Tide looking to roll...Sooners and Longhorns going at it...Cardinals continue to fly high
UNDATED (AP) — After a bye week, Alabama is out to protect its unblemished record and No. 1 ranking. The Crimson Tide brought a 5-0 record on the road to face Missouri. It's one of 18 games on a college football schedule that involves 22 of the AP's Top 25 teams.
Two poll members are sharing the field in Dallas. It's the 107th renewal of the Red River Rivalry, featuring 13th-ranked Oklahoma and No. 15 Texas.
Also on the college gridiron:
— Senorise Perry rushed for 101 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to help No. 18 Louisville race by Pittsburgh 45-35. Teddy Bridgewater passed for 304 yards for the Cardinals, who improve to 6-0 by winning their Big East opener.
— The matchup of the night is in Baton Rouge, where ninth-ranked LSU awaits No. 3 South Carolina for an SEC showdown.
Game 1 tonight
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees and Tigers open the American League Championship series tonight in New York. The first pitch will be thrown less than 24 hours after the Bronx Bombers engineered an AL Division Series-clinching victory over visiting Baltimore.
While the Yankees were battling to stay alive, the Tigers were watching and waiting after clinching their ALDS matchup at Oakland on Thursday.
Detroit sends Doug Fister to the mound. The Yanks hand the ball to playoff mainstay Andy Pettitte (PEHT'-iht). The 40-year-old left-hander's 19 wins and 43 starts are the most in post-season history.
Giants to host Cards
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Cardinals are in San Francisco after beating the Nationals in Washington late Friday night to clinch their NL Division Series.
Game 1 in the best-of-seven NLCS is set for Sunday evening.
Colts limp East
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Four-time Pro Bowler Robert Mathis and starting running back Donald Brown did not make the trip when the 2-2 Indianapolis Colts traveled to New York for Sunday's game against the 2-3 Jets.
Neither absence was a surprise. The Colts had said both would miss two to three weeks with knee injuries.
Linebacker Jerry Hughes is expected to replace Mathis in the starting lineup, while rookie Vick Ballard is slated to make his first NFL start in place of Brown.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — When the green flag drops at the Charlotte Motor Speedway tonight, it will mark the first time in 33 years that a NASCAR Cup race has started without an Earnhardt.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will be missing from the field after sustaining a second concussion this year during a massive last-lap crash at Talladega on Sunday.
Greg Biffle has the pole for the fifth of ten races in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Points leader Brad Keselowski will start 20th. He has a 14-point lead over Jimmie Johnson, who starts fifth.
FORMULA ONE-KOREAN GP
Red Bull with one-two start
YEONGAM, South Korea (AP) — Mark Webber has the pole for Sunday's Korean Grand Prix. Red Bull teammate Sebastien Vettel will be alongside on row one when the green flag drops for this week's Formula One race.
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton starts third, while points leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari qualified fourth.
Mallinger in control
SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — John Mallinger is in good position to challenge for his first win in seven years on the PGA Tour. The 33-year old brought a four-shot lead into today's third round of the Frys.com Open. He's coming off a course-record tying 9-under 62 and has played bogey-free over the first 36 holes.
Billy Horschel and Jhonny Vegas began the day tied for second.
Forsman has lead
CONOVER, N.C. (AP) — Dan Forsman brought a one-shot lead over three others into the second round of the Greater Hickory Classic. Fred Funk, David Frost and Larry Mize were tied for second after 18 holes of the Champions Tour event.
Forsman opened the season with a win at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in January and has recently battled some back problems.
Choi on top
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Defending champion Na-yeon Choi of South Korea maintains a two-shot lead in the LPGA Malaysia. She shot a 3-under 68 Saturday in a rain-interrupted third round.
Fellow South Korean Park Inbee is two shots back after putting up the day's best score of 65, while Karrie Webb of Australia is another two shots back after a 68.
SHANGHAI (AP) — Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak YOH'-koh-vihch) will meet for a rematch of their U.S. Open final.
Two-time defending champion and No. 3 seed Murray defeated top-ranked Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters after second-seeded Djokovic topped fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') 6-3, 6-4.
Djokovic, the U.S. Open runner-up, is looking for his fifth title of the year and second straight after winning in Beijing last week.
No. 1 on track
LINZ, Austria (AP) — Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) of Belarus reached her ninth final of the season on Saturday in Austria, and will play Germany's Julia Goerges (GOHR'-gehs) for the Generali Ladies title.
Azarenka advanced with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, and Goerges edged Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.