Alabama No. 1 in CFP rankings
Alabama is the new No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings, with Clemson up to No. 2 and Miami and Oklahoma joining the top four for the first time.
Wisconsin was fifth and Auburn was up to sixth in the rankings released last night.
The Crimson Tide had been second behind Georgia in the first two selection committee rankings, but the Bulldogs and previously No. 3 Notre Dame were beaten last weekend, opening up the top for changes.
Clemson moved up from fourth and unbeaten Miami jumped from seventh to third, giving the Atlantic Coast Conference two top four teams. Oklahoma moved up one spot.
Unbeaten Wisconsin moved up from eighth and is the highest-ranked Big Ten team. Auburn is the highestranked team with two losses. Georgia is seventh and Notre Dame is eighth.
U.S. draws with Portugal
Weston McKennie scored in his debut, goalkeeper Ethan Horvath allowed a seemingly harmless cross to drop between his arms and into the net for an equalizer and the U.S. men’s soccer team tied Portugal, 1-1, in Leiria in its first match since failing to qualify for next year’s World Cup.
The U.S. used eight starters 24 or younger in Dave Sarachan’s first match as interim coach, the start of a five-year rebuilding process ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
McKennie, 19, became the thirdyoungest American to score in his debut, behind Juan Agudelo (17) and Landon Donovan (18) . . . .
Fox Sports partnered with a South American marketing firm to make millions of dollars in bribes to high-ranking soccer officials in exchange for lucrative broadcasting rights to major tournaments, the marketing company’s former CEO Alejandro Burzaco testified at a U.S. corruption trial in New York . . . .
Christian Eriksen scored a superb hat trick as Denmark qualified for next year’s World Cup with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Ireland in Dublin . . . .
An inexperienced England side stifled another of soccer’s leading teams, drawing 0-0 with Brazil in London after a scoreless draw with world champion Germany last week . . . .
Germany substitute Lars Stindl scored in the last minute of injury time to salvage a 2-2 draw against France in Cologne, preserving the world champions’ 21-game unbeaten run . . . .
Sergio Ramos scored twice from the penalty spot as Spain drew, 3-3, with Russia in a friendly in St. Petersburg.
UCLA players head home
UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, have been allowed to return home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal . . . .
Georgia Tech basketball star Josh Okogie will serve a six-game suspension, while teammate Tadric Jackson must sit out three games for accepting benefits in violation of NCAA rules . ...
The NCAA cleared North Carolina State’s Braxton Beverly for basketball immediately after reconsidering an ineligibility ruling tied to summer courses the freshman took at Ohio State . ...
Roger Federer guaranteed his place in the ATP semifinals by defeating Alexander Zverev 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1 in London . . . .
Norton’s Shannon Johnson won twice to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in Houston, defeating Dawn Woodard, 2 and 1, in the round of 16. Johnson routed Canada’s Julia Hodgson, 5 and 4, in the round of 32.