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Rematch of Big 12’s last national title: Texas at No. 4 USC

By The Associated Press Some things to watch in the Big 12 Conference in Week 3 of the season, the last weekend before any games that will count toward the conference standings: GAME OF THE WEEK Texas (1-1) at No. 4 Southern California (2-0). The last time they played a dozen seasons ago, ...

Marbury hopes to finish off career back in NBA

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stephon Marbury hopes to finish off his basketball career back in the NBA. The 40-year old guard is playing in the Chinese Basketball Association this season for the Beijing Fly Dragons and when the league ends in February or March he ...

Germany takes over at top of FIFA rankings from Brazil

ZURICH (AP) — Germany is back at the top of the FIFA rankings, taking over from Brazil after a busy World Cup qualifying program. European champion Portugal is up three places to No. 3, while Argentina falls one to No. 4 and No. 5 Belgium climbs four places. European teams, which each ...

Ticket sales start for 2018 World Cup in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Ticket sales have started for next year's World Cup in Russia. Fans can start applying for tickets to any of the 64 games, with prices ranging from 1,280 rubles ($22) for the cheapest tickets — a price available to Russian fans only — to $1,100 for top-level seats at the ...

Watch Out: Sacks galore likely in Texans at Bengals

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer Judging by the performances of their blockers in the opening week of the season, it's fair to wonder if there will be more sacks than points in Thursday night's game between the Texans and Bengals. Cincinnati allowed Andy Dalton to be trapped five ...

Packers take top spot in AP Pro32 poll after Patriots’ loss

By SIMMI BUTTAR, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — After the opening week of the NFL season, it's so easy to overreact, given such a small sample. That's not an issue for the Green Bay Packers. They started the season last week at No. 2 in the first AP Pro32 poll and opened with a 17-9 win ...

Kershaw helps Dodgers end 11-game skid, clinch playoff spot

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mired in an 11-game losing streak, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers felt the magnitude of this regular-season game more than most. And understandably so, the way September has gone so far. Kershaw pitched the Dodgers ...

Juventus fends off concern that it has taken a step backward

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ROME (AP) — When Miralem Pjanic asked Lionel Messi for his shirt at halftime, it was clear that Juventus was bowing down to Barcelona and its international cast of stars. It was only one match, and it was an injury-depleted side visiting Barcelona, but ...

LEADING OFF: Indians go for 21st straight; Rays head home

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BLACKJACK The amazing Indians go for their 21st straight victory when right-hander Mike Clevinger, who hasn't allowed a run in his past three outings, faces the Detroit Tigers in a 12:10 p.m. start. ...

Lewis, Moss, Urlacher among first-year nominees for HOF

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also part of the 108 early nominees who are eligible for the first time, having been retired for five ...

On defense, No. 7 Michigan is outscoring opposing offenses

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — On defense, No. 7 Michigan has scored more points than it has given up. The Wolverines (2-0) have scored three touchdowns on defense, tying Texas for the most in the nation. They have allowed opposing offenses to score just two TDs ...

Cook upstages Peterson as Vikings turn the page at RB

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson spent more time watching from the sideline in his return to Minnesota than romping around the field, an introductory performance for New Orleans that became an afterthought once the Saints fell behind. With Dalvin ...

No. 3 Clemson’s offense needs to ‘bring it’ vs Louisville

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant believes the third-ranked Tigers are ready for a shootout at No. 14 Louisville, even if his offense didn't look that way in last week's victory against Auburn. The Tigers (2-0) trailed much of the first half against ...

Column: Relationships forged among players who make US team

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Kevin Kisner began to appreciate the value of playing in the Presidents Cup two months before the matches even started. All because of a text message. He was at the Bridgestone Invitational last month when he received a group text sent to players who were ...

Another sluggish Seahawks opener brings up old questions

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer RENTON, Wash. (AP) — It took just a few minutes of the season opener against Green Bay for preseason fears about the Seattle Seahawks' offensive line and its ability to protect quarterback Russell Wilson to re-emerge as legitimate concerns. There wasn't much ...

LEADING OFF: Indians eye No. 20 to match “Moneyball” A’s

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ SO MONEY Cleveland goes for its 20th consecutive victory in a game against Detroit, a mark that would match the 2002 "Moneyball" Athletics for the best streak this century. Corey Kluber (15-4, 2.56 ERA) ...

Stephens tops Keys in US Open final for 1st Grand Slam title

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens never looked shaken by the setting or the stakes in her first Grand Slam final. Her opponent, Madison Keys, most definitely did. Stephens easily beat her close friend Keys 6-3, 6-0 to win the U.S. Open on Saturday, ...

Rules, habits, passion keep NFL aging quarterbacks around

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer Tom Brady didn't get things started on a strong note for the growing group of graybeard quarterbacks when the Chiefs spoiled the Patriots' latest Super Bowl celebration with a big comeback of their own Thursday night in the NFL opener. Few doubt ...

US Open: Nadal-Anderson seems a mismatch, but upsets happen

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Open finalists Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson are both professional tennis players who were born in 1986. Not much else in common. Heading into Sunday's match — well, mismatch, apparently — Nadal owns 15 Grand Slam titles, ...

Man City routs Liverpool 5-0

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer LONDON (AP) — Liverpool went from dishing out a humiliation to being on the receiving end of one. A 5-0 loss at Manchester City on Saturday handed Juergen Klopp his biggest loss in two years managing Liverpool. And it quickly punctured the optimism ...