Ducks on hold...Crimson Tide in action
UNDATED (AP) — Oregon will wait until this evening for its first defense of its No. 1 ranking. The team it replaced at the top of the AP poll is already on the field in Tuscaloosa. Alabama is looking to bounce back from a loss to Texas A&M with a victory over Western Carolina. The Crimson Tide are 9-1.
The 10-0 Ducks will take on 14th-ranked Stanford under the lights in Eugene. Oregon's 13-game winning streak is the longest in the nation.
Three-time defending conference champion Oregon clinches the Pac-12 North and a berth in the title game with a win over the Cardinal. If Stanford pulls off an upset and then beats UCLA next week, it would claim the North crown.
The Ducks are the only conference team the Cardinal have failed to beat in the past two years.
Back to the early action. Tenth-ranked Florida State is playing at Maryland, No. 22 Rutgers is on the field at Cincinnati, 23rd-ranked Michigan is hosting Iowa and No. 25 Kent State is on the road against Bowling Green.
Buckeyes look for another win
UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State is the highest-ranked team in action today in men's basketball. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes are facing Rhode Island in Uncasville, Conn. The game is the only one of the day featuring a top-10 school.
One day game on the pro schedule
UNDATED (AP) — There are eight games on the NBA schedule today with one contest being staged this afternoon. The game has the Celtics at home to the Raptors. The Celtics are off to a 5-4 start, while the Raptors are 2-6.
The rest of the games are being played this evening.
Williams ready to suit up
DENVER (AP) — Linebacker D.J. Williams is on track to make his 2012 debut Sunday against San Diego after being added to the Denver Broncos' 53-man roster.
Williams returned to practice this week after serving two NFL-mandated suspensions that cost him nine games and about $4 million.
Choi enjoying slight advantage
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Na Yeon Choi is holding a one-stroke lead as round three of the season-ending LPGA Titleholders continues to unfold in Naples, Florida.
The South Korean was 1-under-par on the day and minus-10 for the tournament after 12 holes.
Three golfers are tied for second as they head toward the clubhouse.
Poulter has narrow lead
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Ian Poulter shot an 8-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Adam Scott after three rounds of the Australian Masters.
Scott, who shot 67, stayed close until consecutive bogeys on 16 and 17.
GOLF-HONG KONG OPEN
Two share the lead with 18 holes to play
HONG KONG (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez (AHN'-hehl hee-MEHN'-ehz) of Spain shot a 2-under 68 and shares a one-stroke lead with New Zealand's Michael Campbell after three rounds of the Hong Kong Open.
Campbell is chasing his first title in seven years. He carded a 69.
No. 1 looking ahead
HONG KONG (AP) — Rory McIlroy is vowing to cut back his competitive schedule next year after missing the cut at the Hong Kong Open, where he was the defending champion.
The world's top-ranked golfer looked tired and was 5-over-par after 36 holes, three stokes outside the cut.
It marks the second time this year the 23-year-old has had to sit out the weekend in defense of a tournament title. He also misfired at the U.S. Open back in June.
Status quo at RPM
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Richard Petty Motorsports has re-signed Sprint Cup Series drivers Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola for the 2013 season.
It will be Ambrose's third season at RPM. He will again be behind the wheel of the No. 9 Ford. It will be Almirola's second season in the No. 43 Ford.
FORMULA ONE-U.S. GRAND PRIX
Vettel in good position
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel secured the pole position for the U.S. Grand Prix, putting him in the perfect spot to chase his third consecutive world championship.
Driving the new $400 million Circuit of the Americas in Texas, Vettel dominated three practice sessions before securing the pole with a blistering round of qualifying.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was a distant ninth in qualifying, 1.643 seconds slower than Vettel. Alonso trails Vettel by 10 points in the drivers' championship.
If Vettel wins Sunday, Alonso must finish no worse than fourth to force the championship into the final race of the season next week in Brazil.
Sunday's race with be Formula One's first in the U.S. since Indianapolis in 2007.
TENNIS-DAVIS CUP FINAL
Czech Republic a leg up
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic won the doubles to take a 2-1 lead over defending champion Spain in the Davis Cup final, moving one win away from its first title as an independent nation.
Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') and Radek Stepanek rallied to beat Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 to give the Czechs the edge going into Sunday's reverse singles.
Spain is looking for its fourth title in five years, while the Czechs' only victory came in 1980 as Czechoslovakia, which split in 1993.