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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.

National Sports News

Last Update on October 09, 2015 04:44 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays finished with the American League's best records during the regular season, but they find themselves trailing in the division series after dropping their openers.

In Kansas City, Collin McHugh worked six innings and the Houston Astros hit a pair of solo homers in a 5-2 triumph over the Royals. McHugh gave up two runs and four hits in six innings before four relievers combined to blank the Royals the rest of the way. Oliver Perez entered the game in the eighth with the potential tying run at the plate before getting Eric Hosmer to hit a foul popup for the final out.

The Astros took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI grounders by Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis. Rasmus and George Spring added solo shots after Kendrys (KEHN'-drees) Morales homered twice to get the Royals within 3-2.

Jose Altuve was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Astros, who face the Royals in Game 2 on Friday.

Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) will try to even the series for Kansas City. The Astros will counter with Scott Kazmir.

Robinson Chirinos (chih-REE'-nohs) and Rougned Odor (oh-DOOR') homered off David Price as the Rangers downed the Blue Jays 5-3. Chirinos put Texas ahead 4-1 with a two-run shot in the fifth inning, but the Blue Jays got within 4-3 before Odor went deep to complete the scoring.

Price lasted seven innings but was reached for five runs, five hits and two walks while pitching on 11 day's rest.

Yovani Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee gy-YAHR'-doh) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings to improve to 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in four career starts against Toronto. Keone Kela (kee-OH'-nee KEH'-luh), Jake Diekman (DEEK'-man) and Sam Dyson finished, with Dyson getting a save.

Neither team had its starting third baseman on the field by the end of the game. The Rangers had to take out Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) in the third with a sore lower back, two innings before Toronto's Josh Donaldson came out. Donaldson was kneed in the head while sliding in an attempt to break up a double play.

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista had to leave the game after the eighth inning due to hamstring tightness.

Game 2 is Friday afternoon in Toronto, where Marcus Stroman will pitch for the Blue Jays against Rangers ace Cole Hamels. The Rangers have won Hamels' last 10 starts, scoring at least four runs each time.

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


HOUSTON (AP) -- Wide receiver Andre Johnson returned to Houston on Thursday and haunted his ex-teammates by helping the Indianapolis Colts extend their intradivision winning streak.

Johnson caught two touchdown passes from Matt Hasselbeck, including a two-yard grab in the fourth quarter to help the Colts beat the Texans 27-20. Johnson finished with six receptions for 77 yards as Indianapolis ran its AFC South winning streak to an NFL-record 16 games.

Johnson was cut by the Texans in March after 12 seasons with the team.

The 40-year-old Hasselbeck completed 18 of his 29 passes for 213 yards and no interceptions in his second consecutive start in place of Andrew Luck, who sat out with a shoulder injury.

The Colts have won three straight since an 0-2 start.

DeAndre Hopkins had 11 receptions for 169 yards for the 1-4 Texans.


DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle has been fired by new interim coach Dan Campbell and replaced by defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo. 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.


UNDATED (AP) -- A new era began in the NHL tonight with the debuts of Edmonton's Connor McDavid and Buffalo's Jack Eichel (EYE'-kul), the first and second players taken in this year's draft. Neither player could rally his team to victory.

In Buffalo, Eichel was named the game's second star after scoring the Sabres' lone goal in the third period of a 3-1 loss to Ottawa. Eichel's power-play tally came after Kyle Turris (TOOR'-ihs) tallied in each of the first two periods to put the Senators ahead 2-0. Curtis Lazar added an empty-netter for the Senators.

McDavid played 18 minutes but was held scoreless while taking two shots in the Oilers' 3-1 loss at St. Louis. Brian Elliott stopped 23 shots and blanked Edmonton after Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored on a power play late in the first period. Robby Fabbri snapped a 1-1 tie midway through the third period by beating Cam Talbot, who allowed two goals on 30 shots in his Oilers debut.

In other NHL finals:

-- Minnesota trailed 4-1 before scoring four times in a 5:07 span of the third period to beat Colorado 5-4. Zach Parise (pah-REE'-say) completed a hat trick by scoring the tiebreaking goal on a power play with 9:46 left, 56 seconds after Thomas Vanek tied it.

-- Seth Jones assisted on first-period goals by Craig Smith and Viktor Arvidsson to help Nashville nip Carolina 2-1. Pekka Rinne (PEH'-kuh REE'-nay) stopped 25 shots and blanked the Hurricanes until Eric Staal made it 2-1 with 1:40 left.

-- Antti Niemi (AN'-tee nee-EH'-mee) handled 35 shots and also had two assists in the Stars' 3-0 shutout of the Penguins in Dallas. Ales Hemsky (AL'-ehsh HEHM'-skee) provided a power-play goal and an assist, while reigning NHL scoring champ Jamie Benn scored with the man advantage in the third period.

-- Alexander Burmistrov and Drew Stafford each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg ripped the Bruins, 6-2 in Boston. David Krejci (KRAY'-chee) and David Pastrnak scored for the Bruins, who pulled within 3-2 early in the third period before Chris Thorburn and Nicolas Petan beat Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask 4:34 apart.

-- Tampa Bay rallied to beat Philadelphia 3-2 on Jason Garrison's goal at 2:17 of overtime. The Flyers led 2-1 until Ryan Callahan scored a power-play goal with 1:38 left in regulation and Garrison followed with his second goal of the night.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern Cal is off to a 1-2 start in Pac 12 play after many considered the Trojans as favorites to win the conference.

Unranked Washington shut down quarterback Cody Kessler in a 17-12 triumph over the 17th-ranked Trojans in Los Angeles. Kessler had two interceptions while passing for just 156 yards and no touchdowns. He couldn't get USC into the end zone until Ronald Jones II's short run with 12:02 to play.

Myles Gaskin ran for 134 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to help the Huskies beat their former head coach, Steve Sarkisian.

Both teams are 3-2 overall.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland football coach Randy Edsall has received what amounts to a three-day vote of confidence.

The school issued a statement saying Edsall will coach the Terrapins at top-ranked Ohio State on Saturday. The statement comes amid reports that he will be fired.

Edsall is 22-33 in four-plus seasons at Maryland, including a 2-3 mark this season.


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