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No. 10 TCU gets record-setting win over Tech 82-27

Associated Press photo by Tony Gutierrez -- TCU wide receiver Deante' Gray comes down with a touchdown reception as Texas Tech defensive back Austin Stewart defends Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Trevone Boykin threw a school-record seven touchdown passes and No. 10 TCU showcased a new fast-paced offense by scoring the most points in its history in an 82-27 rout of Texas Tech on Saturday. The Horned Frogs (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) beat their previous scoring high of 69 in the spread… Continue reading →

Langford sparks Spartans to 35-11 rout

Associated Press photo by Al Goldis -- Michigan State's Jeremy Langford breaks free past Michigan's Frank Clark (57) as Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook (18) watches during the first quarter of the No. 8 Spartans' 35-11 win Saturday afternoon in East Lansing, Mich.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Jeremy Langford ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns for No. 8 Michigan State in a 35-11 win over Michigan on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) have won six of their past seven games against the Wolverines, only the second time Michigan State has accomplished that in a series that dates to… Continue reading →

No. 5 Auburn survives scare 42-35

South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (11) catches a pass for a touchdown as Auburn defensive back Nick Ruffin closes in during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

AUBURN, Ala. — Nick Marshall ran for three touchdowns and passed for a score and No. 5 Auburn survived a 42-35 scare from South Carolina after Steve Spurrier made a succession of gambles pay off. The Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) finally stopped the onslaught of Spurrier, Dylan Thompson and fourth-down magic late in the game. Auburn burned off… Continue reading →

Top-ranked Bulldogs outlast Wildcats 45-31

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott crosses the goal line for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Mississippi State won 45-31. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Dak Prescott accounted for three touchdowns, Josh Robinson rushed for two TDs and top-ranked Mississippi State beat Kentucky 45-31 on Saturday. Playing for the first time atop the rankings, the Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) showed no rust coming off a bye. That was a good thing in a wild game that… Continue reading →

Today’s broadcast highlights

TV WORLD SERIES 7 p.m. -- Royals at Giants -- Fox NFL 8:30 a.m. -- Lions vs. Falcons -- Fox 10 a.m. -- Texans Countdown -- FSNO 11 a.m. -- Saints Game Plan -- CST Noon -- Vikings at Bucs -- Fox Noon -- Seahawks at Panthers -- CBS 3 p.m. -- Texans Wrap -- FSNO 3:25… Continue reading →

This Week in the NFL

St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason, center is stopped for a 1-yard gain by a host of Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

After a 3-3 start to the season, it’s probably a good bet not to count the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks out of the playoffs The Seahawks looked like an unbeatable machine after knocking off the Green Bay Packers in the first game of the regular season. The Lombardi Trophy was theirs to… Continue reading →

An all-new approach for an all-new system as the College Football Playoff’s first standings near

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in action during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Remember the BCS? Remember some of the terms and people we came to know during its 16-year quest to determine the teams that would play for college football’s national championship? Quartile ranking. (For statistics majors only.) David Rothman. (Not to be confused with David Lee Rothman.) Peter Wolfe. (Not to be confused with Peter and the… Continue reading →

Roy Williams: A ‘very sad time’ at North Carolina amid academic scandal

Associated Press/News & Observer photo by ROBERT WILLETT -- 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 exhibition game against Fayetteville State on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Chapel Hill, N.C.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams said 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 Friday night, Williams spoke for the first time in response to… Continue reading →

Royals stifle Giants 3-2 to take 2-1 lead in the World Series

Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SAN FRANCISCO — Sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. That same winning formula of fundamental baseball put the Kansas City Royals on top in the World Series. Jeremy Guthrie outpitched fellow Series newcomer Tim Hudson, four Royals relievers combined on four hitless innings and Kansas City beat the San… Continue reading →

Fair Grounds makes changes to purses

The Fair Grounds has restored approximately $2.7 million in purses for the upcoming thoroughbred season and revised other projections upwards after being ordered to do so by the Louisiana Racing Commission on Tuesday. The revisions include upping the purse for the Louisiana Derby from $600,000 to $750,000 and the Louisiana Oaks from $300,000 to $400,000. The… Continue reading →

