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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Top-ranked Georgia and Kentucky were picked to finish 1-2 in the SEC East. They play each other Saturday headed in different directions. The Bulldogs have clinched another division title and look to complete a second consecutive unbeaten season in league play. The Wildcats have fallen off the map after a 4-0 start and No. 7 ranking, losing four of six.

Aaron Rodgers and his peers around the NFL are calling for teams to tear up their turf playing surfaces and replace them with grass. The outpouring comes a week after NFL Players Association President JC Tretter called on six venues to immediately change their field types, saying the artificial turf in those stadiums was resulting in higher injury rates.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Ryan refused to stray from his regular routine. Not after throwing nine interceptions and losing fumbles in his first seven games with the Indianapolis Colts. Not after suffering a separated throwing shoulder. Not even after being benched for the first time in his 15-year career. Instead, the 37-year-old quarterback kept working his way back.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A women's volleyball team at a small, historically Black college withdrew from their conference tournament in Alabama after a member was subjected to racial abuse during an awards banquet, officials said. A Talladega College player using a feature that allows nearby cellphones to transfer data to each other received a “racially motivated picture” during the Southern States Athletic Conference's volleyball awards banquet, held last week during the tournament in Montgomery, the conference said in a statement.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has lost two quarterbacks for the rest of the season with former starter Jeff Sims nursing a foot injury and No. 1 backup Zach Pyron out with a broken collarbone. Yellow Jackets interim coach Brent Key said Tuesday that Sims, the team’s starter since 2020, will spend the rest of the season in treatment and will not be a part of team activities.

NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta's Michael Harris II and Seattle’s Julio Rodríguez, a pair of 21-year-old center fielders, are baseball's Rookies of the Year. Harris batted .297 with 19 homers, 64 RBIs and 20 steals. He was voted the NL award, getting 22 firsts and eight seconds for 134 points from a different BBWAA panel.

No. 1 Georgia leads an unchanged top five in The Associated Press college football poll. The rest of the Top 25 has been shuffled around after eight ranked teams lost. The Bulldogs received all but …

Stetson Bennett threw for three touchdowns and No. 1 Georgia overcame a first-half surge by Mississippi State for a 45-19 victory. With the victory, the East Division champion Bulldogs secured a spot …

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons were one of the NFL’s feel-good stories in the first month of the season. But the NFC South might be starting to slip away from the Falcons after three losses in four games, including a disappointing 25-15 defeat to the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. It was Atlanta’s second loss in five days after falling 20-17 to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday — and a game it had to have to remain in first place in the division.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — D’Onta Foreman carried 31 times for 130 yards and a touchdown, Laviska Shenault added a 41-yard burst to the end zone and the Carolina Panthers beat the Atlanta Falcons 25-15 on a rainy night. The Panthers piled up a season-high 232 yards on the ground, and Eddy Pineiro kicked four field goals after he missed two critical kicks in a 37-34 overtime loss to the Falcons 11 days earlier.

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