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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EDT on Friday, July 25


July 25 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Friday:

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Texans WR Johnson reports to camp

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson ends his offseason away from the team, reporting to training camp. (FBN-TEXANS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Lynch stays away from Seahawks workouts

A rumored holdout from minicamp never happened, but Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is a no-show for the start of training camp and wants the team to address his contract. (FBN-SEAHAWKS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Hardy incident hangs heavy over Panthers

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - After a tumultuous offseason that included the surprise release of the team's most popular and perhaps best player ever in Steve Smith, the Carolina Panthers return to work. But football still isn't the main storyline. (FBN-PANTHERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Fans stoke Dalton debate: 'AJ to AJ' is future

CINCINNATI -- While debates simmer about if, when and for how much the Cincinnati Bengals should redo quarterback Andy Dalton's contract, now in its fourth year, the fans weigh in.

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See also: Battered Bengals rejoin practice (FBN-BENGALS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Vernon Davis no holdout

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Vernon Davis, the first in league history to post multiple 13-touchdown seasons, reports back to the San Francisco 49ers on time, ending his holdout after missing the team's minicamp. In doing so, he accrues $270,000 in fines and forfeits a $50,000 workout bonus. (FBN-49ERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Chris Biderman, 500 words)

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Chiefs hint QB Smith is good, not great

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - One down, two more to go. Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles signs a new deal but the slow-moving talks with QB Alex Smith speak volumes. (FBN-CHIEFS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Embarrassed Broncos set high goals for defense

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - After last year's decline from being the NFL's No. 2 defense in 2012, that side of the football has heard far too much about the Denver Broncos being half a team. (FBN-BRONCOS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 525 words)

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Rex: Jets 'zillion miles' ahead of 2013

CORTLAND, N. Y. - The New York Jets begin the 2014 season the same way they ended the 2013 campaign: Bubbling with optimism. (FBN-JETS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 575 words)

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Gronk's return upstages Brady

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The biggest applause from the thousands of fans in attendance as the New England Patriots open training camp 2014 wasn't for Tom Brady. That honor was saved for tight end Rob Gronkowski. (FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Cavs still the leader to land Love

Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers cannot trade No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins before Aug. 23, they remain the front-runner to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star power forward Kevin Love in a trade. (BKN-CAVALIERS-TIMBERWOLVES-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 250 words)

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Griffin out, Wall in

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin decides to pass on playing the U.S. national team at the FIBA World Cup of basketball in August and Washington Wizards guard John Wall is added to the roster. (BKN-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 250 words)

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Team USA surprised Griffin bowed out

With the future of the Los Angeles Clippers' ownership tied up in court, guard Chris Paul says the team's players might boycott the start of the upcoming season if Donald Sterling still owns the club. (BKN-CLIPPERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 325 words)

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NBA roundup

The latest news and notes from around the league. (BKN-NOTEBOOK-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)

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PGA Tour: Canadian Open, Ile Bizard, Quebec

Putnam and Petrovic in early control at Royal Montreal

Americans Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic share a one-shot lead into today's second round at Royal Montreal after opening with six-under-par 64s. Compatriot Matt Kuchar, the world No. 7 and highest-ranked player in the field, is five shots off the pace. (GOLF-PGA/ (PIX), expect end-of-day lead by 2300 GMT/7 PM ET, 450 words)

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International Crown

Four-ball matches begin at the LPGA International Crown at Owings Mills, Md. (GLF-NEWS/, expect ASAP after conclusion of second round, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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La Russa talks about steroids and the Hall of Fame

Tony La Russa will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame along with five others in Cooperstown on Sunday but the former manager believes there is room for tainted stars from the so-called Steroids Era. (BASEBALL-HALLOFFAME/DOPING, expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, by Larry Fine, 600 words)

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Red Sox DH Ortiz questionable

TORONTO - The Boston Red Sox are not sure what to expect from their most dangerous hitter, David Ortiz, when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game series at Tropicana Field. Ortiz, who hit four homers in the first three games of a four-game series against the Blue Jays, had to leave the series finale Thursday with back spasms. (BBO-REDSOX-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Larry Millson, 425 words)

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A's finally part with Johnson

