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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM ET on Tuesday, Sept. 17

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Sept 17 (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

Bengals-Steelers: What we learned

CINCINNATI - Pittsburgh dropped to 0-2 with Monday's 20-10 loss to AFC North rival Cincinnati, which played the role of the rugged, defense-first contender in squashing the Steelers. (FBN-BENGALS-STEELERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Broncos' Clady (foot) could go to IR; Denver kicks tires on OTs

Losing All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady, the team's second-highest paid player, will be a massive adjustment for the rest of the line and prized passer Peyton Manning. (FBN-BRONCOS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 390 words)

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Falcons' LB Weatherspoon placed on short-term IR

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (foot) won't play again until November, becoming the third Atlanta Falcons' starter to be placed on injured reserve since Sunday. (FBN-FALCONS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 240 words)

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Tomlin: 'Frustrated' Steelers will regroup

PITTSBURGH - Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that the season isn't lost at 0-2 - for the first time since 2002 - but admitted time is of the essence entering Week 3. (FBN-STEELERS-NEWS/, expect by 2330 GMT/7:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

ALSO: TE Miller to practice, RB Bell getting closer (FBN-STEELERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 200 words)

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Browns WR Gordon reinstated, on short leash with NFL

One more strike, and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon said he's out of the NFL. (FBN-BROWNS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 315 words)

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Redskins' Meriweather faces fine, not suspension for KO hit on Lacy

ASHBURN, Va. - Brandon Meriweather wasn't penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit that resulted in Green Bay Packers' running back Eddie Lacy's concussion, but the Washington Redskins' safety is expected to be fined for the fourth time for an illegal hit. (FBN-REDSKINS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 320 words)

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Gronkowski could practice, play this week

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will attempt to practice this week and could play in his first game since he was injured in the regular-season finale in December 2012 against the Miami Dolphins. (FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 200 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

Michigan 'reality check' has Wolverines riled for UConn

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The intensity is ramped up to postseason levels for the Michigan Wolverines, who said they've been embarrassed after a 'reality check' victory over Akron, 28-24, last week. (FBC-MICHIGAN-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 310 words)

ALSO: Meyer, Buckeyes looking to Michigan for motivation (FBC-OHIOSTATE-NEWS, expect by 2030 GMT/4:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 250 words)

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LSU stresses turnovers entering second season

BATON ROUGE, La. - Coach Les Miles harps on turnovers constantly, but he's raising the importance of taking care of the ball with Southeastern Conference play kicking off for LSU this week. (FBC-LSU-NEWS/ moved, The Sports Xchange, 380 words)

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CFB notebook

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

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

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

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Braves at Nationals

WASHINGTON - With a sweep of a day-night doubleheader over the Washington Nationals, the Atlanta Braves can clinch the National League East. (BBO-NATIONALS-BRAVES-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU, expect first copy ASAP after 1700 GMT/1 PM ET game, then first lede and write-thru after Game 2 at 2300 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by David Driver, first lede 400 words, write-thru 700 words)

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Rangers at Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A seven-game losing streak hasn't yet spoiled the Texas Rangers' playoff hopes, but they'll be dashed soon enough if Alexi Ogando - in his first start since Aug. 13 - and Company can't get righted soon. Tampa Bay, winners of four of its past five, starts Jeremy Hellickson in the middle game of the series. (BBO-RAYS-RANGERS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU, expect first copy ASAP after 2310 GMT/7:10 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word write-thru)

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Indians at Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Playoff implications in Kansas City in September? Fact. The Royals won the first of three over the Cleveland Indians on Monday with wild-card hopefuls resuming their three-game set Tuesday. (BBO-ROYALS-INDIANS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU, expect first copy ASAP after 2310 GMt/7:10 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word write-thru)

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Around the Horn highlights

Pirates, Cards and Reds in battle for division crown

The Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, all locked in a tight battle for the National League Central crown with two weeks left in the season, are all in action in three of the 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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GOLF

Snedeker set for title defence in PGA Tour's season finale

ATLANTA - The top 30 players on the 2013 PGA Tour assemble at iconic East Lake Golf Club this week for the fourth and final FedExCup playoff event of the year. We continue our build-up to the season's finale where American Brandt Snedeker will defend the title he claimed by three shots 12 months ago. (GOLF-PGA/ (PREVIEW, PIX), 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 400 words)

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SAILING

America's Cup comes down to the wire on Tuesday

SAN FRANCISCO - The America's Cup competition resumes on Tuesday after a day off. Two races are scheduled but winds are forecast to be strong, making postponements possible. Emirates Team New Zealand needs only two wins to take the trophy home, but Oracle Team USA has turned around a disastrous early performance in the regatta, scoring two victories over the weekend thanks to better upwind performance and fewer mistakes. (SAILING-AMERICASCUP/ (PIX), expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, by Noel Randewich, 500 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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NCAA

Emmert vows no pay for amateurs

Mark Emmert maintains his stance that college athletes should not be paid. (MSC-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 521 words)

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