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The winningest team in the history of college football is unranked for the first time in more than seven years.

Michigan fell out of The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday, ending a streak of 114 straight weeks in the rankings, which was the longest in the nation.

The last poll that didn’t include the Wolverines was Oct. 18, 1998. Michigan started the season at No. 4.

No. 9 Miami now has the longest current streak at 93.

Southern California extended its streak of No. 1 rankings to 23 in the latest media poll. The Trojans picked up two first place-votes. USC received 59 of a possible 65 first-place votes. No. 2 Texas received the other six.

Virginia Tech moved up a spot to No. 3. LSU, which plays Tennessee tonight, dropped a spot to fourth. No. 5 is Florida.

The USA Today coaches’ poll had the same top five as the AP poll. Virginia Tech received a first-place vote in the coaches’ poll.

The first Harris Interactive College Football poll was also released on Sunday. The Harris poll is voted on by a panel of former coaches, players and administrators, plus some media members. It will replace the AP poll in the Bowl Championship series standings formula.

The Harris poll’s top five was slightly different from the other polls, with the same first three (USC, Texas, Virginia Tech), but with Florida fourth and LSU fifth.

No. 17 Wisconsin and No. 18 Minnesota from the Big Ten moved into the rankings for the first time this season.

TENNIS

Slovakia, Croatia in Davis Cup final

Slovakia and Croatia reached the Davis Cup final for the first time, with both nations winning opening singles matches Sunday to clinch semifinals. The final will be Dec. 2-4 in Slovakia.

In World Group playoffs, United States, Spain, Austria and Germany won their series Sunday. Switzerland and Chile advanced a day earlier. The playoff winners remain in the elite 16-nation World Group while the losers drop to zonal play next year.

•Russia’s Maria Kirilenko won the China Open in Beijing for her first WTA singles title, defeating Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-3, 6-4.

•Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic defeated Katarina Srebotnik 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the final of the Slovenia Open.

•Anastasia Myskina of Russia won her first title of the year, defeating Karolina Sprem of Croatia 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Sunfeast Open in Calcutta, India.

MISCELLANY

Greece wins Euro basketball title

Greece beat Germany 78-62 in Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro, to win the European Championship, frustrating Dirk Nowitzki with strong defense and getting 22 points from Theodoros Papaloukas.

Earlier, France won the bronze medal with a 98-68 victory over Spain. It was France’s first medal at the European Championship since a silver in 1959.

•Marcelo Saragosa scored the first goal of his Major League Soccer career to give the Los Angeles Galaxy (12-12-6) a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards (11-8-10).

•New Mexico basketball coach Ritchie McKay dismissed transfer forward Aaron Johnson from the program, citing an undisclosed violation of team policy. Johnson transferred from Penn State in May.

•Belgium’s Tom Boonen won the World Championship men’s elite road race in Madrid, Spain. The 24-year-old Boonen won the 169.6-mile race in 6 hours, 26 minutes, 10 seconds.

•Simon Bor captured the Toronto Marathon in 2:11:56 to lead a Kenyan sweep. In the women’s event, Kenya’s Anastasia Ndereba won in 2:36:30.

•Japan’s Mizuki Noguchi won the Berlin Marathon in 2:19:12, breaking the Asian record by 27 seconds in the process. Philip Mayim won the men’s race in 2:07.41 in just his third marathon.

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