Briefs: Florida State in the mix for BCS championship game
'Bama, Florida State 1-2
Alabama and Florida State hold the top two spots in the first BCS standings of the season. Oregon was a close third behind second-place Florida State. The Seminoles (.9348 BCS average) are coming off their biggest win of the season, a 51-14 victory at previously unbeaten Clemson.
The Ducks (.9320) have only played one team that was ranked, but could get a boost in the next two weeks with games against UCLA and at Stanford. Ohio State is a distant fourth, followed by Missouri in the standings released last night. The top two teams in the final standings play in the Rose Bowl for the national title.
Red Bulls stop Dynamo
Tim Cahill scored :08 in, the fastest goal in MLS history, as the Red Bulls beat the host Houston Dynamo, 3-0, to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games. The Red Bulls (16-9-8) took over first place in the Eastern Conference and have the best record in the league with one game remaining . . . Abby Wambach scored her 162nd career international goal as the U.S. women's national team overpowered Australia, 4-0, in San Antonio. The win extends the Americans' unbeaten streak to 36 games.
Simpson in a walk
Webb Simpson shot a 5-under-par 66 for a four-round 260 total and a six-shot win at the PGA Tour's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, his first win since the 2012 U.S. Open . . . Michael Allen (5-under 65, 197 total) won the Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C., for his fourth Champions Tour title, beating Olin Browne (64) with a birdie on the first playoff hole . . . South Korean Amy Yang (3-under 69, 207 total) birdied the first playoff hole to beat Hee Kyung Seo and win the LPGA's KEB HanaBank Championship in Incheon, South Korea. Michelle Wie (66) was a shot back. -- AP