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Played in/Played out: Rise of the Power Five newcomers

<i>USA TODAY Sports is keeping careful tabs on how each week's wins and losses impact the eventual makeup of the inaugural College Football Playoff. If the season ended today, here are three teams moving into the championship picture and three moving out.</i><p><b>Teams that played their way in:</b><p><b>Utah</b>. The Utes …

Pence leaves his fingerprints all over Giants’ win in Game 4

<i>Hunter Pence runs down the line like a maniac.</i><p>Pence planted himself squarely in the middle of the action Saturday in Game 4 of the World Series. Honestly, did you expect anything different from the soul of this Giants team?<p>In the first inning, with runners at first and third and one out, Pence hit …

World Series lineup: Royals and Giants set Game 5 starters

The Kansas City Royals hope James Shields can find some success on the mound in Game 5 of the World Series, while the San Francisco Giants simply hope Madison Bumgarner continues what he started.<p>Giants ace Madison Bumgarner takes the mound a night after San Francisco rang up 11 runs to tie the …

Seahawks tire of Marshawn Lynch

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is not on the trading block, but many in the organization -- including Lynch -- do not expect the …

Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Canada's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that …

USC-Utah game features two top running backs

USC's <b>Javorius Allen</b> won't be the only high-performance running back on the field when the No. 20 Trojans play No. 19 Utah on Saturday night at Salt Lake City.<p>Utah's <b>Devontae Booker</b> is averaging 123.7 yards rushing per game, second behind Allen in the Pac-12 Conference and 14th nationally.<p>Allen is …

San Francisco 49ers: Ranking Antoine Bethea and the Rest of 2014's New Additions

Every year, each NFL team undergoes many significant changes. Free agents leave, starters retire and rookies are rotated into the starting lineup. It’s the mark of truly successful teams when these replacements slide right into their roles, keeping everything moving along nicely.<p>The San Francisco …

Let's figure out all these nicknames Cam Newton gave his teammates

Okay, let's walk through these.<p>- Perhaps "Pinkie" came from DeAngelo Williams' pink-dyed dreads to honor his late mother?<p>- I'm just gonna assume Jonathan Stewart is called "Chunky Soup" because of this random Pinterest page I just found with a quick Google search.<p>- Byron Bell's "Brisket" nickname …

Found: Homeless Man Sought in Ebola Case Being Monitored

Authorities in Texas have found a missing homeless man who may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Sunday.<p>At a news conference earlier Sunday, Jenkins said authorities were searching for a “low-risk individual” who was a contact of the first U.S. Ebola …

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U.S. airman dead, 2 missing in Japan typhoon

<b>(CNN)</b> -- One of the three U.S. airmen washed away to sea Sunday from their station post at Kadena Air Base in Japan has died.<p>The U.S. Air Force said the airman was pulled from the sea by the Japanese coast guard and pronounced dead at a local hospital.<p>The incident occurred at 3:45 p.m. Sunday as a …

Brazil's Rousseff to face Neves in runoff vote

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's unpredictable election took another twist Sunday, with left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff being forced into a …

Hikers killed by Japanese volcano left poignant pictures of final moments

More than 50 people died when Mount Ontake, a popular hiking destination in central Japan, erupted without warning on 27 September in the country’s deadliest volcanic eruption since World War II.<p>Most were between 30 and 59 years old, and lived within a few hours’ drive or train ride from the …

At least 18 dead in Indonesia illegal gold mine collapse

JAKARTA (Reuters) - At least 18 people died after being trapped in an illegal gold mine that collapsed in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province, a search and rescue agency official said on Sunday, as efforts continued to search for possible survivors.<p>Small-scale and illegal mining is a flash point …

College football spotlight: Suddenly, Miss. is a big hit in SEC

How long has it been since the state of Mississippi was relevant in the Southeastern Conference?<p>Consider: The state's last SEC championship was in 1963, when Ole Miss won it. Man had not yet been to the moon, Mississippi State still hadn't integrated (Ole Miss had been integrated for just a year), …

Trojans learn it's not over until it's over against Sun Devils

Holy Hail Mary.<p>It couldn't happen, but it did. Arizona State did a Doug Flutie on USC's Trojans on Saturday night at the Coliseum.<p>It was Nov. 23, 1984, all over again. Only when Flutie floated his prayer for his Boston College team to win, it was against defending national champion Miami in the …

Five things we learned about UCLA in its loss to Utah

Generally, this is a weekly feature written after UCLA games that highlights the main takeaways — what we learned, if you will. This is usually written semi-coherently, with the main points listed in number form.<p>This game was not coherent. This game was ridiculous, to the point where I don't know …

Answers to Smith began 49ers drama

Coach Jim Harbaugh began to lose some of his San Francisco 49ers players when he was not honest with former quarterback Alex Smith about San …

Oklahoma vs. TCU final score: 3 things we learned from TCU's 37-33 upset win

The Horned Frogs threw a monkey wrench into the Big 12 race on Saturday, taking down the fourth ranked Sooners.<p>The TCU Horned Frogs announced their arrival on the national stage on Saturday, knocking off the Oklahoma Sooners 37-33 in a frenetic contest. The Frogs defense stopped the Sooners on …

No. 25 TCU upends No. 4 Oklahoma 37-33

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Gary Patterson and No. 25 TCU finally have a big attention-grabbing victory in the Big 12 Conference<p>The former BCS-busting …

Ohio State-Maryland Referee Gets Destroyed by Terrapins Running Back

Anyone who gets in Maryland running back Jacquille Veii's way will get run over. It doesn't matter who it is.<p>The umpire of Week 6's Ohio State-Maryland game on Saturday found that out the hard way.<p>Give the referee credit, though—he popped right back up and appeared to be fine.<p>[SB Nation]

No. 11 Mississippi stuns No. 3 Alabama, 23-17

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Brushing aside a carnival-like atmosphere and Alabama's potent defense, Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace bounced around in the …

Dallas Ebola patient is in critical condition, hospital says

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, is now in critical condition, a Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital spokeswoman said Saturday.<p>The Liberian man had previously been listed as being in serious condition. Hospital spokeswoman Candace White offered no new …

New Mexico balloon fiesta hits sky

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mass ascension of hundreds of hot air balloons above Albuquerque went off without a hitch Saturday morning.<p>Pilots began …

Man running in inflatable bubble rescued off coast of Florida

An ultra-marathoner trying to "run" from Florida to Bermuda in a human-powered inflatable bubble was rescued Saturday morning after he signaled for help, the Coast Guard said.<p>Reza Baluchi, according to his website, has set a goal of running across more than 190 recognized nations to encourage world …

Taysom Hill out for '14 after leg break

Taysom Hill, the star quarterback for No. 18 BYU and a Heisman Trophy hopeful, will miss the rest of the season after breaking his left leg Friday …

Iowa State AD goes on 2 ½-minute tirade about call

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard went on a 2 ½-minute postgame tirade about a call that he believes was pivotal in …

Ole Miss fan buries himself in his shirt, screams into the darkness