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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks to pass against TCU during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Okla. 3rd, Iowa 4th, Irish 6th

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Oklahoma moved into third and Iowa was fourth in the new College Football Playoff rankings as Notre Dame slipped to No. 6. Clemson and Alabama remained the top two teams in the third-to-last committee rankings. The Sooners (10-1) seem to be in solid shape with only one game left in their season. Oklahoma will play at Oklahoma State on Saturday with a chance to win the Big 12. The Cowboys dropped to 11th after losing its first game of the season Notre Dame (10-1) also plays its last game of the season Saturday, a possible resume-builder against Stanford, which is ninth in the rankings. “In … 0

Moving on from Ohio St.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A season’s worth of skepticism about Ohio State was validated in a loss to Michigan State and the Buckeyes are no longer in the conversation to be No. 1. Not now. Not for the rest of this season. Repeating as national champion is hard, even for the first team to be a unanimous … 0

Favored UMass crunched, 20-13

Sunday, November 22, 2015

AMHERST — It was far from the kind of lasting impression the UMass senior class hoped to leave. Last season, Miami (Ohio) rallied from a 27-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Minutemen, 42-41, snapping its 22-game losing skid. Saturday afternoon, the RedHawks came into McGuirk Alumni Stadium having lost 22 straight road games, and UMass proved the cure to that streak as well … 0

Athletes are winners even on day they lost

Monday, August 17, 2015

The idea that a union shop leader would be able to schedule practice breaks or negotiate travel upgrades for Northwestern football players always seemed a bit preposterous. Football teams may be collective units but they are run by dictators, as anyone who ever watched Nick Saban in action … 0

Documents detail Hawkins’ payments in UNC case

Sunday, July 19, 2015

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Newly unsealed documents in the case of a former college football player charged with violating North Carolina’s sports agent law suggest he funneled money to multiple Tar Heels players and set up meetings with agents and financial advisers trying to sign them to contracts. Christopher … 0

A look back at some of the saddest own goals in soccer history

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Laura Bassett bent over, pulled her soccer jersey over her face and sobbed. Her teammates gathered around her, but nothing they said could make it better. Minutes earlier, the England defender had stretched out her leg to intercept a through ball in the last seconds of a Women’s … 0

Hard times toughened Virginia for title run

Thursday, June 25, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. — Winning, and winning big, has been the standard for the Virginia baseball program since coach Brian O’Connor took over in 2004, and no excuses were allowed when the most trying circumstances cropped up. The Cavaliers entered the season without six everyday players and four key … 0

Denver beats Maryland 10-5 for 1st NCAA men’s lacrosse title

Monday, May 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — When Bill Tierney left Princeton for the University of Denver, he knew and understood he would face some criticism. Tierney won six titles in men’s lacrosse with the Tigers, but he left to build something with … 0

Maryland wins 2nd straight NCAA women’s lacrosse title

Sunday, May 24, 2015

CHESTER, Pa. — Taylor Cummings and Megan Whittle led Maryland to its second straight NCAA women’s lacrosse title and record 12th overall, each scoring three goals in the Terrapins’ 9-8 comeback victory over North Carolina on Sunday night. … 0

Matt Rambo scores 4 goals, Maryland beats John Hopkins 12-11

Sunday, May 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Maryland knows it has been 40 years since its last NCAA lacrosse title. The Terrapins will get a chance to end that drought Monday against Denver. Matt Rambo had four goals and two assists to help … 0

Berg’s lacrosse goal lifts Denver past Notre Dame 11-10, OT

Sunday, May 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — For the first time in school history, Denver is headed to the NCAA lacrosse championship game. Senior attacker Wesley Berg scored his third goal 1:57 into overtime, lifting the Pioneers past top-seeded Notre Dame 11-10 in … 0

Mini-Manny on a mission

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Manny Ramirez Jr.’s hair looked a tad long when University of San Francisco coach Nino Giarratano offered a good-natured wisecrack about his dreadlocked dad. “Probably just a hint I need to cut the hair,” Ramirez said with a smile. At times when Ramirez might need … 0

Big Ten’s Delany lays out plan for freshman ineligibility

Friday, April 17, 2015

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says making freshmen ineligible in college football and basketball could help correct the imbalance between athletics and academics. In a 12-page letter titled “Education First, Athletics Second: The Time for a National Discussion is Upon Us” and sent to media members Friday, Delany … 0