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^Jacob Eason won the starting job at Washington. Now can he help the Huskies take the next step?<

^FBC-WASHINGTON-EASON-SPORTSPLUS:SE—<You can understand why it seemed like the entire state of Washington wanted Eason to win the starting quarterback job.

A prep career that included 9,813 passing yards, 102 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions will do that — especially when his high school is conveniently located just 35 miles north of Seattle.

1900 by Mike Vorel in Seattle. MOVED


^Police in Alabama issue arrest warrant for Lakers' DeMarcus Cousins<

^BKN-LAKERS-COUSINS:LA—<Police in Mobile, Ala., have issued a warrant for the arrest of DeMarcus Cousins. The Los Angeles Lakers center is accused of threatening to shoot his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his young son.

Police said the warrant was generated earlier this week and signed by Cousins' ex-girlfriend, Cristy West.

Cousins could face a third-degree domestic violence charge of harassing communications.

300 by Tania Ganguli. MOVED



^Mike Clevinger, Francisco Lindor star as Tigers tumble for 14th straight time to Indians<

^INDIANS-TIGERS:DTN—< Francisco Lindor all but put the Indians on his back and carried them through this three-game sweep of the Tigers.

He homered and drove in both runs Thursday as the Indians extended their winning streak over the Tigers to 14 games with a 2-0 victory.

350 by Chris McCosky in Detroit. MOVED

^Royals can't complete comeback in series finale against the Athletics<

^BBA-ATHLETICS-ROYALS:KC—<KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals rallied from a five-run deficit to pull within a run in the eighth inning. However, they gave up a run in the top of the ninth and weren't able to get over the hump in their last chance at the plate.

The rally fell short despite a Ryan O'Hearn RBI single in the ninth inning that scored Alex Gordon. The Royals dropped the fourth and final game of their series with the Oakland Athletics, 9-8, in front of an announced 13,844 Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. The A's won three of the four games.

300 . MOVED


^Peter Schmuck: Orioles need to keep squabbles behind closed doors after second confrontation this month<

^BBA-SCHMUCK-COLUMN:BZ—<Somebody needs to remind the Orioles the cameras are always rolling.

For the second time this month, an eruption in the Orioles dugout was caught on video at a time when this rebuilding team doesn't need any more bad publicity than it already is generating in the course of another 100-loss — and then some — season.

850 by Peter Schmuck. MOVED


^Jake Cave homers twice as Jose Berrios, Twins beat White Sox 10-5<

BBA-TWINS-WHITESOX:MS The depth and versatility the Twins have thrived on was tested this week against the White Sox. And, like most times this season, the Twins came up aces.

With Miguel Sano, Max Kepler and Marwin Gonzalez on the bench Thursday with injuries, the Twins hammered Chicago 10-5 to complete a sweep of their three-games series while setting a major league record for most home runs on the road.

700 by La Velle E. Neal III in Chicago. MOVED


^Rays snap skid by beating Astros 9-8<

^BBA-RAYS-ASTROS:PT—<By the end of the long afternoon, the Rays had reason to smile again, snapping their skid and avoiding a sweep as they hung on to beat the AL powerhouse Astros, 9-8.

600 by Marc Topkin in Houston. MOVED


^Rhys Hoskins vs. Pete Alonso figures to become the rivalry within the Phillies-Mets rivalry<

^BBN-PHILLIES-HOSKINS:PH—<Never mind that they haven't played against each other for seven weeks. It didn't escape Rhys Hoskins' notice last month that Pete Alonso was muddling through a three-week offensive funk, the lone hiccup in his smashing rookie season for the New York Mets.

"I saw he struggled a little bit out of the gate after the All-Star break," Hoskins said this week. "But it happens to everyone."

950 by Scott Lauber. MOVED


^With Hurricane Dorian approaching, here's how Marlins are preparing ballpark and Jupiter facility<

^BBA-MARLINS-DORIAN:FL—< As Hurricane Dorian continues to intensify on an unpredictable path toward the Florida coast, the Miami Marlins aren't wasting time in preparing for an "extremely dangerous" storm.

