Football Texture/iStockphoto(LINCOLN, NE) — With a masterful effort from running back Ameer Abdullah the Nebraska Cornhuskers ran right through the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 42-24.

Abdullah broke a school record with 341 all-purpose yards, surpassing Roy Helu’s previous record of 321 yards from scrimmage. The diminutive running back scampered for 225 yards and three touchdowns.

Nebraska is now 7-1 with an upcoming matchup against Purdue.

Rutgers continues to receive a rude awakening to the realities of playing in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights are now 1-3 in conference play and coming off a 56-17 drubbing from Ohio State the previous week.

Quarterback Gary Nova remained unimpressive completing 8 of 19 passes, throwing one touchdown and one interception before suffering an injury to his knee at the end of the first half.

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Leon Halip/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, FL) — Gerald McCoy is now the highest paid defensive tackle in NFL history.

The Buccaneers re-signed their 2010 first round pick to a seven-year $98 million dollar contract extension with $51.5 million in guarantees.

McCoy struggled with injuries in his first two seasons, but has proven to be one of the most dominant nose tackles over the past two. He has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons and was named a 2013 All-Pro.

Despite McCoy’s individual success, the Buccaneers continue to struggle. The team is currently 1-5 and coming off a 4-12 record in 2013.

Now with a new contract in hand, McCoy can maintain focus on bringing the Bucs back to postseason prominence.

“That’s eating away at me, man,” McCoy said earlier this season. “I do all this training and preparing, trying to do what I can for my team for us to get to the playoffs. I just want to experience it.”

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Craig Spencer/LinkedIn(NEW YORK) — The family of Morgan Dixon, the fiancée of the New York doctor who tested positive for Ebola, said in a statement Saturday that they are confident in the medical care he’s receiving.

Dr. Craig Spencer has been in an isolation unit at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan since Thursday. His fiancée, Morgan Dixon, is also quarantined there, although she hasn’t shown any symptoms of the virus.

“The Dixon family is asking for your thoughts and prayers for Craig Spencer and his fiancee, our daughter, Morgan Dixon,” read the statement.

The Dixon family said they have not had physical contact with their daughter or Spencer, 33, since his return to New York from Guinea.

Two friends of Spencer are also under quarantine at home. Neither has shown symptoms of the virus.

Spencer became the fourth person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after he was hospitalized Thursday. He developed a fever that morning and alerted authorities, who transported the doctor from his Harlem apartment in a specially designated ambulance.

“We have confidence in the medical care Craig is receiving and we are hoping for a complete recovery,” the Dixon family said.

Health officials said he felt tired on Tuesday and then spent a day out in the city on Wednesday. Spencer returned to the U.S. on October 17 after treating Ebola patients for Doctors Without Borders.

“We are very proud of and support the work Craig has been involved with throughout this career,” the Dixon family said.

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NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(LAS VEGAS) — Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant stands behind future Hall of Famer Steve Nash’s decision to hang it up this week.

Nash announced his retirement following another back injury and Bryant said on Friday that he knows Nash did everything he could to get back on the court.

“You can control what you can control,” Bryant said. “He did everything to get back and play at a high level. From that standpoint he should be able to sleep at night. I know I would. I can only think about that in my situation; I just tried to do everything possible to be ready, and if it wasn’t in the cards, if I couldn’t get back to being at that level, you just have to accept it and when you lay your head down you know that you did absolutely everything possible.”

Bryant would have liked to play a full season with Nash, but understands that his teammate made the right choice.

“It’s tough,” said Bryant.. “I just asked him if he was in good spirits and he said, ‘Yeah.’ It kind of is what it is at this point. … He struggled with his back even when he was in his prime. I really don’t think it’s an age thing, it’s an injury thing. He’s had to deal with it his entire career, and it just caught up with him now.”

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak reached out to the league about applying for a disabled player exception.

“I think all he knows is that he can’t continue to play,” Kupchak said. “Whenever he feels like he can, he tries to and then he gets set back three or four weeks. There’s age, there’s life after basketball. The only reason he’s playing this year is because he loves to play, so there’s a lot racing through his head. The bottom line is he can’t put it together.”

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ABC News(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) — A cafeteria worker tried stopping a freshman homecoming prince who opened fire inside his Washington state high school, killing one person and injuring four others – including two of his relatives – before shooting himself.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Saturday that it had finished its on-scene investigation of the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, about 40 miles north of Seattle. Eyewitnesses and law enforcement sources identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman at the school.

