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THE SPORTS XCHANGE HAS SEVERAL ADDITIONS TO TODAY'S BUDGET, INCLUDING NFL PRESEASON COVERAGE, CHASE UTLEY'S FORMAL EXTENSION AND NASCAR WEEKEND PREVIEW.

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NFL
Redskins at Titans
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker said in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated that part of the reason he left the New England Patriots was because of coach Bill Belichick. (FBN-REDSKINS-TITANS-WRITETHRU, The Sports Xchange, 700 words, expect by 11:30 p.m. ET)
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Preseason game roundup
Roundup of news and injuries from the other five preseason games on the NFL schedule Thursday night. (FBN-NEWS, The Sports Xchange, 500 words, first game to end approx. 10:30 ET)

MLB
Utley's reaction to extension
PHILADELPHIA - Chase Utley will speak following today's game about his two-year contract extension and his future in Philadelphia. (BBO-PHILLIES-NEWS, The Sports Xchange, 500 words, expect by 6:30 p.m. ET)
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Ramirez's time on South Side could be coming to a close
CHICAGO -- Alexei Ramirez was still in a Chicago White Sox uniform with the trade deadline coming and going last month, but the shortstop also knows there are no guarantees he will remain on the South Side by the time this season ends or next season begins. (BBO-WHITESOX-NEWS, The Sports Xchange, 600 words, expect by 5 p.m. ET)
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Age finally catching up with Colon?
OAKLAND - Bartolo Colon has been in the AL Cy Young race all season, but the 40-year-old has passed the 150 inning mark and is showing signs of tiring. (BBO-ATHLETICS-NEWS, The Sports Xchange, 600 words, expect by 5 p.m. ET)
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Nats refuse to throw in towel
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Nationals have been one of the league's biggest disappointments in 2013, but Jayson Werth said the team is far from giving up. (BBO-NATIONALS-NEWS, The Sports Xchange, 473 words, expect by 5 p.m. ET)

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The Sports Xchange covers all MLB games, top matchups highlighted below
Tigers at Indians
Detroit arrived in Cleveland on Monday with a three-game lead in the AL Central. That lead now stands at six games as the Tigers seek to complete a four-game sweep. (BBO-TIGERS-INDIANS-WRITETHRU, expect by 11:15 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange)

NASCAR
Weekend Preview: Ambrose - Australian for three-peat?
Australian Marcos Ambrose will attempt to become the third driver in NASCAR history to win three consecutive races at Watkins Glenn in Sunday's Cheez-it 355 (CAR-NEWS, Nascar Wire Service, distributed by The Sports Xchange, 1,350 words, expect by 5 p.m. ET)
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  • Ohio State DC Greg Schiano cited for crash with bicyclist

    Greg Schiano is in his first season as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was issued a traffic citation Wednesday. Last Thursday morning, Schiano’s truck hit a bicyclist, resulting in a ticket for “failure to obey a traffic-control device.” The ticket is a minor misdemeanor, per the Columbus Dispatch.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Joakim Noah skips Knicks dinner with West Point cadets due to anti-war stance

    The #Knicks eat with the cadets & listen to a memorable speech @WestPoint_USMA. “It’s hard for me a little bit – I have a lot of respect for the kids here fighting — but it’s hard for me to understand why we go to war and why kids have to kill kids all around the world,’’ Noah said. Noah received permission from Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek to skip the team function.

    NBC Sports
  • Beckham: 'I'm just going to go out and be who I am'

    Even though Odell Beckham's on-field behavior and demeanor have long been in question, the Giants star receiver insists he is not going to change the way he plays.

    Comcast SportsNet New York
  • What kind of manager would Cristiano Ronaldo be?

    Cristiano Ronaldo remains central to Real Madrid’s goal-scoring aspirations, but one day, he will have to hang up his cleats. [ FC Yahoo: You won’t believe what Jamie Vardy drinks before games ] The soccer “afterlife” is a daunting prospect for a man

    FC Yahoo
  • Ryder Cup 2016: Pairings, Tee Times for Friday Afternoon Fourball

    The afternoon fourball matches have been announced for the Ryder Cup, and six players will get their first crack at this year’s event. Americans J.B. Holmes, Ryan Moore, Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka and Europeans Rafa Cabrera Bello and Danny Willett will play in the session after sitting out in the morning. The first tee time is at 1:30 p.m. EST and will be Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed versus Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.

