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Associated Press

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 3:36 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 7:01 AM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama and Florida State hold the top two spots in the first BCS standings of the season. Oregon was a close third behind second-place Florida State.

The Seminoles (.9348 BCS average) are coming off their biggest win of the season, a 51-14 victory at previously unbeaten Clemson.

The Ducks (.9320) have only played one team that was ranked at the time, but could get a boost in the next two weeks with games against UCLA and at Stanford.

Ohio State is a more distant fourth, followed by Missouri.

The top two teams in the final standings after the end of the regular season play in the Rose Bowl for the national title in January.

NEW YORK (AP) — Florida State, Baylor and Missouri took big steps forward as The Associated Press college football poll got 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.

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 told the Associated Press on Friday that 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.BASEBALL

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are going back to the World Series for the third time in 10 seasons.

Shane Victorino's seventh-inning grand slam propelled Boston to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night, clinching the AL championship series in six games and setting up a World Series rematch with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Red Sox will host Game 1 on Wednesday night against the team they swept in 2004 to end their 86-year title drought. The Cardinals won the NL pennant on Friday night by eliminating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

Koji Uehara got the last three outs for his third save in the series. Uehara, who also got a win in Game 2, was selected series MVP.

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.

GOLF

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.

AUTO RACING

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Jamie McMurray won at Talladega Superspeedway in a nearly clean race until rookie Austin Dillon lost control on the final lap, allowing the winner to coast across the line under caution.

McMurray won for the first time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2010, not even having to worry about an expected charge from Dale Earnhardt Jr. after Dillon spun coming out of the second turn.

Earnhardt settled for second, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Paul Menard and Kyle Busch.

Jimmie Johnson steered around trouble and finished 13th, emerging from the race with the lead in the Sprint Cup standings. The five-time Cup champion passed Matt Kenseth — who finished 20th — for the top spot and has a four-point edge with four races remaining. Busch and Kevin Harvick are tied for third, 26 points behind Johnson.

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 was the final car on the lead lap, and beat Helio Castroneves by 27 points for the title.

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