Indiana’s Zeller headlines AP All-America
College Basketball: Indiana sophomore center Cody Zeller and Creighton junior forward Doug McDermott are the leading vote-getters on the Associated Press preseason All-America team.
Also on the team announced Monday are Ohio State junior forward Deshaun Thomas and three guards – seniors Isaiah Canaan of Murray State and C.J. McCollum of Lehigh and sophomore Trey Burke of Michigan. McCollum and Burke tied for the fifth spot with 16 votes each.
Zeller was one vote shy of unanimous from the 65-member national panel that selects the weekly Top 25. McDermott was named on 62 ballots, Canaan 43 and Thomas 26.
McDermott, who averaged 22.9 points and 8.2 rebounds, was a first-team All-America selection last season, while Canaan, who averaged 19.0 points and 3.6 assists, was a second-team pick.
Novak Djokovic to finish year as No. 1
Tennis: Novak Djokovic has clinched the year-end No. 1 men’s ranking.
Djokovic lost the top spot to Roger Federer in July but will return to No. 1 next week.
The ATP says Federer will drop points from his 2011 title wins at the Swiss Indoors and Paris Masters. He lost in the Swiss Indoors final Sunday to Juan Martin del Potro, and then pulled out of next week’s Paris tournament.
The ATP says Federer will not be able to earn enough points to finish the year ahead of Djokovic.
The Serb will become the first player to finish No. 1 in consecutive years since Federer did it four straight times from 2004-07.
2013 PGA Tour schedule released
Golf: The PGA Tour released its 2013 schedule, with only 40 events as it prepares for a wraparound season that will start next fall.
The 2013 season begins with the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii, on Jan. 4-7, which again features a Monday finish. The FedEx Cup concludes with the Tour Championship Sept. 19-22. The 2013-14 season will start a few weeks later in October.
Mavs release West after suspensions
Miscellany: The Dallas Mavericks have waived guard Delonte West after suspending him twice in less than two weeks for conduct detrimental to the team.
• Sugar Ray Leonard recounts sex abuse: Retired boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard says he cried for Jerry Sandusky’s accusers after hearing of the former Penn State assistant football coach’s arrest on child sex abuse charges.
A sexual abuse survivor himself, Leonard spoke about his own experiences at the university’s inaugural conference to raise awareness about combating abuse.
• Game On Dude made early favorite for Breeders’ Cup: Game On Dude was made the early 9-5 favorite in a field of 12 for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, a race he led most of the way last year before being overtaken in the closing strides. This time, he’ll have home-field advantage running at Santa Anita, Calif., where the 5-year-old gelding is 5-0.