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September 08, 2017 - 3:13 pm

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TOP STORIES

TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal faces Juan Martin del Potro in a U.S. Open semifinal between two past champions, and Pablo Carreno Busta meets Kevin Anderson in a matchup of players who have never been this far at a Grand Slam tournament. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Semifinals start 4 p.m.

— With:

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

FBN--HARVEY-SPORTS MOMENTS

HOUSTON — Memories won't feed a family or rebuild a home, which is why J.J. Watt raised $28 million for his adopted hometown. When the Texans open their NFL season at home Sunday it will be one of those compelling sports moments that linger long after the floodwaters recede. By Kristie Rieken and Jim Litke. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— FBH--HARVEY-FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS — High school football's return is welcome sign of normalcy. Kristie Rieken. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-OHIO STATE

COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 5 Oklahoma, with Heisman Trophy finalist Baker Mayfield at quarterback, is out to avenge last year's 45-24 thumping by Ohio State. The No. 2 Buckeyes go with freshman quarterback J.K. Dobbins, who is coming off a stunning opener against Indiana. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBN--QB RANKINGS

As if there is any doubt given his fistful of Super Bowl rings, Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the NFL. In the first of the weekly AP position rankings for the 2017 season, Brady easily comes out on top in voting by Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton and 10 AP football writers. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, graphic by 4 p.m.

U.S. OPEN

TEN--ON TENNIS-AMERICAN WOMEN

NEW YORK — Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, pals in their early 20s, play Saturday in the first U.S. Open women's final between Americans since 2002. So Stephens is right when she says it is time to stop worrying about the state of U.S. tennis. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— With:

— TEN--US OPEN-MEN'S DOUBLES — Horia Tecau, Jean-Julien Rojer win men's doubles final. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— TEN--US OPEN GLANCE — Lookahead to Saturday, review of Friday. UPCOMING: 300 words by 11 p.m.

HURRICANE IRMA

BBN--ANXIOUS MARLINS

ATLANTA — The Marlins begin a weeklong road trip, wondering what awaits when they return to Miami after Hurricane Irma. The team's chartered flight is more crowded than usual, with the families of players and staff looking to escape the storm's wrath. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— With:

— IRMA-SPORTS-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

— FBC--T25-IRMA-FOOTBALL CANCELLATIONS — SENT: 350 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-AUBURN-CLEMSON

No. 5 Clemson and No. 12 Auburn meet in a showcase game Saturday night in Death Valley. The loser won't be out of the College Football Playoffs but mostly likely have to remain perfect if it is to get that far. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBC--T25-STANFORD-USC

LOS ANGELES — No. 6 Southern California can get an early jump in the Pac-12 race in its annual September showdown with No. 14 Stanford. Yet the Trojans probably won't stand a chance unless they manage to stop the West Coast's most fearsome rushing attack. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The first-regular season meeting between Georgia and Notre Dame on Saturday is the most anticipated road trip the Bulldogs have made in decades. For the Fighting Irish, it's a chance for an early statement. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— Friday's Top 25 Game:

— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA STATE-SOUTH ALABAMA — By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

— Other Saturday Games:

— FBC--T25-FRESNO ST-ALABAMA — By John Zenor. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-PITTSBURGH-PENN ST — By Will Graves. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— FBC--T25--CINCINNATI-MICHIGAN — By Larry Lage. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-LOUISVILLE-NORTH CAROLINA — By Aaron Beard. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-BOISE ST-WASHINGTON ST — By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-TCU-ARKANSAS — By Kurt Voigt. SENT: 650 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--COWBOYS-ELLIOTT SUSPENDED

A federal judge is expected to rule on Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott's request for a temporary restraining order to block his six-game suspension over a domestic violence case. Last year's NFL rushing leader will play in the opener against the New York Giants regardless of the decision. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Ruling expected by 6 p.m.

