College sports

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) throws as quarterback Spencer Rattler watches during the NCAA college football team's practice in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has chosen Hurts as his starting quarterback for the Sept. 1 season opener against Houston over Rattler and Tanner Mordecai. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
August 20, 2019 - 9:36 pm
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Jalen Hurts' rise to the starting quarterback position at Oklahoma wasn't a foregone conclusion, despite his wealth of championship experience at Alabama. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley took his time before naming Hurts the starter for the fourth-ranked Sooners' Sept. 1 season...
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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 file photo, Auburn quarterback Bo Nix throws a pass during Auburn's first practice in Auburn, Ala. Freshman Bo Nix will be Auburn’s starting quarterback in the season opener against Oregon. Auburn announced coach Gus Malzahn’s decision on Twitter, officially ending a battle with redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
August 20, 2019 - 8:33 pm
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Freshman Bo Nix will make his Auburn debut as the starting quarterback on a big stage. Nix was proclaimed the 16th-ranked Tigers' starter on Tuesday, ending a battle with redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood. Nix will take the field in Auburn's opener against No. 11 Oregon on Aug. 31...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, Mateen Cleaves walks out of the district court at Genesee District Court in Flint, Mich. Former Michigan State University basketball star Cleaves is standing trial on sexual assault charges in his Michigan hometown. Opening statements began Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Genesee County Circuit Court in Flint, where Cleaves is charged with criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct and unlawful imprisonment. He's accused of assaulting a 24-year-old woman after a charity golf event and a visit to a Flint-area bar in 2015. A district judge dismissed the charges in 2016, but a circuit court reinstated them on appeal. (Mark Felix/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP, File)
August 20, 2019 - 5:11 pm
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of Mateen Cleaves (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Former Michigan State basketball star and NBA player Mateen Cleaves is thanking jurors for "giving me my life back" after they acquitted him on sex assault charges. Cleaves was accused of raping a woman in a...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2019, file photo, Clemson's Trevor Lawrence drops back to pass during Clemson's annual Orange and White NCAA college football spring scrimmage in Clemson, S.C. After leading Clemson to a national championship as a freshman, Lawrence was selected an AP preseason All-American by poll voters. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)
August 20, 2019 - 11:01 am
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team presented by Regions Bank . He has two teammates from the top-ranked Tigers with him on the first team. Lawrence, the first freshman to quarterback to lead a team to a national championship in more than 30...
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo, Alabama's Najee Harris reaches for the end zone during the first half the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson, in Santa Clara, Calif. Najee Harris has been a presence in Alabama’s backfield pretty much since he arrived as one of the nation’s top recruits. Now, he's finally the lead runner. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
August 20, 2019 - 8:08 am
Voting in the AP Top 25 is a mix of art, science and hunch, and it's especially tricky when it comes to the preseason poll. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , ESPN's Rece Davis joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss filling out a ballot when nobody has played yet. Davis explains how he...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, Wendy Anderson, center, wife of Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson, obscured at left, smiles after chatting with Nebraska head coach Mike Riley, rear, before an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb. Wendy Anderson has died after a two-year fight with breast cancer. Blake Anderson says his wife died Monday night, Aug. 19, 2019, just hours after the school announced he would be taking a leave of absence. He said on Twitter : "She passed as peacefully & gracefully as you could ever hope." (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
August 20, 2019 - 7:53 am
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Wendy Anderson, the wife of Arkansas State football coach Blake Anderson, has died after a two-year fight with breast cancer. Blake Anderson says his wife died Monday night, just hours after the school announced he would be taking a leave of absence. He said on Twitter : "She...
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo, Clemson's Trayvon Mullen celebrates after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama, in Santa Clara, Calif. For the first time, the defending national champion Tigers are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
August 19, 2019 - 6:23 pm
Cross off another milestone for Clemson, college football's newest superpower. For the first time, the defending national champion Tigers are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. The Tigers won the program's second national title in three seasons behind freshman...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry attends a news conference at Langston Golf Course in Washington, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, where Curry announced that he would be sponsoring men's and women's golf teams at Howard University. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 19, 2019 - 5:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — What started as an innocuous conversation during a public event has evolved into a golf partnership between NBA star Stephen Curry and Howard University. The two-time NBA MVP announced Monday that he is helping Howard re-establish a golf program. Curry is providing a donation that...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Georgia quarterback Justin Fields enters Sanford Stadium before an NCAA college football game against Tennessee in Athens, Ga. New Ohio State quarterback Fields says he is ready for the hype and expectations that come with the job. He transferred from Georgia after being a backup to Jake Fromm last season. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)
August 19, 2019 - 2:45 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Ryan Day on Monday made official what most people figured was a foregone conclusion: Georgia transfer Justin Fields will be the starting quarterback when the No. 5 Buckeyes open the season Aug. 31 against Florida Atlantic. Day had lured the talented sophomore...
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Former Wisconsin Badger football player Quintez Cephus speaks during a press conference to reiterate his request for reinstatement to the university in Madison, Wis. Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. The former wide receiver was acquitted earlier this month of sexual assault charges stemming from a campus incident in his apartment. He was expelled from the university in March after the university's own internal investigation. He is pictured with his attorneys, Stephen Meyer and Kathleen Stilling, as well as a group of current team members were on hand to show support for Cephus at the event. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
August 19, 2019 - 11:17 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus has been cleared to return to school after a jury acquitted him of sexual assault charges. The school announced Chancellor Rebecca Blank's decision in a statement Monday that said the university had obtained information that wasn't...
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