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Around the Nation (Oct. 16): Ohio State No. 2, Michigan No. 3 in AP poll

Staff and wire report Published: October 17, 2016 4:00 AM
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FOOTBALL

Ohio State holds at No. 2, Michigan up to No. 3 in AP poll  

Ohio State remained No. 2 while Michigan moved up to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press college football poll, giving the bitter Big Ten rivals their best combined ranking since the 2006 season, when they played the only 1-vs.-2 game in the series. That game was won 42-39 by the Buckeyes on their way to the BCS Championship Game.

Alabama remained No. 1 on Sunday with a season-high 60 first-place votes. The Buckeyes stayed No. 2 after a 30-23 overtime victory at Wisconsin, which fell two spots to 10th. The Wolverines moved up in an off week with Clemson slipping to fourth. The Tigers had their own overtime escape at home against North Carolina State.

Michigan has its best ranking since it was No. 3 after losing to Ohio State in ’06.

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No. 5 Washington, No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 7 Louisville held their spots.

GOLF

Steele rallies to win PGA season opener at Safeway Open  

NAPA, Calif. — Brendan Steele earned redemption at Silverado and won the Safeway Open for his first PGA Tour victory in more than five years.

Steele rallied from four shots behind in the rain Sunday and finished with three straight birdies for a 7-under 65, giving him a one-shot victory over a faltering Patton Kizzire.

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A year ago at Silverado, Steele lost the 54-hole lead by shooting 40 on the back nine.

He two-putted from long range on the par-5 16th, holed an 18-foot birdie on the 17th and then made a 7-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

Kizzire struggled to find fairways on the back nine. Needing birdie on the par-5 18th to force a playoff, he missed the green with a 9-iron and failed to chip in for birdie.

Former Kent State star Mackenzie Hughes, playing his first year on the PGA Tour, fired a fourth-round 4-under-par 68 after shooting 69s in each of the first three rounds. He shot a 4-under 32 on the back nine Sunday and wound up tied for 13th at 13-under 275, winning $120,000.

BASEBALL

Diamondbacks tab Boston’s Hazen as next general manager  

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks have named Boston Red Sox general manager Mike Hazen an executive vice president and general manager.

The team announcing the hiring in a news release on Sunday.

Hazen replaces Dave Stewart, who fired along with manager Chip Hale a day after the regular season ended.

The 40-year-old Hazen served as senior vice president and GM of the Red Sox last season after four years as the team’s assistant GM. He previously spent five seasons with the Cleveland Indians, working in scouting and player development.

The Diamondbacks have failed to reach the playoffs five straight seasons and went 69-93 in 2016.


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