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NCAA FOOTBALL: Upsets shake up AP poll

on October 21, 2013 10:50 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Florida State, Baylor and Missouri took big steps forward as The Associated Press college football poll got an extensive makeover following losses by five top-10 teams.

Alabama is still No. 1, Oregon still two and Ohio State fourth, but otherwise there was much movement.

Florida State moved up two spots to No. 3 after its big win at Clemson, which fell from third to No. 9.

The Crimson Tide received 55 first-place votes from the media panel. Oregon got three first-place votes and Florida State received two. The Seminoles received first-place votes for the first time since Sept. 2, 2002.

Missouri went from 14 to fifth, its best ranking since 2008. No. 6 Baylor jumped to its highest ranking since 1980. Miami is No. 7, followed by Stanford, and Texas Tech is No. 10.

 SWAC works with Grambling

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced that it is working with Grambling officials to “ensure that the appropriate actions are made” to resolve the continuing standoff between the school’s football players and administration.

The SWAC said in a release that Grambling had not been fined for forfeiting its scheduled game Saturday at Jackson State. As part of a boycott, Grambling players refused to travel from their Louisiana campus because of issues with athletic department and university leaders.

SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp said Grambling would be subject to a fine for forfeiting according to the league’s bylaws.

Grambling’s next scheduled game is Saturday at home against Texas Southern.

 A-Rod’s lawyer files grievance

NEW YORK (AP) — One of Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers wants Major League Baseball to release testimony about whether Commissioner Bud Selig knew Anthony Bosch distributed banned substances to teenagers.

Rob Manfred, baseball’s chief operating officer, testified last week during the grievance filed by the players’ union to overturn Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension.

A person familiar with the hearing, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press on Saturday that Manfred testified the sport wasn’t concerned whether Bosch distributed performance-enhancing drugs to minors because MLB’s interest was his relationship with players under investigation.

Baseball suspended 13 players last summer following its investigation of Bosch’s now-closed Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. Rodriguez received the lengthiest penalty and was the only one in the group to contest his discipline.

 Simpson pulls away for victory

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Webb Simpson got the fast start he has looking for — in the final round at TPC Summerlin and in the PGA Tour’s new wraparound season.

Simpson birdied two of the first three holes, pulling away for a six-stroke win in the second event of the season.

Winning for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open, Simpson closed with a 5-under 66 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He finished at 24-under 260 after opening with rounds of 64, 63 and 67.

Ryo Ishikawa (65) and Jason Bohn (66) tied for second, and Charley Hoffman (64) was fourth at 17 under.

• CONOVER, N.C. (AP) — Michael Allen won the Greater Hickory Classic for his second Champions Tour title of the year and fifth overall, beating Olin Browne with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

Allen closed with a 5-under 65, also birdieing the par-5 18th in regulation to match Browne at 13-under 197 at Rock Barn. Browne shot a 64, charging to the lead with seven birdies over a nine-hole stretch.

In the playoff, Allen put his second shot within 10 feet, and Browne hooked his second shot badly into the rough off the green. Allen’s eagle putt just lipped out, and he tapped in for birdie. Browne missed a 40-foot putt for birdie and settled for par.

• INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Amy Yang made a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with South Korean compatriot Hee Kyung Seo to win the KEB HanaBank Championship.

Yang won her first LPGA Tour title, finishing with a 3-under 69 to match Seo at 9-under 207.

Michelle Wie, who started the round tied for 22nd, surged up the leaderboard with six birdies for the day’s lowest score of 66. She tied for third at 8 under.

Ganassi wins another title

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Scott Dixon became the latest driver to deny Roger Penske an IndyCar championship, wrapping up his third title Saturday night in a race of attrition at Auto Club Speedway.

Will Power won the season finale — a year after he crashed in this race to blow his own title chances — to salvage the night for Penske Racing.

But it was Dixon and Chip Ganassi celebrating on the big stage as the New Zealander won his third series title, and Target Chip Ganassi claimed its 10th championship since 1990. Dixon wrapped it up with a fifth-place finish. He beat Helio Castroneves by 27 points for the title.

U.S. women thump Australia

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd scored in the first half and the U.S. women’s national soccer team overpowered Australia 4-0, giving coach Tom Sermanni a victory in his first match against his former team.

Holiday and Lloyd both scored on powerful volleys, and Abby Wambach scored her 162nd career international goal with a delicate flick off the outside of her right foot that trickled into the corner. Christen Press scored in stoppage time.

Hope Solo made three big saves in the first half for the United States.

The win extends the Americans’ unbeaten streak to 36 games and pushed Sermanni’s record with the U.S. to 11-0-2 in his first year. Sermanni led Australia to two World Cup appearances and an Asian Cup title before taking the U.S. job in late 2012.

The 2012 Olympic champion, the U.S. is unbeaten on home soil since 2004, a streak of 74 games.

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