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  • 3 Switzerland newcomers in squad to face England

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — New Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic has named three international newcomers in his first squad to begin European Championship qualifying against England. Petkovic, who succeeded Ottmar Hitzfeld after the World Cup, selected a 23-player squad including Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz, Benfica defender Loris Benito and Udinese defenders Silvan Widmer. Aston Villa defender Philippe Senderos is the only Premier League player selected for the Sept. 8 match in Basel. Yann Sommer of Borussia Moenchengladbach becomes first-choice goalkeeper after the international retirement of Diego Benaglio, whose last match was a 1-0 extra-time loss against Argentina in the World Cup second round.

  • Roma's American CEO keeps euphoria in check

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    ROME (AP) — For Italian football fans, merely mentioning the word "scudetto" — league title — is considered taboo. The theory goes that it's better left unsaid until your team actually raises the trophy. Yet recently, the word has begun popping up in animated discussions inside Rome's myriad coffee bars and on the city's impassioned sports-talk radio stations. The talk — and not only in the capital — is that Roma can put together a serious challenge for the Serie A title this season. For a club that has won only three "scudetti" in its history — the last coming in 2001 — that's noteworthy.

  • What to watch at US Open: Venus eyes 4th round

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Venus Williams is trying to get to the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time since 2010 — and at any Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2011. To do so, the 19th-seeded Williams will need to beat 13th-seeded Sara Errani of Italy in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday. While Williams owns seven major singles titles, including two at the U.S. Open in 2000 and 2001, Errani has had more recent success at tennis' most prestigious events. In 2012, Errani was the runner-up at the French Open and a semifinalist at Flushing Meadows. She also was a semifinalist at Roland Garros last year. Pairing with Roberta Vinci, Errani completed a career Grand Slam in doubles by winning Wimbledon last month

  • Royals find right recipe for small-market success

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The recipe for small-market success in baseball generally goes something like this: Develop talent through your farm system, strike on a couple reclamation projects, uncover a few diamonds in the rough and then make one or two big trades to put you over the top. The Kansas City Royals have followed that blueprint to near-perfection, a big reason why the long-downtrodden franchise is leading the AL Central and on the cusp of its first playoff appearance in nearly 30 years. "It's hard. There's very little room for error when you're a small-market club," general manager Dayton Moore said in an interview with The Associated Press. Indeed, the notoriously frugal Royals play in a market a fraction of

  • Pregame film study shifts to phones, tablets

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez had just found out the Sooners would be facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Shortly thereafter, his game prep began. On his cell phone. Hours of digital video of his opponent was instantly available to be seen with the swipe of a screen while he walked across campus, lounged at home or chatted with teammates. Film-room study has long had a crucial role in studying an opposing team, but it was tedious and often came with long hours in a dark room. Now, with a phone or tablet, players can search and scan video from almost anywhere. Something that was once a jumbled mess is as simple as a phone app.

  • No. 16 Clemson, QB seek to keep offense humming

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris have repeatedly said that the 16th-ranked Tigers' attack would not slow down even with new faces in control. The first chance to prove that comes Saturday at No. 12 Georgia. Morris has spent a lot time since finishing a second straight 11-2 season pounding his new guys about how few believe they can achieve without record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd and receiver Sammy Watkins. Cole Stoudt, Boyd's backup the past three years, has taken it all in and taken it to heart. Stoudt and his offensive teammates are ready to show they can play a little football, too. "They came into fall camp with different edge because nobody was talki

  • Auburn's LT goes from cancer survivor to starter

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Shon Coleman always believed that one day he would start for Auburn, even when he went from college-bound recruit to cancer patient as a high school senior. His time has finally come. Coleman will be the Tigers' starting left tackle Saturday against Arkansas and get a chance to show why he was one of the nation's top prospects before being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the spring of 2010. "I never doubted it," Coleman said. "Faith, that's been one of the biggest things that's just kept striving me forward, with my family, and just working hard. Where I'm from in Memphis, you really don't see a lot of people even get to college or the spot that I'm in.

