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CINCINNATI — Mike Leake faces his former Reds teammates for the second time when the St. Louis Cardinals conclude their three-game series. Lefty Brandon Finnegan starts for Cincinnati. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 12:35 p.m.
CLEVELAND — The Minnesota Twins will look to finish a four-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Starts 12:10 p.m.
BBA–INDIANS-MOVES: The Cleveland Indians have recalled right-hander Mike Clevinger from Triple-A Columbus to start Thursday against the Minnesota Twins.
FBN–HALL OF FAME-PACE
ST. LOUIS — Orlando Pace accomplished what he set out to do, becoming one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL. At 6-foot-7, he had the wingspan to ward off pass rushers, at 325 pounds he had the bulk for the power game, plus he was amazingly light on his feet. By R. B. Fallstrom. SENT: 930 words, photos.
FBN–HALL OF FAME-DUNGY
Nine games into his bid to transform the bumbling Tampa Bay Buccaneers into championship contenders, the normally unflappable Tony Dungy reached a boiling point. A 1-8 record was discouraging, but hardly the only disheartening aspect of yet another slow start for a perennial last-place franchise that suffered through 13 consecutive losing seasons before the young coach’s arrival in 1996. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.
FBN–GIANTS-HALL: The New York Giants have signed cornerback Leon Hall, giving them a veteran who knows how to play in the slot in passing situations.
FBC–T25-ALL-TIME AP POLL-THE NUMBER 1S
In the history of college football, only 44 schools have been able to make the claim “We’re No. 1” and have The Associated Press poll back up the boast. The AP ranks the No. 1s by number of times holding the top spot. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: Developing.
RIO DE JANEIRO — While the men’s basketball team’s first order of business is to win the gold medal at the Rio Games there will be some other basketball business taking place on the court. By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 880 words, photos.