Michigan No. 4 in playoff rankings...Falcons sign Irvin...Yankees keep Sabathia
UNDATED (AP) — Michigan has moved into the fourth spot of the College Football Playoff rankings, behind Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame. Georgia is next at five, followed by Oklahoma. The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend where several contenders asserted themselves. The Crimson Tide easily dispatched LSU from the top four, beating the Tigers 29-0. But LSU only dropped to No. 7 after its second loss, ahead of Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State — all with only one loss. The top four teams in the final rankings Dec. 2 will play in the national semifinals.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed defensive end Bruce Irvin to a one-year deal, reuniting the veteran with coach Dan Quinn. Irvin was cut by the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, and became a free agent after clearing waivers yesterday with $3.8 million remaining on his contract. His signing was announced today by the Falcons, who did not release terms of the deal.
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — CC Sabathia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh) is staying with the New York Yankees for an 11th season. That’s according to a person familiar with the negotiations, who says the 38-year-old left-hander has agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract. Sabathia went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts this year.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Fourth-ranked Duke showcased its new talent in a 118-84 thumping of No. 2 Kentucky last night in the season-opening Champions Classic at Indianapolis. Freshmen RJ Barrett, Zion Williams and Cam Reddish had a combined 89 points for the Blue Devils, who handed coach John Calipari his most lopsided defeat at Kentucky. Barrett finished with 33 points and Williamson added 28 as both surpassed the Marvin Bagley III’s program record for points by a freshman in his debut.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top-ranked Kansas has opened its men’s basketball schedule by taking Game 1 of the Champions Classic. Quentin Grimes scored 21 points in his college debut and the Jayhawks took a 44-27 halftime lead before holding off No. 10 Michigan State, 92-87. Dedric Lawson added 20 points and 14 rebounds for Kansas, which took control with a 13-3 run that put the Jayhawks ahead, 30-17.