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Sports Roundup: Preseason AP Poll; Ala at Top; Nascar's Johnson Wrecks; Bolt Wins 200

By: AP
By: AP
Usain Bolt

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COLLEGE FB POLL
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two -- No. 1.
Nick Saban and the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide are top-ranked in The Associated Press preseason college football poll as they try to become the first team to win three straight national titles.
Much like the BCS championship game against Notre Dame, the vote was an Alabama landslide. The Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State and match Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings.
The Buckeyes received one first-place vote.
Oregon is No. 3, followed by Stanford and Georgia, which received the other first-place vote.

NASCAR-MICHIGAN
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson qualified third for Sunday's NASCAR race at Michigan. He'll be starting from the back of the pack instead.
The Sprint Cup points leader was uninjured after going nose-first into a wall during practice. However, Johnson wrecked his main car and will have to use a back-up during the race, pushing him to the rear of the field.
Johnson has a big 75-point lead in the standings heading into the race.

MLB-SCHEDULE
(AP) -- Miguel Cabrera took another step toward a second straight MVP award while allowing the Detroit Tigers to keep their six-game lead in the American League Central.
Cabrera launched a walkoff, solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Tigers past Kansas City 6-5. He went 2-for-5 and drove in two runs, giving him a major league-best 117 RBIs this season.
Prince Fielder also hit a solo homer and had two RBIs to help Detroit bounce back from Friday's doubleheader sweep by the Royals.
The outcome drops Kansas City 7 1/2 games behind the Tigers.
The Indians knocked off Oakland 7-1, dropping the Athletics 1 1/2 games behind the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. Nick Swisher, Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera drove in two runs apiece to support Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh HIH'-meh-nehz), who struck out eight while holding the A's to one hit over 5 2/3 innings. Swisher and Michael Bourn hit solo homers for the Indians, who are within 3 1/2 games of Oakland for the second AL wild-card berth.
Chris Gentry had three RBIs and Martin Perez worked seven innings as the Rangers pounded Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners 15-3. The Rangers had four players with at least two RBIs and four with at least two runs scored.
Hernandez was tagged for five runs in as many innings, raising his ERA to 2.47
Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-7 on Adam LaRoche’s extra inning homer.
The Los Angeles Dodgers keep rolling along.
Clayton Kershaw lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.80 by allowing just three hits and striking out eight in eight innings of the Dodgers' 10th straight win and second straight shutout of Philadelphia, 5-0. Kershaw improved to 12-7 and supported himself with an RBI double in the fifth.
Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) broke it open with a three-run homer in the ninth as Los Angeles nailed down its 42nd victory in 50 games since June 22 to maintain an 8 1/2-game lead over Arizona in the National League West. It's the best 50-game stretch in the majors since the 1942 Cardinals also went 42-8. The Dodgers also have won 19 of their last 20 road games, the first team to do that since the 1916 Giants.
The Diamondbacks kept pace while cutting into Pittsburgh's lead in the NL Central.
The Pirates were clobbered 15-5 by the Diamondbacks as Martin Prado (mahr-TEEN' PRAH'-doh) and Paul Goldschmidt combined for seven hits, six RBIs and six runs scored. Goldschmidt belted a three-run homer while going 4-for-5 with four runs scored. Goldschmidt shares the National League home run lead with 30 after belting a three-run shot.
The Cardinals blanked the Cubs 4-0 in Chicago to pull within two games of the Pirates. Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-her moh-LEE'-nuh) smacked a two-run homer and also doubled in his second game since coming off the disabled list. Joe Kelly combined with three relievers on the shutout, allowing four hits in six innings to help the Redbirds bounce back from Friday's 7-0 loss at Wrigley Field.
Cincinnati had a chance to pull within 2 1/2 games of the Pirates, but Yovani Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee gy-AHR'-doh) combined with two relievers on a five-hitter as Milwaukee beat the Reds for the second straight night, 2-0. Logan Schafer provided the scoring with a two-run single in the fourth.
Also in the majors, Boston won for just the third time in nine games as Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and two RBIs in a 6-1 win over the New York Yankees. David Ortiz hit a solo homer to back John Lackey, who held the Yanks to a run and six hits in 6 2/3s.
Toronto's 6-2 win over Tampa Bay drops the Rays two games behind the first-place Red Sox in the AL East. J.A. Happ pitched 5 1/3 innings in his first start since he was hit by a line drive three months ago, leaving him with a fractured skull and a sprained right knee. Adam Lind hit two of the Blue Jays' four home runs.
Baltimore erupted for seven runs in the third inning to beat Colorado 8-4 and stay within 5 1/2 games of the Red Sox. Brian Roberts and Manny Machado hit consecutive two-run doubles, and Chris Davis collected his 113th RBI as the Orioles ended a four-game skid.
The White Sox outscored the Twins 8-5 as Dayan Viciedo (dy-AN' vih-see-EH'-doh) hit a three-run homer and Alejandro De Aza added a two-run shot.
Gregor Blanco hit a two-run triple and Pablo Sandoval drove in a pair of runs as San Francisco downed Miami 6-4.
Jedd Gyorko (JUR'-koh) belted a three-run homer and Nick Hundley socked a two-run blast in San Diego's 8-2 rout of the Mets.

