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California gets defensive in 27 16 win over Ole Miss

BERKELEY, Calif. — Ross Bowers threw a touchdown pass and Cameron Goode returned an interception for a touchdown to seal the game as California won its third straight game to open the season under new coach Justin Wilcox, beating Mississippi 27-16 on Saturday night. The Golden Bears (3-0) withstood two long TD passes by Rebels …

Shimonek, Texas Tech top Arizona State 52 45 in another duel

LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech receiver Dylan Cantrell had as many rushing touchdowns as Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage. The senior’s first TD on a handoff since his freshman year in high school was the difference, too. Nic Shimonek threw for six touchdowns, Cantrell had the go-ahead score on a 3-yard run in the …

Rockhold cements contender status with win at UFC Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — No. 3 middleweight Luke Rockhold beat David Branch with a flurry of strikes in the second round of a showdown between ranked fighters Saturday night, re-establishing himself as a contender in the division. Rockhold (16-3) took Branch to the ground in the second round and established top control, hammering blows on Branch’s head …

Astros trim magic number to 3 with 5 2 win over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif.— Brad Peacock pitched six innings of three-hit ball and the Houston Astros lowered their magic number for clinching the AL West to three with a 5-2 victory over the second-place Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. Yuli Gurriel had three hits and drove in a run for the Astros, who have a good …

Astros OF Jake Marisnick breaks thumb, out 6 8 weeks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick could be out for the season after breaking his right thumb while sliding headfirst into second base. Marisnick will need surgery and will be out six to eight weeks, the Astros announced Thursday. Marisnick was hurt in the third inning of Wednesday’s loss to the Los Angeles …

Yanks give Judge, Frazier thumbs down in 13 5 rout Orioles

NEW YORK— Aaron Judge and Todd Frazier kept hitting three-run homers and getting the thumbs-down from their New York Yankees teammates. Adopting the negative salute Mets fan flashed Frazier at Citi Field this week, the Yankees kept inverting their digits to celebrate each offensive breakout during a 13-5 rout of the fading Baltimore Orioles on …

Former Wallaby Higginbotham cleared over police incident

BRISBANE, Australia — Former Australian test player Scott Higginbotham has been cleared over an incident involving Brisbane police after charges against him were dropped on Friday. The Queensland Reds player in Super Rugby was charged in February with obstructing police after one of his friends was arrested for urinating in public. He was expected to …

Peter Uihlein leads Web.com Tour Finals event in Boise

BOISE, Idaho — Peter Uihlein shot a 9-under 62 to take the Albertsons Boise Open lead Thursday, two weeks after wrapping up a PGA Tour card with a victory in the Web.com Tour Finals opener. Uihlein birdied five of his last seven holes at Hillcrest Country Club. He had a one-stroke lead over Alex Cejka …

No ordinary Joe: Thomas nearing 10,000th consecutive snap

BEREA, Ohio — Joe Thomas weaved his way through reporters in the locker room, surveying the group before stepping behind a podium. “I’m not sure what all the commotion is about,” the 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle said Thursday. “I’m just a guy that shows up and does his job every day, hoping I can …

New Dolphins DC Matt Burke ready for another unusual debut

OXNARD, Calif. —  Strange things seem to happen whenever Miami Dolphins assistant coach Matt Burke is making his debut in a new job. Burke has been preparing for his first game as defensive co-ordinator in Southern California this week because of Hurricane Irma. The storm forced the Dolphins’ season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers …