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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 ...

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 ...

Grier, West Virginia set for Top 25 Big 12 matchup at Texas

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer A mangled finger. A season ended. Will Grier sees a matchup with No. 15 Texas not as a chance for redemption against a team he was injured against a year ago, but rather the next opportunity for No. 12 West Virginia as it tries to reach the Big 12 championship ...

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 — ...

Browns fire coach Jackson, owner cites ‘internal discord’

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam finally tried the patient approach with his head coach. That didn't work either. Haslam made his fourth coaching change since 2012 by firing Hue Jackson, who won just three of 40 games over two-plus seasons and ...

Penguins finish perfect Canada trip

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Casey DeSmith wanted another crack at the Vancouver Canucks, and he didn't waste it. The backup goalie stopped 29 shots for his second career shutout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins got two goals apiece from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in beating the ...

No. 13 WVU uses 31-point second quarter to beat Baylor 58-14

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — No. 13 West Virginia was determined to make up for being embarrassed in its last game on the road. Will Grier threw three touchdown passes and the Mountaineers used a big second quarter to cruise to a 58-14 victory over Baylor on ...

After first loss, No. 13 WVU looks to bounce back vs Bears

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — No. 13 West Virginia is well aware that Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer is a pain to contain. Brewer almost pulled off a miracle comeback as a freshman against the Mountaineers (5-1, 3-1 Big 12), who are hoping for anything but a ...

Coming off first loss, No. 13 West Virginia takes on Baylor

By The Associated Press Baylor (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) at No. 13 West Virginia (5-1, 3-1), Thursday, 7 p.m. ET (FS1). Line: West Virginia by 14. Series record: West Virginia leads 4-2. WHAT'S AT STAKE? Both West Virginia and Baylor remain in the chase for spots in the Big 12 championship game, ...

Big 12, Big East forge alliance to help with scheduling

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State coach Bruce Weber not long ago bemoaned the fact that nobody wants to play the Wildcats, especially considering they return everyone from a team that reached the Elite Eight. Well, the Big 12 is helping him out. The ...

Fresh QBs for Texas Tech, Iowa State with Big 12 win streaks

By The Associated Press Some things to know about Week 9 in the Big 12 Conference, the start of five consecutive weeks through the end of the regular season when every team plays every week: GAME OF THE WEEK Texas Tech (5-2, 3-1) at Iowa State (3-3, 2-2). The Red Raiders and Cyclones have ...

Bengals’ Burfict fined $112,000 for 2 hits against Steelers

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has been fined Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict $112,000 for multiple unnecessary roughness penalties in Cincinnati's loss to Pittsburgh last Sunday. The third-quarter plays involved Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back James Conner. Burfict, who ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Michigan is B1G’s best; Tide-Tigers IV?

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer There is no more reason to hedge on Jim Harbaugh's team. No. 6 Michigan is the Big Ten's best right now and will enter November as a very real College Football Playoff contender after it smothered No. 24 Michigan State on Saturday and No. 2 Ohio ...

Boeser’s OT winner lifts Canucks by Penguins 3-2

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The arrival of 19-year-old Elias Pettersson has provided Vancouver with a much needed jolt. Yet the Canucks believe they're far more than their fresh-faced rookie. Going toe-to-toe with Pittsburgh near the end of a draining road trip ...

Same ending: Steelers stun Bengals 28-21 on AB’s late TD

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon scored on a 4-yard run and dashed toward the stands in celebration of Cincinnati's go-ahead touchdown. On the Steelers sideline, Ben Roethlisberger looked at the clock, saw there was 1:18 left, and told his linemen not to fret. "They ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Is anybody good? Pretenders flail

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Some Saturdays it just sort of feels as if no one knows anything about college football when all the teams we thought were good don't play that way. It was one of those days when you could be excused for thinking that everybody's terrible — ...

Iowa State throttles No. 6 West Virginia 30-14

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer AMES, Iowa (AP) — It was arguably West Virginia's biggest test, on the road at night against a plucky Iowa State team with a stifling defense and a dangerous young quarterback. The sixth-ranked Mountaineers failed miserably. Freshman Brock Purdy threw for ...

Former Fairmont State coach Joe Retton dies

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Longtime Fairmont State University men's basketball coach Joe Retton, whose name is on the university basketball arena, has died. The university said in a news release Retton died Wednesday. He was head men's coach for the Falcons from 1963 to 1982, with a record of ...

Purdy good: Iowa State’s latest QB gives Cyclones options

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Thanks to Brock Purdy, Iowa State's playbook suddenly has many more options. Purdy's stunning performance in the upset of Oklahoma State in what essentially was the college debut for the true freshman gave the offense a new look and a new sense of confidence. Iowa State is ...