Sports briefs: Erickson, ASU crack top 25

Some 49ers fans believe Dennis Erickson couldn’t cut it in the NFL. But wherever he goes in the college ranks, his team eventually winds up in the Top 25. Erickson’s Arizona State football team enters the week ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press poll. Meanwhile, Southern Cal and LSU remain ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respecitvely, while Cal stayed at No. 6.

Five-run sixth keys Giants’ win

The Giants scored all of their runs in a sixth inning that was capped off by a go-ahead RBI single by Eliezer Alfonzo, right, as the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 to salvage a split in the four-game series. Also having won on Saturday, the Giants have consecutive victories for the first time since Sept. 5-7. Pedro Feliz had two RBIs in the victory.

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