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No. 3 Oklahoma holds off Nebraska 23-16

UNDATED (AP) — On the the 50-year anniversary of the “Game of the Century, Spencer Rattler passed for a touchdown and ran for another to help No. 3 Oklahoma beat Nebraska 23-16. In 1971 then No. 1 Nebraska’s won 35-31 over No. 2 Oklahoma.

It was their first meeting since 2010 — right before Nebraska left the Big 12 for the Big Ten — and it was memorable and much closer than expected.

Nebraska got the ball trailing by a touchdown with 57 seconds remaining and no timeouts, but the Cornhuskers could not manage a first down.

In other Top 25 games:

— Zach Calzada threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start to power No. 7 Texas A&M in a 34-0 rout of New Mexico. The victory extends A&M’s winning streak to 11 games and gives the Aggies a 3-0 start for the first time since opening the 2016 season with six consecutive wins. Calzada was thrust into the job last weekend against Colorado when Haynes King was injured. King had surgery this week to repair a broken right leg, leaving Calzada to run the offense.

— Desmond Ridder and Alec Pierce hooked up for the go-ahead score with 12:13 left in the game and No. 8 Cincinnati held on for a 38-24 victory at Indiana. Jerome Ford ran for two touchdowns and Tre Tucker scored on a 99-yard kickoff return to help the Bearcats rally from a 14-point, first-half deficit for their third straight win. Indiana had three turnovers and wasn’t the same after starting linebacker Micah McFadden was ejected for targeting late in the first half. Indiana lost despite taking a 14-0 lead and playing in front of its largest crowd for a non-conference game since September 1987.

— West Virginia survived No. 15 Virginia Tech’s furious rally from a 20-point deficit to beat the Hokies 27-21. Jarret Doege threw two touchdown passes and Leddie Brown rushed for 106 yards and a score for the Mountaineers, who built a 27-7 lead midway through the third quarter. Virginia Tech’s Braxton Burmeister threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Holston with 3:10 left and the Hokies got the ball back on an interception. But Burmeister threw incomplete on fourth-and-goal from the 3. It was one of three Virginia Tech drives that stalled inside the West Virginia 10 and the Hokies came away with no points.

— Grayson McCall threw for three touchdowns, Shermari Jones ran for 149 yards and another score, and No. 16 Coastal Carolina held on to beat Buffalo 28-25 for its first road win of the season. McCall, who entered the day leading the nation in passing efficiency and completion rate, was 13-of-19 passing for 232 yards with his first interception of the season. Jaivon Heiligh caught four passes for 91 yards and a touchdown for the unbeaten Chanticleers. The Bulls rushed for 260 yards and got within a field goal with 2:41 remaining.

— Payton Thorne passed for 261 yards and four touchdowns, two of those scoring throws going to Jalen Nailor, and Michigan State extended its unbeaten start by topping No. 24 Miami 38-17. Kenneth Walker III rushed for 172 yards and caught a touchdown pass for the Spartans. They’re 3-0 and off to their best start since 2015. Jayden Reed also had a scoring catch for Michigan State, which forced four turnovers. D’Eriq (dee-EH’-rihk) King set school records with 38 completions and 59 attempts for Miami. Charleston Rambo tied a school record with 12 catches for Miami, good for 156 yards and both of the Hurricanes’ touchdowns.

— Blake Corum rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns and No. 25 Michigan beat Northern Illinois 63-10. The Wolverines scored touchdowns on their first nine drives, eight of them on the ground. The 10th drive also included a touchdown run, but it was called back for a holding penalty and Michigan turned the ball over on downs.


Bogaerts, AL wild card-leading Bosox top O’s, 4th win in row

UNDATED (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched seven shutout innings in another dominant performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who kept up their push in the NL West with a 5-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Dodgers began the day two games behind division-leading San Francisco.

It was another tough loss for the Reds, who came in one game behind St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot.

Scherzer improved to 7-0 in nine starts since being traded from Washington to the Dodgers on July 30. He allowed just two hits and struck out seven. The three-time Cy Young Award winner leads the majors with a combined 2.08 ERA. He’s been brilliant for the Dodgers with an 0.78 ERA in his starts for them.

Elsewhere around the majors:

— Xander Bogaerts homered and drove in four runs, carrying the AL wild card-leading Boston Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 for their fourth straight win. The Red Sox entered the day holding the top spot for the wild card, a half-game ahead of the Yankees and one game in front of Toronto. Bobby Dalbec added a two-run double, and Hunter Renfroe and Rafael Devers each drove in a run for Boston. Bogaerts and Devers both had three hits. Ryan Mountcastle hit his 30th homer, a two-run shot, and Austin Wynns added a solo drive for the Orioles, who lost for the 11th time in the last 12 meetings against the Red Sox after sweeping a season-opening three-game series between the teams.

