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ATLANTA — Clayton Kershaw finally has his first postseason win. He made sure it was one to remember. Kershaw struck out 12 while allowing only three hits, Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and the Dodgers beat the Braves 6-1 in Game 1 of the NL division series Thursday night. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3:40 a.m.
ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright started the rally with a full-count walk. By the time it was over, the St. Louis Cardinals ace had quite a cushion. Carlos Beltran's three-run homer sparked an NL division series-record seven-run third inning and Wainwright kept the Pittsburgh Pirates down with seven stingy innings in a 9-1 rout to open their NL division series Thursday night. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 640 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
CLEVELAND — Brandon Weeden never once hung his head after getting hurt and losing his job to a hometown hero. He figured the Browns would need him again, and he had to be ready. On Thursday night, his number was called and Weeden delivered. Coming off the bench after Brian Hoyer injured his knee, Weeden rallied the Browns to a 37-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills, who lost starting rookie quarterback EJ Manuel with a knee injury. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3:45 a.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Athletics' Josh Donaldson mimics Miguel Cabrera whenever he can, and he has no problem copping to it. The two talented third basemen will face off in the playoffs for the second straight October when Oakland takes on the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the AL division series Friday night. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.
— BBA--ALDS-Tigers-Athletics Matchup Capsule. SENT: 1,480 words.
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox didn't mind waiting a few days to start their playoffs. Not after missing them for the past three seasons. Not after the September collapse that ruined their chances in 2011. And certainly not after they stumbled to the club's worst record in 48 years in 2012. The wait ends Friday night when the Red Sox open their postseason against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the best-of-five AL division series. By Howard Ulman. SENT: 940 words, photos.
— BBA--ALDS-Rays-Red Sox Matchup Capsule. SENT: 2,000 words.
— HASTINGS, Neb. — BBO--Chad Curtis-Sex Charges. Ex-MLB player Chad Curtis gets 7-15 years in sex case involving girls at Michigan high school. SENT: 220 words, photos.
— KANSAS CITY, Mo. — BBA--Royals-Sveum. Royals hire fired Cubs manager Sveum as coach. SENT: 140 words.
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SALT LAKE CITY — He throws for touchdowns, runs for them, catches them — even mixes in a punt now and then. Yes, Brett Hundley is the quarterback who can do everything, and with a UCLA defense that did more than its part by making six interceptions, there was no way he could lose. Hundley hit the trifecta with a touchdown each passing, rushing and receiving Thursday night to lead the 12th-ranked Bruins to a 34-27 win over Utah that lifted UCLA to 4-0 for the first time since 2005. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 727 words, photos.
AMES, Iowa — It didn't matter how Texas beat Iowa State. The Longhorns just needed to escape Ames with a win. They survived — in a way the seething Cyclones might never forget. Case McCoy scored on a 1-yard plunge with 51 seconds left and Texas rallied to beat Iowa State 31-30 Thursday night. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 850 words, photos.
DUBLIN, Ohio — Everyone said that the International side needed to be more competitive to make the Presidents Cup a real rivalry. It took an 82-minute rain delay and a huge comeback, but that's precisely what happened. The U.S. put on an early show Thursday at Muirfield Village and then barely held on for a 3½-2½ lead on a day of dramatic momentum swings, scratch-your-head moments and laugh-out-loud visuals. By Rusty Miller. UPCOMING: 980 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Colts running back Trent Richardson already has added an edge to his new team. The scary thing is, he's still learning. The Colts have leaned heavily on quarterback Andrew Luck's arm since drafting him in 2012, but they have adjusted their identity a bit and become more of a power running team the past two weeks since adding Richardson in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 590 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Carson Palmer has said that the offensive system of Arizona coach Bruce Arians is the most difficult he's encountered in his long career. Four games into the season, it shows. The Cardinals are sputtering on offense and while the quarterback always gets the brunt of the criticism when that happens, the Cardinals say there's plenty of blame to go around. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
DETROIT — Although the Detroit Lions were pleased with their victory over Chicago last weekend, the game's last few minutes highlighted a potential trouble spot. With cornerbacks Chris Houston and Rashean Mathis sidelined because of injuries, the Lions allowed two late touchdowns before holding on for a 40-32 win. Now the secondary has another challenge on the horizon — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 570 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
ST. LOUIS — Rams coach Jeff Fisher knows the importance of the ground game and aims to get St. Louis' rushing attack in gear. Playing Jacksonville on Sunday presents the perfect opportunity. While St. Louis has rushed for just 189 yards this season, averaging a league-worst 47.3 yards per game, the Jaguars have the worst run defense in the NFL, giving up 165 yards per game, nearly 23 yards more than the next worst team. By Warren Mayes. UPCOMING: 560 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
— TAMPA, Fla. — FBN-Buccaneers-Freeman. Buccaneers release Josh Freeman after attempts to trade the benched quarterback fail. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 430 words, photos.
— FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — FBN--Patriots-Moves. Patriots sign WR Austin Collie, place DT Vince Wilfork on IR, release rookie TE Zach Sudfeld. SENT: 380 words.
— INDIANAPOLIS — FBN--Colts-Bradshaw. Source says Colts' Bradshaw considering neck surgery. By Michael Marot. SENT: 460 words, photos.
FBC--T25-5 THINGS TO KNOW-WEEK 6
Prove it. The college football weekend is highlighted by several teams that have gotten off to excellent starts, but still have much prove. Sure, they are better than last year, but how much better? Bowl teams? Conference championship contenders? National championship contenders? Here are five teams that we'll learn a lot about on Saturday. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 420 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
WACO, Texas — There will be new quarterbacks on both sides when 17th-ranked Baylor plays West Virginia in the rematch of the Big 12's highest-scoring game ever. Baylor, playing its Big 12 opener at home Saturday night, seems more settled at the position. Bryce Petty has thrown for 1,001 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions in his first three Baylor starts. Clint Trickett gets his second start in a row for West Virginia after throwing for 309 yards last week in a surprising victory over then-No. 11 Oklahoma State. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos by 3:35 a.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Devin Gardner has turned the ball over seven times in two games, making Michigan vulnerable to being upset. Minnesota (4-1, 0-1 Big Ten) hopes to help Gardner continue the trend when it travels to play the 19th-ranked Wolverines (4-0) in their conference opener Saturday. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
— NORMAN, Okla. — FBC--T25-Oklahoma-Shepard's Skill. Oklahoma's Shepard showing complete game for Sooners at wide receiver. By Murray Evans. UPCOMING: 720 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
— LINCOLN, Neb. — FBC--Illinois-Nebraska. Nebraska's struggling defense faces major test against Scheelhaase-led Illinois in B10 opener. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 690 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
— BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — FBC--Penn St-Indiana. Rebounding Hoosiers think improved defense could help turn tables on Penn St. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
— COLLEGE STATION, Texas — FBC--T25-Texas A&M's Break. No. 9 Texas A&M relishes off week after playing 12 games in a row last season. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 820 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
— COLUMBIA, Mo. — FBC--Missouri-SEC Opener. Missouri eager to put last year's SEC play behind it. By Jake Kreinberg. UPCOMING: 580 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
— FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — FBC--Arkansas-Building Blocks. Razorbacks' young offensive players give Bielema hope for the future at Arkansas. By Kurt Voigt. UPCOMING: 580 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
— BALTIMORE — FBC--Government Shutdown-Football. Army, Navy, Air Force get the go-ahead to play football this weekend, despite shutdown. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 940 words, photos.
— JACKSON, Miss. — FBC--Mississippi-Hate Speech. Ole Miss students, football players disrupt play, professor says audience used 'hate speech'. By David Brandt. SENT: 420 words, photos.
— TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — FBC-T25-Alabama-Clinton-Dix-Suspension. Report: Alabama assistant strength and conditioning coach gave money to Clinton-Dix. SENT: 270 words, photos.
LAS VEGAS — Randall Cunningham Jr. is a high school senior at Las Vegas powerhouse Bishop Gorman whose on-field abilities recall his father's exploits at UNLV and in the NFL. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound quarterback's athleticism has helped him make headlines on the gridiron, as well as in track and field. By W.G. Ramirez. UPCOMING 670 words by 3:30 a.m.
— LOUISVILLE, Ky. — US--Muhammad Ali-Awards. Muhammad Ali honors Jimmy Carter, Grammy winners at first-ever Ali awards event in Kentucky. By Bruce Schreiner. SENT: 710 words.
— ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — HKN-Avalanche-Spirited-Roy. Patrick Roy says he was fined $10K for outburst in Avalanche coaching debut. By Pat Graham. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— LOS ANGELES — BKN--Lakers-Bryant. Kobe Bryant heads overseas to have medical procedure unrelated to torn Achilles tendon. SENT: 240 words.
— DALLAS — US-Cuban-Insider-Trading. Gov't tries to undermine billionaire basketball owner Mark Cuban in insider-trading case. By David Koenig. SENT: 680 words, photos.
— ANTWERP, Belgium — GYM--Worlds. Uchimura wins record 4th world all-around title. By Raf Casert. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— MOSCOW — OLY-Sochi-Migrant-Workers. Human Rights Watch urges end to detentions of migrant workers in Sochi. SENT: 130 words.
Friday's Time Schedule
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
AL Divisional Series
Tampa Bay at Boston, 3:07 p.m.
Detroit at Oakland, 9:37 p.m.
NL Divisional Series
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 1:07 p.m.
Los Angeles at Atlanta, 6:07 p.m.
National Hockey League
Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Nashville at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Chicago at D.C. United, 8 p.m.
Montreal at Houston, 8:30 p.m.