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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Welcome back to the Top 25, Cornhuskers. Now, its time to see if they can stay there.No. 20 Nebraska opens Big Ten play at Northwestern on Saturday, looking to build on a win that vaulted them into the AP poll for the first time in nearly two years.A 35-32 victory over coach Mike Rileys old rival Oregon gave Nebraska (3-0) its first ranking since December 2014.Theres lots of stuff that we have to improve on to be a good team consistently, said Riley, the longtime Oregon State coach in his second year at Nebraska. So theres plenty of teachable moments from that game that we can use.Right now, it was a great win at that point of the year. It was obviously our biggest non-league game, and we managed to win the first two games to set that up into a big game for us. Winning it is a really good thing.Nebraska can boast five national championships, 46 conference titles, three Heisman Trophy winners and an 883-368-40 record that makes it the fourth-winningest program. But the Cornhuskers had to rally last year to finish 6-7, winning three of their last four, and wound up fourth in the Big Ten West with a 3-5 conference record.Northwestern (1-2, 0-0), a 10-game winner last season, beat Duke last week after opening with losses to Western Michigan and FCS power Illinois State. A victory this week would no doubt be a big boost for the Wildcats after a shaky start.I think were far from where we need to be, coach Pat Fitzgerald said. Its a byproduct of guys preparing the right way. Ill be a broken record. Ill say that until I retire. You have to prepare, and part of that is mental. A big part of that is mental. How youre talking to yourself. How youre preparing and visualizing. The amount of time you spend really, truly studying what were doing. What your opponents doing, his strengths, the areas they try to attack you.Here are some things to know as the Cornhuskers and Wildcats meet:ALWAYS CLOSEFour of the last five meetings have been decided by three points or fewer, with Northwestern winning 30-28 in Lincoln last year. The Huskers rallied from fourth-quarter deficits to win two of those games, including the 2013 game in Lincoln on a Hail Mary. Nebraska won 38-17 in Evanston two years ago.ON TRACKLast in scoring and total offense in the Big Ten and with a league-worst 11 sacks allowed, it sure has not been a good start for Northwesterns offense.There have been issues on the line, which Fitzgerald called a work in progress. And that certainly has not made things easy on quarterback Clayton Thorson and running back Justin Jackson. Thorson has just a 49-percent completion rate and Jackson is averaging about 87 yards, though he is going against a team that gave up 336 yards on the ground last week.HUSKERS NEW WARDROBENebraska will wear an alternate Adidas white uniform. The Husker Chrome outfit features red numbering with metallic chrome outlining on the jersey accented with metallic chrome stripes on both the jersey and pants. The helmet has a metallic red N logo on both sides and is accented with numbers in metallic red and metallic chrome outlining on the back of the helmet.TURNOVER TURNABOUTNebraska was last in the Big Ten last year with 12 more turnovers than takeaways, and the Huskers have had a positive turnover margin just once in the past 12 seasons. So far, the Huskers are plus-six in turnover margin, ranking fifth in the country. Northwestern is plus-one in turnover margin.CATCHING ONNorthwesterns Austin Carr is off to a good start, with a Big Ten-leading 283 yards receiving. The senior is second with six receptions per game and third with 94.3 receiving yards per game. He is also coming off a huge performance against Duke, with six catches for a personal-best 135 yards -- including a career-long 58-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.