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CLEVELAND — Closing in on their first AL Central title since 2007, the Indians open a critical three-game series against the Detroit Tigers, who trail Cleveland by six games and have seven more against the division leaders. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m.
CINCINNATI — The Pirates and Reds open a four-game series. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m.
NORMAN — Ohio State and Oklahoma, the top two teams in the AP’s all-time rankings, will meet Saturday with the high stakes one might expect in such a matchup. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 625 words, photos.
FBC–T25-OKLAHOMA-OHIO ST CLASSIC
NORMAN — The AP looks back at the 1977 classic between Oklahoma and Ohio State. The Sooners won 29-28 in Columbus on a last-second field goal by Uwe von Schamann in the first ever meeting between the college football giants. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 750 words by 8 p.m., photos.
KNOXVILLE — No. 15 Tennessee wants to avoid looking ahead to next week’s Southeastern Conference opener when it hosts Ohio, which is seeking its second straight victory over a Power Five school after winning at Kansas last week. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 650 words, photo.
PITTSBURGH — For all those gaudy numbers the Pittsburgh Steelers put up in their season-opening romp against Washington, there was one zero on the stat sheet that bothers them: the zero in the sack column. The defense will try to remedy that on Sunday against Cincinnati. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — The Cincinnati Bengals insist they’re past the meltdown that cost them so dearly in a playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last January. By Will Graves. SENT: 770 words, photo.
CLEVELAND — Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco doesn’t recognize Cleveland’s defense. That’s because the Browns have been overhauled with young players. By Tom Withers. SENT: 800 words, photo.
FBN–HALL OF FAME-SHARPER
CANTON — The inclusion of former NFL safety and convicted rapist Darren Sharper on this year’s list of Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees has created a national outcry. Sharper, a five-time Pro Bowler, pleaded guilty in 2015 to drugging and raping up to 16 women in four states. SENT: 425 words.