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Michigan No. 3 beats Ohio State 45-23 for the second straight season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — JJ McCarthy threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, Donovan Edwards ran for two long TDs in the fourth quarter and No. 3 Michigan retired to take a 45-23 win from No. 2 in Ohio State hopes to keep his national title firmly on course. McCarthy capitalized on holes in the Buckeyes’ second-degree standings to help Michigan record back-to-back wins against Ohio State for the first time in over two decades and leave Ohio Stadium with a win for the first time since 2000.

Messi leads Argentina to a 2-0 win over Mexico at the World Cup

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi scored another crucial goal for Argentina in their 2-0 win over Mexico that sparked the team’s World Cup chances. Messi took a touch from Angel Di Maria’s pass across the face of the box and fired a low shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner in the 64th minute. Substitute Enzo Fernandez added a second goal in the 87th minute. Argentina bounced back from a shocking 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia in the opening game. The team are second in Group C ahead of their last game against Poland on Wednesday. Messi, 35, is likely to play at his last World Cup.

South Carolina beats Clemson for second straight top 10 win

CLEMSON, SC (AP) — Spencer Rattler threw for 360 yards and two touchdowns and South Carolina beat a top-10 opponent for the second week in a row with a 31-30 win over No. 7 Clemson. The Gamecocks bounced back from 0 :14 in the first quarter, ending a seven-game losing streak. They also ended the Tigers’ 40-game home winning streak that stretched through 2016. Antwane Wells Jr. had nine catches for 131 yards, including both of Rattler’s TD throws. A week ago, South Carolina stunned then-fifth-ranked Tennessee 63-38.

Kiffin stays with Ole Miss; Auburn is interested in Freeze

Mississippi football coach Lane Kiffin said he informed school officials he was staying. That puts an end to speculation that he was the front-runner for the head coaching position at Auburn. Kiffin told The Associated Press in a voice message, “We still have work to do.” He added that he has not signed a contract extension with Ole Miss. Kiffin, 47, is 23-12 in three seasons as Rebels coach. A person familiar with Auburn’s search told the AP that the school is interested in Liberty coach Hugh Freeze. The person spoke of anonymity because Auburn did not release details of his search.

No. 1 Georgia overcomes slow start, leads Georgia Tech 37-14

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes and No. 1 Georgia ended a straight undefeated regular season for the first time in school history by overcoming a slow start and beating Georgia Tech 37-14. Georgia trailed 7-0 early but had 37 unanswered points for their fifth straight win in the state rivalry. The Bulldogs only led Georgia Tech 10-7 at halftime before overwhelming the Yellow Jackets with their running game. Kenny McIntosh and Kendall Milton ran for touchdowns. Georgia passed Georgia Tech 264-40. Georgia advances into next week’s Southeastern Conference championship game against No. 6 LSU.

Nebraska signs Matt Rhule to an 8-year contract as football coach

Nebraska have signed Matt Rhule to an eight-year contract as the Cornhuskers’ next football coach. The school said Rhule would be unveiled at a press conference on Monday and contract terms would then be announced. Rhule, 47, has been unemployed for less than two months since he was fired from the Carolina Panthers. Nebraska has lost six straight seasons and is more than 20 years from its heyday in the 1990s. Rhule took over ailing programs at Temple and Baylor and built them into conference contenders in three years. He was 11-27 with Carolina before being fired after a 1-4 start.

Centeio leads JMU in No. 23 Coastal Carolina’s 47-7 game

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Todd Centeio threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth as James Madison defeated No. 23 Coastal Carolina 47-7 in his postseason game. JMU earned a technical share of the league’s East Division title with the same 6-2 Sun Belt Conference record as the Chanticleers. But the Dukes are ineligible for a title due to their transition to the bowl subdivision. When the game was over, Queen’s “We are the Champions” blared through the stadium. The Chanticleers were the first AP Top 25 visitors to ever play at Bridgeforth Stadium. They were the only team in the Group of Five to lose.

Mbappe scores 2 points, France advances to KO round of World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Kylian Mbappe scored twice to propel defending champions France into the knockout rounds of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Denmark. Mbappe put France ahead in the 61st minute and scored the winning goal with his right thigh in the 86th minute as Les Bleus advanced to the next round as the first team. Denmark’s full-back Andreas Christensen equalized for his team with a header in the 68th minute. Mbappe has scored three goals in Qatar so far. When France became world champions four years ago, he scored four goals.

World Cup viewer guide: Germany aiming for World Cup rebound

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – Germany is trying to avoid elimination from the group stage for a second straight World Cup when they face Spain on Sunday. A defeat against Spain would mean three World Cup defeats in a row for Germany. The team hadn’t failed to exit the group stage since 1938 before being eliminated early in 2018. Spain come into the game after a 7-0 win over Costa Rica in what has been the most one-sided game of the tournament so far. Canada plays Croatia, Japan plays Costa Rica and Belgium meets Morocco in other games.

Biggest World Cup audience for 28 years sees Messi play

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi played in front of a crowd of 88,966 as Argentina beat Mexico 2-0. It was the largest crowd at a World Cup game in 28 years. FIFA says Lusail Stadium has hosted the most people at the World Cup since the 1994 final. 91,194 people attended the Rose Bowl in California to see Brazil beat Italy in that penalty shootout. The record attendance at the World Cup is 173,850 at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Uruguay beat hosts Brazil 2-1 in the final game of the 1950 tournament.

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