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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 20

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Aug. 20 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Wednesday:

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

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LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

Mo'ne takes center stage

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Thirteen-year-old Mo'ne Davis, the latest Sports Illustrated cover athlete, leads the Philadelphia region Little League World Series team into action against a hard-hitting Las Vegas squad with all eyes on the female fireballer. (MSC-NEWS/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2300 gmt/7:30 PM game, The Sports Xchange, by John Perrotto, 725 words)

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Manziel to bench, Browns pick Hoyer

Brian Hoyer will start for the Cleveland Browns, who opted to keep rookie first-round pick Johnny Manziel on the bench to start the 2014 season. (FBN-BROWNS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Shaw, 30, diagnosed with ALS

Former special teams player Tim Shaw retired from the NFL earlier this year on this 30th birthday. He disclosed today that he's been diagnosed with ALS. (FBN-TITANS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Jaguars' Bradley optimistic in Year 2

Head coach Gus Bradley thrives on optimism, but he's not putting parameters on the Jacksonville Jaguars' improvement goals in Year 2. (FBN-JAGUARS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 425 words)

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Former ref Carey asked off of Redskins' games

Retired NFL official Mike Carey, the first African-American referee in a Super Bowl, said in 2006 he asked the NFL not to assign him to Washington Redskins games because he finds the franchise nickname racist. (FBN-REDSKINS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 325 words)

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Cowboys valued at $3.2 billion

Forbes projects the Dallas Cowboys as the most valuable NFL franchise at $3.2 billion, and estimates the average franchise has gained approximately 20 percent in value in the past year. (FBN-COWBOYS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 275 words)

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Steelers sign DE Keisel

Brett Keisel, 35, rejoins the Steelers, kicking off his 13th season in Pittsburgh. (FBN-STEELERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Cowboys extend reign as NFL's most valuable team

The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable NFL team for an eighth consecutive year, more than double the league average, according to an annual survey by business magazine Forbes. (NFL-FORBES/, moved, 275 words)

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NFL Roundup

The latest news and notes from NFL training camp. (FBN-NOTEBOOK/, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Kent State player found dead

Kent State says starting center Jason Bitsko has been found dead. He was 21. (FBC-KENTSTATE-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 175 words)

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The Sports Xchange: Big Ten breakout players

One player's bad break is a chance for another to become a breakout. Such is the hope in Columbus, where Big Ten Player of the Year frontrunner Braxton Miller re-injured his right shoulder, paving the way for untested redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett to grab the reins of Urban Meyer's offense. (FBC-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 1,280 words)

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The Sports Xchange: Big Ten newcomers to watch

The Sports Xchange polled its college football correspondents in the Big Ten to identify the top newcomers in the conference. (FBC-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 1,280 words)

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

NBA Roundup

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

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GOLF

McIlroy looks to make more magic in launch of FedExCup series

PARAMUS, New Jersey - World number one Rory McIlroy, winner of three tournaments in a row including the British Open and the PGA Championship, aims to keep his streak alive at this week's The Barclays, the opener of the four-event FedExCup playoffs. (PGA-FEDEXCUP/, expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, by Larry Fine, 500 words)

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Selig: A's need new park

Outgoing commissioner Bud Selig says a new ballpark must be on the frontburner for the Oakland Athletics to remain competitive. The A's have played in the Coliseum since 1968 and are in contention for the American League West division title. (BBO-ATHLETICS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Schilling blames chewing for cancer

Curt Schilling, who won 216 games in 20 major league seasons, says his belief that a recent bout with cancer was caused by chewing tobacco. (BBO-SOX-PHILLIES-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by John Perrotto, 400 words)

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Red Sox SS Bogearts won't go to minors

BOSTON - No, the Boston Red Sox never expected that Xander Bogaerts would struggle as much as he has this season, especially at the plate. But no, they also aren't ready to send him back to the minors to work out his problems. (BBO-REDSOX-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Orioles slide struggling Jimenez to bullpen

CHICAGO - Ubaldo Jimenez hasn't been able to figure things out as a starter for the Baltimore Orioles, so now he'll continue the search for his best stuff as a reliever. (BBO-ORIOLES-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Brian Hedger, 350 words)

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

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Mets at Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. - Zack Wheeler is 5-0 in his last nine starts for the New York Mets, but Oakland dealt him his most recent defeat and the Athletics turn to Jeff Samardzija. (BBO-ATHLETICS-METS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 1945 GMT/3:45 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Eric Gilmore, 400-word first lede, 800-word writethru)

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Tigers at Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Rick Porcello has lost four straight starts, but gets the nod for the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays and Jake Odorizzi, who is 6-1 in his past seven starts. (BBO-RAYS-TIGERS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2310 GMT/7:10 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 800-word writethru)

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MLB Wrap: Cueto tries to make it sweet 16 for the season

Johnny Cueto goes for a Major League-leading 16th win when the Cincinnati Reds visit the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves try to continue their recent strong play at the Pittsburgh Pirates in two of the 15 games on the Major League Baseball schedule. (BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 975 words)

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The full MLB schedule

American League

Houston at New York Yankees, 7:05 PM ET

Los Angeles Angels at Boston, 7:10 PM ET

Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:10 PM ET

Baltimore at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 PM ET

Cleveland at Minnesota, 8:10 PM ET

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National League

Arizona at Washington, 7:05 PM ET

Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 7:05 PM ET

Cincinnati at St. Louis, 7:15 PM ET

San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 PM ET

San Diego at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:10 PM ET

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Interleague

Texas at Miami, 12:40 PM ET

Seattle at Philadelphia, 1:05 PM ET

Toronto at Milwaukee, 2:10 PM ET

New York Mets at Oakland, 3:35 PM ET

Kansas City at Colorado, 8:40 PM ET

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

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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AUTO RACING

NASCAR driver capsules

Jeff Gordon remains No. 1 in the points, where he has been for nine of the last 10 weeks and 15 of the last 16 weeks. He leads Hendrick Motorsports teammate and second-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by three points and holds an 83-point edge over third-ranked Brad Keselowski with the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol ahead. (CAR-SPRINT-DRIVERCAPSULES/, expect by 2030 GMT/4:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by Jerry Bonkowski and Bob Moore, 300 words per driver)

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TENNIS

Serena named the top seed for the U.S. Open

NEW YORK - World No. 1 Serena Williams is named the top seed for the U.S. Open where she will be seeking to win the women's singles title for a third consecutive year. (TENNIS-OPEN/SEEDS, moved, 275 words)

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SWIMMING

Phelps confident of getting back to his best

SINGAPORE - Michael Phelps' comeback to competitive swimming has been anything but smooth sailing. A series of rare defeats have illuminated the enormous challenge he faces getting back to the top. (SWIMMING-PANPACS/, moved, 550 words)

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NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS

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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