Update on the latest in sports:


No change among top 4 in CFP rankings

UNDATED (AP) — The top 10 remain the same in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

Alabama stayed atop the rankings, followed by Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. On the outside looking in are Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State.

Unbeaten UCF climbed one spot to 11th.

The third rankings of the season were drama-free Tuesday night after every top-10 team won last weekend.


Snitker, Melvin top skippers

NEW YORK (AP) — The Atlanta Braves and Oakland Athletics were among the top surprises in the majors this year and their skippers have been awarded for it.

Brian Snitker has been named the National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which gave the American League’s top honor to A’s manager Bob Melvin.

Snitker won 90 games and the NL East title with a club that lost 90 games in 2017. He was the lone skipper to be named on all 30 ballots, receiving 17 first-place votes and 116 points. Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell was second with 99 points, while Colorado’s Bud Black finished third with 41.

Melvin and the A’s won 97 games just a year after an 87-loss campaign, finishing second in the AL West before losing to the Yankees in the wild-card game. It’s the third time He has won the award, all with the Athletics.

Melvin received 18 first-place votes and 121 points from the BBWAA. Boston’s Alex Cora was second with 79 points, 22 more than Kevin Cash of Tampa Bay.

In other MLB news:

— Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright has had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee for an injury that kept him out of the World Series. Wright was removed from the Division Series roster following the opener against the New York Yankees, a day after reinjuring his left knee during a workout.

— Major League Baseball is investigating claims made against the Mariners by the team’s recently-fired training and conditioning director, who said team management had disparaged Latino players. The Mariners denied the allegations in a statement following the social media postings from Lorena Martin. She claimed general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais and director of player development Andy McKay had called Latino players “lazy, dumb and stupid, especially the Dominicans.”

— Ryosuke Kikuchi drove in the go-ahead run as Japan rallied with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the MLB All-Stars 5-3 and take a 3-1 lead in their six-game exhibition series on Tuesday. The ninth-inning comeback started when Kirby Yates walked leadoff batter Kazuki Tanaka, who stole second and scored on Seiji Uebayashi’s single to center to cut the MLB lead to 3-2.


Bell snubs tender

UNDATED (AP) — James Connor will continue to serve as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ primary running back the remainder of the season.

Le’Veon (LEH’-vee-ahn) Bell has refused to sign his $14.4 million franchise tender before today’s deadline, making him ineligible to play for the AFC North leaders or anyone else this season. Bell declined to accept the offer after becoming one of only three players in recent NFL history to be franchise tagged in consecutive seasons, joining linebacker Karlos Dansby and quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Connor has been outstanding during Bell’s absence, ranking third in the NFL with 771 yards rushing.

In other NFL news:

— Monday’s anticipated matchup between the Rams and Chiefs has been moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles by the NFL due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium. The league said it determined that the recently re-sodded field at Mexico City’s historic stadium “does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency, and will not meet those standards by next Monday.”

— Rams receiver Pharoh Cooper will return to practice this week after being sidelined since the season opener by an injured ankle. Cooper was an All-Pro who made the Pro Bowl as a kick returner last season.

— The Bengals hired Hue Jackson as a special assistant, a day after Cincinnati fired its defensive coordinator and put Lewis in charge of the unit. Lewis says Jackson will help him prepare the defense each week and he’ll be on the field during games helping him with decisions.

— Police in New Jersey say a former NFL player threatened someone with a sword during an argument at a youth sports event. John “Charlie” Rogers Jr. turned himself in Monday and was charged with making terroristic threats, stalking and weapons offenses. Police say the incident happened at an Oct. 5 meeting for a youth basketball travel team at Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School.


Cavs end skid

CLEVELAND (AP) — The short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers were able to snap a five-game losing streak despite playing without the services of five players.

