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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Jeff Brohms welcome party at Purdue was full of fanfare, with a pep band, cheerleaders, the school mascot and boosters all celebrating the arrival of the Boilermakers new coach.Now its up to Brohm to inject excitement into the program and get fans back in the seats at Ross-Ade Stadium. Some wins would sure help, too.All it took to lure Brohm away from Western Kentucky was a six-year contract worth an average of approximately $3.5 million per year, the promise of upgrades inside the program and a chance to put Purdue back on the national stage.Purdue to me has always been a program that plays an exciting brand of football, Brohm said. When I was growing up, they threw the ball around. They scored points. They competed against some of the best teams in the Big Ten each and every year, and they were exciting to watch. As a fan, you like to see teams that score points and do some fun things.Thats exactly the playbook he is bringing to West Lafayette after using it to compile a 30-10 record over the last three seasons at Western Kentucky. The offense averaged 44.6 points and 526.2 yards and his quarterbacks completed 69.2 percent of their passes, threw for 356.6 yards per game and a total of 131 touchdowns.New athletic director Mike Bobinski thought Brohm was the perfect fit at a school dubbed the Cradle of Quarterbacks and one that has a returning starter in David Blough.The new style will be a stark contrast from the past four seasons under former coach Darrell Hazell and Gerad Parker, who went 0-6 as interim coach after taking over for the fired Hazell in October. In a statement before the news conference, Bobinski called Brohm one of the most innovative offensive masterminds in college football.Blough concurred after doing his own research over the weekend.I saw at the championship game and that they had 38 points with 10 minutes left in the second quarter, Blough said with a smile. You see how they develop quarterbacks and thats exciting.Excitement has been waning at Purdue for most of the past decade.The Boilermakers went 9-39 over the last four seasons under Hazell and Parker, havent been to a bowl game since 2012 and have only produced one winning season in nine years. Plus, they tied a school record by losing their fourth straight to rival Indiana less than two weeks ago. The stadium has seen its share of empty seats.Bobinski believes a new coach with an entertaining style can end that slide.The energy, the enthusiasm, the passion that his teams play with, the style that they play thats aggressive, that forces the tempo, forces the issue, Bobinski said. As Ive watched Coach Brohms teams play over the years, and particularly this year, thats what I saw. I saw a team that really went after it both sides of the ball and played with great enthusiasm and didnt take a play off ever, and I think fans will recognize that. Our fans certainly will appreciate that, and once the success comes along with that, itll be all the better.Western Kentucky said it is already beginning to search for Brohms successor. Nick Holt will coach the Hilltopppers (10-3) in the Boca Raton Bowl against Memphis (8-4) on Dec. 20.Brohm grew up in Louisville and stayed in town to play quarterback for the Cardinals, where he starred before bouncing around the NFL. He worked out for six different NFL teams, playing two seasons in San Francisco. He started coaching in 2002 with the Louisville Fire of the af2 league.Brohm returned to his alma mater as quarterbacks coach from 2003-06 and served as assistant head coach in 2007 and 2008In 2009, he took over as quarterbacks coach at Florida Atlantic in 2009 before spending the next two seasons in the same role at Illinois. Brohm became UABs offensive coordinator in 2012 but was hired WKUs assistant head coach/offensive coordinator in 2013 and promoted to head coach the next season.All hes done since then is win games with a wide-open style that has become a fan favorite.Purdue is hoping Brohms success will continue in 2017, which begins with a season-opening showdown in Indianapolis against Louisville.But there were some anxious moments as rumors surfaced about interest in Brohm from Baylor and Cincinnati. And by the time the two sides finally agreed to the deal Sunday, Bobinski was already convinced he had made the right call with Brohm.Ive always tried to hire to fit because when you try to force somebody into a situation, it invariably comes apart at some point, Bobinski said. To me, Jeff sort of reflects Purdues values perfectly. He was the right guy at the right time.---More AP college football: and . . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. . Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, will next play South Africas Kevin Anderson, who eliminated American Sam Querrey,7-6 (2), 6-4. Also Wednesday, Gilles Simon (6) of France beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 6-3, Ukraines Alexandr Dolgopolov downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4 and Croatias Ivo Karlovic defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (4), 6-2. . Michell Burger, a woman who lives on an estate next to Pistorius gated community, said she and her husband were awoken by the screams in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 14 last year, when Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp by shooting four times through a door in his bathroom. . All of the scoring came in the final 20:04. Lucic scored on a power play at 15:46 of the third period, when he tipped a shot over Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for a 3-1 lead. . The 18-year-old American had five birdies in her bogey-free round for a 17-under total of 196. Lee held the overnight lead but mixed three birdies with two bogeys for a 70. So here we are, in September baseball nirvana. Its a beautiful thing.Seven teams are scrambling for the finish line in the last week of the regular season, within two games of a playoff spot. And here we are, trying to watch or follow them all, with flat-screens, iPads, laptops and phones smoking.Now that is our definition of September nirvana. We have four days left in this baseball season. And ladies and gentlemen, this is going to be fun.I think its going to be whacked, said one baseball executive whose team has been trying to hang in this race. I think its going to be so emotional day to day. I wouldnt want to have to go on TV and talk about it ... because youre going to have a different opinion every day.So how do you keep your brain from overloading as you try to follow all this? Allow us to help you out here -- with our handy-dandy guide to what to watch this week:Intrigue north of the borderHave you checked those American League wild-card standings lately? Allow us to refresh your memory:Toronto 87-71Baltimore 86-72And guess which two teams finish their series in Toronto on Thursday?After Two rising stars, in Aaron Sanchez (Blue Jays) and Kevin Gausman (Orioles), battled Tuesday in a 5-1 Toronto win, Hyun Soo Kim gave the Orioles a much-needed lift with a ninth-inning home run?Wednesday; and two talented guys whose seasons have been roller-coaster rides, in Marcus Stroman (Blue Jays) and Ubaldo Jimenez (Orioles), are set to square off Thursday.The stakes are these: As close as those standings make this race appear, the Orioles probably had to sweep to win the first wild-card spot. If they wind up tied for the last two tickets to the party, the Blue Jays win the season series and still would host the wild-card game on Oct. 4.Survivor: AL West redemption islandMeanwhile, the Mariners and Astros might have waved adios to the Rangers a long time ago -- but theyre still breathing. After an epic Mariners win in the opener to their three-game series Monday night and a huge Astros comeback Tuesday, Seattle finished off the series with a blowout victory Wednesday afternoon.Realistically, though, even running the table at this point might not be enough for the Astros. Theyre now four games back of Baltimore in the loss column. So theyd need a 3-0 finish just to get to 86 wins.The Mariners, on the other hand, have charged to within two of Baltimore and are just a game back of Detroit.?A Seattle sweep would have put the Mariners in excellent shape, but they still very much are despite Tuesdays loss, considering they finish the season with four games at home against Oakland, while the Orioles spend the final days of the season on the road at Toronto and New York.Two tidbits to file away: (A) The Mariners are 10-2 against Oakland since the start of May, and (B) a Mariners-Orioles tiebreaker game would be played in Seattle because the Mariners went 6-1 against the Os this year.Drama in DetroitEvery time you think the Tigers are done for, they seem to rip off five wins in a row. And every time you think theyve taken control of their own fate, they play three games as messy as the three they played starting this past weekend.They went into the ninth inning Saturday with a half-game lead on Baltimore and a two-run lead over Kansas City. Then Francisco Rodriguez coughed up five runs in the ninth. That kicked off a brutal three-game losing streak in which their staff allowed 24 runs in the next 19 innings. And the upshot is, theyd dropped to two games back of Baltimore with six to play.As ugly as those past three losses had been and as bleak as their 2-14 record against Cleveland might have appeared heading into Tuesday, the Tigers are now in better shape than you might have thought.On Tuesday, Justin Verlander & Co. rocked the Tribe 12-0 before Miguel Cabreras heroics carried the Tigers to another win Wednesday night. Now, Daniel Norris (3.26 ERA since rejoining the rotation in August) gets his chance at Cleveland in Thursdays finale. Then theyll finish the season with three games in Atlanta, where the Braves have a ballpark to close up. So are the Tigers dead? Not yet.History in the NL?The bad news is, over in the National League, we have no head-to-head meetings left among serious contenders. The good news is, that might set up a finish unlike anything weve seen at any point in the division-play era -- which is now in its 48th season.The Mets have 74 losses. The Giants have 75 and the Cardinals are a game back at 82-76. Never, in any of the previous 47 seasons, have we witnessed a three-team tie in any race -- division or wild card -- in the final week of the season. So is this the year? Lets root for that, OK?The Mets pathAfter an emotional series in Miami, the Mets play their final three games in Philadelphia. They had Noah Syndergaard return to the rotation Tuesday (in a 12-1 win) after missing a turn with strep throat. That sets him up to start again Sunday in the final game of the season if they need to win. Hes the last ace