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Golson Accounts for 3 TDs as (11) Notre Dame Thumps Purdue

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Everett Golson threw two touchdowns and ran for another to lead (11) Notre Dame past Purdue 30-14 Saturday.

The 6-foot-1, 200 pound senior quarterback accounted for at least three touchdowns for the third-straight game, and scored on a 15-yard dash at the end of the second quarter to erase the Fighting Irish’s first deficit of the season, and give them the lead heading into halftime.

“He just understands the game,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said of Golson. “The game is slower for him than it was when he was here in his first year. The game has slowed down. He sees the field better. He can see it better. He’s not there yet. We missed some things tonight that would have changed the complexion of the game.”

Notre Dame (3-0) would outscore Purdue (1-2) 13-0 in the second half, giving the Irish its seventh-straight victory over the Boilermakers.

The two teams, which have played each other every year since 1946, will now take a five year break before resuming their rivalry in 2020.

The Fighting Irish have won their first three games of the season for the second time in three years — they last did that in 1987 when they did it in four-straight seasons.

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White Sox Sweep Twins on Viciedo Walk-Off

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — A less than impressive season for Chicago saw a bright spot on Saturday. The White Sox swept a doubleheader with the Minnesota Twins at home, winning Game 1, 5-1, before a walk-off homer in Game 2 notched a 7-6 victory.

Jose Quintana paced the White Sox (68-80) in the opener with 13 strikeouts while Alexei Ramirez homered in the third to open the scoring. His 15th long ball of the year gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the third inning before the team tacked on three more in the eighth. Meanwhile, Quintana (8-10) walked just two batters in seven innings of work.

The nightcap was a little more stressful for the White Sox as Minnesota (62-86) opened up a 4-0 lead in the first inning. After Trevoe Plouffe’s RBI single started the scoring, Oswaldo Arcia slammed a three-run shot off Logan Darnell.

Chicago did battle back though, Avisail Garcia’s three-run blast in the bottom of the first made it a one run game before rookie Jose Abreu tied things up with his 34th homer of the year. The White Sox rallied again in the seventh, tying the game on a Conor Gillaspie single, before the Twins took the lead in the ninth.

Kurt Suzuki doubled off Jake Petricka to give Minnesota a 6-5 lead, and seemingly the win. However, Abreu worked a 15-pitch walk from closer Glen Perkins, starting a rally. Pinch runner Jordan Danks was retired on a fielder’s choice from Garcia, but Dayan Vicideo launched a walk-off, two-run homer to left for the victory.

Chicago has now won four straight games for just the second time all season, the first since May 4-7.

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East Carolina Upsets (17) Virginia Tech, 28-21

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(BLACKSBURG, Va.) — Coming off a thrilling win over Ohio State last weekend, 17th ranked Virginia Tech suffered an equally devastating loss on Saturday after they were upset by East Carolina, 28-21.

With the win, the Pirates snapped a five-game losing streak to ranked opponents. It was their first victory over a ranked team since 2009 when they beat then-No. 18 Houston.

East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden was arguably the player of the game as he completed 23 out of 47 passes for 427 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Carden’s 427 passing yards were the third-most ever allowed by Virginia Tech in a single game.

The biggest play of the game happened with just 16 seconds left in the contest when Carden ran in the game-winning touchdown on the one-yard line to seal with win.

East Carolina wide receiver also had a big game. He finished the day with six catches for 224 yards. Oddly enough, he didn’t catch a touchdown pass in the game.

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Rams Reward Defensive End Robert Quinn with Four-Year Extension

National Football League(NEW YORK) — Recognizing he’s one of hte best defensive lineman in the NFL, the St. Louis Rams have rewarded defensive end Robert Quinn with a four-year extension.

ESPN is reporting Quinn’s new deal is worth $66.575 million with $41.2 million guaranteed. Quinn’s new deal will keep him under contract with St. Louis through the 2019 season. His new will began at the start of 2016.

“My family and I are excited about this opportunity,” Quinn told the team’s official website. “I would like to thank (owner) Mr. (Stan) Kroenke, the organization, my teammates, coaches, and the St. Louis Rams fans for their support. St. Louis has become home for my family and I, and we look forward to being here for the long term.”

Now in his fourth season in the NFL, Quinn has established himself as one of the premier pass rushers in the league.

The 24-year-old Quinn recorded 19.0 sacks last season, which was the second-most in the NFL. He also had 10.5 sacks in 2012.

With Quinn locked up, the Rams have one of the best defensive lines in the league. Along with Quinn they also have Chris Long, Michael Brockers, and rookie Aaron Donald.

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Andrew Luck and Colts Ready for Home Opener

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indianapolis Colts are hoping to get their first win of the season on Monday night when they host the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Colts fell to the Broncos in Denver last week, but quarterback Andrew Luck is staying positive.

“It’s always a nice buzz I think for a Monday night game especially because it’s the home opener,” Luck said this week. “To get in front of the fans at Lucas Oil is what is important. We have to give our fans something to be proud of.”

