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USA Today/ESPN pre-season poll is out

Here's a much more realistic top 25 pre-season list that that of the AP:1. Baylor2. Notre Dame3. Tennessee4. Connecticut5. Stanford6. Texas A&M7. Miami8. Duke9. Louisville10. Maryland11. Georgetown12. Georgia13. Florida State14. Penn State15. Kentucky1...

Scandalous

I've heard that it happens sometimes overseas, that teams don't pay players their full salary. Now it looks like it's happened to Renee Montgomery in Hungary.Pathetic. Can women just catch a break?More on the upside:University…

The votes behind the list

Here are the votes behind the Associated Press top 25 poll released over the weekend. It allows readers to see which reporters have a clue, and which don't.

Some good news, and a funny

Hoops for Hope is fighing cancer on the court in Kansas. Everyone wins.Middle Tennessee State has new offices thanks to a generous donation. Tomorrow night the Blue Raiders will continue their annual Halloween tradition of…

They’re Playing Basketball Pac-12 pre-season poll

This week my staff - Daniel Uribe and IM in OC - and myself sat down to compile our votes on how the Pac-12 will finish this season. We were unanimous on the finish of…

Cal State Fullerton 59, Biola 50 (exhibition)

Pictures and story by IM in OCFullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton opened its 2011-12 schedule today with a 59-50 exhibition win over Biola.It was not a good shooting game for CSF, as they shot…

Injury department

I couldn't be more sad for Purdue redshirt senior Drey Mingo, who tore her ACL today in a scrimmage. Last season she had to overcome meningitis, and now this. Healing thoughts to her.Rutgers has lost…

Baylor number one in AP pre-season poll

For the first time in program history, the Baylor Bears have been picked number one going into the season. Notre Dame, Tennessee, Connecticut and Stanford round out the top five.List.Notre Dame is trying to win…

Pac-12 preview: the University of Utah

This is the twelfth of a 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams.In the movies, when a kid gets to a new school and can keep up with or beat the students there, that new kid…

West Virginia will go to Big 12

West Virginia will join the Big 12 conference next year after all, following a unanimous vote by the Big 12 Board of Directors today.Other stuff:Stanford sophomore point guard Toni Kokenis is not only a star…

Pac-12 preview: the University of California, Los Angeles

This is the eleventh of a 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams.Even the most diehard UCLA fans have to admit that the Bruins face an uphill climb this year. They've had an incredibly bumpy ride…

College chop-it-up

Nebraska Coach Connie Yori is back.Dishin & Swishin talks to Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer.Seattle University is looking bigger and more talented with key transfers and freshmen.Rutgers (remember them?) is having a revival with five frosh.UConn…

Big 12 might admit Louisville – not West Virginia

Holy rejection, Batman: it looks like Louisville might be the one leaving the Big East for the Big 12 - not West Virginia:West Virginia University athletic officials spent most of Tuesday preparing to leave the…

Pat Summitt speaks on SEC media day

Tennessee head Coach Pat Summitt answered numerous questions about her health, her involvement in practices, and her outlook on SEC media day.Recap of highlight quotes.A different angle from the Associated Press.Support for Summitt includes some…

NCAA approves sweeping regulations that include academic standards, scholarship money

In a board meeting today with an "aggressive" agenda, NCAA Division I Directors approved a package of reforms that cover numerous areas:On Thursday, the Division I Board of Directors approved a package of sweeping reforms…

Major NCAA news

NCAA vice president Sue Donohoe has resigned for personal reasons. She has been with the NCAA since 1999, and before that was a graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech when they won the first NCAA title…

Conference champ picks!

Dayton and Temple are the projected tie winners in the Atlantic 10 this year:1. Dayton (7) - 189Temple (7) - 1893. Duquesne - 1594. Charlotte - 1415. Saint Joseph's - 1296. St. Bonaventure - 1257.…

Shake up news day

West Virginia is leaving the Big East Conference to join the Big 12.Phoenix Mercury legend-of-the-game Briget Pettis is retiring from the WNBA.The USA finished seventh in the Pan American Games with a convincing win earlier…

Tennessee picked to win the SEC

Southeastern Conference and national media members have tabbed Tennessee as the SEC winner. Here's the full list:1. Tennessee - 2642. Georgia - 2283. Kentucky - 2124. LSU - 1895. Vanderbilt - 1726. Florida - 1517.…

Pac-12 preview: the University of Arizona

This is the tenth of a 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams.by Daniel UribeThe Arizona Wildcats have seen consistent progress in the last few years towards making a home in top half of the former…

Pac-12 preview: the University of Washington

This is the ninth of a 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams.It's been a whirlwind six months for the Huskies, who got a top-notch new head coach and then saw their star player lose the…

Payments for NCAA athletes?

On the heels of a study last month that found many college athletes were living in poverty, the NCAA is considering increasing athlete grants by $2,000, "to more closely approach" the cost of college.USA Basketball:The…

Cal unveils new multimedia website

Click all the tabs and watch all the videos on Cal's new website. Especially loving the "who I am" section, and the coaches gangsta photo under the "back stage pass" tab.This is quite possibly the…

USA Basketball loses a tough one to Puerto Rico

The US was out-scored by five points in the last five minutes to lose 70-75 to Puerto Rico. It's their second loss in as many days.Box score.Quotes.Pan American Games schedule for the week.

USA women fall to Argentina at Pan American Games

Not a great first round, as the US lost 55-58 to Argentina. Box score, and quotes.FIBA:Weekly Euro roundup......Galatasaray is very happy to have Diana Taurasi aboard. Angel McCoughtry and Penny Taylor are doing well for…