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Games to watch this weekend

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 26: Stephen Morris

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It’s all about quality this weekend in college football as only three games feature both opponents ranked in the BCS poll. But the three games we are talking about are sure to have a profound impact on the national championship race.

Miami is looking to re-establish itself as a national power, while Florida State needs the win to keep pace with Oregon and Alabama. Oklahoma State and Texas...

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Heisman Trophy trending toward younger players

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before

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Johnny Manziel's Heisman Trophy victory in 2012 wasn't just the first time a freshman won the award. It also was the continuation of the award's recent youth movement.

In the 78 years that the award has been presented to the most outstanding college football player, a senior has won 56 times. That's more than twice as many winners than juniors, sophomores and freshmen combined. However, a...

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JoAnna Kettell nets her 50th goal

SUNY-Old Westbury senior JoAnna Kettell on the move

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SUNY-Old Westbury senior JoAnna Kettell is intent on finishing her soccer career with a bang as she scored two goals in the Panthers' 3-2 win over SUNY Purchase in a Skyline Conference game.

Kettell, a Hauppauge resident who assisted on Stephanie Maybie's winning goal in the 76th minute on Monday, scored in the 48 and 74th minutes for Old Westbury (10-7, 4-3). Kettell's second goal was the...

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No surprise in latest BCS rankings

Florida State's Devonta Freeman looks for an opening

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Oregon jumping Florida State in the latest BCS rankings shouldn’t be a shock. The Ducks ran roughshod over a talented UCLA team, 42-12, while the Seminoles beat a bad NC State team.

Sometimes voters let the “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” scenario take over the decision-making part of their brains. There’s nothing wrong with that in this case because the Ducks (8-0, 5-0 PAC-12) thoroughly...

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CAA gantlet taking toll on SBU

Stony Brook Seawolves defenders Jahrie Level (no. 13)

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The cold, hard facts say Stony Brook’s 31-13 loss to 20th-ranked New Hampshire dropped the Seawolves to ninth place in the 11-member Colonial Athletic Association with a 1-3 record (3-4 overall), and they have yielded an average of 33.7 points in losses to ranked teams Villanova, Towson and UNH.

The eyes tell a slightly different story. SBU was blown out at Villanova after season-ending injuries...

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St. John's Obekpa suspended

Chris Obekpa goes hard to the rim in

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St. John’s sophomore center Chris Obekpa was suspended for the Red Storm’s Tip-Off as well as the team’s two exhibition games against San Francisco State scheduled for Nov. 2 and 3, the University announced Friday. The 6-9 graduate of Our Savior New American was suspended for university policy.

“We expect our student-athletes to conduct themselves in a responsible manner in representing St....

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Chuck Priore: 'Pressure is on UNH'

Stony Brook running back James Kenner runs the

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New Hampshire has qualified for the FCS playoffs for nine straight seasons, the longest current streak in the nation. The question is whether that’s a blessing or a burden for the Wildcats coming into a Colonial Athletic Association matchup 4 p.m. Saturday at Stony Brook that figures to be a make-or-break game for the playoff hopes of both teams.

Each school began the season nationally ranked...

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Games to watch this weekend

Another weekend and another pack of games that will have a huge impact on the BCS national title race. Saturday might be the biggest day of the season for the PAC-12 as UCLA plays at Oregon and Stanford at Oregon State. Texas Tech will look to keep itself at the top of the BIG 12 standings, while Ohio State hopes to avoid being upset by Penn State.

No. 10 Texas Tech (7-0, 4-0 BIG 12) @ No....

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Hofstra WBB begins post-Evans era

Hofstra women's basketball coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey at media

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Hofstra lost significant firepower from last season’s squad, including two program greats in Shante Evans and Candace Bond.

It’s going to take a lot to replace them, especially Evans, Hofstra’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Bond also had a stellar career and was named CAA defensive player of the year last season.

But the Pride, picked sixth in the CAA preseason coaches poll,...

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Nassau CC names Babylon's Joe Osovet interim football coach

Nassau Community College has named Babylon High School graduate Joe Osovet interim football coach, spokesman Chuck Cutolo said. Osovet, the team's offensive coordinator, replaced Curtis Gilliam, who Cutolo said resigned for personal reasons.

Osovet, 41, was an All-Long Island defensive back in high school who attended Nassau for two years before transferring to Northeastern. No. 17 Nassau...

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