The Sheriff’s Office didn’t detail what the cafeteria worker did while attempting to stop Fryberg, 14.

A .40 caliber handgun was recovered from the school, said the Sheriff’s Office, which believes it was the weapon used in the Friday shooting that left one female victim dead.

Marysville police have said the gun used in the shooting was legally acquired, though have not said by whom.

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Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A preliminary test for Ebola came back negative for a health care worker who was quarantined at a New Jersey airport after she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, the state’s Health Department said in a statement Saturday.

The woman, who hasn’t been identified, was quarantined at Newark Liberty International Airport despite not having any symptoms, health officials said. Hours later, she developed a fever.

The woman was transferred to University Hospital in Newark, where she remains in isolation.

On Friday, governors in New York and New Jersey announced that they would enforce mandatory quarantines for all travelers who had contact with Ebola-infected people and were arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Illinois Department of Public Health also announced a mandatory 21-day home quarantine for high-risk individuals who cared for Ebola patients in the same countries.

The announcements came a day after Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, who treated Ebola patients in Guinea, tested positive for the virus. He is isolated at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control also tightened guidelines on Thursday to require 21-day self-monitoring — but not quarantines — for travelers to Ebola-affected regions.

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – MLB – World Series Game 3: Kansas City Royals 3 – San Francisco Giants 2 (Royals Lead World Series, 2-1)

NHL: Dallas Stars 3 (4-1-2) – New Jersey Devils 2 (3-2-2) – Shootout

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (5-2-1) – Winnipeg Jets 2 (2-5-0)

Anaheim Ducks 4 (7-1-0, 14pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (4-3-0, 8pts)

Edmonton Oilers 6 (3-4-1, 7pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 3 (0-5-2, 2pts)

Colorado Avalanche 7 (2-4-2, 6pts) – Vancouver Canucks 3 (4-3-0, 8pts)

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — Once again the Kansas City Royals’ bullpen proved its worth.

Kelvin Herrera, Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined to pitch four innings of hitless relief to lead the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants, in Game 3 of the World Series Friday night.

The Royals now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Kansas City headed into the bottom of the sixth with a 3-0 lead. But after starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie let up back-to-back hits, the second being an RBI double by Michael Morse, Royals skipper Ned Yost made the call to his trusty pen. Kelvin Herrera came in first. He walked Gegor Blanco before getting three straight-groundouts, yielding only one run, to preserve the Royals lead. The Giants only had one more baserunner the rest of the way, as the Royals improve their record to 9-1 in this postseason.

“This is the way our games have gone all year,” Yost said. “I’m getting really good at protecting a one-run lead because a lot of times that’s exactly what we have to deal with. “But I have the necessary tools to be able to do that. It’s not me doing it. It’s the guys that we put out there that are doing it. We have the type of pitchers in our bullpen that can accomplish that.”

Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain all had RBIs in the win.

Giants pitcher Tim Hudson, who was pitching in the first World Series game of his career, went 5 2/3 innings allowing four hits, three runs, one walk while striking out two in the loss.

Game 4 is Saturday in San Francisco. The Royals send Jason Vargas to the mound. He’ll be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong.

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BananaStock(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) — Despite not qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title, Jamie McMurray won the poll at Martinsville Speedway Friday.

McMurray ran a lap of 99.905 mph, which is a qualifying record, to earn the top starting position for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.

“We made the car better throughout the test and hit on a couple of things that really had a lot of speed in it, so I was pretty excited about getting here this weekend,” McMurray said. “Our cars have been so quick the past two or three months. This is a great track for me, we had a really good test, and when things are going well, you get excited to come to the track.”

Championship contenders Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth qualified second and third.

Martinsville will be the first of three races that will determine the four final drivers that will compete for the Sprint Cup title Nov. 16 at Homestead.

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NFL via Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indianapolis Colts will be without receiver Reggie Wayne when they take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh Sunday, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Friday.

Wayne suffered an elbow injury during the team’s victory over Cincinnati last Sunday.

Wayne didn’t practice all week and has had a compression sleeve on his left arm.

The 35-year-old Wayne, has 38 catches for 434 yards and a touchdown in seven games this season.

The Colts (5-2) are looking for their sixth straight win.

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