Jamie McMurray bests Chase drivers to win pole

Jamie McMurray celebrates after winning the pole with his son, Carter, after qualifying for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jamie McMurray bumped all eight of NASCAR’s championship contenders with a surprising pole-winning run Friday at Martinsville Speedway. McMurray, who did not qualify this year for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title, set a qualifying record with a lap of 99.905 mph to nudge the six championship-eligible drivers who had advanced… Continue reading →

First-time coaches litter NBA landscape, including Quin Snyder

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder, center left, talks to Gordon Hayward during the Jazz's preseason NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Anaheim, Calif. Snyder is one of nine new coaches this season, one of four--New Yorks Derek Fisher, Golden States Steve Kerr and Clevelands David Blatt are the others--to have a head-coaching job in the NBA for the first time. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — Quin Snyder needed two hands to count all the places he’s called home of late. Austin, to Philadelphia, to Los Angeles, to Moscow, to Atlanta and now to Salt Lake City. That’s six stops in a span of about four years, meaning he and his wife are pretty good at… Continue reading →

Sports on the air for Saturday, October 25

Today’s broadcast highlights TV WORLD SERIES 7 p.m., Royals at Giants, Fox COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., UAB at Arkansas, SEC 11 a.m., Texas at Kansas State, ESPN 11 a.m., Rutgers at Nebraska, ESPN2 11 a.m., Minnesota at Illinois, ESPNU 11 a.m., North Texas at Rice, FSNO 11… Continue reading →

Failures in oversight worsened North Carolina academic fraud

RALEIGH, N.C. — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal’s fallout. The latest investigation found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored flags that could’ve… Continue reading →

Emmanuel Sanders, Peyton Manning carry Denver past San Diego

DENVER — Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos’ 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers.… Continue reading →

With Locker hurt, Mettenberger gets chance in start

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) chases Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) in a NFL preseason football game between the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans in the Superdome in  New Orleans, La. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have kicked their youth movement into high gear with rookie Zach Mettenberger starting at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Jake Locker has missed three of the past four games with injuries, and coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday.… Continue reading →

Failures in oversight worsened academic fraud at North Carolina

Associated Press photo by GERRY BROOME -- Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina, holds a copy of his findings following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The findings revealed academic fraud involving more than 3,100 students.

RALEIGH, N.C. — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal’s fallout. The latest investigation found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored flags that could’ve stopped the problem years earlier.… Continue reading →

Search for new LHSAA executive director to begin immediately; Kenny Henderson out

Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU -- LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson listens to a speaker during LHSAA's annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.

Kenny Henderson’s seven-year tenure as head of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association ended in about one minute. That’s how long it took Thursday for LHSAA President Vic Bonnaffee of Central Catholic to read a statement that brought an abrupt end to Henderson’s run as executive director of the state’s governing body for high school sports.… Continue reading →

Ike Taylor returns to practice

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor returned to practice on Wednesday just one month after breaking his right arm. Taylor, a former Louisiana-Lafayette standout, practiced in a limited capacity, running sprints and doing individual drills. He suffered a compound fracture in his right arm when teammate Lawrence Timmons slammed into it with his helmet… Continue reading →

NBA owners vote down lottery reform

NEW YORK — NBA owners have voted down proposed changes to the league’s draft lottery system, staving off efforts to curb tanking for the time being. The proposal was defeated 17-13 on Wednesday at the league’s board of governors meetings. It was a somewhat surprising turn of events after appearing earlier in the week that… Continue reading →

Auto racing glance

NASCAR Sprint Cup Site: Martinsville, Virginia. Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 3:30-5 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 8-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon); Sunday, race, 12:45… Continue reading →

Video: Tennessee men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has fond memories ofhis days at LSU

Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall answers a question during a news conference at the Southeastern Conference NCAA men's college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

New Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall talks at SEC media days about being on former LSU coAch John Brady's staff for four seasons from 1997 to 2001. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Teams are starting to notice Vanderbilt sophomore center Damian Jones

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- LSU's Johnny O'Bryant III and Vanderbilt's Damian Jones fight for the ball during the game between LSU and Vanderbilt on Saturday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

Vanderbilt sophomore center Damian Jones, who played at Scotlandville, talks at SEC media day about how he is excited about the upcoming season. Jones averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team last year.… Continue reading →

Madison Bumgarner, Giants stop Royals 7-1 in Series opener

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence is congratulated by Pablo Sandoval after Pence hit a two-run home run during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect postseason roll. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off their October poise, shutting down the Royals 7-1 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.… Continue reading →

