December 9, 2021 12:56 pm

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY: Florida’s Jones throws 7 TDs

STARS—Emory Jones, Florida, accounted for 550 yards and seven TDs in the Gators’ come-from-behind, 70-52 victory over lower-division Samford. —Will Rogers, Mississippi State, threw for 415 yards and six TDs to help the Bulldogs beat No. 16 Auburn 43-34.—Jake Chisholm, Dayton, ran for 226 yards and five TDs in the Flyers’ 38-29 defeat of Davidson.—Bailey…

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No. 3 Alabama hosts SEC West rival and heavy underdog LSU

LSU (4-4, 2-3 SEC) at No. 3 Alabama (7-1, 4-1, No. 2 CFP), Saturday at 7 p.m. EDT (ESPN).Line: Alabama by 29 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.Series record: Alabama leads 54-26-5.WHAT’S AT STAKE?Alabama is trying to continue marching toward the Southeastern Conference championship game and a potential College Football Playoff berth. LSU is trying to…

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LEADING OFF: Curious pitching strategy in playoffs all over

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:___PITCHING INIn a postseason already marked by curious pitching strategy, Julio Urías returns to his regular role in the rotation when the Los Angeles Dodgers play Atlanta in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.Braves manager Brian Snitker says he’ll go with a bullpen game. After losing…

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LEADING OFF: Closer to starter, Scherzer lined up for Game 1

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:___MAX EFFORTDodgers ace Max Scherzer got the last three outs in the thrilling Game 5 of the NL Divsion Series and is now lined up to throw the first pitch for Los Angeles in the NL Championship Series.Yes, with only full day off in between.“That is Scherzer…

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The Latest: Sri Lanka begins vaccinating 18-19 age group

LONDON — British health officials say 43,000 people in southwest England may have been wrongly told they don’t have the coronavirus because of problems at a private laboratory.The U.K. Health Security Agency says a lab in Wolverhampton, central England has been suspended from processing the swabs after reports of false negatives. The faulty results are…

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#MeToo poll: Many in US more willing to call out misconduct

Americans have watched a public reckoning unfold since 2017 as the #MeToo movement exposed the enduring prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in people’s lives. A string of powerful men were taken down in its wake.But has the movement changed their own lives in meaningful, measurable ways?A new poll suggests that it has. Roughly half…

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LEADING OFF: La Russa, White Sox weigh ’22 after elimination

A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday:___ANOTHER GO?White Sox manager Tony La Russa is waiting to find out if Chicago wants him back after the club was eliminated by the Astros in their AL Division Series that ended Tuesday night.The Hall of Famer was lured out of retirement to help the star-studded White…

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LEADING OFF: Astros face renewed sign-stealing charge

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:___HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM?The Astros are facing renewed suspicions over sign stealing two years after being punished by the league for a scandal during their 2017 World Series run.White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera implied Sunday night that Houston may have been stealing signs in Games 1…

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NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith planning to work 1 more term

NFL Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith is planning to move on after he serves one more term with the union.The NFLPA’s board of player representatives voted Friday to retain Smith as executive director, and union president JC Tretter said in a statement that the upcoming term would be Smith’s last. The term could be as…

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY: Tide’s Robinson runs for 4 TDs

STARS—Brian Robinson Jr., Alabama, rushed for career highs of 171 yards and four TDs and the top-ranked Crimson Tide shut down the nation’s top offense in a 42-21 victory over No. 12 Mississippi.—Chase Brown, Illinois, rushed for 257 yards and two TDs and Illinois beat Charlotte 24-14.—Mark Pappas, Morehead State, threw for a school-record 481…

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