Ducks replace Crimson Tide...Falcons protecting unblemished record...Hockey labor negotiations resume


NEW YORK (AP) — Oregon takes over the top spot in the AP college football poll, receiving 45 of 60 first-place votes from a nationwide media panel. Alabama falls three spots to No. 4 after absorbing its first loss of the season. It ends the Crimson Tide's 10-week stay at No. 1.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The undefeated Falcons are on the field in New Orleans, taking on a Saints team that has worked its way to 3-5 following an 0-4 start. At 8-0, Atlanta is the only unbeaten team in the NFL. The league's only 7-1 teams meet tonight in Chicago, where the Bears host the Houston Texans.

NEW YORK (AP) — Owners and player reps are getting back to the bargaining table on Day 57 of the NHL labor dispute that's already wiped out 327 regular-season games. The two sides met informally yesterday following formal negotiations the previous four days.

LOS ANGELES — While Phil Jackson considers a return, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers play their second straight game under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff when they face Sacramento later today. The team fired Mike Brown on Friday, after a 1-4 start. Hours later, the Lakers went out and beat visiting Golden State.

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) awaits the winner of today's second semifinal of the ATP finals that is pitting Roger Federer against Andy Murray. The top-ranked Serb earned a berth in the finale with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh) earlier today in London.

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