T25 FOOTBALL-SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
SEC showdowns in Tuscaloosa and Baton Rouge
UNDATED (AP) — The defending national champions will be tested today at home. Top-ranked Alabama is preparing to take on No. 15 Texas A&M (3:30 p.m. Eastern).
Aggies redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel is the SEC's leading rusher and scorer and No. 3 passer. He'll be facing one of the nation's stingiest defenses. 'Bama is allowing 66 yards a game rushing.
The Crimson Tide can secure a spot in the conference championship game with a victory. Alabama is 9-0 with a 6-0 mark in league play. A&M is 7-2 overall, with losses to SEC powers Florida and LSU by a combined eight points.
LSU is playing the only other game of the day matching Top 25 opponents. The ninth-ranked Tigers host No. 23 Mississippi State under the lights.
The rest of the top-10 schedule has second-ranked Oregon hosting California, No. 3 Kansas State at TCU, fourth-ranked Notre Dame on the road at Boston College, fifth-ranked Georgia at Auburn, No. 7 Florida home to Louisiana-Lafayette and 10th-ranked Clemson hosting Maryland.
Beljan on course
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — After spending the night in a hospital and getting about an hour of sleep, halfway leader Charlie Beljan is off to a slow start during today's third round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. The 28-year-old PGA Tour rookie was 1-over after five holes and tied for the lead. Beljan struggled with shortness of breath and elevated blood pressure during yesterday's round. He was taken to a hospital after signing for a remarkable 8-under-par 64.
Beljan began the day with a three-stroke advantage over a group of seven golfers.
Stanford leads south of the border
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Angela Stanford brings a two-shot lead over Inbee Park into today's third round of the Lorena Ochoa (lohr-AY'-nah oh-CHOH'-uh) Invitational in Mexico. Stanford is 11-under-par after yesterday's 5-under 67. She won the inaugural tournament in 2009.
Del Potro does it again
LONDON (AP) — Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh) clinched the last spot in the final four of the ATP finals by beating two-time defending champion Roger Federer 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in their final round-robin match.
Federer had already qualified for the semifinal of the season-ending event that features the top eight players.
Del Potro also defeated Federer in the final in Basel last month.
WORLD CUP SKIING-WOMEN'S SLALOM
And they're off
LEVI, Finland (AP) — Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany overcame a nagging hip injury to win the first World Cup slalom of the season.
The Olympic champion posted the fastest time in the second run to overtake local favorite Tanja Poutiainen (TAHN'-yuh poo-tee-EYE'-nen) of Finland for the top spot on the podium.
Hoefl-Riesch trailed the Finn by 0.30 seconds after the opening run.
Seventeen-year-old American Mikaela Shiffrin finished third. Defending overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. skipped the race to focus on upcoming events in Aspen, Colo.
Irish and Tigers are all there is today
UNDATED (AP) — After a busy opening night that saw 15 of the AP's preseason Top 25 basketball teams in action, just two ranked teams are on the Saturday slate.
No. 22 Notre Dame hosts Evansville for the first tipoff of the day (2 p.m. Eastern).
Later on we've got 15th-ranked Missouri hosting Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
Getting another chance
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA's only winless teams take the court tonight after losing again last night. Both are going up again sub-500 clubs.
The 0-6 Pistons play the 2-3 Rockets in Houston and the 0-4 Wizards are at Indiana to face the 2-4 Pacers.
Elsewhere tonight, it's Philadelphia at Toronto, Dallas visiting Charlotte, Chicago hosting Minnesota, Boston at Milwaukee, Utah home to Phoenix, San Antonio visiting Portland and Denver at Golden State.