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ACC wide open after league’s disappointing opening week

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer The Atlantic Coast Conference crown seems up for grabs after the league's disappointing opening week performance. Its three preseason ranked teams all lost as the league went 7-7, a dent to a conference eager to show that it's more than just Clemson at the ...

Djokovic extends bid for The Grand Slam

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For 1 1/2 sets, including one particularly compelling and competitive 24-point game, Novak Djokovic's fourth-round opponent at the U.S. Open — Jenson Brooksby, the last American left in singles — gave him fits amid a raucous atmosphere ...

Jeter, Walker and Simmons to be inducted into HOF

By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Derek Jeter visited Cooperstown when he was a kid nearly four decades ago and says he doesn't remember much about the trip. He's returning this week and likely won't ever forget even one moment. After a delay of well over a year, the ...

With Kiffin back home, Ole Miss romps past Louisville 43-24

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — From more than 300 miles away, Lane Kiffin liked what he saw. Matt Corral threw for 381 yards and accounted for two touchdowns, Snoop Conner ran for a pair of scores and Mississippi romped to a 43-24 victory over Louisville on Monday night ...

No. 9 Irish have plenty of work and short week for Toledo

By JOHN FINERAN Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Coach Brian Kelly knows his No. 9 Fighting Irish need to improve in several areas. A difficult season opener on the road was all the proof he needed. Notre Dame blew an 18-point lead at Florida State on Sunday night before regrouping ...

Jonnu Smith, Henry ready to help QB Jones in opener for Pats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — One thing that was apparent watching the Patriots offense last season was the lack of dependable pass catching options quarterback Cam Newton had at his disposal. It was a point of emphasis in the offseason, one that coach Bill Belichick sought to improve with the ...

AP source: Pats cut Newton, clearing way for Jones to start

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Mac Jones era in New England has begun. The Patriots released Cam Newton on Tuesday, clearing the way for the rookie to open the season as New England's quarterback, according to a person with knowledge of the move. The person ...

Rams, 49ers seek QBs to match Seahawks’ Wilson in NFC West

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With trips to the Super Bowl still in their recent memories, the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers made the decision this offseason that they needed more dynamic quarterback play to remain contenders in the long ...

South Carolina names former grad assistant its starting QB

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One-time South Carolina graduate assistant Zeb Noland will be the Gamecocks' starting quarterback when they open the season against Eastern Illinois this week. Noland was listed first on South Carolina's depth chart released Tuesday. ...

Tailgaters cautiously optimistic but wary as season starts

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer This usually is the time of year that Mississippi alumnus Sid Seal is putting the final plans in place for the pregame tailgate parties he has organized for the last two decades. Ole Miss bills itself as the school that offers "the most iconic tailgating in ...