Sports Roundup Oct 20: Bama, Florida Win Again

By: AP
By: AP

(AP) -- No. 1 Alabama looks like it has an offense to go along with its top-ranked defense.
AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes, amassing a career-high 306 yards through the air as the Crimson Tide trounced Tennessee 44-13 Saturday night in Knoxville.
Freshman Amari Cooper was McCarron's favorite target, hauling in seven passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
While `Bama improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in the SEC, the Vols dropped to 3-4 and 0-4 in the conference. Tennessee has dropped 11 of its last 12 SEC games.

Third-ranked Florida is a win away from locking up a berth in the SEC championship game. Jeff Driskel threw four touchdown passes -- three of them after turnovers -- and the 7-0 Gators routed 9th-ranked South Carolina 44-11. Florida entered this game second in the BCS standings, right behind Alabama.
The Gators matched their win total from last season and if they beat No. 13 Georgia next week in Jacksonville, they'll earn a spot in the SEC title game.
Quarterback Collin Klein may have vaulted into the Heisman Trophy lead. The senior accounted for seven touchdowns as fourth-ranked Kansas State stunned No. 17 West Virginia 55-14 in Morgantown.
Klein passed for a career best 323 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for four more. The 7-0 Wildcats scored on their first eight possessions.

Elsewhere around the AP's Top 25:

-- Theo Reddick ran for a career-best 143 yards and No. 5 Notre Dame went to 7-0 by holding off BYU 17-14. Backup quarterback Tommy Reese started in place of the injured Everett Golson and threw for 117 yards and a touchdown. The Irish are off to their best start in a decade.

-- No. 6 LSU rallied to beat 20th-ranked Texas A&M 24-19. Jeremy Hill rushed for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers, who won for the seventh time in eight games.

-- Seventh-ranked Ohio State survived an upset bid by visiting Purdue, beating the Boilermakers 29-22 in overtime. Kenny Guiton (GY'-tuhn) came off the bench in relief of injured star quarterback Braxton Miller to lead touchdown drives in the final minute of regulation and the first possession of OT.

-- Landry Jones threw for 291 yards and three TDs in No. 10 Oklahoma's 52-7 thumping of Kansas. The Sooners scored on a kickoff return and punt return in the same game for the first time in school history.

-- Matt Barkley became USC's all-time leader in touchdown passes, throwing six of them in a 50-6 demolition of Colorado. Barkley passed for 298 yards. He hit Robert Woods with his 100th career TD pass in the second quarter to surpass Matt Leinart's (LY'-nurts) USC and conference records. Woods caught a school-record four scoring passes while also surpassing USC's career receptions mark.

-- No. 12 Florida State overcame a shaky start to beat Miami 33-20. EJ Manuel threw for 229 yards and Devonta Freeman ran for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

-- No. 13 Georgia held off Kentucky 29-24. Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray threw for over 427 yards and four touchdowns.

-- No. 14 Clemson made it three straight over Virginia Tech, beating the visiting Hokies 38-17 to get to 6-1 on the year. Quarterback Tajh Boyd ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third score.

-- 15th-ranked Mississippi State throttled Middle Tennessee 45-3. Tyler Russell led the Bulldogs with 191 passing yards and three TDs.

-- Teddy Bridgewater threw an 11-yard TD pass to Eli Rodgers with 1:35 left and No. 16 Louisville remained unbeaten by edging South Florida 27-25.

-- No. 18 Texas Tech blew a late 10-point lead but outlasted TCU in three overtimes 56-53. Red Raiders quarterback Seth Doege (DAY'-gee) threw seven touchdowns, including three in OT.

-- No. 19 Rutgers rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit and beat Temple 35-10. Gary Nova threw four TD passes while helping the Scarlet Knights improve to 7-0.

-- Toledo pulled off the upset beating No. 21 Cincinnati 29-23. Bernard Reedy scored on a 91-yard kickoff return.

-- Stanford held on to The Axe as the 22nd-ranked Cardinal overwhelmed California 21-3 in the Big Game. Stanford outgained the Golden Bears 475 to 217 yards.

-- Brendon Gibbons booted a 38-yard field goal with 5 seconds left lifting No. 23 Michigan to a 12-10 win over Michigan State. It's the Wolverines first win over the Spartans since 2007.

-- No. 24 Boise State routed UNLV 32-7. D.J. Harper rushed for two TDs for the Broncos, who rolled up 394 yards on offense. Boise State ran its record to 6-1.

Louisiana Tech's big night
RUSTON, La (AP) -- Louisiana Tech rolled up 839 yards of total offense in a 70-28 shellacking of Idaho. Kenneth Dixon led the Bulldogs, rushing for 232 yards and six touchdowns and Colby Cameron passed for 400 yards and two scores.
The 839 yards are a single-game school record and the most by a Football Bowl Subdivision team this season.