Projected to make landfall along the east coast of Florida as a Category Four hurricane on either Sunday or Monday, the entire state is still in the cone of uncertainty. Analysts are expected to have a better sense of the time and location on Friday afternoon.

600 by Wells Dusenbury in Miami. MOVED


^Anthony Fenech: Here's our Detroit Tigers business plan: Kids, late admission free<

^BBA-FENECH-COLUMN:DE—<But before the calendar flips, the team has a big opportunity to give back to the fans who have seen the bad product at Comerica Park this season.

800 by Anthony Fenech in Detroit. MOVED

^Victor Caratini's 2 home runs vault the Cubs to a 4-1 win and a 3-game road sweep of the Mets<

^BBN-CUBS-METS:TB—<With the win, the Cubs (72-61) equaled their season-best five-game road winning streak, extended their winning streak at Citi Field to seven games and cut their deficit to 1 games behind the NL Central-leading Cardinals.

450 by Mark Gonzales in New York. MOVED


^Rougned Odor must show Texas Rangers he's an everyday player, manager says<

BBA-RANGERS-ODOR:FT — Rougned Odor was supposed to be in the prime of his career but instead, as the 2019 season winds down, he's playing to keep it going.

At least with the Texas Rangers.

600 by Stefan Stevenson in Arlington, Texas. MOVED


^Miami Marlins hit four homers and walk off in extras to avoid sweep to Reds<

^BBN-REDS-MARLINS:MI—<MIAMI — The Miami Marlins have fallen victim to the home-run ball so many times this year — with the results magnified over the past month.

They flipped the script on Thursday and did just enough late to bring out some heroics in their series finale against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Marlins hit four solo home runs — none bigger than Harold Ramirez's in the 12th — in their 4-3, 12-inning walk-off win over the Reds to avoid the four-game sweep at Marlins Park.

450 by Jordan Mcpherson. MOVED


Thursday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

LA Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

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


^Ravens believe they 'have something special' in Lamar Jackson. This season will be a chance to prove it.<

FBN-RAVENS-JACKSON:BZ — David Culley joined the Ravens' coaching staff in January for two reasons. One, he said, was to reunite with head coach John Harbaugh, whom he worked with for a decade on Andy Reid's Philadelphia Eagles staff. The other was to coach Lamar Jackson.

1450 by Jonas Shaffer in Baltimore. MOVED


^Josh McCown's one condition for signing with Eagles: Let me coach high school football<

FBN-EAGLES-MCCOWN:CH — Josh McCown retired from the NFL in June and planned to spend his fall coaching high school football at Myers Park. But two weeks ago, the Philadelphia Eagles started seriously attempting to lure him back.

Eagles backup Nate Sudfeld had injured his wrist. McCown had heard from a few teams, but he wasn't really going to consider returning to pro ball unless he could play for a contender with a good coaching staff and for a team that was close to Charlotte, where his family lives and his two sons go to high school.

And last, he wanted to keep coaching at Myers Park.

650 by Langston Wertz Jr. in Charlotte, N.C. MOVED


^Seahawks cornerback Kalan Reed's neck injury is likely career-ending<

FBN-SEAHAWKS-REED:SE — Seahawks cornerback Kalan Reed's neck injury that landed him on injured reserve likely also ended his career, according to a report Thursday that was independently confirmed by the Seattle Times.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted that Reed's agent, Harold Lewis, said injuries to Reed's third and fourth vertebrae caused numbing and "put him at serious risk if he plays again."

350 by Bob Condotta in Seattle. MOVED

^Omar Kelly: Dolphins' focus needs to be on QB class of 2020<

^FBN-KELLY-COLUMN:FL—<Josh Rosen hasn't shown that he's good enough to lead an NFL franchise to the Super Bowl, and it's doubtful he'll ever become a player a franchise can build a dynasty around because there's nothing unique or extraordinary about his skill-set.

