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SAN FRANCISCO — The plucky Kansas City Royals look to extend their 2-1 edge in the World Series when Jason Vargas starts Game 4 against Ryan Vogelsong of the San Francisco Giants. Game starts at 8:07 p.m. ET. By Ronald Blum. 750 words, with photos.
BATON ROUGE, La. — No. 3 Mississippi aims to remain unbeaten on Saturday night when the Rebels visit No. 24 LSU. The Tigers have won two straight and look to avenge a loss at Ole Miss last season. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Kickoff 7:20 p.m. ET.
BBO--WORLD SERIES-SLEEPING GIANTS
SAN FRANCISCO — Some extra postseason pillow time has Brandon Crawford and the San Francisco Giants dreaming about another World Series championship. Looking for any advantage, the Giants are again getting help in October from a sleep expert to help them plan trips and keep players fresh. By Janie McCauley. Moving as the early story to BBO--World Series. SENT: 780 words, photos.
BBO--WORLD SERIES-SPLASH SHOTS
SAN FRANCISCO — Those splash shots that plop into McCovey Park and set off kayak scrambles are certainly the signature shot at AT&T Park. They just don't happen that often ever since Barry Bonds left. By Ben Walker. SENT: 690 words, photos. By 1 p.m. ET.
— SAN FRANCISCO — BBO--WORLD SERIES-GIANTS. By Janie McCauley. 650 words, with photos.
— SAN FRANCISCO — BBO--WORLD SERIES-ROYALS. By Josh Dubow. 650 words, with photos.
Sizing up where the playoff race stands after a day in which six teams in the top 15, including No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 2 Mississippi, go on the road. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words by 9 p.m. Will be updated after late games if necessary.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — No. 8 Michigan State tries for its sixth win in the last seven meetings against rival Michigan. The Spartans held the Wolverines to minus-48 yards rushing last year. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. ET. With hometown lead on losing team.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — No. 11 Kansas State tries to remain the only perfect team in the Big 12 when it faces Texas, which is trying to earn a signature win for coach Charlie Strong. The Wildcats have won five of the last six in the series. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 11 a.m. CT. With hometown lead on losing team.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan needs to change the story of a sad season. No better way than against No. 9 Michigan State in a rivalry game that has gotten away from coach Brady Hoke and the Wolverines in recent years. College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words.
— LEXINGTON, Ky. — FBC--T25-Mississippi St-Kentucky. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 700 words and photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m.
— AUBURN, Ala. — FBC--T25-South Carolina-Auburn. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has signed a seven-year extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth $98 million, making McCoy the highest-paid player at his position. McCoy, a 2013 All-Pro, will get $51.5 million guaranteed, the most ever given to a defensive tackle in NFL history. His new deal will average $14 million per year. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT 250 words.
CINCINNATI — The Bengals got the early advantage in the AFC North when they went to Baltimore in the opening game and won. They get their rematch on Sunday with the Ravens (5-2) back in first place and the Bengals (3-2-1) trying to stay close. By Joe Kay. Also moved in advance.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It's been a rough stretch for the Chicago Bears with three losses in four games, and a loud, emotional locker room after the latest one. Now they must play in front of New England Patriots fans. But the Bears are 3-1 on the road. By Howard Ulman. Also moved in advance.
INDIANAPOLIS — After giving coach Frank Vogel a contract extension and on the verge of the season opener, Pacers president of basketball operations is expected to discuss his team -- and its goals -- as he honored by the team's charitable foundation. UPCOMING: 500 words. Developing from 6:15 news conference.