UNDATED (AP) -- The National League Championship Series has shifted to San Francisco with the St. Louis Cardinals needing one victory against the Giants to lock up another World Series berth.
The Cards will bring a 3-2 lead into Sunday's Game 6 of the best-of-seven series. The Giants kept their hopes alive with Friday night's 5-0 shutout victory in St. Louis. The starting pitchers are a rematch of Game 2. Ryan Vogelsong goes for the Giants against Chris Carpenter.
The NL champion will face Detroit in the World Series. And when it starts Wednesday night in the National League city, Tigers manager Jim Leyland says reliever Jose Valverde will be ready. The team's struggling closer hasn't pitched since allowing four runs in Game 1 of the ALCS. But Leyland said Saturday "everyone is making too big of a deal of the Valverde situation."

NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has had surgery to repair a broken left ankle.
Dr. Robert Anderson operated Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. The Yankees say complete recovery for their 38-year-old captain is expected to take four-to-five months.
It was also announced Saturday that Yankees ace CC Sabathia (suh-BA'-thee-uh) will have his pitching elbow checked out by Dr. James Andrews. An MRI showed a bone spur in his left elbow and the Yankees believe it's existed since he pitched for Cleveland from 2001-08.

D-backs, A's and Marlins deal
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired reliever Heath Bell and infielder Cliff Pennington in a pair of trades that sent outfielder Chris Young to the Oakland Athletics.
Arizona obtained Pennington and minor league infielder Yordy Cabrera from Oakland for Young and cash, then sent Cabrera to the Miami Marlins for Bell and cash.
Earlier in the day, Arizona exercised a $6.5 million option on closer J.J. Putz.

BOSTON (AP) -- A baseball official with knowledge of the negotiations says the Boston Red Sox are preparing to announce that John Farrell will be their new manager.
The announcement is being held up by the unusual logistics of hiring a manager under contract with another team, the official said on the condition of anonymity because the final procedural steps had not been cleared. But the official said multiyear deal had been agreed to and could be announced Sunday.
Farrell had one year remaining on his contract with Toronto, where he went 154-170 over the past two seasons. The Red Sox have agreed to send the Blue Jays compensation for letting him leave.
Comcast SportsNet New England was first to report the deal.

Vilma may make 2012 debut this week
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints have moved linebacker Jonathan Vilma from their physically unable to perform list to the active roster. That means he could play for the first time this season on Sunday at Tampa Bay.
The Saints have terminated the contract of receiver Greg Camarillo to make room for Vilma, who is coming back from left knee surgery and is appealing his season-long suspension in the NFL's bounty probe of the Saints.
His appeal hearing, and those of three other players facing suspensions of various lengths, has been scheduled for Oct. 30.
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has been appointed as arbitrator for the appeal hearings.

Warriors' Curry out again with right ankle injury
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Stephen Curry is out with a sprained right ankle again before Golden State's season has even begun.
The team said in a statement Saturday night that Warriors coach Mark Jackson plans to hold the point guard out of the final two preseason games Monday at the Los Angeles Clippers and Tuesday against Phoenix. Curry injured his surgically repaired ankle in Golden State's 101-97 win at Portland on Friday night.
The fourth-year point guard is eligible for an extension with the team until Oct. 30 -- the night before the season opener at Phoenix -- or he will become a free agent next summer. Warriors general manager Bob Myers has said the team plans to pick up Curry's extension.

No new negotiations set
NEW YORK (AP) -- NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and players' association special counsel Steve Fehr spoke to each other on Saturday, but the sides still have no plans to meet face-to-face as a deadline to preserve a full hockey season draws nearer.
No details of what Daly and Fehr discussed on Saturday were released, but both sides said there were no new developments on the 35th day of the lockout.

Olympic star Missy Franklin commits to Cal
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Olympic swimming star Missy Franklin has verbally committed to attend the University of California.
"Committed to swim at Cal Berkeley! I am officially a baby Golden Bear?????? I am so honored to be a part of such a special team! (hash)GoBears," Franklin tweeted Saturday.
Cal coach Teri McKeever directed the women's team in the London Olympics, where Franklin won the 100- and 200-meter backstroke events, relay golds in the 400 medley and 800 freestyle, and a bronze in the 400 freestyle relay.
Franklin is a senior at Regis Jesuit High in Aurora, Colo.
Cal can't comment on the commitment until Franklin signs a letter of intent.

Experience paying off
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) share the lead with one round to play at The McGladrey Classic. Love, the tournament host who has been playing the Sea Island course since he was 14 years old, rolled home an 18-foot birdie putt on 18 to match Furyk's 66 in round three. They are both 13-under for the tournament.
D.J. Trahan matched the co-leaders with a 66 of his own and is two strokes off the pace, along with second round leader Arjun Atwal, who shot 69.

In other golf news:
-- Bo Van Pelt leads fellow American Jason Dufner by one stroke headed into the final round of the Perth International. Both carded 5-under-par 67s in Saturday's third round.

Pettersen ups advantage
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- Norway's Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn) shot a 4-under 68 today to get to 13-under and extend her lead to five strokes after two rounds of the LPGA tournament in South Korea.

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