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NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic goes into the U.S. Open final against Daniil Medvedev with two historic milestones in the balance: He will be trying to become the first man since 1969 to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam — and the first ever with 21 career major singles championships. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Match starts 4 p.m. With The Latest (developing), glance (upcoming).


Britain is hailing a new sporting superstar after Emma Raducanu won the U.S. Open as a qualifier for one of the most improbable achievements in tennis history. Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson were among those to congratulate the 18-year-old Raducanu after her 6-4, 6-3 victory over Leylah Fernandez that was broadcast on free-to-air TV in Britain in a Saturday prime-time slot. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 600 words, photos.


Oregon and Iowa are the big movers in The Associated Press college football poll after road wins over top-10 opponents. The Ducks’ victory over Ohio State earned them a promotion from No. 12 to No. 4. Another impressive defensive performance by Iowa in the Cy-Hawk Trophy game pushed the Hawkeyes from No. 10 to No. 5. And Arkansas was rewarded for its home win over Texas with its first appearance in the AP Top 25 in five years, coming in at No. 20. Alabama remained No. 1 By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 700 words, photos.


Tailgating, face-painted fans return in full force at stadiums around the country as the NFL opens its doors to capacity for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. Some wore masks, some didn’t. Some are vaccinated, some aren’t. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The two-time defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs begin pursuit of a third consecutive trip to the Super Bowl against what could be one of their biggest challenges to that perch: the Cleveland Browns. It’s a rematch of last year’s divisional playoff game won by the Chiefs. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 4:25 p.m. With the Latest (developing).



NEW YORK — Emma Raducanu sat on the sideline at Arthur Ashe Stadium, her left knee, in her words, “gushing with blood.” OK, maybe a bit of hyperbole there. Still, the way the 18-year-old from Britain handled that moment, and what came next, bodes well for her future and what will come next as a new Grand Slam champion. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 750 words, photos.



ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills open the season by hosting Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers in a matchup of two defending AFC division champions. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started 1 p.m.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — After missing the first meeting last season, Miami's Tua Tagovailoa became the first rookie quarterback to win against New England coach Bill Belichick since 2013 and the sixth to do it during Belichick's 21-year tenure with the Patriots. Tagovailoa will try for his second straight victory opposite Mac Jones, who was his backup at Alabama. Jones is set to become the first rookie to start for Belichick in New England. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 4:25 p.m.


NEW YORK — After stopping a seven-game losing streak, the New York Yankees send Clarke Schmidt to the mound to try to win the rubber game of a three-game Subway Series against the Mets, who start Carlos Carrasco (1-2). By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:08 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Max Scherzer puts his NL-leading 2.28 ERA on the line for the Los Angeles Dodgers against Blake Snell, one of baseball’s most unhittable pitchers, and the San Diego Padres in the series finale. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:10 p.m.


PORTLAND, Ore. — IndyCar kicks off its final three-race sprint to the championship on Sunday at Portland International Raceway. Alex Palou starts on the pole and tries to reclaim the points lead from Pato O’Ward. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Race starts 3:30 p.m.


RICHMOND, Va. — Two races into the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, Kyle Larson is still the points leader after a sterling regular season, but the stable of drivers at Joe Gibbs Racing are making the most noise. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 550 words, photos.


A simmering battle in Formula One erupts in spectacular fashion when championship leader Max Verstappen and defending champion Lewis Hamilton crash out of the Italian Grand Prix, which was won by McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 820 words, photos.


VIRGINIA WATER, England — Billy Horschel becomes the second American after Arnold Palmer to win the BMW PGA Championship following a dramatic final round. Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger, Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton secured the final automatic qualifying places on Europe’s Ryder Cup team. SENT: 670 words, photos.


NORMAN, Okla. — Johnny Rodgers’ electrifying punt return for a touchdown was the signature play of a rare game that lived up to its Game of the Century billing. Rodgers helped No. 1 Nebraska defeat No. 2 Oklahoma 35-31 in the 1971 classic. Fifty years later, he still gets asked about the return, with fans often reciting the late Lyell Bremser’s radio call. Nebraska and Oklahoma will play Saturday, providing the 1972 Heisman Trophy winner an opportunity to zig-zag his way down memory lane. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


Sunday Time Schedule (EDT)

Philadelphia at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Jets at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

San Francisco at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m.

Seattle at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Arizona at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

LA Chargers at Washington, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.

Miami at New England, 4:25 p.m.

Green Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m.

Denver at N.Y. Giants, 4:25 p.m.

Chicago at LA Rams, 8:20 p.m.


Tampa Bay at Detroit, 12:10 p.m.

Colorado at Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.

Washington at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m.

Milwaukee at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Miami at Atlanta, 1:20 p.m.

Boston at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

LA Angels at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Texas at Oakland, 4:07 p.m.

Arizona at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

San Diego at LA Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at N.Y. Mets, 8:08 p.m.


Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles FC, 10:30 p.m.


Portland at North Carolina, 3 p.m.


Washington at Chicago, 3 p.m.

Indiana at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Seattle at Los Angeles, 9 p.m.

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