Saturday, February 24, 2018
Colleges

USF ranked again, Miami-Notre Dame biggest meeting in decades

No. 22 USF moved back into the AP Top 25 after being out for a week, No. 7 Miami has its best ranking since 2013, and Notre Dame and Clemson climbed while Ohio State and Penn State tumbled out of the top 10 Sunday.

Alabama remained No. 1, as it has been since the preseason. No. 2 Georgia picked up three more first-place votes for a total of five. In last week’s College Football Playoff rankings, which will be updated on Tuesday, Georgia is No. 1 and Alabama is No. 2.

Notre Dame, which visits Miami on Saturday, moved up two spots to No. 3, its best AP ranking since the 2012 season. It will be the first meeting between the Irish and Hurricanes as top-10 teams since 1990.

Miami dominated Virginia Tech 28-10 Saturday night. "It’s incredible to be this close, to put ourselves in this situation," UM receiver Braxton Berrios said. "We control our own destiny, and that’s all we can ask for."

Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush was a little disappointed in a 48-37 victory over Wake Forest, when the Irish gained 710 yards. "We didn’t dominate our opponent," he said. "When we head down to Miami it will be the same outcome, with a ‘W’ — but a more dominant and convincing way."

Unbeaten Wisconsin slipped two spots to No. 6 but is now the highest-ranked team in the Big Ten. Ohio State fell eight spots to No. 11 after getting blown out at Iowa and Penn State dropped nine to No. 16 after spending all season in the top 10.

FAN ALTERCATION: Police are investigating a videotaped altercation where a UM fan slaps an officer, who then punches her in the head as four officers were carrying her away from other fans she was arguing with at Saturday’s game. Bridget Freitas, a 30-year-old nurse, was charged with felony battery on a police officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Police said Freitas was "using profanity in a loud, boisterous manner" when officers arrived, and refused to move. With her eyes half-closed, Freitas flailed with her open hand at Detective Douglas Ross, who was carrying her right leg. She missed the back of his head, but nailed him in the face with her backhand. Ross immediately hit her in the head with his right fist, causing her to crumble in the officers’ arms as she was carried out of view of the camera. Jail records did not show Freitas being held Sunday afternoon. She did not return a phone message seeking comment.

USF: Coach Charlie Strong’s name is being linked to the vacancy at Ole Miss, where he served as an assistant in 1990. A report by sbnation.com’s Steven Godfrey indicates Strong, Memphis’ Mike Norvell and Texas San-Antonio’s Frank Wilson are among the coaches who have been vetted by the school in recent weeks. A separate faction of boosters is pushing for SMU’s Chad Morris and Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, the report says.

FSU: Coach Jimbo Fisher said a Sept. 9 game against Louisiana Monroe that was canceled due to Hurricane Irma will likely be rescheduled. Athletic director Stan Wilcox said an announcement will come this week. FSU (3-5) would benefit from playing the game as it seeks to get to six wins and become eligible.

Basketball

GATORS ROUT TAMPA: All 10 UF players had at least six points in a 94-57 exhibition victory over visiting Tampa. Swingman Jalen Hudson led UF with 18 points, and forward Keith Stone had 12 points and six rebounds. Tampa forward Duke Shelton had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Women’s soccer

USF WINS TITLE: The second-seeded Bulls captured their first American Athletic Conference tournament title, edging No. 1 UCF via penalty kicks (5-3) after a scoreless regulation in Orlando. USF (13-3-1) earned an automatic NCAA tournament bid, its fourth berth in the last eight seasons. USF goalkeeper Kat Elliott was named the tournament’s outstanding defensive player, and teammate Evelyne Viens was named most outstanding offensive player. Joining them on the all-tournament squad were teammates Aubrey Megrath and Andrea Hauksdottir. The Bulls will learn their postseason destination during today’s 4:30 p.m. selection show on ncaa.com.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.

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