Tuesday's Sports In Brief


Notre Dame moved into the top four in the second College Football Playoff selection committee rankings of the season.

Clemson remained No. 1, with Alabama moving up two spots to No. 2, Ohio State staying at No. 3 and the Fighting Irish up a spot to No. 4.

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Notre Dame and Alabama each has one loss.

Unbeaten Iowa received an eye-catching promotion, rising four spots to No. 5. Baylor is the highest-ranked Big 12 team at No. 6. Two previously unbeaten teams tumbled. LSU, No. 2 last week, dropped to No. 9 after losing at Alabama, and Michigan State, which was No. 7, dropped to No. 13.


MOSCOW (AP) The day after the 2014 Sochi Olympics ended with Russia atop the medals table, a beaming President Vladimir Putin presented his athletes with state awards for ''defending the honor'' of their country by showing that its ''great and glorious'' sports traditions were still strong.

From its decades of dominance in the 1960s to the 1980s when the Soviet Union was known as the ''Big Red Machine,'' international sports has held outsized importance for Russians as a way to measure their country's standing in the world.

That's why accusations of cheating - widespread, state-sponsored doping - drew such a harsh reaction Tuesday in Moscow. It would be a huge embarrassment for Russia if its track and field athletes were kept out of next summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Russian officials have sought to discredit the report by a commission from the World Anti-Doping Agency, saying it failed to prove its main points and suggested the existence of an anti-Russian conspiracy.

LONDON (AP) - The IOC suspended Lamine Diack as an honorary member and said it was ready to strip medals from any Russian athletes found guilty of doping and consider retesting samples from the Sochi Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee convened an urgent meeting of its executive board by video conference to consider what action to take in response to the corruption and doping crisis engulfing track and field.

The board agreed on the provisional suspension of Diack, the former IAAF president who was placed under investigation by French authorities last week on charges of corruption and money-laundering related to the cover-up of Russian doping cases.


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Pennsylvania poker pro Joe McKeehen never gave up his lead in the World Series of Poker's championship event, and took home $7.68 million as the victor.

The 25-year-old McKeehen won when his ace-10 turned into a pair of tens on the flop, ensuring his victory in a face-off with Joshua Beckley of New Jersey who went all-in with a pair of fours.

McKeehen held an overwhelming lead in poker chips coming into the finale and the entire three-day event.

McKeehen was characteristically nonchalant in the moments after winning. Asked if he had any plans for his $7.68 million: not yet.


NEW YORK (AP) - New York's attorney general ordered the daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel to stop accepting bets in the state, saying their operations amount to illegal gambling.

In a pair of letters sent to the companies, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that after a one-month investigation, his office had concluded that the daily contests are essentially games of chance, not skill.

He drew a sharp distinction between the operations of daily fantasy sports sites and traditional fantasy leagues, which he said were legal partly because they relied on months of smart play over the course of several months. DraftKings and FanDuel contests, he wrote, are about ''instant gratification'' and involve no long-term strategy.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Luck's tough season took an even bigger hit when the Colts announced he would miss two to six weeks with a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle.

Coach Chuck Pagano broke the news on a previously unscheduled conference call with reporters.

Pagano said the injuries should not require surgery and that Luck is expected to make a full recovery, possibly before the end of the regular season.

Without Luck, the Colts (4-5) will turn to 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck, who went 2-0 when Luck was held out because of an injured right shoulder.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Star cornerback Aqib Talib will sit out the Denver Broncos' game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday after losing his appeal of a one-game suspension for poking a player in the eye.

NFL spokesman Michael Signora said Talib's punishment was upheld by Derrick Brooks. He's one of two officers jointly appointed by the NFL and the NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.

Talib had hoped to convince Brooks his two-fingered poke of Indianapolis tight end Dwayne Allen's right eye wasn't deliberate. The personal foul helped seal Denver's 27-24 loss to the Colts.

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Running back Joseph Randle was suspended four games by the NFL under the league's personal conduct policy, one week after he was released by the Dallas Cowboys.

The suspension begins immediately even though Randle is not on an active roster.

Randle was already away from the team to deal with unspecified personal issues when he was released by the Cowboys last Tuesday. As a third-year player in Dallas, Randle started the first six games this season.

The NFL had investigated Randle's arrest in February in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, though police declined to pursue charges against the running back after a domestic disturbance complaint.


MIAMI (AP) - A sore back kept Kobe Bryant out of the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup for the first game that the 20-year veteran dogged by injuries in recent years missed this season.

Bryant was not with the team for its morning shootaround several hours before facing the Miami Heat and knew in the afternoon he wouldn't be able to play. The Lakers started Metta World Peace in Bryant's place and lost 101-88, falling to 1-6 on the season.

Bryant said he was disappointed to be unable to play in what may be his final time in Miami. He is contemplating retirement after the season.

MIAMI (AP) - Mario Chalmers and Memphis are linked again.

Best known in college for helping Kansas beat Memphis in the NCAA championship game in 2008, Chalmers was traded by Miami to the Memphis Grizzlies in a four-player deal that helps the Heat move closer to escaping would be a very punitive tax bill after the season.

The Heat also sent little-used forward James Ennis to the Grizzlies, who gave up point guard Beno Udrih and power forward Jarnell Stokes in the deal.