Stanford maintained its hold on the No. 5 spot and Pac-12 rival Oregon edged closer to No. 1 Alabama in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday.

The No. 2 Ducks received four first-place votes, three more than last week despite being idle Saturday. They host Cal on Saturday. The Tide got the other 56 first-place votes after beating Colorado State 31-6.

Arizona State fell out of the Top 25 after a 42-28 loss to the Cardinal on Saturday. UCLA remained 13th, and Washington moved up one spot to 16th.

Fresno State cracked the poll at No. 25.

  • Lineman Isaiah Battle will miss No. 3 Clemson's game against Wake Forest on Saturday after he was ejected for punching North Carolina State's Jarvis Byrd during the Tigers' 26-14 win Thursday, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said.

    Motor sports

    Matt Kenseth held off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kenseth followed his win in the Chase for the Sprint Cup opener at Chicagoland with his seventh victory of the year. Chase drivers filled six of the top 10 spots. Greg Biffle was third, Jimmie Johnson fourth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. sixth and Carl Edwards ninth. "For me to win at Loudon (1.058-mile oval), it's more than a dream," Kenseth said. "This is one of my worst places."

  • Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel led start-to-finish at the Singapore Grand Prix, winning by 32.6 seconds over Fernando Alonso at the 3.15-mile course.

  • Doug Kalitta ended a 71-race winless drought with a Top Fuel victory in the NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex in Ennis. He hadn't won since 2010.

    Miscellany

    Venus Williams routed Mona Barthel 6-3, 6-1 at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo to set up a second-round matchup with top-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who had a first-round bye. Serena Williams pulled out, saying she needed time to recover from a busy summer playing schedule. Maria Sharapova also withdrew because of a shoulder injury.

  • France won its first major basketball title, beating Lithuania 80-66 at the European championship in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

  • Tamika Catchings had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and defending WNBA champion Indiana reached the Eastern Conference finals by completing a best-of-three series sweep of Chicago with a 79-57 win.

  • Jonathan Steele scored in the 76th minute, and New York (15-9-6) posted a 1-0 MLS victory over FC Dallas (10-9-10).