College sports

FILE - In this March 23, 2019, file photo, Michigan State's Cassius Winston (5) drives past Minnesota's Dupree McBrayer (1) during the second half of a second round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, in Des Moines, Iowa. Cassius Winston is the unanimous pick for Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year. The vote by media announced Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, was hardly a surprise considering Winston was selected Big Ten Player of the Year last season. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
October 02, 2019 - 2:32 pm
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had little doubt All-America guard Cassius Winston would return for his senior season rather than jump to the NBA. And it wasn’t just because he needed another year of college ball. “No. 1, I know enough people in the NBA that kind of know where...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2010, file photo, a ball flicks through the net in front of the NCAA logo on the marquis during an NCAA college basketball practice in Pittsburgh. Defying the NCAA, California's governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday, Sept. 30, that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
October 02, 2019 - 1:52 pm
A new California state law could force the NCAA to make a big change to its rules for amateurism. How is that going to work? On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast presented by Regions Bank, Andy Staples joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the ramifications of the Fair Pay to Play Act...
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October 02, 2019 - 1:30 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Special Olympian Amy Bockerstette will join an elite group of women serving as grand marshals for the Fiesta Bowl parade. The inspirational golfer with Down syndrome will serve as grand marshal for the Dec. 28 parade with Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi, U.S. national soccer team...
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CORRECTS YEAR TO 2019, NOT 2018 AS ORIGINALLY SENT - Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany speaks at a press conference during the Big Ten conference NCAA college basketball media day Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Rosemont, Ill. (AP Photo/David Banks)
October 02, 2019 - 1:13 pm
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany would just as soon leave the paychecks to the pros. The conference’s coaches and players have different takes. The amateur model of college athletics could be shaken to its core after once California’s Fair Pay to Play Act takes effect in a few...
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Ohio State wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) runs for a touchdown in front of Nebraska cornerback Dicaprio Bootle (23) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
October 02, 2019 - 11:14 am
The top six teams from The Associated Press preseason poll are still the top six teams as the calendar turns to October. The order is a little different, but it has been a chalky start to the college football season. No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 LSU and No. 6...
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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2019, file photo, West Virginia defensive linemen Darius Stills (56) and Dante Stills (55) hug during an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va. Dante Stills and his older brother, Darius, are among the Big 12's sack leaders and they'll be looking to cause more disruption when West Virginia hosts No. 11 Texas on Saturday. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson, File)
October 02, 2019 - 8:46 am
The Stills family is once again creating problems on defense at West Virginia. Linemen Dante Stills and his older brother, Darius, are among the Big 12's sack leaders and they'll look to cause more disruption when Sam Ehlinger and No. 11 Texas take on the Mountaineers on Saturday. Their father is...
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FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2015, file photo, former Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill watches from the sidelines during the first half of the Quick Lane Bowl NCAA college football game against Central Michigan in Detroit. Some of the most experienced head coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference aren’t exactly coaches anymore. North Carolina, Florida State and Virginia Tech have hired former head coaches to advisory or analytical positions in the past 10 months. The programs benefit from having an extra voice of experience. The ex-coaches themselves see it as a way to stay involved in the sport without having to do any on-field coaching or recruiting. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
October 02, 2019 - 8:15 am
Some of the most experienced head coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference aren’t exactly coaches anymore. Three schools _ North Carolina, Florida State and Virginia Tech _ have hired former head coaches to advisory or analytical positions in the past 10 months, providing an additional voice of...
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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) jogs off the field after a victory over Mississippi in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
October 02, 2019 - 8:07 am
The Southeastern Conference seems to be in good playoff position with five teams ranked in the top 10. The downside is they still have to play each other, giving this group arguably harder roads than any playoff contenders outside the league. No. 7 Auburn still has four opponents remaining...
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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, file photo, College Football Hall of Fame inductee London Fletcher, left, and his high school and college coach Mike Moran pose following their surprise reunion and ride on the Goodyear Blimp in Cleveland. It's been an emotional whirlwind lately for Fletcher, who was enshrined last week in the Washington Redskins' Ring of Honor. He'll soon become a member of the College Football Hall of Fame — inducted along with Goodyear's iconic blimp, the first non-player or coach elected. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)
October 02, 2019 - 6:19 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — London Fletcher looked down and traced his unlikely path to football stardom. From more than 1,000 feet above his hometown, Fletcher gazed out one of the Goodyear Blimp's gondola windows and memories flashed before him. Below, he could see his childhood home on Giddings Road, where...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 1998, file photo, Texas tailback Ricky Williams poses with the Heisman trophy at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York. Brian Hobbs remembers getting a call in 2014 to let him know retired football star Ricky Williams was interested in selling his Heisman Trophy. Hobbs is now selling the trophy as part of his collection of Williams memorabilia being offered by Heritage Auctions’ Fall Sports Memorabilia Collectibles offerings. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett, File)
September 30, 2019 - 4:21 pm
Brian Hobbs remembers getting a call in 2014 to let him know Ricky Williams was interested in selling his Heisman Trophy. An avid sports memorabilia collector, Hobbs drove from his home in Tallahassee, Florida, to meet Williams in Austin, Texas, where the former Longhorns star was finishing the...
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