Friday, September 4
Three ranked teams in action
UNDATED (AP) — There are three games in Top-25 action this evening. The highest ranked school with a contest is fourth ranked Baylor as the Bears are at SMU. The ranking is the highest ever for the Bears, who will be without defensive end Shawn Oakman and safety Orion Stewart who were suspended for the game after violating unspecified team rules. Both were All-Big 12 selections last season.
Fifth-ranked Michigan State opens its season against in-state opponent Western Michigan of the Mid-American Conference, and 23rd-ranked Boise State is playing host to Washington's Huskies.
Bucs look to make move
UNDATED (AP) — If the Pirates are going to catch the Cardinals in the National League Central, they pretty much need to sweep all three games in St. Louis this weekend. At the start of play, the Bucs will be 6 ½ games back of Cards and following this series the clubs have just three games left between them. That three-game set will take place in Pittsburgh Sept. 28-30.
There hasn't been any change for a while in the American League East as the Blue Jays continue to lead the Yankees by 1 ½ games. This evening, Toronto is home to Baltimore, a team desperate for a win as the Orioles have all but fallen out of contention in both the divisional and wild card races. New York is home to Tampa Bay, a team clinging to a thread in its hopes for a wild card berth.
The lead for Houston over Texas in the American League West is now just two games. This evening the Astros are entertaining a Minnesota team that is just 1 ½ games back of the second AL wild card spot, while the Rangers are in Anaheim to play the Angels, a team still alive in both the AL West race and AL wild card battle.
The Nationals are now six games back of the Mets in the National League East with a huge three game series between the two clubs starting Monday in Washington. Tonight the Nats are home to the Braves while the Mets are in Miami.
Your remaining games this evening feature the Diamondbacks in Chicago to face the Cubs, the Tigers home to the Indians, Philadelphia at Boston, the Reds hosting Milwaukee, Kansas City entertaining the White Sox, the Giants at Colorado, the A's home to the Mariners and the Dodgers in San Diego.
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich), the two No. 1 seeds at the U.S. Open, are back at today. Williams, who is gunning for a sweep of the four Grand Slam tournaments this year, is on court this evening against fellow American Bethanie Mattek (MAT'-ihk)-Sands, while Djokovic has a match this afternoon against 25th-seed Andreas Seppi of Italy.
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Round 2 in FedEx playoffs
NORTON, Mass. (AP) — The second of the four FedEx Cup PGA playoff tournaments, the Deutsche (DOY'-cheh) Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts, has begun. The winner of the first event, last week's The Barclays, was Jason Day and he is already 3-under after three holes.
The field has been reduced to 100 for this week's tournament with it being cut to 70 for the BMW Championship on Sept. 17-20 and then just 30 for the Tour Championship the following week in Atlanta.
In the FedEx standings, Day is the leader with Jordan Speith (speeth), who failed to make the cut last week, second and Bubba Watson third. By failing to make the cut last week, Speith dropped from the No. 1 world ranking and was replaced by Rory McIlroy.