Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Florida St. Again No. 1 In AP's Preseason Poll

If preseason polls determined the national championship, Florida State would have a college football dynasty. For the fourth time in eight years, the Seminoles will start the season as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press poll. They also were the preseason pick in 1988, 1991 and 1993, when they won their only national title.

Florida State, which has finished in the top four for eight successive seasons, beat out defending national champion Nebraska for the top spot in the preseason poll. The Seminoles received 31 first-place votes and 1,498 points, while the second-place Cornhuskers got 15 firsts and 1,439 points.

Texas A&M is third, its highest preseason ranking since starting No. 2 in 1957. The Aggies, along with Auburn and Washington, are coming off NCAA probation this year.

Penn State, which finished second last season despite a perfect record, will open the season at No. 4. Rounding out the Top 10 are Florida, Auburn, Southern Cal, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Alabama, which was put on NCAA probation earlier this month. Probation teams are eligible in the AP poll, comprised of 62 sportswriters and broadcasters nationwide.

***** BASKETBALL Wilkins Leaves NBA, Heads To Greece

Forward Dominique Wilkins has left the Boston Celtics to sign with Panathinaikos Athens, a professional team in Greece. Reports said Wilkins, 35, signed a two-year contract for $7 million.

Wilkins had two years remaining on his contract with the Celtics, but his contract contained a buyout clause.

***** TENNIS Agassi Moves To Title Match In Ohio

Andre Agassi routed Thomas Enqvist 6-4, 6-2 to reach the final of the ATP Championship in Mason, Ohio. The fifth-ranked Michael Chang beat eighth-seeded Michael Stich of Germany 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) in the other semifinal.

Thomas Muster and Andrea Gaudenzi, the top two seeds, advanced to the title match of the San Marino tournament. …

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