Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) — A 64-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook to Tony Lippett opened the scoring for Michigan State football in 2014. It also started a brief injury scare as Cook needed to be helped off the field following a hit to his leg.

That scare did not last long as Cook returned to throw three touchdowns in helping the eighth-ranked Michigan State Spartans to a 45-7 win over Jacksonville State. The junior completed his first nine passes of the game and finished the day going 12-for-13 for 285 yards before sitting out the second half.

The defending Big Ten Champions led 38-0 at halftime before resting the majority of their starters. The Gamecocks, considered a top team in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), didn’t get on the board until the Max Shortell found Markis Merrill for a nine-yard strike.

“I was proud of our kids on how we finished the game,” said Jacksonville State head coach John Grass. “We dug a hole early, and you can’t do that against a team like Michigan State. They’ve got a team that’s going to make a run at a national championship. I really believe that.”

The Spartans will have a much tougher task next week when they take on the No. 3 Oregon Ducks.

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) — A 64-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook to Tony Lippett opened the scoring for Michigan State football in 2014. It also started a brief injury scare as Cook needed to be helped off the field following a hit to his leg.

That scare did not last long as Cook returned to throw three touchdowns in helping the eighth-ranked Michigan State Spartans to a 45-7 win over Jacksonville State. The junior completed his first nine passes of the game and finished the day going 12-for-13 for 285 yards before sitting out the second half.

The defending Big Ten Champions led 38-0 at halftime before resting the majority of their starters. The Gamecocks, considered a top team in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), didn’t get on the board until the Max Shortell found Markis Merrill for a nine-yard strike.

“I was proud of our kids on how we finished the game,” said Jacksonville State head coach John Grass. “We dug a hole early, and you can’t do that against a team like Michigan State. They’ve got a team that’s going to make a run at a national championship. I really believe that.”

The Spartans will have a much tougher task next week when they take on the No. 3 Oregon Ducks.

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ANDREW YATES/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — The No. 2 seed in the U.S. Open rolled to a straight set win over Sam Groth on Friday. Roger Federer defeated the Australian 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, despite consistently facing serves in excess of 130 m.p.h.

“I’m aware of every serve, how hard it is after the point when he goes big, because I think it’s interesting and I want to see,” Federer said. “Sometimes I feel it, as well. I’m like, ‘That felt like 138,’ and it might be just a couple off.”

Facing the big-hitting Groth, Federer limited him to just eight aces while breaking the Aussie’s serve five different times. The Swiss superstar has won five U.S. Open Championships as part of his 17 Major titles.

Federer’s win improved him to 54-1 all-time in Grand Slam second round matches and sets him up for a date with Spaniard Marcell Granollers.

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Rob Carr/Getty Images(TORONTO) — New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka returned to New York on Friday with what is being called “general soreness”. The right-hander was attempting to return from a torn ligament in his elbow suffered in July.

“I want to be a little bit cautious. I haven’t been throwing for a couple of weeks and then I started throwing again and built up the number of pitches that I’ve been throwing,” said Tanaka via his interpreter, Shingo Horie. “I think that’s the reason why there’s a little bit of extra soreness in the arm itself.”

Tanaka, almost a lock for American League Rookie of the Year before the injury, threw 49 pitches in a simulated game prior to the Yankees taking on the Detroit Tigers on August 28. Following his performance, Tanaka said he was experiencing a feeling of soreness which then raised questions about his return this season.

“I don’t have percentages,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’d like him to pitch for us, too. But as I’ve said all along, this is something we’re either going to know or not know when he gets into competition.

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Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(LINCOLN CITY, Ore.) — A girl playing on an Oregon beach died Friday when a large hole she was playing in collapsed and buried her, officials told ABC News.

Frantic efforts by others on the beach were unable to rescue the 9-year-old girl.

“When we arrived on the scene with some of our officers, people were trying to dig the girl out of a fairly large hole, but the thing kept collapsing back in on them,” Lt. Jerry Palmer of the Lincoln City police department said.

“When they finally got her out she was unconscious and not breathing,” Palmer said.

Fire Rescue Capt. Jim Kusz said the girl was under the sand for about five minutes.

Palmer said his officers performed CPR on the girl until medics arrived, but when she was taken to the hospital “she was not breathing.” She was later pronounced dead.

The lieutenant said he did not know whether the girl, who was not immediately identified, had dug the hole or was playing in a hole that she had found on the beach.

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Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(LINCOLN CITY, Ore.) — A girl playing on an Oregon beach died Friday when a large hole she was playing in collapsed and buried her, officials told ABC News.

Frantic efforts by others on the beach were unable to rescue the 9-year-old girl.

“When we arrived on the scene with some of our officers, people were trying to dig the girl out of a fairly large hole, but the thing kept collapsing back in on them,” Lt. Jerry Palmer of the Lincoln City police department said.

“When they finally got her out she was unconscious and not breathing,” Palmer said.

Fire Rescue Capt. Jim Kusz said the girl was under the sand for about five minutes.

Palmer said his officers performed CPR on the girl until medics arrived, but when she was taken to the hospital “she was not breathing.” She was later pronounced dead.

The lieutenant said he did not know whether the girl, who was not immediately identified, had dug the hole or was playing in a hole that she had found on the beach.

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The lawyer for Josh Shaw, the USC football captain suspended for lying about how he injured himself, has advised Shaw to stop talking to police investigators, he told ABC News Friday.

The football player spoke twice with Los Angeles Police, lawyer Donald Etra told ABC News, but he has advised Shaw to not do any more interviews with the cops.

“It is now time to move on,” Etra said.

Shaw originally claimed that he sprained both his ankles last Saturday leaping from a second floor balcony to save his young nephew who was floundering in a swimming pool. He later admitted the story was bogus as police reports surfaced that they were called to a Los Angeles address that same night after receiving calls about a woman screaming.

Police initially investigated whether the apartment of Shaw’s girlfriend had been burglarized, but police spokeswoman Nuria Vanegas told ABC News that they are now trying to determine whether Shaw and his girlfriend were involved in a domestic dispute.

Detectives from the LAPD said they would like to speak to Shaw regarding the possible domestic dispute.

Vanegas pointed out that a domestic dispute is different from domestic violence, which is a crime. A domestic dispute is not a crime.

Shaw is not a suspect or considered a person of interest in the burglary investigation, she said.

USC has suspended Shaw indefinitely.

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Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR(ATLANTA) — Tony Stewart spoke for the first time since killing sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. on August 9.

Stewart will race on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway and had missed the last three races following the tragic death.

“This has been one of the toughest tragedies I’ve ever had to deal with, both professionally and personally. This is something that will definitely affect my life forever,” said Stewart, who has missed the past three Sprint Cup races after Ward’s death Aug. 9. “This is a sadness and a pain that I hope no one has to experience in their life. That being said, I know that the pain and the mourning that Kevin Ward’s family and friends are experiencing is something that I can’t possibly imagine.”

Stewart was granted the right to still compete for the Chase for the championship, despite the rule stating that each driver must attempt to either qualify or race the car in every points-paying event to be eligible for the Chase.

“As a league and our responsibility to try to make decisions that are correct and right, sometimes we evaluate circumstances that are given us, and then make those decisions as correctly as we can,” NASCAR president Mike Helton said. “After evaluating the circumstances around this occurrence, we’ve come to the conclusion that Tony would be eligible to participate, if he were to earn a spot in it.”

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