1100 by Omar Kelly. MOVED


^There is optimism as Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott are talking but no deal is close<

^FBN-COWBOYS-ELLIOTT:FT—<Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has not talked to hold out running back Ezekiel Elliott in a while.

But vice president Stephen Jones has in recent days, per sources.

The situation still remains at a stalemate as the Cowboys have to come up with an offer that surpasses Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley as the highest-paid player in the league at his position on all metrics.

450 by Clarence E. Hill Jr.. MOVED


^Ex-Chiefs kicker offers to prep Carli Lloyd for NFL, but a Chargers player has doubts<

^FBN-LLOYD:KC—<A week after a video of Carli Lloyd kicking a 55-yard field goal went viral, she is now considering the possibility of playing in the NFL.

Lloyd, the U.S. national team soccer star, reportedly drew interest from an NFL team to kick in a preseason game. Lloyd, 37, may give the NFL a chance.

300 by Pete Grathoff. MOVED


^Former Bucs player Ryan Russell comes out as bisexual<

^FBN-RUSSELL:PT—<Former Bucs defensive end and current NFL free agent Ryan Russell came out as bisexual Wednesday in a first-person essay with ESPN.

"My truth is that I'm a talented football player, a damn good writer, a loving son, an overbearing brother, a caring friend, a loyal lover, and a bisexual man," Russell said in an as-told-to account with ESPN writer Kevin Arnovitz.

500 by Ryan Kolakowski. MOVED


^'Revolt' brewing in Miami Dolphins locker room if team deals Tunsil, source says<

FBN-DOLPHINS-TUNSIL:MI — Should Laremy Tunsil be included in a trade for Jadeveon Clowney?

Absolutely not, according to Dolphins players who "would revolt" if the Dolphins ship out one of their best and most-liked players on the eve of the regular season, a well-placed source tells the Miami Herald.

350 by Adam H. Beasley in New Orleans. MOVED


^Former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith weighs in on Ezekiel Elliott's holdout<

FBN-COWBOYS-SMITH:DA — If there is anyone that can relate to Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's holdout, it's Emmitt Smith.

In 1993, Smith, the Hall of Fame running back, missed the first two games of the season seeking a new contract. After the Cowboys went 0-2, the team signed him to the highest contract for a running back in league history.

350 by Calvin Watkins in Arlington, Texas. MOVED

^Cedric Golden: Luck's sudden retirement a disturbing trend for NFL owners<

^FBN-GOLDEN-COLUMN:AU—<Andrew Luck deserved better from his people.

When news of the oft-injured quarterback's retirement plans began to circulate last weekend, he received the heel treatment from Indianapolis Colts fans as he exited a preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

They dared to boo the franchise quarterback who had given everything to the organization: his blood, his sweat, his tears, his body, his passion.

850 by Cedric Golden. MOVED


^Dieter Kurtenbach: Raiders are built for losing their way to Las Vegas<

^FBN-KURTENBACH-COLUM:SA—<When Jon Gruden took over as the head coach of the Raiders in January 2018, he said his goal was to build "the best football team we can for the people here in Oakland."

He lied.

As we enter the final season of the Raiders' Oakland run, that much is clear. As soon as Gruden started his second, non-successive term, he began building for a grand debut in Las Vegas rather than a strong finish in the East Bay.

850 by Dieter Kurtenbach. MOVED



^Nets' Wilson Chandler suspended 25 games for NBA drug policy violation<

BKN-NETS-CHANDLER:ND — Nets forward Wilson Chandler has been suspended 25 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program, the league announced Thursday.

The NBA said Chandler tested positive for Ipamorelin. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Ipamorelin is a "potent synthetic pentapeptide" that has growth hormone-releasing properties.

400 by Mike Rose in New York. MOVED

^James Ennis is looking to be a long-term fit for the Sixers<

BKN-SIXERS-ENNIS:PH — James Ennis is hoping for some stability for what has been a nomadic NBA career. Ennis was dealt to the 76ers from Houston at the trade deadline on Feb. 7.

