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  |   Sept. 19, 2011 at 5:15 PM
Oklahoma No. 1; Fla. State falls to 14th

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Oklahoma keeps the No. 1 spot in the USA Today Coaches Poll, with the Sooners' win over Florida State knocking the Seminoles down nine spots in the rankings.

Oklahoma (2-0) was a 23-13 winner Saturday night at Florida State and pulls in 50 of the 59 first-place votes from USA Today's Board of Coaches. Alabama (3-0), which received four first-place mentions, is second and Louisiana State (3-0) gets five first-place votes and remains No. 3.

Boise State (2-0) is again fourth but Florida State's drop from fifth to 14th allows nine teams to move up one spot in the rankings. Stanford (3-0) is the new No. 5 with Oklahoma State (3-0) coming in sixth, Wisconsin (3-0) at No. 7, Texas A&M (2-0) in eighth, Nebraska (3-0) up to ninth and South Carolina (3-0) is 10th.

Virginia Tech (3-0) moves into the No. 11 spot ahead of 12th-ranked Arkansas (3-0) and No. 13 Oregon (2-1). Florida State (2-1) settles at 14th ahead of Florida (3-0), which is up two to 15th.

West Virginia (3-0) jumps from 20th to 16th and South Florida (3-0) is up five to 17th while Texas (3-0) improves three places to 18th, with Baylor (2-0) going from 24th to No. 19 and Texas Christian (2-1), 23rd a week ago, completing the Top 20.

The other five ranked teams include four previously unranked. Michigan (3-0) enters the poll at 21st and Clemson (3-0) is 22nd. Michigan State (2-1) falls from 15th to 23rd while Georgia Tech (3-0) is 24th and North Carolina (3-0) is No. 25.

Ohio State, Arizona State, Auburn and Mississippi State drop out of the Top 25 this week.


Trainer: Unsure when Vick can return

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- It was unclear Monday whether quarterback Michael Vick, who suffered a concussion Sunday, would be available for the Philadelphia Eagles' next game.

Vick was hurt in the third quarter of a game at Atlanta, which the Falcons won 35-31. The quarterback was hit by Falcons safety William Moore and his helmet struck a teammate.

He was helped off the field and didn't return to the game.

"He's resting right now, but last night he was pretty good," Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder said of Vick Monday. "He told coach he was fine. He told his teammates he was fine."

Burkholder said tests on Vick in the locker room in Atlanta indicated a concussion although the injury wasn't seen as severe.

"We have a baseline of tests and he was a little bit off," Burkholder said. "He was close [to being able to return]. We had to make a medical decision ... and we made the right decision."

The trainer said Vick would go through normal protocols this week to determine if he would be available Sunday when the Eagles have their home opener versus the New York Giants.

Burkholder, however, wouldn't commit to a timetable for Vick's possible return.

Third-string quarterback Mike Kafka replaced Vick Sunday because usual second-team quarterback Vince Young is recovering from a hamstring injury.


Thompson's win brings big rankings boost

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Sixteen-year-old Lexi Thompson's record-setting victory at the Navistar LPGA Classic was reflected in a huge leap in her women's world golf ranking.

The title moved her from 80th to No. 44.

Thompson became the youngest player to win an LPGA event with a five-stroke victory. The teenager finished at 17-under-par 271.

It was far from a watered-down field that Thompson beat as seven Top 10 players competed at the tournament in Alabama. That doesn't include Stacy Lewis, whose tie for sixth allowed her to move from 11th to 10th in the rankings.

Yani Tseng remains solidly No. 1 in the women's rankings, posting a points average of 16.50. Suzann Pettersen is second at 11.89 and Cristie Kerr (11.71) is third while Choi Na-yeon (9.00) holds the No. 4 spot and Jiyai Shin (8.87) is fifth.

Ahn Sun-ju (7.93) keeps the sixth spot ahead of Ai Miyazato (7.88), Paula Creamer (7.54) and Brittany Lincicome (7.25).

Lewis' average improved to 7.16, edging Kim In-kyung (7.14) for 10th in the rankings. Kim is 11th.


Speaking fees for NFL player examined

PORTSMOUTH, Va., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Officials in Portsmouth, Va., say they are looking closely at a $40,000 fee paid to an NFL player and Super Bowl champion to speak to at-risk children.

Authorities said the management team for Anthony Hargrove asked for $30,000 for three 2-hour sessions during a week in the city, with other costs such as meals, a banquet with community leaders and hotel rooms for Hargrove and five others coming to around $10,000, all paid by taxpayers.

"Whoa," Mayor Kenny Wright said when told of the cost. "Are you kidding me?"

Hargrove, now with the Seattle Seahawks, played for the St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, New Orleans when the Saints won the Super Bowl in 2010, and Philadelphia Eagles.

An employee in the City Department of Social Services who knew Hargrove when he was a child in New York, where she was a social worker for him and his siblings, set up the visit, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Monday.

Hargrove's brother Shermel Hargrove said he couldn't say who determined the fees for the Portsmouth visit. He said it was the first time Team Hargrove Management Inc. had been paid for Hargrove's outreach work with children.

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