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September 3, 2018

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TOP STORIES

TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova try to join Madison Keys and Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open. On another steaming day, players will again be allowed extra breaks. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. Updates from night session.

— With:

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

— TEN--US OPEN GLANCE.

— Sidebars on merits.

FBN--NFL OVERVIEW

When the NFL season opens Thursday night, with the Super Bowl champion Eagles playing the Atlanta Falcons, two key things bear watching: Will there be protests during the national anthem? Will players, coaches and officials adjust to the new rule on helmet hits? By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

FBC--COACHING-POLICING STAFF

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The suspension of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer for his mishandling of a now-fired assistant points to a larger question in college sports: To what extent are coaches responsible for policing their staff’s off-field behavior? By Kantele Franko. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— With:

— FBC--T25-OHIO STATE-MEYER RETURNS — Urban Meyer running practice for first time in a month. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 500 words, photos.

GLF--DELL CHAMPIONSHIP

NORTON, Mass. — Abraham Ancer of Mexico leads by one stroke 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.

NCAA-COMPENSATION TRIAL

The NCAA is back in court Tuesday in California, defending its amateurism model against plaintiffs who say compensating major college football and basketball players with just a scholarship violates federal antitrust laws. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

SOC--RUSSIA-WORLD CUP MOMENTUM

MOSCOW — For Russia’s top clubs, it’s almost as if the World Cup never happened. The national team made a great run to the World Cup quarterfinals, but Russia’s clubs have struggled to show any momentum in European competitions this season. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBA--YANKEES-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Yankees play the Athletics in a game between teams comfortably holding the top two AL wild-card spots. CC Sabathia, back home in the Bay Area, pitches for the Yanks, who are 4 1/2 games ahead of Oakland. The A’s are 5 1/2 games in front of Seattle. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.

BBN--METS-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers, leading the NL West by a half game after three straight wins over Arizona, face Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets. DeGrom leads the majors with a 1.68 ERA and has allowed three runs or less in 24 consecutive starts. Alex Wood goes for Los Angeles. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

BBO--RED SOX-BRAVES

ATLANTA — The Red Sox and Atlanta Braves begin a three-game series between AL East and NL East leaders. Boston leads the majors with 94 wins, is 50 games over .500 and ranks first in the majors in runs, batting average and slugging percentage. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 1:05 p.m.

NFL

FBN--SKIPPING PRESEASON

ARLINGTON, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott didn’t play for the Cowboys in the preseason, and fellow running back Frank Gore barely did for Miami. The decision to sit stars during exhibitions raises an old question: How to prepare players for that first big hit while protecting them for a long season? By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FBN--JETS-DARNOLD

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold will start at quarterback in the Jets’ season-opening game at Detroit on Monday night. At 21, Darnold will be the youngest quarterback to start in Week 1 since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. By Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

FBN--BEARS BUZZ

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Bears are in a far different spot from last season. There is a buzz surrounding the team heading into this week’s opener at Green Bay after a busy offseason culminated with the blockbuster trade for two-time All-Pro Khalil Mack. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--FALCONS-JONES RETURNS

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Julio Jones is ready to show he hasn’t lost a step. The two-time All-Pro receiver was withheld from preseason games as an injury precaution, but he says it won’t make a difference when Atlanta tries to avenge a playoff loss to the Eagles eight months ago. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--STEELERS-BELL

The Pittsburgh Steelers begin practice for their Week 1 opener against Cleveland without running back Le’Veon Bell. The All-Pro has yet to sign his franchise tender, leaving his status in doubt. By Will Graves. SENT: 700 words.

— Also:

— FBN--BILLS-PETERMAN — By John Wawrow. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--RAVENS-QUARTERBACKS — By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBN--BRONCOS-CRAVENS OUT — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--JAGUARS-MONCRIEF — By Mark Long. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— FBN--GIANTS-BARKLEY — By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--SEAHAWKS SECONDARY — By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 9 p.m.

— FBN--TITANS-UNDRAFTED ROOKIE — By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--CHIEFS-ROSTER REWIND — By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-VIRGINIA TECH-FORIDA STATE

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — No. 19 Florida State begins the Willie Taggart era against No. 20 Virginia Tech. The day’s lone Top 25 game is a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference heavyweights that wraps up college football’s opening weekend. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-TAGOVAILOA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Even Alabama coach Nick Saban says “everybody knows” Tua Tagovailoa is the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback, but now it’s official. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--T25-WASHINGTON REGROUPS

SEATTLE — All the hype lading to the opener for No. 6 Washington has been replaced by a feeling of emptiness after the loss to No. 9 Auburn. Having FCS opponent North Dakota next on the schedule should help the Huskies regroup. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--NEBRASKA-OLD RIVAL WEEK

LINCOLN, Neb. — After all the emotion spent in the buildup to the season opener, Nebraska must start the process all over. With its game called off because of severe weather, the Huskers now await old rival Colorado. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--FLORIDA-JUMP PASS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Coach Dan Mullen used a throwback play — the jump pass — in his return to Florida. It stirred memories of 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, but why show a trick play in the opener against a clearly overmatched opponent? By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--STAT WATCH — By Eric Olson. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-CLEMSON-QUARTERBACK QUESTIONS — By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-FRESHMAN DEFENDERS — By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBC--T25-MIAMI REGROUPS — By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 650 words, photos.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR--BREAKING THROUGH

DARLINGTON, S.C. — It took Brad Keselowski nearly all season to pick up his first victory on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Kyle Larson, the most dominant car in the Southern 500, will need more time after another near miss at Darlington Raceway. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--US-SARACHAN

WHIPPANY, N.J. — Dave Sarachan took over as U.S. interim coach last November and next week his time in charge will surpass the length of Bruce Arena’s second term. Sarachan hopes new general manager Earnie Stewart will recommend him for the full-time job. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— SOC--FIFA AWARDS — Lionel Messi fails to make world player of the year shortlist for first time since 2006. By GlobalSoccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— SOC--VALLADOLID-RONALDO — Former Brazil great Ronaldo becomes majority owner of Spanish club Valladolid. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 450 words, photos.

SPORTS & POLITICS

— JUD--UAE-ISRAELI ATHLETES — Judo event in United Arab Emirates reinstated after promises of equal treatment to Israel. SENT: 140 words.

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Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Boston at Atlanta, 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis at Washington, 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia at Miami, 1:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Cleveland, 4:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.

San Diego at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.

College Football (Top 25)

No. 19 Florida State vs. No. 20 Virginia Tech, 8 p.m.

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