standing. And the Mets have never needed him more.But no team faces greater pressure than the Mets do to get this over with fast. Suppose they have to burn Syndergaard on Sunday? Suppose theres a tiebreaker game Monday, with neither Syndergaarrd nor Bartolo Colon available to pitch it? As big a lifesaver as Robert Gsellman (3-2, 2.dddddddddddd56) has been, it wouldnt quite be their dream scenario to go into a Gsellman vs.?Madison Bumgarner survival game -- or something like that.The Giants pathDont ask us how the Giants are still alive and kicking. Theyve won one series in all of September (at Arizona two weeks ago). They havent won a series at home since Aug. 26-28 (against Atlanta). They havent won a series against a team thats currently over .500 since June 10-12 (against L.A.).But if the wild-card game were today, they would be playing in it. Somehow. Now, to finish this deal, they might actually have to win some games, especially after being shut out by the Rockies on Wednesday night. The Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill (blister permitting) penciled in to start against them this weekend. You think they would take any joy in sending the Giants home for the winter -- in an even year, no less? Yeah, us, too.The Cardinals pathThe St. Louis Cardinals are 34-43 at Busch Stadium. Is that crazy, or what? Well, its also relevant because they have four more home games stretched before them the rest of the way, against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.Games to circle: the dazzling Alex Reyes against the underrated Dan Straily on Thursday. (The Cardinals have hit .176 against Straily this year.) Then Carlos Martinez?faces Pirates phenom Tyler Glasnow on Friday. And an Adam Wainwright-Ryan Vogelsong duel is possible for Sunday.So why do we have a feeling well be seeing a Cardinals-Giants tiebreaker game Monday in St. Louis? Just a hunch.Five more stories to watch? Try this on for Cys: Four?days left, and theres no clear-cut leader in either leagues Cy Young derby. So dont underestimate the importance of the final start(s) of the year for Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Verlander, Chris Sale,?and a half-dozen other aces. Just two years ago, Corey Kluber wrestled this trophy away from King Felix in Clevelands 160th game of the year. So it happens!? Plant a seed: If you think home field matters, five of the six division winners have major incentive to play it out this week. The Dodgers (37-40 on the road but 53-28 at home) are just two games behind the Nationals (47-30 home, 45-36 road) for the second seed -- which determines who holds home-field advantage in their first-round matchup next week. And L.A. gets that edge if it finishes with the same record. In the AL, not much separates the Red Sox (46-32 home and 46-34 road), Rangers (52-26 home, 42-39 road) and Indians (53-28 home, 38-39 road) in the late-breaking three-way tussle for the No. 1 seed. The Indians lose out on every potential tiebreaker formula. But the Boston-Texas tiebreaker depends on division games this week, as they split their five games head-to-head.? 20 is plenty: In Tampa Bay, Rays ace Chris Archer started the season dreaming of winning 20 games. Hes suddenly in danger of becoming the first pitcher to lose 20 in a season since Mike Maroth dethroned Brian Kingmans 23-year reign as the last 20-game loser back in 2003. Since Maroth did it for the Tigers, no pitcher has ever even been allowed to start a game after reaching 19 losses. But as of now, Archer is still scheduled to pitch Thursday against the White Sox. Let us be the first to mention that Archer clearly doesnt deserve this fate. He could still lead the AL in strikeouts. And his eight criminally unsupported starts (six-plus innings, no more than one run of support while on the mound) are the second-most in the league. Coincidentally, the league leader in that stat -- Jose Quintana, with 10 CUSes -- is the opposing pitcher Thursday. Think either team will score?? Papis last stand: Have you heard that David Ortiz is retiring? Has word of that gotten around? Just checking. Well, this is it for the regular season. Finally. And its possible there might be some Papi festivities at Fenway this weekend. Just a hunch. No player has ever led the major leagues in either slugging or OPS in his final season. Unless he forgets to get another hit, Ortiz can count on clinching the lead in both categories this weekend. But heres a really fun rarity for him to shoot for: He needs three more home runs to hit 40 at 40, which would make him the oldest player ever to homer his age. Barry Bonds did it in 2004, at 40 years, 2 months. Ortiz is 40 years, 10 months old.? 2011 revisited? Finally, does anybody still have a vision of the final night of the season back in 2011? Pretty memorable evening, wasnt it? We know of at least two books that were written about just that one night, so it must have been an all-timer. Well, were all set up to have it happen again Sunday afternoon. There are 15 games scheduled that day. Theyll all start about the same time -- 3 p.m. ET. It isnt out of the question that as many as eight of them could determine which teams get to keep playing and which of them go home. Anyone else rooting hard for the sheer joyful madness of trying to keep track of all eight of them simultaneously? We just raised our hands. How about you? 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