Minnesota was impressive in winning an early season tournament, and Texas looked good in finishing second in another of the November classics.
Both moved into The Associated Press’ Top 25 on Monday while North Carolina hung on at 25th.
Duke (3-0) was again No. 1 in the poll, receiving 58 first-place votes from the national media panel for the second straight week. Michigan State (2-0) remained second although the Spartans lost one first-place vote, getting six.
Ohio State (3-0) and Kansas State (3-0), which got the other No. 1 nod, were third and fourth after switching places from last week. The Buckeyes’ jump came after their impressive 93-75 victory at then-No. 9 Florida.
Pittsburgh, Kansas, Villanova, Kentucky, Syracuse and Purdue rounded out the Top 10.
Season over for Titans’ Young
Nashville, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that Vince Young needs season-ending surgery on his throwing hand.
Seattle monitoring WR Williams
Renton, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams suffered an undisclosed injury to his left foot late in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans, but it’s not as severe as first thought. Coach Pete Carroll didn’t have a specific name for Williams’ injury on Monday and said team physicians have never seen this type of injury.
Raiders’ Seymour fined $25K
Alameda, Calif. — A blowout loss to Pittsburgh to end a three-game winning streak was bad enough for the Oakland Raiders.
At least they know they won’t be without stalwart defensive tackle Richard Seymour this week following his ejection for hitting Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the helmet. The NFL announced Monday that Seymour would be fined $25,000 for his actions in the second quarter of Oakland’s loss at Pittsburgh. But there was no suspension.
Giants WR Nicks out 3 weeks
East Rutherford, N.J. — The New York Giants learned Monday that leading receiver Hakeem Nicks is going to be sidelined for at least three weeks after being treated for Compartment Syndrome in his lower right leg.
Pelini apologizes for angry rant
Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini tried to tamp down the frenzy surrounding his program Monday, apologizing for his sideline tirades.
Pelini’s foul-mouth berating of the officials and quarterback Taylor Martinez made for must-see TV for ABC, but it also drew an admonishment from Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman and criticism from fans who say Pelini embarrassed the state and program.
“I always believe it’s OK to disagree with a call,” Pelini said. “It’s not OK to make it personal. At times during that game, probably in my quest to fight for the kids on our football team, I let it get personal. For that, once again, I’m sorry. I regret that.”
Mizzou safety won’t face KU
Columbia, Mo. — Missouri safety Jasper Simmons will not play on Saturday against Kansas University. Simmons was suspended indefinitely last week for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.
Texas State fires coach
San Marcos, Texas — Texas State fired football coach Brad Wright Monday after the Bobcats finished 4-7 and just 1-5 in the Southland Conference this season.
Miami’s Haslem to have surgery
Miami — Udonis Haslem’s agent says the Heat forward will have surgery today to repair a torn ligament in his left foot, a major blow to injury-plagued Miami. Haslem is out indefinitely — possibly many months.
Hunter 99 percent sure of lockout
New York — NBA players’ association executive director Billy Hunter said Monday he is “99 percent sure” there will be a lockout next summer.
Mets hire Collins as manager
New York — Terry Collins is a major league manager once again, hired by the New York Mets to help revitalize a franchise that has struggled on the field and at the gate.