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October 5, 2013 03:07 PM EST | AP


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TOP STORIES

BBA--ALDS-TIGERS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Justin Verlander, who beat the Athletics twice in last year's AL division series, tries to pitch the Detroit Tigers to a 2-0 lead on Oakland in the first-round rematch against Athletics rookie Sonny Gray making just his 11th career start. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos. Game starts at 9:07 p.m.

BBA--ALDS-RAYS-RED SOX

BOSTON — A day after Boston opened this ALDS in a big way in Game 1, David Price (10-8, 3.33 ERA) takes the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, as they try to even the series at 1-1 vs. the Red Sox at Fenway Park. John Lackey (10-13, 3.52 ERA) counters for the home team. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 5:37 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--AIR FORCE-NAVY SCENE

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Football fans at Navy will get to have their tailgate parties after all before the Midshipmen face Air Force in a game that was almost cancelled by the government shutdown. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 660 words, photos.

FBC--MINNESOTA-KILL SEIZURE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has suffered another seizure and will miss an entire game for the first time because of his epilepsy. Kill didn't make the trip with the Golden Gophers to play No. 19 Michigan. By Larry Lage. SENT: 350 words.

FBC--T25-WASHINGTON-STANFORD

STANFORD, Calif. — Washington has a chance to unseat Pac-12 powers Stanford and Oregon in the next two weeks and put itself into the national championship picture for the first time in at least a decade. First up for the No. 15 Huskies is No. 5 Stanford. By Antonio Gonzalez. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.

FBC--T25-OHIO STATE-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. — No. 4 Ohio State looks to run the nation's longest win streak to 18 games when the Buckeyes visit No. 16 Northwestern. They haven't lost since Urban Meyer took over before last season, but they're facing another stiff test after beating Wisconsin. Northwestern is looking to prove it can beat the best in the Big Ten, and winning this one sure would accomplish that. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

FBC--T25-ARIZONA ST-NOTRE DAME

ARLINGTON, Texas — Notre Dame brings the Shamrock Series to Texas for its first regular-season game in the Dallas area since 1958. The opponent is No. 22 Arizona State, which can become the first team to beat Southern California and the Irish in consecutive weeks. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts

Also:

— ANN ARBOR, Mich. — FBC--T25-Minnesota-Michigan. No. 19 Michigan seeks a comfortable win for a change when it hosts Minnesota. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts at 3:30 p.m.

— BOULDER, Colo. — FBC--T25-Oregon-Colorado. The second-ranked Oregon Ducks go for their fifth straight win. Colorado plays first home game since deadly flooding last month forced a postponement of a game against Fresno State. By Arnie Stapleton. 750 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.

— TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — FBC--T25-Georgia St-Alabama. No. 1 Alabama hosts 55-point underdog Georgia State, playing in its inaugural FBS season. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: Game starts 12:21 p.m. ET, photos.

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS:

BBN-NLDS-BRAVES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — With their National League division series tied 1-1, the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers are putting things in the hands of their rookie pitchers on Sunday. Julio Teheran will start Game 3 for the Braves and South Korean Hyun-Jin Ryu goes for the Dodgers, who return home for their first playoff game since 2009. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BBN--NLDS-CARDINALS-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals head to Pittsburgh with their best-of-five NL division series tied at one game apiece. On Sunday, the Pirates are looking for another electrifying start from left-hander Francisco Liriano, whose career revival has helped fuel Pittsburgh's first postseason berth in 21 years. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

NEW/DEVELOPING

BKN--BULLS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS — Derrick Rose is back for the Bulls. Danny Granger is back for the Pacers. After losing their two top player from 2011-12 for virtually all of last season, the Central Divsion's two top teams will presumably have Rose and Granger back as they open preseason play Saturday night at Indianapolis. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

GLF--PRESIDENTS CUP

DUBLIN, Ohio — The Americans cling to a one-point lead in the Presidents Cup going into Saturday's double set of matches, though rain keeps interrupting play, making it likely the team matches won't conclude until Sunday morning. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Fight expected to start at 9:45 p.m.

WITH:

— GLF--Presidents Cup-Notebook. By Rusty Miller.

— GLF--Presidents Cup-Capsules. By Doug Ferguson.

— GLF--Presidents Cup-Glance.

— GLF--Presidents Cup-Cards.

BOX--COTTO-RODRIGUEZ

ORLANDO, Fla. — After a disappointing 2012 in which he lost both of his bouts and go on a several month hiatus is over. Now, with trainer Freddie Roach in his corner, Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs) returns to the ring Saturday for a 154-pound bout on HBO against Delvin Rodriguez (28-6-3, 16 KOs), a Dominican-born contender fighting out of Connecticut. The super welterweight fight is scheduled for 12 rounds. UPCOMING: 400 words by 11:45 p.m.

