The biggest man on the Associated Press' preseason All-America basketball team — Indiana 7-footer Cody Zeller — got the most votes.
Indiana center Zeller heads
AP preseason All-America team
The biggest man on the Associated Press preseason All-America team got the most votes.
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Seven-foot sophomore center Cody Zeller, a major reason Indiana is the preseason No. 1 for the first time in 33 years, was one vote shy of being a unanimous selection for the preseason All-America team.
Zeller, who averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 62.3 percent from the field, received 64 votes from the national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.
Also on the team announced Monday were junior forwards Doug McDermott of Creighton and Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State and three guards — seniors Isaiah Canaan of Murray State and C.J. McCollum of Lehigh and sophomore Trey Burke of Michigan.
McDermott was named on 62 ballots, while Canaan was on 43 and Thomas was on 26. McCollum and Burke tied for the fifth spot with 16 votes each.
Zeller is one of five starters back for the Hoosiers. When a top-flight recruiting class is part of the mix, there are a lot expectations for the No. 1 team.
“I don’t know that we’ve really set any goals as a team, but obviously we want to win a national championship,” Zeller said. “We’re not going to guarantee anything. We’re just going to play and see where it takes us.”
Game On Dude is early choice
in Breeders’ Cup Classic
Game On Dude was made the early 9-5 favorite in a field of 12 for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at 1 ¼ miles Saturday at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.
The Classic is the main event of the two-day BC championships, which begin Friday.
Class Included, a 4-year-old filly voted the 2012 horse of the meeting at Emerald Downs in Auburn, is listed at 30-1 — the highest odds in the field of eight — for Friday’s $2 million Ladies Classic at 1-1/8 miles.
McIlroy defeats Woods in China
McIlroy defeats Woods in China
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland outdueled American Tiger Woods in the first one-on-one exhibition match between two of the biggest names in the sport.
Woods thinks he will have plenty of chances to get revenge.
McIlroy shot a 5-under-par 67 to beat Woods by one stroke in an 18-hole match at Jinsha Lake Golf Club in Zhengzhou, China.
“This is certainly not like most Mondays. To have this many people come out and watch us play golf in an exhibition was something special. This doesn’t happen,” Woods said. “As far as doing something like this down the road, it would be fun.”
The event, dubbed “Duel at Jinsha Lake,” marked the first time the two had played head to head without other competitors.
Woods said he would relish the chance to take on McIlroy more often to create a rivalry at the top of the sport similar to the ones between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray that have made men’s tennis so exciting in recent years.
“If you look at the history of the game, it’s not like other sports where the guys play against each other all the time,” Woods said.
“Jack (Nicklaus) and Arnold (Palmer) didn’t go at it that often.”
McIlroy took an early lead with two birdies on the first three holes and held on to beat Woods, who had two bogeys to go along with his six birdies for the day. The 14-time major winner finished with a 68.
Both players competed elsewhere Sunday and had to make long journeys to Zhengzhou.
McIlroy finished second to Peter Hanson in the European Tour’s BMW Masters in Shanghai, while Woods tied for fourth in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.
• Djokovic, who is from Serbia, has clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking in tennis.
Djokovic lost the top spot to Swiss standout Federer in July but will return to No. 1 next week.
ATP officials said Federer will drop points from his 2011 title wins at the Swiss Indoors and Paris Masters. He lost in the Swiss Indoors final Sunday to Juan Martin del Potro, and then pulled out of next week’s Paris tournament. ATP officials said Federer will not be able to earn enough points to finish the year ahead of Djokovic.
Djokovic will become the first men’s player to finish No. 1 in consecutive years since Federer did it four straight times from 2004 to 2007.
• If the NHL cancels the Jan. 1 Winter Classic, it has no plans to reschedule the event for this season, even if there is a prompt settlement to the lockout, said Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the league.
Responding to reports the league will cancel the Detroit Red Wings-Toronto Maple Leafs game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Daly wrote in an email: “We aren’t commenting on the timing of the Winter Classic announcement. It will (or won’t) be made if and when necessary.”
But Daly added, “I can certainly confirm that if the game is canceled, there is no ‘resurrection’ scenario for this year.”
The Winter Classic would be expected to draw about 115,000 fans.
• Steve Gee, Robert Salaburu and Michael Esposito were the first three eliminated from the nine-player final table at the World Series of Poker no-limit Texas Hold’em main event in Las Vegas.
Each of the remaining six players will make at least $1.64 million.
The top three finishers are to settle the title beginning Tuesday; first prize is $8.53 million.
The tournament began in July with 6,598 players.
• Dan Radakovich, previously Georgia Tech’s athletic director, has been named AD at Clemson.
Radakovich, 54, takes over for retiring Terry Don Phillips.
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