USC to play Alabama in 2016 football season opener

USC to play Alabama in 2016 football season opener

LOS ANGELES — USC and Alabama have formalized a deal that had been in the works for weeks. The college football power programs will kick off the 2016 season with a Sept. 3 neutral-site game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Alabama leads the series between the teams, 5-2. The schools split the national title in 1978 even though USC defeated Alabama, 24-14.

USC is 21-11-1 against the Southeastern Conference.

USC and Alabama claim a combined 26 national titles — 15 for Alabama, 11 for USC — 66 bowl victories and seven Heisman Trophy winners.

Fan with injured hand getting ball, glove from slugger

If Jordan Jacobson ever gets another chance to catch a Home Run Derby ball hit by Giancarlo Stanton, he can have the slugger's glove with him.

The 19-year-old ball-shagging fan stuck out his right hand Monday night at Target Field in an attempt to nab a blast from Marlins star during the All-Star competition among major league musclemen.

But the ball deflected off Jacobson's mitt-less flesh and was pounced on by another fan in the crowded lower level more than 350 feet from where the 240-pound Stanton let it rip.

Jacobson could only stare down at his swollen and bruised hand that night, an image prominently displayed on the widely viewed Deadspin sports website.

But Jacobson confirmed Wednesday that Stanton is sending the former Lakeville North baseball player a glove and a ball from the Home Run Derby.

Report: Plushenko was approached to skate for US

MOSCOW — Two-time Olympic figure skating gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko says he was urged to abandon Russia and skate for the United States.

Plushenko claims he was approached by unnamed "people from the States" following the Sochi Olympics, where he helped Russia to gold in the new team event but pulled out of the men's individual competition with injury.

Compiled from wire reports