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Buckeyes No. 1 in first CFP rankings
NEW YORK (AP) _ Ohio State is the top team in the first College Football Playoffs rankings of the season.
LSU, Alabama and Penn State round out the top four as chosen by the 13-person selection committee that will release four more sets of rankings before the final one comes out on Dec. 8.
The top four in the selection committee’s initial rankings have never all reached the semifinals in the playoff’s five-year history.
Defending-champion Clemson is fifth, followed by Georgia, Oregon and Utah. Oklahoma and Florida round out the top 10.
Fleck gets seven-year extension
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ No. 13 Minnesota and football coach P.J. Fleck have agreed to a seven-year contract extension that will keep him with the Golden Gophers through the 2026 season.
The Gophers are off to an 8-0 start and on pace for just their second 10-win season since 1905.
The extension is pending approval from the Board of Regents.
Baylor wins as college hoops season begins
UNDATED (AP) _ Fourth-ranked Duke has opened its men’s basketball season with a tight victory over No. 3 Kansas.
Tre Jones scored 15 points and Cassius Stanley added 11 of his 13 points in the second half of the Blue Devils’ 68-66 victory over the Jayhawks in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. Duke trailed 61-60 until Stanley converted a 3-point play with 2:29 remaining. Jones added a big basket and two free throws in the final 93 seconds to help the Blue Devils ice the victory.
Devon Dotson had 17 points and Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah as-uh-BOO’-kay) added eight in his return to the Kansas lineup after missing most of last season with a hand injury.
In other opening-night action in top-25 hoops
_ Jordan Nwora nailed four 3-pointers while providing 23 points and 12 rebounds as fifth-ranked Louisville whipped Miami, 87-74. Ryan McMahon sank three consecutive 3-pointers as the Cardinals scored 17 consecutive points during a four-minute span in the first half.
_ Sixth-ranked Florida was a 74-59 winner against North Florida behind Kerry Blackshear Jr.’s 20 points and 10 boards in his Gators debut. Scottie Lewis finished with nine points, five rebounds and two assists, while Tre Mann had 11 points and four boards as the pair made their Florida debut.
_ No. 7 Maryland rolled to a 95-71 win over Holy Cross behind Jalen Smith’s 16 points and 11 rebounds. Darryl Morsell scored 15 for the Terrapins, who led by just seven before going on a 16-4 spurt to make it 68-49.
_ Corey Kispert scored a career-high 28 points and eighth-rated Gonzaga used a second-half surge to hammer Alabama State, 95-64. Filip Petrusev added 15 and helped the Bulldogs go on a 15-0 run to open a 65-41 lead.
_ Myles Powell scored 27 points to lead No. 12 Seton Hall to a 105-71 win over Wagner. Quincy McKnight added 10 points and seven assists for the Pirates, who won easily while coach Kevin Willard sat out the first of at least two games.
_ Newcomer Jahmi’us Ramsey led No. 13 Texas Tech with 19 points in an 85-60 rout of Eastern Illinois. The Red Raiders led 46-31 at halftime and coasted to their 48th consecutive non-conference home win.
_ James Wiseman led 14th-ranked Memphis to a 97-64 thumping of South Carolina State, finishing with 28 points and 11 boards. Fellow freshman Precious Achiuwa added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers.
_ Jared Butler scored 30 points with a career-high eight 3-pointers as 16th-ranked Baylor blasted Central Arkansas, 105-61. MaCio Teague had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears, who scored the game’s first 19 points.
_ Tyrique Jones had 17 points and 11 rebounds in No. 19 Xavier’s 76-57 pounding of Jacksonville. Naji Marshall also furnished 17 points and Paul Scruggs scored all 12 of his points in the first half, including a pair of 3-pointers, to help the Musketeers build a 21-point halftime lead.
_ No. 25 VCU opened with a 72-58 win over St. Francis as Marcus Santos-Silva had 21 points and 18 rebounds. The Rams used an early 23-5 spree to open a 25-9 lead with just over eight minutes to play in the opening half.
Celtics extend win streak
UNDATED (AP) _ The Boston Celtics have reeled off a five-game winning streak since a season-opening loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Gordon Hayward hit all 16 of his 2-point attempts while scoring a career-high 39 points as the Celtics downed the Cavaliers, 119-113. Hayward put in Kemba Walker’s miss with 22 seconds left to give Boston a 118-113 lead.
Walker had 25 points for the Celtics, who hit 56% of their 85 shots.
Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:
_ LeBron James recorded his third consecutive triple-double by providing 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the Lakers’ 118-112 victory at Chicago. Quinn Cook had 17 points for Los Angeles, which trailed by as many as 19 before earning its sixth straight win following a loss to the Clippers in the season opener.
_ Trae Young scored 28 of his 29 points in the second half to push the Hawks past the Spurs, 108-100, Jabari Parker added 19 points to help Atlanta end a three-game losing skid.
_ Devonte Graham capped his career-high 35-point performance by hitting two free throws with 1.7 seconds left in overtime to send the Hornets to their third straight win, 122-110 over the Pacers. Terry Rozier added 22 points and Miles Bridges had 18 for Charlotte, which battled back from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit.
Hawks’ Collins suspended 25 games
ATLANTA (AP) _ The Atlanta Hawks will spend a huge chunk of the NBA season without one of their up-and-coming forwards.
John Collins has been suspended for 25 games without pay for a violation of the NBA’s Anti-Drug Program after testing positive for a growth hormone.
Collins is the team’s No. 2 scorer and top rebounder, averaging 17 points and 8.8 boards.
In other NBA news:
_ Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins has undergone a shoulder surgery that will sideline him for at least four months. The team said Collins had successful surgery Tuesday to repair his left labrum. Collins dislocated his shoulder in a game against Dallas on Oct. 27.
Isles win streak reaches double-digits
UNDATED (AP) _ It’s a 10-game winning streak for the New York Islanders after they knocked off the Ottawa Senators for the second time in a week.
Cole Bardreau scored his first NHL goal on a penalty shot in the second period to help the Isles post a 4-1 win over Ottawa. Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas (sih-ZEE’-kihs) each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who have the second-longest winning streak in team history.
New York led just 2-1 until Cizikas and Josh Bailey tallied 40 seconds apart midway through the third period.
Thomas Greiss stopped 27 shots and blanked the Senators after J.P. Pageau (pa-ZHOH’) had a short-handed tally 7:44 into the game.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
_ Boston’s six-game winning streak is over after Ben Chiarot (shah-RAHT’) scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period of the Canadiens’ 5-4 victory over the Bruins. Victor Mete tallied twice and Tomas Tatar (tah-TAHR’) also scored before setting up the deciding goal in Montreal’s fourth win in five games.
_ The Maple Leafs earned a 3-1 win over the Kings as Auston Matthews and William Nylander (Nee’-lan-dur) each had a goal and an assist. The game was tied 1-1 until Matthews and Nylander scored 30 seconds apart late in the third period.
_ Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) had a goal and an assist and Travis Konecny (kah-NEHK’-nee) scored the tiebreaker early in the third period of the Flyers’ 4-1 victory against the Hurricanes. Carter Hart made 33 saves versus Carolina, which has dropped six of 10 since a 5-0 start.
_ Reilly Smith scored twice to back Marc-Andre Fleury’s 29-save performance in the Golden Knights’ 2-1 victory at Columbus. Former Jacket William Karlsson assisted on both of Smith’s goals as Vegas got back in the win column after dropping three of its last four.
Panthers place Newton on injured reserve
UNDATED (AP) _ The Panthers have placed quarterback Cam Newton on injured reserve.
Newton has missed the last six games while trying to battle back from a mid-foot sprain. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement Tuesday that two foot specialists told the team “it likely will take significant time for the injury to fully heal.”
Newton was the league’s MVP in 2015, but has lost his last eight starts dating to last season.
In other NFL news:
_ The Titans have placed cornerback Malcolm Butler on injured reserve after he injured his left wrist against the Panthers.
_ The Bills have signed defensive tackle Corey Liuget (LEE’-jiht) to a one-year contract in a bid to shore up their run defense.
_ The New York Jets have placed cornerback Trumaine Johnson and wide receiver Josh Bellamy on season-ending injured reserve.
_ Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (kihm-DEE’-chay) has been released by the Dolphins, who decided the former first-round pick couldn’t help their struggling defense.
_ Chargers owner Dean Spanos is emphatically denying reports that his franchise and the NFL are looking into relocating the team to London. The Athletic reported Monday night that the Chargers have been discussed by the league as a possible option to relocate to London because of the team’s struggles to build a fan base in Los Angeles.
Cardinals manager gets new three-year contract
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt has been given a new three-year contract through the 2022 season.
Shildt was hired as interim manager in 2018, replacing Mike Matheny. He just led the Cardinals to the NL Central title with a 91-71 record and is 132-99 as their bench boss.
The Redbirds also announced extensions for president of baseball operations John Mozeliak (moh-ZEH’-lihk) and general manager Mike Girsch.