Broadcast highlights for Wednesday, Oct. 21 2014

TV WORLD SERIES 7 p.m. -- Giants at Royals -- Fox COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2 p.m. -- Media Days-SEC -- ESPNU COLLEGE FOOTBALL 5:30 p.m. -- Jaguars-Dawson Odoms -- CST 7:30 p.m. -- Inside LSU -- CST 8 p.m. -- -- Les Miles Radio Show -- CST 9 p.m. -- Les Miles press conference --… Continue reading →

Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. a rising star

Associated Press photo by LM OTERONew York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham celebrates his touchdown reception in front of Dallas Cowboys' Barry Church (42), Justin Durant (52) and others during the second half Sunday in Arlington, Texas.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Life in the NFL is changing quickly for New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The first-round draft pick from LSU has gone from a player who could not get on the field because of a hamstring injury, to an exciting young talent to Giants’ No. 1 playmaker in a span… Continue reading →

Buffalo interim coach gets advice from Ed Orgeron

AMHERST, N.Y. — University at Buffalo interim football coach Alex Cross was seeking advice from a former colleague on how to handle his new role. Former Southern California interim coach Ed Orgeron called Cross last weekend, and Cross asked him to encourage his team after Jeff Quinn was fired. Orgeron delivered via Skype, issuing what Cross called a spot-on… Continue reading →

Cowboys release Michael Sam; Bucs sign KR Trindon Holliday

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2014, file photo, Dallas Cowboys' Michael Sam walks along the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys have released Michael Sam from the practice squad, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, another setback as the NFLs first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys released Michael Sam from the practice squad, another setback as the NFL’s first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time. Sam was signed to Dallas’ practice squad on Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis… Continue reading →

Wozniacki puts Sharapova’s bid for top ranking on hold

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki celebrates after defeating Russia's Maria Sharapova in their singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore,Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

SINGAPORE — Caroline Wozniacki credited her training for next month’s New York Marathon as a key factor in her victory over Maria Sharapova in a grueling three-set match in the WTA Finals on Tuesday. Wozniacki won 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-2 to beat Sharapova for the second-straight time, having also won in the fourth round… Continue reading →

LSRC orders Fair Grounds to restore $2.7 million in purses

Members of the Louisiana State Racing Commission ordered the Fair Grounds on Tuesday to add $2.7 million that it was holding pending litigation back to the track’s purses for the upcoming thoroughbred meet. The commission held a meeting to determine whether the track had statutory authority to withhold the money, which a group of quarter horse owners, trainers and… Continue reading →

Florida athletic director says coach Will Muschamp is still being evaluated

Florida head coach Will Muschamp looks up at the clock during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Missouri won 42-13. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Will Muschamp is getting at least another game to turn things around. Athletic Director Jeremy Foley said Monday that he will continue to evaluate the season — and likely Muschamp’s future — “as it plays out.” That means Muschamp will be on the sideline when the Gators (3-3, 2-3… Continue reading →

Archie Manning takes leave of absence from College Football Playoff’s selection committee

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Family patriarch Archie Manning fields questions from the media during the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy held at Nicholls State in Thibodaux on Friday, July 11, 2014. Buy this photo

A week ago, Archie Manning was talking about how you learn to expect the unexpected in college football. “Somebody told me a long time ago that that thing is oblong, so it bounces funny,” he said. “You don’t know who’s going to beat who or who’s going to get hurt or who’s going to get suspended. There… Continue reading →

Sports on the air for Tuesday, Oct. 21

TV WORLD SERIES 7 p.m. -- Giants at Royals -- Fox COLLEGE FOOTBALL 5:30 p.m. -- Inside LSU -- FSNO 7 p.m. -- Arkansas State at UL-Lafayette -- ESPN2 COLLEGE SPORTS 6 p.m. -- SEC Now -- SEC NBA PRESEASON 7 p.m.… Continue reading →

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly upset Irish let game come to last call

Sunday, Brian Kelly’s biggest regret was that Notre Dame let a game with Florida State come down to a point where a penalty he still insisted should not have been called could have so much to do with the outcome. “I mean, you got to take the belt from the champion,” the Fighting Irish coach said Sunday,… Continue reading →

Celtics beat Nets in experimental 44-minute game

Associated Press photo by Kathy Kmonicek -- Boston guard Marcus Thornton, a former LSU standout, drives the ball to the basket between Brooklyn Nets guard Alan Anderson, left, and forward Mason Plumlee during the Celtics' 95-90 preseason win Sunday at Barclays Center in New York.