  • TPC Boston brings back big memories for Spieth

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Jordan Spieth has spent his second season going to PGA Tour courses he had seen only once, each of them filled with various memories. The best ones are in Boston. Spieth didn't win the Deutsche Bank Championship a year ago, though it sure felt like it. He played the final round on Labor Day with Phil Mickelson and turned in what he still calls the best round of his life. The 21-year-old Texan finished birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle for a 62. The round was stopped by storms, and with no golf being played, the TPC Boston was buzzing about Spieth. "This is the site the last time I was here of the best round of golf I've ever played," Spieth said Thursday after his pro-am round.

  • No. 22 Cornhuskers open against Florida Atlantic

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska opens its 125th football season Saturday when Florida Atlantic visits Memorial Stadium. Coach Bo Pelini says he expects the Cornhuskers to be better on both sides of the ball. He has a second-year starter in quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., the nation's top returning rusher in Ameer Abdullah and one of the Big Ten's best receivers in Kenny Bell. The Huskers also have what could be one of the conference's top defensive lines. Florida Atlantic of Conference USA has a new coach in Charlie Partridge. Partridge takes over after Carl Pelini, Bo's brother, was forced out with a month left in the 2013 season. The Huskers were 9-4 last season; Florida Atlantic was 6-6.

  • Stewart returning to competition after fatal crash

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart should be back in his comfort zone at a NASCAR track, ready for racing. His return from a three-week hiatus isn't so simple. Stewart will emerge from seclusion Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time since his car struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. But he comes back to Sprint Cup competition with a decision pending on whether he will be charged in Kevin Ward Jr's death. The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since his car hit Ward at an Aug. 9 sprint car event in upstate New York. Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen the next morning, then skipped races at Michigan and Bristol Motor Speedway.

  • No. 18 Ole Miss sloppy in opener but beats Boise

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Bo Wallace wants to close his college career in style. He'd rather forget the way his final season started out. The Mississippi senior was picked off three times in the first half, and the No. 18 Rebels struggled to a 7-6 lead heading to the fourth quarter against Boise State. But Wallace tossed three of his four touchdown passes in the final period — on consecutive throws, no less — and Ole Miss pulled away for a sloppy 35-13 victory Thursday night. "Just decent," Wallace said, assessing his 387-yard performance. "I have things to work on. Luckily, we were able to bounce back in the second half." The Rebels (1-0) got the victory before a sparse crowd in the first of two Chick-fil-A Kickoff Ga

  • Hoosiers defense gets 1st test against Indiana St.

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After spending an entire offseason revamping the defense, the Indiana Hoosiers are ready to face their first big test Saturday. On paper, Indiana State might not look like much of a measuring stick. The Sycamores, a Football Championship Subdivision team, were a one-win team in 2013. But they did put up 35 points against the Hoosiers, even with their top playmaker missing more than a half because of an injury. That game proved to be a harbinger of a historically bad season for Indiana. So the Hoosiers are hoping a better showing against Indiana State this year might be the start of something big, perhaps even their first bowl bid in seven years.

  • Illini, Lunt look to get out of the gate fast

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois players and coaches keep repeating the same mantra ahead of Saturday's opener with Youngstown State: Start fast. New quarterback Wes Lunt says they get that message from the video of a drag strip playing outside the locker room every time they walk in or out. A lot of how Illinois starts may be up to Lunt, the transfer from Oklahoma State who will start his first game for the Illini. Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit says Lunt is bound to make mistakes but doesn't make many twice. A fast start will be important for an Illinois team that went 4-8 last season and is under pressure to improve. Youngstown State, coming off an 8-4 season, is likely to rely on returning running bac

