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Idle Irish move up a spot in college polls

Notre Dame moved up one spot in the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today coaches poll Sunday.

The Irish (4-0), who were idle Saturday, went from No. 10 to No. 9 in the AP poll. They moved into the coaches poll’s top 10 going from No. 11 to No. 10.

Notre Dame will play its off-site game this week when it travels to Chicago’s Soldier Field to play Miami (4-1), which is coming off a 44-37 win over North Carolina State.

The Irish’s bump in both polls comes after Stanford, which plays at Notre Dame on Oct. 13, lost to Washington on Thursday. The Cardinal fell from No. 8 in the AP poll to No. 18 and from No. 9 in the coaches poll to No. 18.

Notre Dame has risen into the top 10 thanks to its defense. The Irish are the only team not to allow a rushing touchdown this season and didn’t give up a touchdown in wins over Michigan and Michigan State.

Notre Dame also is the only team not to trail in a game this season.

The Irish have three teams in the AP Top 25 remaining on their schedule, along with Stanford, Notre Dame plays at No. 17 Oklahoma (2-1) on Oct. 27 and at No. 13 USC (3-1) on Nov. 24.

Alabama (5-0) remained No. 1 in both polls, and Oregon (5-0) is No. 2 in both polls. Florida State (5-0) swapped spots with LSU (5-0) in the AP poll moving from No. 4 to No. 3. The Seminoles remained No. 4 in the coaches poll, and the Tigers were No. 3.

Georgia (5-0) rounded out the top 5 in both polls.


NHRA results

Antron Brown raced to his sixth Top Fuel victory of the season, winning the NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, Ill., to increase his championship points lead. Brown beat Spencer Massey in the final round and moved 21 points ahead with three races left in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Brown had a run of 3.766 seconds at 325.22 mph, while Massey trailed with a 3.812 at 324.05. Jack Beckman won in Funny Car, Erica Enders in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Pocono is back on IndyCar slate

The IndyCar Series will return to Pocono Raceway in 2013 for the first time since 1989 and play host to doubleheaders at Detroit, Toronto and new venue Houston for a 19-race schedule. The July 7 race at Pocono will be a 400-miler and be included in a Triple Crown challenge by IndyCar. A $1 million bonus will go to the driver who can win the Indianapolis 500, Pocono and the Oct. 19 finale at Fontana. A $250,000 bonus will be awarded if a driver wins two of the three Triple Crown events. The season opens March 24 at St. Petersburg.


Member of ’02 NCAA champs dies

Earl Badu, a former University of Maryland player who was on the 2002 national championship team died after jumping from a freeway overpass in an apparent suicide. Baltimore County police said 33-year-old Badu jumped from the Interstate 95 overpass onto I-695 on Thursday morning in White Marsh, northeast of Baltimore. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. Badu was a walk-on player at Maryland. He played just 33 minutes and scored four points during his four years with the Terps.

Heat’s Miller says back getting better

After two injury-filled seasons, Miami Heat forward Miller insists he’s feeling better and stronger these days, as the reigning NBA champion Heat settles into training camp.


Garrett grad 2nd at Senior Amateur

Jim Holtgrieve topped the 64 match-play qualifiers in the USGA Senior Amateur Championship, shooting a 3-under 68 to beat Stan Kinsey, a 1972 graduate of Garrett High School, by a stroke. The 64-year-old Holtgrieve, from St. Louis, had a 6-under 136 total at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, N.J. He won the 1981 U.S. Mid-Amateur and captained the losing 2011 U.S. Walker Cup team. The 58-year-old Kinsey, from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., shot a 71. Match play begins today.


Short-track champ expects suspension

Olympic bronze medalist Simon Cho said he expects to be suspended or banned because of skate tampering allegations. The reigning national short track champion, Cho made the comments after failing to earn a spot on the fall U.S. World Cup team. He declined to say whether the allegations are true but is preparing for the worst. The allegations are part of a scandal involving U.S. coach Jae Su Chun, who is accused in a demand for arbitration of ordering Cho to sabotage a Canadian rival’s skate at last year’s World Team Championships. A dozen national team members also have accused Chun of unchecked verbal, physical and psychological abuse. Chun has denied the charges and is on administrative leave pending an investigation by an independent agency.