— NEW YORK — BBN--Mets-Herrera. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 809 words.
FBN--NFL CUTS RDP
Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was released by the Bengals on Friday, among a handful of players out of jobs — for now — as NFL teams started to trim their rosters to get down to the mandatory 53 players by Saturday afternoon. Green-Ellis was Cincinnati's top rusher the past two seasons, but the running back was made expendable once the Bengals drafted LSU's Jeremy Hill in the second round in May. Also among the announced cuts: Buffalo punter Brian Moorman and quarterback Jordan Palmer, Tampa Bay kicker Connor Barth, and Atlanta linebacker Pat Angerer. SENT: 650 words.
— MINNEAPOLIS — FBN--Vikings-Simpson Suspended. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 410 words.
— ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — FBN--Loaded Broncos. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 722 words.
— HOUSTON — FBN--Texans-Looking Ahead. By Chris Duncan. SENT: 539 words.
ATLANTA — Time to get some answers about Alabama's quarterback competition. Florida State transfer Jake Coker and fifth-year senior Blake Sims have been vying for the top job throughout preseason practice and coach Nick Saban says they have been running neck-and-neck. The second-ranked Crimson Tide's opener against West Virginia at the Georgia Dome on Saturday is probably another audition for both. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 730 words. Game starts at 3:30 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — If Steve Sarkisian was a newcomer to Southern California, he might have been astounded this week when his head coaching debut with the Trojans was overshadowed by one player's bizarre lies about injuries and another player's accusations of racism. Instead, this former USC assistant coach knows all about the circus that seems to follow the Trojans everywhere. Sarkisian can't wait to become the ringmaster on Saturday when Fresno State visits No. 15 USC to open the season. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 740 words. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
— ANN ARBOR, Mich. — FBC--Appalachian St-Michigan. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 640 words by 4 a.m.
— EVANSTON, Ill. — FBC--California-Northwestern. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 725 words by 4 a.m.
— AUSTIN, Texas — FBC--N Texas-Texas. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 560 words.
— FBC--T25-Things To Know About Week 1. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 607 words.
— OKLAHOMA CITY — FBC--T25-Oklahoma-Shannon. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 492 words.
— BILBAO, Spain. — BKO--WCup-US-Finns First. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 737 words.
— INDIANAPOLIS — BKL--Sky-Fever. SENT: 459 words.
— FONTANA, Calif. — CAR--IndyCar-Fontana-Qualifying. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 280 words.
Saturday's Time Schedule
N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 1:10 p.m., 1st game
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m., 1st game
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4:05 p.m.
Minnesota at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Texas at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Kansas City, 7:10 p.m.
Miami at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m., 2nd game
Colorado at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m., 2nd game
L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.
Oakland at L.A. Angels, 9:05 p.m.
Milwaukee at San Francisco, 9:05 p.m.
Washington at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.
No. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State at Arlington, Texas, 8 p.m.
No. 2 Alabama vs. West Virginia at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m.
No. 3 Oregon vs. South Dakota, 10:30 p.m.
No. 4 Oklahoma vs. Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Ohio State vs. Navy at Baltimore, Noon
No. 6 Auburn vs. Arkansas, 4 p.m.
No. 7 UCLA at Virginia, Noon
No. 11 Stanford vs. UC Davis, 4 p.m.
No. 12 Georgia vs. No. 16 Clemson, 5:30 p.m.
No. 13 LSU vs. No. 14 Wisconsin at Houston, 9 p.m.
No. 15 Southern Cal vs. Fresno State, 7:30 p.m.
No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Rice, 3:30 p.m.
No. 20 Kansas State vs. Stephen F. Austin, 7:10 p.m.
No. 22 Nebraska vs. FAU, 3:30 p.m.
No. 23 North Carolina vs. Liberty, 6 p.m.
No. 24 Missouri vs. South Dakota State, 3:30 p.m.
No. 25 Washington at Hawaii, 10:30 p.m.
Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Colorado at Seattle FC, 4 p.m.
New England at Toronto FC, 5 p.m.
Columbus at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
FC Dallas at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Portland at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.