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Raphael Warnock is the first Black U.S. senator from Georgia, having broken the color barrier with a special election victory in January 2021. Now Warnock can add another distinction by winning a full six-year term in a Tuesday runoff. Standing in the way is another Black man, Republican challenger Herschel Walker. The two men have cut different paths and offer clearly opposing visions for the country, including on race and racism, despite their common upbringings in the wake of the civil rights movement and the guarantee of a historical first from their Senate matchup. Black voters in this Deep South state say the choice is stark.

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Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. says he will return to the school for his sixth and final season of eligibility in 2023. Penix announced his decision on social media and it was a surprising one at that. Penix was the national leader in passing this season, throwing for 4,354 yards and led Washington’s turnaround. The No. 12-ranked Huskies went 10-2 in the regular season, finished tied for second in the Pac-12 and will face No. 21 Texas in the Alamo Bowl.  Penix will have a chance at setting Washington’s single-season record for yards passing in the bowl game.

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Kobe Johnson scored 17 points shooting 7 for 10 and USC’s methodical second-half comeback led to a 63-62 win over Oregon State. Dzmitry Ryuny’s 3-pointer early in the second half gave the Beavers their last double-digit lead of the night at 37-27. The Trojans then started their persistent climb back when down 53-50 with less than three minutes to go, Johnson made a layup and a 3 in a 17-second stretch and USC held on. Dexter Akanno scored 17 points for Oregon State.

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Nikolaos Papanikolaou had seven goals, Roberto Valera gave California the lead with 41 seconds left and the Golden Bears scored five straight goals to stun Southern California 13-12 and win their second straight NCAA men’s water polo championship. Cal (23-2) beat the Trojans (20-7) by an identical score last season when Papanikolaou had a field block in the closing seconds to preserve the win. It was the Golden Bears record 16th championship and they improved to 7-1 against USC when playing for the title. USC led 12-8 when Massimo Di Martire scored 47 seconds into the final quarter. Valera started the Bears’ comeback when he scored with 5:02 left to play.

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Alabama and newly crowned Big 12 champion Kansas State will meet for the first time at the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Eve. The Crimson Tide are headed to the Sugar Bowl for the 17th time after narrowly missing out on the four-team College Football Playoff because of losses at Tennessee and LSU on the last play of each game. Kansas State is 10-3 after handing TCU its first loss of the season in overtime of the Big 12 title game in Dallas. The Sugar Bowl could be the final college game for Alabama quarterback and 2021 Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young. He's eligible for the 2023 NFL draft and could even be the top player selected.

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One-time Clemson starting defensive back Fred Davis II has decided to transfer. Davis announced on social media Sunday he would enter the transfer portal on Dec. 5. Davis had started the first four games this season. He missed the last six after injuring his ankle. Davis and teammate Malcolm Greene were sued by an accident victim last October after the two allegedly were seen racing on a roadway near Clemson. Davis' car hit a mail delivery truck driven by Karen Alvarez in July 21. Davis was arrested and charged with misdemeanor reckless driving.

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Southern California is going to the Cotton Bowl after missing its chance to get into the College Football Playoff. The Trojans will play American Athletic Conference champion Tulane on Jan. 2. USC quarterback Caleb Williams' status is uncertain because of what coach Lincoln Riley says is a significant hamstring injury. The Trojans lost the Pac-12 championship game when they were in line for a spot in the four-team playoff. They instead will play the highest-ranked Group of Five team. The Green Wave were 16th in the final CFP rankings, six spots behind USC. It is a matchup of 11-2 teams.

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Deion Sanders has brought the buzz back to Boulder. He was introduced Sunday as Colorado's new football coach. Sanders plans to coach Jackson State in the Celebration Bowl on Dec. 17 before turning his attention full-time to rebuilding a Buffaloes program that has only one winning full-length season since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. Sanders delivered promises and one-liners during an introductory news conference that doubled as a party for long-suffering Buffs fans whose team just finished a 1-11 season. He says his son, Shedeur Sanders, will be Colorado's new quarterback.

