Sports advisory for 6 p.m., Sept. 9, 2021

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-- Coverage of Canada's Leylah Fernandez vs. Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the semifinals at the U.S. Open, 7 p.m.



Riders head into hostile environment in Winnipeg


UNDATED -- After opening the season within the friendly confines of Mosaic Stadium, running back William Powell and the Saskatchewan Roughriders are heading into a very hostile environment. The Riders (3-1) visit Winnipeg (4-1) on Saturday afternoon to complete their Labour Day home-and-home series with the Banjo Bowl. And IG Field will certainly be rocking with the Bombers announcing the contest will be a sellout. 695 words. By Dan Ralph. MOVED. PHOTO.

Quick turnaround a blessing for Toronto Argonauts


UNDATED -- One of the few benefits of playing twice within a four-day span is there's no time to dwell upon the past. And that's a good thing for the Toronto Argonuats, who host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday after dropping a 32-19 decision at Tim Hortons Field on Monday. 700 words. By Dan Ralph. Story expected to move around 5 p.m.

QB Kizer among neg-list players revealed by CFL


UNDATED -- He's currently an NFL free agent, but if quarterback DeShone Kizer would like to kick-start his pro football career, he could do so in the Canadian capital. The former Notre Dame star is among 10 players currently on the Ottawa Redblacks' negotiation list, as revealed Thursday by the CFL. That gives the franchise exclusive rights to Kizer should he decide to play football in Canada. 396 words. MOVED. PHOTO.


Canada rugby coach names unchanged starting 15


UNDATED -- Coach Kingsley Jones has named an unchanged starting 15 for the second leg of Canada's Rugby World Cup qualifying series against the U.S. Eagles. By Neil Davidson. 647 words. MOVED. PHOTO.



Davies returns to training with Bayern Munich


UNDATED -- Alphonso Davies, who missed Canada's World Cup qualifying win over El Salvador in Toronto on Wednesday, returned to training with Bayern Munich on Thursday. By Neil Davidson. 425 words. MOVED. PHOTO.   

Whitecaps look to continue winning ways as rivals come to town


VANCOUVER  -- The Vancouver Whitecaps will look for a franchise-record fifth consecutive win when they play the Portland Timbers Friday at B.C. Place Stadium. The Whitecaps hope to extend their unbeaten streak to 11 games in their hunt for a Major League Soccer playoff spot. 650 words. ETA 6 p.m.

Players return to TFC after international duty


TORONTO -- Toronto FC expects to have all of its players who've been away on international duty back in time for Saturday's return to MLS action at FC Cincinnati. That includes winger Yeferson Soteldo, who is slated to rejoin the team in Cincinnati after Venezuela's World Cup qualifier in Paraguay on Thursday. 302 words. MOVED. PHOTO.


De Grasse second in Diamond League 100, 200 metres


ZURICH - Canada's Olympic champion Andre De Grasse raced to a pair of second-place finishes at the Diamond League Final on Thursday. The 26-year-old from Markham, Ont., opened the night with a second in the 100 metres, tying his personal best 9.89 seconds, a mark he set when he won bronze at the Tokyo Olympics. 276 words. Will be updated. PHOTO.



-- Blue Jays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (AP)






TAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers open the NFL season with a prime-time matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, who welcome the return of Dak Prescott from a severe ankle injury that sidelined the quarterback most of last season. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:20 p.m.


TAMPA, Fla. — The NFL hosts its first game in a full stadium in 585 days as the reigning Super Bowl champion Buccaneers host the Cowboys. As COVID-19 surges in the U.S., the NFL is welcoming fans back just as other leagues already did this year. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m., then updates from game.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Eddie George picked a good time for a career change. He’s one of several high-profile former pro athletes to take on athletic programs at historically Black colleges and universities at a time when the country seems ready to embrace social change. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.


Twenty years later, former Army football coach Todd Berry still gets choked up thinking about Sept. 11, 2001. At games being played around the country Saturday, including Air Force at Navy and Army hosting Western Kentucky, there will be tributes and memorials, powerful memories and remembrances. The stories run deep from the sidelines of Air Force, Army and Navy. For the service academies, it particularly hits home, given their future missions — protecting the nation. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by 5 p.m. With vignettes (upcoming).


NEW YORK — Teenagers Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez make their Grand Slam semifinal debuts at the U.S. Open. Fernandez, 19, takes on second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka, and Raducanu, 18, plays 17th-seeded Maria Sakkari. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Play starts 7 p.m. With The Latest (developing), glance (upcoming).



AMES, Iowa — Iowa State is having a moment. The ninth-ranked Cyclones are preparing to play what is undeniably the biggest home game in the 129-year history of the program. The top-10 matchup with rival Iowa on Saturday has drawn ESPN’s popular pregame show “College GameDay” to campus. Ames will be the epicenter of college football this weekend and looming uncertainty of conference realignment is not about to spoil this for the Cyclones and their supporters. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.



NEW YORK — Ask other players what makes Novak Djokovic great and while they might mention his returns or his court coverage, his stamina or his groundstrokes, most assessments end up at the same point: his mental strength and ability to wear opponents down. Heading into Friday’s U.S. Open semifinals, Djokovic is two wins from a calendar-year Grand Slam and a record 21st career major title. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m. With match-by-match look at Djokovic’s path toward a true Grand Slam (upcoming).


NYON, Switzerland — FIFA details its plan for reshaping international soccer around playing the men’s World Cup every two years despite European opposition that could lead to a boycott. Joined by retired greats, FIFA unveiled the proposal Thursday, but the pushback from Europe was immediate. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin confirmed it could launch a boycott by its teams, which have dominated soccer’s marquee event since Brazil won in 2002. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 720 words, photos.


SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — American players rushing back to Europe and the U.S. following World Cup qualifiers could travel with some degree of ease. They had been given a wakeup call by coach Gregg Berhalter at halftime against Honduras, and they responded. They won for just the second time in 41 qualifiers in which they trailed at halftime (six draws). By Ronald Blum: SENT: 750 words, photos.


Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make the first appearance in his second spell at Manchester United in the English Premier League against Newcastle on Saturday. The Portugal star has been the talk of the town since his stunning transfer from Juventus was completed last week. Ronaldo is a guarantee of goals for sure but will he also guarantee United gets back on the trophy trail after four seasons without silverware? By Steve Douglas. SENT: 850 words, photos. With separate previews on Spanish, Italian, German and French soccer (all sent).


VIRGINIA WATER, England — Justin Rose needs to win the BMW PGA Championship to qualify automatically for a fifth straight appearance at the Ryder Cup. The Englishman is off to a strong start. Rose shot a bogey-free, 5-under 67 and was three shots off the first-round lead shared by Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat and South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout. SENT: 610 words, photos.


Ken Burns is set to bring Muhammad Ali to life in a new way when he tells the story of the former heavyweight champion in a PBS documentary debuting next week. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 1,140 words, photo.


Thursday Time Schedule


Dallas at Tampa Bay, 8:20 p.m.


LA Dodgers at St. Louis, 1:15 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Oakland, 3:37 p.m.

Minnesota at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Miami, 6:40 p.m.

Colorado at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

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

Washington at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.


Connecticut at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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