College football season begins in earnest...Top seeds at Ashe Stadium...Playoff pushes

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Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014 12:02 pm

UNDATED (AP) — The top 25 college football schedule gets underway within the hour before top-ranked Florida State takes on Oklahoma State tonight. The slate begins with fifth-ranked Ohio State hosting Navy and No. 7 UCLA at Virginia. Second-ranked Alabama takes on West Virginia later today, and No. 3 Oregon caps the schedule with a late game versus South Dakota.

NEW YORK (AP) — The top seeds take stadium court as part of Day 6 action at the U.S. Open. Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch) faces American Sam Querrey at Arthur Ashe Stadium before Serena Williams meets Varvara Lepchenko. Other players in action include men's third seed Stan Wawrinka, eighth seed Andy Murray, No. 13 John Isner (IHZ'-nur) and women's No. 3 Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIT'-oh-vah).

UNDATED (AP) — Today's major league schedule begins with the New York Yankees visiting Toronto and the Chicago White Sox hosting Detroit. The Yanks begin play seven games behind the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles, and the Tigers are a half-game in back of the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals. Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer will try to become the AL's first 16-game winner of the season.

UNDATED (AP) — The National League's tightest race is in the Central Division after the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up their third straight win last night while Milwaukee and St. Louis dropped their third in a row. The Brewers lead the division by 1 ½ games over St. Louis, with the Pirates just three games back and 1 ½ games behind San Francisco for the final wild-card berth. The Redbirds open the NL slate with a doubleheader against the visiting Chicago Cubs, the Pirates host Cincinnati later this afternoon and the Brewers visit the Giants in San Francisco.

BILBAO, Spain (AP) — The Basketball World Cup has begun today with a record 45 current NBA players on the rosters of the 24 teams. There were 75 players in the tournament who have played in the NBA, along with 17 more who have been drafted and whose rights are owned by NBA teams. Cleveland and Houston both have a league-high four players in the field.

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