Sports Update: NFL, BCS And The Lakers

NFL co-leaders win…Irish and Crimson Tide top BCS standings…Barkley out

UNDATED (AP) — The Falcons and Texans improved their NFL-best records to 9-1 with hard-fought victories on Sunday. The Falcons overcame five interceptions by Matt Ryan to beat Arizona 23-19 and Houston needed overtime to get past one-win Jacksonville 43-37.

UNDATED (AP) — One-loss Alabama is back in the national championship picture, rising to No. 2 in the BCS standings behind unbeaten Notre Dame. Oregon and Kansas State gave up control of the BCS race with their first losses on Saturday.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Southern California will be without its top gun on Saturday against No. 1 Notre Dame. Trojans coach Lane Kiffin says quarterback Matt Barkley was injured late in Saturday’s loss to UCLA and freshman Matt Wittek will make his first career start against the Fighting Irish, who are eyeing an undefeated regular season and berth in the BCS title game.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike D’Antoni decided to not make his debut on the Lakers bench last night and his team beat the Houston Rockets 119-108 to improve to 4-1 under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff. D’Antoni wants a few more days to recover from recent knee replacement surgery

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) – Brad Keselowski’s 15th-place finish in Sunday’s season-ending Sprint Cup race was good enough to clinch his first series championship and the first for team owner Roger Penske. Four-time series champion Jeff Gordon won for the first time at Homestead-Miami Speedway, leaving Kentucky as the only active NASCAR track where he’s yet to win.