    Golf
  • Ed Pinckney joining Timberwolves coaching staff

    Ed Pinckney has arrived in Minnesota and is serving as a guest coach at Timberwolves training camp, with the expectation that he will soon join coach Tom Thibodeau’s staff. Pinckney was at the team’s two-a-day practices Wednesday. Thibodeau coached with Pinckney in Chicago and immediately targeted him for his staff when he took the Timberwolves job this summer.

    NBC Sports
  • Vikings succeeding despite suffering major setbacks, ready for Giants

    The 3-0 Minnesota Vikings will host the 1-2 New York Giants this Monday night in their new stadium with both teams dealing with major changes.

    Comcast SportsNet New York
  • Floyd Mayweather on Conor McGregor: 'I think he's a hell of a fighter'

    The proposed superfight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather may have been a pipe dream that went up in smoke, but that doesn’t mean that the two fighters won’t remain linked in the news. With McGregor seeking to become the first UFC fighter to hold world titles in two divisions simultaneously at UFC 205 and his grandstanding at the press conference earlier this week, he cemented his status as the top draw in all of MMA. It’s a blueprint that fight fans will notice has been sprinkled with influence from Floyd Mayweather’s historic rise to become the highest paid athlete in all of sports.

    Cagewriter
  • Vacc's three keys when Jets host Seahawks

    If the Jets lose this game and fall to 1-3, they will have lost more than just any tiny shot they had at winning their division.

    Comcast SportsNet New York
  • Joe Maddon reacts to Cubs' players' criticism of 'spring training' lineups

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is known for having his finger on the pulse of his players. In fact, Maddon has actually drawn criticism from within for resting regulars and using “spring training” like lineups after the team clinched the NL Central division and wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. In particular, ace Jake Arrieta and catcher Miguel Montero weren’t thrilled with the lineups and some in-game changes that directly impacted them during Wednesday’s 8-4 loss in Pittsburgh.

    Big League Stew
  • Who should win the MVP Awards? Who will?

    With the regular season ending on Sunday and most of the playoff spots locked up, there’s really only one big thing left to argue about: postseason awards. So let’s spend some time looking at who should win each of the four major awards and who will win them. Which are often totally different things. First up: The MVP Awards.  Who should win the AL MVP Award?  We at HBT have tended to lean toward the idea that the best player should win the MVP Award, regardless of whether his team wins or not. It’s not an iron-clad thing, of course. In the past I’ve supported some more narrative-driven MVP candidates and, more importantly, deciding who is “the best player” in an objective sense is not always

    HardballTalk
  • Giants score two, Pence approves

    Nolan Arenado throws the ball away on Johnny's Cueto bunt attempt, allowing two runs to score and eliciting elation from Hunter Pence

    MLB.com
  • You won't believe what Jamie Vardy drinks before Leicester City's games

    Jamie Vardy is having plenty of port parties. Premier League footballers will typically have their dietary regime strictly controlled by their employers. In order to squeeze that extra one percent from every performance, Pep Guardiola banned his Manchester City players from eating pizza, Antonio Conte has taken ketchup off the table and Arsene Wenger has taken a monastic view towards player diets since the 1990s.

    FC Yahoo
  • Ryder Cup: American Heckler Makes Putt McIlroy Couldn't on Green

    The every-fan's dream of competing with PGA Tour players came true at the Ryder Cup Thursday morning. Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan continued to miss a putt on the 6th green during a practice round and, according to the PGA Tour's Ben Everill, Henrik Stenson brought out a heckler named David Johnson from the gallery who claimed he could get the job done.

    Golf
  • Mets beat Phillies to clinch wild card tie

    The magic number to clinch a wild card spot is still 1, but the Mets have at least secured a wild card tie after defeating the Phillies 5-1 on Friday night. On the mound, right-hander Robert Gsellman limited the Phillies to seven hits and one run over six frames, striking out seven batters in his eighth appearance of the year. Behind him, a cadre of Mets relievers turned out three scoreless innings to preserve the lead and anchor the Mets in the wild card standings.

    NBC Sports
  • Working-class fighter gives win bonus to opponent who needed it more

    John Castaneda, left, embraces Angel Cruz after their bout. Cruz’s original opponent fell out, and Combate officials were scrambling to find a replacement for him in a bantamweight fight. It was looking bleak for Cruz when Campbell McLaren, the head of Combate Americas, reached out to Castaneda.

