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Alabama will meet USC to open 2016 season in Cowboys Classic

Renewing a rivalry from the 1970s, the major powers meet Sept. 3, 2016, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. It joins Notre Dame at Texas and UCLA at Texas A&M for a blockbuster opening day for Texas football.


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College football

USC meets Alabama in 2016 Cowboys Classic

College football is preparing to showcase a blockbuster trio of games on the same day in 2016, with all three taking place in Texas.

Adding to an already powerhouse schedule on Saturday, Sept. 3, Alabama and USC announced Wednesday that they will meet at AT&T Stadium in Arlington in the Cowboys Classic. That game now joins Notre Dame-Texas at Royal-Memorial Stadium and UCLA-Texas A&M at Kyle Field to provide a seismic event during the opening weekend of college football.

It’s possible network execs may huddle with the hope of creating a Thursday-Friday-Saturday extravaganza, but for now, it’s unknown which networks will carry which of the three games.

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

NFL

Prosecutors says Hernandez’s fiancee perjures self

Prosecutors have spelled out what they say is evidence that the fiancee of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez lied to the grand jury that indicted him on a murder charge, including comments she made about a box she discarded at Hernandez’s direction.

In a filing Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court, the prosecution listed more than a dozen instances in which it says it has evidence contradicting Shayanna Jenkins’ testimony to the grand jury investigating the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

Jenkins has pleaded not guilty to perjury. Defense attorney Janice Bassil has moved to dismiss the charge.

Jaguars’ rookie Lee agrees to four-year contract

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie receiver Marqise Lee has agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth more than $5 million.

Lee, a second-round draft pick from Southern California, is expected to sign the deal later this week.

Lee’s contract is worth $5.17 million and includes a $2 million signing bonus.

Sharper hearings postponed

Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper has appeared in a Los Angeles court but back-to-back hearings on sexual assault allegations he faces were postponed to Aug. 8.

Sharper spoke only to answer a procedural question from the judge.

Boxing

Pacquiao will fight Nov. 22

Manny Pacquiao will return to China for his next fight, taking on Chris Algieri in the gambling enclave of Macau.

The scheduled Nov. 22 fight for a piece of the welterweight title held by Pacquiao comes a year after the Filipino headlined the first big fight card there with a win over Brandon Rios. Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao will likely fight at least once a year in Macau the rest of his career.

WNBA

Moore leads Minnesota

Maya Moore scored 32 points and the Lynx handed the Tulsa Shock its fifth straight loss with a 93-82 win.

Pondexter’s late basket lifts Liberty past Dream

Cappie Pondexter banked in a jumper from the foul line with four-tenths of a second left to lift the New York Liberty to a 77-75 win over Atlanta.

Milton-Jones out for season

DeLisha Milton-Jones knew right away something was wrong with her leg.

The veteran Atlanta Dream forward said she heard a pop while playing against Chicago on Sunday. Turns out she ruptured her right Achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the season. She said she’ll have surgery in the next week.

ELSEWHERE

Conor Casey scored in the ninth minute and added an assist as the Philadelphia Union ended a seven-game winless streak at by beating the New York Red Bulls, 3-1.

In other MLS matches, Benny Feilhaber scored in the 93rd minute, and Sporting Kansas City earned its fourth consecutive road win by beating the Columbus Crew 2-1; Jermain Defoe’s 63rd-minute penalty kick lifted visiting Toronto FC into a 1-1 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps; and Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane each scored two goals to lead the host Los Angeles Galaxy past New England, 5-1.

• 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.

• Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark defeated Karin Knapp of Italy 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Istanbul Cup.

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