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Few pleads guilty to DUI, fined $1K

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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.

Few entered the plea during a hearing Friday, saying he was "pleading guilty because I am guilty," according to the court documents.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Expansion talk looms over Big 12

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chris Beard got right to it. His Texas Longhorns will have a target on their backs.

"We've already begun talking to our players about how difficult it's going to be," he said. "But it's really no different than anywhere else I've ever coached. If you're going to try to be in the fight, then you have to understand you're going to have to overcome a lot of adversity."

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UGA loses only returning starter Horne

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Senior forward P.J. Horne, Georgia's only returning starter, will miss the 2021-22 season after suffering a knee injury in practice.

Georgia coach Tom Crean said Wednesday on Twitter that Horne had season-ending surgery on his right knee last weekend. He said Horne hurt the knee when he "bumped knees in a scrimmage, lost footing and went down awkwardly."

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Kentucky to honor ex-coach Tubby Smith

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky plans to honor former coach Tubby Smith, who led the Wildcats to the 1998 NCAA men's basketball championship and multiple Southeastern Conference titles, by retiring a jersey later this year.

The ceremony is set for Kentucky's Dec. 31 home game against High Point, where Smith currently coaches.

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ESPN's Vitale reveals lymphoma diagnosis

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time this year.

The Basketball Hall of Fame announcer said he has undergone tests that show he has lymphoma.

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