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Clemson’s Lawrence makes quick work of Citadel

UNDATED (AP) — There was no man-bites-dog scenario as top-ranked Clemson hosted The Citadel Saturday afternoon.

Trevor Lawrence threw for three touchdowns in just nine passing attempts before the Tigers completed a 49-0 trouncing of The Citadel. Lawrence also rushed for his third TD already this season, leading the way as the Tigers improved to 35-0 against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision.

Lawrence was 8 for 9 for 168 yards, including scoring passes of 54 and 17 yards to Frank Ladson Jr. and 44 yards to Amari Rodgers.

The Heisman Trophy favorite was largely done when Clemson went up 28-0 in the first quarter.

In other top-25 action:

— Ian Book ran for three first-half touchdowns as No. 7 Notre Dame earned its 20th straight home win, 52-0 against South Florida. The Fighting Irish led 35-0 at halftime and posted a 52-point shutout for the second consecutive year.

— Chuba Hubbard was limited to 35 yards in the first half but scored on a 3-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter to lift No. 11 Oklahoma State to a 16-7 victory over Tulsa. Freshman Alex Hale made two of his three field goals in the final quarter.

— Gerrid Doaks scored four touchdowns, including a career-high three rushing TDs in 13th-ranked Cincinnati’s 55-20 pounding of Austin Peay (pee). Desmond Ridder passed for 196 yards and two TDs for the Bearcats in a game that originally was scheduled for Sept. 3.

— Dillon Gabriel threw for a career-best 417 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 14 Central Florida to a 49-21 rout of Georgia Tech. Tre Nixon and Marlon Williams each hauled in a pair of TD passes for the Knights.

— Elijah Mitchell rushed for 164 yards, including the winning touchdown in overtime to complete No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette’s comeback in a 34-31 triumph over Georgia State. The Ragin’ Cajuns couldn’t seal the victory until Mitchell scampered 12 yards around right end for the final score.

— Marshall pulled off a mild surprise as Brenden Knox rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown in a 17-7 triumph over No. 23 Appalachian State. Quarterback Grant Wells came up with back-to-back big plays to help the Thundering Herd beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2003 at No. 6 Kansas State.

— Kenny Pickett threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 25 Pittsburgh’ stifled Syracuse, 21-10. Pitt limited the Orange to 171 total yards, 69 of them coming on backup quarterback Rex Culpepper’s second-quarter touchdown strike to a streaking Taj Harris.


Big Ten releases its football schedule

UNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten has released the schedule for its eight-week football season that will start the weekend of Oct. 24.

The Big Ten championship game will be played Dec. 19 in Indianapolis, matching the two division champions. The tentative plan is to match teams with similar finishes in the respective division standings.

Last month the Big Ten decided against playing football in the fall because of concerns about COVID-19. It reversed that decision this week.

In other college football news:

— Florida State coach Mike Norvell has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not coach the Seminoles in-person this week as they prepare for Miami. Norvell released a statement Saturday saying he tested positive a day earlier but is feeling fine. Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen is taking over Norvell’s duties, but the first-year head coach said he still intends to remain involved.


Wolff attacks Winged Foot, leads by 2

MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — A 21-year-old will carry the lead into the final day of the U.S. Open.

Matthew Wolff surged to the top of the leaderboard with a 5-under 65, tying the lowest Open round ever at Winged Foot. He had six birdies and just one bogey to get to 5 under in his first U.S. Open.

Bryson DeChambeau is alone in second, two shots back. He bogeyed his final hole and settled for a 3-under 67 after coming into the round at even par.

Former British Open champ Louis Ousthiesen is the only other player under par at minus-1. Xander Schauffele (SHOW’-flee), Harris English and Hideki Matsuyama (hih-DEH’-kee mat-soo-YAH-mah) are at even par.


Hayward activated

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Celtics have listed forward Gorden Hayward as active for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight against the Miami Heat.

Hayward has been out 4 1/2 weeks with a Grade III ankle sprain There’s every indication that his right ankle is now well enough to allow him to play. Hayward played 34 minutes in Game 1 of Boston’s first-round series against Philadelphia when he hurt the right ankle.

Hayward had a strong season for the Celtics, averaging 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists on exactly 50% shooting.


A’s get second straight 6-0 win over Giants

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics’ series against their Bay Area rivals has looked like a tennis match so far.

The A’s picked up their second consecutive 6-0 victory over the Giants as recently-acquired Jake Lamb belted a two-run homer while Oakland scored five times in the seventh to break it open.

Lefty starter Jesús Luzardo won for the first time in his last five starts, giving up five hits and no walks while striking out seven over six innings.

Kevin Gausman limited the Athletics to one run over six innings before the Giants’ bullpen experienced a meltdown.

The A’s will clinch their first AL West title in seven years on Saturday if the Astros lose to the Diamondbacks.


Tommy John for Verlander…Gardenhire retires

UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Astros have lost their top manager, while the Detroit Tigers have lost their manager.

Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner said he felt something in his elbow during a recent simulated game. It was determined that surgery would be the best option.

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire announced his immediate retirement prior to Detroit’s game against the Indians. Gardenhire turns 63 next month. He says he hasn’t been feeling well and needs to take care of himself. Bench coach Lloyd McClendon will serve as manager the rest of the season.


Bettman eyes December or January start for NHL

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Commissioner Gary Bettman says he wouldn’t be surprised if the next NHL season begins after the tentatively planned Dec. 1 start date.

Bettman said Saturday in his annual pre-Stanley Cup Final news conference there is still too much uncertainty to know what that season will look like. He refused to speculate on the possibility of an all-Canadian division given the closure of the U.S.-Canada border.


21-year-old Slovenian set to win Sunday

LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France (AP) — A 21-year-old from Slovenia is all but guaranteed to become the youngest post-World War II winner of the Tour de France.

Tadek Pogacar will roll into Paris Sunday in what is traditionally a ceremonial last stage with a lead of 59 seconds over fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic.

Not since British riders Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome finished 1-2 at the 2012 Tour has one nation taken the top two spots.

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