- Associated Press - Monday, August 18, 2014


Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll.

The Seminoles will start the season No. 1 for the sixth time - the first since 1999 when they became the first team to hold the top spot for the entire season.

Florida State received 57 of 60 first-place votes from the national media panel. No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma each received one first-place vote. Ohio State is No. 5 and Auburn is No. 6.

This season the Bowl Championship Series is being replaced by the College Football Playoff. A selection committee will pick the top four teams in the country for two national semifinals.

The rest of the top 10 is UCLA at No. 7, followed by Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor.


BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon’s last victory at Michigan - which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR’s top series.

One of those droughts is finally over. Can the 43-year-old driver end the other as well?

Gordon raced to his third Sprint Cup victory of the year, holding off Kevin Harvick on Sunday for his first win at Michigan International Speedway since 2001.

Gordon broke the track qualifying record Friday when he took the pole at 206.558 mph. He followed that up with his third Cup victory at MIS - and took over the points lead from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Harvick was second, followed by Joey Logano, Paul Menard and Earnhardt.

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) - With traffic ahead and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya closing in from behind, Will Power stepped on the accelerator. The IndyCar points leader maneuvered through the high-speed gridlock to claim a crucial victory at the Milwaukee Mile.

Power added a little breathing room in the standings over second-place Helio Castroneves and boosted Team Penske’s hopes for a season title with two races to go.

A Penske driver has finished second each of the previous four seasons and five of the last six.

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