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Gordon, No. 19 Badgers trample Bowling Green (Yahoo Sports)
9/20/2014 5:37:04 PM

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon (25) breaks away from Bowling Green's Jude Adjei-Barimah for a 50-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

After Melvin Gordon fumbled on his first carry, teammate Corey Clement gave him a fist bump on the sideline and told his fellow Wisconsin running back to shake off the mistake. It turned out to be the start of record-setting day for the 19th-ranked Badgers. Gordon rushed for career highs of 253 yards and five touchdowns, and Wisconsin ran for a Big Ten-record 644 yards to trample Bowling Green in a 68-17 victory Saturday. Gordon had 179 yards and four scores by halftime alone before dashing for a 69-yard touchdown on his first carry of the second half.


Tigers win appeal, top KC to boost AL Central lead (Yahoo Sports)
9/20/2014 5:29:40 PM

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) is congratulated by Detroit Tigers third base coach Dave Clark (25) and Detroit Tigers first base coach Omar Vizquel (31) after defeating the Kansas City Royals in a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers won their appeal on a wild play, and Joe Nathan escaped a ninth-inning jam to hold off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Saturday and boost their AL Central lead. The Tigers increased their edge to 2 1/2 games over the Royals. Kansas City fell into a tie for the second wild-card spot with Seattle, which played later at Houston. Detroit, seeking its fourth straight division title, has won 13 of 18 against the Royals this year, including eight of nine at Kauffman Stadium.


No. 11 Michigan State smashes E Michigan 73-14 (Yahoo Sports)
9/20/2014 5:44:29 PM

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook (18) and receiver Tony Lippett (14) celebrate Lippett's touchdown reception against Eastern Michigan during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio's team chased a championship and caught it last season. Now, the Spartans are pursuing something more elusive. "You're always chasing perfection," Dantonio said after the No. 11 Spartans scored the program's third-most points since 1931, smashing Eastern Michigan 73-14 on Saturday. Connor Cook threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, all in the first quarter, as Michigan State (2-1) found the end zone on its first five possessions.


Coghlan HR leads Cubs over Dodgers, 8-7 (Yahoo Sports)
9/20/2014 5:19:49 PM

Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker, left, and relief pitcher Hector Rondon, right, celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Chicago. The Chicago Cubs won 8-7. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chris Coghlan hit two homers, including the go-ahead two-run drive off Brian Wilson in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs rallied to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 on Saturday.


Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury out with hamstring injury (Yahoo Sports)
9/20/2014 3:21:53 PM

New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury (22) is examined by a trainer at first base after he reached first base in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in New York. Ellsbury left the game. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the New York Yankees lineup a day after straining his right hamstring, and the team's most consistent player this year may be done for the season. ''I am still going to do everything I can to be back as soon as possible,'' Ellsbury said Saturday.


Michel's 3 TDs lead No. 13 Georgia past Troy, 66-0 (Yahoo Sports)
9/20/2014 5:00:36 PM

Georgia running back Sony Michel (1) breaks free for a gain as Troy cornerback Keion Payne (2) gives chase in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie shared the spotlight, just like their high school days in South Florida. Michel ran for 155 yards and three touchdowns and McKenzie scored on a punt return as the freshmen led No. 13 Georgia to a 66-0 rout of Troy on Saturday. Michel and McKenzie, who played together at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida, helped the Bulldogs score their most points in 20 years. Redshirt freshman Bryce Ramsey threw his first touchdown pass and another redshirt freshman, safety Tramel Terry, preserved the shutout with an interception in the end zone.


Estimated 7,000 fans trade in Ray Rice jerseys (Yahoo Sports)
9/20/2014 3:43:58 PM

A worker folds up a former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice jersey that a fan traded in, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Ravens offered fans a chance to exchange their Rice jerseys for those of another player after he was cut by the team and suspended indefinitely by the NFL for domestic violence. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

More than 7,000 fans showed up to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys for those of other Ravens players during a two-day event at Baltimore's home team officials said Saturday. The Ravens handed out 5,595 new jerseys before running out before midday Saturday, then issued more than 2,400 vouchers for fans to pick up their jerseys once new shipments arrive in October. Team spokesman Kevin Byrne said the Ravens spent ''six figures'' on the trade-in. ''The NFL licensed jerseys are not recyclable because of certain materials in parts of the jersey, so what we're going to do is offer them to companies who deal in scrap,'' Byrne said.


Custer youngest winner at 16 in NASCAR series (Yahoo Sports)
9/20/2014 4:15:14 PM

Driver Cole Custer celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Camping World Truck Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Cole Custer's first stand as a NASCAR winner landed him in the stock car record book. Custer became the youngest winner in a NASCAR national series race at 16, taking the checkered flag at New Hampshire in his seventh career Truck Series start. Custer dominated early and pulled away late off the final restart Saturday to win at 16 years, 7 months, 28 days. ''This is a pretty special race for our team,'' Custer said.


Florida State suspends Winston for entire game (Yahoo Sports)
9/20/2014 1:10:52 AM

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014, file photo, Florida State's quarterback, Jameis Winston stands on sideline during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State officials say Winston will be benched for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson after making

Florida State has suspended Jameis Winston for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday, extending its initial punishment of one half after the quarterback made ''offensive and vulgar'' comments about female anatomy earlier this week. Interim President Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox announced the decision late Friday night. There had been criticism that the original punishment for Winston's latest embarrassing off-field incident was too light. The statement released by the university Friday read, ''Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday's incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night.'' Several students tweeted Winston stood on campus and shouted a lascivious comment that may have derived from an internet meme.


Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated' (Yahoo Sports)
9/20/2014 1:08:44 AM

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell takes the stage to speak at a news conference Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in New York. Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases. The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

More defiant than contrite, Roger Goodell announced no sweeping changes in his first public statements in more than a week of turmoil surrounding the NFL's handling of players accused of crimes. The commissioner was definitive about one thing: He has not considered resigning. Goodell was short on specifics Friday as he discussed how he would address the rash of domestic violence incidents in the league. He said the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.