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PSU men vs. Md. Eastern Shore

Tipoff: 7 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center, University Park Records: Penn State (0-0); UMES (0-0) Coaches: Pat Chambers is 127-140 in his eighth season at Penn State and 169-168 in 10 seasons overall. Jason Crafton is entering his first season at Maryland Eastern Shore and was 47-108 at Division ...

At 5-4, Eagles still in it

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Despite injuries and inconsistency, the Philadelphia Eagles enter their bye week right in the thick of the playoff race. The Eagles (5-4) are soaring off to their mini-vacations following consecutive wins after back-to-back lopsided losses. They ...

Notre Dame avoids upset loss at home

The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ian Book ran 7 yards for a touchdown with 29 seconds left to cap an 18-play, 87-yard drive and give No. 16 Notre Dame a 21-20 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday. The Fighting Irish (6-2) committed three turnovers deep in Virginia Tech territory, ...

Nationals’ Strasburg a free agent

According to mlb.com on Saturday, World Series MVP and Washington starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg opted out of the rest of his contract with the Nationals to become a free agent. Strasburg, who won two games in the World Series over the Houston Astros, had four years and $100 million ...

KC QB questionable for game on Sunday

The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is questionable against the Minnesota Vikings, raising the possibility the league MVP could return after missing just one game to a dislocated kneecap. Mahomes practiced on a limited basis throughout ...

Curry will miss 3 months

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry will miss at least three months for the ailing Warriors because of a broken left hand that required surgery, the toughest blow yet in an already difficult season for struggling Golden State following five straight trips to the NBA ...

Mets hire ex-Met as new manager

NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltran, two years removed from his playing career and with no managerial experience, has been picked by the New York Mets to replace Mickey Callaway. The Mets announced the move Friday. A nine-time All-Star during 20 major league seasons, Beltran played for the ...

Series title means plenty to Nats’ GM

By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In some ways, this World Series championship serves as an “I told you so” for the Washington Nationals and their general manager, Mike Rizzo. For the choices to hire, then stick by, manager Dave Martinez, especially in the face ...

Fighting Illini are big part of promising bowl outlook

The Associated Press Lovie Smith inherited outdated football facilities, among the worst in college football, when he was hired at Illinois in 2016 and he knew it. The former Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach took on the challenge anyway. Smith committed to a long-term plan to ...

Michigan State loses linebacker

The Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie was declared ineligible Thursday by the Big Ten after testing positive for a banned supplement. The school said it will appeal. Bachie, a senior with 36 tackles and with 3 ¢ sacks, made the second team on the ...

Tigers, Buffs, Wildcats all likely tourney hopefuls

Memphis coach Penny Hardaway went 22-14 and led the Tigers to an NIT berth in his debut season. His biggest wins came on the recruiting trail. Hardaway added the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class by signing five top-60 prospects and seven top-115 players as measured by composite rankings of ...

Pirates trade Markel to Angels

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates traded right-handed pitcher Parker Markel to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for cash considerations Thursday. Markel went 0-1 with a 5.71 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 15 relief appearances in 2019 with the Pirates. Royals hire Matheny KANSAS CITY, Mo. ...

Late-inning heroics give Nationals title

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Howie Kendrick sure has a knack for the dramatic. At 36 — nine years removed from is only All-Star appearance — he hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Will Harris in the seventh inning that lifted the Washington Nationals over the Houston Astros 6-2 ...

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 ...