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Oakland defeats YSU in volleyball


Oakland used 10 blocks as a team and 11 kills from Darien Bandel to beat the Youngstown State volleyball team 25-21, 25-15, 25-20, on Sunday.

Margaux Thompson had eight kills and a team-high eight digs for the Penguins, who hit .270 in the opening set but .027 over the final two. Sam Brown matched Thompson with eight kills, and three Penguins had five kills apiece.

Bandel accounted for 11 of Oakland’s 37 kills, and she had 34 of its 93 attempts. She added nine digs, and Oakland posted 20 more digs than YSU. The Golden Grizzlies also were lifted by seven aces.

Youngstown State led 10-9 in the opening set following a Marketa Plesingrova kill, but the Golden Grizzlies pulled ahead on a 10-4 spurt.

YSU got within three on five different occasions but got no closer. Oakland similarly went on a 16-4 stretch in the second set to turn a 6-4 deficit into a 20-10 lead.

Youngstown State trailed just 20-19 after a Morgan Tippie block in the third before Oakland ended the match by scoring five of the final six points.

YSU will host Wright State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Beeghly Center.

Penn State jumps to number three

Penn State moved up to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, and Washington State and Auburn jumped into the top 10 for the first time this season after six ranked teams lost this past weekend.

Alabama and Clemson still hold the top spots. The top-ranked Crimson Tide received 43 first-place votes in the poll released Sunday and the second-ranked Tigers had 18. The Nittany Lions have their best ranking since 2008, moving up one spot and taking advantage of the biggest upset of the season so far.

Oklahoma lost at home to Iowa State on Saturday, dropping the Sooners from No. 3 to 12. Michigan also lost for the first time and fell to No. 17.

Washington State is No. 8 and Auburn moved up to 10.

Behind Penn State, Georgia at No. 4 and Washington at No. 5 also moved up one spot after convincing victories. TCU moved up two spots to No. 6, and No. 7 Wisconsin and No. 9 Ohio State round out the top 10.

Texans’ Watt suffers broken leg vs. Chiefs


Houston Texans star J.J. Watt broke his left leg Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The team announced that he sustained a tibial plateau fracture.

The defensive end was injured while being blocked midway through the first quarter and fell to the ground.

Watt remained on his hands and knees for a couple of minutes while trainers checked on him. They flipped him onto his back and were looking at his left leg. He was then helped to his feet and looked to be in a lot of pain and didn’t appear to be able to put any weight on the leg as he was helped off the field by two Texans officials.

The three-time Defensive Player of the Year returned this season after missing the last 13 games of last season after his second back surgery.

He remained on the sideline under a tent for a few minutes before being taken to the locker room on a cart.

Cubs’ Maddon coy about Game 3 lineup


Cubs manager Joe Maddon added some off-day intrigue to the National League Division Series by hinting he might play musical chairs with his lineup against Washington right-hander Max Scherzer for their pivotal Game 3 today.

“I’m leaning toward that right now,” Maddon said after arranging breakfast on the field for his players during Sunday morning’s practice. “I mean, he’s just so oppressively difficult versus right-handed hitters, I thought it might be wise to get one more lefty out there.”

Maddon didn’t specify which left-handed bat he had in mind, or even where he might slot it.

Staff/wire report

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