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Olivia Miles had 21 points and eight rebounds for No. 7 Notre Dame, and UConn star Azzi Fudd was injured in a collision with a teammate as the Fighting Irish handed the third-ranked Huskies their first loss of the season, 74-60. Fudd, who came in averaging 24.0 points per game, exited in the final minute of the first quarter following a collision with teammate Aaliyah Edwards. She returned midway through the second period to play four minutes, but sat the rest of the day, going scoreless on two shots over 13 minutes. Maddy Westbeld added a season-high 17 points and nine rebounds for Notre Dame. Lou Lopez Senechal led UConn with 21 points.

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The first meeting between Utah and Penn State will take place in the 109th edition of the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2. The seventh-ranked Utes are making their second consecutive appearance in the Granddaddy of Them All after their 47-24 victory over Southern California in the Pac-12 championship game. No. 9 Penn State is making the trip to Pasadena for the first time since the 2016 season after Big Ten champion Michigan and Ohio State were selected for the College Football Playoff.

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Cameron Brink had 14 points and a season-high 16 rebounds and Brooke Demetre made five 3s and scored 17 points, leading second-ranked Stanford past No. 23 Gonzaga 84-63. The Cardinal have now won five straight games after falling to top-ranked South Carolina in overtime on Nov. 20. Stanford is 10-1 overall. Hannah Jump hit four 3s and scored 14 points and Haley Jones had 12 points for Stanford. Short-handed Gonzaga, limited to seven players because of illness and injuries, had won three in a row. Kaylynne Truong scored a career-high 22 points for the Zags, who are 7-2.

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Georgia will be heading back to its home away from home for the College Football Playoff. The No. 1 Bulldogs received the top seed from the selection committee, earning a spot to in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Eve. The reigning national champions will be in a familiar spot for their semifinal game against No. 4 Ohio State. Georgia will be making its third appearance of the season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Bulldogs opened with a 49-3 demolition of Oregon. On Saturday, they claimed their first Southeastern Conference title since 2017 with a 50-30 rout of LSU.

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Georgia, Michigan, TCU and Ohio State have made the College Football Playoff, giving the Big Ten multiple programs in the four-team field for the first time. The defending national champion and top-ranked Bulldogs and fourth-seeded Buckeyes will meet Dec. 31 at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. The second-seeded Wolverines and third-ranked Horned Frogs will play at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, the same day. The national championship game is scheduled for Jan. 9 at Sofi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Georgia and Michigan have both opened as the favorites to win their semifinals and reach the title game.

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Liberty has hired Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell to replace Hugh Freeze as the Flames’ football coach. Chadwell was introduced during a news conference Sunday on the Lynchburg, Virginia, campus. Freeze left Liberty after four years to accept the same position at Auburn. Chadwell is an innovative offensive mind and has guided the Chanticleers to a 31-6 record the last three season and consecutive bowl games. The Chants appeared at No. 23 in the AP Top 25 but lost their last two games. The Flames will make their fourth bowl appearance in a row this year and are moving to Conference USA next season. They face Toledo in the Boca Raton Bowl.

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Cason Wallace scored 14 points and Oscar Tshiebwe had a double-double to lead No. 19 Kentucky to a 73-69 victory over Michigan at the O2 Arena in a London showcase of two marquee American college sports teams. Wallace was 4 of 4 on 3-point shooting with his most important one giving the Wildcats a five-point lead with 1:11 to play. Tshiebwe, last season’s consensus national player of the year, scored 13 points and pulled down 14 rebounds amid foul trouble that kept him on the bench for extended spells. Hunter Dickinson led Michigan with 23 points and nine rebounds. Kentucky is 6-2. Michigan is 5-3.

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Iowa and Kentucky will meet Dec. 31 in the Music City Bowl. It marks the second straight season that the Hawkeyes and Wildcats will meet in a bowl game. The Wildcats capped last season with a win against Iowa in the Citrus Bowl. This is Kentucky's sixth trip to the Music City Bowl out of the Southeastern Conference. Iowa posted an identical 7-5 record out of the Big Ten Conference. Both teams are in the midst of program-record bowl streaks. Iowa is in a bowl for the 10th straight season. Kentucky is in a bowl for the seventh straight year.

