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Heisman race update

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Is the Heisman Trophy Jameis Winston’s to lose? Assuming a potential sexual assault charge isn’t levied before Heisman votes are due, it could be. Winston was masterful in Florida State’s 37-7 win over Florida, throwing for 327 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.

Winston, barring a complete meltdown, should cement his status as the front runner after next weekend's showdown with Duke in the ACC title...

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Games to watch Saturday

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The college football season clearly has saved its best for the last regular season weekend off the season. Alabama plays at Auburn, Florida hosts Florida State, Texas A&M visits Missouri and Ohio State is at Michigan. Each of those games, and a few others not mentioned, could have some sort of effect on the BCS national championship and the Heisman Trophy race.

No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0...

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Heisman race still open

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It's rare to see the Heisman Trophy race in such flux. For a while, it was all about Johnny Manziel, then it was about Marcus Mariota, then about Jameis Winston. At this point, it's anybody's race. If integrity and character weren't factors in the voting, Winston would probably win in a walk. But his legal problems opened the door for two to three other players. A.J. McCarron, who bested Manziel...

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WBB Metro Poll: Storm No. 1, Stony Brook 9th

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The top three remain the same in this week’s women’s metro hoops poll, with St. John’s occupying the top spot. Fordham is up two spots to fourth after two straight wins, while Iona moves up from seventh to fifth after three straight wins.

Army also surged, jumping up three places to sixth. Sacred Heart fell three spots to seventh, while St. Francis remained at eighth. Stony Brook moved up...

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WBB: Pride lets one go, but there is hope

Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens guard/forward Elena Delle Donne

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Hofstra let one get away last weekend, but all indications are that this is a squad that is on the rise.

The Pride (2-3) lost a heartbreaker, 77-72 (OT), to an undefeated Virginia Tech squad on Saturday night. Annie Payton had 20 points and Anma Onyeuku had 17 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

An early win over Robert Morris and a victory over a Fordham squad fresh off a 20-plus...

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Metro Hoops Poll: Stony Brook on top

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After taking two of three games at the 2K Sports Classic in Detroit, Stony Brook regains the top spot in the Metro Hoops Poll. Stony Brook sophomore big man Jameel Warney had arguably the best two-game stretch in program history, totaling 55 points and 40 rebounds. He had 32 points and 21 boards in Sunday’s 104-102 (3 OT), win over Detroit.

St. John’s comes in at No. 2, while Manhattan held...

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Auburn, Mizzou, Ok St. make strides in BCS

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It was certainly one of the most topsy-turvy weekends in college football. Baylor and Oregon getting crushed opened the door for Ohio State, Auburn and Missouri. Even No. 7 Oklahoma State now has an outside shot at the BCS title game.

No. 1 Alabama and fourth-ranked Auburn play each other, while No. 5 Missouri still has its regular-season finale against Texas A&M. No. 2 Florida State still...

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Games to watch this weekend

BRYCE PETTY QB, Baylor, Junior 2013 stats: 153-234,

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All eyes will be on the Big 12 this Saturday as Baylor and Oklahoma State go head-to-head. Obviously Ohio State and Oregon will be rooting for Oklahoma State. Arizona State and UCLA are battling for PAC-12 South supremacy. The winner there has a chance at a date with either Oregon or Stanford in the PAC-12 title game. 

No. 4 Baylor (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) @ No. 10 Oklahoma State (9-1, 6-1),...

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The best freshmen class ever?

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Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and Andrew Wiggins are four names you will hear over and over again.

And the hype won’t end anytime soon.

Some are calling this the best freshman class ever. Most believe all four (assuming they all declare) will be among the top five picks in the draft. Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart might be a top four selection.

If the early...

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WBB Metro Poll: SJU 1, Hofstra 5th

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The top three remained in place this week. Sacred Heart jumped up one spot after a 77-64 win over Yale. Hofstra is up two places after a 13-point win over Fordham, which held steady at sixth. Iona is up on spot to seventh, while St. Francis surges into the poll for the first time this season despite of tough loss at St. John’s. Army is also in the poll for the first time, while Stony Brook is 10th...

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