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AUBURN THIRD IN BCS THANKS TO MIAMI LOSS

Auburn moved into third place in the Bowl Championship Series on Monday while Southern California and Oklahoma held firmly to the top two spots.

The Tigers had been in fourth place in the first two BCS standings, but they took advantage of Miami's upset loss on Saturday to creep closer to the front-runners.

California moved up four spots to fourth and is followed by Wisconsin and Utah.

Miami and Florida State, which was also upset on the road Saturday, fell out of the BCS top five for the first time this season.

The top two teams in the BCS standings after the regular season will meet in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.Complete poll on Page D6.

In other college football news, Washington Athletics Director Todd Turner announced that Keith Gilbertson is stepping down as football at the end of the season, ending an extremely difficult 15 months as Rick Neuheisel's successor. The Huskies lost, 31-6, at Oregon on Saturday, dropping to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in the Pac-10. The 56-year-old Gilbertson is 7-13 in two seasons at Washington.

PGA CHIEF DOESN'T SEE PROBLEM WITH ELS

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem sees nothing wrong with the amount of tournaments Ernie Els plays overseas, saying that the three-time major winner is playing enough on the PGA Tour to satisfy its requirements.

Finchem's comments took some steam out of speculation there would be a showdown this week at the Tour Championship between the PGA Tour and Els, a 34-year-old South African who lives in London and has been playing a global schedule.

Els was frustrated over having to play more PGA Tour events to get additional releases for tournaments abroad and wanted to meet with the board. Finchem said no meeting is planned and none is necessary.

PGA Tour members are allowed three releases to play overseas for every 15 tournaments they play on the PGA Tour. They must play five more events for each additional release, although the tour has shown flexibility to Els in past years, as it does to major champions.

In other golf news, Duke's Liz Janangelo, a junior from West Hartford, Conn., set an NCAA single-round scoring record with a 9-under 62 in the final round of the ACC-SEC Challenge over the weekend, helping the Blue Devils rally from 15 shots behind to beat Auburn. Katherine Hull of Pepperdine held the previous mark of 63, set March 4, 2002.

AROUND & ABOUT

* In a match that probably will mark the final international appearances of Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy, the U.S. women's soccer team will play Mexico on Dec. 8. The teams will meet in Carson, Calif., in the finale of a 10-game post-Olympics tour.

* Shane Sims scored a goal and assisted on three others to lead the Buffalo Lightning over the Mississauga Chargers, 4-3, Monday night in an Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League game at the West Seneca Recreation Center. The Lightning's next home game is Nov. 15.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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