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Notre Dame holds off Wildcats; OSU survives

EVANSTON, Ill. — Ian Book threw for threw two touchdown passes and ran 23 yards for a score in the closing minutes to lead No. 3 Notre Dame to a 31-21 victory over Northwestern on Saturday night. The Fighting Irish (9-0, No. 4 CFP) remained in line for a playoff spot and continued to build ...

Running back leads Pitt over No. 23 Cavs

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Darrin Hall had already had a big night against a team that game-planned to stop him when he put a dazzling cap on it. Hall ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 75-yard burst one play after Virginia had awakened it fans by closing to within 14-13, and ...

Rivers to join ‘200 club’

The Associated Press COSTA MESA, Calif. — Philip Rivers has many accomplishments, but there is one trait that he has taken pride in over his 15-year career — durability. The Chargers’ veteran signal caller will become the fourth quarterback in NFL history to make at least 200 ...

College basketball still under cloud of scandal

A federal trial revealed more details of a pay-to-pay recruiting scandal, darkening the cloud hanging over college basketball for a second straight season. But will it make a difference? Outside of a handful of suspensions, the curtain pullback of the sport’s worst-kept secret had little ...

UCF avoids upset bid from Owls

ORLANDO, Fla. — McKenzie Milton threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 9 UCF hold off Temple 52-40 and extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 21 games Thursday night. Taj McGowan scored on runs of 1 and 10 yards, the latter finishing a long drive that put the Knights ...

Steelers, Ravens face similar pressures

BALTIMORE — In each of the last two years, the Baltimore Ravens have been eliminated from playoff contention with late-season losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the first time since 2014, these AFC North rivals will wrap up the season series before December. That doesn’t mean ...

Boston celebrates latest title

BOSTON — Confetti cannons boomed and huge crowds of fans cheered wildly on Wednesday as the Boston Red Sox rumbled through downtown aboard duck boats to mark the team’s fourth World Series championship in the past 15 years. One of the team’s championship trophies and team manager Alex ...

Mayfield ready to lead through adversity

BEREA, Ohio — Baker Mayfield’s baptism with the Browns is complete. Some coaching chaos made it official. Cleveland’s rookie quarterback admitted Wednesday he was stunned by the firings of coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who were dismissed within an hour of ...

Offense wants to re-establish agressiveness at Baltimore

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers were bullied the last time they faced the Baltimore Ravens. In a rivalry mostly defined by physicality, that might be the worst that could be said about either side following a game. When the Steelers travel to Baltimore for their second matchup on ...

Bay-Area battle becomes skirmish for a draft pick

The Battle of the Bay Area in prime time is more like a skirmish for a high pick in next April’s draft, perhaps even the first overall selection. Yep, that’s how bad the Raiders and 49ers have been so far. When they meet in Santa Clara, California tonight, how much of the nation will show ...

Maryland reverses course, fires Durkin

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — DJ Durkin’s return as Maryland’s football coach lasted one day. Durkin was fired Wednesday night, just over 24 hours after being reinstated. Instead of resolving the issues facing the flawed program, the decision by the University System of Maryland board of ...

Huge games on tap this week

This will probably be the best Saturday of the college football season. With four games matching top-15 teams, including No. 1 Alabama at No. 4 LSU, the stakes are high, the story lines intriguing and the playoff ramifications plentiful. Both Southeastern Conference divisions could be ...

Alabama, Clemson lead initial poll

Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season. After meeting for a day and a half at a hotel outside Dallas, the 13-member CFP selection committee released the first of its five weekly top 25s before the four-team ...

Rams trade for Jags’ Fowler

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The NFL’s lone undefeated team has just made an already dominant defensive front even deeper. The Los Angeles Rams swapped a pair of draft picks for Jaguars pass rusher Dante Fowler on Tuesday, adding the third overall pick in 2015 to a defense already stocked with ...

Back in Top 25, Virginia set on winning division

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Now that the Cavaliers are ranked, bowl eligible and have announced that winning the ACC’s Coastal Division is their goal, they want to maintain the focus that has carried them to a three-game winning streak. Coach Bronco Mendenhall would rather the 23rd-ranked ...

Red Sox, Pearce top Dodgers to win title

LOS ANGELES — The Boston Red Sox really are that great. David Price proved his postseason mettle, Steve Pearce homered twice and Boston beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 on Sunday to finish off a one-sided World Series in five games. A tormented franchise during decades of frustration and ...

PSU climbs to No. 14

No. 22 Syracuse and No. 23 Virginia broke long runs of being unranked and were among a record seven teams to move into The Associated Press college football poll after a season-high 11 ranked teams lost this weekend. The top of the ranking was mostly unchanged. No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 LSU and ...

Bump-and-run lifts Logano to win

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — When the reigning series champion slipped past him with one lap to go at Martinsville Speedway, Joey Logano figured he had lost his shot at racing for NASCAR’s title. A win would earn Logano one of the four spots in the winner-take-all championship at Homestead-Miami ...

Sox take commanding lead

LOS ANGELES — Steve Pearce hit a tying homer in the eighth and a three-run double in the ninth, and the Boston Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit in the seventh inning for a 9-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night and a 3-1 World Series lead. The improbable surge all ...

Kyle Busch gains pole

The Associated Press MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kyle Busch’s road to the championship round was made a little bit easier when he won the pole at Martinsville Speedway. Busch turned a lap at 96.254 mph around the Virginia paperclip to earn the top starting spot in today’s race, the first ...