  • Temple upsets mistake-prone Vanderbilt 37-7

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — P.J. Walker threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score as Temple forced seven turnovers to upset Vanderbilt 37-7 in a game that ended Friday at 1:14 a.m. Central time. Temple beat a Southeastern Conference team for the first time since a victory over Florida in 1938. The Owls spoiled the head coaching debut of Vanderbilt's Derek Mason, hired after James Franklin left for Penn State. Temple had 13 takeaways all of last season while going 2-10, but the Owls continually forced Vanderbilt into mistakes. That included a game-changing play in the final minute of the first half. Vanderbilt trailed 14-7 when Avery Ellis sacked Stephen Rivers and forced a fumble that Averee Robinson returned 7

  • Rutgers rallies in 4th to beat Cougars 41-38

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — Paul James ran for 173 yards and scored his third touchdown with 3:24 left to give Rutgers a wild 41-38 victory over Washington State on Thursday night in the Scarlet Knights' first game as a member of the Big Ten. Gary Nova threw a 78-yard touchdown to Leonte Carroo on the first play from scrimmage and Rutgers withstood a passing onslaught from Washington State's Connor Halliday. Rutgers won its opener for the sixth time in nine years and picked up a significant road victory with a challenging Big Ten slate ahead. Meanwhile, Washington State has just one victory in its last nine openers. Halliday did his part.

  • San Jose State beats North Dakota 42-10

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Blake Jurich threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score to help San Jose State beat North Dakota 42-10 on Thursday night, spoiling Bubba Schweigert's head coaching debut for the Big Sky Conference school. Jurich was 22 of 25 for 250 yards and connected with Tyler Winston on 14- and 18-yard touchdown passes in the opener. Winston had 10 receptions for 96 yards, and Thomas Tucker ran for 81 yards on 20 carries. North Dakota was held to 244 yards of total offense and had two turnovers. Freshman Reid Taubenheim kicked a 42-yard field goal with 1:53 left in the first half and Jer Garman scored on a 7-yard run with 1:17 left in the game.

  • Eastern Michigan hopes gray turf brings success

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Rynearson Stadium's green artificial turf didn't do Eastern Michigan's football team any favors over the past decade, so the team hopes a switch to gray might give it a fresh outlook. If it looks like a factory floor, that's by design. New head coach Chris Creighton said after a recent practice at the Ypsilanti stadium now dubbed "The Factory" that it's a good metaphor for the broader change in culture he's hoping to instill in the team. He says a factory is a place where you go to work, it's blue collar and things are built there. Creighton compiled a 44-22 record in six seasons coaching Drake before he took over at Eastern Michigan from Ron English. English's teams won just 11 games during fi

  • No. 19 Sun Devils beat Weber State 45-14

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — D.J. Foster ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns, Jaelen Strong had 10 catches for 146 yards, and No. 19 Arizona State opened its season with a 45-14 rout over Weber State on Thursday night. The Sun Devils' young defense was sharp in its debut, harassing Weber State quarterback Billy Green and stuffing the Wildcats' running game before the starters came out. Arizona State's quick-hitting offense overcame a slow start, marching over the Wildcats for 570 total yards. Taylor Kelly threw for 238 yards on 18-of-27 passing, helping the Sun Devils build a 31-0 lead before sitting out the second half. Foster had a pair of short touchdown runs and reeled off a 57-yarder to open the second half in his firs

  • Interstate 35 interchanges open in Norman for OU season opener

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The Norman Police Department issues traffic and parking information for Saturday’s University of Oklahoma football game.

  • End of an era: Boise State is giant-killer no more

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Boise State came into SEC country with its new coach and sharp new orange and sliver helmets looking to make a statement: Even though the BCS is gone, the Broncos can still bust the big boys. Instead, the Bryan Harsin era started at Boise State much the same way Chris Petersen's tenure ended — with a loss to one of those power conference teams the Broncos so routinely used to beat. You could say that decisive loss to Oregon State at the Hawaii Bowl last December, just weeks after Petersen had left to take the Washington job, marked the end of an era for Boise State. If there were any doubts, the Broncos' 35-13 loss to No. 18 Mississippi on Thursday night most certainly wiped them away.