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FILE - This Oct. 22, 2016, file photo shows Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald on stage during an NFL Fan Rally in London. All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald has agreed to a massive new contract with the Los Angeles Rams, ending his second consecutive preseason holdout as the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. The Rams on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, announced a new six-year deal through 2024 for Donald, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)
August 31, 2018 - 5:16 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Donald's two-year quest to become the NFL's highest-paid defensive player finally ended in success Friday morning. And just a few minutes after signing his deal, Donald was at work on the Los Angeles Rams' practice fields for the first time in months, determined to keep...
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Audience members laugh as U.S. Senator Ted Cruz makes joke about the Democratic Party during a campaign stop Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Abilene, Texas. The event at the south Abilene Betty Rose's Little Brisket restaurant was the senator's first public campaign event in Abilene for the 2018 election. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)
August 31, 2018 - 3:02 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll ride to the rescue of one-time bitter rival Sen. Ted Cruz this fall, the strongest indication yet that the Texas conservative firebrand is getting nervous about his challenger, a liberal darling with a growing national profile. Trump tweeted...
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018, file photo, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer makes a statement during a news conference in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer’s current suspension and previous paid leave have restricted him from talking football with his staff and athletes during August with one exception _ a team meeting the day after the suspension was announced. Emails from the senior vice president for human resources show Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith were allowed to meet with the players and coaches last Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)
August 31, 2018 - 1:38 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is pushing back on the reasons for his three-game suspension with claims that don't fully square with details laid out in the investigation that led to his punishment. Meyer tweeted a statement Friday that he says intends to clarify what...
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant (2) passes in the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football bowl game against Alabama, in New Orleans. Veteran Kelly Bryant is Clemson's starting quarterback, holding off promising freshman Trevor Lawrence. The second-ranked Tigers open the season Saturday at home against Furman. The team released its first depth chart Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, with Bryant on top in the closely watched competition. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza, File)
August 31, 2018 - 1:13 pm
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Forget Clemson's front four of potential NFL draft picks or its talented group of young wide receivers. The loudest cheers at Death Valley in Saturday's opener might be for the second-ranked Tigers backup quarterback. Many who follow Clemson have awaited the chance to see long-...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2017, file photo, Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) runs the ball during the first half of the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game against Alabama, in Auburn, Ala. Potential Heisman Trophy contender Stidham will lead No. 9 Auburn against No. 6 Washington in the only opening-week game between top-10 teams. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
August 31, 2018 - 1:12 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — One game does not make or break a season. Especially the opener. Then again, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has often been an accurate predictor of where the season is headed for both teams. Keep that in mind when No. 6 Washington faces No. 9 Auburn on Saturday. The ramifications of...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, file photo, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, center, walks the field as players jog around him during an open practice for the NCAA college football team at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan plays Notre Dame on Saturday, Sept. 1, to open the college football season. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)
August 31, 2018 - 11:36 am
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Michigan could really use a change in the conversation. Since the Wolverines ended last season by taking the one-two punch of losing yet again to rival Ohio State and collapsing in a bowl game against South Carolina, there has been plenty of discussion about everything...
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Central Florida running back Adrian Killins Jr. (9) runs the ball in for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Connecticut on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)
August 30, 2018 - 10:11 pm
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — No. 21 UCF has a new coaching staff — and an offense that looks very similar to the one that helped the Knights go undefeated a year ago. McKenzie Milton threw for 346 yards and tied a career high with five touchdowns as the self-proclaimed defending national champions...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, Larry Nassar, a former doctor for USA Gymnastics and member of Michigan State's sports medicine staff, sits in court during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Mich. Michigan State University said Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, that the NCAA has cleared it of any rules violations in the Nassar sexual-assault scandal. Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting girls and women while working as a campus sports doctor for Michigan State athletes and gymnasts in the region. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
August 30, 2018 - 8:56 pm
The NCAA cleared Michigan State University of any rules infractions in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal, the school announced Thursday. The school released a letter from Jonathan Duncan, the NCAA's vice president for enforcement, that addressed the Nassar case, as well as an investigation...
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield throws during the first half of an NFL football preseason game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
August 30, 2018 - 8:51 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Even if he doesn't play again for a while, Baker Mayfield has given Cleveland a glimpse. Mayfield threw for 138 yards in a dominant first half for the Browns, who wrapped up the preseason with a 35-17 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. Mayfield completed a 41-yard pass...
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Philadelphia Eagles' Christian Hackenberg (8) fumbles the ball while being tackled by New York Jets' J.J. Wilcox (37) and Xavier Cooper (75) during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 30, 2018 - 8:29 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sam Darnold watched the preseason finale from the sideline like most starters, but Jets coach Todd Bowles isn't ready to name the rookie his No. 1 quarterback. "I haven't made a decision or talked to anybody about it," Bowles said after New York's 10-9 loss to the Philadelphia...
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