed the problem in his right ulnar collateral ligament. SENT: 900 words.
NEW YORK — There’s a part of 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone that would love to continue competing. After several months of debating it, she knew her place in her sport is now as a coach. Schiavone announced her retirement at age 38 during a news conference at the U.S. Open on Wednesday, saying she accomplished her two biggest goals as a player — winning a title at Roland Garros and being ranked in the top 10 — and now wants to try to help someone else become good enough to earn a Grand Slam trophy. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 750 words, photos.
With the start of the NFL season teams hit the field trying to show just how much they’ve improved. In the stands the pressure is just as intense when it comes to feeding fans. Chefs spend weeks and months each offseason scheming up at least one or two tasty new dishes to help lure people away from their couches and big-screen televisions into NFL stadiums and up to concession stands. Selections go beyond hot dogs and burgers, and being able to eat it with one hand can make an item a hit. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 800 words, photos.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton says he’s extremely comfortable playing in new coordinator Norv Turner’s scheme and is thrilled with the talent the Panthers have surrounded him with on offense. But the eighth-year quarterback isn’t going out on a limb and making predictions on what Carolina might achieve this season. Newton said that is why Sunday’s game is so important, as the Panthers will finally see what they have. By Steve Reed. SENT: 700 words, photos.
OLY--MEDAL AND TORCH COLLECTION
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Olympic collector Gordy Crawford has donated the world’s most thorough collection of Olympic medals and torches to the US Olympic Committee, where the best of the best will go on display at an Olympic museum being built in Colorado Springs. Among Crawford’s biggest finds are a 1932 gold medal from the Lake Placid Winter Games and one of only 21 torches produced for the 1952 Helsinki Games. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 800 words, photos.
A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 370 words, photos by 3 a.m.
CHICAGO — A hooking line drive late in the Tigers-White Sox game Tuesday night suddenly turned everyone’s attention to the stands. A fan was hit in the face by a foul ball, bled profusely before walking to the first aid station and was taken to a hospital, briefly delaying Detroit’s 8-3 win. A White Sox spokesperson said the middle-aged male fan was transported to Rush University Medical Center for treatment. SENT: 715 words, photos.
FBC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK. SENT: 500 words.
FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 500 words.
Thursday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m.
San Diego at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Cleveland at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Atlanta at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.