Championship matchups could become clearer today...US, Belarus level at 1-1 in Fed Cup final...Hamilton crashes
UNDATED (AP) — This could be a pivotal weekend in college football. The matchup for Southeastern Conference championship could be set, along with half the Big Ten, Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-12 title game pairings. Among the possibilities: A victory by No. 1 Alabama against No. 18 Mississippi State, plus a loss by No. 10 Auburn to No. 2 Georgia, would clinch the SEC West for the Crimson Tide. And No. 6 Wisconsin can clinch the Big Ten West by beating No. 25 Iowa.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — No. 9 Washington has suffered a blow to its hopes of getting back to the four-team playoff. The Huskies fell to Stanford last night, 30-22. Stanford Heisman hopeful Bryce Love ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns against the nation’s stingiest defense.
SHANGHAI (AP) — No. 21 UCLA overcame the loss of three freshmen to beat Georgia Tech 63-60 in the teams’ season opener in China. UCLA played without freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, who have been identified by the Los Angeles Times and ESPN as having been arrested on shoplifting charges during the team’s trip to China. Their status is uncertain as the rest of the team prepares to return to the U.S.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The United States and Belarus have ended the opening day of the Fed Cup final tied at 1-1. CoCo Vandeweghe (KOH’-koh VAN’-duh-way) won the first match for the U.S., but Sloane Stephens lost the second. Stephens has yet to win any of the five matches she’s played since winning the U.S. Open.
SAO PAULO (AP) — World champion Lewis Hamilton has crashed on the first lap of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, but appeared to escape without injury. He lost control coming out of a turn and crashed sideways into a padded retaining wall, then climbed out of the car without assistance. Hamilton, who has sewn up the title, will start at the back of the grid tomorrow.