NEW YORK (AP) Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings of the season.
Notre Dame was fifth and Baylor was sixth on Tuesday night.
Clemson, LSU and Ohio State are among 11 unbeaten teams in FBS, nearly quadruple the number there was last season when the committee started ranking teams. Alabama and Notre Dame each have one loss.
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Memphis was the highest ranked team from a Group of Five conference at No. 13.
Last year the top four teams in the first playoff rankings were Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi. Only the Seminoles reached the playoff. Ohio State, the eventual national champion, was 16th in the first rankings.
NEW YORK (AP) - Terry Collins has a new contract to keep managing the New York Mets. He can only hope for a second chance in the World Series.
Two days after their rousing season ended with a stinging loss to Kansas City, the Mets rewarded Collins for piloting them to the National League pennant. He received a two-year deal through 2017, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson are set to appear at a Citi Field news conference Wednesday.
The Mets held a club option on Collins for 2016, but instead gave him a longer contract. The oldest manager in the majors at 66, he has a 394-416 regular-season record in five years with New York.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The world champion Kansas City Royals basked in the adulation of hundreds of thousands of ecstatic fans in a parade and rally Tuesday that nearly shut down downtown for hours.
After driving a 2.3-mile route in a caravan, team owner David Glass, manager Ned Yost and several of the Royals returned the love by telling fans they could not have captured the World Series without their support and calling the turnout for Tuesday's celebration ''unbelievable'' and ''amazing.''
City officials estimated Tuesday that 500,000 people attended the events.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter has introduced his dog Kane to the world in a post on his website, The Players' Tribune - oh, he also slipped into the essay he's engaged.
A slick trick play by the 14-time All-Star shortstop.
Notoriously private throughout a 20-year career that ended after the 2014 season, Jeter revealed Tuesday the almost 100-pound, 1-year-old Italian mastiff was a ''gift last year from my fiancee.''
The 41-year-old Jeter never names the woman to whom he is engaged in the story, but it's been well documented that he's been dating Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Hannah Davis, 25, for quite some time.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Manziel might get thrown to the unbeaten Bengals.
The Browns' backup quarterback is preparing to start at Cincinnati on Thursday night because Josh McCown is still struggling with a painful rib injury that has affected his breathing and sleep.
The 36-year-old McCown took several hard hits in Sunday's loss to Arizona, and with only a few days to recover, the Browns might turn to Manziel, who was roughed up in a 30-0 loss to Cincinnati last season.
Browns coach Mike Pettine said he has not yet made a decision on his starter. McCown was limited in practice last week and was listed as questionable before facing the Cardinals.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A confounding start prompted Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano to fire his offensive coordinator on Tuesday.
Less than 24 hours after a third consecutive loss, Pagano announced he had replaced Pep Hamilton with associate head coach Rob Chudzinski.
''As head coach of this team, it's my responsibility to make sure I'm doing everything we can to put us in the best position to succeed,'' Pagano said in a statement. ''We thank Pep for his service to the team and wish him all the best.''
Clearly, the Colts (3-5) have not lived up to the Super Bowl hype they started with this season.
They lost their first two games for the second time in Pagano's tenure and are in the midst of the first three-game losing streak since Pagano and Andrew Luck arrived in town in 2012.
NEW YORK (AP) - Representatives from three cities where NFL teams are in the hunt to move to Los Angeles are set to give presentations next week in New York.
St. Louis and San Diego have previously discussed their proposed stadium projects with the league, but the Nov. 11 meeting will be the first time Oakland gives a presentation.
The Raiders and Chargers have been taking preliminary steps in anticipation of getting approval to move to Los Angeles. They announced plans for a joint stadium in Carson in February after St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke said he wanted to build a new stadium in Inglewood.
The league said there will be no votes at the committee meeting. The NFL could decide in January whether it will place a team in L.A. for 2016.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Looking to squash any notion that the drivers are running amok on the track, NASCAR suspended Matt Kenseth for two races Tuesday for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano in an act of retaliation that dramatically changed the lineup of drivers in the running for the championship.
The penalty levied against Kenseth is fairly unprecedented. Drivers have been suspended before for on-track actions, but typically only for one race and the policy has not been uniform.
NASCAR said it punished Kenseth because he had no chance at winning and intentionally altered the outcome of Sunday's race. NASCAR also said it factored aspects of safety in penalizing Kenseth as well as ''the fact that the new Chase elimination format puts a premium on each and every race. These actions have no place in NASCAR.''
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - It was a costly win for the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night
Connor McDavid, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft, had an upper-body injury that was described by coach Todd McLellan as ''long term.''
McDavid left the game late in the second period favoring his left shoulder after an awkward collision at full speed into the boards alongside Philadelphia defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Manning, who also lost their balance on the play.
He was seen wearing a sling in the hallway behind the dressing room and did not return for the third period. He had 12 points in his first 12 games and was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for October.
NEW YORK (AP) - A Brazilian FIFA official who headed the 2014 World Cup organizing committee and was extradited this week from Switzerland has pleaded not guilty in a New York courtroom to charges stemming from a sprawling bribery case.
Jose Maria Marin appeared Tuesday before a judge in federal court. He will be freed on $15 million bond.
He is the second FIFA official to waive extradition to face charges in the United States in a $150 million corruption case linked to broadcasting rights.
The 83-year-old was arrested in May.
Last year's World Cup featured 32 teams and was held in Brazil. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 after extra time in the final.
SHANGHAI (AP) - Rory McIlroy spent another day in his hotel trying to recover from food poisoning ahead of the HSBC Champions.
McIlroy showed up at Sheshan International on Wednesday with hopes of playing the pro-am. But after hitting a few shots on the range, he felt pain in his stomach and decided to stop. He thinks another day of rest will allow him to play in the opening round.
McIlroy is in the same group with Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson in the final World Golf Championship this year.
He is leading the Race to Dubai by a comfortable margin over Danny Willett, so it's important for him not to miss this week. McIlroy has played consistently well in the HSBC Champions. What he wants now is make sure he can play.