Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2:30 p.m. Oct 7
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Nadal battles past Dimitrov to reach fourth China Open final
BEIJING - World number one Rafa Nadal beat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 4-6 6-1 in the China Open semi-finals on Saturday to reach his ninth final of the year. (TENNIS-BEIJING/MEN (PIX, TV), moved 11:19 a.m., 218 words)
Mannarino upsets Cilic, to face Goffin in Japan Open final
Unseeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino upset top seed Marin Cilic 6-7(5) 6-4 6-0 in the Japan Open semi-finals on Saturday to reach his first ATP 500 final. (TENNIS-TOKYO/ (TV), moved at 6:40 a.m., 268 words)
Safeway Open: Duncan takes lead
Tyler Duncan finished an uneven second round with two birdies and an eagle on Friday to grab a one-shot lead heading into the weekend of the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif. (GLF-PGA-RECAP-SAFEWAY, expect ASAP after third round ends, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)
Sunshine State Showdown
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- No. 13 Miami has lost seven consecutive games to rival Florida State, but the roles are reversed this season as the Hurricanes come in as a slight favorite over an unranked Seminoles team that lost its first two games. This big ACC game was postponed from September because of Hurricane Irma. (FBC-MIAMI-FLORIDASTATE-LEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 3:30 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Daniel Aller, 700 words)
A Top 25 shootout in the Big 12
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Two of the nation's top offenses will be on the field when No. 8 TCU takes on No. 23 West Virginia. If the season averages hold, there will be close to 1,100 yards of offense in this matchup, although a stout Horned Frogs defense might have its say, too. (FBC-WESTVIRGINIA-TEXASCHRISTIAN-LEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 3:30 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, by John Henry, 700 words)
Late night at the Big House
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- For the first time in the 110-year history of the rivalry, the Michigan-Michigan State game will kick off at night. The seventh-ranked Wolverines turn to injury-replacement QB John O'Korn, while the Spartans try to show its ready for prime time again after suffering through a three-win season in 2016. (FBC-MICHIGANSTATE-MICHIGAN-LEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 7:30 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Dana Gauruder, 700 words)
CFB Week 5
The Sports Xchange covers all Top 25 games and recaps every Power 5 game. Full Saturday schedule below:
Iowa State at 3 Oklahoma noon
5 Georgia at Vanderbilt noon
Ole Miss at 12 Auburn noon
4 Penn State at Northwestern noon
Wake Forest at 2 Clemson noon
13 Miami at Florida State 3:30 p.m.
23 West Virginia at 8 TCU 3:30 p.m.
21 Notre Dame at North Carolina 3:30 p.m.
LSU at 21 Florida 3:30 p.m.
Oregon State at 14 USC 4 p.m.
Maryland at 10 Ohio State 4 p.m.
1 Alabama at Texas A&M 7:15 p.m.
16 Virginia Tech at Boston College 7:15 p.m.
7 Michigan State at Michigan 7:30 p.m.
25 UCF at Cincinnati 8 p.m.
11 Washington State at Oregon 8 p.m.
9 Wisconsin at Nebraska 8 p.m.
Stanford at 20 Utah 10:15 p.m.
19 San Diego State at UNLV 10:45 p.m.
California at 6 Washington 10:45 p.m.
Texas Tech at Kansas noon
Illinois at Iowa noon
Duke at Virginia 12:20 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Syracuse 12:30 p.m.
Charleston Southern at Indiana 3:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Purdue 3:30 p.m.
Arkansas at South Carolina 4 p.m.
Kansas State at Texas 7 p.m.
Missouri at Kentucky 7:30 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado 8 p.m.
