Marlins' Fernandez dies in boat accident

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MIAMI (AP) Jose Fernandez escaped from Cuba by boat on his fourth try as a teenager, and when his mother fell into the Yucatan Channel during the journey, he jumped in and pulled her out.

Fernandez's heroic backstory made his death early Sunday that much more heart-wrenching. The charismatic Miami Marlins ace was killed in a boating accident at age 24.

Fernandez and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty off Miami Beach, authorities said.

Wisconsin up to No. 8, LSU out of Top 25

Wisconsin moved up to No. 8 in The Associated Press college football poll and LSU became the second preseason top-10 team to drop out of the rankings in the first month of the season.

There were few changes in the Top 25 as the only four ranked teams that lost did so to other ranked teams. (MORE)

Nats star OF Harper injured against Bucs

PITTSBURGH (AP) Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper left Sunday's game against Pittsburgh shortly after sliding into third base.

The reigning MVP led off the third with a triple for the NL East champions. He appeared to jar himself sliding around Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang and was checked by a trainer. (MORE)

Belichick mum on status of injured QBs

The New England Patriots could be headed into Week 4 with both of their available quarterbacks injured.

But coach Bill Belichick doesn't seem fazed. (MORE)

Struggling Notre Dame fires DC VanGorder

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Hours after an embarrassing 38-35 home loss to Duke, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder following a 1-3 start.

The school tweeted a new release saying VanGorder is being replaced by defensive analyst Greg Hudson. Hudson previously served as defensive coordinator at Purdue, East Carolina and Minnesota, as well as assistant head coach and linebackers coach at Florida State. (MORE)

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