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Published on NewsOK Modified: October 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm •  Published: October 29, 2014
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BBO--WORLD SERIES

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The entire baseball season comes down to this: Game 7 of the World Series. Tim Hudson starts for San Francisco Giants as they try to win their third championship five years. Jeremy Guthrie pitches for the Kansas City Royals, and recent history is on their side, with Series home teams having won the last nine Game 7s. By Ronald Blum. Game starts at 8:07 p.m. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Running updates will be sent after the third and sixth innings, and as necessary if extra innings occur.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-GURLEY

ATHENS, Ga. — The NCAA ruled that Georgia star running back Todd Gurley must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. The school applied for Gurley's reinstatement after he missed the last two games while it investigated allegations of improper benefits. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FBN--NFL IN LONDON

LONDON — An NFL franchise in London could generate more than $250 million a year for Britain, according to a study it commissioned. The study by accountancy firm Deloitte also casts doubt on the feasibility of a Super Bowl in the British capital and warns of a negative reaction from the United States. The prospect of a team being permanently based in London has been growing since the NFL first brought regular-season games to the city in 2007. With three games at Wembley Stadium this season, the British government recently offered its backing to persuade a franchise to base itself overseas. By Rob Harris. SENT: 610 words, photos.

WORLD SERIES

BBO--WORLD-SERIES-ONLINE

Live, running analysis and commentary throughout World Series Game 7 for mobile and online. By Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 200 words by first pitch at 8:07 p.m., updates throughout the game and after it.

BBO--WORLD SERIES-SELIG'S IMPRINT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The final World Series game played in the tenure of Commissioner Bud Selig certainly bears his imprint: A pair of wild-card teams, a thriving small-market franchise trying to win the title and a Game 7 being hosted by a club whose league that won the All-Star game. Stands for early story to BBO--World Series. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m.

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— BBO--World Series-Giants. By Ben Walker.

— BBO--World Series-Royals. By Dave Skretta.

— BBO--World Series-MVP.

BBO--WORLD SERIES-GAME 7S

UNDATED — In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen's brilliance. The flashbacks in San Francisco aren't nearly as sweet. Be it Babe Ruth, Jack Morris or Mariano Rivera, the moments created in a winner-take-all matchup resonate through baseball history. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 880 words, photos.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FB PICKS

Back when the Bowl Championship Series was the way college football crowned its champion — way back last season — its defenders would talk about how much it enhanced the regular season and how much a larger playoff would take away from it. That wasn't true, and now we have proof. By expanding the postseason ever so slightly to add one more game, it has widened the playoff race and given far more teams playoff hopes. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3:30 p.m.

FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Second-ranked Florida State is the measuring stick Louisville has prepared all season for, and the Cardinals enter Thursday night's ACC game healthy, refreshed and with something to prove. The Seminoles come in rested as well after a bye, not to mention motivated to build on their No. 2 standing in the playoff poll. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--SEC-DEFENSIVE STANCE

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Southeastern Conference is again trying to put a stop on runaway offenses. The league that built its champion reputation on defense is digging in once more with 10 of its 14 teams giving up fewer yards than last season. Half the SEC teams are among the 30 stingiest at allowing points. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 p.m.

FBC--USC-KILLER INSTINCT

LOS ANGELES — At 5-3, Southern California would be in the national title picture if the Trojans had only been able to avoid blowing two games in the final 10 seconds. First-year coach Steve Sarkisian laments his inability to develop a "killer instinct" in the Trojans, who still have a shot at the Pac-12 title heading to Washington State. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

NFL

FBN--SAINTS-PANTHERS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints haven't been the same team on the road as they have been at home this season, But if the Saints (3-4) want to take over first place in the NFC South, they will have to find a way to win on the road Thursday night when they visit rival Carolina (3-4-1). By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 750 words, file photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--COWBOYS-ROMO'S BACK

IRVING, Texas — Tony Romo could be a game-time decision against Arizona coming off his third back injury in 18 months. Dallas owner Jerry Jones says the decision is likely to come down to how much pain his 34-year-old, $100 million quarterback can handle. Romo's done that before, having played through a herniated disk in his back last year and cracked ribs and a punctured lung in 2011. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FBN--PRO PICKS

Back in 2010, New Orleans went 11-5 and Seattle was 7-9. But the Saints were a wild card for the playoffs and the Seahawks won their division. So off to the Great Northwest the Saints traipsed, where they were dismissed from the postseason by the Seahawks. Now, it's New Orleans — or any team from the struggling NFC South — that could wind up benefiting from the NFL's setup that rewards all division winners with a home playoff game. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FBN--PATRIOTS-BRADY

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It's that week again. In what has become an annual occurrence when Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are healthy, they'll meet again on Sunday when the red-hot New England Patriots meet the dominant Denver Broncos. By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 700 word, photos by 6 p.m.

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