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September 14, 2017 - 2:04 am

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TOP STORIES

BBA--INDIANS-RECORD RIDE

CLEVELAND — Just a little more than a month ago, Jay Bruce was in New York sinking with the Mets as a season that began with promise and a richness of pitching was undermined by injuries. The plunge was dramatic. So was the rise. By Tom Withers. SENT: 750 words, photos.

OLY--OLYMPIC BIDS

LIMA, Peru —Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Los Angeles will stage the 2028 Games — a pre-determined conclusion that the International Olympic Committee has officially ratified in a history-making vote. The decision marks the first time the IOC has granted two Summer Olympics at once. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 800 words. AP Photos.

— With:

— OLY--LOS ANGELES-2028. By Beth Harris. SENT: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— OLY--PARIS-2024. By Masha McPherson. SENT: 500 words.

BASEBALL

BBA--RED SOX-FANS SIGN

BOSTON — A few fans seated above the Green Monster dropped down a sign denouncing racism during the fourth inning of Boston's 7-3 loss to Oakland at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

The sign - draped over the top middle of the 37-foot Monster - had a black background with white letters that read: "Racism is as American as Baseball." By Ken Powtak. SENT: 400 words, photos.

BBO--LEADING OFF

A look at what's happening all around the majors. SENT: 780 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--COWBOYS-ELLIOTT

FRISCO, Texas — The NFL is trying to accelerate the timeline in its appeal of a federal judge's injunction that blocked Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over a domestic violence case. The NFL quickly answered a filing from Elliott's attorneys Wednesday, telling U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant that the league would immediately go to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans if he didn't rule on its request for a stay of his injunction by Thursday. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 550 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--MARBURY-NBA

NEW YORK — Stephon Marbury hopes to finish off his basketball career back in the NBA. The 40-year old guard is playing in the Chinese Basketball Association this season for the Beijing Fly Dragons and when the league ends in February or March he wants to join an NBA franchise. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words.

TELEVISON

ESPN-JEMELE HILL-TRUMP TWEETS

BRISTOL, Conn. — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that sports anchor Jemele Hill could justifiably be fired from ESPN for tweets calling President Donald Trump a "white supremacist" and "a bigot." SENT: 500 words.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--ROAD CELEBRATIONS-PAYBACK

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield set off a firestorm when he grabbed a Sooners flag and planted it at midfield after he and his team knocked off then-No. 2 Ohio State 31-16 on the road last weekend. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING 650 words.

FBC--T25-TEXAS--BALLHAWK HILL

AUSTIN, Texas — Every time Holton Hill touches the ball, the field seems to open up for him all the way to the end zone. Three touches, three touchdowns. Pretty good production for a defensive back. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 600 words, photo.

Also:

— FBC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK. SENT: 450 words.

— FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 650 words.

GOLF

GLF--THE WEEK AHEAD

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — This week in golf should go a long way toward determining player of the year. And not just on the PGA Tour. Lexi Thompson winning in Indianapolis last week tightened the race in the LPGA Tour's points-based system. So Yeon Ryu, who counts a major among her two victories this year, is leading at 150 points. Thompson, who lost on that major at the ANA Inspiration by being penalized four shots for not replacing her golf ball properly on the green, is a mere three points behind. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 775 words.

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Thursday's Time Schedule (EDT)

NFL

Houston at Cincinnati, 8:25 p.m.

BASEBALL

Chicago White Sox at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Oakland at Boston, 1:35 p.m.

Cincinnati at St. Louis, 1:45 p.m.

Colorado at Arizona, 3:40 p.m.

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Atlanta at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Miami at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Toronto at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

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

WNBA PLAYOFFS

Semifinals

Washington at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Phoenix vs. Los Angeles at Long Beach, Calif., 10 p.m.

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