MLB-TEJADA SUSPENSION
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Miguel Tejada (the-HAH'-dah) is a six-time All-Star and a one-time American League MVP. The Kansas City Royals infielder has also become a three-time violator of baseball's substance abuse policy.
Major League Baseball has suspended Tejada for 105 games after he tested positive for an amphetamine. It is one of the longest suspensions baseball has ever handed down.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Tejada tested positive for Adderall, a substance the 39-year-old has used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. Tejada previously tested positive under the league's amphetamine policy. That subjected him to a 25-game ban for a second test and an 80-game suspension for a third. He is not challenging the penalties.
He'll begin serving the suspension while on the 60-day disabled list with a strained calf muscle. He would need to fulfill the remainder of the suspension next season before he's eligible to play.
Tejada was hitting .288 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 53 games before getting hurt.

MLB-INJURES
Rangers Ogando to skip start
UNDATED (AP) -- Texas Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando has gotten an injection for inflammation around a nerve in his right shoulder and will miss his scheduled start Monday against Houston. Matt Garza will move up a day to take his spot. Garza will be pitching on regular rest since the Rangers had an off-day after his last start Wednesday night.
The Rangers are hopeful that Ogando will miss only one start.
Elsewhere around the majors:
-- Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes (RAY'-uhs) is expected to be sidelined for a few days because of soreness in his right knee. He'll sit out the next two games against Tampa Bay but is expected to be back in the line-up after an off-day Monday.
-- The Tampa Bay Rays have put designated hitter Luke Scott on the 15-day disabled list because of lower back spasms.

NFL-INJURIES
(AP) -- Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel will miss the rest of the preseason after hurting his left knee in Friday night's preseason game against Minnesota. Manuel is considered to be the front-runner to be the Bills starter this season.
First-year coach Doug Marrone said the first-round draft pick would have a "minor knee procedure." It's unclear when or how Manuel was hurt in the win over Minnesota. He finished 10 of 12 for 92 yards passing and a touchdown in three series.
Veteran Kevin Kolb will start against Washington next Saturday.

In other NFL news;
-- Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal has been taken off the field in an ambulance after landing on his back while making a catch in practice. The team said he has a bruised lung and was being evaluated for a concussion.
-- Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo has been released from the hospital after bruising his lung in an exhibition game in Thursday exhibition game against Detroit. The No. 6 overall pick in April's draft spent two nights in the Cleveland Clinic with the unusual injury. The Browns say he likely will be kept out of practice for the next week.

COLLEGE FB-OHIO STATE-SUSPENSIONS
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says two more of the team's top players will be suspended for at least the opener.
Starting cornerback Bradley Roby will sit out the Aug. 31 game against Buffalo because of his arrest in July on misdemeanor charges of assaulting a bar bouncer. Meyer says that Roby could face additional discipline by the team.
Also, running back Rod Smith has been suspended for the Buffalo game because of a violation of team rules last winter.
Leading scorer Carlos Hyde was suspended for the first three games after an alleged assault of a woman in which he did not face charges.

GOLF-WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Reed, Huh tied for lead
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Patrick Reed and John Huh share the lead after three rounds of the Wyndham Championship at 10-under par. Reed shot a 1-under 71 and Huh posted a 70. Zach Johnson and Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) are in a group just one shot off the lead. Johnson shot a 66 and Spieth carded a 70.
Tour officials moved up Sunday's final-round tee times in an attempt to beat the rain, just as they did for the third round when they sent players off in threesomes at the first and 10th tees.
The third round was delayed for 2 hours, 59 minutes by heavy rains.

GOLF-CHAMPIONS TOUR
Bart Bryant owns second round
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) -- Bart Bryant birdied six of the first seven holes and finished with another to shoot 10-under 62 and take the lead after two rounds of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. Bryant's tournament record 16-under total for 36-holes gives him a four-shot lead over Corey Pavin (PAY'-vihn), who shot a 64. Duffy Waldorf is a further shot back after a 65.
Bryant started the day tied with his brother Brad, who couldn't keep pace. He shot a 72 to trail by ten shots.

GOLF-SOLHEIM CUP
Europe in command
PARKER, Colo. (AP) -- Europe has complete control of the Solheim Cup after its first sweep of a Cup session in 11 years.
The United States closed within 6 1/2-5 1/2 before the Europeans won all the fourball matches in the afternoon to go ahead by five. With only the 12 singles matches remaining Sunday, Europe only needs to win three matches and halve another on Sunday to capture the cup away from home for the first time since this event began in 1990.
It also would be the first time Europe retained the cup.

TRACK-WORLDS
MOSCOW (AP) -- Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt has pulled off a double gold performance in the sprints, winning the 200 meters at the world championship. The Jamaican superstar was timed in 19.66 seconds to add the win in the 200 to his gold medal performance in the 100 meters.
Bolt cruised through the finish line to finish ahead of teammate Warren Weir, with Curtis Mitchell of the U.S. finishing third.
Brianna Rollins of the United States won the women's 100-meter hurdles with a late surge to the finish.
The Americans took silver behind Russia in the women's 4x400 meter relay and the high jump.
Russia leads the gold medal standings with seven, one ahead of the United States. But the Americans lead the overall medal count over the host nation 20-15.


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