Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EDT on Thursday, Aug. 21


Aug. 21 (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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U.S. Open draw sets paths for top seeds Djokovic, Williams

NEW YORK - Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have their respective paths laid out for the last grand slam event of the season when the U.S. Open draw is conducted at the National Tennis Center. (TENNIS-OPEN/DRAW, moved, by Larry Fine, 400 words)

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U.S. Open package

We will offer special package on the U.S. Open, the final grand slam of the season, which begins on Monday at Flushing Meadows in New York. Stories will include previews of men's and women's competitions featuring Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, Roger Federer's golden opportunity and rising Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic. We also will have lists of previous winners and tournament factbox. (Expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET)


Djokovic v Federer final looming unless young guns intervene

NEW YORK - Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer look to be heading for a rousing shootout in the last grand slam of 2014, although the emerging young guns of the game may be plotting an ambush. (TENNIS-OPEN/MEN (PREVIEW), expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, by Larry Fine, 700 words)

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Golden opportunity for Federer to crown majestic career

NEW YORK - Roger Federer has a golden chance to crown his majestic career with another grand slam crown at the U.S. Open at the ripe old age of 33, which would raise his all-time record haul to 18. (TENNIS-OPEN/FEDERER, expect by 2100 GMT/5PM ET, by Larry Fine, 600 words)

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Serena counted on to wave the American flag again

NEW YORK - Five-times champion Serena Williams will once again be counted on to wave the American flag at Flushing Meadows as she seeks a third straight U.S. Open crown but if the world number one should falter, the season's final grand slam could prove to be the most unpredictable in years. (TENNIS-OPEN/WOMEN (PREVIEW), expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, by Steve Keating, 700 words)

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Djokovic still the favorite for U.S. Open, says McEnroe

Roger Federer is playing the best going into next week's U.S. Open but Novak Djokovic remains the favorite to win the title for a second time, according to former champion John McEnroe. (TENNIS-OPEN/DJOKOVIC, moved, 625 words)

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Becker surprised by criticism of appointment by Djokovic

Boris Becker says he was surprised by the level of criticism when world No. 1 Novak Djokovic took him on as his coach last year. (TENNIS-OPEN/DJOKOVIC-BECKER, moved, 350 words)

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Raonic, Bouchard look to reach new heights at U.S. Open

NEW YORK - Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard and big-serving Milos Raonic are ready to go where no Canadian has gone before at the U.S. Open. (TENNIS-OPEN/CANADIANS, expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, by Steve Keating, 850 words)

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Steelers at Eagles

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger in a matchup of up-tempo offenses. Starters are expected to play into the second half in the third preseason game for each team. (FBN-EAGLES-STEELERS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2330 GMT/7:30 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 700-word writethru)

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Colts GM to RB Richardson: Answer the bell

With a fearsome three-wide receiver set and opponents zeroing in on QB Andrew Luck, the success of the Indianapolis Colts' offense could come down to RB Trent Richardson. The 2012 third overall pick is on the spot with no sign of a breakout so far this preseason. (FBN-COLTS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 425 words)

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Steelers RBs Blount, Bell to face charges

Pittsburgh Steelers starting running back Le'Veon Bell will be charged with DUI and possession of marijuana and backup LeGarrette Blount likely faces marijuana possession charges after they are arrested together. (FBN-STEELERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Bengals, Burfict completed $20.5 million extension

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis saw something special in Vontaze Burfict when they first met in 2012, and the undrafted rookie from Arizona State rewarded the coach's confidence. Today, the Bengals reciprocate, reaching a four-year, $20.5 million extension with the tackle machine. (FBN-BENGALS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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Field of Seams? Levi's Stadium turf 'unplayable'

Torn sod and divots on the playing surface at new Levi's Stadium cause the San Francisco 49ers to halt practice. The team says it will be ready for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers with a repaired playing field in the works. (FBN-49ERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 250 words)

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Cowboys LB Holloman's career likely over

Dallas Cowboys second-year linebacker DeVonte Holloman is advised by doctors to give up football due to a severe neck injury, coach Jason Garrett reveals. (FBN-COWBOYS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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NFL Roundup

The latest news and notes from NFL training camp. (FBN-NOTEBOOK/, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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South Carolina RB Davis is hurting

South Carolina running back Mike Davis is fighting a rib injury he says is not serious, but coach Steve Spurrier casts doubt about Davis's availability since he had not practiced this week as of this morning. (FBC-SOUTHCAROLINA-NEWS/, moved; may be led, The Sports Xchange, 200 words)

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Eagle eye: Ex-Auburn coach Chizik joins SEC Network

Gene Chizik, who led Auburn to a national championship, is taking a gig with the newly launched SEC Network. (FBC-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 175 words)

