Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts

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Nebraska Overtakes Florida Atop AP Poll

Florida won its opener by 49 points, but it wasn't enough to keep the Gators on top of The Associated Press college football poll Sunday.

Nebraska, which had the weekend off after beating West Virginia 31-0 in the Kickoff Classic on Aug. 28, replaced Florida as the No. 1 team even though the Gators beat New Mexico State 70-21 Saturday.

The Cornhuskers, who were No. 4 in the preseason poll before moving up to No. 2 last week, edged the Gators by three points in the nationwide media poll. They received 23 first-place votes and 1,465 points; Florida got 15 first-place votes and 1,462 points.

It's the first No. 1 AP ranking for the Cornhuskers since 1987, when they occupied the spot for one week in November.

"Well, I hope they're right," Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said when informed his team had moved up. "It's very early in the season and we just hope the voters know what they're voting for. I was surprised we moved ahead of Florida. I thought we would still be No. 2."

Nebraska also replaced Florida as No. 1 in the USA Today-CNN coaches' poll. The Gators were second and Florida State third.

Notre Dame was third in the AP poll after beating Northwestern 42-15 on the first full weekend of the season. The Fighting Irish received 10 first-place votes and 1,413 points. Florida State stayed No. 4 after its 41-17 victory over Virginia. The defending national champion Seminoles got eight firsts and 1,388 points.

Miami moved up one spot to No. 5 after routing Division I-AA Georgia Southern 56-0, and Michigan dropped one notch to No. 6 after struggling to beat Boston College 34-26.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Colorado, Penn State, Arizona and Wisconsin. Colorado and Penn State each rose one spot following lopsided wins. The Buffaloes routed Northeast Louisiana 48-13, and Penn State mauled Minnesota 56-3.

The complete poll is on Page 6.

***** SWIMMING AND DIVING Chinese Divers Roll On

China continued its dominance in diving at the World Swimming Championship in Rome, finishing 1-2 in the women's 1-meter springboard and 1-3 in the men's 3-meter event.

Lixia Chen took the 1-meter gold mdeal with 279.30 points. Teammate Shuping Tan had 276.00, followed by Annie Pelletier of Canada (273.84) and Cheril Santini of the United States (261.72).

In the 3-meter, Yu Zhuocheng slipped past Russia's Dmitry Sautin on his final dive to win the gold with 655.44 points. Sautin had 646.59, and China's Tianling Wang (638.22) was third. …

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