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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EDT on Monday, July 28


July 28 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Monday:

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The duty editor is Steve Ginsburg, 202-898-8427

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Steelers vow to keep Big Ben until retirement

General manager Kevin Colbert expects Ben Roethlisberger to eventually sign a new contract and remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers for his entire career, but the current state of the salary cap prevents it. (FBN-STEELERS-NEWS/, moved; will be led, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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NFL defends Rice's two-game suspension

Senior vice president of labor policy Adolpho Birch insists the NFL sent a strong statement with Ray Rice's two-game suspension, even if social media disagrees. (FBN-RAVENS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Redskins prez: Playing RG3 in 2013 unfair, disrespectful to NFL

Washington Redskins team president Bruce Allen concedes playing Robert Griffin III last season before he was fully recovered from January knee surgery was a poor decision. (FBN-REDSKINS-NEWS/, moved; will be led, The Sports Xchange, 250 words)

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Vikings narrow QB competition Wednesday

MANKATO, Minn. - Repetitions were split between all three quarterbacks to open training camp, but offensive coordinator Norv Turner plans to divvy up the snaps between just two passers starting Wednesday. (FBN-VIKINGS-NEWS/, expect by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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Browns OG Pinkston not cleared medically

Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston is not yet cleared to practice with the team. The player and team are not opening up about specifics of the medical issue. (FBN-BROWNS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Panthers WR Benjamin undergoes MRI

Carolina Panthers first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin has an MRI on his sore left knee. Benjamin, a wide receiver, bumped his knee on a teammate during practice on Sunday afternoon. (FBN-PANTHERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 225 words)

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Barrage of bumps, bruises beset Bills' tight ends

Starter Scott Chandler becomes the third tight end in as many days to leave the field during Buffalo Bills' training camp. Chandler limped to the locker room with a groin injury. (FBN-BILLS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 175 words)

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NBA roundup

The latest news and notes from around the league. (BKN-NOTEBOOK-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)

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Trial over Clippers sale enters closing arguments

LOS ANGELES - Closing arguments begin in the trial over whether the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling had the authority to sell the NBA for $2 billion. (NBA-CLIPPERS/ (PIX, TV), expect by 4 p.m. ET/2000 GMT, by Eric Kelsey)

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Woods aims for record ninth title at Firestone

Tom Watson indicates at the Open Championship that Tiger Woods might have to make the FedEx Cup playoffs to earn one of his captain's pick for the Ryder Cup, although Jack Nicklaus claims he would pick Woods regardless if he were in charge of the team. (GLF-INSIDETHEROPES/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Tom LaMarre, 775 words)

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Notebook: Sonders bolts Golf Channel

Holly Sonders, who became a star personality on the Golf Channel, leaves the network and reportedly will join Fox Sports. (GLF-NOTEBOOK/, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Tom LaMarre, 600 words)

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Golf glance

Capsule look at the week ahead in professional golf, including the WGC-Bridgestone at Firestone Golf Club. (GLF-SCHEDULE/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Tulo scheduled for hip procedure

DENVER - Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will undergo a dry needling procedure on his left hip in Philadelphia in an effort to recover from a left hip flexor strain. (BBO-ROCKIES-NEWS/, moved; may be led, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)

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Braves OF Heyward (back) pulled from game

ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward leaves today's game against the San Diego Padres after three innings because of lower back soreness. (BBO-BRAVES-NEWS/, moved; may be led, The Sports Xchange, by Guy Curtright, 100 words)

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Tigers' Porcello no ordinary No. 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Right-hander Rick Porcello might be merely the No. 3 starter for the Detroit Tigers, but he continues to make a sound case for being included in the list of the majors' top pitchers. (BBO-TIGERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 425 words)

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Wainwright praises Pierzynski

CHICAGO - Adam Wainwright praises his new teammate A.J. Pierzynski. (BBO-CARDINALS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 175 words)

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The Sports Xchange covers all MLB games. Key matchups highlighted below:

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Padres at Braves

ATLANTA - Ervin Santana continues his rebound for the Atlanta Braves, holding down the Padres in his afternoon start at Turner Field. (BBO-BRAVES-PADRES-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 1610 GMT/12:10 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Guy Curtright, 400-word first lede, 800-word writethru)

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Phillies at Mets

NEW YORK - Same old story in the NL East: Well-aged starting pitchers AJ Burnett (Phillies) and Bartolo Colon (Mets) take the ball for what could be their final time with their current teams at Citi Field. (BBO-METS-PHILLIES-FIRSTLEDE-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect ASAP after the 2310 GMT/7:10 PM ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Joe Pantorno, 400-word first lede, 800-word writethru)

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MLB Wrap: Hot Rays tangle with NL Central-leading Brewers

The Tampa Bay Rays, who had a nine-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, hope to start a new run when they face the NL Central Division-leading Milwaukee Brewers in one of 10 games on the MLB slate. (BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0430 GMT/12:30 AM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 900 words)

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The full MLB schedule

American League

Toronto at Boston, 7:10 PM ET

New York Yankees at Texas, 8:05 PM ET

Oakland at Houston, 8:10 PM ET

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National League

San Diego at Atlanta, 12:10 PM ET

Arizona at Cincinnati, 7:10 PM ET

Philadelphia at New York Mets, 7:10 PM ET

Washington at Miami, 7:10 PM ET

Colorado at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 PM ET

Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 10:15 PM ET

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Milwaukee at Tampa Bay, 7:10 PM ET

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NHL Roundup

The latest moves and news from the NHL. (HKN-NOTEBOOK/, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)

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Gordon, 42, shows no signs of slowing down

INDIANAPOLIS - Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994. On Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in a No. 24 Chevrolet that clearly was the class of the field, Gordon won the 21st edition of the prestigious race. (CAR-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, special from NASCAR Wire Service, 450 words)

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'American Ninja Warrior' princess packs mental and physical punch

NEW YORK - Gymnast Kacy Catanzaro, the first woman to reach the finals of the "American Ninja Warrior" fitness TV competition show, credits her victory to mental focus and upper body strength. (FITNESS-NINJAWARRIOR/, moved, by Dorene Internicola, 500 words)

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No verdict (yet) in case against ex-WWE star Jesse Ventura

ST PAUL, Minn. - A judge asks a jury to try one more time in a defamation case brought by former pro wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura after the panel says it can't reach a verdict following about five days of deliberations. (USA-MINNESOTA/TRIAL-VENTURA, moved; will be led, 400 words)

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Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (Expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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