T25 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Season gets rolling
UNDATED (AP) — The defending national champs help kick off the first full weekend of college football action.
Top-ranked Florida State and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis (JAY’-mihs) Winston are in action against Oklahoma State in Arlington, Texas. Besides Winston, the Seminoles return 14 other starters from last season’s title team. Oklahoma State is unranked but returns 10 starters from last year’s team that was in the championship conversation before two late-season losses.
Second-ranked Alabama also opens the season at a neutral site, taking on West Virginia in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide enter the season with their starting quarterback situation undecided. Jake Coker and Blake Sims have been running neck-and-neck to be the replacement to the departed AJ McCarron.
Heisman Trophy hopeful Marcus Mariota (mehr-ee-OH’-tah) leads the high-velocity Oregon offense heading into the Ducks’ season opener against South Dakota. He threw for 3,665 yards and 31 touchdowns with only four interceptions last season when the Ducks went 11-2. Oregon heads into the season ranked No. 3.
Fourth-ranked Oklahoma has a date with Louisiana Tech to open the season. Quarterback Trevor Knight will be at the controls again for the Sooners, who ended last season with a win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Fifth-ranked Ohio State goes with redshirt freshman J.T. Barnett for its opener against Navy. He hasn’t played in a game since sustaining a season-ending leg injury early in his senior year in high school. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds begins his third season. He set an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback last season with 31.
There are 17 games involving 19 ranked teams on the schedule.
Top seed among those in action
NEW YORK (AP) — Top seed Serena Williams looks to run her U.S. Open winning streak to 17 straight matches as part of the Saturday schedule. The two-time defending champ takes on fellow American Varvara Lepchenko. Williams is coming off a 6-1, 6-love thrashing of another young American, Vania (vuh-NEE’-uh) King, in third-round play.
Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) meets up with Sam Querrey, one of just two American men left in the field. The other is 13th-seeded John Isner (IHZ’-nur). He gets another shot against German Phillip Kohlschreiber. It’s the third year in a row the two have met in the third round, with Kohlschreiber winning the two previous matches.
Scherzer looks for 16
UNDATED (AP) — Max Scherzer takes a shot at becoming the American League’s first 16-game winner when he pitches the first of two for Detroit against the White Sox today. The 15-4 Scherzer is 4-0 with a 0.96 ERA against the White Sox this season. The White Sox go with Chris Sale in the opener of the day-night doubleheader. He’s 10-3 but has eight no-decisions this season. Sale is winless in his last four starts.
Zach Greinke (GREHN’-kee) takes a 13-8 mark and 2.79 ERA into his start for the Dodgers at San Diego.
Alfredo Simon (SY’-muhn) hopes he’s on the right track after posting his first win of the second half in his last start. He’s 13-8 for the Reds heading into his assignment today at Pittsburgh.
The Cubs and Cardinals are set for a twin-bill in St. Louis. Tsuyoshi Wada takes a four-game winning streak into his start for Chicago in the opener. He’s got a 1.50 ERA in his last three starts.
There are 17 games on the major league schedule today and tonight.
GOLF-DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
Palmer tops the field
NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Ryan Palmer is the leader heading into the second round of the Deutsche (DOY’-cheh) Bank Championship. He not only is jockeying for position in the FedEx Cup playoff standings but Palmer is also trying to make a play to be a captain’s pick on the Ryder Cup team. Palmer has a two-shot edge over Keegan Bradley, who is also anxious to impress U.S. captain Tom Watson. Watson will select the final three players on the U.S. squad Tuesday.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-SHAW CHARITY CLASSIC
Two tied for the lead
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Tom Pernice (pur-NEES’) Jr. and Bart Bryant share the lead heading into the second round of the Champions Tour’s Shaw Charity Classic. David Frost enters play just a shot back.
Kim looks to end drought
PORTLAND, Ore (AP) — I.K. Kim is in position to claim her fourth LPGA Tour title and first in four years. The South Korean takes a three-shot lead into the third round of the Portland Classic. Tied for second are Laura Diaz, Carlota Ciganda and Mi Jung Hur.
Power has some work to do
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Helio Castroneves (EHL’-ee-oh kas-troh-NEH’-vehz) may just be able to steal the IndyCar title from teammate Will Power in tonight’s season finale at Fontana. Castroneves starts from the pole while Power is in the last row after a disappointing qualifying effort. The Penske Racing teammates are chasing their first season title. Power heads into the race with a 51-point lead over Castroneves.
U.S. opens play
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — The United States opens up World Cup play against an under-matched, but enthusiastically supported Finnish team. U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF’-skee) has seen his squad of NBA stars depleted by withdrawals and injuries. But the Americans are expected to win. Meanwhile, Finland’s wildcard entry into the tournament has resulted in supporters chartering 40 planes. The fans are expected to fill nearly half of the 16-thousand-seat arena.