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Originally published Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 9:30 PM

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Alabama, LSU are 1-2 in AP college football poll

Alabama and Louisiana State are back atop The Associated Press poll, holding down Nos. 1 and 2 the way they did most of last season. The Crimson Tide is...

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College football

Alabama, LSU are 1-2

Alabama and Louisiana State are back atop The Associated Press poll, holding down Nos. 1 and 2 the way they did most of last season.

The Crimson Tide is No. 1 for the third straight week, and it was almost unanimous. Alabama received 58 of 60 first-place votes. LSU got the other two.

LSU moved up to No. 2 this week after USC's first loss of the season. USC slipped 11 spots to 13th after losing 21-14 at Stanford. Stanford jumped from 21st to ninth.

Pelini returns to work

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini returned to work a day after he was taken to a hospital during the Cornhuskers' game against Arkansas State.

Pelini was taken by ambulance to a Lincoln hospital after halftime for precautionary tests. The 44-year-old was released from the hospital by Saturday evening. He said in a statement after the 42-13 win that "everything checked out just fine" and that he planned to work Sunday.

Pelini's statement after the game didn't mention his symptoms. A team doctor checked Pelini's pulse on the sideline during the second quarter.

Defensive coordinator John Papuchis and offensive coordinator Tim Beck shared head-coaching duties in Pelini's absence.

Notre Dame loses safety

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said safety Jamoris Slaughter will miss the rest of the season. Slaughter tore his left Achilles tendon in a 20-3 win over Michigan State. The senior started the first three games this year and 19 in his career.

Tennis

Spain eliminates U.S.

David Ferrer beat John Isner 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to send defending champion Spain back to the Davis Cup final with a 3-1 semifinal victory over the United States in Gijon, Spain. Helped by Isner's 70 unforced errors, the fifth-ranked Ferrer rallied to stay unbeaten on clay in the competition with his 16th straight win.

Spain will play at the Czech Republic in November's final. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tomas Berdych defeated Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to give the Czechs an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the semifinal. Berlocq filled in for Juan Martin del Potro, out with a left wrist injury.

Soccer

Morgan leads U.S. victory

Alex Morgan scored a goal and set up another as the U.S. women's national team rallied from a first-half deficit to beat Australia 2-1 in Carson, Calif., in the second game on a post-Olympic tour.

The U.S. improved to 2-0 on the 10-game tour. The match drew 19,851 to the Home Depot Center.

Australia went ahead in the 34th minute when Lisa DeVanna beat U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo after outsprinting two defenders on a run from midfield.

NHL

No progress in lockout;

MVP Malkin off to Russia

There were no formal talks on the first day of the lockout, the league's fourth shutdown since 1992, including a yearlong dispute that forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season when the league successfully held out for a salary cap.

And there are no formal talks planned.

All NHL players are free to speak to other leagues. Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin and Ottawa defenseman Sergei Gonchar agreed to deals with Metallurg in Russia's KHL. Malkin, a 26-year-old center with the Pittsburgh Penguins, is the NHL's reigning MVP.

WNBA

Sky beats Mercury

Shay Murphy scored 20 of her career-high 22 points in the first half and the Chicago Sky (13-18) rolled to an 86-55 victory over the host Phoenix Mercury (7-24) to stay a game behind New York for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East.

Cappie Pondexter had 30 points and 11 rebounds as the New York Liberty (14-17) rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to earn a 75-68 victory over the host Washington Mystics (5-27).

Temeka Johnson scored 18 points to lead the visiting Tulsa Shock (8-23) to an 80-70 victory against the playoff-bound San Antonio Silver Stars (19-12).

Elsewhere

• U.S. speedskating coach Jae Su Chun was put on administrative leave, hours after his spokesman released a statement denying claims of verbal, physical and psychological abuse brought by current and former members of the national team.

Venus Williams helped Washington catch up, then beat Coco Vandeweghe in a last-game tiebreaker as the Washington Kastles completed their second straight undefeated championship season in World Team Tennis with a 20-19 victory over Sacramento in Charleston, S.C.

Shawn Langdon raced to his first career Top Fuel victory, beating Tony Schumacher in the final of the rain-delayed O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Concord, N.C. Ron Capps topped the Funny Car field, Jason Line won in Pro Stock and Andrew Hines took Pro Stock Motorcycle.

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