UCF up to 9th in CFP, top 4 unchanged

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(AP) -- Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan were at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, marking the first time in the five-year history of the postseason system that the same teams held the first four spots for three straight weeks.

Unlike last week, there was a little movement in the top 10. Unbeaten Central Florida moved up two spots to No. 9. The Knights became the first team from outside the Power Five conference to be ranked in the selection committee's top 10.

Georgia remained No. 5, followed by Oklahoma at sixth. LSU remained seventh, Washington State held at 8 and Ohio State stayed at 10th, getting jumped by UCF.

Rangers' Beltre retires after 21 seasons

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Beltre had a sometimes-imposing stare and plenty of quirky habits. He also had a genuine love for the game, and a lot of fun in a Hall of Fame-caliber career.

After 21 big league seasons in which Beltre hit 477 home runs and became the first player from the Dominican Republic to have 3,000 hits, the slick-fielding third baseman for the Texas Rangers retired Tuesday at age 39. (MORE)

Bears QB Trubisky uncertain for Thursday

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chase Daniel promises to be ready to step in at quarterback for Mitchell Trubisky on Thursday when the Chicago Bears play the Detroit Lions.

The Bears' backup might need to clear away some rust. (MORE)

No. 1 Duke fends off No. 8 Auburn 78-72

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Duke hit Auburn with a flurry of alley-oops, acrobatic drives and step-back 3-pointers.

The Tigers, unlike the Blue Devils' first four opponents, fought back, going right back at the top-ranked Blue Devils. (MORE)

Gonzalez, Reed among HOF semifinalists

First-year eligible Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed and Champ Bailey are among 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In all, 13 defensive players, nine on offense and three coaches - Jimmy Johnson, Tom Flores and Don Coryell - made the cut. (MORE)

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