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November 9, 2018

T25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SCHEDULE

Syracuse hosts Louisville, Fresno State visits Boise

UNDATED (AP) — There are two college football games Friday night featuring Top 25 teams. No. 13 Syracuse hosts Louisville and No. 16 Fresno State visits Boise State.

Syracuse is unbeaten at home and a win would complete the Orange’s fourth undefeated season at home since the Carrier Dome opened in 1980 and keep them in the running for a first-tier bowl game.

The Cardinals rank 112th in the nation in total offense, averaging 344.7 yards per game. The Orange defense is allowing 28.1 points per game and ranks 12th in the ACC in total defense, allowing 432.2 yards per game. Louisville leads the series 10-6.

Boise State needs a win to keep alive its hopes of winning the Mountain Division. The Broncos are currently one game behind Utah State, but host the Aggies to close out the regular season on Nov. 24.

Friday night’s game is a rematch of last year’s Mountain West championship game, but this time the power has shifted to Fresno State. The Bulldogs have been thumping everyone outside of their Week 2 loss at Minnesota. Fresno State is averaging 40.4 points per game and its smallest margin of victory is 18 points. But the Bulldogs have never beaten Boise State on the blue turf. The Broncos lead the series 14-6.

MLB ALL-STARS-JAPAN

MLB All-Stars lose series opener in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — The MLB All-Stars have lost the opener of a six-game exhibition series in Japan. Yuki Yanagita hit a two-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Japan to a 7-6 win.

Juan Soto, Carlos Santana and Amed Rosario had all homered to give the MLB squad a 6-4 lead but reliever Kirby Yates couldn’t close out the game.

The series continues this weekend with two more games in Tokyo followed by one game in Hiroshima on Tuesday and two games in Nagoya on Wednesday and Thursday.

NASCAR-PHOENIX

Suspended crew chief says other teams were cheating first

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Harvick’s crew chief says Stewart-Haas Racing modified the spoiler on Harvick’s car because other teams were already doing similar alterations.

Rodney Childers is suspended for the final two races of the season and working at the race shop in North Carolina as Harvick tries to overcome a devastating penalty issued this week against the team.

NASCAR believes SHR built its own spoiler and tried to pass it off as one distributed by the vendor on the car Harvick drove to victory last week at Texas. The spoiler was offset to the right and NASCAR says it gave Harvick an aerodynamic advantage.

Childers posted a series of tweets early Friday morning in which he said SHR made the decision to move the spoiler after other teams shifted their decklids and spoilers to the right in the previous 1.5-mile race at Kansas Speedway.

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