ROCKIES- Kelly Johnson doubled in Justin Upton from first base with one out in the 10th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Friday night. Trailing 3-1 in the ninth inning, the Diamondbacks rallied for two runs to force extra innings. Johnson singled and Chris Young walked. Colorado closer Huston Street struck out the next two batters and then had Miguel Montero at a 1-2 count before he doubled to right to tie the game. Street blew his fourth save of the year and spoiled a good performance from starter Esmil Rogers, who scattered six hits over
COLLEGE FOOTBALL- Alabama starts this season where it ended last season - No. 1. Coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are the top team in The Associated Press preseason poll for the first time since 1978. Alabama received 54 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel and 1,491 points to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State in the poll released Saturday. The Buckeyes, who have been ranked no lower than 11th in the last eight preseason polls, received three first-place votes. Boise State is No. 3, its best preseason ranking following another undefeated season. Underdogs no more, the Broncos even received one first-place vote. Florida, Alabama's Southeastern Conference rival, is No. 4. No. 5 Texas received a first-place vote.
The commissioners of the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA have spoken about staging a postseason game between their champions in hopes of securing an automatic berth to the Bowl Championship Series.C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky issued a statement Friday confirming he had met the previous day in Colorado Springs with MWC chief Craig Thompson to discuss "scheduling, television and postseason football." Neither league has an automatic BCS bid and would likely have to wait until the current BCS contracts expire in four years to broker a deal for one. The talks follow the announcement earlier in the week that Nevada and Fresno State will move to the Mountain West from the Western Athletic Conference.