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November 16, 2009

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, whose team clobbered USC 55-21 on Saturday, is close to completing a contract extension with the school. AD Bob Bowlsby said Sunday that a formal announcement of a new deal was expected to come shortly. The Cardinal (7-3, 6-2 Pac-10) moved into the AP rankings for the first time in eight years, at No. 14, and have qualified for their first bowl bid since 2001. The Cardinal can earn a Rose Bowl bid by beating California at home next week and getting losses by Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona down the stretch. USC dropped 11 spots to No. 22. They've been ranked in 128 straight polls dating to the start of 2002 but never this low. Florida remained No. 1 and Alabama leapfrogged Texas into the No. 2 spot. ... Georgia will be without safety Bacarri Rambo (concussion) and receiver A.J. Green (shoulder) when it plays Kentucky this week.

HOCKEY: The Wolves won their third game in three nights, topping the Aeros in Houston 2-1. Spencer Machacek scored the winner at 17:18 of the second and Peter Mannino stopped 26 of 27 shots in his first start of the season for the Wolves.

ALSO: Third-seeded Novak Djokovic scrambled to a 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (3) victory over local favorite Gael Monfils to win the Paris Masters for the first time and give him back-to-back titles after his win over top-ranked Roger Federer in the Swiss Indoors final last Sunday. He also beat Rafael Nadal in the semifinals in Paris and will be a strong favorite when he'll try to defend his title at the eight-man ATP World Tour Finals from Nov. 22-29 in London. ... Shani Davis narrowly missed his own track record while winning the 1,000 at a World Cup speedskating meet in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Davis, Olympic champion at the distance in 2006, clocked 1 minute, 8.48 seconds, just .09 from the record he set in 2007. The Chicagoan now is 4-for-4 in the 1,000 and 1,500 on the World Cup circuit this season. He set track records in the three previous races. Also, Dutch speedskater Marianne Timmer's season is over because of a broken left heel. ... FIFA banned Diego Maradona from all soccer activities for two months for the Argentina's coach expletive-filled rants after his team qualified for the World Cup. ... In Levi, Finland, Reinfried Herbst of Austria won the men's World Cup slalom opener. American Bode Miller was disqualified in his first race of the season after barely qualifying for the second run. The former two-time overall champion got hit in the face by a gate early in the second run and did not finish. ... ... Racing in an old-style swimsuit and with little practice, Michael Phelps settled for second place in the 200-meter individual final behind Darian Townsend of South Africa, who broke one of the 16 world records set in two days of competition in Berlin.

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