Alabama moves atop shuffled 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 up to sixth in the rankings released Tuesday.
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.
Clemson moved up from fourth and unbeaten Miami jumped from seventh to third. Oklahoma moved up one spot.
U.S. TEAM TIES PORTUGAL >> Weston McKennie scored in his U.S. debut, goalkeeper Ethan Horvath allowed a seemingly harmless cross to drop between his arms and into the net for an equalizer and the Americans tied Portugal 1-1 in Leiria, Portugal, in their first match since failing to qualify for next year’s World Cup. DENMARK QUALIFIES FOR WORLD CUP >> Christian Eriksen scored a hat trick as Denmark qualified for next year’s World Cup with an emphatic 5-1 playoff victory over Ireland in Dublin. The game followed last week’s 0-0 draw in the first leg. STANFORD REAPS AWARDS >> Four-time defending Pac12 champion Stanford won three of the league’s four major postseason awards for the third consecutive season.
Senior forward Foster Langsdorf was named Pac12 Player of the Year; junior defender Tomas HilliardArce was selected Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year; and Jeremy Gunn earned Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
The same three won each of those awards last season.
The Cardinal begin their NCAA tournament at home on Sunday at 5 p.m. against the winner of Thursday night’s match between Pacific and Cal State Fullerton.
FEDERER IN ATP SEMIS >> Roger Federer guaranteed his place in Saturday’s semifinals at the ATP Finals in London by defeating Weston McKennie, left, celebrates his opening goal in the United States’ 1-1 tie with Portugal on Tuesday.
Alexander Zverev 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1.
Zverev will face Jack Sock on Thursday to decide who joins Federer in the final four.
Sock recorded the United States’ first win at the event in 10 years by defeating Marin Cilic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the early match.
LIBERTY ON BLOCK >> The New York Liberty are for sale.
Owned by James Dolan and Madison Square Garden, the Liberty are the second WNBA franchise put up for sale in the past few months. San Antonio was bought by MGM Resorts International, and the team was moved to Las Vegas.