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Kent State starting center dies in sleep

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CLEVELAND (AP) Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died Wednesday.

Police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue, the school said. The school said in a release the 21-year-old Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m.

When Bitsko failed to show up at practice, calls were placed to Bitsko's roommate, who called 911 after finding Bitsko in his bed. Brimfield Police arrived on the scene within three minutes of the call.

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PSU-UCF in Ireland threatened by volcano

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) UCF's season opener in Ireland next week against Penn State may be in peril because of a possible volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Iceland's Civil Protection Department said Wednesday that about 500 people were evacuated from the highlands part of the Vatnajokull glacier. The action was taken as a precaution following thousands of small earthquakes recently near Bardarbunga, a sub-glacial stratovolcano under the glacier.

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OSU turns to Barrett after Miller injury

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) When star quarterback Braxton Miller cried out in pain and crumpled to the ground during No. 5 Ohio State's practice on Monday, coach Urban Meyer wasn't certain what had happened.

"Oh, it was devastating. It was a bad deal," Meyer said glumly on Wednesday. "First of all, I didn't see exactly what happened and I thought someone hit him. I went berserk, saying, `What happened?' (The coaches) looked at me and I said, `No one hit him?'"

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Clemson RB Brooks out for season

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson tailback Zac Brooks will miss the season with a foot injury.

The school announced Brooks' injury Wednesday. Football spokesman Tim Bourret said Brooks will need surgery but per Clemson policy did not provide specific details on the injury.

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Ex-Okla. St. QB Lunt to start for Illini

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) After outdueling his two competitors, Wes Lunt will be Illinois' starting quarterback.

The news wasn't much of a surprise. Illini fans have been anticipating Lunt would lead Illinois this season since he transferred from Oklahoma State almost a year and a half ago, even with coach Tim Beckman insisting the starting spot could go to Lunt, senior Reilly O'Toole or sophomore Aaron Bailey.

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Ex-Tulsa hoops player denied waiver

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The NCAA has denied former Tulsa basketball player Patrick Swilling's request for a progress-toward-degree waiver to play football based on academic eligibility.

Tulsa made the announcement Wednesday.

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Michigan to play Washington in 2020, '21

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan and Washington have decided to renew their rivalry.

The Wolverines will play the Huskies in Seattle in 2020 and will host them at the Big House in Ann Arbor the following year.

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Top Kansas RBs Bourbon, Cox out for year

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Ben Heeney may know better than anybody the challenge that faces Kansas after losing its top two running backs to season-ending injuries just one day apart.

The senior linebacker has had to tackle Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox in practice, and he's close friends with both of them. Bourbon is his roommate.

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Terps to guarantee athletic scholarships

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) The University of Maryland says it will start guaranteeing scholarships to students-athletes until they graduate, regardless of injury or on-field performance.

Maryland announced Tuesday that the guaranteed scholarships will begin this November. They will go to athletes in all sports, not just the so-called revenue sports of football and basketball.

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Golson: Irish rally around player losses

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Quarterback Everett Golson said the adversity of abruptly losing four teammates while Notre Dame investigates whether they were involved in academic dishonesty is bringing the Fighting Irish together.

"I guess I can go back to my instance, where you really see who your true friends are," said Golson, who was suspended from school last fall for academic impropriety. "You see your true brotherhood through adversity. I think we've definitely come together.

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