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UAB will face Miami of Ohio in the Bahamas Bowl on Dec. 16. Both teams are 6-6 and had to win their final regular-season games to become bowl eligible. The Blazers will play their final game under interim coach Bryant Vincent, with former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer taking over the program. The Redhawks lead the Mid-American Conference in run defense. UAB's DeWayne McBride has run for school records 1,713 yards and 19 touchdowns. The nation's leading rusher is coming off a 272-yard game against Louisiana Tech. Redshirt freshman quarterback Aveon Smith has gone 5-3 as Redhawks starter.

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Rutgers dedicated its court to former coach C. Vivian Stringer on Sunday before the team’s game against No. 4 Ohio State. The 74-year-old won 1,055 games in her Hall of Fame career before retiring after last season. She coached 50 years, including at Rutgers from 1995-2022 after stints at Cheyney and Iowa. She was fourth all time in wins among Division I women’s basketball coaches behind Tara VanDerveer, Geno Auriemma and Pat Summitt. There have only been a handful of schools to name their courts after women’s basketball coaches, including Tennessee for Summitt, N.C. State for Kay Yow, Arkansas-Little Rock for Joe Foley and DePaul for Doug Bruno.

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Julianne Sitch has become the first woman to coach a men’s soccer team to an NCAA championship. She guided the University of Chicago to the Division III title. Chicago defeated Williams College 2-0 for the Maroons' first NCAA men’s soccer title in program history. The title capped an undefeated season (22-0-1) and set a school record for wins in Sitch’s first year as head coach. The 39-year-old Sitch was an assistant coach for the Chicago women’s soccer team from 2015-17. She played college soccer at DePaul, setting career records in goals and assists. She also played for several teams in the NWSL, including the Chicago Red Stars.

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Georgia's U.S. Senate race between Republican Herschel Walker and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock highlights how sports and college loyalties explain a political battleground. It goes beyond just the fact that Walker is a University of Georgia and NFL football icon. Sports and politics have long intersected in America. For Republicans, it means embracing the Georgia Bulldogs, the Atlanta Braves and their fan bases that trend older, whiter and less urban than the general population. Democrats have a more demographically diverse, urban base and are less likely to use sports to connect with voters.

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Deion Sanders is taking over as head coach at Colorado, bringing his charisma and larger-than-life persona to a beleaguered Pac-12 program that’s plunged to the bottom of college football. The deal was announced Saturday by CU athletic director Rick George. The Pro Football Hall of Famer has been at Jackson State, a historically Black college that plays in the NCAA’s second tier of Division I, since 2020. Sanders has guided the Tigers to consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference titles. The Tigers beat Southern in the SWAC championship game Saturday in Jackson, Mississippi. A few hours later, Colorado announced he was coming to Boulder. The Tigers went 27-5 in the Sanders era. Colorado is coming off a 1-11 season.

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The Michigan Wolverines take on the No. 19 Kentucky Wildcats at The O2 Arena in Prague, Czechia. The teams meet Sunday for the first time this season. Michigan is 3-1 at home, and Kentucky is 0-0 on the road.

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Pittsburgh defensive tackle Calijah Kancey will not play in the Panthers’ bowl game. The announcement came shortly after Kancey was named the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year. Kancey sustained a season-ending injury in the second half of a win over Duke on Nov. 19. Kancey collected 7 1/2 sacks and 14 1/2 tackles for a loss in 11 games this season for the Panthers. He is the first Pitt player to win the conference’s highest defensive honor since Aaron Donald in 2013.

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Diego Pavia threw a career-high four touchdown passes, all in the first half, and New Mexico State celebrated bowl-eligibility with a 65-3 rout of Valparaiso. Pavia’s TD throws were 50 yards to Jonathan Brady, 69 yards to Justice Powers, 70 yards to Kordell David, and 72 yards to Bryce Childress. Pavia ran 13 yards for one touchdown and had a 75-yard touchdown run called back because of a block-in-the-back penalty. The Aggies got another long-distance score when Ahmonte Watkins raced 78 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Pavia was 9-of-13 passing for 323 yards before giving way to freshman Gavin Frakes late in the second quarter.

