AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Denny Hamlin saved his season by winning at ISM Raceway near Phoenix to advance into NASCAR’s title-deciding race. Hamlin then cruised to his sixth win of the season and punched the air with his fist in his car as he crossed the finish line. Hamlin will race Gibbs teammates Busch and Martin Truex Jr., as well as Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing, for the championship. Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano were eliminated.
UNDATED (AP) – LSU is an overwhelming No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll after receiving 57 first-place votes following Saturday’s 46-41 win over Alabama. Second-ranked Ohio State picked up five first-place votes and No. 3 Ohio State came away with three as both teams moved ahead of No. 4 Alabama. Georgia is fifth, followed by Oregon, Minnesota, Utah, Penn State and Oklahoma. The Golden Gophers beat the Nittany Lions on Saturday to climb into the top 10 for the first time since 1962. Wisconsin is ranked 15th this week and Iowa is 23rd.
UNDATED (AP) – Arkansas has fired football coach Chad Morris after 22 games and an 0-14 record in SEC contests. The Razorbacks are 4-18 overall under Morris following Saturday’s 45-19 loss to Western Kentucky. Two of those wins came against subdivision teams. Athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement that it was clear the program had not made the progress necessary to compete and win, especially in the conference.
MIAMI (AP) – Dion Waiters has been handed a 10-game suspension by the Miami Heat, his second banishment already this season. The team cited multiple examples of conduct detrimental to the team as the reason for the punishment. According to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, Waiters ingested at least one cannabis-infused edible and had a reaction serious enough that medical attention was required when a team plane arrived in Los Angeles from Phoenix.
PHOENIX (AP) – Jeff Maggert holed out from 123 yards for eagle on the third playoff hole to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Maggert’s eagle also allowed Scott McCarron to take the season points title on the PGA Tour Champions and the $1 million bonus. Retief Goosen missed a 4-foot birdie putt in the first extra hole that would have given him the tournament and the Schwab Cup.