— Gary Sánchez failed to catch a foul popup that led to a seven-run fifth inning capped by Andrés Giménez’s three-run homer, and the Cleveland Indians routed the Yankees 11-3 on Saturday to slow New York’s playoff run. Franmil Reyes hit an RBI double off Albert Abreu in the big fifth inning and a two-run homer in the sixth against Andrew Heaney. New York has 13 games left and began the day a half-game ahead of Toronto for the second AL wild card. The Yankees dropped 1 1/2 games behind wild card-leading Boston.


Rays place CF Kevin Kiermaier on COVID-19 related IL

UNDATED (AP) — The AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays placed center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (KEER’-my-ur) on COVID-related IL and purchased the contract of right-hander Joey Krehbiel from Triple-A Durham before Saturday’s game against Detroit.

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said Kiermaier had been feeling ill for a couple of days. Tampa Bay shortstop Taylor Walls was also scratched before the game due to what the team called “general illness.”

Kiermaier was pinch-hit for during the sixth inning of Friday night’s 7-4, 10-inning win over the Tigers. The defensive wizard is hitting .247 with four homers and 33 RBIs in 110 games.

In other MLB news:

— Left fielder Joey Gallo left the New York Yankees’ game against the Cleveland Indians because of neck tightness. Gallo was pulled after the Yankees batted in the third inning and was replaced by Tyler Wade. In his only at-bat, he fouled out to third base in the second. Gallo is hitting .166 with 12 homers and 20 RBIs in 46 games since New York acquired him from Texas ahead of the trade deadline. Overall, the slugger is batting .204 with 37 homers and 75 RBIs this season.

— Minor league players in the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies farm systems are wearing teal wristbands Saturday to protest pay that they say is insufficient. At least 10 players from the Brooklyn Cyclones and Jersey Shore BlueClaws wore the wristbands — which feature the hashtag #FairBall — during their High-A game in New York. The demonstration was organized in part by Advocates for Minor Leaguers, which also handed out the wristbands to fans and distributed pamphlets detailing the financial issues faced by players. High-A players make a minimum of $500 per week and are only paid during the roughly six-month minor league season.


Browns safety Harrison fined for sideline skirmish vs Chiefs

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns safety Ronnie Harrison was fined $12,128 by the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct after he shoved Kansas City assistant coach Greg Lewis during a skirmish in last week’s season opener.

Harrison was ejected early in Cleveland’s 33-29 loss for his aggressive action toward Lewis, who had rushed over to help Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire after he was tackled along Kansas City’s sideline.

Lewis first pushed Harrison, who retaliated with a hard, one-handed shot to the coach’s neck area, tilting his headset.

Lewis was not fined for the incident.

Several Browns felt Lewis deserved the same discipline given to Harrison.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

— The Las Vegas Raiders have placed backup quarterback Marcus Mariota on injured reserve after he hurt his quadriceps on his only snap in the season opener in Monday night’s 33-27 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens. Mariota has struggled to stay healthy since signing with the Raiders last season to back up Derek Carr. Mariota’s getting paid more than $12.6 million in 2020-21.

— The San Francisco 49ers have placed linebacker Dre Greenlaw on injured reserve with a groin injury that will likely sideline him for at least a month. Azeez Al-Shaair will likely take Greenlaw’s spot at weakside linebacker with Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles stepping into Al-Shaair’s strongside spot when San Francisco is in base defense.


Zdeno Chara, 44, returning to Islanders on 1-year contract

UNDATED (AP) — Zdeno Chara (zuh-DAY’-noh CHAH’-rah) is returning to the team where he started his career after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with the New York Islanders. It will be the 44-year-old’s 24th NHL season.

Chara was a 1996 draft pick of the Islanders and made his debut with them in 1997. He will chase the Stanley Cup at least one more time just over a decade since hoisting it as Boston’s captain.

The big Slovak defenseman spent last season with Washington. He was unsure of his plans to continue playing hockey. Now Chara joins another championship contender and gives New York veteran depth on the blue line.


Rain, wet conditions wash out play in Portland Classic

WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) — Play Saturday in the LPGA Tour’s Cambia Portland Classic was called off because of wet conditions and forecast rain at Oregon Golf Club. The hilly course was soaked with more than 1.5 inches of rain overnight. The LPGA Tour said tournament officials will monitor the rainfall and assess the course in anticipation of beginning the third round Sunday at 7:15 a.m.

Prior to beginning play Sunday, the tour said it will determine whether the event will be played over 54 or 72 holes. Playing Monday in order to complete 54 or 72 holes also is an option.

Second-ranked Jin Young Ko shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take the second-round lead at 8-under 136. Gemma Dryburgh was a stroke back.