Update on the latest sports
US drops to 1-3 in Olympic baseball qualifying
TOKYO (AP) – The United States dropped to 1-3 in the super round of an Olympic baseball qualifying tournament, losing to Australia 2-1 on Wednesday at the Tokyo Dome.
Minnesota prospect Aaron Whitefield hit a two-run single in the first off Boston’s Tanner Houck at the Premier12 tournament game.
The U.S. was held to four hits, including an eighth-inning home run by Oakland’s Mark Payton off Ryan Searle.
Winner Tim Atherton allowed one hit in 5 1/3 innings, and former big leaguer Peter Moylan got two outs. Jon Kennedy retired two batters for the save, including the New York Yankees’ Erik Kratz on a game-ending flyout.
Mexico was 3-0 heading into its game against Japan later Wednesday,
Managed by Scott Brosius, the U.S. plays Taiwan on Friday. The top finisher from the Americas qualifies for the Tokyo Olympics next year. The second-place finisher from the Americas goes to a final qualifying tournament in March or April.
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Alabama 5th in CFP committee rankings after loss to LSU
UNDATED (AP) – Alabama is fifth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, behind LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia, which took over the fourth spot in the selection committee’s second top 25.
LSU replaced Ohio State as No. 1 after the Tigers won at Alabama on Saturday. The Buckeyes were bumped to No. 2. Clemson moved up two spots to No. 3 after two teams ahead of the Tigers lost for the first time last week, including Alabama.
The Crimson Tide fell to 46-41 to LSU and dropped two spots. Penn State, which had been No. 4, lost 31-26 at Minnesota and fell to ninth. The unbeaten Gophers jumped nine spots to eighth.
Georgia moved up two spots to give the Southeastern Conference two of the top four for the second straight week.
NFL moves Green Bay-San Francisco into prime time on Nov. 24
UNDATED (AP) – The NFL has flexed the Green Bay Packers’ trip to San Francisco to prime time on Nov. 24 along with announcing kickoff times for a handful of Week 16 games.
With Tuesday’s announcement, the Packers and 49ers replace Seattle at Philadelphia, which now will kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 24. Carolina at New Orleans moves from FOX to CBS, while Miami at Cleveland switches from CBS to Fox with kickoff times unchanged for both games.
The NFL had left the dates for some games for Week 16 undetermined.
Now Houston will play Tampa Bay on Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. ET on NFL Network followed by Buffalo at New England at 4:30 p.m. ET, and the tripleheader will be capped by the Los Angeles Rams visiting San Francisco at 8:15 p.m. ET. On Dec. 22, Detroit now is scheduled to visit Denver with Oakland’s game at the Chargers both set for 4:05 p.m. ET kickoffs.
Colin Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams on Saturday
UNDATED (AP) – Colin Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams on Saturday in a private workout arranged by the league to be held in Atlanta.
A person familiar with the plans told The Associated Press the league’s decision to invite all 32 teams to watch the quarterback “came out of the blue with no prior communication.”
The NFL hasn’t confirmed Kaepernick’s workout details.
Kaepernick hasn’t played since 2016 with the San Francisco 49ers. He helped start a wave of protests about social and racial injustice that season by kneeling during the national anthem at games.
The NFL in February settled a collusion grievance Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid filed against the league. Reid now plays for the Carolina Panthers.
NC woman gets prison for hiding foreign athletes from ICE
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The founder of a now-defunct private school in North Carolina has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for hiding foreign student-athletes from federal immigration authorities.
News outlet report 65-year-old Evelyn Mack was sentenced Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to harbor aliens. Court documents say Mack, owner and schoolmaster of Evelyn Mack Academy, forged enrollment and immigration records for the student-athletes in return for bribes from coaches and recruiters.
She’s believed to have gotten $1,000 kickbacks on about 75 students, most from Africa. Prosecutors say Mack lied about the students attending her academy, which qualified for the student-visa program. They say the students were actually shipped across the country to schools not in the program, allowing them to avoid detection by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.