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Associated Press Updated: September 26, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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TOP STORIES

GLF--RYDER CUP

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — The Americans took down Europe's two biggest players, and the rookies were all the rage — but only for part of opening day at the Ryder Cup. Europe didn't lose a match in the afternoon, with Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia waking up just in time for Europe to take a 5-3 lead. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.

CAR--NASCAR-STEWART

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Tony Stewart found no greater joy than escaping his everyday life and climbing behind the wheel of a sprint car. But following the Aug. 9 death of Kevin Ward Jr., Stewart tells the AP in an exclusive interview that he is unsure if he will ever race a sprint car again. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

FBN--NFL SECURITY

NEW YORK — The NFL, with a security team that would be the envy of many police departments, says it couldn't obtain footage showing Ray Rice punching out his then-fiancee. The NFL, however, spends less time investigating crimes by employees than it does on team spying, event security and grifters preying on players. By David Caruso. SENT: 950 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBA--ROYALS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — With their magic number down to one, the Kansas City Royals try to clinch their first playoff appearance since 1985 when they resume their four-game series against the White Sox. A win for Kansas City or loss by Seattle will do the job. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.

BBA--TWINS-TIGERS

DETROIT — The Tigers can clinch a fourth straight AL Central title with a victory and a Kansas City loss. Detroit sends Rick Porcello to the mound. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

RYDER CUP

GLF--JOHN LEICESTER-260914

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — As Europe's leading points scorer at the last three Ryder Cups, Ian Poulter delivered so reliably he was known as "The Postman." This time, not only did the postman not ring twice, he got mauled and chased out of the yard by a pair of voracious pups. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 900 words, photos.

GLF--RYDER CUP-US ROOKIES

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — U.S. captain Tom Watson sent out his two youngest rookies against Europe's stalwarts in the Ryder Cup, so it figured to be a short match. And it was — for Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. It also was a short day when Watson didn't send them back out. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— GLF--RYDER CUP-STRUGGLING SCOT. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-NOTEBOOK. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-EUROPE. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-CAPSULES. By Doug Ferguson.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-GLANCE.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-RESULTS.

— GLF--RYDER CUP-CARDS.

NBA

BKN--CAVALIERS-MEDIA DAY

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — And so it begins, or resumes, for LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Back home and where he began his NBA career, James and the Cavs hold media day as they begin a journey they hope ends with Cleveland's first pro sports championship since 1964. By Tom Withers. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKN--KNICKS-JACKSON

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Phil Jackson hears the question every time he walks around New York: How are the Knicks going to do? The Knicks' president answers this way: "We believe we're going to be a playoff team, and then we don't know how far we'll be able to go." By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 650 words.

BKN--SPURS BEGIN

SAN ANTONIO — A year ago, the Spurs started preparing for a season carrying a hangover from a seven-game NBA Finals loss to the Heat. This time, the Spurs carry the crown. By Raul Dominguez. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— Also:

— BKN--HEAT-MEDIA DAY. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— BKN--LAKERS LOOKAHEAD. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 p.m.

— BKN--HAWKS-SALE. By Charles Odum. SENT: 450 words.

— BKN--HORNETS-TAYLOR. By Steve Reed. SENT: 550 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

BKN--PAUL NEWBERRY-092614

ATLANTA — Does the NBA, a league praised for its diversity, have a race problem? Sure, Donald Sterling has been cast aside. But there's a nasty situation in Atlanta that must be resolved and some deeper soul-searching that must occur at NBA headquarters. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

NFL

FBN--ROLLING GIANTS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning was nearly perfect. Larry Donnell is emerging as an outstanding tight end and the defense is taking the ball away. The New York Giants are rolling in the wake of a 45-14 thrashing of the Washington Redskins. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBN--DOLPHINS-LONDON

LONDON — Jet-lagged and a little bleary-eyed, the Miami Dolphins arrive in London early Friday and almost immediately go to work — with Ryan Tannehill as the starting quarterback for their game against the Oakland Raiders. By Chris Lehourites. SENT: 500 words, photos.

