UConn fell four places to 7th in the Associated Press women’s basketball Top 25 on Monday, her lowest ranking in 14 years after losing her first game to an unranked team since 2012. The Huskies fell to Georgia Tech last week in his first game. second year starless Paige buecker, who is absent for at least six weeks due to a tibial plateau fracture in her left knee. The Huskies haven’t been ranked this low since Jan. 22, 2007, when they were also seventh. South Carolina remained the unanimous top pick. NC State was second again, followed by Stanford, Ariz. (The highest ranking ever) and Baylor. Louisville moved up to 6th, just ahead of UConn, and the teams will play in the Hall of Fame Showcase on Sunday. Baylor will face Michigan in the other game at the event in Connecticut… Emilie Esposito and Liz shean scored 15 points each and Caitlin weimar added 9 as Boston University (4-5) earned a 60-47 non-league victory over New Hampshire (3-6), who had 15 points from Amanda Torres … UConn second-year forward Mir McLean has left the program and will be transferred, coach Geno Auriemma noted. A little used reserve, McLean has played 27 games with the Huskies and averaged 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds.
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Horton and Albany turn British Columbia upside down
Jamel Horton 3 points with 36 seconds left gave Albany (3-7) the cushion he needed to secure his first road win of the season, a 61-57 victory over Boston College (6-5) at Conte Forum . Jaeden Zackery (15 points) had two free throws to bring the Eagles down to 54-52 with 3:54 to go, but Justin neely and De’Vondre Perry (16 points) hit the jumpers back to back. Quinton Post got the Eagles under-2 with a layup with 1:15 remaining before Horton struck deep… Baylor took advantage of Purdue’s last-second loss to Rutgers last week to become the fourth different team in the n # 1 in the AP poll over the past four weeks, winning every vote of a 61-member national media panel. The Bears (9-0) were followed by former No.1s Duke and Purdue as well as UCLA and Gonzaga, who started the season leading the poll and spent the first two weeks there. Baylor have won 15 consecutive games at the top of the country since beating Gonzaga in April for the national title. UConn fell five spots to No. 20… Boston University coach Joe jones said the junior striker Nevin Zink will miss the remainder of the season with a leg injury suffered Nov. 22 against Sam Houston.
Alabama trio lead Americans AP
Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young and Alabama teammates Will Anderson Jr. and Jameson williams were named All-Americans by The Associated Press, giving the top-ranked Crimson Tide more first-team players than any other school. Young became Alabama’s fourth player and first quarterback to win the Heisman on Saturday night. Anderson, who leads the nation in sacks with 15.5, was fifth in the Heisman vote. Alabama (12-1) will face No.4 Cincinnati (13-0) in the college football playoff semifinals on New Years Eve. Cincinnati is represented in the first team by cornerback Ahmad Gardner. The other New Year’s Eve playoff semi-final, Michigan’s No.2 (12-1) vs. Georgia’s No.3 (12-1), will feature four All-Americans from the first team. Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Heisman finalist and kicker Jake moody are All-Americans for the Wolverines, while Georgia’s top-ranked defense is represented by a defensive tackle Jordan davis and linebacker Nakobe Dean. pittsburgh quarterback Kenny pickett made the second team and co-finalist Heisman CJ Stroud of Ohio State was the QB for the third team. Boston College was represented in the first team by a senior guard Zion Johnson and the second team by senior center Alec lindstrom … Former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer rattler announced he is committed to South Carolina, where he will join the former Sooners assistant Shane projector. The 6-foot-1 red-shirt sophomore spent his first three seasons with the Sooners and was considered one of the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy coming this season before losing his starting job. Rattler has appeared in nine games this season, completing 140 of 187 passes for 1,483 yards, 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
US Soccer and women’s team extend contract
The United States Football Association and its national women’s team union have agreed to a three-month extension of their employment contract until March, a move announced the same day the players filed a brief asking a federal appeals court to reinstate their equal pay claim. As part of the extension, the parties agreed that the federation would stop paying the salaries of female players in the National Women’s Football League. The national team player allocation system has been in place since the league began playing in 2013. The NWSL Players Association is attempting to negotiate an initial employment contract with the league. The extension gives more time for negotiations in the run-up to regional qualifiers for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, scheduled for July 4-20. The players sued the USSF in March 2019, claiming they were not paid fairly under their collective agreement compared to what the men’s team receives under their deal, which expired in December 2018. .
Longtime baseball general manager Hemond has died at 92
Roland Hémond, whose 70-year baseball career included three Executive of the Year awards as general manager of the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles, died Sunday night. He was 92 years old. The Diamondbacks, with whom he spent 19 seasons, announced Hemond’s passing on Monday. Hemond was general manager of Chicago from 1970 to 1985 and held the same role for Baltimore from 1988 to 1995. He won the Sporting News MLB Executive of the Year award in 1972, then again in 1983 when the White Sox won. the AL West. His third executive of the year honor came in 1989, when the Orioles nearly won the AL East after losing 107 games the previous season… forward for the Winnipeg Jets Blake wheeler will miss several weeks due to a right knee injury sustained in a collision with a teammate Nathan Beaulieu in Friday’s loss to Vancouver. Wheeler has one goal and 16 assists over the season… Stars’ placed goalie Anton khudobin waivers, a move that could allow Dallas to send its 2020 Stanley Cup Final starter to minors. The teams have until Tuesday afternoon to claim the former Bruins goaltender, who was relegated to the third option behind the 22-year-old. Jake oettinger and acquisition of a veteran free agent Braden Holtby … Boxing will reform a judgmental system marred by manipulation to regain its place in the 2028 Olympics program, declared Oumar Kremlev, the president of the newly renowned International Boxing Association. Boxing, weightlifting and modern pentathlon were excluded from the initial list of sports for the 2028 Games in Los Angeles last week and were urged to make changes by the International Olympic Committee. The IOC is concerned about allegations of widespread rigging of Olympic fights and other IBA events, as reported by an investigation commissioned by the IBA over the past two years. Boxing was first included in the Olympic program in 1904 and has been present at every edition of the Summer Games since 1920 … Emma Raducanu, the British teenager who won the US Open in September to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam singles title, tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew from an exhibition match at the United Arab Emirates.