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Sideline reporter Ross Tucker is bringing the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” to the Army-Navy game. Tucker will wear shoes adorned with images of Demaryius Thomas and Chris Eitzmann. Both were found after their deaths to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The degenerative brain disease affects athletes and others who sustain repeated head trauma. Tucker said he called games involving Thomas in the NFL and played against Chris Eitzmann in college. Tucker usually works Philadelphia Eagles broadcasts. But he won’t be at this weekend’s game against the Tennessee Titans, when the NFL offers players and others the opportunity to wear special shoes to bring awareness to a personal cause. Instead, he will wear the shoes at the game between the military academies in Philadelphia on Dec. 10.

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Virginia Military Institute has hired Danny Rocco as its football coach. Rocco has a long history of coaching in Virginia. He replaces Scott Wachenheim, who resigned after eight seasons last month. Rocco has a 121-65 record after head coaching stops at Liberty, Richmond and, until this year, Delaware. He’s also worked as an assistant at Virginia, Wake Forest, Maryland and Boston College, among other stops, and spent a season with the NFL’s New York Jets. His teams won seven conference championships and twice reached the national semifinals in the Championship Subdivision playoffs.

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Reilyn Turner gave top-ranked UCLA the lead, Quincy McMahon and Madelyn Desiano added insurance goals and the Bruins defeated Alabama 3-0 in the semifinal round of the NCAA Division I women’s soccer championship. UCLA (21-2-1) will play North Carolina for the championship on Monday night. The Tar Heels held off defending champion Florida State 3-2 in the first semifinal. The Bruins are in the College Cup for the 12th time, winning the title in 2013. Alabama (23-3-1) was making its first semifinal appearance.

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South Carolina defensive back Cam Smith is heading for the NFL. The Gamecocks' fourth-year junior posted on social media Friday that he planned to turn pro. Smith will not play in South Carolina's upcoming bowl game. The 6-foot, 188-pound Smith finished with 27 tackles and an interception. He's considered a first-round NFL draft pick next April. Smith was part of the secondary that helped the Gamecocks close the season with back-to-back wins over top-10 opponents in Tennessee and Clemson.

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Tori Hansen and Julia Dorsey scored seven minutes apart in the second half and North Carolina held off No. 1 overall seed Florida State 3-2 in the semifinals of the NCAA Division I women’s soccer championship. North Carolina, making its 31st College Cup appearance, is searching for its first title since 2012 when they were also a No. 2 seed. The Tar Heels have won 21 of the previous 40 national championships. North Carolina took a 3-0 lead in the 66th minute when Dorsey headed home Emily Moxley’s free kick, but Onyi Echegini scored less than a minute later for her team-leading 11th goal of the season for Florida State. The defending champions pulled within 3-2 in the 76th when Heather Payne headed Echegini’s cross through the legs of goalkeeper Emmie Allen.

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Associated Press Sports Columnist Paul Newberry says Hugh Freeze is returning to the Southeastern Conference with enough baggage to fill a jumbo jet. He also writes that Freeze had one big edge when the Tigers came looking for a new head football coach: He’s white. Newberry contends that an all-too-familiar pattern remains firmly intact at the highest level of college football: Black coaches need not apply. Chances are, they’re not even going to get a call back.

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Florida has formally dismissed quarterback Jalen Kitna from the team following his arrest on five child pornography charges that police said included an image of a man having sex with a young girl. The Gators scrubbed Kitna’s name from their roster and his biography from their website late Thursday. The decision came hours after Kitna’s first court appearance. Kitna was released from jail on an $80,000 bond and ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors and no internet access. Kitna, 19, returned with his parents, retired NFL quarterback Jon Kitna and wife Jennifer, to Burleson, Texas.

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Iowa State offensive coordinator Tom Manning and strength coach Dave Andrews will not return next season after the Cyclones finished 4-8 and last in the Big 12. Coach Matt Campbell announced the moves Friday. Iowa State went 1-8 in the Big 12. The Cyclones ranked last in the league in rushing and scoring. Quarterback Hunter Dekkers still passed for more than 3,000 yards and wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson led the league in catches and yards and is a Biletnikoff Award finalist.

