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SEC teams South Carolina, Florida rise in AP poll | College football

Southeastern Conference teams South Carolina and Florida were rewarded for Saturday's home victories over higher-ranked conference opponents with top-five spots in the Associated Press media poll Sunday.

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College football

South Carolina, Florida of SEC

soar into top 5 of AP media poll

Southeastern Conference teams South Carolina and Florida were rewarded for Saturday's home victories over higher-ranked conference opponents with top-five spots in the Associated Press media poll Sunday.

Defending national champion Alabama of the SEC was idle and remained a unanimous No. 1 choice and Oregon of the Pac-12 held second after beating Washington 52-21.

South Carolina jumped from sixth to third and Florida soared from 10th to fourth in the poll.

South Carolina, coached by Steve Spurrier, pounded then-No. 5 Georgia 35-7. Florida beat then-No. 4 Louisiana State 14-6.

Florida State, ranked third last week, lost 17-16 at North Carolina State and was among nine Top 25 teams that lost. The previous time nine ranked teams lost in the same week was the weekend of Oct. 18, 2008.

LSU dropped to ninth, Florida State fell to 12th and Georgia plunged to 14th.

Horse racing

Longshot filly triumphs in Arc

Solemia, a 4-year-old filly, rallied and beat Orfevre by a neck to win the Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in Paris.

Solemia, sent off at 42-1 odds according to the Arc website, ran about 1 ½ miles on very soft turf in 2 minutes, 37.68 seconds. She gave jockey Olivier Peslier his fourth victory in Europe's most significant race, which had a purse of $5.205 million.

Carlos Laffon-Parias, who trains Solemia, said, "I thought we were beaten in the straight, then I saw Orfevre stopping."

In Lingerie wins Spinster

In Lingerie defeated Mystical Star by 2 lengths to take the Grade I Spinster at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

In Lingerie, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, ran 1-1/8 miles on the synthetic surface in 1:49.42. The 3-year-old filly, favored in the field of 10, paid $6.80 to win in the $500,000 race.

Soccer

Crew, Sporting Kansas City tie

Eddie Gaven's header in the first minute of stoppage time gave the host Columbus Crew a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City in a Major League Soccer match.

In another MLS match, Chivas USA and FC Dallas played to a 1-1 tie in Carson, Calif.

Barcelona, Real Madrid draw

Superstars Lionel Messi of host Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid each scored twice in a 2-2 draw in Spain.

"It should be prohibited to say which is the best in the world," Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho said. "They are both from another planet."

Tennis

Djokovic, Azarenka take titles

Top seeds Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus won titles at the China Open in Beijing.

Djokovic defeated third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.

Azarenka beat second-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-3, 6-1.

Nishikori wins Japan Open

Eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan beat sixth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-0 to win the Japan Open in Tokyo. He is the first Japanese player to take the title in the event's 41-year history.

Elsewhere

Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia won the Chicago Marathon in a course-record time of 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds for 26.2 miles, surpassing the mark of 2:05:37 set by Moses Mosop of Kenya last year.

Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia won the women's title in 2:22:03.

• American skier Lindsey Vonn, a four-time overall women's World Cup champion, is seeking permission from governing body FIS to compete in the men's downhill race Nov. 24 in Lake Louise, Alberta.

"I'd like to have one chance in my life to race against them," she told The New York Times.

• UCLA basketball guard Tyler Lamb is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday. The junior is expected to be out from four to six weeks.

David Lee scored 19 points and ex-Washington State standout Klay Thompson added 18 to help Golden State beat the Los Angeles Lakers 110-83 in Fresno, Calif., in the exhibition opener for both NBA teams.

In another exhibition, former Seattle Prep player Martell Webster scored 18 points for the Washington Wizards in a 100-88 loss to host Charlotte.

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