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The latest in sports
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Braxton Garrett works 6 strong innings as the Marlins beat the Brewers 2-0
NBA takes steps to try to ensure its star players appear in more games
All times EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings visit Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles. Minnesota lost 20-17 to Tampa Bay in Week 1. Hurts and the Eagles are trying for a 2-0 start in their home opener. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have fired Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom as the team stumbled toward a third last-place finish in four seasons. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 350 words, photos. Will be updated.
BBO--ON BASEBALL-AWARDS RACES
Atlanta's Ronald Acuña Jr. is still the favorite for the National League MVP despite despite a fantastic second half of the season by LA's Mookie Betts. The race between superstars highlights MLB's awards races, which are entering their final few weeks. By Baseball Writer David Brandt. SENT: 700 words, photos.
BARCELONA, Spain — The players who won the Women’s World Cup for Spain are still in revolt one day before their new coach will announce her first squad. Spain’s champions renounced playing for their nation three weeks ago after now former federation head Luis Rubiales refused to step down for having kissed a player at the World Cup awards ceremony. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 730 words, photo.
— SOC--FIFA AWARDS — Women’s World Cup-winning coach Jorge Vilda was left off the nominations list as best coach in women’s soccer in the annual FIFA awards. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— SOC--SPAIN-WOMEN’S LEAGUE — The players in Spain’s women’s soccer league have called off a strike after reaching a deal to increase minimum wage. SENT: 200 words, photo.
BALTIMORE — The Orioles lead Tampa Bay by two games in the AL East entering this four-game series at Camden Yards. Kyle Bradish starts the opener for Baltimore against Aaron Civale. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:15 p.m.
FBC--T25-SOUTH CAROLINA-GEORGIA PREVIEW
ATHENS, Ga. — The preseason is over for the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs. Time to face some real competition. Georgia carries a 19-game winning streak into its first Southeastern Conference game, hosting South Carolina in a contest that should be more challenging than the first two weeks. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 750 words, photos.
FBC--T25-COLORADO ST-COLORADO PREVIEW
BOULDER, Colo. — Deion Sanders and the 18th-ranked Colorado Buffaloes host a longtime rival for a second straight week when they play Colorado State on Saturday at a sold-out Folsom Field. The Buffaloes moved to 2-0 by beating Nebraska in Coach Prime's home debut at Colorado. By Pat Graham. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — This isn't exactly how Zach Wilson and the New York Jets planned it. But with Aaron Rodgers out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, Wilson is back under center. And he's feeling more comfortable and confident than he ever did during his rough first two seasons. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens lost their final two games of last season in Cincinnati, but that was without quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is now healthy and ready to make that same trip this weekend. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson is being vague about how long his strained right hamstring will keep him out. His absence should create more opportunities for veteran Allen Robinson, who posted his most productive game in two years last week against San Francisco. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Shane van Gisbergen's expected move to NASCAR will be in a development program driving in all three national series for Trackhouse Racing. The New Zealand native won his NASCAR debut race on the downtown streets of Chicago driving for Trackhouse in early July. He said after the win wanted to make a full-time move to American stock cars and confirmed his intent later that month following a V8 Supercars race in Australia. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 530 words, photos.
Scotland forward Dave Cherry is out of the Rugby World Cup in France after slipping on the stairs at the team hotel, banging his head and sustaining a concussion. He isn’t the first rugby player to get hurt in a strange way on his time off. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 575 words, photos.
LA CRUZ DE LINARES, Spain — Remco Evenepoel put on a dominant performance to win the 18th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, with overall leader Sepp Kuss comfortably holding on to the red jersey by crossing the line ahead of his closest rivals and taking a big step toward his first major victory. Kuss is trying to become the first American to win a Grand Tour race in nearly a decade. SENT: 500 words.
Thursday’s Time Schedule
National Football League
Minnesota at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m.
College Top 25
No. 22 Miami vs. Bethune-Cookman, 7:30 p.m.
Major League Baseball
Washington at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.
Cincinnati at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 1:35 p.m., 1st game
Miami at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.
Arizona at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m.
Texas at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 7:15 p.m., 2nd game
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 7:15 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 7:40 p.m.
San Francisco at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.