NEW YORK — Jared Sullinger took a glance at the game clock and thought something must be wrong. With fewer than six minutes left in the first quarter, he was still in the game. There was a good reason he hadn’t been subbed out yet, though. In an experimental 44-minute preseason game, Sullinger had… Continue reading →

Florida State holds off Notre Dame with help of late pass interference penalty

Associated Press photo by MARK WALLHEISER -- Florida State's Rashad Greene returns a kickoff against Notre Dame during Saturday's game in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles took a fourth-quarter lead and held off a late Notre Dame drive to remain undefeated with a 31-27 win.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For a few seconds, it looked as if Everett Golson and Notre Dame had another streak-busting victory, this time against the reigning national champions from Florida State. As the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish celebrated an apparent go-ahead touchdown with 13 seconds left, flags flew. The call: offensive pass interference. The touchdown was… Continue reading →

Kansas State beats Oklahoma after missed 19-yard field goal

Associated Press photo by SUE OGROCKI -- Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine is stopped short of the goal line by Kansas State linebacker Jonathan Truman (21) and linebacker Dakorey Johnson (32) in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game in Norman, Okla. The Wildcats won 31-30.

NORMAN, Okla. — With a short field goal the only thing standing between Oklahoma and a late lead, Michael Hunnicutt just had to do what he’s done for more than three years: be automatic. No. 11 Oklahoma, trailing by a point in the fourth quarter, had finally had seized momentum after playing catch-up for much… Continue reading →

West Virginia takes down Baylor; Kansas State nips Oklahoma

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty (14) is tackled by West Virginia's Daryl Worley (7) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Clint Trickett threw three touchdown passes and West Virginia surprised sloppy No. 4 Baylor on Saturday, pulling away for a 41-27 win. The Mountaineers (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) earned their first win over a top-five opponent since beating No. 3 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl after the 2007 season. West Virginia… Continue reading →

Dale Earnhardt Jr. out to win at Talladega to save season

Associated Press photo by Rainier Ehrhardt -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. waits Saturday to qualify for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. Earnhardt, who qualified 28th, needs a win Sunday to stay alive in the Chase for the Cup.

TALLADEGA, Ala. — This magical season for Dale Earnhardt Jr. comes down to one race to save his championship hopes. NASCAR’s most popular driver must win Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway to continue his quest for his first career Sprint Cup title. It’s a pressure-packed situation for Earnhardt, who knows that six-time and defending NASCAR… Continue reading →

Acquisition of James Shields helped push the Royals over the top

Kansas City Royals' James Shields kisses the trophy after the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win the American League baseball championship series Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum )

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The moment Alex Gordon knew the Kansas City Royals were serious about winning can be traced to a December day when his wife heard they had traded for James Shields. The franchise had long suffered through a forgettable cast of starting pitchers. Hot prospects flamed out. Free agents fizzled. And every… Continue reading →

Sunday’s highlights

TV NFL 11 a.m., Saints Game Plan, CST Noon, Saints at Lions, Fox 3:05 p.m., Chiefs at Chargers, CBS 3:25 p.m., Giants at Cowboys, Fox 7:20 p.m., 49ers at Broncos, NBC 10 p.m., Cowboys Game Night, FSNO 10:30 p.m., Saints Tonight, CST CFL 3 p.m., Edmonton at Saskatchewan, ESPN2 COLLEGE WOMEN’S SOCCER 1… Continue reading →

Auto racing roundup: Terry Labonte calling it quits after Talladega

Associated Press photo by John Bazemore -- NASCAR driver Terry Labonte announces his retirement during a news conference Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala.

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Terry Labonte will compete in his final NASCAR race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. The two-time Cup champion ran 26 full seasons at NASCAR’s top level, and a partial schedule the past decade. Labonte first announced his retirement in 2006, at home track Texas Motor Speedway, but he’s raced 41 times since. “You know,… Continue reading →

Every other year, it’s simply the Giants’ year

San Francisco Giants left fielder Michael Morse celebrates after their win against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s a tune Tim Flannery once sung that he finds perfectly fitting to describe how his San Francisco Giants get the most out of themselves in the postseason. Old standbys like Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval mix with rookie faces, giving the Giants a seemingly unique ability to win every… Continue reading →