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College Basketball

Win one, climb one spot: FLC women are 7th in DII

After one victory last week, the Fort Lewis College women’s basketball team climbed one spot in the USA Today ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll on Tuesday.

FLC defeated Adams State 83-52 on Saturday at Whalen Gymnasium.

FLC (16-2, 13-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) will host Western New Mexico on Friday and New Mexico Highlands at Saturday at Whalen Gym. The Skyhawks are a half-game behind Metro State in the RMAC standings.

UC-San Diego (20-0) received all 32 first-place votes as the unanimous No. 1 in Division II women’s basketball. Edinboro (Pa.) was second and Metro State third.

Wayne State (Neb.) was fourth, Clayton State (Ga.) fifth and Ashland (Ohio) sixth.

After FLC, Alaska-Anchorage was eighth, Bentley (Mass.) ninth and Northeastern State (Okla.) 10th.

In the men’s National Association of Basketball Coaches/Division II top-25 rankings, Bellarmine (Ky.) was ranked No. 1, while West Liberty (W.Va.) was No. 2, Tarleton State (Texas) No. 3, Winona State (Minn.) No. 4, and Colorado School of Mines from the RMAC was ranked No. 5.

Metro State, after a pair of losses last weekend, dropped from third to No. 12.

Durango Herald

College Football

Flood fills Rutgers position after Schiano’s NFL flight

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – After a hasty search, Rutgers found a replacement for Greg Schiano in one of his protégés.

Longtime assistant Kyle Flood is getting his first shot at running a college football program, replacing his former boss with the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers promoted Flood to head coach Tuesday, five days after Schiano left to become coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – and one day before high school players officially can sign with a school.

The 41-year-old was a member of Schiano’s staff since 2005, coaching offensive linemen and was an assistant head coach.

MLB

Indians acquire an MVP ... from the minor leagues

CLEVELAND – The Indians added an MVP to the roster and a possible replacement at first base.

Cleveland acquired versatile Russ Canzler – the top player in the International League last season – on Tuesday from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash.

The 25-year-old Canzler played four positions – right and left field, third and first base – last season for Triple-A Durham, where he batted .314 with 18 homers and 83 RBIs in 131 games. Canzler made his major league debut for the Rays on Sept. 11 and had one hit in three games.

After 17 years with the Cubs, Hendry becomes a Yankee

NEW YORK – Former Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry was hired by the New York Yankees as a special assignment scout.

Hendry spent 17 seasons with the Cubs and was GM from July 2002 until he was fired Aug. 18, unable to help the team win the World Series for the first time since 1908.

Tennis

Serena says Venus will be OK for Belarus at the Fed Cup

WORCESTER, Mass. – Serena Williams said her sister Venus has been training every day and will be ready for the Fed Cup matches against Belarus, her first competitive tennis since she pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an autoimmune disease.

The Williams sisters will be teammates on the U.S. team that will face Belarus and new world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, the Australian Open champion.

The U.S. team also includes Christina McHale, who reached the third round of the 2011 U.S. Open, and Liezel Huber, the world’s No. 1 doubles player. Sloane Stephens, the daughter of the late New England Patriots running back John Stephens, is the fifth member of the team.

Associated Press