RIDGEWAY, Va. —Kevin Harvick has picked his way through traffic before at Martinsville Speedway, never when the stakes were so high. A poor qualifying effort has Harvick starting 33rd, behind all the other title contenders, in Sunday's race on the Virginia short track. Because the rest of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field is starting in the top 13, Harvick won't have much time to avoid being lapped. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT. 750 words.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Things may not be as rosy between Danica Patrick and Joey Logano as Logano believes. Logano said earlier this week he had smoothed things over with Patrick and did not expect retaliation over an incident earlier this month between the two at Charlotte. Patrick cautioned Saturday she will not be pushed around by Logano or anyone else on the race track. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT 550 words.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Russell Henley takes a one-shot lead into the third round of the McGladrey Classic. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6:30 p.m. EDT.
BC-OLY--RIO 2016-UNPAID LABOR
RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio needs 70,000 unpaid volunteers for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, and Brazilian Olympic medalist Ricardo Prado is making a pitch with a deadline for signups just three weeks away. By Stephen Wade. SENT 900 words.
SAO PAULO — Chad Mendes is finally getting his chance for payback against UFC rival Jose Aldo. In a highly anticipated championship fight in the featherweight division, Mendes is back in Rio de Janeiro to face the home-crowd favorite in UFC 179 on Saturday. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 500 words.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators, the only NHL team still unbeaten in regulation, wrap up a three-game home stand hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins. By Jim Diamond. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.
SINGAPORE — Serena Williams will get a chance to avenge a humiliating loss against Simona Halep after they both advanced to the championship match of the season-ending WTA Finals with victories in contrasting style. By Chris Lines. SENT: 750 words.
BKC--DUKE-COUNTDOWN TO CRAZINESS
DURHAM, N.C. — Duke fans get their first public glimpse of Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and the rest of a highly touted freshman class when the Blue Devils hold their Countdown to Craziness preseason celebration. UPCOMING: 400 words by 10:30 p.m.
Christie Rampone got a diamond necklace from USA Soccer for her 300th international appearance with the team. But it's clear her memories are far more precious. The 39-year-old veteran has been with the U.S. women's national team since 1997, and is currently the most capped player in the world. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m. ET.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Olympian and U.S. champion Gracie Gold and two-time junior champion Elena Radionova of Russia lead the field as the Skate America women's competition gets under way with the short program. The pairs short competition starts, while the men's and ice dance wrap up with the free skates. Japan's Tatsuki Machida dominated the men's short program and leads American Jeremy Abbott and Chicago-area product Jason Brown. By Andrew Seligman. SENT 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words.
— FRANKLIN, Tenn. — FBN--Titans-Greene Arrested. Sent 150 words.
— SOELDEN, Austria — SKI--WCup-Miller Injury. SENT 130 words.
— VALENCIA, Spain — TEN--Valencia Open. SENT 250 words.
— FBC--T25-Top 25 Capsules
— HKN--NHL Capsules.
Saturday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Game 4, Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:07 p.m.
TOP 25 FOOTBALL(equals)
No. 1 Mississippi State at Kentucky, 3:30 p.m.
No. 3 Mississippi at No. 24 LSU, 7:15 p.m.
No. 4 Alabama at Tennessee, 7:30 p.m.
No. 5 Auburn vs. South Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
No. 8 Michigan State vs. Michigan, 3:30 p.m.
No. 10 TCU vs. Texas Tech, 3:30 p.m.
No. 11 Kansas State vs. Texas, Noon
No. 13 Ohio State at Penn State, 8 p.m.
No. 14 Arizona State at Washington, 10:45 p.m.
No. 15 Arizona at Washington State, 5 p.m.
No. 16 Nebraska vs. Rutgers, Noon
No. 19 Utah vs. No. 20 Southern Cal, 10 p.m.
No. 21 Clemson vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m.
No. 22 West Virginia at Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m.
No. 23 Marshall vs. FAU, 3:30 p.m.
No. 25 UCLA at Colorado, 2 p.m.
Buffalo at San Jose, 4 p.m.
Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Dallas at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Florida at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Washington at Calgary, 10 p.m.
Los Angeles at Seattle FC, 2:30 p.m.
D.C. United at Montreal, 4 p.m.
Toronto FC at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Portland at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Colorado at Vancouver, 10 p.m.