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AMES, Iowa (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette got kick and punt returns for touchdowns to help secure one of its biggest wins in program history, 31-14 win over No. 23 Iowa State. On a day when both offenses seemed overmatched, the Ragin’ Cajuns were ignited by Chris Smith’s 95-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and Eric Garror’s 83-yard punt return in the third. Levi Lewis also threw a 78-yard scoring pass to Peter LeBlanc to give Louisiana-Lafayette a 17-14 lead late in the third quarter. Louisiana-Lafayette beat a Top 25 opponent on the road for the first time, having gone 0-26 against ranked foes away from home.

 

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Spencer Rattler passed for 290 yards and four touchdowns in his first start, and No. 5 Oklahoma rolled past Missouri State 48-0. Rattler, a highly touted redshirt freshman, only played the first two quarters and helped the Sooners take a 41-0 lead at halftime. The Sooners led 31-0 at the end of the first quarter. They gained total 608 yards, including 484 passing. It was a rough debut with the Missouri State for coach Bobby Petrino, best known for his success at Louisville and Arkansas.

 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sam Ehlinger passed for a career-high five touchdowns in the first half and No. 14 Texas rolled over UTEP 59-3. Ehlinger’s first throw was a 78-yard touchdown to Joshua Moore on the first play. Ehlinger finished with 426 yards passing and left the game midway through the third quarter. Texas announced a crowd of 15,337 in a stadium that usually holds almost 100,000. Students using season ticket passes had to first pass a COVID-19 test provided by the school on Friday. Texas reported 95 positive cases among 1,198 student tests taken. Students were the only fans required to be tested.

 

The Big Ten university presidents will meet Sunday to hear a presentation about playing a football season _ maybe as soon as late October _ though a vote to restart the postponed season is not guaranteed. A person with direct knowledge of the situation said the Big Ten’s Return to Competition Task Force held a meeting, with the medical subcommittee making a presentation to a subgroup of presidents and chancellors. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Big Ten was not planning to make any announcements about its efforts to return to play, said it was a “positive meeting” that led to the scheduling of a presentation to the full group of presidents and chancellors.

 

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer off Josh Hader in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. NL Central-leading Chicago had gone scoreless for 17 straight innings before breaking through against Hader, who hadn’t allowed a homer all season long. Javier Báez and pinch-hitter Anthony Rizzo sparked the rally with consecutive one-out singles. Heyward then put the Cubs ahead to stay with a deep drive to center for his sixth homer. Lefties were batting just .115 with six homers against Hader in the All-Star reliever’s career coming into the game.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — José Abreu hit a pair of three-run home runs and matched a career high with seven RBIs, and the Chicago White Sox beat Detroit 14-0 for their eighth straight win against the Tigers. Abreu went 4 for 4 a day after his career-best 22-game hitting streak ended. It was the longest streak in the majors this season. Tim Anderson also had four hits, and Eloy Jiménez added three for the AL Central-leading White Sox, who have won seven of eight. Jorge Bonifacio doubled for the Tigers’ lone extra-base hit. They have lost eight of 11.

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers are going to the conference finals for the first time in a decade, ending the longest drought in franchise history. LeBron James scored 29 points and Kyle Kuzma scored 17 as the Lakers eliminated Houston, 119-96 in Game 5 of the conference semifinals.

 

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights continue to outshoot the Dallas Stars without getting the expected results. Anton Khudobin made three of his 32 saves on a crucial 5-on-3 penalty kill late in the Stars’ 2-1 win over the Knights. Khudobin’s netminding has led Dallas to a three-games-to-one lead in the NHL’s Western Conference final.

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka shook off a slow start to claim her third Grand Slam title and second U.S. Open crown since 2018. Osaka was broken three times in the first nine games before rallying for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Victoria Azarenka. The match turned early in the second set with Azarenka up 2-love and serving at 40-30. Osaka climbed out of her funk to take 10- of the 12 games and grab control of the match.

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