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CINCINNATI — After two days of practicing against each other, the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals open their preseason at Paul Brown Stadium. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
GLF–US SENIOR OPEN
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Second round of the US Senior Open at Scioto Country Club in Columbus. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Cleveland Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia is approaching modern-day Joe DiMaggio status with his hitting streak. At 48 games, Mejia of the Single-A Lynchburg Hillcats has the longest hitting streak since 1954, a feat made even more impressive by the fact that he’s a catcher. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 12 p.m.
FBC–OHIO ST PREVIEW
COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has reason to feel a little unsettled as his team begins preparations for the 2016 season. He has to find replacements for his best offensive player, his best defensive player and other key parts of a squad that finished 12-1 last year and ranked No. 4 in the nation. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 640 words, photos.
DETROIT — Western Michigan tries to end Northern Illinois’ six-year run of appearances in the MAC title game. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
BKN–TNT-MONDAY NBA DOUBLHEADERS
TNT is adding a Monday night doubleheader package to its NBA coverage, starting with an NBA Finals rematch on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Cleveland Cavaliers will visit the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 16. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 130 words.