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FBC–COLORADO-TAYLOR’S FAITH & FOOTBALL
BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado linebacker Davion Taylor didn’t play high school football due to religious beliefs. A Seventh Day Adventist, he would practice all week with his team and then sit out since the church observes the Sabbath from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday. Once he turned 18, Taylor, after consulting with his mom, made the decision to take the field. He walked on at Coahoma Community College in Mississippi, where he blossomed into the nation’s top-rated outside linebacker and drew Colorado’s interest. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by noon.
LAS VEGAS — Max Pacioretty is heading from the Original Six to the Sin City. The Vegas Golden Knights acquired the All-Star forward from the Montreal Canadiens for Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2019 second-round pick. Vegas announced the deal, which sends the captain of one of hockey’s oldest franchises to a club coming off a run to the Stanley Cup Finals in its inaugural season. By W.G. Ramirez. SENT: 300 words, photos.
Fewer than 10 players took action by kneeling, raising a fist or walking off the field during the national anthem on the NFL’s opening Sunday. The lower numbers might reflect a new strategy many players are embracing to draw attention to the issues Colin Kaepernick raised when he began kneeling for the anthem in 2016. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 840 words, photos by 3 a.m.
CULIACAN, Mexico — Diego Maradona, whose public battles with cocaine made him soccer’s poster child for the perils of substance abuse, is setting up camp in Mexico’s drug cartel heartland as the new coach of a second-tier team. Draped in official club gear, the Argentine soccer legend arrived this weekend in Culiacan, home turf of the Sinaloa Cartel, to take over the Dorados in what some describe as a publicity stunt for the team and a last-ditch effort to resurrect a career marred by drugs and antics. By Carlos Rodriguez and Amy Guthrie. SENT: 890 words, photos.
TEN–US OPEN-WHAT WE LEARNED
NEW YORK — Naomi Osaka began the U.S. Open having never made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament and seeded 20th. She also arrived with big goals. And she left with a major championship, outplaying her idol, Serena Williams, and staying composed during a chaotic final. Osaka is a rising star, one of many things we learned during a wild 2018 U.S. Open. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 670 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FBN–ICYMI WEEK 1
It’s not a win, but Cleveland will take it after going 0-16 last year and 1-15 in 2016. The Browns rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter against the rival Steelers and snapped a 17-game losing streak with a 21-21 tie that left fans celebrating in the rain. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 810 words, photos by 3 a.m.
— FBN–STEELERS-BROWNS FOLO — Browns end losing skid, but don’t win in 21-21 tie with Steelers. By Tom Withers. SENT: 880 words, photos.
Dez Bryant’s Twitter troll game is in All-Pro form. The free-agent wide receiver called out his former team with a series of critical tweets aimed at the Dallas Cowboys. Bryant was released in April after eight seasons with the team and remains unsigned. He has received interest from Cleveland and Baltimore, but his thoughts were with the Cowboys during and after their 16-8 season-opening loss to Carolina. SENT: 480 words, photos.
— FBN–COWBOYS-OFFENSIVE STRUGGLES — The post-Dez Bryant/Jason Witten era in Dallas got off to a rocky start on Sunday in a 16-8 loss to Carolina. By Steve Reed. SENT: 700 words, photos.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in the second half after returning from a knee injury, and the Green Bay Packers overcame a 20-point deficit for a thrilling 24-23 win over the Chicago Bears. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 a.m.
DENVER — Earl Thomas had an interception in his return to the Seattle Seahawks secondary after a long holdout. But Thomas also acknowledged the communication in the secondary wasn’t great in a 27-24 loss at Denver. Thomas stayed away all offseason in an effort to force a trade or get a new contract but returned when the Seahawks didn’t budge on either front. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 860 words, photos.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins was determined to experience victory in his Minnesota Vikings debut, as evidenced by his dangerous head-first plunge on third down that came up just short of the marker. Cousins was on target for most of the rest of the game, throwing two touchdown passes without a turnover to help the Vikings beat the San Francisco 49ers 24-16. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 1030 words, photos.
CARSON, Calif. — Patrick Mahomes’ first Week 1 start could not have gone any better. The second-year quarterback became the third player in Chiefs’ history to throw for four touchdowns in an opener. Before Kansas City fans begin running wild with Mahomes mania, coach Andy Reid and Mahomes are quick to point out there are still plenty of things to work on after a 38-28 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Chargers. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 830 words, photos.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns, hitting eight different receivers in a 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans. Rob Gronkowski caught seven passes for 123 yards and a score for the defending AFC champion New England Patriots. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 830 words, photos.
— Folos for all Sunday NFL games
— FBN–CARDINALS-DISMAL DEBUT
— FBN–MILLER’S MAGIC
— FBN–NEW LONGEST GAME
— FBN–COLTS-LUCK’S RETURN
— FBN–STEELERS-CONNER SHINES
— FBN–49ERS-GAROPPOLO’S FIRST LOSS
FBC–T25-AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK
Week two of the regular season was mostly status quo in the Top 25, with top teams romping. Two teams jumped on board for the first time this season at the bottom. Let’s see if they can hang around longer than South Carolina and Florida. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 1140 words, photos.
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma star running back Rodney Anderson is out for the season with a right knee injury. Anderson got up slowly after a 10-yard run on the final play of the first quarter Saturday against UCLA. The preseason All-Big 12 selection limped off the field on his own, and trainers tended to him before he headed to the locker room. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 460 words, photos.
Wake Forest’s Greg Dortch ranks first in the nation in all-purpose yards after one of the great individual performances in Atlantic Coast Conference history. The sophomore became the first Wake Forest player since 1927 to return two punts for touchdowns, and he finished with 310 all-purpose yards and three TDs on just 13 touches in the Demon Deacons’ 51-20 win over Towson on Saturday. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 610 words, photos by 3 a.m.
NEW YORK — The WTA is calling for equal treatment of all tennis players and coaching to be allowed across the sport in the aftermath of the U.S. Open final. Serena Williams was given three code violations by chair umpire Carlos Ramos in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, and critics inside and outside of tennis argued that she was not treated the same as some male players. The women’s pro tour agreed. SENT: 380 words, photos.
BBO–THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL
Justin Verlander is set to make his long-awaited return to Detroit as a member of the Houston Astros — and his new team is on another impressive run. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BOSTON — Mitch Moreland singled in the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 6-5 to avoid a three-game sweep in a matchup of AL division leaders. By Ken Powtak. SENT: 820 words, photos.
A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BKL–USA BASKETBALL-THE WAITING GAME
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — It would be easy to think that Dawn Staley and USA Basketball would be rooting for a sweep in the WNBA Finals. After all, many key members of the women’s basketball world cup team are still playing in the championship series. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 640 words, photos by 3 a.m.
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— FBN–NFL CAPSULES
Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Houston at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Texas at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
Atlanta at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Rams at Oakland, 10:20 p.m.