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October 24, 2013 02:59 PM EST | AP


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TOP STORIES

BBO--WORLD SERIES

BOSTON — Rookie sensation Michael Wacha tries to get the St. Louis Cardinals even when he starts against John Lackey and the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the World Series. At 22, Wacha is 3-0 in this postseason and hopes his first outing at Fenway Park will mean another win. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:07 p.m.

With:

— BBO--World Series-Cardinals. By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

— BBO--World Series-Red Sox. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

— BBO--World Series-Notebook.

BBO--WORLD SERIES-RAMPING UP REPLAY

BOSTON — By next season, Major League Baseball is expected to greatly expand instant replay to review most every call except for balls and strikes. This makes the World Series the last time umpires will basically be on their own, as crew chief John Hirschbeck reminded his fellow umps on the ride to Fenway Park for Game 1. Then in the first inning, they all got together to reverse a call in the opener between the Cardinals and Red Sox. By Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

NFL

FBN--PANTHERS-BUCCANEERS

TAMPA, Fla. — Cam Newton and the surging Carolina Panthers seek their third straight win when they face the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a nationally televised matchup of NFC South rivals. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:25 p.m.

FBN--COWBOYS-ROMO AT 100

IRVING, Texas — Tony Romo now has the most yards passing in the first 100 starts of any quarterback in the Super Bowl era — ahead of Kurt Warner, Dan Marino and Peyton Manning. He takes that impressive stat into a game against Detroit, which beat Dallas two years ago with a huge rally fueled by the downside of Romo's resume — critical turnovers. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--CARDINALS-FITZGERALD

TEMPE, Ariz. — Larry Fitzgerald won't use it as an excuse, but he's been slowed by a hamstring injury most of the season. Maybe the extra few days off he got over the weekend will help him heal, and a healthy Fitzgerald might go a long way toward fixing what ails the Arizona Cardinals offense. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.

Also:

— RENTON, Wash. — FBN--Seahawks-Harvin's Role. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 650 words by 8 p.m.

— EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — FBN--Vikings-Peterson. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, by 4 p.m.

— ASHBURN, Va. — FBN--Redskins-Reed. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FBN--Chiefs-Mad Scientist. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— PHILADELPHIA — FBN--Eagles-Vick. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— BEREA, Ohio — FBN--Browns-Gordon. By Tom Withers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

— FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — FBN--Falcons-Replacement Receivers. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-FRESHMAN IMPACT

Freshmen are making their presence known at the highest level of college football. An analysis of depth charts and game reports for the 72 BCS automatic-qualifying conference teams and Notre Dame this week showed that 359 freshmen were listed as first- or second-stringers, not including special teams. UCLA and Texas A&M each have played 17 freshmen this season. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-OREGON'S CHALLENGE

EUGENE, Ore. — Starting Saturday against UCLA and continuing next week against Stanford, second-ranked Oregon faces the most challenging span of its schedule. The outcome could determine whether the Ducks are worthy of a shot at the national championship. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBC--SPORTS AGENTS INVESTIGATIONS

A committee will begin meeting Friday in Chicago to consider changes to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act, the law designed to stop improper conduct by sports agents that can cause college athletes to lose eligibility. It's the start of a process that schools across the country hope will lead to stronger laws and tougher penalties against unscrupulous agents. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--FEMALE OFFICIATING CREW

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The most notable stars at the Lane-Miles football game will be wearing stripes, not chin straps. The SIAC is billing it as the first NCAA game that will feature a majority of female officials — four of them, in fact. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

Also:

— STARKVILLE, Miss. — FBC--Kentucky-Mississippi St. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

— PROVO, Utah — FBC--Boise St-BYU. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.

— BOISE, Idaho — FBC--Petersen-100th Game. By Todd Dvorak. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.

— AUSTIN, Texas — FBC--Texas-McCoy. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

— FORT WORTH, Texas — FBC--TCU-Patterson's Confidence. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — FBC_T25-Florida St-Winston. By Kareem Copeland. UPCOMING 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— COLUMBUS, Ohio — FBC--T25-Ohio St-Brown's Turnaround. By Rusty Miller. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— CLEMSON, S.C. — FBC--T25-Clemson-Boyd Moves On. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m.

— KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — FBC--Tennessee-Schedule Strength. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— GAINESVILLE, Fla. — FBC--Florida Flounders. By Mark Long. SENT: 650 words.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

BKN--HEAT-JAMES' SEASON

MIAMI — Even LeBron James knows he can't get that much better. "I'm nitpicking now," the NBA's four-time MVP tells The Associated Press, as he goes through final preparations for the Miami Heat's season. Their pursuit of another title starts next week. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

HKN--SUFFERING SABRES

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Sabres fans should brace for more suffering this season. That was the message team president Ted Black delivered on his weekly radio show, referring to a team that, at 1-9-1, is off to its worst start in franchise history and being relentlessly booed off the ice in Buffalo. Acknowledging fans' frustrations, Black says the Sabres are intent on continuing their plans to rebuild through the draft. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m.

With:

— BUFFALO, N.Y. — HKN--Sabres-Scott Suspension. By John Wawrow. SENT: 550 words.

TEN--WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS

ISTANBUL — Li Na outlasts former doubles partner Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 for her second victory in two matches at the WTA Championships. Eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber upsets No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-2. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

NCAA-GRAD RATES

INDIANAPOLIS — College athletes are graduating at an all-time high, according to the latest NCAA research. The data show 82 percent of athletes who entered school in the fall of 2006 earned a diploma within six years. That's up one percentage point from last year, tying the record high. The four-year graduation rate covering freshmen classes from 2003 through 2006 also increased by one percentage point to 81 percent. By Michael Marot. SENT: 750 words.

BOX--MURAT-HOPKINS

PHILADELPHIA — Forty-eight-year-old Bernard Hopkins gets set to defend his IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship against Karo Murat in Atlantic City on Saturday. Hopkins would extend his streak as the oldest fighter to defend a major championship. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

OTHER NEWS

— PARIS — SOC--France-Tax Protest. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 650 words.

— KIEV, Ukraine — EU--Ukraine-Boxer for President. SENT: 130 words.

CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL Capsules.

Thursday's Time Schedule (EDT)

World Series

Game 2

St. Louis at Boston, 8:07 p.m.

NFL

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 8:25 p.m.

NHL

San Jose at Boston, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

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

Winnipeg at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Carolina at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Calgary at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Washington at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

Phoenix at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

NBA Preseason

Cleveland at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Houston at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Portland at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.