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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Alabama has moved past Southern California for the top spot in the latest Associated Press college football poll. The Crimson Tide were second in the preseason rankings, not far behind USC, and Saturdays season-opening results were apparently enough to sway some voters. Alabama thumped a then-No. 8 Michigan, 41-14, in Arlington, while Southern California notched a 49-10 home win over Hawaii. The defending national champion Tide received 45 first-place votes, 28 more than the preseason poll, and a total of 1,481 points from a nationwide media panel. The Trojans earned 11 No. 1 votes, 14 fewer than the initial poll, and 1,435 points. LSU maintained its spot at No. 3 with four first-place votes. Oregon and Oklahoma swapped places to complete this weeks top five. Florida State, Georgia, Arkansas, West Virginia and South Carolina round out the top 10. Arkansas and West Virginia each moved up two places. The Mountaineers are tied with South Carolina for ninth. The second 10 consists of Michigan State, Clemson, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma State, Michigan and TCU. Michigan had the biggest drop within the poll, falling 11 spots from eighth. Kansas State, Notre Dame, Louisville, Florida and Stanford are the last five teams ranked. Notre Dame is the lone newcomer after its 50-10 pasting of Navy in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday. Boise State was No. 24 and dropped out after its 17-13 loss at Michigan State. cheap nfl jerseys china . Judges Stanley Christodoulou and Dave Parris both scored the bout 116-112 in favour of Geale, while Eugene Grant gave it 116-112 to Sturm. "The judges scored it that way, you have to accept it. cheap jerseys from china . Simao, 32, last played with Besiktas in Turkey, but has previous experience in La Liga with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Capped 85 times for Portugal, Simao started his career with Sporting Lisbon in Portugal and has also played for Benfica in his homeland during his career. http://www.comcheapjerseys.com/ . Meireles, 29, just joined Chelsea last summer from Liverpool, but departs for the Turkish side after completing his switch on Monday night. cheap jerseys .com . Alvarez tries to win his fourth start in a row this evening as Toronto wraps up a two-game series with Tampa Bay and ace David Price, who looks to rebound after having his own winning streak halted. cheapjerseys.com . Adams finalized a $12 million, two-year contract with Philadelphia on Thursday, giving the Phillies a premier eighth-inning reliever. The 34-year-old right-hander was 5-3 with a 3. CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Mat Latos has dominated Pittsburgh on the mound throughout his career. On Friday night, he also did damage at the plate. Latos pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and hit a two-run homer as the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds opened a three-game series against their closest pursuers with a 3-0 win over the Pirates. Perhaps the only person happier than Latos was Reds manager Dusty Baker. "It was Latos night, hitting and pitching," Baker said. Chris Heisey hustled for an inside-the-park home run and Aroldis Chapman closed out the win that gave the Reds a 4 1/2-game lead over the Pirates. The Reds have won 14 of 15 and moved 24 games over .500 for the first time since 1999. They are 15-3 since All-Star first baseman Joey Votto left the lineup with a torn meniscus in his left knee that required surgery and 3-0 since second baseman Brandon Phillips was sidelined with a strained left calf. Phillips is expected to start Saturday, Baker said. Latos (10-3) allowed four hits in 7 1-3 innings. Jonathan Broxton got a key double play to end the eighth and Chapman recorded his 24th save. Latos hit his third career home run, connecting in the fifth against Wandy Rodriguez (7-10). "Swing hard in case you hit it," he said about his approach. "Thats the best Ive got." Zack Cozart added three hits for the Reds. The series was Cincinnatis first against a team over .500 after five straight against clubs with losing records. Latos allowed just one runner past second base, none after the first inning. He struck out five, walked three and improved to 4-0 in five career starts against the Pirates. "Fastball command and getting strike one was a big key," Latos said. "My slider wasnt as sharp as normal. My breaking ball wasnt was sharp, but the defence was stellar today." Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle already had seen enough of Latos before Friday. "He has just enough to get you with that high pitch, and he can bury a pitch in the dirt when he wants to," Hurdle said. Broxton entered with runners on first and second. The newly acquired reliever got pinch hitter Gaby Sanchez -- acquired from Miami right before Tuesdays trading deadline -- to ground into Pittsburghs third double play of the night. Chapman struck out two in the ninthh.dddddddddddd He hit Andrew McCutchen with a pitch with two outs. The Reds already led 1-0 in the fifth when Latos followed Ryan Hanigans two-out single with a 367-foot drive into the left-field seats for his first homer of the season. Asked if he hit a fastball, Latos replied: "Youre asking me?" "I believe it was. It was a blank to me," he said. Rodriguez confirmed the pitch was a fastball. "I was surprised he swung," Rodriguez said. "It was a fastball on the outside of the plate. That was a big, big mistake. I was really surprised." "Wandy was dealing pretty good," Baker said. "That was a big, big blow. Three-to-nothing isnt very much in this ballpark, and 1-0 isnt very much." Rodriguez, acquired by Pittsburgh from Houston for three minor leaguers on July 24, has lost his last four decisions and is 0-1 in two starts with the Pirates. He allowed seven hits and three runs with no walks and four strikeouts. Heisey put the Reds ahead in the second when he lofted a drive to deep left field that eluded Starling Martes attempt at a leaping catch. The ball glanced off the wall and rolled toward left-centre field, and Heisey was waved home by third base coach Mark Berry and just beat the relay to the plate. "When I hit it, I knew it would be close," Heisey said. "When I hit second base, I saw it hit off Martes glove and roll toward centre field. I didnt see McCutchen close, so I knew I had a chance." The inside-the-park homer was Cincinnatis second of the season and the second of Heiseys career. He hit one on Aug. 2, 2010, at Pittsburgh. Jay Bruce hit one on June 15 against the Mets in New York. NOTES: The sellout crowd was Cincinnatis 10th of the season. The Great American Ball Park single-season record of 12 was set last season. ... Reds manager Dusty Baker, assessing McCutchen, said, "If I had to pick an MVP, it would probably be him." ... The father-and-son acting team of Martin and Charlie Sheen was on hand. Martin Sheen is from Dayton and his son is an avid Reds fan. ... Hall of Fame Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman had his head shaved on the field after the game. He told bench coach Chris Speier earlier this season that he would have his head shaved if the Reds won 10 straight games, a streak they achieved last Sunday. ' ' ' 

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