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ATLANTA (AP) — The chairman of the NCAA board of governors says the association hopes to avoid a court battle against states that are attempting to pass laws aimed at dismantling NCAA rules. The NCAA board voted on Tuesday to allow athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses. But much work still needs to be done to determine how that will work within NCAA rules.

UNDATED (AP) — Oregon's CJ Verdell has emerged as a runner to watch with a record-setting performance against Washington State. Verdell ran for 257 yards and three touchdowns in Oregon's victory over the Cougars. He has joined Utah's Zack Moss and UCLA's Joshua Kelley among the Pac-12's top backs at this point of the season.

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