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Last Update on October 08, 2015 05:36 GMT


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The NCAA has talked with Ohio State freshman JaQuan Lyle, whose recruitment by Louisville is mentioned in a book by an escort alleging that strippers danced and had sex with Cardinals players and prospects.

OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg confirmed via email that Lyle met Tuesday with the NCAA, as first reported Wednesday by Yahoo Sports. The email did not mention Louisville, but noted there were no issues at Ohio State.

Former Cardinals forward Chane Behanan didn't have must to say Wednesday about allegations in Katina Powell's book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," that he participated in shows paid for by former basketball staffer Andre McGee.

Behanan says, "all I know is what I've heard" in the book, in which he is pictured with Powell.


WHITEHOUSE, Texas (AP) -- Fire officials say a blaze that destroyed an East Texas home belonging to the grandfather of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel appears to be suspicious.

Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks says crews were called early Wednesday morning to the fire at a house near Lake Tyler that's owned by Paul Manziel, Johnny Manziel's grandfather.

Brooks says no one was at the house at the time. He says no one had been there for the past two days.

He says evidence indicates foul pay may have been involved. Brooks says -- in his words -- "We have recovered evidence that points to suspicion."

He says the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Explosives is joining the investigation, assisted by an accelerant-sniffing dog.


OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- The absence of two veteran receivers and his go-to tight end won't change a thing for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

Facing the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in an important AFC North matchup, the Ravens (1-3) will be without leading receiver Steve Smith and speedy Michael Campanaro, both of whom were injured last Thursday night in a win over the Steelers.

Tight end Crockett Gilmore, who has 10 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, missed practice Wednesday with a strained calf.

That leaves Flacco with less-heralded wide receivers Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown and Chris Givens. The primary tight ends are rookies Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle.

Flacco says, "It's my job to see whoever the guy is that's open and give him a chance to make the catch."


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine called the criticism directed at Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden for not playing in Sunday's game because of a broken finger "unwarranted."

Pettine said he spoke with Haden, who tested his finger during pregame warmups before choosing not to play. Pettine said he's partially responsible for the condemnation toward Haden because he didn't do an adequate job explaining why his top defensive player decided to sit out Cleveland's 30-27 loss.

Pettine said he misspoke and that Haden "wanted to be out there, he wanted to play," but felt he wasn't 100 percent and would have put the team at risk. Pettine called Haden "one of the faces of our franchise."

The Browns have provided a written explanation to the NFL, which is investigating why Haden didn't play after being listed as "probable" on the injury report.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have shaken up their special teams by signing veteran kicker Billy Cundiff and releasing kickoff specialist Jordan Gay.

The Bills also released returner Marcus Thigpen and signed receiver Denarius Moore on Wednesday.

Cundiff replaces Gay on kickoff duties, and his arrival poses a threat to veteran kicker Dan Carpenter. Carpenter has been erratic since the start of the preseason while nursing assorted injuries.

He has missed two of seven field-goal attempts, including a 30-yarder in a 24-10 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. Carpenter has also missed an extra point.

Cundiff is a 12-year NFL veteran who spent the past two seasons in Cleveland. He was cut by the Browns after missing seven of 29 field-goal attempts, including three from within 39 yards.

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Last Update on October 08, 2015 22:50 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Texas Rangers used the long ball to take the opener in the American League Division Series.

Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer against David Price, Rougned Odor (oh-DOOR') had a solo shot and the Texas Rangers beat the Blue Jays 5-3 as postseason baseball returned to Toronto for the first time in 22 years.

Both starting third baseman left with injuries: Texas' Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) in the third with a sore lower back and Toronto's Josh Donaldson in the fifth after he was kneed in the head while sliding in an attempt to break up a double play.

Yovani Gallardo (gy-YAHR'-doh) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, improving to 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in four career starts against Toronto. Keone Kela, Jake Diekman and Sam Dyson finished, with Dyson getting a save.

Pitching on 11 days' rest, Price was touched for five runs and five hits in seven innings. He dropped to 1-6 with a 4.79 ERA in 11 postseason games, including six starts.

With an eye on the third game of the series in Arlington, Texas, the Rangers have announced that left-hander Martin Perez will be the starter. The Rangers have not selected a starter for Game 4. Cole Hamels is the Game 2 starter.

In Kansas City, the Central Division champion Royals are entertaining the wild card-winning Astros. Houston advanced with that 3-0 wild card game win Tuesday night over the Yankees in New York. The pitching matchup for the opening game of the best-of-five series has 19-game winner Collin McHugh toeing the rubber for the Astros against Yordano Ventura, who was 13-8.