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Texas State has hired Incarnate Word coach G.J. Kinne to lead a Sun Belt program that has had only one winning season since moving up to the FBS in 2012. The 34-year-old former Tulsa quarterback has made a fast rise in coaching since ending his professional career in 2017. After three years as an offensive analyst at SMU, Arkansas and the Philadelphia Eagles, Kinne became offensive coordinator at Hawaii in 2020. Texas State said Kinne signed a five-year contract. Terms were not immediately released.

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Former Texas head coach Tom Herman will take over Florida Atlantic’s football team as it heads into its first season in the American Athletic Conference. The school announced the hire just days after firing Willie Taggart. Herman previously served as head coach at Texas and Houston, and was an offensive coordinator for Ohio State during its 2014 national championship season. FAU’s final season in Conference USA ended with a 5-7 record. Herman returns to college football after the 2021 season with the Chicago Bears as an offensive analyst.

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Kevin McCullar Jr. returned from an injury to score 17 points and grab 10 rebounds, Jalen Wilson added 15 points and 13 boards, and ninth-ranked Kansas rolled to a 91-65 victory over Seton Hall in the Big East-Big 12 Battle. KJ Adams had 11 points, DaJuan Harris Jr. had 10 with seven assists and Ernest Udeh Jr. scored 10 for the Jayhawks, who now have more than a week off before visiting bitter rival Missouri for the first time in a decade next Saturday. Kadary Richmond had 17 points, but also turned the ball over seven times for the Pirates, who were just 4 of 19 from the 3-point arc in losing their third straight game. Tyrese Samuel added with 16 points for Seton Hall.

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Antoine Davis became the Horizon League’s all-time leading scorer and he helped Detroit Mercy rally late for a 75-66 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne. Davis finished with 22 points after needing 18 points to surpass Alfredrick Hughes’ conference record of 2,914 points from 1981-85 with Loyola Chicago. Davis is 13th in scoring in NCAA history, trailing Danny Manning (2,951) for 12th. Davis made five 3-pointers to move into fifth in NCAA history with 454 makes. Jarred Godfrey scored 20 points and Bobby Planutis had 18 for Purdue Fort Wayne (4-4, 0-1), which had its 13-game home winning streak snapped.

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The College Football Playoff says it will expand to a 12-team event starting in 2024. The announcement came after the Rose Bowl agreed to amend its contract for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. That was the last hurdle CFP officials needed cleared to expand the four-team format. The expansion is expected to produce about $450 million in additional gross revenue for the conferences and schools that participate. The plan to expand the playoff was unveiled publicly in June 2021 and it took 18 months of haggling and delays to finally complete.

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Arizona has agreed to a contract extension with football coach Jedd Fisch through the 2027 season. The deal announced Thursday is pending approval from the Arizona Board of Regents. The Wildcats went 5-7 in Fisch’s second season, the third-largest win increase in program history. A longtime NFL and college coach, the 46-year-old Fisch generated a buzz in the desert his first season, even as the Wildcats finished 1-11. Fisch pulled in the program’s highest-rated recruiting class in 2022 and the Wildcats were far more competitive on the field.

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Florida backup quarterback Jalen Kitna has been released from jail on $80,000 bond a day after he was arrested on five child pornography charges that police say included images images of a man having sex with a young girl. A judge set the bond and as conditions for Kitna’s release ordered him not to have any unsupervised contact with minors and not to have any internet access. Kitna sobbed into his hands when his parents, including former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, address the court during a 75-minute appearance. Jon and Jennifer Kitna said they would supervise their 19-year-old son back home in Burleson, Texas.

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The No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs have their eyes on the biggest prize of all. Yet there’s a gnawing desire to add another Southeastern Conference title to the trophy case. Undefeated Georgia heads into Saturday’s SEC championship game against three-loss LSU having surely done enough to earn a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff, no matter the outcome against the Tigers. But coach Kirby Smart knows how hard SEC titles have been to come by for the Bulldogs. Georgia has managed just three conference crowns in the last four decades — the most recent coming in 2017.

