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DETROIT — After Detroit won a rain-shortened game Wednesday, the Tigers and Indians will try to finish their series Thursday and avoid a makeup game next week. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game was set for 1 p.m. but is delayed by rain.
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis is one game out of the NL wild-card chase as it wraps up a series with the Reds. Alex Reyes (4-1, 1.58 ERA) goes for the Cardinals and Cincinnati counters with Dan Straily (14-8, 3.74). UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:15 p.m.
CINCINNATI — Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is done with his NFL suspension, looking to put his emphatic imprint on Cincinnati’s struggling defense. The Bengals (1-2) are finally back together, looking to pull out of a rough start when they host the Dolphins (1-2) on Thursday night. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: Game starts at 8:25 p.m.
Le’Veon Bell insists he’ll do everything in his power to make sure his latest run-in with the NFL’s substance abuse policy is his last. Vontaze Burfict isn’t so sure he can say the same about his reprimands from the league’s disciplinary committee. By Will Graves. SENT: 930 words, photos.
The injury bug is biting the Big Ten hard through the first month of the season. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers has to replace its top playmaker on offense, and it may take more than one player to do it. With wide receiver/kick returner Janarion Grant out for the season, Rutgers faces a major task heading to No. 2 Ohio State (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) on Saturday. By Matt Sugam. SENT: 565 words, photo.
FBC–BIG TEN THIS WEEK
When No. 8 Wisconsin visits No. 4 Michigan it’ll be the first time in 65 all-time meetings that these teams have played when both were in the top 10. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 p.m., photos.
LINCOLN, Neb. — If Nebraska’s Michael Rose-Ivey and teammates want to kneel during the national anthem again, they’ll have to wait until the Nov. 5 game at Ohio State. Teams will be in their locker rooms during the anthem for the Cornhuskers’ next four games. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.