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The Toronto Raptors will start the NBA season next month in Tampa, Florida, because of travel restrictions the Canadian government has put in place stemming from the pandemic. By Rob Gilles and Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.


NBA teams can begin negotiating with free agents at 6 p.m. EST, and deals are expected to be struck quickly. Top players include Anthony Davis and Goran Dragic. Also, two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo can agree to a supermax contract with Milwaukee. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m. Separates on merit.


CLEVELAND -- NFL sack leader Myles Garrett will miss one game — and possibly more after the Browns’ dynamic end tested positive for COVID-19. His absence deals to a big blow to a Cleveland team trying to end an 18-year playoff drought. By Tom Withers. SENT: 650 words, photos.


The Big Ten’s four unbeaten teams meet Saturday in two games that could go a long way toward settling the division races: No. 9 Indiana vs. No. 3 Ohio State in the East and No. 10 Wisconsin vs. No. 19 Northwestern in the West. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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Mark Rose was a lineman on Auburn’s SEC championship teams of the late 1980s under Pat Dye. He’s been a high school coach for three decades. But there was no way Rose was sending his players onto the field in the middle of a pandemic. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.



Phillip Fulmer, the Tennessee athletic director and former Volunteers football coach, is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. And Miami’s Manny Diaz becomes the latest active coach to announce he has contracted the virus. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 500 words, photos.


Think of it as quiet Bedlam. This year’s Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry game -- one of the oldest in college football -- is the site of ESPN’s College GameDay. But seating capacity will be limited to 25% and much the hoopla gone because of COVID-19 measures. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


SEATTLE -- For maybe the first time this season, Pete Carroll could look at his defense and point to its role in a victory. The 26-21 win over Arizona put the Seahawks at 7-3 and in first place in the NFC West. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. With Cardinals Analysis.


LONDON — Novak Djokovic reaches the semifinals of the ATP Finals by beating Alexander Zverev. On Saturday, it’s Djokovic vs. Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal vs. Daniil Medvedev. Medvedev plays Diego Schwartzman in Friday’s late match. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.


ST. SIMONS ISLAND. Ga. -- Camilo Villegas, coping with the death of his 2-year-old daughter this summer, and Matt Wallace lead by a stroke entering the second round of the RSM Classic. Villegas’ opening 64 was his lowest score on the PGA Tour in four years. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. With LPGA Tour (by 7 p.m.)


TEMPE, Ariz. -- Top recruit Josh Christopher chose Arizona State because he knew coach Bobby Hurley would make him a better player. When Hurley lashed out at the freshman for missing an assignment, Christopher knew he was getting just what he wanted. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.


Stanford is favored to win the Pac-12 women’s basketball title, but the conference is loaded with four teams in the AP preseason top 10 and two players named to the preseason All-America team. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 850 words, photos.


LONDON -- The union representing soccer players in England wants less heading of balls in training amid growing concerns about brain injury diseases among former professionals. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 500 words, photos.


The president of Haiti’s soccer federation is banned from the sport for life and fined more than $1 million by FIFA, which says he sexually abused female players. Yves Jean-Bart denies the accusations. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 650 words, photos.


The UFC hopes to stoke interest in its men’s flyweight division with the main-event matchup of Brazilian champion Deiveson Figueiredo and American contender Alex Perez at UFC 255 in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Flyweights lack the brute strength many fans demand. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 800 words, photos.


Friday’s Time Schedule (EST)

MLS Playoffs

Montreal at New England, 6:30 p.m.

Inter Miami at Nashville, 9 p.m.

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