Play in the National League Divisional series playoffs begins tomorrow with the Cardinals entertaining the Cubs, and the Dodgers, the Mets.

In news from the Cardinals' camp, All-Star catcher Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-ay moh-LEE'-nah) is on the St. Louis roster for the NL division series against the Cubs. He'll be able to play wearing a splint to protect a strained ligament in his left thumb.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When the L.A. Dodgers take on the New York Mets in Game 1 of their NL Division Series tomorrow, a very familiar voice will be missing from Dodger Stadium

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully won't be calling any games in the baseball playoffs after undergoing a medical procedure.

The Dodgers said Scully was resting comfortably after a recommended procedure earlier in the day. The team didn't specify what the procedure was.

Doctors advised Scully to skip the playoffs in order to rest up. Scully, who turns 88 in November, said in August he expects next season will be his last in the booth. His 66 years with the Dodgers are a broadcasting record for the same big league franchise.


HOUSTON (AP) -- The big pre-game question surrounding tonight's NFL game between the Colts and Texans is will Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck be able to play? He missed his first start as a pro last week with an injured right shoulder and wasn't able to do much earlier in the week as the team got ready for the trip to Houston. Luck said on Tuesday that he expected to be able to play tonight. If he can't go, 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck probably would, but he's been sick this week.

The Colts have dominated the AFC South with nine division titles since 2002 and a 15-game winning streak against division foes. The streak actually began with a Colts victory over Houston in the 2012 season finale

The Texans benched quarterback Brian Hoyer in favor of Ryan Mallett after Week 1, but Mallett was back on the bench late in Houston's blowout loss to Atlanta on Sunday. Despite his struggles, Mallett will start this evening's game.


DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle has been fired by new interim coach Dan Campbell. Defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo was promoted to replace Coyle. The moves came after the Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin on Monday and promoted tight ends coach Campbell.

Coyle was widely criticized for the decline of the defense since he joined the Dolphins in 2012. They gave up 317 points that season, followed by 335 and 373, and after four games they're on pace to allow 404 this season.


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) -- Former Green Bay Packers' coach Lindy Infante (ihn-FAHN'-tay) has died in Florida at age 75. His wife told The Associated Press that he passed away Thursday in St. Augustine after a lengthy illness.

Infante coached the Packers from 1988 to 1991, winning Coach of the Year honors in 1989 after leading the Packers to a 10-6 record.

He was hired by the Indianapolis Colts in 1996, leading the team to the playoffs in his first season. He was fired after the 1997 when the Colts fell to 3-13. His overall NFL record was 36-60. He also served as an offensive coordinate in the league.

Infante played college football at Florida from 1960 to 1962.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In college football this evening, 17th-ranked Southern Cal is home to Washington. The Trojans are 3-1 on the season while the visiting Huskies are 2-2. USC has dominated the series winning 51 games against 28 defeats and four ties.

The key matchup in the game features Washington cornerback Kevin King against USC quarterback Cody Kessler. King has three interceptions as a key contributor to the Huskies' solid defense, which is giving up only 321 yards per game. Kessler is in the midst of his second straight outstanding season with 15 TD passes and one interception.


UNDATED (AP) -- Connor McDavid was the first pick in the 2015 NHL draft by the Edmonton Oilers. The 18-year old makes his professional debut this evening as the Oilers face off with the Blues in St. Louis. McDavid is a 6-foot-1 center who led the Ontario Hockey League in playoff scoring last season. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the OHL playoffs and set a franchise record for most points in a single playoff series.

The rest of tonight's card has Winnipeg playing the Bruins in Boston, Buffalo home to the Senators, the Flyers at Tampa Bay, Nashville home to the Hurricanes, Pittsburgh at Dallas, the Avalanche home to the Wild and Winnipeg playing in Boston. The Bruins will be without defenseman Zdeno Chara (zeh-DAY'-noh CHAH'-ruh) who will miss the game with an upper body injury. The 2009 Norris Trophy winner has been out since he sustained the injury in a Sept. 24 exhibition against the New York Rangers.


INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- The first day of the Presidents Cup, being contested in South Korea, has been completed and the U.S. leads the International team 4-1 after foursomes.

The International team was adamant that the number of matches be reduced, and it was from 34 to 30, to keep it a close contest. After one day, maybe having one less match on Thursday helped.

The Americans, who have lost the Presidents Cup only one time since it began in 1994 and are going for their sixth straight victory, had a lead after the opening session for the fifth straight time. The margin was their largest since a four-point lead in 2007 at Royal Montreal.


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