Top 25 roundup
Capsule recaps of Saturday games. (FBC-ROUNDUP, updated throughout the day and night, by The Sports Xchange, 500 words)
News and notes from around the nation. (FBC-NOTEBOOK, expect by 6 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 425 words)
Week 5 GameScout: Previews, predictions for all NFL games
Snapshot, keys to the game, players to watch, spotlight player, matchups to watch and prediction for every Week 5 NFL game. (FBN-ANALYSIS-GAMESCOUT, moved, The Sports Xchange, 625 words)
Pass defense looks improved in win over Tampa Bay
The New England Patriots were able to grind out the ugly 19-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and after the short work week, gone were the questions about communication and concerns about whether a defense that led the NFL in points allowed a year ago on the way to Super Bowl glory could turn things around this fall. (FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS-DEFENSE, moved, The Sports Xchange, 750 words)
Bucs don't do enough to win
TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did a lot of good things in their loss to the New England Patriots Thursday night. In many ways, they played well enough to win. But they couldn't make field goals as kicker Nick Folk missed three, and in the end, that was the difference in the game. (FBN-BUCCANEERS-NEWS-FOLK, moved, The Sports Xchange, 750 words)
Browns No. 1 pick Garrett ready for debut
Defensive end Myles Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, is expected to make his professional debut Sunday against the New York Jets. (FBN-BROWNS-NEWS-GARRETT, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)
Patient QB development a thing of the past
The rules in the NFL have changed, and we don’t mean the ones that apply to holding or pass interference or illegal hits. We mean the ones that are the most important of all, the rules that apply to player development. Specifically, we mean quarterbacks. (FBN-COLUMN-GOODELL-SMITH, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Ira Miller, 850 words)
Week 5 Injury Report
Who’s in, who’s out and the rest of the injury rundown for games scheduled to played Sunday and Monday (NFL Week 5). (FBN-NEWS-INJURYREPORT, moved, The Sports Xchange, 900 words)
Longform previews of all Week 5 NFL games. (FBN-TEAM-TEAM-PREVIEW, moved, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)
News and notes from around the NFL. (NFL-NOTEBOOK, The Sports Xchange, expect by 8 p.m. ET, 500 words)
NLDS Game 2: Cubs at Nationals
WASHINGTON -- The Cubs will send Jon Lester to the mound Saturday in Game 2 of the National League Division Series while the Nationals will counter with Gio Gonzalez as Chicago looks for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. (BBO-CUBS-NATIONALS-LEDE-WRITETHRU, Expect asap after 5:38 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, by David Driver, 700 words)
NLDS Game 2: Diamondbacks at Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo announced Robbie Ray will start Game 2 on Saturday night, with his club down 0-1 in the series, while the Dodgers will counter with Rich Hill despite his struggles against Arizona this season and in his career. (BBO-DIAMONDBACKS-DODGERS-LEDE-WRITETHRU, Expect asap after 9:08 ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Joe Haakenson, 700 words)
Las Vegas natives Harper, Bryant team up to help victims
Baseball stars Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant may be on-the-field foes in the National League Division Series but the Las Vegas natives worked together on a public service announcement that ran during Friday's Game 1 between the Nationals and Cubs. Harper and Bryant are devastated over the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip that left 58 dead and more than 500 injured. (BBO-NATIONALS-CUBS-NEWS-HARPER-BRYANT, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Joe Haakenson, 400 words)
News and notes from around the league. (MLB-NOTEBOOK, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
Magic hire McGrady as special assistant
NBA All-Star and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady will join the front office of the Orlando Magic as special assistant to CEO Alex Martins. (BKN-MAGIC-NEWS-MCGRADY, moved, The Sports Xchange, 340 words)
News and notes from around the league. (BKN-NOTEBOOK, expect by 8 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
Penguins host Predators in Stanley Cup rematch
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators meet Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena in a rematch of the Stanley Cup final, but both clubs seem more concerned with a slow start to this season. (HKN-PREDATORS-PENGUINS-LEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 7 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)
The Sports Xchange covers all NHL games. Saturday schedule:
Minnesota at Carolina 7 p.m.
Nashville at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
Montreal at Washington 7 p.m.
Detroit at Ottawa 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Toronto 7 p.m.
Colorado at New Jersey 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Florida 7 p.m.
Buffalo at N.Y. Islanders 7 p.m.
Dallas at St. Louis 8 p.m.
Columbus at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Vegas at Arizona 9 p.m.
Philadelphia at Anaheim 10 p.m.
