NCAA BASKETBALL: Michigan State tops AP poll
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the first time in 13 years.
The Spartans were easily No. 1 with 51 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. The Spartans earned the top spot by beating then-top-ranked Kentucky last week in the earliest matchup of the top two teams in the country.
Kansas, which beat Duke in the other game in the big doubleheader last week, moved from No. 5 to No. 2 and received seven first-place votes. Louisville stayed third and got the other seven first-place votes. Kentucky dropped to fourth and was followed by Arizona, Duke, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Syracuse and VCU.
• NEW YORK (AP) — The UConn women’s basketball team remains No. 1 in The Associated Press poll after easily sweeping three Top 25 teams.
The Huskies beat Stanford, Maryland and Penn State by an average of 18 points and once again are unanimous No. 1. Connecticut is followed by Duke, Tennessee, Louisville and Notre Dame. Stanford fell three spots to sixth. Kentucky, Maryland, Baylor and Oklahoma round out the top 10.
Montana coach reaches 800 wins
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s Robin Selvig became the eighth women’s basketball coach to reach 800 career victories with the Lady Griz’s 68-61 victory over Portland on Monday night.
Selvig has been at the school for 36 years and produced 33 winning seasons, including 20 trips to the NCAA tournament.
The 61-year-old coach joined Pat Summitt, Sylvia Hatchell, C. Vivian Stringer, Tara VanDerveer, Geno Auriemma, Jody Conradt and Andy Landers in the 800- victory club. Selvig reached the milestone in fewer games then all but Auriemma, Summitt and VanDerveer.
Selvig, who has only lost 255 games in his career, went to Montana and played for the men’s basketball team in the early 1970s.
He spent three years coaching high school basketball before taking over as the Lady Griz’s coach in 1978.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge said he probably won’t dismiss all of the defendants from a False Claims Act lawsuit against cyclist Lance Armstrong and others.
Judge Robert L. Wilkins made the comment at the end of a nearly three-hour hearing on the Justice Department’s lawsuit, which also named former Armstrong team director Johan Bruyneel and team management company Tailwind Sports as defendants.
The Justice Department this year joined a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis. Under the False Claims Act, whistle-blowers can share with the government in any recovery of money based upon their disclosures. But the government has not joined the portion of Landis’ lawsuit against other defendants, including financier Thomas Weisel, who was principal owner of Tailwind Sports.