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  • AP Poll: The top 25 in college football

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 9, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • Young gun Riess wins poker title

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 23-year-old poker pro from Michigan won the World Series of Poker main event late Tuesday, claiming the $8.4 million title after pushing past his last opponent in a brief, dramatic match.
    Ryan Riess started out behind on Tuesday, but used cleverly varied play to seize and maintain a lead amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold ’em.
    On the last hand, 29-year-old Las Vegas club promoter Jay Farber went all-in with a Queen-Five. Riess, dealt an Ace-King, rightly suspected his opponent wasn’t holding much and called instantly.
    Riess backed into the stands to watch the cards turn, and won the championship with the arms of his girlfriend around his shoulders.
    Moments later, he kissed the diamond-encrusted championship bracelet he’s been chasing since he was 14 years old. After tearfully thanking his friends and family, he told reporters, “I just think I’m the best player in the world.”
    Riess came out sparring as the night began at the 1,600-seat theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino off the Las Vegas Strip.
    Farber started 19 million chips ahead, but Riess soon brought the score virtually even.
    The tide turned definitively about two hours in, when Riess took a 58.5 million chip pot with pocket Jacks.

  • Smart is AP’s top returner

    A lot of people were shocked when Marcus Smart announced he would return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season. Nobody should be surprised the Cowboys point guard was a unanimous selection to The Associated Press’ preseason All-America team.
    Smart was on every ballot from the 65-member national media panel Monday, a no-brainer since he was expected to be among the first players chosen if he had declared for the NBA draft.
    After averaging 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.0 steals last season, it was how the Cowboys fared in the NCAA tournament that had a lot to do with his coming back.
    “I felt like we had a lot more to accomplish,” Smart said of the loss to Oregon in Oklahoma State’s opening game of the tournament. “We were a lot better team than that. That’s just not the way we wanted to go out.”
    It helped me a little bit to get motivated to come back this year.”
    Smart was joined on the preseason All-America team by seniors Doug McDermott of Creighton and Russ Smith of Louisville, sophomore Mitch McGary of Michigan and freshman Andrew Wiggins of Kansas.

  • Rodgers hurt in MNF loss

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — For the better part of two decades now, the Green Bay Packers backup quarterback has been little more than an afterthought.
    No more.
    With Aaron Rodgers knocked out of the game — and perhaps longer — by a shoulder injury on the first series, Josh McCown and the Chicago Bears reminded the Packers why good insurance is so important. McCown, playing in place of the injured Jay Cutler, threw for two touchdowns Monday night and led Chicago to a 27-20 victory that ended a six-game skid to its NFC North rivals.
    “We expected to win this game, even with the situation that happened,” Jordy Nelson said. “We had an opportunity to win the game, and we just didn’t make enough plays.”
    The loss snapped Green Bay’s four-game winning streak, but the far larger concern is the health of Rodgers, who hurt his left shoulder when he was sacked on the first series by Shea McClellin.
    Rodgers took a few warm-up throws with backup Seneca Wallace but, after being examined by medical staff, ran into the Green Bay locker room. He wasn’t seen again until midway through the third quarter, when he came back onto the field in sweats.

  • The AP Top 25 College Football Poll

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • Red Sox win WS title, beat Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6

    BOSTON (AP) — The old ballpark was packed for a celebration nearly a century in the making.

    Players danced around the infield with their families.

    Fans remained in the stands, savoring a long-awaited moment generations of New Englanders had never been able to witness.

    Turmoil to triumph. Worst to first. A clincher at Fenway Park.

    David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, baseball's bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons.

    When it was over, Ortiz took a microphone on the field and addressed the city, just as he did a week after the marathon bombings last April.

    "This is for you, Boston. You guys deserve it," the Series MVP said. "We've been through a lot this year and this is for all of you and all those families who struggled."

    And the Red Sox didn't even have to fly the trophy home. For the first time since Babe Ruth's team back in 1918, Boston won the title at Fenway. The 101-year-old stadium, oldest in the majors, was jammed with 38,447 singing, shouting fans anticipating a party that had been building for more than nine decades.

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  • Lester outduels Wainwright, Sox lead 3-2

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Ross caught Jon Lester’s pitches into the eighth inning, then talked about the toss that really impressed him in Game 5 of the World Series.
    A big paper airplane flung by a fan that floated so far, Lester stepped off the mound to retrieve it.
    “We were all kind of in awe,” Ross said.
    Loose? The Red Sox sure sounded that way after Lester outpitched Adam Wainwright once more, Ross delivered a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and Boston beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Monday night for a 3-2 edge.
    A whisker away from yet another championship, this bearded band now goes back to Fenway Park.
    “Pretty special time,” Lester said.
    David Ortiz delivered his latest big hit, too, putting Boston in position to capture its third crown in a decade. Not since 1918 have the Red Sox clinched the title on their own field.
    “This atmosphere here, these three games, has been phenomenal. We know it’s going to be equal to that, if not better. And we’re excited about going home in the position we are,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
    Added Ortiz of the Red Sox’s century-old bandbox: “It’s going to get loud out there.”

  • Lester, Red Sox beat Cards, lead World Series 3-2

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Ross caught Jon Lester's pitches into the eighth inning, then talked about the toss that really impressed him in Game 5 of the World Series.

    A big paper airplane flung by a fan that floated so far, Lester stepped off the mound to retrieve it.

    "We were all kind of in awe," Ross said.

    Loose? The Red Sox sure sounded that way after Lester outpitched Adam Wainwright once more, Ross delivered a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and Boston beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Monday night for a 3-2 edge.

    A whisker away from yet another championship, this bearded band now goes back to Fenway Park.

    "Pretty special time," Lester said.

    David Ortiz delivered his latest big hit, too, putting Boston in position to capture its third crown in a decade. Not since 1918 have the Red Sox clinched the title on their own field.

    "This atmosphere here, these three games, has been phenomenal. We know it's going to be equal to that, if not better. And we're excited about going home in the position we are," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

    Added Ortiz of Boston's century-old bandbox: "It's going to get loud out there."

  • The AP Top 25 College Football Poll

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 26, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking: