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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM ET on Thursday, Sept. 12


Sept 12 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Thursday:

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

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Jets at Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Geno Smith leads the New York Jets to Gillette Stadium for his first meeting with division rival Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. (FBN-PATRIOTS-JETS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU, expect approximately three hours after 0025 GTM/8:25 PM ET kickoff, The Sports Xchange, by Mike Shalin, first lede 400 words, write-thru 700 words)

ALSO: FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Sanchez chooses shoulder rehab (FBN-JETS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 275 words, will be led)


Week 2: NFL matchup analysis for all games

Dallas visits Kansas City and Pittsburgh goes to Cincinnati, but the big game is in Seattle, where NFC West heavyweights battle Sunday night. (FBN-CHIEFS-COWBOYS-NEWS/, all games move as individual capsules, expect by 2300 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by Derek Harper and Jeff Reynolds, 400 words per game)


Dolphins want running game in high gear at Indy

DAVIE, Fla. - Quarterback Andrew Luck won't be the Miami Dolphins' No. 1 concern. The Dolphins will be much more worried about the Colts' run defense. (FBN-DOLPHINS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 403 words)


Steelers seek redemption at Cincy

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - After one of their more gruesome openers, the Pittsburgh Steelers hit the road hoping to both redeem themselves and find themselves when they play in what has been cozy Cincinnati for them. (FBN-REDSKINS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 434 words)


More Rodgers, fewer huddles in Packers' plan

GREEN BAY, Wisc. - The evolution of the Green Bay Packers' employing a no-huddle offense is in full effect this season. Although the results were a mixed bag in the 34-28 loss at San Francisco to start the season last Sunday, head coach/play caller Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator Tom Clements signaled this week that liberal use of the uptempo attack is on. Expect to see it this Sunday against the visiting Washington Redskins. (FBN-PACKERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 725 words)


Eagles dig deep in prep for Chargers' passing game

PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia Eagles defensive secondary that already had depth issues entering the season, probably will face Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers Sunday without one of its starting corners. (FBN-EAGLES-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 588 words)


Chudzinski implores Browns to avoid SINS

BEREA, Ohio - The boo birds are already out in Cleveland after another season-opening loss, and now the mission of coach Rob Chudzinski is to hold things together with a road games in Baltimore coming Sunday and another in Minnesota Sept. 22. It all comes down to swearing off of SINS - self-inflicted negatives. (FBN-BROWNS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 530 words)


Colts seeking more Pep in new-look offense

INDIANAPOLIS - Twenty-one points was enough to win the opener, but the Indianapolis Colts are expecting wholesale improvement from their Pep Hamilton-led offense in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins. (FBN-COLTS-DOLPHINS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 615 words)


Redskins won't panic with Packers up next

ASHBURN, Va. - The defending NFC East champion Washington Redskins delivered a poor performance in their stunning season-opening loss to visiting Philadelphia, particularly in the first half in which they were outscored 26-7, outgained 322 to 75 and managed just three first downs to the Eagles' 21. Now, Washington travels to defending NFC North champion Green Bay on a short week, but the Redskins aren't looking to push the reset button quite yet, even on a defense that struggled for much of 2012. (FBN-BRONCOS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by David Elfin, 608 words)


Panthers in must-win spot after one loss?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If the Carolina Panthers don't make the postseason this year, it could bring a rebuild the franchise hasn't seen in quite some time. That raises the stakes even after just one loss. (FBN-PANTHERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 523 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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Players to participate in investigation

Fletcher Cox and Chad Bumphis will participate fully in Mississippi State's internal investigation in reaction to the Yahoo Sports report that cited five players who accepted extra benefits in the form of agent-paid gifts or travel. (FBC-ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPISTATE-NEWS/, moved, 600 words)

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No. 24 TCU at Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas - TCU moves on without QB Casey Pachall (arm) again and recent history of former SWC foes forecasts an entertaining game at Texas Tech. (FBC-TEXASTECH-TCU-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 2330 GMT/7:30 PM ET kickoff, The Sports Xchange, by Chad Conine, 400-word first lede, 700-word write-thru)


Week 3 preview capsules

Snapshots of all games involving AP Top 25 teams, including the big one in College Station, Texas, between Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M and Alabama. (FBC-NEWS/, expect by 1930 GMT/3:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 450 words per game)


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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PGA Tour: BMW Championship (to 15)

Woods and McIlroy ready for title bids at Conway Farms

LAKE FOREST, Illinois - World number one Tiger Woods launches his bid for a sixth PGA Tour victory of the season in Thursday's opening round at Conway Farms Golf Club, venue for the third of the four lucrative FedExCup playoff events. Northern Irish world number four Rory McIlroy defends the title he won by two shots last year. (GOLF-PGA/, expect first story by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 450 words)

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

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Braves at Marlins

MIAMI - Right-hander Freddy Garcia gets the ball against the Miami Marlins with the Atlanta Braves trying to narrow their magic number to six. (BBO-MARLINS-BRAVES-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU, expect first copy ASAP after 1640 GMT/12:40 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Walter Villa, first lede 400 words, write-thru 700 words)


Red Sox at Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jake Peavy and the Boston Red Sox close out their series with Tampa and right-hander Jeremy Hellickson before another weekender against the New York Yankees. (BBO-RAYS-REDSOX-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU, expect first copy ASAP after 2300 GMT/7 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word write-thru)


Well-traveled Guthrie helping put Royals in rare playoff position

CLEVELAND - Jeremy Guthrie is closing in on two firsts in his eight seasons in the majors. Guthrie entered this season with never having a .500 record in the majors. His best overall season was 2008 with the Orioles, going 10-12 with a 3.63 ERA in 30 starts. Guthrie, also, has never played for a winning team in the majors. (BBO-ROYALS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 377 words)


Rockies' Chacin nearing 200 innings mark

DENVER - Despite missing two starts in April due to a back strain, Jhoulys Chacin has a chance to pitch 200 innings for the first time in his career. (BBO-ROCKIES-TEAMREPORT/, expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 360 words)


Angels give Richards vote of confidence for 2014

TORONTO - When Garrett Richards started for the Angels on Thursday, he already had his best endorsement to date on his position in the organization. The Angels' 25-year-old right-hander has a 2.96 ERA in his nine starts since joining the rotation in late July, a performance good enough that general manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed Richards has earned a spot in the 2014 rotation. (BBO-ANGELS-TEAMREPORT/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 310 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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Busch Brothers turn down volume, crank up results

CHICAGO - Kurt and Kyle Busch are no strangers to braggadocio behavior, but for the first time in their careers they let their racing do the talking, steering clear of trouble for the most part this year to achieve at a high level. (CAR-SPRINT, expect by 2245 GMT/6:45 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by Jerry Bonkowski, 600 words)

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Mayweather puts unbeaten record on the line against Alvarez

Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. puts his unbeaten record on the line when he challenges Mexican Saul "Canelo" Alvarez for the WBC and WBA super welterweight titles at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday. We preview the fight. (BOXING/MAYWEATHER (PREVIEW), expect by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, 400 words)

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Embattled Oracle replaces tactician

SAN FRANCISCO - America's Cup defender Oracle Team USA replaces its tactician, John Kostecki, in an attempt to reverse its dwindling chances of keeping the trophy in San Francisco, after losing four of the first five races to a strong New Zealand challenger. (SAILING-AMERICASCUP/ORACLE, moved; will be led, by Alden Bentley, 500 words)

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Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (expect by 0001 GMT/8:01 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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