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No. 3 Irish plan to start QB Book against No. 12 Syracuse

By JOHN FINERAN, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ian Book should be back as the No. 1 quarterback for No. 3 Notre Dame this week. Coach Brian Kelly said Sunday that Book, who missed Notre Dame's victory against Florida State on Saturday night with an upper body injury, is expected ...

Oklahoma stops late 2-point try, tops Oklahoma State 48-47

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma escaped again. And in what the Sooners call “Championship November,” nothing is more important. Kyler Murray passed for 349 yards and ran for 66 and No. 6 Oklahoma survived a late two-point conversion attempt to beat ...

Vikings’ Harrison Smith voted top NFL safety by AP panel

By Dennis Waszak Jr. AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Harrison Smith has been making his mark for years with big hits and clutch interceptions for the Minnesota Vikings. As a key piece of one of the NFL’s top defenses, the playmaking safety was voted the top player in the league ...

Founding Wild owner Naegele dies of cancer at 78

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Bob Naegele Jr., the founding owner of the Minnesota Wild, has died of complications from cancer. He was 78. The Wild said Naegele died on Wednesday night with his family by his side. Players will wear a jersey patch with his initials for the remainder of the season, ...

No MLB rule changes likely until eve of spring training

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players’ union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year. Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Thursday as ...

Larry Fitzgerald closing in on yards receiving milestone

By Bob Baum AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald is closing in on another milestone, and it’s an impressive one. The 35-year-old receiver needs to catch just 33 yards worth of passes Sunday at Kansas City to move past Hall of Famer Terrell Owens into second place on ...

LA Rams horrified by mass shooting near their training base

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Whitworth and most of his Los Angeles Rams teammates live within a few miles of their team’s training complex in Thousand Oaks. The Borderline Bar and Grill is only five miles south of their weekday headquarters in ...

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray on record pace by spreading wealth

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Many of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray's best attributes are obvious. His powerful arm helped him get selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft as an outfielder. His speed has helped make him the second-leading ...

Rams eager to rebound from 1st loss, sweep Seahawks series

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although the Los Angeles Rams hadn't lost a game until last week, their spectacular season has featured several close calls. Not many were closer than their 33-31 victory just five weeks ago in Seattle, where the Seahawks racked up 190 ...

Jung Ho Kang stays with Pirates for $3M, 1-year deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jung Ho Kang is staying with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh and the third baseman agreed Thursday to a $3 million, one-year contract that includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses. The deal was announced a week after Pittsburgh declined a $5.5 million club option for ...

Vrabel gets 1st crack coaching against Belichick, Patriots

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel won three Super Bowl rings over eight seasons with the New England Patriots. He even caught eight passes — all for touchdowns and all thrown by Tom Brady. Then Bill Belichick traded the linebacker away to ...

Clemson-BC Top 25 showdown headlines ACC’s weekend schedule

By The Associated Press Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 11: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 2 Clemson at No. 17 Boston College. The weekend's only matchup of ranked ACC teams shapes up as BC's biggest home game in years. Nobody's been able to knock off three-time league ...

AP sources: Notre Dame QB Wimbush to start for ailing Book

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer No. 3 Notre Dame will start quarterback Brandon Wimbush against Florida State on Saturday for Ian Book, who is nursing an undisclosed injury, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Book is not expected to play after ...

No. 7 West Virginia tries to stay in 1st in Big 12 vs. TCU

By The Associated Press TCU (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) at No. 7 West Virginia (7-1, 5-1, No. 9 CFP), noon EST (FS1) Line: West Virginia by 11½. Series record: TCU leads 4-3. WHAT'S AT STAKE? West Virginia is tied for first place with Oklahoma and can move a step closer to a berth in the Big 12 ...

Police: Steelers Antonio Brown pulled over for going 100 mph

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was stopped for speeding over 100 mph in his Porsche, just hours before the team's game against the Carolina Panthers. Ross Township police tell WPXI-TV that an officer was searching for a bank robbery suspect ...

Old-time football: West Virginia team brings back dropkick

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Ruan Venter learned how to dropkick playing rugby in his native South Africa and sometimes would do it for fun during football practices at NCAA Division II Shepherd University in West Virginia. Until a couple weeks ago, he wouldn't have fathomed ...

Pionk, Zibanejad rally Rangers to 5-3 win

NEW YORK (AP) — Neal Pionk scored the tiebreaking goal on a sensational, end-to-end rush late in the third period and the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win. Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider each had a goal and an ...

Blackhawks fire coach Joel Quenneville

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Joel Quenneville knew the deal. After three Stanley Cup titles and nine playoff appearances with the Chicago Blackhawks, the longtime coach figured this was a big season for him. "I only think we're in the winning business and we better win," ...

Roethlisberger guides Steelers past Ravens 23-16

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Going up against the NFL's top-ranked defense, Ben Roethlisberger showed his versatility, grit and ability to bounce back from injury. He also proved his own theory: The only unit capable of stopping the Pittsburgh offense is, well, the ...

Chicago Bears rout turnover-prone Buffalo Bills 41-9

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Linebacker Khalil Mack broke into a wide grin when it was pointed out the Chicago Bears defense didn't need him for a second straight week. "Ha, I might be looking for another job here soon," Mack told The Associated ...