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LSU takes top spot in BCS standings, Oregon second

NEW YORK -- With three weeks left to decide which teams will play for the national title, it's Oregon against the Big 12 in a BCS battle.

LSU moved into the first place in the Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday and the Ducks jumped into second place, a day after Ohio State was upset by Illinois.

The Tigers appear to have their destiny in their own hands. With three games remaining, including the Southeastern Conference championship game on Dec. 1, LSU will likely reach the BCS title game in New Orleans by winning out.

The Ducks have three games left but they'll have to watch their backs with three Big 12 teams looming, led by third-place Kansas.

Oregon is past the toughest part of its schedule. The Ducks play at Arizona on Thursday night, have a road game against UCLA on Nov. 24 and finish the season against rival Oregon State at home on Dec. 1.

None of those teams is ranked, so if the Ducks struggle to a victory it could open up an opportunity for Kansas. Or fourth-place Oklahoma. Or fifth-place Missouri.

If either of those three can win out, they could overtake Oregon, especially the perfect Jayhawks (10-0).

LSU is No. 1 in both the Harris and coaches' polls and top-rated by the computers. The Tigers have a BCS average of .980.

The top-five teams in the AP poll were LSU, Oregon, Oklahoma, Kansas and West Virginia. West Virginia (.786), Ohio State (.774), Arizona State (.750), Georgia (.672), and Virginia Tech round out the top 10.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- The NFL Players Association is appealing commissioner Roger Goodell's decision not to reduce the season-long suspension of Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones.

The union wants a hearing as soon as possible.

In a statement posted on its Web site, the union said it appealed Goodell's decision in a letter dated Nov. 8 -- two days after the commissioner notified Jones that the cornerback must serve out the entire suspension handed down originally in April.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- Like the man who gave him the best basketball DNA on the planet, Jeff Jordan plays guard and with his tongue out.

The oldest son of Michael Jordan made his college debut for Illinois. He got off the bench late in the second half of a 63-55 season-opening win over Northeastern.

In his three minutes on the court, the 6-foot-1 shooting guard wearing No. 13 took one shot -- a miss -- and handled the ball a few times. With his mother, Juanita, in the stands -- Michael Jordan didn't make the game -- Jeff Jordan looked like the walk-on freshman he is.

"It was good getting out there, breaking the ice," Jordan said after hugging his mom in the tunnel outside Illinois locker room. "I come in with no expectations."

• LOCAL GOLF -- Robert Jackson hit his first hole-in-one Sunday at the Spring Lake Country Club. Jackson fired his ace on the par-3, 201-yard 16th hole, using a 5-wood. Jackson's shot was witnessed by Gary Willis, Terry Montgomery and Rick Falls.

• PRO TENNIS -- Justin Henin finished her record-breaking season undefeated after Wimbledon.

She won the Sony Ericsson Championships, rallying past Maria Sharapova 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in the longest three-set final in tournament history.

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