SEC PUTS RECORD 8 TEAMS IN AP POLL: The Southeastern Conference set a record for most schools in The Associated Press college football poll with eight ranked teams.
The Top 25 was shaken Sunday after seven ranked teams lost, including five teams that were unranked or lower ranked. Stanford dropped eight spots and Michigan fell from the poll.
The top four was unchanged, with No. 1 Alabama receiving 55 of 60 first-place votes. No. 2 is Oregon, followed by Clemson and Ohio State. Florida State moved up to No. 5 to set up a top-five matchup at Clemson next week.
Stanford lost 27-20 at Utah and is now No. 13, becoming the first top-10 team this season to lose to an unranked team. Michigan drops out after losing 43-40 in four overtimes at Penn State.
No. 24 Auburn moved into the rankings for the first time this season to join No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 14 Missouri, No. 15 Georgia and No. 22 Florida. Missouri jumped 11 spots after a 41-26 victory at Georgia (4-2).
The record for most teams from one conference in a regular-season poll had been seven, done many times, including this season by the SEC. The ACC and Big Ten have also reached seven ranked teams in a season.
The SEC also had eight teams ranked in the 2011 preseason poll.
ORTIZ, RED SOX RALLY TO STING TIGERS: David Ortiz revived the Red Sox with a tying grand slam in the eighth inning, then Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a winning single in the ninth that sent Boston past the Detroit Tigers 6-5 Sunday night to even the AL championship series at 1-all.
The Tigers were cruising to their second straight win at Fenway Park, with starter Max Scherzer taking a no-hitter and a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning.
But with one swing, Ortiz changed everything. His two-out shot sent right fielder Torii Hunter jack-knifing into the Boston bullpen in a futile attempt to catch the ball, making it 5-5.
Saltalamacchia's single came after a series of Tigers misplays in the ninth. A wild throw, a wild pitch and a missed catch set up the game-ending hit.
The teams head to Detroit for Game 3 on Tuesday. Justin Verlander will face Boston's John Lackey.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP WINS PCC TOURNEY TITLE: Washington Township downed host and four-time defending champion Hebron 25-19, 25-22, 28-30, 25-22 to win the Porter County Conference Tournament championship Saturday night.
Bryce Pappas led a balanced attack for the Senators (15-1) with 12 kills, one more than Kyle Titus. Evan Short and Chase Pfeiffer connected for nine each. Short also registered 11 block kills. Joe Nugent made 47 assists and nine block kills.
Ryan Daniel and Matt Hernandez each put down nine kills for the Hawks.
In the semifinals, Washington overcame a first-game loss to get past Boone Grove, 20-25, 28-26, 25-11, 25-18. Pappas and Titus led the way with 14 and 12 kills, respectively, overcoming 23 kills by the Wolves' Andrew Foster.
Hebron outlasted Morgan Township in a grueling five-game marathon, 27-25, 26-28, 28-26, 28-30, 15-8. Brad Blank pounded 25 kills for the Hawks, while Aiden Heinold scored 18 for the Cherokees.
PURDUE TO HOLD 'BIG DOG' NIGHT: Purdue's Feb. 20 game against Michigan State will be Glenn Robinson Night, with 3,000 bobbleheads of the former Boilermakers great from Roosevelt to be distributed to fans.
Several season and single-game ticket offers are still available by calling (800) 497-7678 or visiting PurdueSports.com.
GLOBETROTTERS COME TO HAMMOND CIVIC CENTER ON JAN. 4: The Harlem Globetrotters will play at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 t the Hammond Civic Center. The game is part of the “Fans Rule” world tour.
Fans can vote at www.harlemglobetrotters.com/rule on which events will take place during the game. Tickets are $13. They are available by calling (866) 468-3401 or visiting www.harlemglobetrotters.com or www.ticketweb.com.
ARROWHEAD STADIUM BREAKS NOISE RECORD: Arrowhead Stadium is once again the loudest stadium in the NFL.
This time, it's official.
The Kansas City Chiefs fans broke the world record for an outdoor sports stadium in their 24-7 win over Oakland on Sunday when they reached 137.5 decibels in the closing minutes.
An official from Guinness World Records told The Associated Press that Chiefs fans broke the record of 136.6 set by Seahawks fans during a game against San Francisco earlier this year.
To put that in perspective, a jet engine at 100 feet is about 140 decibels.