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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) celebrates his touchdown during overtime of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Georgia, in Atlanta. The AP preseason Top 25 is out, and for the third straight year Alabama is No. 1. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
August 20, 2018 - 6:14 pm
Alabama will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare three-peat. The Crimson Tide is just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll for three straight seasons. Alabama received 42 out of 61 first-place votes. No. 2 Clemson...
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August 20, 2018 - 5:52 pm
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University officials said Monday that they are imposing clearer and tougher sanctions for students found responsible for sexual assault and misconduct after multiple women came forward this summer to criticize how their cases were handled. The changes...
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In this Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, photo, Caleb Hammond, an 11-year-old Iowa boy who wants racing stickers to cover his casket after he dies from leukemia, grins before heading out in a stock car designed for children on the Southern Iowa Speedway dirt track in Oskaloosa, Iowa. His passion for racing is what prompted the request for stickers. (Angie Holland, Oskaloosa Herald via AP)
August 20, 2018 - 4:05 pm
OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — Race drivers and others have been answering the call from an 11-year-old Iowa boy who wants racing stickers to cover his casket after he dies from leukemia. Caleb Hammond's uncle, Chris Playle, told The Des Moines Register that his family brought him home to Oskaloosa, about...
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August 20, 2018 - 2:52 pm
NORWAY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a longtime drag racer died after crashing his jet engine-powered car at a track in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The Iron Mountain Daily News and WLUC-TV report 80-year-old Doug Rose, driver of the Green Mamba, died Friday evening at the Norway Speedway. Rose, of...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 file photo, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, enters in procession to St. Mathews Cathedral before the Red Mass in Washington. On Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, a Pennsylvania grand jury accused Cardinal Wuerl of helping to protect abusive priests when he was Pittsburgh's bishop. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
August 20, 2018 - 1:02 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — In a story Aug. 18 about institutions and sexual abuse, The Associated Press did not completely identify the university where James Campbell Quick is a professor. It is the University of Texas at Arlington. A clarified version of the story is below: Of all the horrific...
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August 20, 2018 - 11:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — No. 1 Alabama tops preseason Top 25 for third consecutive year, followed by Clemson, Georgia, Wisconsin and Ohio State.
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer stands along the sideline during the first half of the team's Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in Indianapolis. The investigation of how Meyer handled domestic violence accusations against an assistant has drawn attention to his contractual obligation to report violations of Ohio State’s sexual misconduct policy. It’s a type of specificity becoming increasingly common in college athletic contracts, especially for highly paid coaches who are standard-bearers for their universities. Sports law experts say such provisions clarify expectations for those employees and can make it easier for schools to fire them without compensation if they fall short. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
August 20, 2018 - 10:32 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The investigation of how football coach Urban Meyer handled domestic violence accusations against an assistant has drawn attention to his obligation to report violations of Ohio State's sexual misconduct policy — a type of specificity becoming increasingly common in college...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2018, file photo, Marvin Werkley, of Mobile, Ala., looks over the wager sheets at the IP Casino Resort & Spa in Biloxi, Miss., before making a bet. Colleges are looking for a way to get a piece of the action from legal sports wagering. Schools in states where legal wagering has started or soon will are considering joining professional sports leagues in pursuing legislation requiring sports book operators to pay them a percentage of the amount wagered on their games. (John Fitzhugh/The Sun Herald via AP, File)
August 20, 2018 - 2:06 am
College athletic departments are hoping to get a piece of the action as sports gambling expands across the United States. A U.S. Supreme Court decision in May allowed states to join Nevada in having legalized sports betting. Since then, sports books have opened in Delaware, Mississippi and New...
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USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry, middle, watches the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
August 19, 2018 - 8:16 pm
BOSTON (AP) — USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry says the embattled organization is in the midst of "productive" mediation talks with athletes who were sexually abused by a disgraced former national team doctor. USA Gymnastics is facing civil lawsuits filed by dozens of athletes who say they were...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Dr. Larry Nassar appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing, Mich. Authorities say disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar has been transferred to another federal prison facility. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, shows the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor is at the Oklahoma Federal Transfer Facility. He had been imprisoned in Tucson, Arizona. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
August 19, 2018 - 5:08 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar has been transferred to another federal prison facility. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website on Sunday shows the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor is at the Oklahoma Federal Transfer Center...
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