Knicks back on track
UNDATED (AP) — Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and nine rebounds, and the New York Knicks bounced back from their first loss of the season, beating the visiting Indiana Pacers 88-76.
JR Smith added 13 points and Raymond Felton had 11 for the Knicks in their only home outing in a span of seven games.
It wasn't pretty. Neither team shot better than 40 percent.
T25 FOOTBALL-AP POLL
Irish on top
NEW YORK (AP) — Notre Dame is the beneficiary of losses by the top two teams in last week's AP poll.
The Fighting Irish jump two slots to No. 1 -- and it's unanimous. It's Notre Dame's first time at the top since 1993.They are a victory against rival Southern California away from completing a perfect regular season and playing in the BCS championship game Jan. 7 in Miami.
A week after dropping from 1 to 4 following their first loss, Alabama moves up to No. 2, followed by one-loss Georgia and undefeated Ohio State.
Oregon falls from first to fifth while Kansas State drops from 2 to 7. Florida sits at No. 6.
LSU, Texas A&M and Florida State continue the round out the top 10.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TENNESSEE-DOOLEY FIRED
Vols boot football coach
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has fired football coach Derek Dooley with one game left in his third-straight losing season in Knoxville. It marks the first time the Vols have gone below .500 in three straight years for more than a century. The last time was 1909-11.
Dooley posted a 15-21 record that included a 4-19 mark in SEC play. His Vols went 0-15 against Top 25 teams.
Tennessee dropped to 4-7 with Saturday's loss to Vanderbilt and must win its season finale against Kentucky to avoid going winless in SEC play for the first time in school history.
Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will coach the Volunteers' season finale.
Experience vs. Youth in Foxborough today
UNDATED (AP) — The surprising Colts are in New England taking on the AFC East-leading Patriots in a matchup of 6-3 teams. Led by some fine play by rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, Indianapolis has won four in a row.
The man Luck replaced is having a fine season of his own. Peyton Manning has led Denver to four straight wins and a 6-3 record. The Broncos can put a stranglehold on the AFC West title with a win later today against the second-place Chargers, who sit 4-5.
Today's early kickoffs have 8-1 Houston home to 1-8 Jacksonville, Dallas hosting Cleveland, the New York Jets at St. Louis, Cincinnati at Kansas City, Philadelphia at Washington, Detroit entertaining Green Bay, Arizona playing in Atlanta and Carolina hosting Tampa Bay.
New Orleans is at Oakland later today, and Baltimore is at Pittsburgh for an NFC North showdown under the lights.
Plenty of college hoops
UNDATED (AP) — Twelve of the AP's Top 25 basketball teams are on today's schedule, including five in the top 10.
Second-ranked Louisville is taking on Miami of Ohio, No. 6 N.C. State is playing Oklahoma State, eighth-ranked Syracuse is facing Wagner and No. 10 Florida is playing Middle Tennessee.
No. 21 Michigan State pounded Texas Southern 69-41 to improve to 2-1. Gary Harris scored 19 points to lead the Spartans to their 36th-straight victory in a home opener.
NASCAR-SPRINT CUP FINALE
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Sprint Cup points leader Brad Keselowski qualified third on Friday but starts today's season-ending race on the front row. Polesitter Joey Logano crashed during yesterday's practice and will start at the rear of the field in his backup car.
Kesekowski leads five-time champion Jimmie Johnson by 20 points. Finishing 15th or better would assure Keselowski and team owner Roger Penske their first Cup championship.
Johnson had the 10th-fastest car in qualifying.
FORMULA ONE-U.S. GRAND PRIX
F1 title could be settled today
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sebeastien Vettel is in a perfect spot to chase a third straight Formula One championship. The Red Bell driver has the pole for today's U.S. Grand Prix.
Vettel takes the green flag in Austin, Texas, holding a 10-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the standings.
It is the second-to-last race of the F1 season and first in the U.S. since 2007 at Indianapolis.
Too clcose to call
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — South Korean's Na Yeon Choi and So Yeon Ryu share the lead as they head down the stretch at the LPGA's season-ending Titleholders tournament. They are three clear of American Brittany Lincicome (LIHN'-sih-kohm) and Australia's Karrie (KAHR'-ee) Webb.
GOLF-HONG KONG OPEN
Jimenez not slowing down
HONG KONG (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest European Tour winner on Sunday by shooting a 5-under 65 to capture his third Hong Kong Open title.
At 48 years and 318 days, the Spaniard surpasses the previous record set by Ireland's Des Smyth, who was 48 years and 34 days when he won the 2001 Madeira Islands Open.
Scott breaks through
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Adam Scott shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Australian Masters for his first victory of the year.
Scott finished four shots better than runner-up Ian Poulter, who carded a 72.
GOLF-SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN
Stenson ends title drought
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Henrik Stenson shot a 71 for a 17-under total to win the European Tour's South African Open and end a three-year wait for a tournament title.
The Swede held on to his three-shot overnight lead for his first victory since the 2009 Players Championship.
TENNIS-DAVIS CUP FINAL
Czech Republic takes possession of Davis Cup
PRAGUE (AP) - The Czech Republic has won its first Davis Cup as an independent nation.
Radek Stepanek secured the victory over visiting Spain by beating Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 in the final match of the best-of-five final.
David Ferrer (feh-REHR') kept alive Spain's hopes of winning a fourth Davis Cup title in five years by beating Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 in the first reverse singles.