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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 ...

McCoy laments 13-yard outing in Bills 25-6 loss to Patriots

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Ever since he topped the 10,000 career yards rushing mark last season, LeSean McCoy set a "12K or bust" objective. Bust was more like it for the Buffalo Bills running back on Monday night, when McCoy totaled 13 yards on 12 carries ...

4 years of CFP rankings show importance of a good start

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer If form holds, two of the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff ranking of the season will go on to play in the national semifinals. After meeting for a day and a half at a hotel outside Dallas, the CFP selection committee will ...

Chiefs owner Hunt surprised by quick success of Mahomes

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Not even the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, who gave the green light to trade up last year and select Patrick Mahomes 10th overall, expected his young quarterback to succeed this quickly. During his midseason discussion with ...

Thompson sets 3-point record, Warriors beat Bulls 149-124

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Klay Thompson popped to the wing off a screen from Stephen Curry, caught the pass from Kevin Durant and dribbled to his left before launching the record 3-pointer. The ball swished through the net. He raised both arms, pumped his fist and ...