Update on the latest sports
T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
College hoops season underway
UNDATED (AP) – Fourth-ranked Duke and No. 2 Kentucky have started their college basketball seasons with wins in the opener of the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. Tre Jones scored 15 points and Cassius Stanley added 11 of his 13 points in the second half of the Blue Devils’ 68-66 victory over No. 3 Kansas. Tyrese Maxey scored 26 points in his college debut to lead the Wildcats to a 69-62 victory over No. 1 Michigan State.
Wednesday’s men’s Top 25 schedule has No. 9 North Carolina vs. Notre Dame, No. 11 Virginia at Syracuse, No. 18 Ohio State vs. Cincinnati, No. 21 Arizona vs. Northern Arizona and No. 23 Purdue vs. Green Bay.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CFP RANKINGS
Buckeyes No. 1 in first CFP rankings
NEW YORK (AP) – Ohio State is the top team in the first College Football Playoffs rankings of the season.
LSU, Alabama and Penn State round out the top four as chosen by the 13-person selection committee that will release four more sets of rankings before the final one comes out on Dec. 8.
The top four in the selection committee’s initial rankings have never all reached the semifinals in the playoff’s five-year history.
Defending-champion Clemson is fifth, followed by Georgia, Oregon and Utah. Oklahoma and Florida round out the top 10.
FIFA says Iraq unsafe to host World Cup qualifying games
ZURICH (AP) – The international soccer governing body says Iraq isn’t safe enough to host World Cup qualifying games against Iran and Bahrain. FIFA (FEE’-fuh) has asked the Iraq soccer federation “to nominate a neutral venue” for the matches on Nov. 14 and 19.
The games were to be played in Basra, the southern city which hosted Iraq’s return last month to playing competitive games at home.
Iraq has rarely staged home games since the 1980s because of security concerns.
Turmoil in Iraq in recent weeks has been fueled by economic problems and dissatisfaction with Iran’s political influence.
Iraq’s 2-0 win over Hong Kong in Basra last month left the national team at the top of its five-team qualifying group. Two teams advance to the next round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.