After shakeup, Oklahoma finds itself atop AP poll
Oklahoma sits atop the Associated Press Top 25 after the first upset-filled weekend of the college football season gave the media poll a powerful shake yesterday. Alabama rose to No. 2 after a surprising 41-30 pounding of host Georgia. Previously top-ranked Southern California lost at Oregon State to set the tone for a weekend that brought back memories of the topsy-turvy 2007 season. On Saturday, two more top-five teams fell. Florida was stunned at home by Mississippi, 31-30. Georgia, which started the season No. 1, was down 31 points by halftime to Alabama and never recovered. Overall, nine ranked teams lost, six to unranked foes. Oklahoma is No. 1 for the 96th time in the history of the AP poll, breaking a tie with Notre Dame for the most ever. The last time the Sooners were No. 1 was 2003, when they were atop the polls all season before losing the Big 12 title game to Kansas State. Alabama's impressive performance jumped the Tide six spots. Alabama hasn't been ranked this high since it was No. 2 for the first eight polls of the 1993 season. LSU is No. 3, moving up two spots. No. 4 Missouri and No. 5 Texas also moved up two places and left the top five under the control of the Big 12 (three teams) and Southeastern Conference (two). Penn State moved up six spots to No. 6 after its 38-24 victory against Illinois.
Villegas captures Tour; Singh takes FedEx Cup
Camilo Villegas overcame a five-shot deficit to win the Tour Championship in Atlanta, closing with a 4-under-par 66 and beating Sergio Garcia on the first playoff hole with a two-putt par. Villegas had gone 85 starts on the PGA Tour without winning, but yesterday was his second victory in a row. The 26-year-old Colombian wound up second in the FedEx Cup standings behind Vijay Singh, who only had to complete the Tour Championship to capture the $10 million prize. Villegas, who should move to No. 6 in the world ranking, earned $1.26 million for winning the Tour Championship and $3 million in bonus money for his second-place finish in the FedEx Cup.
Navistar LPGA Classic: : Lorena Ochoa won for the seventh time this season and her first event since May, beating Candie Kung with a 2-foot par putt on the second hole of a playoff in Prattville, Ala. Recharged after a month away from the tour, the top-ranked Mexican closed with a 2-under 70 to match Kung (67) and Cristie Kerr (66) at 15-under 273. Kerr was eliminated with a bogey on the first extra hole.
Et cetera: : Argentina's Eduardo Romero won the SAS Championship for his third Champions Tour victory in five starts, closing with a 6-under 66 for a three-stroke victory over Tim Kite in Cary, N.C. Romero is the tour's lone three-time winner this year. He had a 15-under 201 total. Kite finished with a 69. ... Mountain Branch Golf Club defeated Montgomery Village GC, 6 1/2 -5 1/2 , to win the ninth-annual Senior Team Match of the Maryland State Golf Association.
Hammon's 35 points lift Silver Stars to Finals
Becky Hammon scored 35 points, making four free throws in the final 36 seconds, and the host San Antonio Silver Stars advanced to their first WNBA Finals with a 76-72 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The Sparks led 72-67 with 1:57 left, but Hammon tied it on a three-pointer with 1:03 left. Hammon shot 10-for-18, including 6-for-8 from three-point range, and made all nine foul shots.
Ethiopian breaks own world marathon mark
Haile Gebrselassie smashed his marathon world record by 27 seconds, winning the Berlin Marathon in a city where he has had so much success. Gebrselassie, 35, of Ethiopia, took advantage of excellent conditions on a flat course to finish in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 59 seconds. Despite an ailing calf, he shattered the mark he set in Berlin last year and became the first man to win this race three times. Gebrselassie thanked the crowd of about 1 million for helping him set his 26th world record. Gebrselassie first ran in Berlin in 2006 and clocked 2:05:56 before breaking the world record last year. In three years, he has improved nearly two minutes on his time. "Berlin is my lucky city," Gebrselassie said. In the women's race, Irina Mikitenko of Germany won in 2:19:19. She improved her personal best by more than four minutes to record the seventh-fastest time for a woman.
NHL: : Teemu Selanne, a 10-time All-Star, signed a two-year, $5.25 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks. The 38-year-old Finn sat out training camp last season and the first four months of the regular season while contemplating retirement. He re-signed in February as a free agent and had 12 goals and 11 assists in 26 games. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins arrived in Stockholm, Sweden, in preparation for season-opening games Saturday and Sunday against the Ottawa Senators at the Globe Arena.
Tennis: : Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic defeated No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3, 6-2, to win the China Open in Beijing. Jankovic's second title this season left her within striking distance of world No. 1 Serena Williams in the WTA rankings. World No. 2 Jankovic and Williams, 21 points ahead of the Serb, are scheduled to play this week in Stuttgart, Germany. In the ATP final, American Andy Roddick beat Dudi Sela, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3. ... Jo-Wilfried Tsonga upset No. 3-ranked Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (4), 6-4, to win the ATP Thailand Open in Bangkok, clinching his first career title and avenging his loss to the top-seeded Serbian in the Australian Open final.
Auto racing: : Renault's Fernando Alonso won the Singapore Grand Prix after starting 15th in Formula One's first night race. It was Alonso's 20th career victory and first since the Italian GP last year during his short stint with McLaren. Nico Rosberg was second for his best GP finish, giving Williams its best result since the 2005 season. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton of McLaren was third.
Boxing: : Former four-time world champion Shane Mosley stopped Ricardo Mayorga with one second left in the 12th round of their junior middleweight bout Saturday night to possibly put himself in line for a title shot in Carson, Calif. Mosley (45-5 with 38 knockouts) floored Mayorga (28-7-1) with about 15 seconds left in the final round. Mayorga staggered to his feet and took the mandatory eight count before a short left put him down again. Antonio Margarito watched the fight from ringside, and Mosley has lobbied for a shot at the World Boxing Association welterweight champion.
Et cetera: : Alessandro Ballan gave Italy its third straight world championship road race title, finishing off a dominating cycling performance with a late breakaway victory yesterday in Varese, Italy. Ballan covered 161.5 miles in 6 hours, 37 minutes, 30 seconds. ... Jeff Cunningham, Andre Rocha and Kenny Cooper scored in host FC Dallas' 3-0 victory over D.C. United, which has a five-game winless streak. ... Curlin headed to Southern California to begin training on Santa Anita Park's new synthetic surface in anticipation of a possible start in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic next month.