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Associated Press

Posted on September 14, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 14 at 10:35 PM


Bama outscores Tech...Bruins honor teammate

UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Alabama went into College Station this afternoon and immediately handed No. 6 Texas A&M a 14-0 lead. The Crimson Tide took over the game after that, scoring 35 consecutive points to avenge their only loss of last season.

AJ McCarron threw for four touchdowns and the Crimson Tide gained 568 total yards in a 49-42 triumph at No. 6 Texas A&M. The Tide spotted the Aggies a 14-0 lead but found themselves ahead 35-14 after Vinnie Sunseri returned a Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') interception 73 yards for a TD early in the second half.

The interception was one of few mistakes made by Manziel, who threw for a career-high 464 yards and five TDs. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner also ran for 98 yards on 14 carries.

UCLA won one for Nick Pasquale.

The 16th-ranked Bruins rallied for 31 second half points to beat No. 23 Nebraska 41-21. The win came less than a week after walk-on receiver Nick Pasquale was struck and killed by a vehicle. Wearing patches with Pasquale's No. 36 on their uniforms, the Bruins dominated play after intermission. Quarterback Brett Hundley threw for three third quarter touchdown passes to help UCLA improve to 2-0.

The snapped the Cornhuskers' 14-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents.

In other top 25 play, second-ranked Oregon clobbered Tennessee 59-14 as Marcus Mariota threw for a career-high 456 yards and four touchdowns. Freshman Johnny Mundt had five receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns for the 3-0 Ducks.

Kevin Hogan threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns as No. 5 Stanford got past Army 34-20. Tyler Gaffney ran for 132 yards and scored a pair of TDs for the Cardinal.

Senorise Perry ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 7 Louisville over Kentucky 27-13. Teddy Bridgewater passed for 250 yards. The Cardinals scored on four consecutive drives to pull away from their rivals. Louisville's defense forced three turnovers, including two in their territory.

Jeremy Hill ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of LSU's 45-13 romp over Kent State. Zach Mettenberger had three TD passes for the eighth-ranked Tigers.

Jameis (JAYM'-his) Winston threw for a pair of first-half touchdowns and ran for another score in the third quarter as 10th-ranked Florida State crushed Nevada 62-7. The Seminoles four tailbacks all scored, with Karlos Williams rushing eight times for 110 yards.

No. 11 Michigan got a 2-yard touchdown run from Fitzgerald Touissant with 2:49 left and held on to avoid being upset by Akron 28-24. The visiting Zips drove to the Wolverines four-yard line in the closing seconds, but a fourth-down pass fell incomplete as time expired. Akron has not won a road game in nearly five years and went into the game a five-touchdown underdog.

No. 19 was a 34-24 winner against Illinois at Soldier Field as Keith Price threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns. Bishop Sankey ran for a career-high 208 yards and Josh Shirley had four sacks for the Huskies.

Blake Bell passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns in his first start as quarterback for No. 14 Oklahoma in a 51-20 win over Tulsa. The 3-0 Sooners scored on their first five possessions to take control of the game. Sterling Shepard caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.


Gophers coach has seizure, in hospital

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is resting in at home after suffering his fourth game-day seizure since 2011.

Kill was lying on the ground, writhing back and forth for several minutes, at halftime against Western Illinois. Medical staff surrounded him in attempt to keep him as still as possible to prevent injury. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Minnesota went on to wins 28-12.

Kill has worked with doctors to bring his seizures under better control with medication, rest, nutrition and exercise. But the stress of a game day is hard to avoid.


Red Sox win again

UNDATED (AP) — There's a two-way tie for first in the National League Central once again following Pittsburgh's victory and the Cardinals' loss to Seattle in St. Louis.

James Paxton held the Redbirds to two hits in six innings as the Mariners downed St. Louis 4-1. Franklin Gutierrez snapped a scoreless deadlock with a two-run double in the fifth before Kendrys Morales added a solo blast in the eighth.

The Cards managed just three hits and were shut out until Matt Carpenter scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning.

Garret Cole struck out seven while giving up only one run and five hits in seven innings of the Pirates' 2-1 verdict over the visiting Chicago Cubs. The Cubs led 1-0 until Jose Tabata (TAB'-ah-tah) hit a solo homer in the sixth, one inning before Marlon Byrd went deep.

Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) and Shin-Soo Choo each hit two-run homers to lead Cincinnati to a 7-3 win over Milwaukee. Homer Bailey allowed three runs over seven innings in winning his career-best sixth straight decision, helping the Reds climb within 2 ½ games of the NL Central lead.

The Boston Red Sox moved closer to clinching the American League East title by winning for the 16th time in 19 games.

