Head of college football playoff system in NC

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Major college football was determine its national champion on the field for the first time this year, and the man in charge of the new system is scheduled to talk about it in North Carolina.

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Nishikori beats Dodig to advance at Japan Open

Kei Nishikori of Japan watches the ball while playing against Ivan Dodig of Croatia during their first round match of Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

TOKYO (AP) — Fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan beat Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the Japan Open on Wednesday.

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Purdue keeps searching for answers on offense

Purdue quarterback Danny Etling drops back to throw against Iowa during the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Purdue defeated Iowa 24-10. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The Purdue Boilermakers are searching for answers and trying to find solutions for their struggling offense.

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Phelps apologizes after another brush with the law

In this July 11, 2014, file photo, Michael Phelps walks away from the starting block after winning the men's 100-meter butterfly at the Bulldog Grand Slam swim meet at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland. Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.(AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Michael Phelps can’t seem to break a disturbing pattern.

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A’s lose 9-8 in 12-inning AL wild-card thriller

Oakland Athletics' Eric Sogard, left, and Brandon Moss sit in the dugout after the Athletics lost 9-8 to the Kansas City Royals in 12 innings in the AL wild-card playoff baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics stumbled their way through a late-season swoon, the club that once boasted baseball’s best record scratching its way into the final playoff spot on the last day of the regular season.

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