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Timme leads AP preseason All-Americans

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Drew Timme could have left for the NBA after leading Gonzaga into last season's national title game. He likely would have been drafted and gone on to have a solid career.

But Timme wanted more. Certainly, a chance to finish off a championship run, but also to work one more season with coach Mark Few.

There was an added benefit, too: Timme was the lone unanimous selection by a 63-person media panel on The Associated Press preseason All-America team released Monday. He was joined by Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn, UCLA guard Johnny Juzang, Villanova point guard Collin Gillespie and Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis.


No. 8 Baylor loses Love to ACL tear

WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor freshman guard Langston Love tore his ACL in a preseason scrimmage and will miss the entire season for the No. 8 Bears, who are the defending national champions.

The school said Monday that the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Love will have surgery to repair the injury and redshirt this season. He is expected to make a full recovery and make his Bears debut next year.


In era of transfers, Texas stands out

Texas' Chris Beard prepared for his first season coaching at his alma mater by assembling a virtual all-star team of transfers from across the country.

Now it's a matter of finding out how quickly these new Longhorns can establish chemistry.


Few pleads guilty to DUI, fined $1K

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga coach Mark Few has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence in Idaho and must pay a fine of $1,000 in lieu of spending four days in jail, according to court documents.

He must also perform 24 hours of community service and his driver's license was suspended until Nov. 5, after which he will be required to use an ignition interlock device while on unsupervised probation for the next year. Few has completed a required alcohol and drug class.


Cronin's horse wins at Santa Anita

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA coach Mick Cronin is a winner even before the college basketball season starts next month.

A 3-year-old filly co-owned by Cronin won the $63,000 feature at Santa Anita by three-quarters of a length on Friday.


Howard-Morgan St at NBA All-Star weekend

Among those likely playing at the NBA All-Star weekend this season are Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

Also playing at All-Star weekend: the men's teams from Howard and Morgan State.


Zags atop first AP poll; UCLA, KU next

Gonzaga carried a No. 1 ranking all last season before falling a win short of becoming college basketball's first unbeaten national champion in 45 years.

Mark Few's Bulldogs start this season in the same position, hoping to complete that final step this time around.


UK picked to win SEC; Pippen top player

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Kentucky is the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title, while defending champion Alabama is picked to finish second in voting among a panel of national and league media.

Voters picked Vanderbilt sophomore guard Scotty Pippen Jr. as preseason SEC player of the year in results released by the league on Tuesday.


No. 9 Duke preseason favorite to win ACC

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Ninth-ranked Duke is the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference in its final season under Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, while touted Blue Devils freshman Paolo Banchero is the pick to be the league's player and freshman of the year.

The ACC released results Monday from voting by 81 media members at last week's men's basketball preseason media day in Charlotte.


No. 4 Villanova tabbed to win Big East

NEW YORK (AP) Villanova has dominated the Big East over the last decade under the guidance of coach Jay Wright.

The fourth-ranked Wildcats were the unanimous choice to win the conference in a preseason coaches poll released Tuesday. The team, which has won seven of the last eight regular-season titles, received all 10 first-place votes from the league's coaches. Coaches couldn't vote for their own team, and Wright picked No. 24 Connecticut, which was the second choice.

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