T25 FOOTBALL-AP POLL
Ducks reach the top rung of ladder
NEW YORK (AP) — Oregon is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll after Alabama gave up the top spot following a loss to Texas A&M.
The Ducks picked up 45 of 60 first-place votes. Kansas State is No. 2 with 14 first-place votes. Notre Dame is third and received one first-place vote.
The Crimson Tide, which had been No. 1 for 10 straight weeks, dropped to fourth after a 29-24 loss to the Aggies in Tuscaloosa. Texas A&M moved up six spots to No. 9.
Georgia, Ohio State, Florida and LSU are 5 through 8, respectively. Florida State rounds out the top 10.
No. 25 Kent State is ranked for first time since early November of 1973.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE
Washington State to review allegations of player abuse
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The president of Washington State University has asked the school's athletic department and the Pac-12 to review recent allegations about the football program in Pullman.
The news comes one day after star receiver Marquess Wilson quit the team, accusing first-year Cougars coach Mike Leach and his staff of abusing players, physically and mentally.
WSU President Eldon Floyd says in a statement that he has asked the athletic department to report findings and conclusions as soon as possible. Floyd says reviews from both the Pac-12 and the athletic department "should get to the bottom of the matter."
Saints aiming to shoot down high-flying Falcons
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL's only unbeaten team is taking on its archrival today. The 8-0 Atlanta Falcons are on the road against the Saints. New Orleans has won three of four following an 0-4 start. Eight teams have started 9-0 since 2002 and four went on to play in the Super Bowl.
Elsewhere, Denver's Peyton Manning threw his 420th career touchdown pass in the first quarter at Carolina, moving into a tie with Dan Marino for the second-most touchdown passes in NFL history. Brett Favre has the most TD passes in NFL history with 508.
Today's other early kickoffs have Detroit at Minnesota, Tampa Bay home to San Diego, Tennessee playing at Miami, New England hosting Buffalo, Oakland at Baltimore and the New York Giants at Cincinnati.
Later today, it'll be St. Louis at San Francisco, Seattle home to the New York Jets and Dallas playing at Philadelphia.
Tonight's game is a much-anticipated matchup of 7-1 teams, with the Chicago Bears hosting the Houston Texans.
NHL negotiations resume with season in the balance
NEW YORK (AP) — NHL owners and players are back at the bargaining table after a one-day break.
Negotiations began Sunday afternoon at the league's office in Manhattan. Talks took place for four straight days earlier this week before heated discussions ended the run Friday night.
The sides were in contact Saturday, leading to an informal lunch in the afternoon. The decision to formally meet again came Sunday morning.
The lockout is in its 57th day and has already caused the NHL to call off 327 regular-season games, including the New Year's Day Winter Classic. A lockout wiped out the entire 2004-05 season.
Buckeyes playing opener in Columbus
UNDATED (AP) — Fourth-ranked Ohio State is unexpectedly be playing its season opener in front of a home crowd. The Buckeyes are taking on Albany this afternoon. Ohio State's scheduled opener against Marquette aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C., on Friday night was canceled because of unsafe conditions on the court.
Syracuse and San Diego State are meeting today in San Diego, on the USS Midway. The Orange are ninth in the preseason AP poll while the Aztecs hold down the 20th spot. The game was postponed from Friday night due to the threat of rain.
Also in the top 10 today, No. 2 Louisville opens against visiting Manhattan and 10th-ranked Florida hosts Alabama State. The Gators played Georgetown Friday night on the deck of a ship in Charleston, S.C., but the game was called off at halftime because the court became too wet.
Five-time champion out to protect slim lead
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Chase for the championship leader Jimmie Johnson will start 24th in today's second-to-last Sprint Cup race of the season. His closest pursuer starts 14th. Brad Keselowski is seven points back after eight races in the Chase.
Kyle Busch set a Phoenix International Raceway track record in qualifying to claim the pole.
Beljan hoping for "Fantasyland" finish in Florida
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Beljan entered today's final round of the PGA Tour's final event of the year with a chance to win his first title. The 28-year-old rookie began the day holding a two-stroke lead at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
Beljan carded a 1-under-par 71 yesterday after spending the night in a hospital and getting an hour of sleep. He was undergoing tests after experiencing shortness of breath and elevated blood pressure during Friday's second round.
Brian Gay, Josh Teater and Charlie Wi (wee) shared second place with 18 holes to play at Disney.
Park in the lead
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Today' final round of the Lorena Ochoa (lohr-AY'-nah oh-CHOH'-uh) Invitational got under way with Inbee Park holding a two-shot lead over Cristie Kerr. The South Korean is coming off a 6-under-par 66 that dropped her to 15-under for the tournament. Kerr shot a 67 on Saturday.
Djokovic into final
LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) will play for the title at the ATP finals. The top-ranked Serb defeated Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 during Sunday's semifinals in London.
Next up for the 2008 champion is the winner of the second semifinal pitting six-time champion Roger Federer of Switzerland against Britain's Andy Murray.
WORLD CUP SKIING-MEN'S SLALOM
Myhrer off to good start
LEVI, Finland (AP) — Defending slalom champion Andre Myhrer of Sweden won the first men's World Cup slalom of the season. Defending overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria was the runner-up in Finland.
After capturing first place in the opening giant slalom in Austria by the biggest winning margin since 1979, American Ted Ligety (LIHG'-eh-tee) tied for 13th place.