New York — Watch out, TCU. Boise State is gaining.
The Broncos narrowed the gap on the Horned Frogs in the Bowl Championship Series standings and put themselves in position to pass their BCS Buster rivals down the stretch.
Oregon and Auburn are still in the top two spots in the standings released Sunday. TCU remained third, but had a bad week in BCS terms.
The Horned Frogs and Broncos are vying for two prizes. The team in third place in the BCS standings is likely to be next in line for the national championship game if Auburn or Oregon slip up down the stretch.
Boise St. jumps TCU in AP poll
New York — Boise State jumped back ahead of TCU in the Associated Press college football poll Sunday after the Horned Frogs played their closest game of the season.
No. 1 Oregon and No. 2 Auburn held their places, though the Ducks’ narrow escape in a 15-13 victory Saturday night at California cost them 11 first-place votes and left them with 38.
Margarito needs surgery
Arlington — Manny Pacquiao cemented his claim as boxing’s best by giving Antonio Margarito such a brutal beating on Saturday night that he went to the hospital.
Margarito remained in the hospital on Sunday, and promoter Bob Arum said the boxer has a broken right eye socket and will have surgery Tuesday in Texas.
Pirates to hire Hurdle
Pittsburgh — The Pittsburgh Pirates will introduce former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle as their new manager at a news conference today.
Hurdle, the batting coach for the AL champion Texas Rangers, replaces John Russell, who was fired the day after completing a 105-loss season.
Scott tops at Singapore Open
Singapore — Australia’s Adam Scott won the Singapre Open today for the third time, completing a 3-under 68 in a finish for a three-stroke victory over Denmark’s Anders Hansen.
Scott, also the winner at Sentosa Golf Club in 2005 and 2006, finished at 17-under 267.
Scott played the final 10 holes today after the final round was suspended Sunday because of darkness following a long rain delay.
Davies nabs 77th victory
Gurgaon, India — English star Laura Davies won the Women’s Indian Open on Sunday for her 77th worldwide victory, beating Thailand’s Nontaya Srisawang, South Africa’s Tandi Cuningham and Sweden’s Louise Friberg with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
Kim captures Ochoa crown
Guadalajara, Mexico — South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday for her third LPGA Tour title, closing with an 8-under 64 for a three-stroke stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen.
Garrigus wins in Florida
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — Robert Garrigus shot an 8-under 64 to win the Children’s Miracle Network Classic on Sunday, allowing him to keep his PGA Tour card and atoning for his colossal collapse earlier this year at Memphis.