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LOS ANGELES — Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully thanked Los Angeles Dodgers fans for making him feel like an 8-year-old again every time they cheer. The crowd, in turn, saluted Scully with a loud roar and multiple standing ovations on his appreciation night Friday. By Beth Harris. SENT: 850 words, photos.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Garnett released a short video on Friday, saying 'farewell' and 'thank you' after 21 seasons in the league. Garnett informed the Minnesota Timberwolves he was retiring and says he never could have imagined feeling as loved as he did during his NBA career. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 1150 words, photos.
FBC--WYOMING-E MICHIGAN PROTEST
YPSILANTI, Mich. — Protesters gathered near an end zone and marched on the field after Eastern Michigan's 27-24 victory over Wyoming on Friday night, three days after racial graffiti was found spray painted on a campus building. The graffiti was found Tuesday and included the letters "KKK" and a racial epithet. SENT: 500 words.
GLF--ON THE TEE
ATLANTA — U.S. captain Davis Love III referred to his Ryder Cup team as "the best golf team maybe ever assembled," a surprising comment for two reasons. Love is not exactly known for his brash comments. And his team isn't yet assembled. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.
TORONTO — Russian star Pavel Datsyuk may have taken his final shift in North America at the World Cup of Hockey. The Detroit Red Wings great left the NHL this offseason to be closer to family, but he's put on one last magic show for fans who watched him for the past 14 years. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers secured their second straight AL West title, becoming the first American League team to clinch a playoff spot with a 3-0 win over the Oakland Athletics. By Gideon Rubin. SENT: 1000 words, photos.
— BBA--RANGERS-BUSH — Matt Bush was a pivotal piece in the Texas Rangers' AL West title run. He was nowhere to be found as his teammates sprayed champagne in all directions celebrating that crown in the visitors' clubhouse at Oakland Coliseum. By Gideon Rubin. SENT: 350 words, photos.
A look at what's happening all around the majors. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.
SALT LAKE CITY — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has no issue with players protesting during the national anthem long as it's done in a respectful way. Athletes across the country have begun a variety of pregame protests after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem in protest of police violence against African-Americans and minorities. By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 300 words.
SALT LAKE CITY — Troy Williams threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in No. 24 Utah's 31-27 comeback victory over Southern California. By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 700 words, photos.
It's been a busy week on the fantasy football waiver wire — especially at running back — as many notable players went down with injuries and owners scrambled for their replacements. By Scott Engel. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 3 a.m.
OLY--USOC-SMITH AND CARLOS
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the American sprinters whose raised-fist salutes at the 1968 Olympics are an ageless sign of race-inspired protest, will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House next week for its meeting with President Barack Obama. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 200 words, photos.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The U.S. Olympic Committee and the sports it oversees are behind the curve when it comes to placing women and minorities in key coaching and leadership positions, according to a set of "scorecards" the federation has compiled over the past three years. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 550 words, photos.
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Another year goes by, another training camp arrives for Jaromir Jagr, the 44-year-old who led the Florida Panthers in scoring and helped key their run to an Atlantic Division title last season. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BKN--NBA PROTEST TALKS
MIAMI — 'No one can be happy with what's going on': Around the NBA, teams, coaches and players are already thinking of ways to use platform for social change. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 850 words, photos.
NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans are rife with uncertainty as they prepare to open training camp this weekend. By Brett Martel. SENT: 700 words, photos.
WOMEN'S PRO BASKETBALL
NEW YORK — Mistie Bass and Kelsey Bone of the Phoenix Mercury are among the WNBA players who plan to continue kneeling during national anthems at playoff games this weekend. Bass says that her "heart is too heavy to be able to stand." By Basketball Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3 a.m.
— GLF--TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
— GLF--PGA TOUR-CHAMPIONS
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES.
— GLF--GOLF CAPSULES.
Saturday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Kansas City at Detroit, 1:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 1:05 p.m.
Texas at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.
Boston at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.
Arizona at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Seattle at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.
San Francisco at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.
Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
TOP 25 FOOTBALL
No. 1 Alabama vs. Kent State, Noon
No. 3 Louisville at Marshall, 8 p.m.
No. 4 Michigan vs. Penn State, 3:30 p.m.
No. 6 Houston at Texas State, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Stanford at UCLA, 8 p.m.
No. 8 Michigan State vs. No. 11 Wisconsin, Noon
No. 9 Washington at Arizona, 10:30 p.m.
No. 10 Texas A&M vs. No. 17 Arkansas at Arlington, Texas, 9 p.m.
No. 12 Georgia at No. 23 Mississippi, Noon
No. 13 Florida State at South Florida, Noon
No. 14 Tennessee vs. No. 19 Florida, 3:30 p.m.
No. 16 Baylor vs. Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m.
No. 18 LSU at Auburn, 6 p.m.
No. 20 Nebraska at Northwestern, 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Toronto FC, 5 p.m.
Colorado at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Montreal at New York, 7 p.m.
Orlando City at D.C. United, 7 p.m.
Portland at Houston, 9 p.m.
FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Second Round: Phoenix at New York, 7 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck, UNOH 175 Qualifying, 10:05 a.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck, UNOH 175, 1 p.m.
NHRA, AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals Qualifying, Madison, Ill., 2:45 p.m.
NASCAR Xfinity, VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Qualifying, Sparta, Ky., 4:45 p.m.
NASCAR Xfinity, VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300, Sparta, Ky., 8 p.m.
ATP World Tour, St. Petersburg (Russia) Open
ATP World Tour, Moselle Open, Metz, France
WTA, Guangzhou (China) International Open
WTA, Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo
WTA, Korea Open, Seoul
PGA Tour, Tour Championship, Atlanta
European Tour, Porsche European Open, Bad Griesbach, Germany
Web.com Tour, Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship, Columbus, Ohio
PGA Tour Champions, Pacific Links Championship, Victoria, British Columbia
UCI WorldTour, Eneco Tour, sixth stage, Lanaken, Belgium