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Eagles’ Kelly, Indy’s Luck familiar from college

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For now, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly is up on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in head-to-head matches.But that was college. They’re meeting for the first time in the NFL when the Eagles play in Indianapolis on Monday night.Kelly and Luck met three times in NCAA games when the coach led Oregon and the quarterback played for Stanford. Kelly went 2-1.Kelly says there’s everything to like about Luck....

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Unclear future for guarantee games in playoff era

These first few weeks of the college football season feature dozens of so-called “guarantee games” with smaller programs collecting big paychecks by hitting the road for games against major-conference teams.For instance, South Carolina State’s trip to Clemson last week resulted in a 73-7 loss and a $275,000 payment. UC Davis is getting $350,000 for its season-opening visit to Stanford that resulted in a 45-0 trouncing. Sam Houston State got blown out 56-0 at LSU l...

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Buckeyes have dominated games vs in-state schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After this season, Ohio State only has two games scheduled against other teams from the state.Even though the Big Ten is adding a game to its conference schedule in 2016 — eliminating one more possibility per year of the Buckeyes taking on an in-state opponent — Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has no plans for his football team to stop playing schools from within the state’s borders.

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Many obstacles stand in Rice’s path to a comeback

It’s an enduring fact of life in the NFL: If a player has talent, a team will find a place for him, no matter how bad his off-the-field profile might be.Ray Rice is putting that maxim to the test, as much for the deed he did as the fact that it was documented in a stomach-turning video that will be available forever.After suspending him indefinitely, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell left the door open for Rice’s return, telling CBS, “We would have to make...

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Beaver backs run wild on Fairborn

FAIRBORN — The Fairborn Skyhawks had a rough time containing the Beavercreek running game and protecting the ball on offense, Friday night at Skyhawk Stadium. The Beavers, hungry for their first win, attacked the defensive line and ran up and down the field. They won, 33-21.After a scoreless first quarter, the Beavercreek ground game came alive in the second. Beavercreek junior Tim Bradshaw gained 157 yards rushing by the end of the quarter and three touchdowns. Senior quarte...

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Bengals get chance to stop Falcons, another hot QB

CINCINNATI (AP) — Aaron Rodgers. Tom Brady. Matthew Stafford. Andrew Luck. Philip Rivers. Joe Flacco. Ben Roethlisberger.Cincinnati stopped all of them last season on the way to an AFC North title.So, Matt Ryan coming off the best performance of his career? Not so daunting. The Bengals are sizing him up to be next on the list of quarterbacks gone bad in Cincinnati.“You do not see many mistakes by their defense,” Ryan said.And not m...

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Local Sports Briefs

SOFTBALLFairborn Recreation Department softball standings (Through Sept. 11)TUESDAYMen’s E League — 1.(tie) Mr. P’s, Great Clips (3-1); 3.(tie) Anonymous Joe’s, POKES (2-2); 5.(tie) Relentless Cycle & Speed, Red Wing Shoes (1-3);THURSDAYCoed League — 1. Sweeney Septic (4-2); 2. Anonymous Joe’...

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Moeller muscle too much for Xenia

XENIA — There’s a reason why the Cincinnati Moeller Crusaders are the two-time defending Division I state football champions. They showed exactly why on Friday night, in a lopsided road win at Cox Stadium.The Crusaders (3-0) capitalized on four Xenia first-half turnovers, and roared out to a 35-0 lead in the first quarter of play. A 30-yard touchdown pass from Danny Naylor to Khiyani Harris as time expired in the quarter earned the Buccaneers (2-1) their only score of t...

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Two-time defending champ Moeller rolls over Xenia

XENIA — It’s one thing to face the best Division I high school football team in the state and try to beat them on your own field.It’s entirely another to cough up the ball four times and still try to turn the same feat.Moeller (3-0) showed a crowd of more than 4,000 just why they’re the two-time defending state champs. With near-perfect passing, bruising runners and a distinct size and weight advantage, Moeller rolled to a relatively easy 55-7 win...

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Local Sports Briefs

Kentucky State and Central State to play 31st Circle City Classic®INDIANAPOLIS – Central State University Marauders will compete against rival Kentucky State University Thorobreds in the 31st Circle City Classic® on October 4, 2014.The Circle City Classic® game this year will feature the anticipated Battle of the Bands, one of the highlights of HBCU classics.Kentucky State’s Marching Thorobreds Band is under the dire...

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George apologizes for Twitter comments on Ray Rice

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NBA star Paul George got the message quickly Thursday.After tweeting that Ray Rice should be allowed to continue his NFL career and suggesting he was merely responding to being attacked, George backtracked Thursday, replacing his deleted comments with an apology to women and victims of domestic violence.Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after an elevator video showed Rice knocking out his t...

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