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AP Top 25: West Virginia up to 7 after 10 ranked teams lose

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer No. 7 West Virginia re-entered the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll after another weekend in which the number of ranked teams losing reached double digits. Unanimous No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame remained ...

Cubs exercise option on Hamels, trade Smyly to Texas

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have exercised their 2019 option on left-hander Cole Hamels, solidifying their rotation for next year. Hamels, who turns 35 in December, went 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts after he was acquired in a July 27 trade with Texas. ...

Re-run: 4 winners from ’17 to defend titles at NYC Marathon

By MELISSA MURPHY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — All four winners of the 2017 NYC Marathon return to defend their titles on Sunday. American Shalane Flanagan and Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor will try to repeat, along with the Swiss pair of Manuela Schar and Marcel Hug in the wheelchair ...

Nebraska’s confidence high for No. 8 Ohio State

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The bye week has been quite unpleasant for Ohio State. After a collapse against unranked Purdue on Oct. 20 that further exposed weaknesses in the defense and running game, the Buckeyes spent the off week stewing in the loss and trying ...

AP panel rates LA Rams’ offensive line as best in NFL; Steelers 3rd

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Todd Gurley is touted as an MVP contender. Jared Goff ranks among the top QBs in yardage and TD throws. Sean McVay already owns one NFL Coach of the Year award. Here are some lesser-known names that are also a big part of why the Los Angeles Rams are ...

Eyeing playoffs, Irish look to keep rolling at Northwestern

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — No need to remind No. 3 Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish remember what happened last season when they were rolling along with their sights set on the playoffs. They're out to avoid a repeat. Notre Dame looks to remain unbeaten and in ...

No. 6 Georgia, No. 11 Kentucky meet to decide SEC East

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Sixth-ranked Georgia is used to playing on the national stage. No. 11 Kentucky not so much. But the Wildcats must deal with the sudden spotlight of playing the program's most important game in a generation. The Southeastern ...

No. 1 Alabama expects toughest test yet at No. 4 LSU

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As quarterback sensation Tua Tagovailoa tries to envision what awaits him and top-ranked Alabama at LSU's Tiger Stadium, he could use recent history as a guide. Even during this decade of dominance, the Crimson Tide hasn't so much ...

Air Force travels to Army; revenge on the mind

By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — It's been a year since Air Force lost its grasp on the Commander in Chief's Trophy, and the Falcons want it back. "The CIC always means a lot, but especially this year after what happened last year," Falcons senior offensive guard ...

No. 5 Michigan seeking revenge at home versus No. 14 Penn St

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Two down, two to go. No. 5 Michigan is on a revenge tour, according to defensive end Chase Winovich . The Wolverines have beaten two of the four Big Ten teams they lost to last season, leaving No. 14 Penn State and No. 8 Ohio State on ...

Texas finally in a November Big 12 title hunt

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After years of being a late-season afterthought, Texas coach Tom Herman wanted the Longhorns to be competing for a Big 12 title in November. Texas is right where he wanted, with a key matchup against West Virginia up next. The No. 12 ...

Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has died at age 80

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of Famer nicknamed "Stretch" for his 6-foot-4 height and those long arms, died Wednesday. He was 80. The San Francisco Giants announced McCovey's death, saying the fearsome hitter passed ...

‘A hell of a night’: Derrick Rose savors his career-high 50

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer During the 2017-18 regular season, Derrick Rose didn't score 50 points in all of January. Or February. Or March. Or April. He was hurting, always in and out of the lineup, never in rhythm. Those problems, all his years of problems, seemed so long ago ...

‘Bama-LSU, Kentucky-Georgia matchups have title implications

By The Associated Press Here are a few things to watch during Week 10 of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 1 Alabama at No. 4 LSU: It's almost always a big game when the Crimson Tide and Tigers meet, but the stakes are even higher than usual for this matchup ...

No. 24 BC’s visit to Virginia Tech headlines ACC’s Week 10

By The Associated Press Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 10: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 24 Boston College at Virginia Tech. The Eagles' return to the national rankings comes in one of only two games matching ACC teams with winning records. Boston College (6-2, 3-1) enters ...

James’ free throw gives Lakers 114-113 win over Mavericks

By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James walked into Staples Center on Halloween dressed as Jason from the "Friday the 13th" movies. Five hours later, he saved the Los Angeles Lakers from a horrifying ending. The four-time MVP scored 29 points and made the game-winning ...

Penn St. can dent Michigan playoff hopes, polish bowl resume

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: BEST GAME No. 14 Penn State at No. 5 Michigan Michigan (7-1, 5-0, No. 5 CFP) needs a win to remain at least one game ahead of Ohio State in the Big Ten East and further enhance its resume for the ...

Top 25 includes 4 teams that missed NCAA field last year

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer The preseason rankings suggest next season's NCAA Tournament could feature plenty of new faces. The AP Top 25 includes four teams that failed to reach last year's big dance: No. 14 Oregon, No. 18 Mississippi State, No. 23 LSU and No. 25 Washington. In last ...

No. 12 WVU at No. 15 Texas in matchup of Big 12 co-leaders

By The Associated Press Some things to know about Week 10 in the Big 12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 12 West Virginia (6-1, 4-1 Big 12, No. 13 CFP) at No. 15 Texas (6-2, 4-1, No. 17). A November matchup that could go a long way in determining who plays in the Big 12 championship game — ...

New Skins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix admired late Sean Taylor

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Ha Ha Clinton-Dix professed all sorts of love and admiration for the Washington Redskins a day after arriving in a trade — mentioning the late Sean Taylor, new teammate and offseason workout partner D.J. Swearinger and even the team's marching band. "Check this out, all ...