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NBA Roundup

The latest moves and news from the NBA. (BKN-NOTEBOOK/, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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McIlroy struggles in opening round at The Barclays

PARAMUS, New Jersey - Rory McIlroy's bid for a career first FedEx Cup gets off to a rocky start as he shoots a three-over par 74 in the first round at The Barclays, the opening tournament of the four-event playoffs. (GOLF-BARCLAYS/ (PIX), moved; will be led, by Larry Fine, 500 words)

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Scott returns to make amends at Australian Open

SYDNEY - Adam Scott confirms he will return to Sydney for the Australian Open in November with the intent of making amends for his final-hole disappointment last year. (GOLF-AUSTRALIA/SCOTT, moved, 225 words)

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From LPGA dominance to Olympic glory

NANJING, China - So long the dominant force on the U.S. LPGA Tour, South Korea's women now look to have set their sights on Olympic golfing glory after Lee So-young wins the Youth Games gold medal. (OLYMPICS-YOUTH/DAY6 (PIX), moved, 550 words)

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Column: All aboard! Orioles find winning mix

BALTIMORE - Depth and balance, not MVP candidates, drive the American League East-leading Baltimore Orioles. Even the players don't deny parallels between this year's Baltimore team and the reigning World Series champion Red Sox. (BBO-ORIOLES-COLUMN/, expect by 1830 GMT/2:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by John Perrotto, 800 words)

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Yankees RHP Tanaka to face hitters Saturday

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has progressed to live batting practice and will face hitters Saturday, his first exposure to hitters since being diagnosed with a partially torn right elbow ligament. (BBO-YANKEES-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 225 words)

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Verlander fine after Thursday bullpen, to start Saturday vs. Twins

Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander is planning to start Saturday at Minnesota after pain-free throwing sessions in St. Petersburg, Fla. (BBO-TIGERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Astros tolerating Carter's Ks

NEW YORK - Houston Astros manager Bo Porter concedes watching designated hitter Chris Carter strike out multiple times in a game can definitely test his patience. At the same time, the knowledge that Carter can slug pitches deep into the stands provides a little more leeway. (BBO-ASTROS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Larry Fleisher, 425 words)

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MLB Stars to face Japan national team in five-game series

All-Star slugger Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano headline a Major League Baseball squad that will take on the Japan national team in a five-game series. (BASEBALL-MLB/JAPAN, moved, 175 words)

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The Sports Xchange covers all MLB games. Key matchups highlighted below:

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Tigers at Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Left-hander David Price visits the Tampa Bay Rays for the first time since he was traded to the Detroit Tigers on July 31, opposing new Tampa Bay No. 1 Alex Cobb at Tropicana Field. (BBO-RAYS-TIGERS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 1710 GMT/1:10 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 800-word writethru)

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Giants at Cubs

CHICAGO - Let's play  One-and-a-half. The Giants and Cubs resume Tuesday's suspended game before the regularly scheduled series finale under the lights at Wrigley Field. (BBO-RAYS-TIGERS-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU, expect first version ASAP after 1:10 p.m. ET first pitch, The Sports Xchange, 400-word first lede, 800-word writethru)

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MLB Wrap: Price faces Rays for first time as a Tiger

Detroit's David Price makes his first start against his previous club when the Tigers visit the Tampa Bay Rays in one of the eight games on the Major League Baseball schedule. (BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 775 words)

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The full MLB schedule

American League

Houston at New York Yankees, 1:05

Cleveland at Minnesota, 1:10 PM ET

Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1:10 PM ET

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National League

Arizona at Washington, 4:05 PM ET

Atlanta at Cincinnati, 7:10 PM ET

San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 PM ET

San Diego at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:10 PM ET

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NHL Roundup

The latest moves and news from the NHL. (HKN-NOTEBOOK/, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Weekend preview

Advancing the weekend ahead, including a peek at Bristol's best bets behind points leader Jeff Gordon. (CAR-SPRINT-NEWS/, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, special from NASCAR Wire Service)

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Californian to make F1 debut

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium - American Alexander Rossi will make his Formula One debut for Marussia during this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix after Britain's Max Chilton was sidelined for contractual reasons. (MOTOR RACING-PRIX/ROSSI (UPDATE 1), moved, 200 words)

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Piquet to race for Chinese team in Formula E

Former NASCAR and Formula One driver Nelson Piquet Jr. signs up to race for a Chinese team in the new Formula E electric series starting in Beijing next month. (MOTOR RACING/PIQUET, moved, 125 words)

See also: Mexican Sergio Perez expects to stay at Force India

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Ledecky wins twice on opening day of Pan Pacs

American Katie Ledecky enhances her status as swimming's new teen queen with two victories in less than an hour on the opening day of the Pan Pacific championships. (SWIMMING-PANPACS/FRANKLIN (UPDATE 1), moved, 475 words)

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Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (Expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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