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CHICAGO — The Cubs return home one win shy of their first World Series appearance in 71 years. They have two chances to lock it up, leading Los Angeles 3-2 in the NLCS. Major league ERA champion Kyle Hendricks starts for Chicago on Saturday night against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
LONDON — The New York Giants have yet to decide whether Josh Brown will stay on the team after admitting he abused his former wife. Remarks by coach Ben McAdoo raise more questions about the team's knowledge of the kicker's off-field behavior. Brown did not travel with the team to London. By Shawn Pogatchnik. SENT: 750 words, photos.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Coach Kevin Sumlin and No. 6 Texas A&M have celebrated a colossal win and endured a humiliating loss at top-ranked Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium. Now they're back for a game between the SEC's last unbeaten teams. By John Zenor. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BKN--NBA-WILL IT WORK
MIAMI — Nearly $4 billion in NBA contracts were completed over the last four months. Some deals — Kevin Durant going to Golden State and LeBron James staying in Cleveland — are pretty safe bets. Others are far less certain. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
CHICAGO — Fred Washington has been surrounded by numbers for decades. Seasons full of ones and twos and zeros. After 26 years working inside the big green scoreboard at Wrigley Field, he has reached a decision: When the Cubs are done this season, so is he. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.
BBO--WORLD SERIES-INDIANS WORKOUT
CLEVELAND — Waiting to learn their opponent for Tuesday's start of the World Series, the Indians work out at Progressive Field. Cleveland has won seven of eight games this postseason. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
NEW YORK — NBA owners wrap up their two-day meetings, moving closer to a new labor agreement with players that would prevent a work stoppage next summer. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
BKN--WESTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEW
Adding Kevin Durant only adds to Golden State's role as the overwhelming favorite in the West. The Warriors look to reclaim their crown, but much in the West has changed. Yes, it's still the Warriors, then San Antonio. But from there it's anyone's guess. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 900 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Kerr fully expects plenty of growing pains for the Warriors as Kevin Durant finds his way on a superstar roster. Every team should have such pains. Golden State, coming off a 73-win season, has superb playmakers at every position. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 800 words, photos. With capsule.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Maybe life after Kevin Durant won't be so bad for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook chose to come back, giving the team hope. Westbrook says that with the right blend and enough hard work this team has enough talent to succeed. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 650 words, photos. With capsule.
— Team previews, capsules on all other Western Conference teams.
— BKN--NBA PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of seven exhibition games. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by midnight.
BKL--WNBA FINALS-MISSED CALL
NEW YORK — The WNBA says officials missed a shot-clock violation late in the decisive Game 5 of the finals won 77-76 by the Sparks. The league says Nneka Ogwumike's basket for Los Angeles with 1:14 left shouldn't have counted. This is the second time in a week officials missed a call. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 550 words, photos.
BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron rejects the story line — a chance for him to beat the school that gave him his first head coaching job in the SEC and fired him after three losing seasons. That said, Orgeron can't afford a loss to No. 23 Ole Miss if he wants to keep a job he has long coveted. By Brett Martel. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-ARKANSAS-AUBURN — By John Zenor. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-ILLINOIS-MICHIGAN — By Larry Lage. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-OREGON STATE-WASHINGTON — By Tim Booth. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA ST-LOUISVILLE — By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 650 words, photos.
FBN--BELL & BLOUNT
PITTSBURGH — LeGarette Blount, in essence, walked out on the Steelers and good friend Le'Veon Bell two years ago because of a lack of playing time. Bell didn't take it personally though Blount is likely to receive a rude welcome when he returns to Pittsburgh on Sunday while playing for New England. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--PACKERS-MINI-BREAK — UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--BEARS QUARTERBACK — UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
TALLADEGA, Ala. — Chase Elliott has been inching toward his first career Cup victory all year. He needs it to come Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, where anything but a win will likely eliminate the rookie phenom from the playoffs. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
CAR--F1-US GRAND PRIX-HAAS AT HOME
AUSTIN, Texas — Gene Haas ignored the warnings that he didn't know what he was doing. The Formula One season has been dominated by Mercedes and the duel between teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. But Haas F1, an American rookie outfit, has been one of the surprise stories. By Jim Vertuno SENT: 700 words, photos.
— CAR--F1-US GRAND PRIX — By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words photos. Practice sessions at 11 a.m., 3 p.m.
SOELDEN, Austria — Marcel Hirscher begins his bid for an unprecedented achievement in the 50-year history of World Cup Alpine skiing — a sixth straight men's overall title. The Austrian's biggest rival last season, Aksel Lund Svindal, is struggling following a knee injury. By Eric Willemsen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.
— FIG--SKATE AMERICA — Grand Prix season begins at Skate America in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. UPCOMING: 350 words by 6 p.m.
MINSK, Belarus — The acting head of Europe's top Olympic body says its president should be allowed to leave Brazil and return to Ireland because he needs an urgent heart operation. Patrick Hickey, 71, was arrested at the Rio Olympics on ticket-scalping charges and awaits possible trial. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— OLY--INNSBRUCK-2026 BID — Top IOC official "very happy" with possible Innsbruck bid for 2026 Winter Games. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 500 words.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Experts and policymakers in health, sports administration, law and education gather for a three-day conference on concussions. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.
PARIS — Frank McCourt, who in 2012 sold the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion, has a new line of work these days as owner of Marseille. And he intends to put plenty of money into the ailing French soccer club to make it competitive again. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 800 words, photos.
TUKWILA, Wash. — Through a combination of longevity, loyalty and grit, Zach Scott has etched a spot in Seattle soccer history. Now he's retiring at the end of the season and his final regular-season game for the Sounders is Sunday. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— SOC--BARCELONA-NEYMAR — Neymar signs three-year extension with Barcelona. SENT: 150 words, photos.
MASCOT HALL OF FAME
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Will Benny the Bull make the cut? What about the Stanford Tree? Mascots are coming off the sidelines and into the spotlight at the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, Indiana. Six candidates are on the ballot at Friday's groundbreaking. By Tom Coyne. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— MASCOT HALL OF FAME-PHOTO GALLERY.
Straight Rhythm is one of the most unusual races in motocross, riders racing side by side on a straight course that has elements of Supercross and outdoor racing. For the third incarnation, riders get a chance to race under the lights for the first time. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— PENN STATE-ABUSE — Former assistant coach Mike McQueary testifies in whistleblower lawsuit in Penn State child molestation case. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— BKC--LINDENWOOD-RAPE ALLEGATIONS — Three basketball players at Lindenwood University in suburban St. Louis charged with rape. SENT: 160 words.
— GLF--CIMB CLASSIC — Defending champion Justin Thomas up by two shots halfway through Malaysia's CIMB Classic on PGA/Asian tours. SENT: 350 words.
— GLF--LPGA TOUR — Australia's Minjee Lee opens six-stroke lead in Blue Bay LPGA in China. SENT: 700 words.
— PORTUGAL MASTERS — Scotland's Marc Warren leads by a stroke entering second round of European Masters on European Tour. UPCOMING: 150 words by 5 p.m.
— Tournaments in Stockholm; Moscow; Luxembourg; Antwerp, Belgium.
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES.
— GLF--GOLF CAPSULES.
Friday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Chicago at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Arizona at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Nashville at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto at Washington, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Houston at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Dallas at Denver, 9 p.m.
Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 10 p.m.
Portland at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.