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STAT WATCH: No. 4 LSU has nation’s highest-scoring offense

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer LSU has earned a reputation the last decade or so as a program that relies on defense and usually does just enough on offense. That's what makes it such a surprise to see the fourth-ranked Tigers emerge as the nation's highest-scoring team so far this ...

AP Top 25: Wisconsin into top 10; Cal makes big move to 15

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Wisconsin moved into the top 10 for the first time this season, landing at No. 8 in The Associated Press college football poll after a weekend during which seven ranked teams lost. The top of the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank remained mostly ...

NFL ICYMI: Maybe the Giants found a new QB in Daniel Jones

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Pro Football Writer So maybe all those fans and media members blasting the choice of Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft were being a little hasty in their judgment of him and New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman. And maybe, just maybe, so ...

NFL Today, Week 3

By The Associated Press undefined SCOREBOARD Monday, Sept. 23 Chicago at Washington, 8:15 p.m. EDT. Mitchell Trubisky has won his past four road starts for the Bears (1-1), but the Chicago quarterback has struggled in the first two games while going 42 of 72 for 348 yards with an ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Are there quality losses?

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The value of a loss can be tricky to quantify for AP Top 25 voters. For the first time this season, the AP college football poll presented by Regions Bank was given a good shake. Seven ranked teams lost, a season-high, including three in Saturday's ...

Analysis: New QBs generally look like headliners stepping in

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Oh, the moans and groans in Nawlins. The consternation in Steeltown. The woe is me refrains in Carolina's Queen City. The joke's on me attitude in Jax. And the tabloid screams in the Big Apple. Maybe all of that dread and disgust will quiet down, at ...

LEADING OFF: Wainwright streak, Snell starts, Freeman out

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: WRIGHT CALL After completing its first four-game sweep at Wrigley Field since 1921, NL Central-leading St. Louis sends Adam Wainwright to the mound for the opener of a three-game series at Arizona. The ...

Trick play helps Pitt upset No. 15 UCF 35-34

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Mark Whipple installed the play he dubbed "Pitt Special" during the second week of training camp. Whipple had his first-stringers run it once against the starting defense and it worked. So he made sure the ...

Pony Up: SMU beats No. 25 TCU 41-38, 1st 4-0 start since ’84

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — While SMU coach Sonny Dykes and new quarterback Shane Buechele are focused on this season, they do understand the historical context of a win over longtime rival TCU that has the Mustangs 4-0 for the first time since 1984. That ...

Akers, Hornibrook lead Florida St. past Louisville

By BOB FERRANTE Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Cam Akers scored three touchdowns and Alex Hornibrook came off the bench and threw a 60-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as Florida State defeated Louisville 35-24 on Saturday. Akers ran 29 times for 112 yards for Florida ...

Nix helps No. 8 Auburn over No. 17 Texas A&M 28-20

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was pleased with the performance of Bo Nix in a victory at Texas A&M on Saturday. What made Malzahn even happier is that the freshman quarterback will likely be with him for a long time to ...

Taylor helps No. 13 Wisconsin trounce No. 11 Michigan 35-14

By KEITH JENKINS AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor needed only a quarter Saturday to improve upon his rushing total from the Badgers' lopsided loss to Michigan last season. Taylor ran for 203 yards and two touchdowns, Jack Coan added a career-high two rushing ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks try to clinch AL East, Cards-Cubs rivalry

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: SO CLOSE The Yankees can clinch their first AL East title since 2012 with a win over the Angels in the Bronx. New York pushed back J.A. Happ's scheduled start by a day and will throw Masahiro Tanaka (10-8, ...

No. 11 Michigan’s offense faces tough task vs No. 13 Badgers

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 11 Michigan at No. 13 Wisconsin Both teams are coming off open dates heading into a matchup that should provide some clarity about how good each is. Michigan's new spread offense has ...

Plans call for Amazon operations at Pontiac Silverdome site

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon has proposed using the site of the former home of the Detroit Lions as a distribution center in a $250 million project that could bring 1,500 jobs. Details of plans for the Pontiac Silverdome site in suburban Detroit were made public Wednesday ...

McIlroy stumbles to 4-over 76, Wallace leads at Wentworth

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy made six bogeys and a double bogey in his last 11 holes to shoot 4-over 76 at the BMW PGA Championship, leaving the world No. 2 already 11 strokes off the first-round lead held by Matt Wallace on Thursday. McIlroy's round fell apart after an eagle ...

Atlético, Real Madrid and Barcelona struggle early on

By TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — There's work to do for top Spanish clubs after their Champions League group openers. Atlético Madrid needs to fix its defense, Barcelona its attack, and Real Madrid has to improve both its defense and attack. Valencia was the only Spanish ...

AP sources: 1 of Brown’s accusers has met with NFL

By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer Two people with knowledge of the investigation into Antonio Brown being accused of sexual assault tell The Associated Press that one of the accusers has met with NFL investigators and that there is no timetable for concluding the probe. One of the people, ...

Payton: Drew Brees to have surgery on right hand

By CHRIS TALBOTT Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says quarterback Drew Brees will undergo surgery on his injured right thumb Wednesday afternoon. Payton said he has no timetable for Brees' return, but said he has no immediate plans to put Brees on ...

Who has the worst team in Miami? It’s a close call

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — The Dolphins look like the worst team in the NFL, and might even be the worst team in Miami. On the other hand, a comparison with the Marlins is one matchup the Dolphins could win. Let's kick it off: AT THE TOP The Marlins are run by a ...