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Sept 18 (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

Week 3: Eagles-Chiefs matchup analysis

Andy Reid returns to Philadelphia with a 2-0 Kansas City Chiefs' team winning with defense. Will they be able to slow down Michael Vick and the Eagles? (FBN-EAGLES-CHIEFS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Browns name QB Hoyer starter

Brian Hoyer, a fourth-year NFL journeyman on his fourth team best known for backing up Tom Brady in New England, will get his second career start Sunday at Minnesota. He's long been a favorite of GM Mike Lombardi, but coach Rob Chudzinski said Wednesday he, not the front office, made the call on Hoyer. (FBN-BROWNS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Jeff Reynolds, 398 words, will be led)

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Reid returns to old stomping grounds with Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid will be wearing red into what is now enemy territory when the Kansas City Chiefs visit Thursday. The short week has helped Reid focus on the present, not his past in Philadelphia. (FBN-CHIEFS-EAGLES-NEWS/, expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Buccaneers' Goldson wins appeal, must pay $100,000

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson won his appeal of a one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles, but he must pay a $100,000 fine, one week after being docked $30,000 for blasting New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland. (FBN-BUCCANEERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 250 words)

ALSO: Titans Pollard to pay $42K (FBN-TITANS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 150 words)

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Redskins' Griffin says he's same player

ASHBURN, Va. - Robert Griffin III said he's ready to race wide receiver Pierre Garcon after his teammate questioned whether Griffin was as fast as he was pre-injury. (FBN-REDSKINS-NEWS/, expect by 2300 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Bengals bracing for bombs away in Green Bay

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Bengals couldn't control Jay Cutler in Week 1, but their pass defense looked much improved Monday against the Steelers. They'll need to be on their game Sunday to stop QB Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. (FBN-BENGALS-PACKERS-NEWS/, expect by 2300 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Frazier wants Patterson's role expanded

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Cordarrelle Patterson, a first-round pick, played only 11 snaps on offense in two games, something coach Leslie Frazier has called a "major oversight" on the coaches part. The team is 0-2 and needs a spark offensively, yet Patterson played only six snaps at Chicago after returning the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. (FBN-VIKINGS-NEWS/, expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 370 words)

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Unlucky horseshoe? Colts lose third offensive starter to IR

INDIANAPOLIS - Tight end Dwayne Allen is out for the season and Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said losing a third offensive starter in the past week is just "part of the game." (FBN-COLTS-NEWS/, 350 words, The Sports Xchange, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET)

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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

Nebraska: Osborne knew of recording last year

In a statement Wednesday, Nebraska said it was ready to put the Bo Pelini audio recording matter to rest, clearing the air about what it knew, when and the coach's compliance since meeting with former AD Tom Osborne last year. (FBC-NEBRASKA-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Florida's Muschamp embraces rivalry with Vols

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Eight straight wins for Florida might've dampened the enthusiasm nationally, but don't tell Florida coach Will Muschamp that the Florida-Tennessee rivalry is dead. (FBC-FORIDA-NEWS, expect by 3 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 410 words)

ALSO: Vols talking QB change (FBC-TENNESSEE-NEWS/, expect by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 293 words)

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A&M's Sumlin reunited with coaching 'cult'

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - It's fascinating to imagine coaches like Mike Leach or Kevin Sumlin or June Jones or Hal Mumme sitting in a fortress of solitude dreaming up new ways to out-fox opposing defenses. But it's even more mind-blowing to picture many of those guys sitting in the same room, inventing new ways to play offense like some sort of college football Justice League. (FBC-TEXASAM-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 370 words)

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Tigers recall recent beating in Raleigh

CLEMSON, S.C. - When Clemson kicks off its Atlantic Coast Conference season on Thursday in a nationally televised game on ESPN, the Tigers will do so with plenty of confidence -- they're unbeaten (2-0), ranked No. 3 in the nation and are set up for a potential run at a national championship. But the Tigers also have a memory, and this week their minds have been quick to recall the 37-13 shellacking they absorbed against an unranked N.C. State squad in Raleigh, N.C., just two short years ago. (FBC-CLEMSON-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 424 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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GOLF

Tiger targets sixth win to lock up Player of Year

ATLANTA - Tiger Woods heads into this week's Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club with his sights set on a sixth victory of the season which, in all likelihood, would secure him PGA Tour Player of the year honors. (GOLF-PGA/, moved, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 650 words)

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

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

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Dodgers at Diamondbacks

PHOENIX - First to clinch? The Los Angeles Dodgers need one victory to seal the National League West and a spot in the postseason. (BBO-DIAMONDBACKS-DODGERS-FIRSTLEDE/WRITETHRU, expect first copy ASAP after 0200 GMT/10 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, first lede 400 words, write-thru 700 words)

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Mets' Harvey trying to avoid surgery

NEW YORK - Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will attempt to rehabilitate the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right shoulder. (BBO-METS-TEAMREPORT/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Cuddyer thriving in Colorado air

DENVER - Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-3 with one RBI on Tuesday night in an 11-4 loss to the Cardinals, raising his average to .331, giving him a four-point lead over Atlanta's Chris Johnson in the National League batting race. The Colorado Rockies' Cuddyer is 34 and has never hit .285 in any season in his career. (BBO-ROCKIES-TEAMREPORT/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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SEATTLE - Right-hander Felix Hernandez may be shut down for the season by the Seattle Mariners. He appears healthy but has already skipped one scheduled start and had two others moved back. Back and oblique problems have kept him off the mound and continue to leave the rest of his season in question. (BBO-MARINERS-TEAMREPORT/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 330 words)

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Royals' Duffy goes to DL

KANSAS CITY - Danny Duffy skipped a start last week in Detroit. He was scratched from a Tuesday start against the Indians. An MRI Monday revealed inflammation of his flexor tendon. The Royals put him on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to Sept. 8. (BBO-ROYALS-TEAMREPORT/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Red Sox reliever loses streak

BOSTON - Koji Uehara is human after all. After a month for the ages in a historic season, the Red Sox closer allowed an exceedingly rare hit and an even more infrequent run in a 3-2 loss Tuesday night that delayed the Red Sox's inevitable clinching of a playoff spot by at least one more night. (BBO-REDSOX-TEAMREPORT/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Encarnacion's pursuit of 40/40 over

TORONTO - Edwin Encarnacion's pursuit of a second straight 40-homer season is over. He finished the season with 36 home runs and 104 RBIs when he elected to have season-ending surgery to clean up the cartilage in his left wrist. He was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to Monday.(BBO-BLUEJAYS-TEAMREPORT/, 300 words, The Sports Xchange, moved)

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Around the Horn highlights

With the American League division titles all but determined, the Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians are among six teams battling for the two wild card spots with less than two weeks to go before the regular season concludes. (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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New Zealand gets another shot at winning America's Cup Wednesday

SAN FRANCISCO - Emirates Team New Zealand gets a fresh opportunity to capture the America's Cup from Oracle Team USA on Wednesday after high winds scuppered the previous day's racing. (SAILING-AMERICASCUP/ (PIX), moved, by Noel Randewich, 500 words)

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AUTO RACING

Chase continues in New Hampshire

Sunday's Sylvania 300 at Loudon's New Hampshire Motor Speedway sets up nicely for recent track winners Ryan Newman (eighth in Chase Standings) and Jimmie Johnson (third). (CAR-SPRINTCUP-DRIVERCAPSULES/, The Sports Xchange, 350 words on the 13 drivers in the Chase)

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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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