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Record scoring pace alters strategies

NFL teams are lighting up scoreboards like never before as the game is flooded with bigger, faster receivers, dual-threat quarterbacks and a rule book that puts defenders at a decided disadvantage.

Florida Gulf Coast basketball — 'Dunk City' — set for season

Florida Gulf Coast — the darling of college basketball this past March after knocking off Georgetown and San Diego State in the NCAA tournament, plus capturing the nation's attention and earning a nickname that still sticks — is looking to do something even more impressive this season. The Eagles are heading into 2013-14 hoping to show that they were more than a two-game wonder.

No. 1 Kentucky working to develop basketball lineups

After luring some of the nation's top prospects the past several seasons to Lexington, Kentucky, coach John Calipari has six high school All-Americans in his latest eight-player freshman group. Not since Michigan's "Fab Five" rookie lineup in 1991-92 has so much prep talent been assembled.

NCAA hopes new baseball can reverse dip in offense

The Division I baseball committee's unanimous vote allows conferences to adopt a new ball for regular-season play.

With Aaron Rodgers sidelined, Bears beat Packers 27-20

Josh McCown, playing in place of the injured Jay Cutler, threw for two touchdowns Monday night as the Chicago Bears won 27-20 and ended a six-game skid to the Green Bay Packers.

Jimmie Johnson feels good even with Kenseth in mirror

Just like last season, Jimmie Johnson enters the next-to-last race with a seven-point lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He came up empty in his bid for a sixth title last year, but is more confident about his chances following Sunday's dominating victory at Texas.

Marcus Smart leads AP preseason All-America team

Oklahoma State sophomore point guard Marcus Smart was a unanimous selection to The Associated Press' preseason All-America team.

2 years later, Penn St. scandal has left its mark

Two years later, the Penn State scandal continues to play out with a criminal trial still ahead, litigation in the works and policy changes being made around the country.

La Russa, Torre, Cox on Hall of Fame ballot

Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox will join holdovers George Steinbrenner and Marvin Miller on the Hall of Fame expansion era committee ballot next month.

Red Sox win World Series title, beat Cards 6-1 in Game 6

David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, baseball's bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons.

NCAA restructuring now moves to steering committee

There is no suggestion within the NCAA of blowing things up and even the idea of splitting off the big-money BCS schools into their own division gets little traction. But the leadership of the governing body for collegiate athletics has to become "more nimble, more strategic, appropriately representative," said Nathan Hatch, chair of the NCAA's board of directors.

UPDATE: Lester leads Red Sox past Cardinals in Game 5

Jon Lester smothered St. Louis on four hits into the eighth, David Ross hit a tiebreaking RBI double in a two-run seventh inning off Adam Wainwright, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cardinals 3-1 Monday night to take a 3-2 World Series lead.

From La Russa to Matheny, winning is constant

Almost always, Mike Matheny keeps his cool. That's what you might notice at first about Tony La Russa's successor as St. Louis Cardinals manager, the inner fire without the bombast. It's what you see right now in the glare of October, when the moves pay off big time or fail miserably, and are endlessly dissected either way.

Seahawks' stand preserves 14-9 win over Rams

Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes to Golden Tate, and the Seahawks made a dramatic goal-line stand in the final minute to preserve a 14-9 victory over the Rams on Monday night — less than an hour after the Cardinals lost to the Red Sox in the World Series just up the street.

Clint Bowyer has Richmond mess in rearview mirror

Nearly two months after Clint Bowyer spun late in the race that set the field for the Sprint Cup-deciding Chase, the scandal is finally fading into his rearview mirror.

Red Sox rout sloppy Cardinals in Series opener

One of the best-fielding teams in the league over the regular-season, the National League champs bungled their way into an early deficit in Game 1 of the World Series and went on to lose 8-1 to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

Miami continuing to work on compliance

Compliance issues — a lack of monitoring certain areas well enough at times — were part of Miami's mess over the past few years. And even though NCAA Case No. M362 is now essentially over, with a small number of scholarship losses for football and men's basketball as the most significant penalties left to address, the Hurricanes want to ensure this saga never repeats itself.

After 2006 NLCS-ending strikeout, Wainwright, Beltran try to win together

Although Adam Wainwright famously struck out Carlos Beltran to punch the Cardinals' ticket to the 2006 World Series, the two will now try to win a championship together as teammates in St. Louis.

Columnist Tim Dahlberg: Party time again at University of Miami

Miami's three-year dance with the NCAA is over, all for a couple of paltry scholarships, the final payment for a decade of allowing the football and basketball programs to run amok.

Cardinals, Red Sox set to renew October rivalry

Boston was listed as a slim favorite over St. Louis in the matchup between teams that tied for the big league lead in wins. The clubs haven't met in the regular season since 2008, and Red Sox speedster Jacoby Ellsbury was looking forward to this pairing that some are billing as the Beards vs. the Birds.

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