Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) — No. 15 North Carolina State gets a big test to its surprising start to the season against in-state rival No. 12 North Carolina. The Wolfpack are 13-1 despite being picked to finish eighth in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels are coming off a lopsided win over Pittsburgh in their ACC opener.

UNDATED (AP) — Clemson finished the season ranked in the top 10 in three of the four major defensive categories and in two of the four on offense. The Tigers beat Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff championship game Monday night. They held the Crimson Tide to their fewest points since a 26-14 loss to Auburn in November 2017 and allowed an average of 13.1 points per game to lead the nation. Clemson was fifth in rushing defense and sixth in total defense.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t draft Patrick Mahomes merely to make the playoffs. They drafted him to win in the playoffs. The Chiefs have just two postseason wins at Arrowhead Stadium in their entire history, the same number as the Colts, their divisional opponent on Saturday. It’s the first chance for Mahomes to live up to those lofty expectations.

UNDATED (AP) — There is major upheaval in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll behind the top four following losses by Kansas, Nevada and Florida State. Duke, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia continue to hold down the top four spots. Gonzaga, Michigan State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech and Nevada rounded out the top 10.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko scored goals and Jordan Binnington stopped 25 shots in his first NHL start to lead the St. Louis Blues past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 in a listless game between two of the worst teams in the league.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State hoped Virginia transfer Marial Shayok would find a way to score more in the Cyclones’ free-flowing offense. Shayok is averaging 20.1 points a game after perhaps his best performance yet in a 77-60 blowout of Kansas. Shayok scored 24 points against the Jayhawks on 9 of 12 shooting. Next up for Iowa State is a game against Baylor on Tuesday.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Midland University is looking for innovative ways to boost enrollment, including offering scholarships for activities such as shotgun sports, powerlifting and esports. The Omaha World-Herald that the university is recruiting students with scholarships in 32 competitive activities. Administrators say that’s the largest number offered by any Nebraska college. Midland is also planning to give each student an iPad and an Apple Pencil next fall.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State has dismissed sophomore center Maary Lakes from its women’s basketball program for a violation of team rules and conduct detrimental to the team. Wildcats coach Jeff Mittie announced the decision. The move came shortly after her second arrest on allegations of domestic battery.



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