Update on the latest sports



Michigan jumps to No. 2 after beating Ohio State

UNDATED (AP) — Michigan has jumped four spots to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll and Oklahoma State joins the top five for the first time since 2015.

Georgia is a unanimous No. 1 for the eighth consecutive week.

Michigan has its highest ranking since it peaked at No. 2 in 2016 after beating Ohio State to break an eight-game losing streak in the rivalry. Cincinnati moved up to No. 3, passing Alabama at No. 4. The Crimson Tide slipped a spot after squeaking past Auburn in four overtimes. Oklahoma State moved up two spots after beating Oklahoma for the first time since 2014. The Sooners fell three places to No. 13.

Notre Dame dropped a spot to No. 6 and Ohio State tumbled five spots to No. 7 a week after it peaked at second last week. Mississippi, Baylor and Oregon rounded out the top 10.


AP Source: Florida tabs ULL coach Napier to replace Mullen

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the search says Louisiana-Lafayette’s Billy Napier will be Florida’s next football coach, ending a quick process that landed the Gators their top target. A formal announcement is expected later Sunday.

Napier is expected to remain with the Ragin Cajuns this week as they prepare to host Appalachian (ap-ah-LA’-chihn) State in the Sun Belt Conference championship game Saturday. Napier will then take over for Dan Mullen, who was fired last week after the team’s fourth loss in five games.

In other college football news:

— Colorado is parting ways with offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini after a season in which the Buffaloes struggled to move the ball. Chiaverini, who also doubled as the receivers coach, oversaw an offense that averaged 257.4 yards per game. It was the team’s lowest figure since 1964. Colorado wrapped up a 4-8 season with a loss at Utah. Coach Karl Dorrell plans to soon fill both roles. He’s currently recruiting ahead of the early signing period.

— Indiana coach Tom Allen has fired offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan. The move comes less than 24 hours after the Hoosiers completed their first winless season in conference play since 2011. Allen also said he would take a $200,000 pay cut in each of the next four seasons. His contract runs through 2027. Allen had hinted for several weeks that he’d already decided to make some offseason changes. More could be coming after Indiana finished 2-10.


Cowboys going virtual with COVID-19 infections on rise again

UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are going virtual with meetings leading into Thursday’s game at New Orleans with COVID-19 infections on the rise again within the team.

Coach Mike McCarthy says right tackle Terence Steele is among the positive COVID-19 tests and won’t play against the Saints. Offensive line coach Joe Philbin and assistant strength and conditioning coach Kendall Smith will miss their second consecutive games.

Three more members of the staff are also out. They are strength and conditioning coordinator Harold Nash, assistant offensive line coach Jeff Blasko and offensive assistant Scott Tolzien.

In other NFL news:

— Wide receiver Curtis Samuel is expected to return for Washington on Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks after missing the vast majority of this season with a lingering groin injury. Samuel has been limited to four catches in two games so far. He got a full week of practice in and is confident he can be his usually potent self. Washington could also get Logan Thomas back from a hamstring injury. The Seahawks on the other hand come in banged up after losing cornerback Tre Brown to a season-ending knee injury. Running back Rashad Penny has also been ruled out for Seattle.

— Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Dan Hampton has been arrested in Indiana for allegedly driving a vehicle while drunk. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana said Hampton was arrested Nov. 20 on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Winfield, where he lives. Hampton bonded out of jail the next morning after bail was set at $25,000. Hampton played for the Bears from 1979, when was drafted with the fourth overall pick, until 1990. He was a member of the Bears’ Super Bowl-winning team following the 1985 season and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.


No. 21 Seton Hall pulls away to beat Bethune-Cookman 84-70

UNDATED (AP) — Jared Rhoden scored 18 points, Alexis Yetna had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 21 Seton Hall pulled away in the second half for an 84-70 win over Bethune-Cookman.

Bethune-Cookman had a one-point lead at halftime, but Rhoden’s jumper a minute into the second half started a 9-0 run and Seton Hall didn’t trail again. The Pirates stretched their advantage to as much as 23 points.

Joe French scored 28 points for Bethune-Cookman, and Marcus Garrett and Tyrese Samuel each scored 11.

In other Top 25 action:

— Myreon Jones and Tyree Appleby scored 12 points apiece and No. 23 Florida remained unbeaten with an 84-45 victory over Troy. Florida scored the first 13 points of the game and never relinquished its double-digit lead. Freshman Kowacie Reeves connected on a turnaround jumper at the first-half buzzer to give the Gators a 49-20 advantage, their largest of the game. Florida leading scorer Colin Castleton finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks. Duke Deen led Troy with 10 points.


Shiffrin ties Stenmark record with win in women’s slalom

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin has marked the return of the women’s World Cup to North America by setting yet another record. Shiffrin beat Petra Vlhova today for her 46th career win in slalom. That matched a 32-year-old record for most World Cup wins in a single discipline, set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark in giant slalom.

Shiffrin trailed Vlhova by .20 seconds after the first run but ultimately beat the overall world champion by .75 after the Slovakian made an error at the top of her second run. Shiffrin had won all four previous World Cup slalom races at Killington.

Categories: National Sports