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Kansas St. jumps to No. 3

Kansas State moved ahead of Oregon and up to No. 3 behind SEC rivals Alabama and Florida in the BCS poll Sunday. The Wildcats' big victory Saturday at West Virginia was enough to nudge them past the Ducks, who are No. 2 in both polls but are getting held back by computer ratings that lag behind the other highly ranked teams. The Crimson Tide (.9625) is still solidly in first, and Florida (.9310) grabbed a firmer grip on second with a 44-11 victory over South Carolina on Saturday. The Gators are tops in the computer ratings and Kansas State is second. The Wildcats (.9111) beat West Virginia, 55-14, for their third Big 12 road victory. Fourth-place Oregon (.8966), coming off a 43-21 win at Arizona State, is sixth in the computer ratings. Notre Dame is fifth in the standings heading into its game at Oklahoma. The Sooners are eighth. LSU is sixth and unbeaten Oregon State is seventh.


Gainey wins 1st tourney

Tommy Gainey narrowly missed a chance at golf's magic number of 59. He happily settled for a course-record 60 at Sea Island, and his first PGA Tour win in the McGladrey Classic at St. Simons Island, Ga. Gainey became the fourth player this year to rally from at least seven shots behind in the final round to win on the PGA Tour. He made seven straight 3s on his way to a 29 on the back nine, and then had to wait more than two hours to see if third-round leaders Jim Furyk or Davis Love could catch him . . . Suzann Pettersen won the HanaBank Championship for her ninth LPGA Tour title, beating Catriona Matthew with a 5-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff in Incheon, South Korea.


Kenseth wins at Kansas

Matt Kenseth won for the second time in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in a caution-marred race at repaved Kansas Speedway. The fast new surface and a hard tire contributed to a race-record 14 cautions, a season high for the Sprint Cup Series. It was enough to keep the margin unchanged with Chase leader Brad Keselowski, who finishedin eighth and maintained his seven-point lead in the standings with four races remaining.


Venus finally wins

Venus Williams won her first WTA tournament in more than two years, beating Monica Niculescu, 6-2, 6-3, to take the Luxembourg Open. -- AP

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