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Alabama, SEC trying to climb back to college football summit

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Alabama and the Southeastern Conference are trying to climb back atop the college football mountain.

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Top 25 takeaways: after 3 unbeatens go down, what now?

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The announcement was made in Husky Stadium and the sellout crowd at the Washington-USC game roared. Pittsburgh 43, Clemson 42. It is safe to say that never before has an ACC score made a Seattle crowd so excited. Then Washington went out and lost, too. And Michigan followed up with a loss at Iowa and just like that there were three College Football Playoff-shaking results on a Saturday when all the top contenders were big favorites. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways…

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In Florida, high school football goes pro

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Depending on who you ask, American high school football is a religion, a venerable rite of passage or a dangerous haven for violence. But along Florida’s Suncoast — where tennis stars like Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova were groomed for the big time starting well before puberty — it is becoming something else entirely, writes Jeré Longman in The New York Times: a booming new industry. Bradenton has been home to high-pressure incubators for junior athletes since the mid-1970s when Nick Bolletieri pioneered the sector with his famous Bolletieri…

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