Richmond men’s basketball team ranked

February 16, 2010


Kansas State hasn’t been ranked this high in almost five decades. Richmond hasn’t been ranked in almost 25 years.

A week that saw 10 ranked teams, including four in the top 10, lose games wound up with Kansas University at No. 1 on Monday for a third straight Associated Press college basketball poll — and two schools in unfamiliar territory.

Kansas State (20-4) moved from ninth to No. 7, the Wildcats’ highest ranking since they were sixth in the final poll of the 1961-62 season. Richmond (20-6), the first-place team in the Atlantic 10, moved in at No. 25, the first time the Spiders have been ranked since January 1986.

Kansas (24-1) was again a runaway No. 1, receiving 62 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel, while Kentucky (24-1), moved up one spot to No. 2.

College basketball

UNC women’s streak over

North Carolina’s streak of Top 25 appearances is over.

The Tar Heels fell out of the Associated Press women’s basketball poll Monday for the first time in 163 weeks, while Connecticut pushed its remarkable run at No. 1 to 39 straight weeks.

Stanford, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Tennessee followed the Huskies in the top 5.


McCoy progressing

Forth Worth, Texas — Colt McCoy says he’s throwing 40-50 balls a day in an intense rehabilitation program that he hopes will have him ready to fully participate in the NFL draft combine that begins next week.

McCoy says the nerve injury in his right shoulder is “really coming along” and is close to being 100 percent. The former Texas quarterback says it will be up to his doctors if he will throw at the combine, but that he will do everything he is able to do in Indianapolis.

On Monday night, McCoy was recognized with the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback.

Pelini earns raise

Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska announced Monday that it has added another year to the contract of head coach Bo Pelini and raised his base pay to $2.1 million.

The deal is designed to keep Pelini at the Huskers’ helm through Feb. 28, 2015. It provides a retention bonus as well: $500,000 if he’s still head coach on Jan. 31, 2015.

Pelini’s base pay was $1.85 million in the deal he signed last spring.


Brown: M.J. wants Bobcats

Charlotte, N.C. — Michael Jordan has been called the NBA’s greatest player, a supreme competitor and top pitchman.

Jordan soon could have a much different role: team owner.

Charlotte coach Larry Brown said Monday night that Jordan has told him he’s doing all he can to buy majority control of the Bobcats from owner Bob Johnson.

“He said he’s doing his best to put himself in a position to get the team,” Brown said after practice. “He wants it badly.”

Iverson returns

Philadelphia — Allen Iverson has returned to the Philadelphia 76ers after missing five games to be with his ill daughter and expects to play tonight against Miami.


Taveras, Nationals agree

Washington — Outfielder Willy Taveras has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Washington Nationals.

Chavez, Rangers agree

Arlington, Texas — Outfielder Endy Chavez has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to spring training.

High school football

Dodge City coach resigns

Dodge City — The Dodge City High School football coach has resigned after district officials determined he was holding football practice during his before-school conditioning class.

The practice constituted a violation of the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s rules.

Justin Burke resigned last week. Burke claimed he was introducing a game of two-hand touch into the routine to break up the daily monotony of lifting weights and running.


Landis wanted in France

Paris — A French judge has issued a national arrest warrant for U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis in connection with a case of data hacking at a doping laboratory, a prosecutor’s office said.

French judge Thomas Cassuto, based in the Paris suburb of Nanterre, is seeking to question Landis about computer hacking dating back to September 2006 at the Chatenay-Malabry lab, said Astrid Granoux, spokeswoman for Nanterre’s prosecutor’s office. The laboratory had uncovered abnormally elevated testosterone levels in Landis’ samples collected in 2006.


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