ELON, N.C. — The Lander men's rugby team secured the Southern Rugby Conference championship on Sunday with a 43-16 road victory over Elon.

The Bearcats (7-1) advance to the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Mid-Atlantic South Region Champions Cup on Dec. 7-8 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

USC women's soccer wins SEC crown

The No. 7 South Carolina women's soccer team (16-1-3, 7-0-3 SEC) captured its second SEC Tournament championship with a 1-0 win over Arkansas on Sunday in Orange Beach, Ala.

Junior forward Ryan Gareis netted the game-winning goal with the help of sophomore defender Sutton Jones.

Clemson up to third in football poll

LSU is an overwhelming No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll after beating Alabama in a 1-2 matchup, and Minnesota moved into the top 10 for the first time in 57 years.

After two weeks of historically close voting at the top of poll, LSU received 54 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. Ohio State was No. 2 with five first-place votes and Clemson was third with three first-place votes. Alabama fell two spots to No. 4.

Seattle captures MLS Cup

SEATTLE — Kelvin Leerdam scored his first career postseason goal on a deflected shot in the 57th minute, substitute Victor Rodriguez connected in the 76th and Raul Ruidiaz added the capper in the 90th to give the Seattle Sounders a 3-1 victory over Toronto FC on Sunday in the MLS Cup for their second title in four seasons.

Ai Suzuki wins Japan Classic by 3

SHIGA, Japan — Overnight leader Ai Suzuki shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Japan Classic by three strokes for her first LPGA career victory.

Suzuki carded her fifth birdie of the day on the par-5 18th hole at the Seta Golf Course to finish with a 17-under 199, three shots ahead of Hyo Joo Kim (66).