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LSU opens new era against explosive Mizzou (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron speaks during a news conference in Baton Rouge, La. Orgeron says that as a Louisiana native, it is a dream to have the opportunity to be LSUs head coach. He was formally introduced as Les Miles interim replacement on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Hilary Scheinuk, File)

Ed Orgeron is encouraging everyone associated with LSU to forget the recent past and let go of the frustration that led to the firing of arguably the most successful football coach in school history. ''We're excited to start Week 1 of our new season,'' Orgeron, who is now LSU's interim coach , said this week as he prepared the Bayou Bengals to host Missouri on Saturday night. The game is the first for LSU since last weekend's firing of popular but polarizing coach Les Miles , who won 114 games in 11-plus seasons in Baton Rouge, not to mention the 2007 national title.

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Football Polls - Week 5 (Sep. 25 - Oct. 1)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Alabama
  • 2. Ohio State
  • 3. Louisville
  • 4. Michigan
  • 5. Clemson
  • 6. Houston
  • 7. Stanford
  • 8. Wisconsin
  • 9. Texas A&M
  • 10. Washington
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Alabama
  • 2. Ohio State
  • 3. Clemson
  • 4. Louisville
  • 5. Michigan
  • 6. Stanford
  • 7. Houston
  • 8. Wisconsin
  • 9. Washington
  • 10. Texas A&M

Ward has big game, No. 6 Houston beats UConn 42-14 (Yahoo Sports)

Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr., top, leaps over Connecticut cornerback Jamar Summers to score a 10-yard touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

The sixth-ranked Houston Cougars were determined to take care of business this year after Connecticut detailed their perfect season a year ago. Greg Ward Jr. made sure they did just that. Ward Jr. threw for a career-high 389 yards and accounted for five touchdowns in just more than three quarters to help Houston beat Connecticut 42-14 on Thursday night.

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Alabama linebacker Tim Williams arrested on gun charge (Yahoo Sports)

Alabama linebacker Tim Williams (56) works through drills during NCAA college football practice, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/ via AP)

Alabama linebacker Tim Williams has been charged with carrying a pistol without a permit. Campus police arrested Williams on the misdemeanor charge at about 1 a.m. Thursday in his vehicle in a grocery store parking lot two days before the top-ranked Crimson Tide's game with Kentucky. Court documents show that officers smelled marijuana coming from Williams' parked car, and found a bag containing the drug in the center console and a Glock 41 pistol under the driver's seat.

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USC football player accused of rape appears in Utah court (Yahoo Sports)

A suspended University of Southern California football player charged with rape in Utah and facing allegations involving the same woman in California was ordered Friday not to contact the alleged victim. Making his first court appearance for the Utah case, Osa Masina did not speak with reporters covering the event and responded only ''Yes, sir'' to a judge when asked if he understood the charges. Masina's lawyer, Greg Skordas, said he does not expect California officials to press charges in that case.

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Maturing QBs to be tested when Michigan hosts Wisconsin (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2016, file photo, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts on the sidelines to a pass interference penalty called on Michigan in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Penn State at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Fourth-ranked Michigan faces the last and toughest of its five straight games in the Big House to start the season when they play against No. 8 Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

Jim Harbaugh reflected a bit on his own playing days when assessing the quarterback matchup for this weekend's Michigan-Wisconsin showdown. ''I think back when I was the same age as they were, the same kind of experience playing your first couple ballgames,'' Harbaugh said. Michigan's Wilton Speight is a junior but in his first season as a starter.

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Men's Basketball Polls - Week Final (Apr. 5)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Kansas
  • 2. Michigan State
  • 3. North Carolina
  • 4. Virginia
  • 5. Oregon
  • 6. Villanova
  • 7. Oklahoma
  • 8. West Virginia
  • 9. Xavier
  • 10. Miami (FL)
  • 10. Kentucky
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Villanova
  • 2. North Carolina
  • 3. Kansas
  • 4. Oklahoma
  • 5. Virginia
  • 6. Oregon
  • 7. Michigan State
  • 8. Miami (FL)
  • 9. Indiana
  • 10. Syracuse

Puerto Rico Tipoff moves to Orlando due to Zika concerns (Yahoo Sports)

Xavier head coach Chris Mack watches during practice ahead of a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in St. Louis. Xavier plays Weber State on Friday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- This year's Puerto Rico Tipoff will move to Orlando, Florida, due to concerns about Zika virus on the island.

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Northwestern to play 2017-18 home games in Rosemont (Yahoo Sports)

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern says it will play home games during the 2017-18 season at Allstate Arena in Rosemont while its on-campus arena undergoes a $110 million renovation.

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Indiana uncertain how long Hartman will be out after surgery (Yahoo Sports)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana forward Collin Hartman had surgery on his left knee, and coach Tom Crean says he's uncertain how much time the senior will miss.

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New Florida AD Stricklin embraces task of following Foley (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin congratulates Dominique Dillingham following the team's NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee in Starkville, Miss. A person familiar with the search says Florida has hired Stricklin as its new athletic director. Stricklin replaces Jeremy Foley, one of the most tenured sports executives in the country. Foley is retiring Saturday after 40 years with the Gators, including the last 25 in charge of Florida's athletic program. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Florida has an announcement and introductory news conference planned for Tuesday, Sept. 27. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle, File)

Born and raised in Mississippi, and with stops at Auburn and Kentucky on his resume, Scott Stricklin has spent more than two decades in the Southeastern Conference. Florida hired Stricklin as its athletic director Tuesday, giving him a six-year deal worth $1.076 million annually to succeed Foley. Stricklin is leaving his alma mater, Mississippi State, and taking on a massive facilities upgrade in Gainesville.

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