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NCAA tries to kick can down the road

ATLANTA — The NCAA just doesn’t get it. Under pressure from all sides — legislators, advocates, athletes, pretty much anyone who can spot an injustice when they see it — the group that governs college athletics revealed a fierce determination to keep an iron grip on the two things it ...

Niners look to end 8-game skid vs. Cards

Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly couldn’t do it in their one season as head coach in San Francisco. Kyle Shanahan hasn’t done it in two years with the 49ers. The past three coaches in San Francisco have combined to lose eight straight games against the NFC West rival Cardinals heading into the ...

Even with top teams off, the stakes remain high

Instead of focusing on the teams that are off this weekend in college football — and there are a lot of good teams not playing — let’s enjoy the ones that are in action. No. 6 Florida against No. 8 Georgia has become a big game again in the Southeastern Conference after a brief hiatus. ...

Chickillo charges dropped

The Associated Press UNIONTOWN — Misdemeanor charges have been dropped against a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker who had been accused of injuring his girlfriend during a fight in their western Pennsylvania hotel room this month. Backup linebacker Anthony Chickillo had been charged with ...

NCAA approves athletic compensation

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press The NCAA took a major step Tuesday toward allowing college athletes to cash in on their fame, voting to permit them to “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness.” The nation’s largest governing body for college sports and its ...

Nats win to force Game 7

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Stephen Strasburg gutted through without his best fastball to throw five-hit ball for 8-plus innings Tuesday night, and now it’s on to Game 7 in the World Series, thanks to a 7-2 win for Washington over Houston in Game 6. Southpaw Sean Doolittle got the ...

NCAA investigating Seton Hall program

The Associated Press SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — The NCAA has launched an investigation into the basketball program at No 12 Seton Hall. The university announced the probe Tuesday, saying coach Kevin Willard is sitting out the Pirates’ exhibition against Misericordia that night and the season ...

Young Warriors struggle

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Kerr expects his young Golden State Warriors to take their lumps, with a daunting, daily learning curve. That doesn’t make losing any less painful for Kerr, for Stephen Curry, for Draymond Green. Or for anyone who was part of the once-dominant ...

Astros go for clincher

WASHINGTON — George Springer shook his head at the mere mention of Houston Astros teammate Justin Verlander’s past October trouble, the only pitcher in baseball history to go 0-5 in the World Series. “We wouldn’t be here without him,” Springer declared. “I don’t care what ...

Truex rout creates chaos for playoffs

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kyle Busch is slowly coughing away his championship chances and Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano are fighting — again. Chase Elliott has fast cars but awful luck, while Kevin Harvick has barely made a whisper in the playoffs. Ryan Blaney continues to rise on NASCAR’s ...

Flacco out with injury

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco has a herniated disk in his neck that puts his season and possibly his career in jeopardy and leaves Denver’s dysfunctional offense in the hands of a trio of quarterbacks who have never taken a regular-season snap in the NFL. Coach Vic ...

Astros one win from title

WASHINGTON — The Houston Astros handed the ball to Gerrit Cole, and he gave them a firm grip on the World Series. Minus ailing ace Max Scherzer, the Nationals were no match in this Washington wipeout. Cole looked exactly like the stud who dominated baseball most of this season, bouncing ...

Truex Jr. gets spot in title race

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Martin Truex Jr. was celebrating the victory that locked him into NASCAR’s title race when he heard the crowd roar, looked up at the big screen and saw two championship contenders jawing at each other on pit road. “Oh, look, a fight,” the winner said. Indeed, ...

Tiger ties record with 82nd win

INZAI CITY, Japan — Tiger Woods shrugged off an early bogey Monday to win the Zozo Championship and tie Sam Snead’s PGA Tour record of 82 victories. The 43-year-old American returned Monday to play the final seven holes in the rain-hit tournament, completing a 3-under 67 to beat local ...

Michigan cruises in 2nd half

The Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zach Charbonnet ran for two touchdowns in the first half and Shea Patterson threw for two scores in the second, helping No. 19 Michigan rout No. 8 Notre Dame 45-14 in driving rain Saturday night. The Wolverines (6-2) ended an eight-game losing ...

Kansas State crushes OU dreams

By Dave Skretta The Associated Press MANHATTAN, Kan. — There was never a moment of uncertainty on Kansas State’s sideline when fifth-ranked Oklahoma raced to an early lead, or when the wounded Sooners began to mount a frantic fourth-quarter comeback. There might have been just a bit ...

Top 25 roundup

No. 2 LSU 23, No. 9 Auburn 20 BATON ROUGE, La. — Joe Burrow passed for 321 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score in LSU’s victory over Auburn. LSU (8-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) is off next week before going to No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 9. Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for ...

Astros even up series

From Mirror wire reports WASHINGTON — A grand slam from Alex Bregman in the top of the seventh inning off Washington Nationals reliever Fernando Rodney broke open a close game to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-1 win Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series. Down 2-0 leaving ...

Falcons must go with Schaub at QB over injured Ryan

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan won’t play today against Seattle, ending his 10-year streak of consecutive starts. Ryan sprained his right ankle last week in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He had limited participation in Friday’s practice and was listed as ...

Pens score thrice in third to beat Stars

DALLAS — Matt Murray made 25 saves for his first shutout of the season, Dominik Kahun and Bryan Rust scored in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 Saturday night. Brandon Tanev added an empty-net goal with 1:14 to play. Kahun’s first goal came in his ...