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Arizona’s Miller gets boost from Char Valley grad’s play

By John Harris
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Arizona coach Sean Miller welcomes the lofty expectations and resulting pressure his team faces as a favorite to advance to the Final Four and win the school’s first national championship since 1997. “There are high expectations in our ...

College football notebook: Southern Cal CB Shaw to make season debut against rival UCLA

By Wire Reports
• Cornerback Josh Shaw will play for Southern Cal in its rivalry showdown against UCLA, although his role hasn’t been determined. USC coach Steve Sarkisian confirms Shaw will make his season debut Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.Shaw served a ...

Snow traps Niagara University women’s hoops team on bus for 26 hours

By Megan Harris
When the bus doors slid open 20 hours in, Pittsburgh natives Val McQuade and Gabby Baldasare scooped snow into green water bottles and waited for ...

Harris: No place like home for Kansas coach

By John Harris
Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen grew up in Lawrence and played defensive back for the Jayhawks. In 1993, he led Kansas with 114 tackles. His ...

College Football Extra: No. 1 Mississippi State tries to take down No. 4 Alabama

By John Harris
In 1941, Mississippi State defeated Alabama, 14-0, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., en route to winning the school’s only SEC championship. The Bulldogs received another opportunity five ...

Harris: Pitt, Penn State among those searching for win No. 6

By John Harris
The College Football playoffs aren’t for everyone. For five programs representing three Power 5 conferences, just making it to a bowl game will mean a ...

Harris: Buckeyes, Spartans see each other as obstacles, not necessarily rivals

By John Harris
Michigan State defeated Ohio State in last year’s Big Ten championship game, ending the Buckeyes’ 24-game winning streak. This year, the teams won’t meet for ...

Harris: Unheralded Florida player becomes folk hero

By John Harris
Mike McNeely could have attended Harvard or Dartmouth. A Clearwater, Fla., native, he wanted to play football for the home-state Gators. After three years as a ...

College football notebook: Auburn Tigers move up to No. 3 in AP poll

By Wire Reports
Auburn moved up a spot to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll behind Mississippi State and Florida State ahead of a weekend stacked with Top 25 matchups. The Tigers hopped past Alabama after a 35-31 victory at ...

College football extra: Thundering Herd enjoying Holliday season

By John Harris
As the coach of one of only three undefeated FBS teams and one of two AP Top 25 teams not belonging to a Power 5 ...

Harris: Alabama finds passing lane thanks to Kiffin

By John Harris 9:24 p.m.
Don’t call Alabama’s passing attack Air Saban — not yet. For now, call it the Lane Kiffin Effect. Last year, Alabama, known first and foremost as ...

College football extra: No. 10 Horned Frogs make leap forward

By John Harris
When coach Gary Patterson missed playing in a bowl game for the first time at TCU, he checked his ego at the door and shocked ...

Harris: Strong finishes for Seminoles, Winston nothing new

By John Harris
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher described his team’s second half comeback against Notre Dame as business as usual. Trailing 17-10 at intermission, the Seminoles rallied ...

With potential trouble swirling, Winston-led FSU readies for No. 5 Irish

By John Harris
When defending national champion and No. 2 Florida State hosts No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday night for their eighth meeting, it will mark the most significant matchup between the programs since the second-ranked Irish clipped the top-ranked Seminoles, 31-24, ...

Harris: Coker proud of work at Texas-San Antonio

By John Harris 6:31 p.m.
You may recall the name Larry Coker. A two-time national coach of the year, Coker ranked among the nation’s elite coaches at Miami. He posted ...

Peters native Riske beats Bencic for 1st WTA title at Tianjin

By The Associated Press
TIANJIN, China — Peters native Alison Riske held on to defeat Belinda Bencic, 6-3, 6-4, in the final of the Tianjin Open on Sunday for ...