NEW YORK – Defending national champion Alabamas win over Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M drew the highest preliminary television rating for an afternoon regular-season college football game on CBS in 23 years.
The top-ranked Crimson Tides 49-42 victory Saturday over the No. 6 Aggies earned a 9.0 overnight rating and 21 share. The network said Sunday that was the best since a 10.1 for Miami-Notre Dame on Oct. 20, 1990.
The rating was triple that for CBSs first SEC broadcast of the season a year ago, a 3.0/7 for Alabama-Arkansas.
The rematch had been highly anticipated ever since A&M stunned Alabama on the road last year.
Double winner at Baer Field
Steve Minich Jr. took advantage of the last stock car program of the season at Baer Field Speedway with a pair of victories. Minich won the Late Models and Modifieds races Saturday. Jeremy Wallen won Street Stocks. Keith Barker won Mini Stocks after posting a track qualifying record of 17:333. Brian Janes won Front Wheel Drive after post a track qualifying record of 18:619.
In Concord, N.C., Robert Hight took his second straight Funny Car victory to kick off the Countdown to the Championship playoffs at the NHRA Carolina Nationals. Hight powered his Ford Mustang to a run of 4.083 seconds at 312.64 mph to race to the victory against points leader Matt Hagan in the final round. Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also prevailed at the first of six races in the NHRAs playoffs.
Player leaves Northwestern team
Northwestern says forward Mike Turner is taking a leave of absence from the basketball team for personal reasons.
Tech women 2nd at Bethel tourney
The Indiana Tech womens team placed second to host Bethel at the Battle of Blackthorn. Wiebke Schlender led the Warriors, shooting two rounds of 75 to take her second individual tournament title of the season. Tamina Roemer and Courtney Dye finished in the top 10 for Indiana Tech.
Purdue shares lead at Illinois State
The Purdue mens team shares the lead with Arkansas-Little Rock after the first day of competition at the Weibring Invitational at the Illinois State University Golf Course in Normal, Ill. Freshman Austin Eoff holds a one-shot lead over teammate Adam Schenk going into todays final round.
Trine finishes 2nd at Manchester
The Trine womens team finished second at the Manchester University Fall Invitational with a score of 350. Amy Worthington led the Thunder with a third place individual finish after shooting an 83.
New Zealand nears America’s Cup
In San Francisco, Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand regained the momentum in the Americas Cup when it pulled ahead of defending champion Oracle Team USA on the fourth leg to win Race 10 by 17 seconds. Team New Zealand, which almost capsized during a 52-second loss Saturday, leads 7-1 and needs two more wins to claim the Auld Mug for the second time in 18 years. The Kiwis could clinch Tuesday, when the next two races are scheduled.
Marshall shuts out Mastodons
The IPFW men fell 1-0 at the Qdoba Invitational to hosts Marshall. The lone goal came in the 46th minute when the Thundering Herds Trevor Starcher scored.
Trine women lose
Unable to respond to three first-half goals, the Trine womens team fell to Hope 4-0 on Saturday night.
Serbia advances to Davis Cup finals
In Belgrade, Serbia, Serbia reached the Davis Cup final after Janko Tipsarevic won the decisive singles match against Vasek Pospisil to clinch a 3-2 victory over Canada. Tipsarevic beat Pospisil 7-6 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6) to send Serbia into the final against the Czech Republic, which beat Argentina at home.
Tech women fall to league foe
The Indiana Tech womens team fell in three sets to Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference foe Aquinas, losing 25-22, 25-19, 26-24 at the Schaefer Center. Katelyn St. Martin led the Warriors (2-11, 1-1) with 10 kills.