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Panthers host Yellow Jackets in pivotal ACC game (Yahoo Sports)

Pittsburgh can bring the jumbled ACC Coastal Division into slightly better focus on Saturday against Georgia Tech. Or the Yellow Jackets can snap a two-game losing streak and turn an already murky division race into something borderline unrecognizable. Guess which scenario the Panthers are hoping for? Pitt resurrected its season with a rousing 21-16 triumph over Virginia Tech last week, ending a three-game skid behind quarterback Chad Voytik.

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Football Polls - 9 (Oct. 19 - 25)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Mississippi State
  • 2. Florida State
  • 3. Ole Miss
  • 4. Alabama
  • 5. Auburn
  • 6. Oregon
  • 7. Notre Dame
  • 8. Michigan State
  • 9. Georgia
  • 10. TCU
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Mississippi State
  • 2. Florida State
  • 3. Ole Miss
  • 4. Alabama
  • 5. Michigan State
  • 6. Auburn
  • 7. Oregon
  • 8. Notre Dame
  • 9. Georgia
  • 10. TCU

Carden helps No. 18 ECU beat UConn, 31-21 (Yahoo Sports)

East Carolina's Shane Carden (5) prepares to pass during an NCAA college football game against Connecticut, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/The Daily Reflector, Aileen Devlin)

Coach Ruffin McNeill doesn't care about impressing the committee that will decide if No. 18 East Carolina deserves a major bowl berth. The Pirates needed a strong fourth quarter - and another huge performance from Shane Carden - to pull away from the pesky Huskies, 31-21. Carden threw for a season-high 445 yards - his seventh career 400-yard performance - on 38-of-64 passing, and Breon Allen ran for two touchdowns. They helped the Pirates (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) sidestep a major upset bid by four-touchdown-underdog UConn (1-6, 0-4) in East Carolina's first prime-time, weeknight showcase game in its new league.


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Mariota throws 5 TD passes, No. 6 Oregon beats Cal (Yahoo Sports)

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota runs against California during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Marcus Mariota threw a rare interception - his first since the Oregon State game last season - on a pass that was deflected twice. Oregon coach Mark Helfrich could only smile. The No. 6 Ducks are on a roll and Mariota's turnover hardly slowed them at all. Mariota matched his season high with five touchdown passes and broke the Oregon record for career passing yards in the Ducks' 59-41 victory over California on Friday night in the first college game at Levi's Stadium.


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Judge halts New Jersey's sports betting plan (Yahoo Sports)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, right, listens to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speak at an NFL Foundation news conference Monday, Jan 27, 2014, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

District Judge Michael Shipp issued a temporary restraining order after a request by the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA. Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a law on Oct. 17 that effectively repeals the state's ban on sports wagering and allows it at racetracks and casinos. ''This is a temporary order while the core issues surrounding sports wagering in New Jersey are fully considered by the court,'' Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said in a statement.


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UNC's Williams: 'Very sad time' after fraud report (Yahoo Sports)

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams reacts to questions regarding the release of a report on academic fraud at the university, following the team's NCAA college basketball exhibition game against Fayetteville State on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, Chapel Hill, N.C. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett)

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams said Friday night it's a ''very sad time'' at the school after an investigation found widespread academic fraud and adds that his program ''thought we were doing the right thing.'' After his team's exhibition victory, Williams spoke for the first time in response to a report released Wednesday that outlined how fraud ran unchecked in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department for nearly two decades. Williams said he was ''dumbfounded'' by the details in the report and said UNC ''made some mistakes for a long time'' that damaged the school's reputation and led the NCAA to reopen its probe into academic misconduct here. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein called the system a ''shadow curriculum'' running from 1993 to 2011 within the department. The report stated Williams and other coaches said they were aware there were independent study courses offering easy grades, but they didn't know the classes were bogus.


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Judge halts New Jersey's sports betting plan (Yahoo Sports)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, right, listens to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speak at an NFL Foundation news conference Monday, Jan 27, 2014, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

District Judge Michael Shipp issued a temporary restraining order after a request by the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA. Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a law on Oct. 17 that effectively repeals the state's ban on sports wagering and allows it at racetracks and casinos. ''This is a temporary order while the core issues surrounding sports wagering in New Jersey are fully considered by the court,'' Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said in a statement.


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UConn to renew basketball rivalry with Georgetown (Yahoo Sports)

Connecticut's Shabazz Napier and Connecticut's Niels Giffey, right, reach for the ball from Georgetown's Markel Starks, center, during the first overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Georgetown won 79-78. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- UConn and Georgetown have agreed to renew their basketball rivalry, which ended with the split of the old Big East conference.


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