He agreed to terms when free agency began to return to the Sixers on a two-year $4.1 million contract with a player option for the second year.

Now he hopes he has a home with more permanence.

550 by Marc Narducci in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Barry Jackson: How the Heat could pick up another commodity to flip for an All-Star and Olynyk's role<

^BKN-JACKSON-COLUMN:MI—< Could the Heat next summer seize on its ability to become a Wells Fargo and parlay that into a meaningful asset?

Quite possibly.

Among the many interesting things team president Pat Riley said in his season-ending news conference in April was this:

"Having room doesn't mean you have to sign anybody. You can take players in. Room is valuable, but you don't have to just save it for an unrestricted free agent. Who knows? We could be a bank. We could use it as a bank. Maybe we're at that state we just want to bank it."

750 by Barry Jackson in Miami. MOVED


^NHL <

^Will Justin Williams return or retire? Hurricanes' coach Rod Brind'Amour has an idea.<

HKN-HURRICANES-WILLIAMS:RA — Much like last summer, Rod Brind'Amour has spent considerable time mulling over various lineups for the Carolina Hurricanes.

The one name the Canes head coach still is not sure about in the lineup: Justin Williams.

800 by Chip Alexander in Raleigh, N.C. MOVED



^Penn State to open college football season led by defense while youthful offense finds its stride<

^FBC-PENNSTATE:PH—<The 2019 Penn State offense has the potential to be very good given the speed at the skill positions. But with youth, a new quarterback and two starting spots to be filled along the offensive line before Saturday's season opener against Idaho, it may take the Nittany Lions a while to put things together.

850 by Joe Juliano. MOVED


^Ryan Day, family prepare for Ohio State spotlight<

FBC-OHIOSTATE-DAY:OH — Ryan Day has never before been a head football coach, but his family keeps him grounded as he prepares for the start of his first season fully in charge at Ohio State, where the pressure for success can be overwhelming.

1250 by Bill Rabinowitz in Columbus, Ohio. MOVED


^FSU, Boise State game moved due to Hurricane Dorian<

^FBC-FSU-BOISESTATE:OS—<The FSU versus Boise State season opener originally scheduled to be played Saturday night in Jacksonville has been moved to Tallahassee due to the threat Hurricane Dorian.

The Seminoles and Broncos will face off at noon Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium instead of 7 p.m. in Jacksonville to avoid trying to get fans into and out of the coastal area ahead of the hurricane, game officials announced Thursday. The game will be broadcast on ESPNews.

700 . MOVED


^Mark Bradley: Clemson: The little ol' program that got massive<

^FBC-BRADLEY-COLUMN:AT—<The Tigers look set to win forever. (OK, forever's a long time. File that one under "slight hyperbole.") Unless Dabo Swinney leaves to replace Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa, there would appear no halting this orange rush. Swinney is 49. He has taken Clemson to the playoff four years running. He has won it twice. He has a softer league than the SEC, and he has blown away the Tigers' inherent of being based in a small state by grabbing recruits from everywhere, Georgia especially. Indeed, Clemson's still-forming 2020 class is being hailed as the program's greatest.

800 by Mark Bradley. MOVED

^New coach Mike Houston brings candor, winning track record to ECU football<

^FBC-ECU-HOUSTON:RA—<There's no brown liquor allowed on the team bus, not even after a 55-point loss to end a miserable season.

There's no such rule against Google.

On the ride back to Greenville after East Carolina's 58-3 loss at N.C. State on Dec. 1, quarterback Holton Ahlers fired up his smartphone to learn more about coach Mike Houston, who was rumored to be a candidate for the Pirates' job.

950 by Joe Giglio in Greenville, N.C. MOVED


^Howard quarterback Caylin Newton, brother of Panthers star Cam Newton, a star even without spotlight<

^FBC-HOWARD-NEWTON:BZ—<Near-anonymity suits Caylin Newton well.