Jon Lester scattered three hits over eight innings to lead the Bosox's 5-1 win over the Yankees. Lester won for the fourth time in the last six starts to improve to 14-8.

The Yankees are now 2 1/2 games back of Tampa Bay pending the outcome of the Rays road game against Minnesota tonight.

Baltimore's playoff hopes also took a hit as Colby Rasmus smacked a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh to lift Toronto past the Orioles 4-3. Chris Davis hit another RBI double and Manny Machado added a solo homer, but the Birds lost for the fourth time in five games.

Detroit was a 1-0 loser to Kansas City as Ervin Santana held the AL Central-leading Tigers to five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Neither team scored after Eric Hosmer's RBI triple just three batters into the game.

Cleveland is within five games of the Tigers and just one game behind in the wild-card race. Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEH'-nehz) took a shutout into the ninth as the Indians ripped the White Sox 8-1 in Chicago. Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera smacked a two-run homer and Lonnie Chisenhall added a three-run shot while the Indians scored five times in the fourth.

In other baseball action;

— Atlanta's magic number to clinch the NL East is four after Kris Medlan gave up just four hits over 7 1/3 shutout innings to pitch the Braves past San Diego 2-1. Freddie Freeman's solo homer put the Braves ahead 2-0 in the sixth inning.

— Carlos Ruiz laced a three-run double and John Mayberry Jr. hit a solo homer as Philadelphia beat Washington 5-4 to end the Nationals' seven-game winning streak. Nats outfielder Denard Span stretched his hitting streak to 25 games.

— Bartolo Colon shut down Texas on seven hits over eight innings as Oakland won for the seventh time in eight games, 1-0. Brandon Moss' RBI double in the first inning took care of all the scoring as the Athletics opened a 5 ½-game lead over the Rangers in the AL West.

— Henderson Alvarez scattered four hits in seven innings as Florida beat the New York Mets 3-0 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Donovan Solano hit a solo homer and Logan Morrison drove in a pair for the Marlins. The Mets took the nightcap 3-1 as Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy hit back-to-back solo homers in the third to support Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS'-kay math-soo-ZAH'-kah), who allowed a run and two hits in seven innings.

— Chris Ianetta (eye-uh-NET'-uh) hit a solo homer and had two RBIs as the Angels downed the Astros 6-2. Jered Weaver allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.


Jets' Sanchez placed on short-term IR

NEW YORK (AP) — Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has been placed on injured reserve-designated for return, meaning he will not be able to play for the next eight weeks.

Sanchez injured his right shoulder in the team's third preseason game against the Giants. Sanchez admits surgery is still a possibility but doctors are encouraged by his rehab so far.


NASCAR issues warning

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — NASCAR has told drivers and teams that attempts to "artificially alter" a race will face severe punishment heading into Sunday's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship opener at Chicagoland. NASCAR gave examples of what will be prohibited going forward.

The warning comes in the wake of a penalties handed out to a number of teams this week for what NASCAR said was trying to manipulate the outcome of Saturday's race at Richmond.


Furyk holds on

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Jim Furyk was 10 shots worse than a day earlier at the BMW Championship, but that was still good enough to hold onto the lead. Furyk posted a 2-under 69 a day after shooting a PGA Tour-record tying 59. That left him 13-under par for three rounds, one shot ahead of Steve Stricker who shot a 64.

Second-round co-leader Brandt Snedecker is two back, with Zach Johnson three behind and Tiger Woods four off the pace after shooting a 66.

Matt Kuchar torched the Conway Farms course for an 10-under 61, but that only got him within eight shots of the lead.


Miyazato holds lead

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) —Japan's Mika Miyazato (mee-yah-ZAH'-toh) shot a 2-under 69 to take the lead after two rounds of the rain-shortened Evian championship. Miyazato's 8-under total is one better than Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen in the final of the LPGA's five majors.

Stacy Lewis is two shots back after a 67. The American is chasing her second major title this season after last month's British Open.


Big boxing payday

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eight-time world champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez step into the ring tonight in Las Vegas with both men's super welterweight/junior middleweight titles on the line. It's expected to be a lucrative evening for the two unbeaten fighters, with Mayweather guaranteed $41.5 million in what's expected to be boxing's richest fight ever. Hard punching Alvarez will get at least a career-best $5 million.

Mayweather is 44-0, Alvarez is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts.


Czechs advance to final

PRAGUE (AP) — Defending champion Czech Republic reached the Davis Cup final after winning its doubles match Saturday to eliminate Argentina. The Czechs will play for the title in November against Serbia or Canada.

Canada is just a win away from moving into its first Davis Cup final after winning a 4 1/2 hour doubles match to go up 2-1 over the Serbs. Reverse singles are set for Sunday in Belgrade.