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  • VIDEO: Meyer Returns As Ohio State Coach

    Urban Meyer was introduced Monday afternoon as the new football coach at Ohio State. Meyer, who resigned as Florida's coach after last season citing health concerns, says he's feeling great.

  • College FB: How the AP Top 25 Fared--see VIDEO

    No. 1 LSU (12-0) beat No. 3 Arkansas 41-17, Friday. Next: vs. No. 13 Georgia, SEC championship, Saturday.

    No. 2 Alabama (11-1) beat Auburn 42-14. Next: TBD.

    No. 3 Arkansas (10-2) lost to No. 1 LSU 41-17, Friday. Next: TBD.

    No. 4 Stanford (11-1) beat No. 22 Notre Dame 28-14. Next: TBD.

    No. 5 Oklahoma State (10-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 12 Oklahoma, Saturday.

    No. 6 Virginia Tech (11-1) beat No. 24 Virginia 38-0. Next: vs. No. 18 Clemson, ACC championship, Saturday.

    No. 7 Boise State (10-1) beat Wyoming 36-14. Next: vs. New Mexico, Saturday.

    No. 8 Houston (12-0) beat Tulsa 48-16, Friday. Next: vs. Southern Miss, CUSA championship, Saturday.

  • NBA owners, players reach tentative deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Commissioner David Stern accepted some congratulations, headed for another short night of sleep, then planned to brief his owners on a deal that could change the way they do business.
    Players, looking beat and beaten, face a tougher healing process in approving an agreement that significantly limits their earnings.
    After a 149-day lockout, owners and players reached a tentative new labor deal early Saturday, one they expect will be ratified in time to start the season with a Dec. 25 tripleheader.

  • NBA owners, players reach tentative deal--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — After nearly two years of bickering, NBA players and owners are back on the same side.

    "We want to play basketball," Commissioner David Stern said.

    Come Christmas Day, they should be.

    The sides reached a tentative agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season with a marquee tripleheader Dec. 25. Most of a season that seemed in jeopardy of being lost entirely will be salvaged if both sides approve the handshake deal.

    Barring a change in scheduling, the 2011-12 season will open with the Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, followed by Miami at Dallas in an NBA finals rematch before MVP Derrick Rose and Chicago visiting Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

  • John wins in battle of brothers

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Harbaugh brothers met in the middle of the field, hugged, expressed their love for each other and headed off in opposite directions.
    After their much-anticipated, oft-analyzed and historic confrontation was over, John and Jim Harbaugh expressed gratitude over having the opportunity to face each other on Thanksgiving.
    John was just little bit happier, of course, because his Baltimore Ravens beat Jim’s San Francisco 49ers 16-6 Thursday night.

  • Denver puts Orton on waiver wire

    Kyle Orton has gone from Jay Cutler’s replacement to Tim Tebow’s backup to the unemployment line.
    The Broncos released the 29-year-old veteran quarterback Tuesday, six
    weeks after benching him following a 1-4 start.
    “I spoke with Kyle and thanked him for everything he did for the Broncos. He was a true professional throughout this season. I’ve got a great deal of respect for him as both a player and as a person,’’ coach John Fox said in a statement. “This was the right decision for our football team. We feel good about our quarterback group, and this gives Kyle an opportunity to help another team and showcase his talents.’’
    Orton shouldn’t stay unemployed for long.

  • Romo's Turkey day could be feast, famine

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — The first time Tony Romo started a Thanksgiving game for the Dallas Cowboys “Romo-mania” was so frenzied that a group of fans strung together the letters in his name and hung it alongside the Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium.
    Security guards made the fans take it down before kickoff, which sure looked foolish considering what Romo did next: five touchdown passes, tying a club record, all in just the first three quarters. Club owner Jerry Jones was so giddy afterward that he joked about firing those security guards.
    Five years later, Romo has yet to live up to the hope and hype of those heady days. But another wave of “Romo-mania” may not be far away.

  • Verlander picks up AL MVP this season

    NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander figured time had run out on his chance to become the first starting pitcher in a quarter-century to be voted Most Valuable Player.
    Last Tuesday, he found out about 12:40 p.m. that he was a unanimous winner of the AL Cy Young Award.
    It was closing in on 1 p.m. Monday, and he still hadn’t gotten word on the MVP.
    “I had told myself that it wasn’t going to happen,” he said. “I figured somebody else got the call.”
    Not to worry, there was just a slight delay because Verlander didn’t give the Baseball Writers’ Association of America his telephone number, forcing the BBWAA to relay the news through Brian Britten, the Detroit Tigers’ director of media relations.

  • The AP Top 25 College Football Scores

    No. 1 LSU (11-0) beat Mississippi 52-3. Next: vs. No. 6 Arkansas, Friday, Nov. 25.

    No. 2 Oklahoma State (10-1) lost to Iowa State 37-31, 2OT, Friday. Next: vs. No. 5 Oklahoma, Saturday, Dec. 3.

    No. 3 Alabama (10-1) beat Georgia Southern 45-21. Next: at Auburn, Saturday.

    No. 4 Oregon (9-2) lost to No. 18 Southern Cal 38-35. Next: vs. Oregon State, Saturday.

    No. 5 Oklahoma (8-2) lost to No. 25 Baylor 45-38. Next: vs. Iowa State, Saturday.

    No. 6 Arkansas (10-1) beat Mississippi State 44-17. Next: at No. 1 LSU, Friday, Nov. 25.

    No. 7 Clemson (9-2) lost to NC State 37-13. Next: at No. 14 South Carolina, Saturday.

  • Okla. St. women's coaches die in Ark. plane crash--video extra

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were killed when the single-engine plane they were riding in during a recruiting trip crashed near a wildlife management area in central Arkansas.

    The university said the pair died in the crash Thursday night near Perryville, about 45 miles west of Little Rock. The Winona Wildlife Management Area is in steep terrain in the eastern Ouachita Mountains. A cause of the crash was not announced.

    In January 2001, 10 men affiliated with the university's men's basketball team died in a Colorado plane crash.