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After pulling off one of the greatest upsets in college football history, Appalachian State is still shaking things up. The Associated Press said Thursday that lower-division schools -- that means you, Mountaineers -- are now eligible for its 71-year-old poll. Several AP voters expressed interest in putting Appalachian State on their ballots after a shocking 34-32 upset at then-No. 5 Michigan last weekend. But the poll guidelines, which mirrored the coaches' rankings conducted by USA Today, limited eligibility to teams competing in the former NCAA Division I-A, now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Mountaineers compete in the Football Championship Subdivision, known before this season as Division I-AA.

'Holy grail' card sold

A rare Honus Wagner baseball card has been sold for a record $2.8 million, just more than six months after it was bought for a then-record $2.35 million. Referred to as the "Mona Lisa" of baseball cards, the almost mint-condition collectible -- released in 1909 by the American Tobacco Company -- was sold by Brian Seigel of Las Vegas to an unidentified Southern California collector in February. SCP Auctions was a minority owner, but David Kohler, the company's president and CEO, said that's no longer the case. Kohler said the new owner wishes to remain a private collector for now, but might identify himself at a later date. "This has always been the holy grail, the Mona Lisa of baseball cards," Kohler said. Adding to its value is that only 50 to 60 Wagner cards are believed to exist.

Vick notes auctioned

Bids topped $10,000 on an Internet auction site for what an animal rights group says are notes from football star Michael Vick's speech apologizing for a dogfighting scandal. The Humane Society of the United States is selling on eBay the single-page, six-point outline -- which starts with "Apologize for what I've done" and ends with "We all make mistakes" -- of the speech Vick gave at an Aug. 27 news conference in Richmond, Va., after pleading guilty in his dogfighting case. The group is planning to put all proceeds in a restricted account dedicated to the prevention of dog fighting. There is no verification that the notes were used by Vick.

Cougars sign three

Former California Gold midfielder Vicente Figueroa has re-signed with the California Cougars indoor soccer team for the upcoming season. Figueroa, a midfielder who has also played with Kansas City of the MLS, scored 60 points in 23 games for California last season. The Stockton-based team also signed midfielder Semir Mesanovic and defender Ryan Hall. Terms of the deals were not released.

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