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1-2 matchup in Tuscaloosa…Penn State visits Minnesota…Ohio State down a key player

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The top two teams in the Associated Press poll meet this afternoon when No. 1 LSU visits No. 2 Alabama. President Donald Trump plans to be there for what could be a showdown between Heisman Trophy-contending quarterbacks, LSU’s Joe Burrow and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah). That is, if the Tide quarterback is cleared to play on his surgically repaired right ankle. Coach Nick Saban has said that will be “a game-time decision.”

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two perfect records are on the line when No. 5 Penn State visits No. 13 Minnesota. The outcome will have a significant impact on the Big Ten championship chase. The Nittany Lions are tied with Ohio State for first place in the East Division two weeks ahead of a showdown against the Buckeyes, and the Golden Gophers have a two-game lead on Iowa and Wisconsin in the West Division with the Hawkeyes and Badgers facing each other today. The game also has implications for the College Football Playoff field.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Ohio State will be missing a key player today against Maryland. Chase Young, a star defensive end and Heisman Trophy possibility, is being held out amid concerns that he violated NCAA rules by taking a loan last year from someone he describes as a “family friend.” The preseason All-American for the No. 3 Buckeyes acknowledges he “made a mistake.”

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Uncertainty surrounds the University of Memphis basketball season after the school disclosed that second-year coach and former NBA star Penny Hardaway gave more than $11,000 to the family of top prospect James Wiseman. No. 14 Memphis announced yesterday that Wiseman was going to be kept out of games based on the NCAA’s interpretation of a rule. His attorney then obtained a temporary restraining order that allowed Wiseman to play last night. He had 17 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in a 92-46 win over Illinois-Chicago.

SHIGA, Japan (AP) — Local favorite Ai Suzuki shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Japan Classic. Suzuki had seven birdies at the par-72 Seta Golf course. Gaby Lopez shot a 67 and was in second place in the final event of the LPGA Tour’s Asia Swing.

Associated Press

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