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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM ET on Wednesday, Sept. 25

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Sept 25 (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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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Buccaneers bench QB Freeman, rookie Glennon to start

TAMPA, Fla. - Head coach Greg Schiano turned over the offense to rookie third-round pick Mike Glennon, and general manager Mark Dominik made it clear after a 1-8 stretch in his last nine games that Josh Freeman is available in trade. (FBN-BUCCANEERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words, will be led)

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No. 1 pick Fisher feeling his way for Chiefs

KANSAS CITY - No. 1 overall draft pick Eric Fisher's performance through three games with the Kansas City Chiefs reveals raw talent, with an emphasis on raw. (FBN-CHIEFS-NEWS/, expect by 2300 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Ponder limited in practice with rib injury

LONDON - Christian Ponder was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, but the embattled quarterback expects to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (FBN-VIKINGS-NEWS/, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Week 4: Rams-49ers matchup analysis

Desperate times arrive ahead of schedule for the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers, a pair of 1-2 teams trying to avoid falling out of the NFC West behind undefeated Seattle. (FBN-RAMS-49ERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Derek Harper, 400 words)

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Hoyer to get second start with Browns

BEREA, Ohio - Brandon Weeden is scheduled to resume throwing, but the starting job this week remains Brian Hoyer's in Cleveland. (FBN-BROWNS-TEAMREPORT/, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Lions require adjustments with Burleson out

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Ready or not, Ryan Broyles is pegged for more playing time with Nate Burleson out, but the Detroit Lions are making adjustments in the veteran wide receiver's absence. (FBN-LIONS-NEWS/, expect by 2300 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 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

Notre Dame braces for revenge-minded Sooners

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - If starting quarterback Brandon Allen is not available again, coach Bret Bielema has confidence in Iowa transfer AJ Derby, who completed 14 of 26 passes and wasn't intercepted in his starting debut. (FBC-ARKANSAS-NEWS/, expect by 2030 GMT/4:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 366 words).

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Clemson 'D' fighting for attention

CLEMSON, S.C. - With quarterback Tajh Boyd and a pyrotechnics-prone offense, the Clemson Tigers' defense isn't getting the attention it deserves. (FBC-CLEMSON-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Arkansas juggling QBs with Allen iffy

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - If starting quarterback Brandon Allen is not available again, coach Bret Bielema has confidence in Iowa transfer AJ Derby, who completed 14 of 26 passes and wasn't intercepted in his starting debut. (FBC-ARKANSAS-NEWS/, expect by 2030 GMT/4:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 366 words)

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QB controversy? Ohio State lists co-starters on depth chart

Fourth-ranked Ohio State listed quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton as co-starters on the depth chart for Saturday night's Big Ten opener against No. 23 Wisconsin in Columbus. Coach Urban Meyer said a final decision would be made 'later in the week.' (FBC-OHIOSTATE-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 240 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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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

George signs multi-year contract extension with Pacers

All-Star shooting guard Paul George, who led the Indiana Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals last season, signed a multi-year contract extension with the National Basketball Association team on Wednesday. (NBA-PACERS/GEORGE, moved, 200 words)

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

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

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Rays at Yankees

NEW YORK - The Tampa Bay Rays can eliminate the New York Yankees from the playoff picture with a sixth consecutive victory. (BBO-YANKEES-RAYS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU, expect first copy ASAP after 2305 GMT/7:05 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Larry Fleisher, 400-word first lede, 700-word write-thru)

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White Sox at Indians

CLEVELAND - Late-inning magic propelled the Cleveland Indians to another win and the American League's second wild-card spot and their current 13-game winning streak against the Chicago White Sox indicates the momentum could continue Wednesday. (BBO-WHITESOX-INDIANS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU, expect first copy ASAP after 2305 GMT/7:05 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word write-thru)

ALSO: Indians cash in on Giambi signing (BBO-INDIANS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Rangers could defer to Darvish in postseason

ARLINGTON, Texas - Should the Rangers reach the postseason, they may be faced with a quandary when righty Yu Darvish starts. Do they start their regular catcher A.J. Pierzynski or continue the personal catcher situation that has emerged with Geovany Soto catching Darvish? (BBO-RANGERS-TEAMREPORT/, moved, The Sports Xchnage, 330 words)

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Coke could go on shelf, Tigers bullpen in flux

DETROIT - Left-hander Phil Coke returned to Detroit for an MRI on injured elbow, leaving his playoff availability in question. (BBO-TIGERS-TEAMREPORT/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Machado outlook brighter than expected

BALTIMORE - On the day the Baltimore Orioles were eliminated from the postseason, there was a positive development for their future. Third baseman Manny Machado, 21, is likely to avoid surgery after a stellar All-Star season. (BBO-ORIOLES-TEAMREPORT/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 325 words)

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Braves' Johnson not sweating battling title

ATLANTA - Chris Johnson said being in contention for a batting title is a distant second on his priority list to being in contention for the World Series with the NL East champion Atlanta Braves. (BBO-BRAVES-TEAMREPORT/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Whither Roy? Halladay's future a key question for Phillies

MIAMI - Roy Halladay is done for the season, and it's entirely possible he is also done in Philadelphia. (BBO-PHILLIES-TEAMREPORT/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Around the Horn highlights

A grueling 162-game season spread across six months enters its final five days with a handful of teams still battling to secure one of the four wild card playoff berths. (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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SAILING

America's Cup- Winner-take-all showdown on the Bay

SAN FRANCISCO - The 34th America's Cup, which until a few weeks ago had looked like an economic and sporting fiasco, is set to end Wednesday with a high-speed, half hour, winner-take-all sailboat race between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand. (SAILING-AMERICASCUP/ (PIX), moved, to be updated, by Jonathan Weber, 500 words)

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GOLF

Practical joker Johnstone a likely trump card for Internationals at Presidents Cup

LOS ANGELES - He will not hit one shot at next week's Presidents Cup in Dublin, Ohio but the unpredictable and always funny Tony Johnstone could prove to be a trump card as an assistant in the locker room for Internationals captain Nick Price. (GOLF-PRESIDENTS/JOHNSTONE, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 550 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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