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October 1, 2018

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TOP STORIES

BBO--PLAYOFFS RDP

NEW YORK — Triple Crown contender Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Nolan Arenado and the big-hitting Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. October baseball is about to begin with Game No. 163 on Monday. Two tiebreakers on the same day for the first time in major league history. Both to divvy up divisions, too. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 730 words, photos.

FBN--BROWNS-RAIDERS FOLO

OAKLAND, Calif. — As much as the Oakland Raiders felt like they might have let a couple of winnable games slip away to start this season, they might have stolen one away from the Cleveland Browns to spoil Baker Mayfield’s first career start. By Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 820 words, photos by 4 a.m.

GLF--RYDER CUP

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France —Europe waited two long years for that one moment when the Ryder Cup was back in its hands. Exactly when it happened Sunday was unclear, making it all the better. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

BKN--LAKERS-LEBRON

SAN DIEGO —LeBron James rubbed his hands in chalk powder at the scorer’s table, yelled “Yes!” to ecstatic fans in the first few rows and the Los Angeles Lakers’ new era was underway. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

Also:

— BKN--PRESEASON RDP — SENT. 600 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON GOLF: RYDER CUP

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — This is no time for the Americans to panic about the Ryder Cup. The goal that came out of the Ryder Cup Task Force in late 2014 was to have a winning record over the next 10 matches. So even after another thorough beating by Europe at Le Golf National, the Americans still have 16 years before deciding if they’re on the right path. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 870 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-BREES

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Drew Brees smiles widely and his eyes wander back to a time when he was a kid out of Purdue seeking his place in pro football. He was marveling at the statistics posted by the likes of Dan Marino, Joe Montana and John Elway, Hall of Famers all. And he wondered “How long do you have to play in the league to have a chance at that?” By Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BASEBALL

BBN--NL CENTRAL TIEBREAKER

CHICAGO — Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers were on top of the NL Central for much of the season’s first half. Then Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs moved into the lead of what just might be baseball’s best division. Then Yelich powered the Brewers to one more charge. So of course, it’s going to extra innings. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 570 words, photos.

BBN--NL WEST TIEBREAKER

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies were swept two weeks ago in Los Angeles, and their NL West title hopes looked all but finished. Well, look who’s back. By Pat Graham. SENT: 710 words, photos.

BBO--THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL

The Dodgers are about to play another end-of-season tiebreaker. It’s a scenario that hasn’t been kind to them over the years. Los Angeles will take on Colorado for the NL West title Monday, one of two one-game playoffs that day in the National League. The Cubs and Brewers also need to break a tie for the NL Central. These aren’t elimination games — the losers will end up as the NL wild cards — but there will still be some pressure. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BBA--ANGELS-SCIOSCCIA

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Scioscia started out smiling in front of the crowded room. It wasn’t long, though, before tears glistened in his hazel eyes. He stepped down as manager of the Los Angeles Angels after 19 seasons on Sunday, ending the longest current tenure in the majors with a come-from-behind victory. By Beth Harris. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

With:

— BBO--LEADERS —In a season of haves and have nots, Christian Yelich’s quest to become the National League’s first Triple Crown winner since 1937 will extend to a 163rd game Monday. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 770 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--CHIEFS-PIECES OF PATRICK

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes had just finished a series of patients in the oncology unit at the University of Kansas Hospital when he stepped on an escalator that would carry him to the exits. Waiting for him at the bottom was a mob of hospital workers. Some wanted a quick picture. Others were content with an autograph. But most just wanted to glimpse the hottest thing in Kansas City these days. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 930 words, photos by 4 a.m..

FBN--NFL-ICYMI

Whether or not Earl Thomas should have raised his middle finger in the direction of his team’s sideline, this much is clear: His broken leg amidst an ongoing flap with the Seattle Seahawks illustrates why the lack of guaranteed contracts is such a problem for NFL players. In case you missed it, the AP takes a look at that and other top topics after the fourth Sunday of the season. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBN--DOLPHINS-PATRIOTS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots reminded everyone why they are still the pride of the AFC East. With a 3-0 start to the season, the Miami Dolphins emerged as an early threat to the Patriots’ run of nine consecutive division titles. The Dolphins are now left to regroup after a 38-7 loss to New England on Sunday, having been denied their first 4-0 start since Hall of Fame coach Don Shula’s last season in 1995. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBN--EAGLES-TITANS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Marcus Mariota’s right hand sure seems pretty healthy, and the Tennessee quarterback keeps proving he knows how to find ways to win when it matters most. By Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBN--BUCCANEERS-BEARS

CHICAGO — For most of the season, it’s been a solo act for Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears’ defense. After quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s breakthrough game Sunday, the Bears’ defense and offense seem to be in sync. By Gene Chamberlain. UPCOMING: 790 words, photos by 4 a.m.

Also:

— FBN--COLTS-VINATIERI RECORD — By Michael Marot. SENT: 630 words, photos.

— FBN--SEAHAWKS-THOMAS — By John Marshall. SENT: 320 words, photos.

— FBN--STEELERS-SPUTTERING OFFENSE — By Dan Scifo. SENT: 820 words, photos.

