(Undated)  —  Here is the latest sports news:  Patriots, Chiefs open NFL season tonight.  Seahawks’ Bennett allegedly assaulted by police.  Indians, Diamondbacks keep rolling.  D’backs dump Dodgers for 13th straight win.  Nadal advances, Federer ousted at U.S. Open.

>>Patriots, Chiefs Open NFL Season

(Foxboro, MA)  —  The curtain raises on the 2017 NFL season tonight as the Patriots clash with the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.  New England beat the Falcons in Super Bowl 51 for the franchise’s fifth championship last February.  The Pats are looking to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since they previously did it in after the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

>>Seahawks’ Bennett Allegedly Assaulted By Police

(Undated)  —  Las Vegas police are confident that evidence will show that race wasn’t a factor in an incident involving Seahawks player Michael Bennett.  Bennett believes his skin color was at play when Vegas police ordered him to the ground at gunpoint and threatened to blow his head off.  Police showed a video of the incident and they’re investigating it.

>>Indians Match Franchise Mark With 14th Straight Win

(Chicago, IL)  —  The Indians are matching the record for the longest winning streak in franchise history.  Cleveland captured its 14th consecutive victory with a 5-1 win over the White Sox in Chicago.  Carlos Carrasco went the distance, striking out nine and allowing only three hits to improve to 14-and-6.

>>D’backs Dump Dodgers For 13th Straight Win

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  The Diamondbacks are riding the longest winning streak in team history.  Arizona extended its run to 13 games with a 3-1 win over the Dodgers in LA.  The D’backs swept the three-game set with the MLB-leading Dodgers and hold a seven-and-a-half-game lead on Colorado for the top NL wild card.  LA has lost 11 of its last 12 games.

>>Nadal Advances, Federer Ousted At U.S. Open

(Flushing Meadows, NY)  —  Rafael Nadal is through to the U.S. Open semifinals, while Roger Federer is headed home.  Nadal beat Andrey Rublev in straight sets, while Federer lost in four to Juan Martin [[ mar-TEEN ]] del Potro.  American Coco Vandeweghe [[ VAN-deh-way ]] upset top-seeded Karolina Pliskova and fellow American Madison Keys also won.

 

>>WEDNESDAY’S SCOREBOARD

MLB National League
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Cincinnati Reds 7, Milwaukee Brewers 1
Chicago Cubs 1, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Washington Nationals 8, Miami Marlins 1
New York Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 3  (6 inn, rain)
San Francisco Giants 11, Colorado Rockies 3
St. Louis Cardinals 3, San Diego Padres 1
Arizona Diamondbacks 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 1

MLB American League
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Minnesota Twins 10, Tampa Bay Rays 6
Oakland Athletics 3, Los Angeles Angels 1
New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles  (ppd, rain)
Kansas City Royals 13, Detroit Tigers 2
Boston Red Sox 6, Toronto Blue Jays 1
Cleveland Indians 5, Chicago White Sox 1
Houston Astros 5, Seattle Mariners 3

MLB Interleague
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Texas Rangers 12, Atlanta Braves 8  (G1)
Atlanta Braves 5, Texas Rangers 4  (G2)

WNBA Playoffs
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Washington Mystics 86, Dallas Wings 76  (First round – single elimination)
Phoenix Mercury 79, Seattle Storm 69  (First round – single elimination)

 

>>THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE  (All times are Eastern)

NFL
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8:30 p.m. – Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots

MLB National League
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7:05 p.m. – Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates
7:05 p.m. – Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals
7:10 p.m. – Cincinnati Reds at New York Mets
7:35 p.m. – Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves
9:10 p.m. – St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres
10:10 p.m. – Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers

MLB American League
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1:35 p.m. – New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
8:10 p.m. – Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
8:15 p.m. – Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals

MLB Interleague
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No Games Scheduled

WNBA Playoffs
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No Games Scheduled

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