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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn football coach Gene Chizik (CHIH'-zihk) has been fired following a 3-9 season that included an 0-and-8 record in the SEC, capped by a 49-0 loss to Alabama. The Tigers endured the worst slide within two years of winning a national championship of any team since the Associated Press poll started in 1936. The decision came 17 months after Auburn gave Chizik a contract worth some $3.5 million annually through 2015 with a hefty buyout.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has dismissed football coach Tom O'Brien despite four winning seasons during his six years with the team. Athletic director Debbie Yow made the announcement Sunday, one day after the Wolfpack finished a 7-5 regular season with a win over Boston College. N.C. State says offensive coordinator Dana Bible will be the interim coach for the upcoming bowl game.

NEW YORK (AP) — Notre Dame is the unanimous No. 1 team in the latest Associated Press college football poll, picking up all 60 first-place votes following last night's 22-13 win over Southern Cal. Alabama remains No. 2, followed by Georgia, Ohio State and Florida. Oregon, Kansas State, Stanford, LSU and Texas A&M round out the top 10.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks halted a two-game skid and improved to 9-3 by pounding the visiting Detroit Pistons, 121-100. Carmelo Anthony scored 21 of his 29 points while the Knicks were building a 64-44 halftime lead. J.R. Smith added 15 points and 10 rebounds to the rout.

SAO PAULO (AP) — Sebastian Vettel has earned his third straight Formula One championship title with a sixth-place finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash that dropped him into last place before he eventually passed Fernando Alonso, the only other driver contending for the title. The 25-year-old Vettel is the youngest three-time champion in F1.

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