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.
(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.
Kenny Guiton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first six minutes of his first career start as No. 4 Ohio State rolled to its 15th straight victory, 52-34 over California. Guiton completed 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards and added 92 yards rushing.
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.
Jeremy Smith rushed for three first-half touchdowns as No. 12 Oklahoma State routed Lamar 59-3. J.W. Walsh completed 17 of 30 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys. In addition to Smith's 40 yards on 10 carries, J.W. Walsh completed 17 of 30 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys
Connor Shaw had three touchdown passes and 13th-ranked South Carolina built a 28-0 lead before holding off Vanderbilt 35-25. The Commodores reached the Gamecocks 5 after recovering a fumbled punt in the final period, but Austyn Carta-Samuels threw a goal-line interception to Jimmy Legree.
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.
No. 17 Northwestern ran for over 300 yards in a 38-17 win at Western Michigan. Treyvon Green led the Wildcats' ground game with 158 yards and two touchdowns, while Kain Colter added 106 yards and a TD.
No. 19 Washington 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.
DaVaris Daniels grabbed scoring passes on two successive Notre Dame plays in the fourth quarter of a 31-24 win over Purdue. The No. 21 Irish never led until Daniels made an 82-yard scoring reception to make it 24-17.
Jeff Scott ran for 164 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 73-yard punt return to help No. 25 Mississippi roll over reeling Texas 44-23. Bo Wallace passed for two touchdowns and ran another for the Rebels, who scored the game's final 30 minutes after blowing a 14-0 lead.
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
(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 1/2 games of the NL Central lead.
Cincinnati also leads the final wild-card berth by 5 1/2 games over Washington, giving the Reds a magic number of nine for clinching a playoff berth.
The Boston Red Sox's magic number to win the American League East title is six following their 16th victory in 19 games.
Jon Lester improved to 14-8 by scattering three hits over eight innings to lead the Bosox's 5-1 win over the Yankees. Mike Napoli (NAP'-uh-lee) had two hits and scored twice as Boston beat the New York for the fifth time in their last six meetings.
The Yankees are now three games in back of Tampa and Texas in the battle for the last two wild-card berths.
The Rays withstood a lengthy rain delay that knocked starter Matt Moore out of the box. The Tampa Bay bullpen threw six innings of three-hit relief in a 7-0 shutout of Minnesota. Desmond Jennings had two hits and two RBIs for the Rays.
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 joined Babe Ruth and Albert Belle as the only players in history with 50 homers and 40 doubles when he hit an RBI double in the first inning. But the Birds lost for the fourth time in five games to fall 3 1/2 games back in the wild-card race.
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 to help the Royals get within 3 1/2 games of the two wild-card berths.
Cleveland is within five games of the Tigers and just one game behind the wild-card go-leaders. 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.
San Francisco clobbered Los Angeles 19-3 to keep the Dodgers' magic number at four for winning the NL West.
-- 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.
-- Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence combined for 13 RBIs San Francisco clobbered Los Angeles 19-3 to keep the Dodgers' magic number at four for winning the NL West. Belt was 5-for-6 with a two-run homer, six ribbies and four runs scored, while Pence hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs.
-- Aaron Hill was 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBIs in Arizona's 9-2 drubbing of Colorado. Gerardo Parra also drove in three runs to back Wade Miley, who was reached for just two runs in 6 1/3 innings.
-- 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 1/2-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.
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.
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.
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