Despite being the starting quarterback for the Howard football team and the reigning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Newton said he can walk around the university's Washington campus with little fanfare.

1200 by Edward Lee. MOVED


^UK's Stoops 'a little disappointed' season opener not sold out. 'We need the support.'<

BKC-UKENTUCKY-STOOPS:LX — University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops had one reason to not be happy the day after signing a renegotiated contract that begot him a half-million dollar raise through the next six seasons.

UK at noon Saturday kicks off its 2019 season against Toledo at Kroger Field. Tickets for that game have not sold out, and the university is expecting "plenty of" empty seats. A quick look at Ticketmaster shows tickets — which range in price from $30-70 for non-resale varieties — available in almost every section of the stadium, including hundreds in the lower bowl.

400 by Josh Moore in Lexington, Ky. MOVED


^Josh Gattis ushers in big culture change for Michigan football<

FBC-MICHIGAN-GATTIS:DTN The ice breaker was a hit with Michigan fans.

Hashtag speed in space. That was essentially how Josh Gattis introduced himself on Twitter — #speedinspace — to anyone who follows the Wolverines, and they embraced the concept immediately. The first-time offensive coordinator blew into Ann Arbor with a no-huddle spread he calls it a pro-spread and insists it's not a complete departure from the offense Jim Harbaugh has run the first four seasons that takes advantage of, in particular, Michigan's quarterbacks and receivers.

It's all about the playmakers and getting the ball in their hands and making big plays. Gattis' offense will make its debut Saturday night in Michigan's season opener against Middle Tennessee State.

1650 by Angelique S. Chengelis in Ann Arbor, Mich. MOVED

^Yes, Jacob Eason is different. But UW coach Chris Petersen still wants you to keep 'perspective.'<

FBC-WASHINGTON-EASON:SE — Chris Petersen's compliments came with a warning.

Yes, Jacob Eason is physically different. Yes, the junior from Georgia can throw a football on his knees from Husky Stadium to Hawaii. Yes, he has the potential to incinerate Pac-12 secondaries.

But please, pump the brakes.

Puh-lease, just let him play.

600 by Mike Vorel in Seattle. MOVED

Thursday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games featuring teams in the AP top 25:

Florida A&M at No. 17 UCF, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Georgia Tech at No. 1 Clemson, 8 p.m.


^Sarah Valenzuela: Carli Lloyd is absolutely right: 'There is no reason why a woman could not' be an NFL kicker<

^SOC-VALENZUELA-COLUMN:NY—<"There is no reason why a woman could not do this."

But the NFL needs to do it right.

As a two-time World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, professional soccer powerhouse Carli Lloyd has always thrived under bright lights, thousands of screaming fans, and the pressure to win it all. So when she kicked a 55-yard field goal after a joint Eagles-Ravens practice on Aug. 20, let's be honest, it was light-work.

950 by Sarah Valenzuela. MOVED

^Atlanta in 'very good position' to host World Cup, but cost will be high<

^SOC-ATLANTA-WORLDCUP:AT—<The chief organizer of the bid that secured the 2026 World Cup for North America offered an encouraging assessment Wednesday of Atlanta's chances of hosting key parts of the event — and a sobering assessment of the costs of doing so.

750 by Tim Tucker in Atlanta. MOVED


^Does Denis Kudla have shot to dethrone Novak Djokovic at US Open?<

TEN-USOPEN-KUDLA:ND — Might 27-year-old American tennis journeyman Denis Kudla metamorphose from frog to prince Friday night? Might he be able to dethrone reigning U.S. Open king Novak Djokovic?

Kudla, never ranked higher than 53rd and currently No. 111, is in the Open's third round for the first time. In 21 previous major-tournament appearances, he has been as far as the fourth round only once. Earlier this summer, he was run out of Wimbledon in the second round by 16-time major champ Djokovic. In straight sets.

500 by John Jeansonne in New York. MOVED


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