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PITTSBURGH — Miami’s perfect season is over. The Hurricanes can only hope their shot at a spot in the College Football Playoff isn’t gone, too. Freshman quarterback Kenny Pickett ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Pittsburgh stunned the second-ranked Hurricanes 24-14. By Will Graves. SENT: 880 words, photos.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski calls Marvin Bagley III a treasure. The freshman big man had a career-high 34 points and added 15 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke rallied to defeat Texas 85-78 in overtime in the semifinals of the PK80 Invitational. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 800 words, photos.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Jalen Hudson had a career-high 35 points, including eight 3-pointers, and No. 7 Florida downed No. 17 Gonzaga 111-105 in double overtime on at the PK80 Invitational. Chris Chiozza added a career-high 26 points and 10 assists for the Gators (5-0), who go on to face No. 1 Duke in the bracket championship. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 750 words, photos.
AUBURN, Ala. — This Iron Bowl between No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Auburn feels a lot like the one in 2013 for Tigers coach Gus Malzahn. Both teams have national title hopes again entering Saturday’s showdown, but chances are this one won’t feature a finish that was one of college football’s greatest. By John Zenor. SENT: 750 words, photos.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ohio State has been dominating Michigan in a lopsided rivalry of late. The No. 8 Buckeyes have won five straight and 12 of 13 against the Wolverines. Saturday’s game will be the 114th meeting in the series will be played before more than 110,000 at the Big House. By Larry Lage. SENT: 700 words, photos.
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won’t start after making a crude gesture toward the Kansas bench last week. But the Heisman front-runner will play his final home game Saturday when the No. 3 Sooners face West Virginia. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Take TCU coach Gary Patterson’s name off the list of potential candidates for any of those job openings in major college football. Patterson said after the 10th-ranked Frogs’ 45-22 win over Baylor, a victory that clinched TCU a spot in the Big 12 championship game, that he had signed a new contract. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 400 words, photos.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas fired coach Bret Bielema after five disappointing season, moments after a season-ending 48-45 loss to Missouri. The loss left Arkansas with a 4-8 record, capping only the second losing season of Bielema’s 12-year career. By Kurt Voigt. SENT: 800 words, photos.
CLEVELAND — Derrick Rose’s injuries may have pushed him to a breaking point. The former league MVP, who has been trying to revive his career with the Cavaliers, left the team earlier this week to handle a personal matter and there is no timetable for his return. By Tom Withers. SENT: 550 words, photos.
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SYDNEY — Jason Day moved into position for his first Australian Open title by shooting a 2-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round at The Australian Golf Club. Day, making his first appearance back home since 2013, birdied the 18th for a 54-hole total of 203, 10-under par, after a tough, windy day that made low scoring difficult. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 650 words, photos.
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Saturday’s Time Schedule (EST)
TOP 25 FOOTBALL
No. 1 Alabama at No. 6 Auburn, 3:30 p.m.
No. 3 Oklahoma vs. West Virginia, 3:45 p.m.
No. 4 Clemson at South Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
No. 5 Wisconsin at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m.
No. 7 Georgia at Georgia Tech, Noon
No. 8 Ohio State at Michigan, Noon
No. 9 Notre Dame at No. 20 Stanford, 8 p.m.
No. 12 Penn State at Maryland, 3:30 p.m.
No. 14 Washington State at No. 15 Washington, 8 p.m.
No. 17 Memphis vs. East Carolina, Noon
No. 18 Oklahoma State vs. Kansas, Noon
No. 19 LSU vs. Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m.
No. 21 Michigan State at Rutgers, 4 p.m.
No. 23 Northwestern at Illinois, 4 p.m.
No. 25 Boise State at Fresno State, 3:30 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
No. 11 Miami vs. North Florida, 4 p.m.
No. 14 Minnesota vs. No. 25 Alabama at Barclays Center, 5 p.m.
No. 1 UConn vs. Michigan State at Mathew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore., 3 p.m.
No. 2 Texas vs. Washington at South Point Arena, Las Vegas, 4:15 p.m.
No. 3 South Carolina vs. St. John’s at Germain Arena, Estero, Fla., 5 p.m.
No. 6 Notre Dame vs. No. 17 South Florida at Germain Arena, Estero, Fla., 7:30 p.m.
No. 7 Mississippi State vs. Green Bay at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico, 11 a.m.
No. 8 Baylor vs. Georgia Tech at Resorts World Bimini (Bahamas), 7:45 p.m.
No. 9 Ohio State vs. No. 14 Stanford in Play4Kay Showcase at Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, 8 p.m.
No. 10 Oregon vs. Oklahoma, 5:30 p.m.
No. 11 West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech at Titan Field House, Melbourne, Fla., 6 p.m.
No. 12 Tennessee vs. South Dakota at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico, 4 p.m.
No. 16 Duke vs. No. 18 Oregon State, 3 p.m.
No. 21 California vs. No. 23 Missouri, 5 p.m.
No. 24 Arizona State vs. Columbia at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico, 1:30 p.m.
No. 25 Michigan at Ohio, 2 p.m.
San Antonio at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Orlando at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Portland at Washington, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at Indiana, 8 p.m.
New York at Houston, 8 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
New Orleans at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.
Milwaukee at Utah, 9 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Florida, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Vegas at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Winnipeg at San Jose, 10 p.m.
Calgary at Colorado, 10 p.m.
Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.