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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 10

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Sept. 10 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Tuesday:

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The duty editor is Steve Ginsburg, 202-898-8427

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Thomas bolsters Broncos receiving riches

DOVE VALLEY, Colo. - Until last Thursday, Julius Thomas was like an emerging rock band working college-town bar gigs: his brilliance was known to only a few. This week, he's being discussed as a season-long factor in the NFL's leading passing offense. (FBN-BRONCOS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 550 words)

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Trestman wants more from Bears' defensive line

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - There was no defense for the modest pass rush generated by the Chicago Bears in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, coach Marc Trestman says. (FBN-BEARS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Barber offers critique of Giants RB Wilson

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Tiki Barber might have the solution for second-year New York Giants' running back David Wilson's fumbling problems. (FBN-GIANTS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 525 words)

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Smith, Falcons looking for O-line improvement without overhaul

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Take it from head coach Mike Smith, who confirms on his own film review that leaky blocking led to pressure on the right side, left side and up the middle. No, the Atlanta Falcons offensive line problems didn't just go away once the regular season started. (FBN-FALCONS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Jets-Patriots preview

Previewing the New York Jets and New England Patriots, who square off Thursday with many new faces likely to play big roles. (FBN-JETS-PATRIOTS-NEWS/, Game Preview with Gameplan/Matchup/Player to watch, expect by 2345 GMT/7:45 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by Derek Harper, 400 words)

Also: Patriots' Gronkowski, Amendola not likely to play (FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 200 words)

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Winslow could be valuable value for Jets

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Much as the franchise did in buying low in high-injury risk safety LaRon Landry in 2012, the New York Jets could bear similar fruit with the one-year pickup of tight end Kellen Winslow. (FBN-JETS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 325 words)

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NFL notebook

The latest news and notes from around the league. (FBN-NOTEBOOK/, expect by 2300 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Report alleges players were paid at Oklahoma State

Sports Illustrated publishes the first of a five-part investigative series, outlining payments made to players as recently as 2011 under coach Mike Gundy and dating to LSU coach Les Miles' tenure in Stillwater. (FBC-OKLAHOMASTATE-NEWS/, moved; will be led, The Sports Xchange, 425 words)

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Alabama pumped for Texas A&M

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - It'll be dubbed as the game of the year, but while players are privately stoked to see Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M again, coach Nick Saban is keeping his team locked in on his "just another game" mantra. (FBC-ALABAMA-NEWS/, expect by 2315 GMT/7:15 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Ohio State has already answered critical question

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Of the few reasons for perspiration around the Ohio State program at the outset of the season, what the Buckeyes might do without ultra-talented quarterback Braxton Miller was the chief concern. Now, Ohio State knows just what it has when Kenny Guiton trots onto the field. (FBC-OHIOSTATE-NEWS/, expect by 2215 GMT/6:15 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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CFB notebook

The latest news and notes form around the nation. (FBC-NOTEBOOK/, expect by 2300 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

LeBron: 'We'll see' what free agency brings in 2014

LeBron James can become a free agent at the end of the 2013-14 season, but the Miami Heat star isn't offering insight into The Decision, Part II. (BKN-HEAT-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

The Sports Xchange covers all MLB games, top matchups highlighted below

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Pirates at Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Pittsburgh Pirates, in the thick of the National League Central and wild-card races, visit the Texas Rangers, who have playoff aspirations of their own. (BBO-RANGERS-PIRATES-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU (PIX), expect first copy just after the game, The Sports Xchange, by Art Garcia, first lede 400 words; write-thru 700 words)

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A's closer Balfour keeping it together despite recent struggles

OAKLAND - All-Star closer Grant Balfour has not been all that sharp lately - but he only has one blown save despite a week-plus of wobbly outings. (BBO-ATHLETICS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Indians aim is to keep starting rotation intact

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians have finally developed a quality starting rotation. The question now is whether they can keep it intact for 2014. Three of the five will be back next year, but the futures of two are still up in the air. (BBO-INDIANS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Tigers must make decision on suspended Peralta

DETROIT - Decision time is coming down quickly in regards to a possible return of suspended shortstop Jhonny Peralta. His 50-game suspension by Major League Baseball for use of PEDs ends coincidentally with Detroit's final series of the season, a three-game set at Miami. (BBO-TIGERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 425 words)

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Rays regrouped, refocused on final off day

