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Judge halts University of Iowa plan to drop women's swimming

Dec. 23, 2020 10:28 AM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge says she will grant an injunction to stop the University of Iowa from dropping women's swimming for the 2021-2022 school year. U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose announced the decision Tuesday at the end of a two-day hearing on a Title IX complaint filed by four...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, the trophy is displayed before a news conference for the NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, in New Orleans. The more people who get angry with the College Football Playoff, the more likely it is to change. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Analysis: Change seems likely amid frustration with CFP

Dec. 21, 2020 3:15 PM EST

Seven years into its existence, the postseason system that replaced the Bowl Championship Series is starting to produce levels of frustration, and in some cases contempt, among fans and competitors that ultimately crushed the BCS. Texas A&M is upset about not making the final four. Indiana is mad about being...

Clemson linebacker Trenton Simpson (22) celebrate after sacking Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book, back left, during the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (Jeff Siner/The News & Observer via AP)

Clemson and Ohio State get CFP rematch in Sugar Bowl

Dec. 20, 2020 7:43 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Shortened schedule and all, Ohio State is headed back to the College Football Playoff and a familiar foe will be waiting. Despite playing just six games because of a COVID-19 issues, the third-ranked Buckeyes were picked as the No. 3 seed Sunday by the CFP and will face No. 2 Clemson...

Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder throws a pass during the first half of the American Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game against Tulsa, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

No. 6 Cincinnati lands Peach Bowl date with No. 11 Georgia

Dec. 20, 2020 6:54 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Coach Luke Fickell believes No. 6 Cincinnati has a lot on the line in its Peach Bowl game against No. 6 Georgia, even though the Bearcats didn't land in the College Football Playoff. Fickell said the Jan. 1 bowl game is a chance for the Bearcats to show they deserve the same respect given to...

Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond (11) speaks to head coach Jimbo Fisher during an NCAA college football game against Tennessee in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. (Brianna Paciorka/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Snubbed by committee, Texas A&M will face UNC in Orange Bowl

Dec. 20, 2020 6:17 PM EST

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jimbo Fisher's fondness of the Orange Bowl goes back to his youth, and he can still remember what a big deal it was to get in front of the television and wrap up every New Year's Day by watching the matchup. The game means plenty to him. He'd just rather not have been there this...

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book throws a pass against Clemson during the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (Jeff Siner/The News & Observer via AP)

CFP: Alabama-Notre Dame, Clemson-Ohio St as Aggies left out

Dec. 20, 2020 4:51 PM EST

A season filled with uncertainty brought on by the pandemic will end with a perfectly predictable College Football Playoff. Alabama vs. Notre Dame. Clemson vs. Ohio State. Four of the bluest of blue bloods and the teams that have comprised the top four in the rankings for nearly two months. Notre Dame was picked...

Texas A&M running back Ainias Smith (0) reacts after scoring a touchdown against Auburn during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Auburn, Ala.  (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

CFP buzz muted for No. 5 Texas A&M, despite just one loss

Dec. 16, 2020 5:42 PM EST

Texas A&M has a shot to make the College Football Playoff for the first time this season. Not that the Aggies are the first team anyone thinks about heading into the final weekend of the season. Ranked fifth in the latest CFP rankings and fifth in the AP Top 25, the Aggies would need some help and possibly a...

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) blows kisses to the stands after a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Tide, Irish, Tigers, Buckeyes hold steady atop CFP rankings

Dec. 8, 2020 8:51 PM EST

For the third straight week, Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State held on to the top four spots in the College Football Playoff rankings. The selection committee's second-from-last rankings had only a little movement in the top 10. Texas A&M is still fifth and Florida held at sixth. Iowa State moved up...

BYU's Dax Milne (5) and Coastal Carolina's Grayson McCall (10) walk off the field after an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Conway, S.C. Coastal Carolina won 22-17. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

AP Top 25 Takeaways: More games like BYU-Coastal Carolina?

Dec. 6, 2020 11:08 AM EST

College football needs more games like BYU-Coastal Carolina. The eighth-ranked Cougars and No. 14 Chanticleers put on an intense and chippy show Saturday with a thrilling end reminiscent of the Titans-Rams Super Bowl in 2000. The result was a wild celebration in Conway, South Carolina, after the 22-17 victory,...

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) breaks free for a touchdown against Auburn during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Ohio State still 4th in CFP rankings after cancellation

Dec. 1, 2020 9:08 PM EST

Ohio State held on to the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night after having its previous game canceled, landing behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson for a second straight week. The selection committee's top seven teams were unchanged from last week's rankings...