---Online:AP college football website: Custom Orlando Magic Jerseys . Francis told several hundred members of the European Olympic Committees that when sport "is considered only in economic terms and consequently for victory at every cost . Aaron Gordon Jersey . The injury bothered Bledsoe in the Suns victory over the Clippers on Monday and he sat out the teams home loss to Memphis on Thursday night. .C. -- Calgarys Kevin Koe did it the hard way again. Arron Afflalo Jersey .H. -- Matt Kenseth made it 2 for 2 in the Chase, holding off teammate Kyle Busch to win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Jerian Grant Jersey . The parade and rally were held to celebrate the Saskatchewan Roughriders 45-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday in the CFLs championship game. CHICAGO -- Manny Machado was 16 when he first met Alex Rodriguez and they quickly became close friends and offseason workout buddies. So Machado was watching intently Sunday morning as A-Rod announced he was ending his career.Im sure Manny had some emotions, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, and he certainly took them out on the field with him.Machado became the second player in major league history to homer in the first, second and third innings, driving in a career-high seven runs in a 10-2 rout of James Shields and the Chicago White Sox.Hes a mentor to me, Machado said of Rodriguez. Ive known him for a long time. To see him go up there and talk and leave it there, its tough. Its a tough situation. I know as a personal friend he sleeps, breathes, eats baseball.Machado hit a two-run homer in the first and a three-run shot in the second off Shields, who allowed four homers while getting four outs.Machado hit another two-run homer in the third off Matt Albers. According to STATS, the only other player to do that was Carl Reynolds of the White Sox on July 2, 1930, at the Yankees.Its pretty awesome, Machado said. Im not going to lie.Chris Davis followed Machados second homer with his own and J.J. Hardy added a two-run shot before Shields (5-14) left to boos. The Orioles have hit a major league-best 168 homers this season.Dylan Bundy (5-3) stuck out a career-high nine in six innings in Baltimores fifth win in seven games. Ubaldo Jiminez pitched three perfect innings for his first career save.One day after Machado couldnt come up with a popup that drove in the winning run for Chicago, the 24-year-old slugger became the first Baltimore player to homer three times since Davis on May 20, 2014, against Pittsburgh.The All-Star third baseman pulled all three shots to left field on the warm, breezy day to make it 10-0 and give him 25 homers on the season. Hes ninth player in big league history to homer in any three consecutive innings.Machado grounded into a double play in the fifth, lined to center in the seventh and grounded to third in the ninth, failing to become the first Baltimore player to hit four homers in a game.I was trying real hard, he said.The Orioles, who sat home run leadder Mark Trumbo (31) for the first time this season, showed the depth of their power as they opened a one-game lead over Toronto in the AL East.ddddddddddddMost of the damage came against Shields, who had improved after a rough start with the White Sox following a June trade with San Diego. He was charged with eight runs and six hits with two walks and two hit batters, marking the sixth start the right-hander has allowed at least six runs.I was pretty much bad all around, Shields said. I wasnt hitting my spots. I was leaving the ball over the plate, and they were capitalizing on it. You cant do that against this team.Jose Abreu hit his third homer in four days for the White Sox, who have dropped eight of 11.Bundy, a rookie reliever-turned-starter, allowed two runs and four hits.Its hard when youre in the dugout for 20 minutes or so and these guys are hitting homers, Bundy said, smiling. Ill take that any day.TRUMBO SITSTrumbo, 0 for 9 with six strikeouts against Shields, had played in the first 109 games.Im trying to get everybody a day (off) on this trip, Showalter said.Davis, who homered for the first time since July 10, was back at cleanup after being dropped to sixth Saturday.TRAINERS ROOMOrioles: RF Steve Pearce left in the fifth after aggravating a flexor injury on Todd Fraziers sacrifice fly. He received a cortisone shot and was wearing a brace on his left forearm after the game. Pearce was confident hell be back in a day or two.White Sox: CF Austin Jackson (knee surgery) visited teammates Saturday and is off crutches, but isnt close to beginning baseball work. . Manager Robin Ventura hopes 2B Brett Lawrie (hamstring) can begin a minor league rehab assignment during the upcoming nine-game trip. ... C Alex Avila (hamstring) is still feeling discomfort when he jogs.UP NEXTOrioles: The season-high 10-game trip moves to Oakland, with RHP Kevin Gausman (3-8, 4.08 ERA) starting Monday night against As RHP Kendall Graveman (7-7, 4.46).White Sox: LHP Chris Sale (14-5, 3.12) starts Tuesday against Royals RHP Edinson Volquez (8-10, 4.99) in Kansas City. ' ' '

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