KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs will welcome the Texans to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday for a rematch in name only of their Week 6 game won by Houston. Besides the fact that a spot in the AFC title game is riding on the outcome this time, Kansas City is such a markedly different team that their early October matchup is largely meaningless. Five starters were out that game and the Chiefs' defense was a mess. Now, all those big names are back on the field, and new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's D is playing as well as any unit in the NFL.
UNDATED (AP) — About two-thirds of Americans support college athletes being permitted to earn money for endorsements. That's according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Support for the NCAA allowing college athletes to cash in on their names, images and likenesses is especially high among young adults, as well as black Americans and Hispanics. NCAA officials and college sports leaders are now trying to sort out how to make it work.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oscar Tshiebwe scored 12 points and Derek Culver had nine points and 12 rebounds to help lead No. 17 West Virginia to a 55-41 victory over Oklahoma State. Miles McBride also had 10 points for West Virginia (12-2, 1-1 Big 12), which is now 5-1 in its last six outings. Lindy Waters had 12 points for Oklahoma State (9-5, 0-2), which is 2-5 in its last seven after starting the season 7-0.
UNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga, Duke and Kansas remain atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll. The Bulldogs received 54 first-place votes from a 65-member media panel. The Blue Devils had nine first-place votes and the Jayhawks two. No. 4 Baylor moved into the top five for the first time in three years and undefeated Auburn rose to No. 5. Butler climbed five spots to No. 6 for the program's highest ranking ever. San Diego State is the only other undefeated Division I team. The Aztecs jumped six spots to No. 7. Michigan State, Oregon and Florida State round out the top 10.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the agreement says the Dallas Cowboys and Mike McCarthy have reached a deal for the former Green Bay coach to succeed Jason Garrett. Garrett had an expiring contract coming off a make-or-break season that ended with Dallas missing the playoffs for the sixth time in his nine full seasons. McCarthy won a Super Bowl with the Packers on the Cowboys’ home field nine years ago.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals are bringing back reliever Daniel Hudson and adding first baseman Eric Thames. The 33-year-old Thames hit .247 with 25 homers, 61 RBIs and 140 strikeouts for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019. Hudson was acquired in a trade-deadline swap with the Toronto Blue Jays on July 31 and eventually moved into the closer's role with Washington. He got the final out of the World Series.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Outfielder Shogo Akiyama agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, the only major league team that hasn't had a player born in Japan. The 31-year-old center fielder was a five-time All-Star during his nine seasons with the Seibu Lions in Japan's Pacific League. It's the second significant offseason move by the Reds to try to upgrade an offense that ranked near the bottom of the NL in runs last season. They also signed second baseman baseman Mike Moustakas to a four-year, $64 million deal. In addition, starting pitcher Wade Miley signed a two-year, $15 million deal.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A spokesman for the Boston Red Sox tells The Associated Press that the team suspended one of its clubhouse attendants after he was charged with repeatedly raping a teenage boy at a youth detention center in New Hampshire in the late 1990s. Stephen Murphy, of Danvers, was charged in July with 26 counts of aggravated felonious assault. He and another former youth counselor are accused of sexually assaulting the boy at the a center in Manchester. An attorney says Danvers denies all charges.
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (17)West Virginia 55 Oklahoma St. 41
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Final Washington 99 Boston 94
Final Orlando 101 Brooklyn 89
Final Indiana 115 Charlotte 104
Final Philadelphia 120 Oklahoma City 113
Final Denver 123 Atlanta 115
Final Utah 128 New Orleans 126
Final Dallas 118 Chicago 110
Final San Antonio 126 Milwaukee 104
Final Sacramento 111 Golden State 98