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August 30, 2014 03:19 PM EST | AP

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and top-ranked Florida State open defense of their national title in the same stadium where the 2014 champion will be crowned. The Seminoles try to tie a school record with their 17th straight win when they face rebuilding Oklahoma State. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.


NEW YORK — The last five Americans left in singles at the U.S. Open play, including Sam Querrey against No. 1 Novak Djokovic, and John Isner against the man who eliminated him in the third round the last two years, Philipp Kohlschreiber. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m. ET; to be updated with night matches.


— TEN--US Open-What to Watch. By Howard Fendrich. A look at Sunday's action. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 11 p.m. ET.

— TEN--US Open Scene. Updated throughout the day. — TEN--US Open Glance.

— Sidebars as warranted.


HAMPTON, Ga. — Kevin Harvick will be on the pole but Tony Stewart also will be in the spotlight Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in his first race since he struck and killed a fellow driver in a race three weeks ago. It is the next-to-last race on NASCAR's premier series before the Chase for the Sprint Cup. UPCOMING. By Charles Odum. 650 words, photos.


John Gibbons has a pretty standard rule for deciding when to discuss a bang-bang call with an umpire. "We try to go out there anytime it's close," the Toronto manager says. Same way across the majors: There have been more than 1,000 challenges so far in this new era of replay, and it's only August. Now get ready for an even longer postseason parade of those slow strolls, when a ruling could really be the difference between a World Series winner and an early exit. By Ben Walker. SENT: 650 words, photos.



ATLANTA — Blake Sims or Jake Coker? No. 2 Alabama will use its opener against West Virginia at the Georgia Dome as an audition for its quarterbacks competing for the starting job. The Mountaineers are looking for a huge upset after a four-win season. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m.


ATHENS, Ga. — With both teams sporting new quarterbacks, No. 12 Georgia hosts No. 16 Clemson in an opening game that could pay off in major style points down the road under college football's new playoff system. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 5:30 p.m.


AUBURN, Ala. — No. 6 Auburn opens defense of its Southeastern Conference title against Arkansas, trying to rebound from a winless league season. Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall won't start but will play for an off-the-field issue. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts 4 p.m.


HOUSTON — Melvin Gordon and No. 14 Wisconsin face Leonard Fournette and 13th-ranked LSU in a marquee opener at NRG Stadium. By Chris Duncan. UPCOMING:700 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — In a season it hopes to finish in the college football playoffs, No. 7 UCLA travels across three times zones to play Virginia, which has lost nine in a row and is looking to rebound from a 2-10 finish last season. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOIMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 12 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Coach Steve Sarkisian debuts on the Southern California sideline when the 15th-ranked Trojans host Fresno State in a rematch of last season's Las Vegas Bowl. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.



UNDATED — NFL rosters have to be trimmed to 53 active players by 4 p.m. EDT, and there are plenty of big-name veterans who will join running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the unemployment line, at least for a short time. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.


NEW YORK — While 31 teams try to derail the Seahawks' attempt to become the first repeat champion in a decade, there are plenty of other challenges facing players, coaches, owners and the league itself heading into opening weekend. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 830 words, photos by 3:30 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has apologized to the organization and its fans after receiving a nine-game suspension from the NFL for a series of off-field legal issues. SENT: 220 words, photos.



HAMPTON, Ga. — Local favorite Chase Elliott will try to defend his series points lead in the Nationwide race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Elliott, from Dawsonville, Ga. , is trying to win the points race as a rookie. UPCOMING. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos. Race starts at 7:30 p.m.


FONTANA, Calif. — Will Power attempts to lock up his first IndyCar series championship when he takes a 50-point lead over Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves into the finale under the lights at Fontana. While Castroneves is on the pole, Power must start 21st in the 500-mile, double-points race. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race starts 10:20 p.m.



NORTON, Mass. — Ryan Palmer had a two-shot lead over Ryder Cup hopeful Keegan Bradley going into the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Phil Mickelson was trying to make the cut to extend his season. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


BILBAO, Spain — The defending champion U.S. plays its first game in the Basketball World Cup against Finland, which expects some 8,000 of its fans in the arena to see the team that was awarded a wild card to the event. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.


PORTLAND, Ore. — I.K. Kim opens the third round of the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic with a three-stroke lead after shooting a 5-under 67 Friday to reach 12 under. By Nick Daschel. UPCOMING: 500 words and photos by 10 p.m.

MMA--UFC 177

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — T.J. Dillashaw will be making his first UFC title defense against last-minute replacement Joe Soto. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Card starts at 7 p.m.


UNDATED — The Seattle Reign, which finished atop the league standings, will host FC Kansas City in the NWSL championship game on Sunday. The Reign are at home, but it's their old home: The final match will be played at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington, where the team played for the league's inaugural season last year. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 500 words and photos by 8 p.m.


Saturday's Time Schedule


N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 1:10 p.m., 1st game

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m., 1st game

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4:05 p.m.

Minnesota at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Texas at Houston, 7:10 p.m.

Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Kansas City, 7:10 p.m.

Miami at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m., 2nd game

Colorado at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m., 2nd game

L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.

Oakland at L.A. Angels, 9:05 p.m.

Milwaukee at San Francisco, 9:05 p.m.

Washington at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.


Top 25

No. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State at Arlington, Texas, 8 p.m.

No. 2 Alabama vs. West Virginia at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m.

No. 3 Oregon vs. South Dakota, 10:30 p.m.

No. 4 Oklahoma vs. Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Ohio State vs. Navy at Baltimore, Noon

No. 6 Auburn vs. Arkansas, 4 p.m.

No. 7 UCLA at Virginia, Noon

No. 11 Stanford vs. UC Davis, 4 p.m.

No. 12 Georgia vs. No. 16 Clemson, 5:30 p.m.

No. 13 LSU vs. No. 14 Wisconsin at Houston, 9 p.m.

No. 15 Southern Cal vs. Fresno State, 7:30 p.m.

No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Rice, 3:30 p.m.

No. 20 Kansas State vs. Stephen F. Austin, 7:10 p.m.

No. 22 Nebraska vs. FAU, 3:30 p.m.

No. 23 North Carolina vs. Liberty, 6 p.m.

No. 24 Missouri vs. South Dakota State, 3:30 p.m.

No. 25 Washington at Hawaii, 10:30 p.m.


Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m.


Colorado at Seattle FC, 4 p.m.

New England at Toronto FC, 5 p.m.

Columbus at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

FC Dallas at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Portland at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.