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BBO--WORLD SERIES-GIANTS BACK IN
SAN FRANCISCO — There are old World Series standbys like Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval. There's also a new mix of key veterans and rookies. What is it with these San Francisco Giants? And how do they find a way to win every other October. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.
HOUSTON — J.J. Watt is swatting passes and leading the NFL in quarterback hits. The Texans' defensive end even has a touchdown catch. He could become the first defensive player to be MVP since Lawrence Taylor in 1986. And with a clean image and down-home demeanor, he's a godsend for the league these days. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-FLORIDA STATE
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — No. 2 Florida State plays No. 5 Notre Dame in college football's big showdown Saturday. The Seminoles could be in a tough spot with a loss. There are no more ranked teams on the schedule to impress the selection committee. By Kareem Copeland. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-WINSTON — By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 350 words, photos.
BBO--WORLD SERIES-ROYALS-GETTING YOSTED
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Comedian Jeff Foxworthy figures he can wait awhile longer to go hunting with his neighbor and good buddy. After all, Ned Yost is a bit busy at the moment. He has the Royals back in the World Series for the first time since 1985. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— BBO--WORLD SERIES-NEW UMPIRES — Four umpires to work first World Series, several boosted by strong results in replay challenges. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— BBO--WORLD SERIES-CAPSULE. Royals, Giants results; lookahead to matchups, lineups, rotations, trends. By Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 1,800 words, photos by 6 p.m.
The pace is furious. Some teams run 100 plays a game and produce more and more than 500 yards passing. This era of nonstop attack is redefining which statistics matter in college football today and which numbers don't have much relevance anymore. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No team has given Alabama's formidable defense more fits than Texas A&M lately. The matchups have produced down-to-the-wire games the past two seasons. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
NORMAN, Okla. — No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 14 Kansas State can't afford a second loss if they want a chance to make the college football playoff. Oklahoma has been struggling and looks to regain the form that had fans talking about a national title early in the season. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA ST-TCU — By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-STANFORD-ARIZONA ST. By College Football Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBC--T25-BAYLOR-WEST VIRGINIA — By John Raby. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Give the New York Jets credit for taking the Patriots down to the wire. Also give them their sixth straight defeat. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 650 words, photos.
Beth Richie is a professor who has written about feminism, battered women and prisons. She helped train police and judges. So when the NFL asked her to be part of its domestic conduct policy, Richie wanted to make sure this was more than window dressing. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBN--GIANTS-REPLACING CRUZ — By Tom Canavan. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING. 700 words by 5 p.m.
— FBN--PATRIOTS REST — By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
TALLADEGA, Ala. — Jimmie Johnson has one shot to keep his bid for a record-tying seventh championship going. The six-time and defending NASCAR champion must win at Talladega Superspeedway to avoid elimination from the Chase. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-WALTRIP — When not on the track, Michael Waltrip practices for "Dancing with the Stars." By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
The Texas Rangers introduce new manager Jeff Banister, who like predecessor Ron Washington is a baseball lifer who got the job after impressing during the interview process. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Andrew Friedman takes over as president of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who turn to the 37-year-old former Wall Street analyst after another early playoff exit. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— BBN--CARDINALS WRAPUP. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — Abby Wambach and the United States play Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier. Wambach scored in the 54th minute to lead the Americans to a 1-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa is reluctant to step in as a last-minute host for next year's African Cup of Nations, fearing Ebola and staging costs. Africa's showcase tournament, for now, remains scheduled for January and February in Morocco, which wants a postponement. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— SOC--FIFA-CORRUPTION REPORT — FIFA's ethics chairman next month will release findings into 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding without making report public. By Rob Harris. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— SOC--PLATINI-DRONES — Head of European soccer's ruling body fears drones could be used to drop bombs on soccer stadiums. SENT: 130 words, photos.
— SOC--RUSSIA-UNPAID CAPELLO — Russian national soccer coach Fabio Capello has not been paid since June. SENT: 450 words, photos.
CARSON, Calif. — Gennady Golovkin has stopped his last 17 opponents. Next up for the middleweight champion is Marco Antonio Rubio in an outdoor ring Saturday night. Nonito Donaire will also meet Jamaican featherweight champ Nicholas Walters in the sold-out stadium. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
MOT--MONSTER ENERGY CUP
Ryan Villopoto made winning $1 million look easy, racing off to three moto wins in the inaugural Monster Energy Cup. Winning a cool $1 million has proved much more difficult the past two years and figures to be again this weekend in Las Vegas. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.
— GLF--LAS VEGAS — Stewart Cink, Martin Laird share lead entering second round of Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9:30 p.m.
— GLF--WORLD MATCH PLAY — Henrik Stenson reaches quarterfinals undefeated after three rounds
at World Match Play Championship in Ash, England. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— GLF--LPGA SOUTH KOREA — Karine Icher in front by shot after two rounds at LPGA tournament in Incheon. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— GLF--CHAMPIONS TOUR — Champions Tour's Greater Hickory Classic begins, with Colin Montgomerie looking to gain on points leader Bernhard Langer, who is not playing. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.
— GLF--HONG KONG OPEN — Ernie Els, on 45th birthday, leads by two strokes halfway through Hong Kong Open in European/Asian tour event. SENT: 300 words.
— BKO--UCONN-FIRST NIGHT — Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams unveil their national championship banners before scrimmaging. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Event starts 7:30
— BKO--KENTUCKY-BIG BLUE MADNESS — Kentucky's men's and women's teams hold scrimmages at Big Blue Madness. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Event starts 7 p.m.
— TEN--ERSTE BANK OPEN — Andy Murray, Viktor Troicki, Philipp Kohlschreiber make semifinals in Vienna. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m
— TEN--KREMLIN CUP — Ernests Gulbis, Roberto Bautista Agut advance to semifinals at Kremlin Cup in Moscow. SENT: 250 words.
— TEN--STOCKHOLM OPEN — Bernard Tomic reaches Stockholm Open semifinals. SENT: 150 words.
— TEN--LUXEMBOURG OPEN — Annika Beck, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova to play for title at Luxembourg Open. SENT: 250 words.
— PISTORIUS TRIAL — Chief prosecutor urges that Oscar Pistorius be sent to prison for at least 10 years. By Lynsey Chutel and Gerald Imray. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— HKN--ALL STAR GAME-2016 — NHL to hold 2016 All-Star game in Nashville, Tenn. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— BKN--CELTICS-PISTONS TRADE — Celtics trade center Joel Anthony to Pistons for guard Will Bynum. SENT: 100 words.
— ATH--IAAF AWARD — In backlash over doping, Justin Gatlin fails to make finalist list for track's athlete of the year award despite going undefeated in 100 and 200 meters this season. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES
— GLF--GOLF CAPSULES
Friday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Nashville at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Vancouver at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Charlotte at Washington, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto vs. Oklahoma City at Wichita, Kan., 8 p.m.
Milwaukee vs. Minnesota at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 8 p.m.
Golden State vs. Miami at Kansas City, Mo., 8:30 p.m.
Utah at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at Portland, 10 p.m.