FBN--PATRIOTS-MOVING ON

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady understands what went down: "We had it handed to us on our own field." But after their opening loss to Kansas City, the Patriots can take consolation in this: The last three times they lost their opener they won the Super Bowl. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--STEELERS-AB'S DANCE PARTY

PITTSBURGH — Freed by NFL officials to let loose in the end zone, Steelers All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown hopes to strut his stuff in Sunday's opener in Cleveland. Showmanship aside, Brown remains one of the best in the game. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— FBN--JETS-DISRUPTIVE EALY — By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--EAGLES-DEFENSE — By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBN--SAINTS-RECEIVER CHANGES — By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. By 4 p.m.

— FBN--MEXICO-EARTHQUAKE TWEET — SENT: 200 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

BB0--PAUL NEWBERRY-LONG BALL

ATLANTA — We've been through this before. Everyone swinging for the fences. Balls flying out of the park. Fans presumably gushing over this tape-measure spectacle. Sorry, we'll take a pass on this bandwagon. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 950 words, photos..

BASEBALL

BBA--ORIOLES-INDIANS

CLEVELAND — Riding the majors' longest winning streak since 2002, the division-leading Cleveland Indians try to take 16th in a row when they open a series against a Baltimore Orioles team in the wild-card mix. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

BBN--PADRES-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX — The Diamondbacks are on a franchise-record 13-game winning streak and back home after a triumphant road trip. They are in command of the NL wild-card race as they begin a series against the San Diego Padres. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9:40 p.m.

BBN--ROCKIES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — With even Clayton Kershaw unable to stop the losing, the Dodgers resume their series with Colorado having dropped seven straight and 12 of 13. Los Angeles still has the best record in the majors but this is its longest losing streak since 2013. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.

BASKETBALL

BKO--HALL OF FAME

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Tracy McGrady says his Basketball Hall of Fame induction was put into perspective when Hurricane Harvey struck Houston. Five families took shelter in his home. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Ceremony starts 7:30 ceremony.

GOLF

GLF--LPGA TOUR

INDIANAPOLIS — Lexi Thompson takes a one-stroke lead into the second round of the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship. Two shots behind is New Zealand's Lydia Ko, who is trying to turn around a season gone wrong. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— Also:

— GLF--EUROPEAN MASTERS — Scott Head up by a stroke after two rounds of European Tour event in Switzerland. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Kevin Sutherland, Glen Day share lead entering second round of first PGA Tour seniors event in Japan. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3:30 a.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-RICHMOND

RICHMOND, Va. — Dale Earnhardt Jr.., Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth are among those at Richmond Raceway looking to drive their way into NASCAR's 10-race playoffs. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— CAR--NASCAR-HAMLIN PENALTIES — Denny Hamlin will be without crew chief. By Hank Kurz. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— CAR--NASCAR-RICHMOND-QUALIFYING — UPCOMING: 400 words. Qualifying starts 5:45 p.m.

— CAR--NASCAR-XFINITY — Xfinity Series race. UPCOMING: 400 words. Race starts 7:30 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--BARCELONA-CATALONIA INDEPENDENCE

MADRID — Barcelona likely will be barred from La Liga if Catalonia gains its independence from Spain, the president of the Spanish league says. Such a move would be a big financial blow to the club and greatly diminish one of the powerhouses of European soccer. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 550 words, photos.

OUTDOORS

KAYAKS-SAFETY

PORT AUSTIN, Mich. — Many more people are kayaking these days, but too many are novices who underestimate the risks of paddling in big open water like the Great Lakes. The Coast Guard says deaths in canoes or kayaks accounted for a fifth of U.S. boating deaths in 2016. By Ed White. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CYCLING

— CYC--SPANISH VUELTA — Chris Froome keeps comfortable Spanish Vuelta lead entering last competitive stage Saturday. SENT: 300 words.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

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Fridays' Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Philadelphia at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Detroit at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

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

Baltimore at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Miami at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

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

San Francisco at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

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

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

San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Houston at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

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

College Football (Top 25)

No. 11 Oklahoma State at South Alabama, 8 p.m.

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