In brief: Auburn leaps into top spot
Football: Cam Newton and Auburn blew by Oregon and Boise State into first place in the BCS standings.
The unbeaten Tigers (8-0) vaulted from fourth to the top spot Sunday, putting the Southeastern Conference in line for a fifth straight appearance in the national title game.
Oregon (7-0) remained second, which works just fine for the Ducks because if they win out they’ll likely play in the BCS title game in Glendale, Ariz., in January.
Boise State (6-0) was still stuck in third place. The Broncos were off last week while Auburn beat LSU 24-17 and Oregon pounded Pac-10 rival UCLA 60-13.
TCU (8-0) was fourth, Michigan State (8-0) fifth and Missouri (7-0) sixth.
The top six in the Associated Press and USA Today polls were Oregon, Boise State, Auburn, TCU, Michigan State and Alabama.
Favre admits to voice mails, denies photos
Football: Brett Favre reportedly admitted leaving voice mails for the former New York Jets game hostess to whom a website says he also sent lewd photos.
Fox television’s Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Favre told league investigators earlier this week he left phone messages for Jenn Sterger, who worked for the Jets in 2008 when Favre was their quarterback.
Fox did not say who provided the information. The NFL said it is not commenting on details of the investigation.
Glazer also reported that Favre denied sending Sterger inappropriate photos.
The NFL is investigating a Deadspin report earlier this month that Favre sent the racy photos to Sterger two years ago. Sterger, now an on-air personality for Versus, has not cooperated with the league yet, but her manager, Phil Reese, told the Associated Press on Sunday that could happen soon.