Top 3 spots the same, but Washington is No. 4

Washington moved into fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings, putting the four remaining unbeaten teams from the Power Five conference at the top of the selection committee’s second top 25.

Alabama, Clemson and Michigan still hold the top three spots.

The committee’s first ranking of the season caused a bit of a stir because the unbeaten Huskies were behind Texas A&M last week. The Aggies then went out and lost at Mississippi State to clear up the mini-controversy.

Ohio State is behind Washington, but the Buckeyes are still in fine shape. Ohio State plays Michigan on Nov. 26 in a game that could decide the Big Ten’s East division.

Louisville moved up a spot to sixth, followed by Wisconsin and Texas A&M.

Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart and safety Mike Lee have gone through concussion protocol after being pulled from a loss at West Virginia.

Kansas Coach David Beaty said both have recovered well and will be evaluated.

Minnesota linebacker Cody Poock has been scheduled for season-ending surgery on his shoulder.

Gophers Coach Tracy Claeys said the decision was made to give Poock the opportunity to recover as soon as possible from the procedure. Claeys says Poock’s lingering injury isn’t “doing anybody any good.” He didn’t say when Poock would have the surgery.

Auburn quarterback Sean White will be back in the starting lineup against Georgia, and Coach Gus Malzahn is hoping his star tailback will be able to play, too.

The nation’s No. 4 rusher, Kamryn Pettway was expected to practice this week after injuring his left leg on a long run against Vanderbilt, Malzahn said.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Dylan Silvestri scored 17 of his team-high 19 points in the second half as the Southern Maine Community College Seawolves recovered from a four-point halftime deficit for a 98-91 win over Northern Essex Community College at South Portland.

Silvestri was 8 for 8 from the field and 1 for 1 from the line in the second half for the Seawolves, who trailed 41-37 at the half.

Ryan Cloutier finished with 14 points, Chase Soares and Anthony Lobor had 13 points and John Morgan and Keanyon Lambert had 11 points for SMCC.


PARAGUAY: Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz says he’s retiring from international soccer.

The 35-year-old forward announced he will leave the national team after the World Cup qualifiers against Peru on Thursday in Asuncion and Bolivia next Tuesday in La Paz.

WORLD CUP QUALIFIER: Brazil players have made it clear they will not fear Argentina’s Lionel Messi when the two sides meet for their high-profile World Cup qualifier on Thursday.

Messi’s return from injury prompted an exchange between the two sides after Argentina striker Lucas Pratto, who plays for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro, said the hosts were frightened of the five-time world player of the year.

UNITED STATES: Forward Jordan Morris joined the U.S. injured list and will miss Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Mexico.

A finalist for Major League Soccer rookie of the year, Morris strained a hamstring during Seattle’s playoff game against Dallas on Sunday. He was replaced on the U.S. roster by 35-year-old LA Galaxy forward Alan Gordon.