The Eagles offense will be led by head coach Chip Kelly, who Luck played against during his college days when Kelly coached Oregon.

“We lived it first hand in the Pac-12,” Luck said of Kelly’s explosive offensive ways. “He does so many great things, so many inventive things I think in football. I know as a player I’ve got a lot of respect for him.”

The Eagles came from behind to beat the Jaguars 34-17 after trailing 17-0 at halftime last week.

“It’s really difficult to defend,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said of the Eagles offense. “It’s sideline to sideline, it’s grass basketball. They run the football, they’re a running team. They averaged I think 160 yards a game last year rushing the football and they rushed for 145 against Jacksonville. You think (Nick) Foles is throwing the ball down the field, and I know they were behind and he threw for 300-plus yards last week, but they’re a running football team. They’ve got two dynamic runners that you’ve got to deal with.”

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49ers Ready to Host Bears

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The San Francisco 49ers are looking to improve to 2-0 on Sunday when they will have their season opener at the new $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium against the Chicago Bears.

San Francisco is coming off a 28-17 win over the Cowboys and Chicago has not won in the bay area in almost three decades.

“I think everyone’s focused on Chicago,” 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepnerick said when asked about the pressure of getting a win in their first home game. “I don’t think we’re worried about having our first game here, we’re worried about trying to get this win.”

The last time the Bears won in the Bay Area was in 1985 when they went on to win the Super Bowl.

“Scheme wise, they’re just extremely sound, they know exactly what they want to do,” Bears quarterback Jay Culter said of the 49ers defense. “They’re going to bring pressure; they’ve got very talented guys.”

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Hawks GM Danny Ferry Takes Leave of Absence

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Hawks general manager, Danny Ferry, took an indefinite leave of absence Friday.

Ferry recently came under fire for his racial comments about current Miami Heat forward Luol Deng.

Ferry made the comments during a conference call with the Hawks ownership group in June. The Hawks were interested in signing Deng, and Ferry was reading off a scouting report written by somebody else.

Ferry released a statement regarding the situation:

“No words can adequately describe my remorse for the hurt that I have caused many people through the statements I repeated, most importantly Luol Deng.

“Luol is a good man who I have known for many years and he has done a tremendous amount of good for his country and around the world. I apologize to Luol and I apologize to all that I have offended. As I have said, while these were not my words, I deeply regret repeating them. Almost all the background information I provided during the lengthy presentation regarding Luol was positive and my personal and professional recommendation during the call was very much in favor of adding Luol to our team but I never should have uttered those offensive remarks and for that I apologize.”

There was pressure for Ferry to be fired, but Hawks CEO Steve Koonin refused, instead asking for Ferry to take a leave of absence.

“My hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing,” Koonin said in a statement.

Ferry also stated he plans to undergo sensitivity training.

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NFLPA Approves Drug Policy Changes

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NFL Players Association approved a league proposal to change its drug policy.

Some of the areas the new policy will affect are marijuana procedures, HGH testing and amphetamines.

The threshold for marijuana testing has been raised from 15 to 35 nanograms per milliliter.

As for amphetamines, a first time positive test during the offseason will now be evaluated under the Substances of Abuse Policy. During the season, violations will still be viewed under the Performance Enhancing Drug Policy.

Finally, human growth hormone testing has been approved for the 2014 season.

The changes will have an immediate effect on the status of a few players. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Broncos receiver Wes Welker and Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick will be allowed to rejoin their teams.

Schefter also reports, Browns receiver Josh Gordon has had his yearlong suspension reduced to 10 games.

“This is an historic moment for our Players and our League,” NFLPA President Eric Winston said. “We have collectively bargained drug policies that will keep the game clean and safe, but also provide our players with an unprecedented level of fairness and transparency. Players should be proud of their union for standing up for what was best for the game.”

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A’s Activate Closer Doolittle from DL

iStockphoto(SEATTLE) — Oakland Athletics closer Sean Doolittle was activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday.

Doolittle has been on the DL since Aug. 24 due to a strained right intercostal muscle.

Before getting injured, Doolittle converted 20 of his 23 save opportunities while posting a 2.28 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 80 strikeouts through 55 1/3 innings pitched.

Getting Doolittle back should be a lift for the A’s, who went 5-12 when he was on the DL.

The Athletics are currently a half game ahead of Seattle and Kansas City for the top wild card spot in the American League.

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Kyle Busch Takes Pole at Chicagoland

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(JOLIET, Ill.) — Kyle Busch is on the pole for Sunday’s opening round race for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship at Chicagoland Speedway.

After qualifying was rained out, the top spot for the race went to Busch because he had the fastest practice speed.

“Having a good (speed) there in practice means a lot,” Busch said. “But there’s obviously a lot of things that need to happen in the race this weekend for us and getting off to a good start and being able to carry that into the next 10 weeks.”

Ryan Newman will start second, followed by Carl Edwards.

Under the new rules the 10-race Chase, which now includes 16 drivers, will eliminate four drivers from contention every three races.

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