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Rays lost seven games on their 10-game West Coast trip after not pitching well, playing poorly in the field and struggling at the plate. But they went home happy after a 4-1 win Sunday, confident on Monday's final off-day that they are in better shape than it appears for making the playoffs. (BBO-RAYS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)

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Blue Jays starting to see real Reyes

TORONTO - Shortstop Jose Reyes suffered a severely sprained left ankle on April 12. He has just started to get back to normal in the past couple of weeks even though he returned in late June. (BBO-BLUEJAYS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Around the Horn highlights

The St. Louis Cardinals, looking to pad their lead atop the N.L. Central, seek their 10th win in 12 games on their home field when they open a three-game set vs. the Milwaukee Brewers in one of 15 games on the major league schedule. (BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/, expect by 0430 GMT/12:30 AM ET, 300 words)

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MLB notebook

The latest news and notes from around the league. (BBO-NOTEBOOK/, expect by 2300 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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SOCCER

U.S. might punch ticket to Rio tonight

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The United States soccer team will be without striker Jozy Altidore and defenders Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron when it faces Mexico at Crew Stadium. If the Americans win and Honduras defeats or ties visiting Panama, the U.S. will secure its seventh straight World Cup appearance. (SOCCER-WORLD/US (PIX), expect by 0230 GMT/10:30 PM ET, by Simon Evans, 500 words)

Note: There will be separates on the two other CONCACAF games (including Jamaica vs. Costa Rica) and a wrap at the end of the night

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DIANA NYAD

Nyad to address skeptics of her record swim

Diana Nyad talks to endurance swimmers skeptical of her record-breaking crossing of the Florida Straits. Some long-distance swimmers are wondering how Nyad, 64, was able to dramatically accelerate her pace during one stretch of the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Key West. (USA-CUBA-SWIM/, conference call expected to start at 2300 GMT/7 PM ET, 500 words)

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AUTO RACING

Bowyer 'happy' Newman in Chase

While Jeff Gordon clearly doesn't believe NASCAR took strong enough action against MWR regarding penalties for attempting to manipulate the Chase standings, Ryan Newman has no issues with Clint Bowyer. (CAR-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

Note: The story may be updated following Michael Waltrip's interview with FOX)

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TENNIS

Nadal raises the bar again, Federer's record looms

NEW YORK - Hitting harder and moving more explosively than ever, Rafa Nadal raises the bar of men's tennis another notch during his four-set defeat of Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open final. (TENNIS-NADAL/, moved, 725 words)

See also: Spain waits on Nadal ahead of Davis Cup playoff (TENNIS-DAVIS/SPAIN)

Murray seals ATP Tour finals spot, Federer struggling. (TENNIS/FINALS)

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AMERICA'S CUP

They're back in the water

America's Cup racing resumes after a day off. New Zealand won three of the first four races but, after a shaky start, the U.S. shows it's a formidable contender after leading much of the third race and winning the fourth. (SAILING-AMERICASCUP/ (PIX), expect 400 words by 2115 GMT/5:15 PM ET, with Update 1 after 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, By Ronnie Cohen and Alden Bentley, 600 words)

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OLYMPICS

IOC seals restored ties with U.S. by voting in Probst

BUENOS AIRES - The International Olympic Committee confirms it's restored ties with the United States - after a long-standing revenue dispute was settled last year - by electing U.S. Olympic Committee president Larry Probst into its membership. (OLYMPICS/MEMBERS (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moved, 400 words)

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Germany's Bach elected IOC president

BUENOS AIRES - German Thomas Bach is elected president of the International Olympic Committee, succeeding Belgian Jacques Rogge who stepped down after 12 years at the helm. (OLYMPICS-PRESIDENT/ (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved; will be led, by Karolos Grohmann, 600 words)

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Triumphant Tokyo delegation returns to roll up sleeves

TOKYO - A triumphant Tokyo governor Naoki Inose returns home to the cheers of thousands, thanking everyone for the support that brought the 2020 Olympic Games to Japan and vowing to get down to work to make them successful. (OLYMPICS-JAPAN/RETURN (PIX, TV), moved, by Elaine Lies, 625 words)

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Japan's Panasonic keen to extend sponsorship to Tokyo

BERLIN - Japan's Panasonic would like to extend its long-running Olympic sponsorship to 2020 when Tokyo will host the Games, the company's chief executive says. (OLYMPICS-JAPAN/SPONSOR (PIX), moved, 200 words)

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NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS

Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (expect by 0001 GMT/8 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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