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Last Update on October 25, 2014 05:35 GMT


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 15:25 GMT


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals try for their third straight win in the World Series as they hope to build on last night's 3-2 victory and take a 3-1 lead over San Francisco when the two teams tangle tonight in Game 4 at AT&T Park.

The weather forecast is iffy. The National Weather Service is calling for a 60 percent chance of showers by game time, but that chance is diminishing through the evening.

It's Ryan Vogelsong on the mound for the Giants against Jason Vargas, who was 11-10 in the regular season for the Royals.


UNDATED (AP) -- 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-25 matchups today:

-- Top-ranked Mississippi State takes its 6-0 record into Lexington to play 5-2 Kentucky. Two teams initially picked to finish low in their divisions instead enter as solid contenders. West-leading MSU comes off a bye with its first-ever top ranking and begins a favorable three-game stretch. Kentucky is coming off a 41-3 loss to LSU.

-- 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 -- both unbeaten -- in the SEC West.

-- Fifth-ranked Auburn hosts 4-3 South Carolina. 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

-- Michigan is a huge underdog at eighth-ranked Michigan State tonight. Aside from the usual bragging rights, the Spartans are hoping to continue their march toward a potential spot in the college football playoff. Michigan has lost five of six in this series, but would love to play spoiler.

-- Texas Tech is at 10th-ranked TCU. The Horned Frogs are trying to keep pace with a bevy of one-loss teams that are waiting for next week's debut of the rankings from the College Football Playoff selection committee. The Red Raiders are trying to improve to 3-0 against TCU in their last three meetings.

-- The 11th-ranked and once-beaten Kansas State Wildcats are trying to build on a victory over No. 17 Oklahoma while impressing voters in the new College Football Playoff when they host Texas. The Longhorns snapped a two-game skid by beating Iowa State last weekend, but they're still in search of a signature victory under first-year coach Charlie Strong.

-- No. 13 Ohio State is at Penn State tonight. The Buckeyes have won four in a row by an average score of 56-17. They can't afford a slip with two weeks left to their big showdown against No. 8 Michigan State. The Nittany Lions, after a 4-0 start, have dropped two in a row. They are bowl eligible for the first time since 2011 after NCAA sanctions were lifted.

-- In a late game, 14th-ranked Arizona State travels to Seattle to play Washington tonight. Arizona State controls everything going forward in the Pac-12 South. The Sun Devils have already beaten USC. They still have games remaining with fellow South contenders Utah and rival Arizona. But the Sun Devils can't afford any slip ups against the Pac-12 North teams they will face, beginning with Washington.

-- 15th-ranked Arizona is at Washington State. Arizona can become eligible for a bowl game and seek to keep pace with other leading teams in the Pac-12 South. Washington State must win four of its remaining five games to become bowl eligible, and a loss at home would hurt those hopes.

-- Rutgers, which was blistered by Ohio State last week, doesn't have it any easier. The Scarlet Knights travel to play at 16th-ranked Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are in the middle of the softest part of its schedule and can't afford a slip-up before finishing with West Division games against Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

-- Twentieth-ranked USC is making just its second trek to Salt Lake City to face 19th-ranked Utah since 1917 in a showdown between two top-20 teams contending for the Pac-12 South Division title. USC QB Cody Kessler is coming off a game against Colorado in which he threw a school-record seven TD passes.

-- Syracuse, at 3-4 trying desperately to keep its bowl hopes alive, travels to Death Valley to play 21st-ranked Clemson. Clemson is seeking its fifth straight victory after starting the year 1-2 for the first time in 10 years. A win also qualifies the Tigers for a bowl game.

-- Number-22 West Virginia is at Oklahoma State is a battle of 5-2 teams. The winner remains within a game of Big 12 leader Kansas State, and both teams have yet to play the Wildcats. Oklahoma State is coming off a blowout loss to TCU.

-- In another Mountain State game, the undefeated 23rd-ranked Marshall Thundering Herd host Florida Atlantic. Marshall will try to go to 8-0 and remain alone in first place in Conference USA's East Division against a Florida Atlantic team coming off an emotional comeback win at home over Western Kentucky.

-- And rounding out the Top-25 football action today, the 25th-ranked UCLA Bruins travel to Boulder to play Colorado.


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.

That's one of 11 NHL games on the Saturday schedule. The action starts this afternoon (4 p.m. Eastern) when the San Jose Sharks host last-place Buffalo. The Sharks are coming off a last-minute 5-4 loss to Columbus Thursday night.

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.


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.


HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) -- American Jessica Korda rebounded from an opening double bogey for a share of the lead Saturday in the Blue Bay LPGA.

Korda made seven birdies in a 14-hole stretch -- the last three on Nos. 14-16 -- and shot a 5-under 67 to match South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace at 11-under 133. Pace had a 66.

Rain washed out play Friday and forced officials to cut the event from 72 to 54 holes.

Korda, the first-round leader Thursday after a 66, has two LPGA Tour victories this year. Pace, winless on the LPGA Tour, is coming off a playoff victory last week in the South African Women's Open.

South Korea's Chella Choi was 10 under after a 66.

Americans Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang and China's Shanshan Feng were 9 under.


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