— FBN--BROWNS-MAYFIELD — By Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 800 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--PAUL NEWBERRY-TIGER & PHIL

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France —Phil Mickelson watched the ball splash into the pond in front of the 16th green and knew he was done. A few minutes earlier, Tiger Woods went through the same concession ritual at No. 17. For Woods and Mickelson, it was a lost week in France. Maybe the time has come for both of them to exit this particular stage. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

— Moved Previously:

— GLF--RYDER CUP-EUROPE — By Steve Douglas. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-MOMENTS — By Jim Litke. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-MCILROY MELTS. By John Leicester. SENT: 460 words, photos.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-CAPSULES. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-GLANCE.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-RESULTS.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-CARDS.

Also:

— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS —Ken Tanigawa made a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach to win the Pure Insurance Championship for his first PGA Tour Champions title. SENT: 500 words.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK

The AP Top 25 voters need to start getting more creative when filling out the final spots on their ballots. The top of The Associated Press college football poll is not all that tricky to figure out after a month of the season. Orders may differ, but there seems to be consensus on the top 10 or so teams. As it should be, the rankings get harder to figure down ballot. Those last few spots have been especially volatile the past couple weeks, with teams turning over like graduate assistants on a coaching staff. By College Football Writer Ralph Russo. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by 4 a.m.

With:

— FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL — By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 550 words, photos.

FBC--STAT WATCH

Eno Benjamin turned in the best rushing performance in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season and became the first Arizona State player to go over 300 yards when he ran 30 times for 312 against Oregon State. The total was the highest since Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate went for 327 yards against Colorado last October. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 490 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBC_T25-NONCHALANT SPARTANS

EAST LANSING, Mich. — After another game in which Michigan State struggled to put away a weaker opponent, coach Mark Dantonio seemed remarkably relaxed about his team’s fourth-quarter issues. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 a.m.

Also:

— FBC--T25-OHIO STATE-VICTOR’S GRAB — By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-CLEMSON’S HOLD — By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-DEFENSIVE IRISH — By John Fineran SENT: 740 words, photos.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-CHARLOTTE

CONCORD, N.C. —Jimmie Johnson saw an opportunity to snap a 58-race losing streak, and went for it. It cost him a shot at an eighth NASCAR championship and allowed Ryan Blaney to steal a surprise victory in the debut race of the “roval” at Charlotte Motor Speedway. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

With:

— CAR--NASCAR-CHARLOTTE-JOHNSON’S MISTAKE —Jimmie Johnson said he was shell shocked at what happened on the final lap of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which cost him a chance at advancing in the playoffs. By Steve Reed. SENT: 640 words, photos.

Also:

— CAR--F1-RUSSIAN GP — Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix and closed in on his fifth Formula One title, but he’s not happy. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 690 words, photos.

— CAR--NASCAR-DEEGAN WINS — Hailie Deegan, 17, becomes 1st female winner in NASCAR K&N. SENT: 190 words, photos.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BKL--WORLD CUP-WINNING STALEY

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — Dawn Staley knows the pressure that comes with coaching USA Basketball. It’s gold medal or bust. She experienced it first as a player with the U.S., then as an assistant and now as the team’s head coach. She’s been successful in each position, helping the Americans win gold. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 560 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BKL--WORLD CUP-AUSTRALIA-US

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain —Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi shared a hug as the final seconds ran down on a third straight World Cup championship. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--MCDAVID’S CROSSOVER

Nowhere is Connor McDavid more comfortable than on his skates. The sight of McDavid blowing past defenders is an almost every-game occurrence for the Edmonton Oilers captain whose speed is the envy of the NHL. McDavid’s crossover moves that propelled him a league-high 108 points came from years of cruising around on rollerblades. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 a.m.

HKN--SEASON PREVIEW

In a copycat league, the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup run showed no team’s championship window is ever really closed and only perpetuated the notion that just getting in the playoffs is enough. The Penguins are motivated to get back on top, the Lightning should be right in the middle of their peak contending years and the Blackhawks and Kings have the high-end talent to crank theirs wide open again. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 980 words, photos.

Also:

— HKN--NHL RDP — SENT: 500 words, photos.

— HKN--LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-GOLDEN KNIGHTS —By W.G. Ramirez. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SHOWCASE

TRI--IRONMAN PARENTS

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Three-time Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae and her husband, Tim O’Donnell, are headed back to Hawaii this October with their sights set on more glory. For the first time, the first family of endurance racing will be greeted at the finish line by their 1-year-old daughter, Izzy. Starting a family has forced O’Donnell and Carfrae to adapt much of their lives, especially when it comes to their training. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

OTHER

— NEPAL-US MOUNTAIN SKIERS — Organizers say two American climbers have successfully skied down from the summit of the world’s fourth-highest mountain. SENT: 100 words.

— SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-LOOKAHEAD — Man United coach Jose Mourinho under pressure ahead of Valencia game. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 950 words, photos.

— Tennis tournaments in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Wuhan, China; Shenzhen, China.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— SOC--MLS CAPSULES

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Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, 1:05 p.m.

Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, 4:09 p.m.

NFL

Kansas City at Denver, 8:15 p.m.

NBA PRESEASON

New York at Washington, 7 p.m.

Orlando at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

New Orleans at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

NHL PRESEASON

New Jersey at Bern, 1:30 p.m.

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