OHIO STATE STILL NO. 1: Ohio State moved closer to a unanimous choice as No. 1, receiving 64 first-place votes and 1,744 points from the 70 sportswriters and broadcasters on the AP panel.

Nebraska, which had the week off, moved up a notch to No. 2 with one first-place vote and 1,601 points after Florida fell out of the top five following its loss to Tennessee. UCLA improved a spot to No. 3 with a first-place vote and 1,562 points.

Tennessee, which beat Florida to end a five-game losing streak against the Gators, moved up two places to No. 4 with two first-place votes and 1,542 points. Kansas State remained No. 5 with two first-place votes and 1,522 points. It marked the first time in nearly eight years that neither Florida, Florida State nor Miami was among the top five.

LSU advanced a place to No. 6, followed by No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Washington and No. 10 Florida State. Virginia fell one place to No. 11, followed by No. 12 Syracuse, No. 13 Georgia, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 15 Colorado, No. 16 Arizona, No. 17 Texas A&M, No. 18 Southern California, No. 19 West Virginia and No. 20 Oregon.

Virginia Tech jumped into the Top 25 at No. 21, followed by Alabama, Air Force and Notre Dame tied at No. 23 and Missouri at No. 25.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: A brawl erupted among members of the Southern University and Prairie View A&M marching bands at halftime Saturday night in Beaumont, Texas, when one band began its performance before the other was off the field.

At least three people were taken to a hospital, including a member of the Prairie View band who reportedly was hit in the face with a musical instrument, officials said.

The fight reportedly lasted about 20 minutes before Jefferson County sheriff's deputies and Lamar University police finally brought things under control.


STREET CAN'T SHAKE MEMORY: Picabo Street can't shake the memory of her devastating spill last winter in the World Cup final in Switzerland.

"I see it in my head over and over. I live it over and over," she said. "I'll wake up in a nightmare and I'm reliving it, I've hit the fence again."

Street tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee and broke her left leg when she crashed during the downhill a month after winning the Olympic super-G title at Nagano.

Track & field

BEN JOHNSON'S APPEAL: Ben Johnson's appeal of his lifetime ban will be watched closely because the outcome could affect sanctions imposed on athletes in the future, said an official with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports.

Johnson, 36, who tested positive for steroids at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and failed a drug test again in 1993, was to be in the Ontario Court of Appeal in Toronto Monday to fight a lifetime ban that was imposed after the second positive result. The ban was imposed by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) and Athletics Canada as a member of the IAAF because it was a second infraction.

Auto racing

MBNA GOLD 400: Mark Martin set a track record by leading 380 of 400 laps at Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Del., backing up a record qualifying lap with a shockingly easy victory in the MBNA Gold 400.


SAMSUNG OPEN: At Bournemouth, England, third-seeded Felix Mantilla beat No. 2 Albert Costa 6-3, 7-5 to win his second straight Samsung Open. Mantilla beat Costa for the first time in five matches.

FED CUP: At Geneva, Switzerland, Conchita Martinez won her singles match and combined with Arantxa Sanchez Vicario to win the tiebreaking doubles match that lifted Spain to a 3-2 victory against Switzerland in the Fed Cup championships.


FASTEST MARATHON EVER: Brazil's Ronaldo da Costa ran the fastest marathon in history Sunday to break a 10-year-old record by 45 seconds as he clocked 2 hours, 6 minutes, 5 seconds at the Berlin Marathon. The 28-year-old bettered the previous world best of 2:06:50 set by Ethiopia's Belayneh Densimo at Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 1988.