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Jays take on Rays in afternoon rubber match


TORONTO - The red-hot Toronto Blue Jays were cooled by the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night. They look to rebound in the afternoon rubber match as the playoff push intensifies. PHOTOS. Developing from 3:07 ET p.m. start.



OHL to require vaccine proof starting next week


Toronto, , -- The Ontario Hockey League will now require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for entry into all 17 of its facilities across the province starting Sept. 22. Words: 163, Photos: 1


Oilers' Holloway (wrist) out at least three months


Edmonton, , -- Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Holloway will be out at least three months following wrist surgery. Words: 168, Photos: 1



TFC asks for answers after controversial no-goal call


TORONTO — Toronto FC GM Ali Curtis worked the phones Wednesday, trying to get an explanation for a disallowed goal in his club's controversial 1-0 loss to Inter Miami the night before. 500 words. By Neil Davidson. Expected by 6 p.m. ET.



T.J. Laramie to fight on UFC 268 undercard


Canadian featherweight T.J. (The Truth) Laramie will fight American Melsik (The Gun) Baghdasaryan on the undercard of UFC 268 on Nov. 6 at Madison Square Garden. Words: 259, Photos: 1



Rugby 7s star Justin Douglas the latest to retire


Canadian speedster Justin Douglas has joined rugby sevens teammates Nate Hirayama, Connor Braid and Conor Trainor in calling it quits in the wake of the recent Tokyo Olympics. By Neil Davidson. Words: 511, Photos: 1



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WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles tells Congress through tears that the FBI and gymnastics officials turned a “blind eye” to USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of her and hundreds of other women. Biles told the Senate Judiciary Committee that “enough is enough” as she and three other U.S. gymnasts spoke in stark emotional terms about the lasting toll Nassar’s crimes have taken on their lives. By Mary Clare Jalonick, Will Graves and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 1,130 words, photos, video planned.


The Big Ten has five games against ranked nonconference opponents on Saturday, including No. 22 Auburn visiting No. 10 Penn State. It’s a rare regular-season game between the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference on campus. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.


Opening week of the NFL season often includes upsets (Steelers, Dolphins), over-the-top achievements (Raiders, Eagles) and underwhelming performances (Packers, Titans). Finding the correct ones is a major challenge for prognosticators. Thus, a rugged start for Pro Picks. Time to rally beginning with Thursday night’s not particularly stellar matchup between the New York Giants and the Washington Football Team. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 720 words, photos, graphic by 4 p.m. With Giants-Washington preview story (sent).


Sitting out the preseason did nothing to slow the starts to the season for guys like Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott. For guys like Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Tannehill and Matt Ryan there appeared to be some rust. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 860 words, photos.


NORMAN, Okla. — Half a century ago, the Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry provided a grand stage for the best Black college football players while the South dragged its feet on integration. Nebraska and Oklahoma dominated with star athletes most schools in the South wouldn’t even recruit. Nebraska and Oklahoma won two Associated Press national titles each between 1970 and 1975, with Black athletes playing critical roles. The history is back in the spotlight this week as the two schools play each other again 50 years after their famous ’Game of the Century.” By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 980 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — Relationships have been Donte Williams’ stock in trade, his ability to connect with recruits and their families making him one of the most sought-after assistant coaches in the Pac-12. After the firing of coach Clay Helton, Williams will try to use those same bonds to salvage Southern California’s season, and perhaps leave athletic director Mike Bohn with a difficult decision to make as the West Coast’s historic college football power searches for a new leader. SENT: 760 words, photos. With separate on Jaguars coach Urban Meyer saying ‘no chance’ he lands at USC (sent).


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Good luck getting Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid to ruminate on the fact that he’s nearing NFL history, just one win away from becoming the first to reach 100 with two different franchises. Reid is closing in on the No. 5 spot in career wins as the Chiefs prepare to visit Baltimore on Sunday night. And with a win, he’ll have 100 with the Chiefs to go with 140 that he racked up over 14 seasons leading the Eagles. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Dolphins tried their best to force Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones into poor decisions in last week’s opener, causing him to fumble on New England’s opening drive and blitzing him 21 times. That's put the Patriots' offensive line in the spotlight as they prepare to visit a Jets team expected to be just as aggressive under new coach Robert Saleh. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.


NEW YORK — Jon Lester pitches for the playoff-hopeful St. Louis Cardinals against Pete Alonso and the New York Mets in the finale of a three-game series. Rookie right-hander Tylor Megill is on the mound for the Mets. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — A day after the Dodgers became the second team in the majors to clinch a postseason berth, Julio Urías goes for his major league-leading 18th win when Los Angeles faces the Arizona Diamondbacks in the series finale. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.


BERN, Switzerland — Missing out on the Champions League knockout rounds for a third straight season is unthinkable with Cristiano Ronaldo back at Manchester United. Yet the same kind of problems carried over from last season’s failed campaign to the one that started badly Tuesday in Switzerland. Errors in defense plus lapses of discipline led to an ill-timed red card and contributed to a 2-1 loss at unheralded Young Boys. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 520 words, photos.


Southeastern Conference defenses are stealing the show for some of the top contenders at times after a season when the league championship game featured stratospheric offensive stats. By John Zenor. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


Teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference have some work to do when they step up in competition and play programs from other Power Five leagues. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 660 words, photos.


Wednesday Time Schedule (EDT)


Miami at Washington, 1:05 p.m.

Milwaukee at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 3:07 p.m.

Boston at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 6:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Colorado at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

Cleveland at Minnesota, 7:40 p.m.

Houston at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

LA Angels at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Oakland at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 9:45 p.m.

Arizona at LA Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


New York at Connecticut, 7 p.m.


Cincinnati at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

CF Montréal at Orlando City, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles FC at Austin FC, 9 p.m.

Colorado at Portland, 10 p.m.

Houston at LA Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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