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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Pitt football team reached the halfway mark after a 28-7 win over Virginia Tech that improved the Panthers’ record to 5-1 and sprung them into the Top 25 for the first time this season. The second half begins on Saturday when an unranked Clemson team visits Heinz Field.

It’s been more than a week since Jon Gruden resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, and the NFL seems more than happy to sweep the whole incident under the rug.

STATE COLLEGE – Penn State starting quarterback Sean Clifford practiced on Wednesday, nearly two weeks after an undisclosed injury caused him to miss two-and-a-half quarters of the Nittany Lions’ Oct. 9 contest at Iowa.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two years after a contract appeared near to keep the Saints football team in New Orleans for decades, Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is trying to persuade legislative leaders to commit to putting up the cash for Superdome upgrades central to those plans.

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State fired football coach Nick Rolovich and four of his assistants on Monday for refusing a state mandate that all employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, making him the first major college coach to lose his job over vaccination status.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns running back Kareem Hunt will likely miss more than a month with a “significant” calf injury sustained in Sunday’s loss to Arizona, one of numerous injuries to key players on Cleveland’s roster.

Following a week off, Pitt got back to business as the Panthers stomped on Virginia Tech, 28-7, at Lane Stadium. The Panthers hadn’t won in Blacksburg since Pat Narduzzi’s first season in 2015 and were shut out 28-0 in their last trip there in 2019.

CLEVELAND — Kyler Murray threw four touchdown passes as the Arizona Cardinals remained the NFL’s only unbeaten team and continued their best start since 1974 — without coach Kliff Kingsbury on Sunday — with a 37-14 win over the battered, reeling Cleveland Browns.

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LSU and coach Ed Orgeron have agreed to part ways after this season, 21 months after he led the Tigers to a national championship with what is considered one of the greatest teams in college football history.

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Cincinnati moved up to No. 2 behind Georgia in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, the first time a team from outside the traditional power conferences has been ranked that high since 2010.

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Penn State's James Franklin denied any of his defensive players pretended to be injured during the Iowa game — detailing each one who went down — in response to Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz indicating he was suspicious of some of the stoppages in play.

STATE COLLEGE – Before Saturday, Penn State quarterback Ta’Quan Roberson’s most extensive body of work to date came against Villanova.

STATE COLLEGE – Penn State starting defensive tackle PJ Mustipher is out for the season with an injury, Nittany Lions coach James Franklin confirmed following the team’s practice on Wednesday.

TAMPA, Fla. — Tristan Jarry had 26 saves, Danton Heinen and Brian Boyle scored early second-period goals, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in the regular-season opener on Tuesday night.

PITTSBURGH — JuJu Smith-Schuster’s combination of tenacity and almost theatrical joy endeared the wide receiver to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ coaching staff since the moment he arrived in 2017 as the youngest player in the NFL.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tristan Jarry had 26 saves, Danton Heinen and Brian Boyle scored early second-period goals, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in the regular-season opener on Tuesday night.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — In putting the finishing touches on Buffalo’s most resonating win of the season, cornerback Tre’Davious White made his way to the sideline after recovering Patrick Mahomes’ fumble with a message to the few Chiefs fans who remained.

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BOSTON (AP) — Kenya's Benson Kipruto won the pandemic-delayed Boston Marathon on Monday when the race returned from a 30-month absence with a smaller, socially distanced feel and moved from the spring for the first time in its 125-year history.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bills quarterback Josh Allen scrambled to the left on the mushy turf in Arrowhead Stadium, saw the Chiefs defensive back go low for the tackle and made like an Olympian by leaping over him for a first down.

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