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Carden throws for 445 as No. 18 ECU wins

(AP Photo/The Daily Reflector, Aileen Devlin)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) Coach Ruffin McNeill doesn't care about impressing the committee that will decide if No. 18 East Carolina deserves a major bowl berth.

"We just want to win by one," McNeill said, "and get up out of there."

That's not far from what happened Thursday night against Connecticut.


Johnson runs for 249, Miami routs Hokies

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech didn't face Duke Johnson when it played Miami last season.

The Hokies would be happy to never see him again, either.


Okla. St. sues Texas assistant Wickline

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Who's calling the plays for the Texas Longhorns this season? It may take a lawsuit by Oklahoma State against Texas assistant coach Joe Wickline to find out.

Wickline's former employer has sued him in Payne County, Oklahoma, seeking nearly $600,000 it says he owes the school. Wickline this week countersued in Austin, saying Oklahoma State has caused him injury and mental anguish and is trying to interfere with his Texas contract.


Clemson, Texas A&M to play in 2018, '19

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson and Texas A&M have agreed to a two-game series in 2018 and 2019.

The schools announced the games Thursday night.


Northwestern CB White quits football

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern cornerback Dwight White has decided to stop playing football.

White tells the Chicago Tribune he found out in June after experiencing abdominal pain that he was born with one kidney. He decided to keep playing. But after suffering a kidney contusion in practice in the final days before the season opener, he ultimately opted to stop.


NCAA asks court to end PSU legal battle

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) The NCAA wants the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to end litigation over the 2012 consent decree with Penn State over the school's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. reported Thursday ( ) the NCAA asks the justices in a recent court filing to order a lower court to stop the case, now set for trial in January. The NCAA argues that a Commonwealth Court judge shouldn't have kept the case alive. says state Treasurer Rob McCord and state Sen. Jake Corman, plaintiffs in the case, want the high court to stay out of it.


WVU expels 3 students for post-win riots

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia University says it has expelled three students in what police called riots following the Mountaineers' win over Baylor.

The university said Thursday that the students, who weren't identified, are among 14 facing criminal charges in the disturbances Saturday.


Michigan drops student tix 37.5 percent

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan is reducing the price of student season tickets to football games by 37.5 percent next year.

The athletic department announced Thursday that the seven-game home schedule will be priced at $175 for 2015, down from $280 this season. There have been a fair number of empty seats this year in the sections where students usually sit.


Judge questions concussion settlement

CHICAGO (AP) The federal judge overseeing a first-of-its-kind head injury settlement with the NCAA expressed serious concerns Thursday about some terms and the vast scope of the $75 million deal that currently encompasses all college athletes going back decades.

Facing NCAA and plaintiffs' attorneys who crafted the deal, U.S. District Judge John Lee wondered why sports like rifle teams, golf and swimming would be covered by the proposed agreement along with football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.


NJ files reply to allow sports gambling

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Claims that New Jersey's plan to allow legal sports gambling violates federal law are meritless, the state wrote in a court filing in response to efforts by four major U.S. pro sports leagues and the NCAA to stop gambling from beginning this weekend.

The state filed the response late Wednesday to the leagues' request to a federal judge earlier this week for an injunction to prevent Monmouth Park racetrack from accepting sports wagers this Sunday. The track is the only venue in the state that has said it will take bets under a law signed by Gov. Chris Christie last Friday that allows sports betting at racetracks and casinos.

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