Tristan Thompson grabbed 21 rebounds and had 11 points as the Cavs clobbered the Hornets, 113-89. Jordan Clarkson had a team-high 24 points for the Cavaliers, who played without forwards Kyle Korver and Cedi Osman while three other players remain on the injured list.

Rodney Hood finished with 16 points and rookie Collin Sexton added 16 with five assists.

Charlotte scoring leader Kemba Walker had miserable shooting night, scoring a season-low seven points on 2-for-16 from the field.


Warriors suspend Green for tonight’s game

UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have given All-Star forward Draymond Green a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.

He had a heated exchange with teammate Kevin Durant after Green lost the ball instead of passing it to Durant during the waning moments of regulation in last night’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Green is serving the suspension tonight as the Warriors take on the Atlanta Hawks.

In other NBA news:

— The Nets say Caris LeVert won’t need surgery for what appeared to be a severe foot injury and could return this season. The team said Tuesday that LeVert was diagnosed with a subtalar dislocation of the right foot. He was hurt Monday night at Minnesota when his leg appeared to bend in a gruesome manner after he leaped to block a shot.


Devils add to Pens’ misery

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have resumed their swoon after earning a 4-0 shutout win over the Coyotes on Saturday.

Taylor Hall scored the last two goals to cap a four-point night as the Devils handed the Pens their sixth loss in seven games, 4-2. Pittsburgh tied it on Jake Guentzel’s (GEHNT’-sulz) goal just over four minutes into the third period, but the Devils regained the lead when Hall scored on a breakaway about four minutes later.

Hall added an empty-netter and set up goals by Travis Zajac (ZAY’-jak) and Damon Severson, helping the Devils win for just the third time in 12 games since a 4-0 start.

The Penguins’ skid follows a 4-0 road trip in which they outscored their opponents 23-6.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— Carter Hutton turned back 29 shots and Kyle Okposo (oh-POH’-soh) scored the eventual game-winner in the Sabres’ 2-1 win against Tampa Bay. Jeff Skinner notched his team-high 13 goal and Nathan Beaulieu (BOY’-loh) had two assists as Buffalo handed the Lightning their second consecutive loss since a four-game winning streak.

— The Red Wings continue to roll after Mike Green provided a goal and two assists in their seventh win in eight games, a 6-1 rout of the Coyotes. Andreas Athanasiou (ath-ah-NAY’-zhoo) had a goal and an assist for Detroit, which is a .500 team despite a 1-7-2 start.

— Tom Kuhnhackl (KOO’-nah-kul) scored twice and the Islanders stopped a three-game skid by topping the Canucks, 5-2. Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist, Matthew Barzal set up two scores and Thomas Greiss stopped 22 shots for New York.

— Second-period goals by Aaron Ekblad and Evgenii Dadonov (dah-DAH’-nohv) carried the Panthers to their fifth straight win, 2-1 at Philadelphia. Roberto Luongo made 16 of his 30 saves in the third period and blanked the Flyers after Jakub Voracek cut Florida’s lead with 16:05 left.


Wilson suspension reduced

UNDATED (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has had his 20-game suspension reduced to 14 by a neutral arbitrator and is eligible to play immediately.

Wilson has already served 16 games of his suspension for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis forward Oskar Sundqvist in each team’s preseason finale. The ruling by Shyam Das allows Wilson to return as soon as Tuesday night at Minnesota, and the 24-year-old will recoup $378,049 of the $1.26 million he initially forfeited as part of the suspension.

Also in the NHL:

— Bruins goaltender Tuukka (TOO-kah) Rask has returned to practice after taking a three-day leave of absence to attend to a personal matter. Rask acknowledged the matter was related to his family, but didn’t share details.


Tigers beat Tigers

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU has opened its basketball schedule with three straight wins.

Skylar Mays scored 19 points and transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams added a career-high 14 as the Tigers downed Memphis, 85-76. Bigby-Williams also finished with 10 rebounds and Mays hit a 3-pointer while LSU put together a 12-1 run in the second half to go ahead to stay.