Alabama moves atop shuf­fled CFP rank­ings

The Mercury News - - Sports -

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.


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