Nevada breaks into Top 25for first time in 62 years
The only previous time Nevada was ranked in the AP Top 25, the Wolf Pack ended the season playing in the Harbor Bowl in San Diego. That was 1948. It took 62 years, but Nevada is back in The Associated Press poll. The Wolf Pack were No. 25 in the poll released Sunday and are off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1991, the year before they jumped from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Bowl Subdivision.
"It's very exciting news," Coach Chris Ault said Sunday. "I'm sure our players will be fired up."
The first month of the season closed with the pre-season top three in the rankings unchanged: Alabama is No. 1, followed by Ohio State and Boise State. The Crimson Tide had its toughest challenge yet Saturday, coming from behind to beat Arkansas 24-20. The road victory helped the Tide gain five first-place votes to 57.
Ohio State, which rolled to a 73-20 victory against Eastern Michigan, received two first-place votes, and Boise State, which beat Oregon State 37-24, received one.
The USA Today coaches' poll has the same top three teams.
No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 TCU flip-flopped spots this week in AP's poll. No. 6 Nebraska held its position, and No. 7 Florida moved up two after its rout of Kentucky and heading into its big game at Alabama on Saturday.
Stanford, off to its first 4-0 start since 1986, jumped seven spots to No. 9, its best AP ranking since ending the 1992 season No. 9. No. 21 Texas dropped 14 spots after a stunningly lopsided 34-12 home loss to UCLA.
Ole Miss captain out for the season
Defensive end Kentrell Lockett will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Saturday's 55-38 victory over Fresno State, Mississippi coach Houston Nutt said Sunday. In three games, Lockett made six tackles, including one for a loss. He had 10 tackles for a loss and five sacks in 2009. Nutt said Lockett's loss was tough physically and emotionally. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound senior from Hahnville, La., is one of five team captains. Sophomores Jason Jones and Gerald Rivers, along with freshmen Delvin Jones and Cameron Whigham, are the main candidates to fill Lockett's role. Mississippi (2-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) will host Kentucky (3-1, 0-1 SEC) on Saturday.
■ The losses and arrests continue to mount for the Georgia football team. Freshman Demetre Baker was dismissed from the team by Coach Mark Richt Sunday following a drunken driving arrest. Baker was arrested early Sunday in Athens and charged with DUI, underage possession of alcohol and improper driving. He is the 10th Georgia player to be arrested this year. Richt was asked whether players were previously warned that no more arrests would be tolerated.
"Well, I'll just say that Demetre was fully aware of the possible consequences that resulted from this type of decision," Richt said.
Baker, 19, was a linebacker who has not played this season and did not travel with the team for Saturday night's 24-12 loss at Mississippi State.
Nets GM says trade is 'a process'
The New Jersey Nets' attempt to acquire Carmelo Anthony is in a holding pattern. A person close to the trade talks told The Associated Press Sunday that the Nets are waiting for the Nuggets to sign off on a deal that would bring Anthony to New Jersey and also involve Charlotte and Utah. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the negotiations were ongoing. While he couldn't talk directly about Anthony, Nets General Manager Billy King acknowledged he had been working on a trade.
"I would say that we're exploring everything," King said Sunday. "But there's no deal. We have nothing. We have nothing. We're excited about the guys playing. I'll continue to explore and see if we can make the team better. At this point, I'm excited about watching our guys practice.
"I'll continue to work the phones. It's going to be a methodical process whether we do a deal now or six months from now or next year. But there is nothing."
King admitted there was a sense of frustration in trying to make a big deal happen.
"It's a process," he said. "Anytime I made a trade it's a process. Some of them take two years to get to the point when you get the player you want. Some take two weeks. I think you've got to make sure you do it and do it the right way."
Jockey hit by horse, dies at Zia Park
A jockey was killed at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., when his horse fell and he was struck by another horse. Zia Park said 44-year-old Mark Anthony Villa suffered fatal injuries Saturday when his horse, Separate Money, fell after the finish line of the seventh race. Track officials said Villa tried to stand up after the fall and was struck by another horse. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a hospital. It was the first jockey fatality at the track since it began races in 2005. Zia Park assistant general manager and head of racing Rick Baugh said Villa was a veteran rider who was loved and respected. The Hobbs News-Sun reported that Equibase.com says Villa won 1,076 races from 8,897 Thoroughbred mounts since his first victory in 1983.
Former NFL lineman Cesario dies at 34
Former NFL offensive lineman Anthony Cesario, who was an All-American at Colorado State, has died. Colorado State said the 34-year-old died Saturday night, after experiencing "possible heart-related issues" following a day of hunting near Steamboat Springs, Colo. He is survived by his parents and his sister. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Cesario in the third round of the 1998 draft. He later signed with the Miami Dolphins.
UK soccer men win in double overtime
Playing in its third straight overtime game Sunday, the Kentucky men's soccer team got a sudden-death goal from Sam Brooks — his first career goal — in the 108th minute and won 2-1 in double overtime at Evansville, the NCAA's highest-scoring offense. The Cats snapped a three-game losing streak.
■ The UK women's soccer team (6-4-0, 0-2-0 Southeastern Conference) scored first but lost 5-1 to South Carolina (7-2-2, 1-0-1). It was the second straight loss at home for the Wildcats.
■ Senior Blaire Hiler's career day sparked the Kentucky volleyball team to a comeback 3-2 win at Georgia on Sunday in Athens. The senior totaled a career-best in kills (18) and blocks (seven) to help UK win 21-25, 20-25, 28-26, 25-19, 15-13. Kentucky improves to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in Southeastern Conference action. Georgia falls to 9-6 and 1-3 in SEC action.
■ The Kentucky men's tennis team was represented well Sunday at the Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic, with juniors Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek advancing out of group play and into the United States Tennis Association Wildcard Shootout semifinals at the Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, Calif. Quigley, ranked eighth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association pre-season singles poll, went 3-0 in group play and advanced to the championship match before falling to Florida's No. 9 Alex Lacroix, who also beat Musialek in the semis.
■ Mathieu Dandenault, the versatile defenseman who won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and later played for the Montreal Canadiens, has retired. Dandenault, 34, last played in the NHL in 2008-09 with Montreal. Last season, he joined Hartford of the American Hockey League, but was sidelined by a tear in his groin and opted to leave the team in March. Dandenault, selected by Detroit in the second round of the 1994 NHL draft, had 68 goals and 135 assists in 868 career games.
The last word
Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was asked how his former Heat team will fare after adding LeBron James and Chris Bosh:
"I don't know. I haven't gotten back from the future yet."