Edmonton at Vancouver 10 p.m.
Winnipeg at Calgary 10 p.m.
Los Angeles at San Jose 10:30 p.m.
News and notes from around the league. (NHL-NOTEBOOK, expect by 7:45 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)
The voice of boxing to call out F1 title rivals
LONDON - Formula One's American bosses have hired boxing announcer Michael Buffer to bring some big fight buzz to the title tussle between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel at this month's U.S. Grand Prix. (MOTOR-F1-USA/BUFFER, moved at 1:58 p.m., 315 words)
Ferrari protege Leclerc clinches F2 title
Ferrari protege and Formula One prospect Charles Leclerc clinched the Formula Two title with three races remaining on Saturday after winning at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain. (MOTOR-F1-LECLERC/, moved at 9:51 a.m., 122 words)
Red Bull duo hoping for a quick start in Japan
SUZUKA, Japan - Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen pinned their Japanese Grand Prix hopes on strategy and a quick getaway on Saturday after losing out to champions Mercedes and Ferrari in qualifying. (MOTOR-F1-JAPAN/REDBULL, moved at 2:25 p.m., 347 words)
Sainz to replace Palmer, Kvyat returns for Austin
SUZUKA, Japan - Spanish driver Carlos Sainz will replace under-performing Briton Jolyon Palmer for the last four races of the Formula One season, Renault said on Saturday. (MOTOR-F1-JAPAN/RENAULT (UPDATE 1), moved at 8:24 a.m., 428 words)
Rosberg hails 'supreme' performance by Hamilton
LONDON - Retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg hailed his former Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton on Saturday for a 'supreme' performance in Japanese Grand Prix qualifying. (MOTOR-F1-JAPAN/ROSBERG, moved at 7:05 a.m., 469 words)
Dominant Hamilton seizes Suzuka pole with record lap
SUZUKA, Japan - Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton smashed the Suzuka track record to seize a dominant Japanese Grand Prix pole position on Saturday with Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel lining up alongside on the front row. (MOTOR-F1-JAPAN/QUALIFYING (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved at 4:24 a.m., 624 words)
Alonso handed 35-place grid penalty for engine change
SUZUKA, Japan - McLaren's Fernando Alonso will start this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix from the back of the grid after the Spaniard picked up a 35-place penalty when the team's mechanics fitted his car with a fresh power unit on Friday night. (MOTOR-F1-JAPAN/ALONSO (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved at 2:24 a.m., 325 words)
Bottas fastest before crashing in final Suzuka practice
SUZUKA, Japan - Valtteri Bottas was fastest ahead of Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton before hitting the barriers in Saturday’s final practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix. (MOTOR-F1-JAPAN/PRACTICE, moved at 1:05 a.m., 331 words)
Ingram: As Earnhardt era ends, Busch poised to fill void
With the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr. next season, there won't be a member of his family at the front of the field in NASCAR's premier Cup series for the first time since Dale Earnhardt Sr. was a rookie in 1979. The driver most likely to fill this void? Kyle Busch, whose career has some interesting parallels to that of Earnhardt Sr., is a promising candidate. (CAR-COLUMN-BUSH, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Jonathan Ingram, 930 words)
Hamlin leads qualifying at Charlotte
Denny Hamlin posted the fastest lap in the final round to win the pole for Sunday's Bank of America 500, the first race in the Round of 12 in the series Playoff. Hamlin covered the 1.5-mile distance in 28.184 seconds (191.598 mph) to edge another teammate, Matt Kenseth (191.489 mph), for the top starting spot by .016 seconds. (CAR-NASCAR-CHARLOTTE, moved, The Sports Xchange, special from NASCAR Wire Service, 600 words)
UFC 216 winner might land fight against McGregor
A potential next opponent for mixed martial arts megastar Conor McGregor could be determined Saturday night. Tony Ferguson of Ventura, Calif., will square off with Detroit native Kevin Lee in the main event of UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (FIGHTING-UFC216-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after main event ends. The Sports Xchange, by Dave Doyle, 500 words)
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