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Last Update on October 25, 2014 05:35 GMT

BLUE JACKETS-DUCKS

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Corey Perry and defenseman Sami Vatanen scored power-play goals in the first period, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Friday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

John Gibson, starting in net for the first time since losing 6-4 in his hometown of Pittsburgh on opening night, faced just 17 shots as the two-time defending Pacific Division champions improved to 7-1. Last season, the Ducks also won seven straight after a season-opening loss at Colorado.

Scott Hartnell had a power-play goal for the Blue Jackets and Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves.

Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf scored into an empty net with 2:27 remaining.

SOUTH FLORIDA-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Gunner Kiel threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score before hurting his ribs again, and Munchie Legaux took it from there Friday night, scoring a notable touchdown of his own while Cincinnati pulled away to a 34-17 victory over South Florida.

The Bearcats (4-3, 2-1 American Athletic) took advantage of the Bulls' many mistakes and got their second straight lopsided win. They also came away with more worries at quarterback.

Kiel has played the last five games with bruised ribs. He aggravated the injury on a scramble in the closing seconds of the first half, which finished with the Bearcats up 20-3.

The Bulls (3-5, 2-2) switched quarterbacks but couldn't pull off a second straight comeback. They had the biggest comeback in school history a week earlier, rallying from a 27-7 halftime deficit to a 38-30 win over Tulsa.

Legaux, who overcame a career-threatening knee injury early last season, had an emotional moment early in the fourth quarter. He ran 9 yards on his rebuilt left knee for his first touchdown since his comeback, slid on his knees at the back of the end zone and put his head on the ground, cradling the ball.

T25-OHIO ST-PENN ST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A Beaver Stadium crowd of more than 100,000 will be wearing the dominant color of Penn State's iconic yet plain helmets when the Nittany Lions host No. 13 Ohio State on white-out night.

The place will be really loud. And that's just the way Buckeyes defensive end Joey Bosa likes it.

Bosa, one of the best pass-rushers and play-disrupters in the nation, says he plays better when he's in foreign territory and challenged by a raucous, partisan stadium.

The Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) are hoping to end a two-game skid on Saturday night. The Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) might just be the hottest team at the college level right now, winning four in a row by an average score of 56-17.

BENGALS-GREEN

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals receiver A.J. Green is expected to miss a pivotal AFC North game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday because of an injured right big toe.

The Pro Bowl receiver was listed as doubtful on Friday. He's missed the last two games with the injury, suffered during a season-opening win in Baltimore. The Ravens (5-2) can take control of the division with a win over the defending champion Bengals (3-2-1) at Paul Brown Stadium.

Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict was listed as probable with a strained neck. He's missed two games because of concussions.

Cornerback Leon Hall also was probable. He had to leave a 27-0 loss to Indianapolis last Sunday with a back injury.

RAIDERS-INJURIES

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden could be activated from the physically unable to perform list in time for Sunday's game in Cleveland.

Hayden completed his second week of practice Friday but has yet to be fully cleared to play. The 12th overall pick in 2013, Hayden underwent foot surgery in the offseason -- his fourth operation since suffering a near-fatal heart injury in college.

Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano has been encouraged by Hayden's progress and noted the biggest hurdle the second-year cornerback needs to clear is conditioning.

The news isn't as encouraging for defensive end LaMarr Woodley and safety Usama Young. Both are expected to be placed on injured reserve before the winless Raiders play the Browns. Woodley has a biceps injury while Young is out due to a knee injury.

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Last Update on October 25, 2014 16:40 GMT

WORLD SERIES

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals try for their third straight win in the World Series tonight as they hope to build on last night's 3-2 victory. The win gave the American League champs a 2-1 series lead.

The weather forecast is iffy as the National Weather Service is calling for a 60 percent chance of showers by game time.

It's Ryan Vogelsong on the mound for the Giants against Jason Vargas for the Royals.

T25-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Mississippi State, the top team in The AP poll, is in Lexington, Kentucky, this afternoon for a game with the Wildcats. State began the day with a record of 6-0 while Kentucky is 5-2.

Third-ranked and undefeated Mississippi travels to Baton Rouge for a tough test tonight against 24th-ranked LSU. Ole Miss is firmly in the race for a Southeastern Conference title and a spot in the four-team college football playoff, but a stumble against the Tigers would at least dent the Rebels' hopes of accomplishing both. LSU maintains slim hopes of getting back into the SEC West race, knowing it'll have to win its last four league games -- and get some help -- in order to climb up the standings

In other Top-5 matchups today:

-- Fourth-ranked Alabama is at Tennessee tonight. Alabama likely must win this game to keep its hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff alive. A victory would help the Crimson Tide remain just behind No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 3 Mississippi in the SEC West.

-- Fifth-ranked Auburn hosts 4-3 South Carolina tonight. The Tigers are trying to rebound from a loss to No. 1 Mississippi State two weeks ago and might need to win out to have a shot at capturing the SEC West title and making the College Football Playoff. South Carolina is trying to snap a two-game SEC losing streak

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- At 7-1, the Montreal Canadiens are off to their best start since 1977. The Habs try to keep it going tonight when they host the New York Rangers at Bell Centre. The Rangers are 4-3.

The Boston Bruins, who will be without captain and defenseman Zdeno Chara (ZAY'-noh CHAH'-rah) for four to six weeks, visit Toronto tonight to play the Maple Leafs. Chara tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Thursday but will not need surgery.

Nashville, the last undefeated team at 5-0-2, is home against the 3-2-1 Pittsburgh Penguins.

Elsewhere the New Jersey Devils visit Ottawa, Dallas is at the New York Islanders, Detroit visits Philadelphia, Chicago is at St. Louis, Minnesota hosts Tampa Bay, Florida is at Arizona and the Washington Capitals are at Calgary.

In the lone day game the San Jose Sharks are home to the Buffalo Sabres.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-SAN ANTONIO

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- John Cook and Marco Dawson enter second-round play tied for the lead in the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship, the final full-field event of the season.

Scott Dunlap was a stroke back at TPC San Antonio. Jay Haas, Guy Boros, Bart Bryant, Gary Hallberg, Tom Lehman, Peter Senior, Wes Short Jr., and Kirk Triplett are two off the lead.

LPGA TOUR

HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) -- American Jessica Korda is the leader after two rounds of the rain-shortened LPGA event in China. She rebounded from an opening hole double bogey for a share of the lead with South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace. They stand 11-under-par.

American's Michelle Wie (wee) and Brittany Lang will star the last round at 9-under.

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