FBN--KELCE & GRONK

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the words of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, Travis Kelce has "a little zest to him." Just like the Patriots' Rob Gronkowski. The two tight ends will share the spotlight when Kansas City plays New England on Monday night. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— Also:

— FBN--REDSKINS-GRUDEN. By Joseph White. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--JETS. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— FBN--COWBOYS-SPENCER. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-TEXAS A&M-ARKANSAS

ARLINGTON, Texas — No. 6 Texas A&M and Arkansas are the SEC's top two scoring teams. They just do it different ways — the Aggies through the air and the Razorbacks on the ground. They play Saturday in Arlington, Texas, at the same NFL stadium where the national championship will be played. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-SYRACUSE

NEW YORK — Notre Dame comes to the New York area, a home away from home, to face Syracuse and try to stay undefeated. Everett Golson and the Fighting Irish face an Orange defense that's thrives on creating negative plays. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBC--T25-OREGON ST-USC

LOS ANGELES — No. 18 USC's defense had two weeks to stew on its first loss of the season, and the Trojans hope to show off what they learned against high-powered Oregon State. The Beavers' stellar recent history against USC hasn't included a win at the Coliseum. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— Also:

— FBC--T25-TENNESSEE-GEORGIA. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— FBC--T25-MISSOURI-S CAROLINA. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-STANFORD-WASHINGTON. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-BAYLOR-IOWA ST. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 700 words, photos.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-DOVER

DOVER, De. — Joey Logano has a victory, a spot in the Chase and a new contract with Team Penske. It's been a great week. He hopes to make it a great season with his first championship. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— With:

— NASCAR-TONY STEWART REAX. By Dan Gelston.

— NASCAR-QUALIFYING. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Qualifying starts 3:40 p.m.

OLYMPICS

OLY--USOC ASSEMBLY

CHICAGO — The U.S. Olympic Committee receives near-unanimous support from the country's sports federations in a poll asking whether they would support a bid for the 2024 Olympics — another sign that a U.S. city will make a run at hosting the next available Summer Games. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 500 words, photos.

SOC--FIFA-CORRUPTION REPORT

ZURICH — A corruption inquiry into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will stay secret. FIFA President Sepp Blatter rejects a request from the chief investigator to make his report public. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— With:

— SOC--FIFA-BLATTER. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— SOC--FIFA-Artificial TURF. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 350 words, photos.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

MMA--UFC 178

Fans who complain about recent watered-down UFC cards are salivating over Saturday's show in Las Vegas. Before flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson defends his belt, they'll see Eddie Alvarez's UFC debut against Donald Cerrone and Irish featherweight sensation Conor McGregor's grudge match with Dustin Poirier. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.

TENNIS

— TEN--WUHAN OPEN. Petra Kvitova, Eugenie Bouchard advance to Wuhan Open title match, setting up rematch of Wimbledon final. By Justin Bergman. SENT: 600 words.

— TEN--SHENZHEN OPEN. Andy Murray makes Shenzhen Open semifinals. SENT: 200 words.

— TEN--MALAYSIAN OPEN. Julien Benneteau reaches Malaysian Open semifinals. SENT: 130 words.

OTHER NEWS

— GLF--CHAMPIONS TOUR. Davis Love III makes his second Champions Tour start in First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. UPCOMING: 400 words by 9:30 p.m.

— FBN--JERRY JONES-LAWSUIT. Attorneys for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones contend woman's sex assault lawsuit filed too late. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FBN--NFL-COLLUSION CASE. Minneapolis federal judge recuses himself from ruling on latest dispute between NFL owners and the players' union. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— ATH--BUDD LAWSUIT. Zola Budd, the onetime barefoot running sensation, takes South African track authorities to court over marathon disqualification. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 450 words.

— FIG--DOPING-KOSTNER. Figure skating star Carolina Kostner says she had nothing to do with doping by former boyfriend and Olympic race walking gold medalist Alex Schwazer. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--Baseball Capsules.

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Friday's Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Miami at Washington, 1:05 p.m., 1st game

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m.

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 7:05 p.m., 2nd game

Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Minnesota at Detroit, 7:08 p.m.

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

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

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

San Diego at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

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

MLS

New England at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m.

NHL Exhibition

Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Boston at Washington, 7 p.m.

Montreal vs. Colorado at Quebec City, 7 p.m.

New Jersey vs. N.Y. Islanders at New York (Barclays Center), 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Calgary at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Arizona at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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