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No. 4 Southern California will play No. 12 Utah  in the Pac-12 Championship. A win by the Trojans would put them in the College Football Playoff. It also would make USC the first Pac-12 team since Washington 2017 to make the final four teams. USC is fourth in the CFP rankings. Utah hopes to do more than simply play spoiler. The Utes will try to defend their conference championship. Utah beat USC in October in Salt Lake City.

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Boise State and Fresno State clash yet again in the Mountain West championship game on Saturday. It's the fourth time the rivals will meet for the conference title. Boise State has won twice; Fresno State won the last time the teams met in the championship game in 2018. The Broncos beat the Bulldogs 40-20 back in October in Boise, but Fresno State was without QB Jake Haener. Haener has been on a tear since returning from an ankle injury with 13 touchdown passes and two interceptions. The Broncos leaned heavily on their run game in the first meeting and need big games again from RB George Holani and QB Taylen Green.

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The Pac-12 Conference extended its agreement to at least 2023 to play its football championship game at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The sold-out game Friday between No. 4 Southern California and No. 12 Utah will be the second in Las Vegas. Last year’s game between No. 14 Utah and No. 10 Oregon drew a crowd of 56,511. The Utes won 38-10. It was second largest at a neutral-site Pac-12 Championship. A crowd of 58,476 watched USC-Stanford in 2015 in Santa Clara, California.

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There was a time when a college basketball or football coach that had just landed his program on probation would be considered persona non grata. Those days appear to be over. The hiring of Sean Miller at Xavier this past offseason and Hugh Freeze by Auburn in football just this week underscore just how far the line has moved when it comes to what is acceptable for universities with open jobs as the stakes soar ever higher.

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No. 18 Tulane gets a second chance to play 22nd-ranked UCF when the Green Wave hosts the American Athletic Conference championship game. UCF handed Tulane its only conference loss this season, but the Wave has won two straight since then to finish atop the league's regular-season standings for the first time. Tulane will be seeking its first AAC title, which also could put the Green Wave in its first New Year's Six bowl game since they lost by a point to Texas A&M in the Sugar Bowl at the end of the 1939 season. UCF is seeking its fifth AAC title and has played in three New Year's Six bowl games since the 2013 season.

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Marcus Satterfield will join new Nebraska coach Matt Rhule’s staff as offensive coordinator after serving in the same role at South Carolina for two seasons. Satterfield is among five on-field assistants announced by Rhule. The others are running backs coach E.J. Barthel, secondary coach Evan Cooper, special teams coordinator Ed Foley and defensive line coach Terrance Knighton. Corey Campbell has been hired as strength coach.

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The starting five is the same, but that’s where comparisons between the Virginia team that has climbed to No. 3 in the Top 25 and last year’s NIT quarterfinalists ends. One more year together and a trip to Italy has made the first five significantly better, but part of the credit for that surely goes to another group: the reinforcements. Transfer Ben Vander Plas and freshmen Isaac McKneely have giving coach Tony Bennett a deeper bench and more scoring options. Virginia has scored 70 points or more in its first six game for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says agents are looking into the fatal shooting of a man during a confrontation with Washington County deputies. TBI says deputies went to a home in Johnson City on Saturday evening to serve an arrest warrant. TBI said deputies tried to use a stun gun on a person, and then shots were fired by the person and at least one deputy. The individual who was shot died at the scene. No deputies were wounded. Identities of those involved in the shooting were not immediately released. TBI will investigate and report its findings to District Attorney General Steve Finney.

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The Kentucky Supreme Court is dedicating a portrait of retired Justice Janet L. Stumbo. A public dedication ceremony is set for Tuesday afternoon in the Supreme Court Courtroom at the Capitol.  The Supreme Court said in a statement that the portrait by Kentucky artist Tona Barkley will hang in the corridors of the second floor of the Capitol. Stumbo retired from the bench in 2017 after 26 years of service. Officials say the Floyd County native was the second woman ever elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals and was the first woman elected to the Supreme Court of Kentucky without having first been appointed.

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