CAR--NASCAR-KANSAS

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kyle Busch heads to Kansas Speedway, his personal house of horrors, sitting pretty in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He's in third place but within striking distance of leader Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson, two drivers who have had plenty of success at Kansas. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

CAR--NASCAR-NATIONWIDE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Sam Hornish Jr. tries to hang onto the Nationwide Series points lead at Kansas Speedway. Austin Dillon is just four points back in second place with five races left in the season. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Race started 2 p.m.

CAR--INDYCAR-HOUSTON

HOUSTON — Helio Castroneves tries to hold off Scott Dixon in the first race of the Houston Grand Prix doubleheader. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Race beings 3:40 p.m.

HKN--PANTHERS-BLUES

ST. LOUIS — Tim Thomas could make his second consecutive start for the Panthers after a successful debut in the opener. Florida, which finished last in the NHL standings last year, and St. Louis are both looking to start the season 2-0. UPCOMING: Game starts at 8 p.m. ET. 700 words, photos

HKN--CAPITALS-STARS

DALLAS — The Washington Capitals, with nine goals and 10 allowed in the first two games, go for their first regulation win in Dallas since 1995 against the revamped Stars, who opened with a home loss to Florida. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts

BKL--WNBA FINALS-5 THINGS

MINNEAPOLIS — Maya Moore has homecoming advantage throughout the WNBA Finals. Game 1 between Moore's Lynx and the Dream is on Sunday in Minnesota. When the series shifts to Atlanta, a scheduling conflict has pushed the games to Gwinnett Arena, where Moore won three high school state titles. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 670 words, photos.

NFL

US--OBAMA-REDSKINS

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he would "think about changing" the Washington Redskins' name if he owned the football team as he waded into the controversy involving a word many consider offensive to Native Americans. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. SENT: 920 words, audio, video, photos.

FBN--NFL-PLAYERS' LAWSUIT

MINNEAPOLIS — Thousands of retired NFL players have opted out of a $50 million class-action settlement in a case that accused the league of using their names and images without their consent. By Amy Forliti. SENT: 310 words.

— Game previews (moved previously)

— GREEN BAY, Wis. — FBN--Lions-Packers.

— CINCINNATI — Patriots-Bengals.

— INDIANAPOLIS — Seahawks-Colts.

— DALLAS — Broncos-Cowboys.

— SAN FRANCISCO — Texans-49ers.

OTHER NEWS

— ATHENS, Greece — OLY--Sochi-Flame Handover.

— BEIJING — TEN--China Open.

— TOKYO — TEN--Tokyo.

— BEIJING — GLF--LPGA Tour.

— SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE, France — GLF--Seve Trophy.

Saturday's Time Schedule

MLB PLAYOFFS

Tampa Bay at Boston, 5:37 p.m.

Detroit at Oakland, 9:07 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 25

No. 1 Alabama vs. Georgia State, 12:21 p.m.

No. 2 Oregon at Colorado, 6 p.m.

No. 3 Clemson at Syracuse, 3:30 p.m.

No. 4 Ohio State at No. 16 Northwestern, 8 p.m.

No. 5 Stanford vs. No. 15 Washington, 10:30 p.m.

No. 6 Georgia at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m.

No. 7 Louisville at Temple, Noon

No. 8 Florida State vs. No. 25 Maryland, Noon

No. 10 LSU at Mississippi State, 7 p.m.

No. 11 Oklahoma vs. TCU, 7 p.m.

No. 13 South Carolina vs. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m.

No. 14 Miami vs. Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m.

No. 17 Baylor vs. West Virginia, 8 p.m.

No. 18 Florida vs. Arkansas, 7 p.m.

No. 19 Michigan vs. Minnesota, 3:30 p.m.

No. 20 Texas Tech at Kansas, Noon

No. 21 Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State, 3:30 p.m.

No. 22 Arizona State vs. Notre Dame at Arlington, Texas, 7:30 p.m.

No. 23 Fresno State at Idaho, 5 p.m.

No. 24 Mississippi at Auburn, 7 p.m.

NHL

Detroit at Boston, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Columbus at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Florida at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Washington at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Edmonton at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

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

NBA Preseason

Oklahoma City vs. Fenerbahce Ulker at Istanbul, Turkey, 9 a.m.

Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m.

New Orleans at Houston, 8 p.m.

Golden State vs. LA Lakers at Ontario, Calif., 10 p.m.

MLS

New England at New York, 7 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto FC at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m.

Seattle FC at Colorado, 10 p.m.