OAKLAND, Calif. - Struggling right-hander Jim Johnson's nightmare season in Oakland ends when the Athletics designate him for assignment. (BBO-ATHLETICS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Eric Gilmore, 475 words)

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Mariners buy into boost with Morales move

SEATTLE - Playing the part of trade-deadline buyers while trying to recapture lightning in a bottle, the Seattle Mariners acquire veteran Kendrys Morales. (BBO-MARINERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Scott M. Johnson, 425 words)

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Phillies' Ruf to play 1B at Howard's expense

PHILADELPHIA - Ryne Sandberg wouldn't call it a platoon on Wednesday. On Thursday, however, it sure looked and sounded more like one. It should be an interesting weekend for Philadelphia with Darin Ruf, who was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, and 34-year-old Ryan Howard at the center of it all. (BBO-PHILLIES-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Jordan Hall, 400 words)

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The Sports Xchange covers all MLB games. Key matchups highlighted below:

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Cardinals at Cubs

CHICAGO - A weekend series between NL Central rivals opens at Wrigley Field, with Joe Kelly starting for St. Louis. (BBO-CUBS-CARDINALS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2000 GMT/4 PM ET first pitch, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 800-word writethru)

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Red Sox at Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Left-handed aces Jon Lester (Red Sox) and David Price (Rays) take the ball amidst speculation about their future with the trade deadline looming. (BBO-RAYS-REDSOX-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2315 GMT/7:15 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 800-word writethru)

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MLB Wrap: Yankees and Blue Jays open key three-game series

Mark Buehrle (10-6) aims for his 11th victory of the season when the Toronto Blue Jays travel to the Bronx to open a crucial three game weekend series with the New York Yankees in a tight American League East. It's one of 15 games on the MLB slate.(BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0430 GMT/12:30 AM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 900 words)

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The full MLB schedule

American League

Toronto at New York Yankees, 7:05 PM ET

Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:10 PM ET

Oakland at Texas, 8:05 PM ET

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10 PM ET

Cleveland at Kansas City, 8:10 PM ET

Detroit at Los Angeles Angels, 10:05 PM ET

Baltimore at Seattle, 10:10 PM ET

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National League

St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 PM ET

Arizona at Philadelphia, 7:05 PM ET

Washington at Cincinnati, 7:10 PM ET

San Diego at Atlanta, 7:35 PM ET

New York Mets at Milwaukee, 8:10 PM ET

Pittsburgh at Colorado, 8:40 PM ET

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco, 10:15 PM ET

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Miami at Houston, 8:10 PM ET

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NHL Roundup

The latest moves and news from the NHL. (HKN-NOTEBOOK/, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Brickyard warm-up

Matt Kensenth's No. 17 was one of the early leaders in Friday's practice session ahead of the Brickyard 400. (CAR-NEWS/ (PIX), expect by 2230 GMT/6:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, special from NASCAR Wire Service, 450 words)

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Isner title defense moves into quarterfinals

American top seed and defending champion John Isner faces eighth seeded Australian Marinko Matosevic for a spot in the semi-finals of the Atlanta Open which kicks off the U.S. hard court season ahead of the year's final grand slam, the U.S. Open. (TENNIS-ATLANTA/, expect by 0300 GMT/11 PM ET, 250 words)

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European challengers commit to America's Cup

LONDON - Four European teams promise to compete for the next America's Cup, ensuring the event will be viable after official challenger Team Australia pulls out because of rising costs. The European rivals from Italy, Sweden, Britain and France say they'll cooperate with Oracle Team USA. (SAILING-AMERICAS/CHALLENGERS, moved, 375 words)

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Navardauskas delivers for Garmin as Nibali retains lead

BERGERAC, France - Ramunas Navardauskas finishes off Garmin-Sharp's plan to win the 19th stage of the Tour de France, a 130-mile ride from Maubourguet as Italian Vincenzo Nibali retains the overall leader's yellow jersey. (CYCLING-TOUR/ (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, by Julien Pretot, 500 words)

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Podium places to be decided in Tour final time trial

BERGERAC, France - After almost three weeks of aggressive, action-packed bike racing, the Tour de France podium contenders will be on their own as the honors are decided in Saturday's final time trial. (CYCLING-TOUR/TIMETRIAL (PIX), moved, by Julien Pretot, 650 words)

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Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (Expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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