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Nov. 11, 2012 at 11:26 PM   |   Comments

KSU No. 1, Oregon second in BCS poll

IRVING, Texas, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Kansas State took over as No. 1 from deposed Alabama and Oregon moved up to second place in Sunday's Bowl Championship Series rankings.

The Wildcats (10-0) dislodged the Crimson Tide from the BCS top spot following their convincing 23-10 win at Texas Christian Saturday coupled with Alabama's first loss of the season -- an upset at the hands of Texas A&M.

Oregon, meanwhile, held off fellow unbeaten Notre Dame for the prized second spot by 0.010 points following its easy victory against California.

The teams in the first and second slots at the end of the regular season face off for the national title under the computerized BCS system.

The Fighting Irish settled for No. 3 after their win over Boston College. Alabama tumbled to fourth.

The Tide are followed by five more Southeastern Conference teams in the fifth-through-ninth spots -- Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana State, Texas A&M and South Carolina.

Florida State rounded out the Top 10.


Djokovic, Federer to vie in ATP Finals

LONDON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer reached the title match of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals Sunday, posting semifinal victories.

The Serbian world No. 1 dropped the first set against the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro but then stormed back for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory at the London event.

He now goes on to Monday's championship match against Federer, who bounced back from being down a break in the first set and then cruised to a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 victory over Andy Murray.

After losing the first set, Djokovic found himself trailing del Potro 2-1 in the second frame when he began to turn things around, breaking the Argentine on his fourth chance of the game and sixth of the match.

After that it was all Djokovic, who has won the season-ending event once previously, in 2008.

Meanwhile, Federer -- the two-time defending champion -- won 16-of-18 points while serving in dominating the second set.

The Swiss superstar will be trying for his seventh overall Tour Finals title and the 77th of his career, which would tie him with John McEnroe for third on the all-time list trailing Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94) in the Open Era.

Federer and Djokovic have split four meetings this year.


Keselowski takes points lead in Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Kevin Harvick won the AdvoCare 500 and Brad Keselowski grabbed the points lead in the Chase for the Spint Cup Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Harvick held off Kyle Busch to end a 44-race winless streak in Sprint Cup action at the wild Phoenix event, which featured a multi-car accident in the final laps that triggered a brawl between the crews of drivers Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer.

Keselowski, however, avoided the incident and crossed the finish line to take sixth place and establish a lead over Jimmie Johnson, who came into Sunday with a seven-point advantage in the championship Chase standings.

Johnson was involved in another wreck in which he hit the wall on lap 234, sustaining suspension damage that took 38 laps to repair. He ended in 32nd place.

Fights between the Gordon and Bowyer crews broke out on pit road after the two drivers collided late in the race.


Beljan closes out Children's Miracle win

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Charlie Beljan earned his first career PGA Tour victory Sunday, carding a 3-under-par 69 in the final round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.

The total gave Beljan a two-stroke win at 16-under-par 272 and allowed him to retain his tour card for the next two seasons.

The 28-year-old battled a health scare on Friday, when he was hospitalized overnight with shortness of breath and a rapid heart rate, but he returned Saturday and managed to retain the lead with a 71 at the Walt Disney World resort.

Beljan wrapped up the win Sunday, carding five birdies in a six-hole span from the 7th hole to pull away for the victory.

Sharing second place were Robert Garrigus and Matt Every, both of whom shot 4-under 68s to end at minus-14.

One stroke behind them was Brian Gay, who carded a final-round 70.

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