    Kevin Iole
  • Cleveland's Hue Jackson is 'done' with questions on troubled Josh Gordon

    There were some cut-and-dried comments from Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson on Friday morning when the topic of receiver Josh Gordon came up. On Thursday, just days before his four-game suspension from the NFL was set to end and he could return to game play for the first time in almost two years as he’s been forced to the sidelines for repeated violations of the substance-abuse policy, the Browns and Gordon announced that Gordon was entering an in-patient rehab facility.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Purdue OL Martesse Patterson arrested for allegedly punching ex-teammate

    Purdue offensive lineman Martesse Patterson (74) started the first two games of the season at left tackle. A Purdue offensive lineman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a former teammate. According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Martesse Patterson is facing a felony battery charge stemming from an alleged incident with former teammate Alex Hilger earlier this month.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Happy Hour: It's never going to only be about the racing

    Matt Kenseth won at Dover in May (Getty). As inspection has dominated the first two weeks of the 2016 Chase, a common refrain is hope that the focus in the NASCAR world will go back to the racing on the track. Just Thursday NASCAR issued a rules update defining what an encumbered finish is.

    From The Marbles
  • Yankees Fan Loses Engagement Ring During Proposal as Stadium Looks On

    Yankees fan Andrew Fox's mid-game proposal didn't go as planned Tuesday when he opened up the ring box to find the engagement diamond he purchased alarmingly missing. The entire stadium looked on – as well as the TV audience at home – as Fox and girlfriend Heather Terwillinger searched for the M.I.A. bauble with help from their seatmates. "I literally started crying because I thought it was lost," Fox told ESPN.

    People
  • At last, West Virginia and Pitt agree to revive their historic rivalry

    In the five years since both schools declared they were leaving the Big East to join other conferences, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has always pushed to get longtime rival Pittsburgh back on his schedule. West Virginia and Pitt announced Thursday that they’ve agreed to a four-year series that will begin during the 2017-18 season. The Panthers will host the basketball version of the Backyard Brawl in 2017 and 2019 and will visit Morgantown in 2018 and 2020.

    The Dagger
  • Howe calls England “the ultimate job,” says he’s “committed” to B’mouth

    Eddie Howe makes no bones about the fact he aspires to one day manage the English national team — one day. That day is not today, however, according to the 38-year-old Bournemouth boss, whose name was one of the first, and most frequent, linked with the now-vacant England post after the abrupt dismissal of Sam Allardyce earlier this week. Speaking Thursday, ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET, on NBCSports.com), Howe all but excused himself from consideration for the job — this time around, at least. He said England is still “the ultimate job,” presumably for English managers, but reaffirmed his commitment and focus on the job at hand: his

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Nike Staffer Brooks Koepka Gaming TaylorMade M2 Driver at Hazeltine

    Over the years there have been a lot of things written about Hazeltine National, site of the year's Ryder Cup, and not all of them have been complimentary (at the 1970 US Open Jack Nicklaus said, "it's like playing Blindman's bluff"). While Rees Jones, son of original designer Robert Trent Jones, Sr., has made numerous changes and improvements to the layout over the years, one thing stands out above all others about the relatively featureless farmland layout -- it's long. With this in mind, as well as the fact that the rough is fairly playable this week, it's no surprise that players like U.S. rookie Brooks Koepka are putting driving distance at a premium this week.

    Golf
  • Sixers say Ben Simmons rolls ankle in practice, turns out it was much worse than that

    UPDATE 6:41 PM: So the rolled ankle turned out to be a cover story — Ben Simmons has a Jones Fracture in his right foot. 4:18 PM If you’ve been impatiently waiting to see No. 1 pick Ben Simmons in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform, you likely will have to wait a little longer. Simmons rolled his ankle at practice Friday, reports Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly.com.

    NBC Sports
  • Jose Aldo explains why he's willing to walk away for good after UFC's latest slap in the face

    Jose Aldo’s decision to request his release from the UFC and essentially walk away from his mixed martial arts career was years in the making and resulted from what he believes was a repeated pattern of disrespect. Globo revealed the news Monday that Aldo was unhappy that he hadn’t gotten a rematch with featherweight champion Conor McGregor and planned to walk away from the sport that had made him rich and famous. Aldo is the former UFC featherweight champion who is ranked fifth pound-for-pound.

    Kevin Iole