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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 ...

Fresh faces help West Virginia, Kansas start strong

By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Something wasn't right when redshirt freshman Briason Mays was going through pregame warmups as the third center used by West Virginia this season. Mays was nervous and his snaps were off target Saturday. That made offensive line coach ...

QB Sam Ehlinger spreading the TDs around in Texas offense

By JIM VERTUNO AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas keeps adding to the offensive firepower around quarterback Sam Ehlinger with some big early results. The No. 12 Longhorns (2-1) will need everyone to chip in if they plan to keep up with Oklahoma State (3-0) on Saturday in the ...

Jets’ Siemian out for year with ankle injury, Falk to start

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian is out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury, and Luke Falk will be New York's starter until Sam Darnold returns from illness. Coach Adam Gase says Tuesday an MRI on Siemian's left ankle ...

Roger Federer to decide soon on Tokyo Olympic plans

GENEVA (AP) — Roger Federer plans to decide "in the next month or so" whether he will play at next year's Tokyo Olympics. Federer said Tuesday his 2020 schedule is set through Wimbledon, which ends July 12. The week-long Olympic tournament starts July 25 and ends a few days before his 39th ...