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CLEVELAND — There was a 19-inning game, a walk-off, inside-the-park-homer and all kinds of drama when the Toronto Blue Jays and Indians met seven times in the regular season. They’re back together on October’s stage with a spot in the World Series riding on the outcome. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Developing from afternoon workouts.
CINCINNATI — Brandon LaFell finally made his mark on the Bengals’ offense by catching a pair of touchdown passes in a loss at Dallas. He’s playing a bigger role as Cincinnati heads to play his former team in New England. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBN–TITANS-NOT SO SPECIAL TEAMS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have given up punt returns for touchdowns in consecutive games, the first costing an assistant coach his job. Fixing the issues is a priority after the first also lost a game for a team that has little margin for error with the Browns visiting Sunday. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo by 6 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans start a three-game homestand looking for their first winning streak in more than two seasons. A franchise that needed only one hand to count its wins in that span, the Titans insist they will be ready for the winless Cleveland Browns (0-5) who have beaten them each of the past two seasons. By Teresa M. Walker. 700 words, photos moving in advance.
CLEVELAND — LeBron James isn’t just helping kids afford college. He wants them to stay there and leave with diplomas. By Tom Withers. SENT: 400 words. AP Photos. Also moving on some news wires.
FBC–BIG TEN THIS WEEK
No. 2 Ohio State at No. 8 Wisconsin tops the Big Ten football schedule. It will be the teams’ first meeting since the Buckeyes rolled Wisconsin 59-0 in the 2014 conference championship game. By Eric Olson. SENT: 590 words, photos.
FBC–BIG TEN-ON THE RUN
Only two Big Ten players rank among the top 25 rushers in the nation, yet five teams from the conference are running for more than 200 yards a game and the league’s rushing average is up significantly. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Boston Bruins visit the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opener for both teams. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m.