Terps' Toliver named preseason All-American
Maryland senior point guard Kristi Toliver was named to the Associated Press' preseason All-America team yesterday. Joining her were Oklahoma's Courtney Paris, who became the sixth unanimous choice in the 15-year history of the squad, Louisville's Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances), Connecticut's Maya Moore and Oklahoma State's Andrea Riley. Toliver, the Nancy Lieberman Award winner as the top point guard in Division I last season, averaged 17.1 points and broke the Atlantic Coast Conference's single-season assists record with 275. "Not many people play the game as beautifully as Kristi," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "There isn't a better shooter in the country, and her ability to make plays separates her as one of the best point guards." Paris was on every ballot of the 45-member national media panel. McCoughtry had 39 votes, Toliver 38 and Riley 19. McCoughtry led Louisville to its best season with a loss to Connecticut in the Big East tournament final and a run to the Sweet 16. She averaged 23.8 points and 4.1 steals as a junior. "I'm humbled by this honor," McCoughtry said. "It was a dream of mine to bring national recognition to Louisville women's basketball."
For the next three to four months, the New Jersey Devils are going to learn about life without Martin Brodeur. Brodeur, 36, a four-time Vezina Trophy winner who is on the verge of becoming the NHL's all-time winningest goaltender, will be sidelined until at least February after tearing a distal biceps in his left elbow last weekend. Brodeur will undergo surgery tomorrow. The biceps attaches to the big bone (proximal radius) in the forearm at the elbow joint. The starting job falls to Kevin Weekes, who was outstanding Monday night in a 2-0 loss to Buffalo, making 28 saves, including 19 of 20 in the first period.
Senators 2, Capitals 1, OT: : Mike Fisher scored his first goal of the season with just less than 40 seconds left in overtime to give host Ottawa a win over Washington. Dany Heatley scored his eighth goal of the season early in the second for Ottawa. Tomas Fleischmann drew Washington even at 1 with his fourth goal just 2:13 after Heatley scored. Alexander Ovechkin returned to the Capitals' lineup after he missed two games to visit his ailing grandfather in Russia.
Penn State QB Clark expected back Saturday
Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark, who suffered a mild concussion during an Oct. 25 win at Ohio State, is expected to play Saturday when the No. 3 Nittany Lions face Iowa. Clark has been practicing and is expected to be ready for the weekend, coach Joe Paterno said. Clark was able to rest last week, when Penn State (9-0) had a bye.
Tennessee: : Duke coach David Cutcliffe quashed any speculation about his returning to Tennessee to replace his good friend and former boss, Phillip Fulmer. "I'm at Duke, staying at Duke," Cutcliffe said. Cutcliffe twice served on Tennessee's staff and spent eight years as the Volunteers' offensive coordinator. He came to Duke in December after a two-year stint in Knoxville. Butch Davis, whose name has also come up as a possible candidate for the job opening, says he is committed to building No. 19 North Carolina's program.
Southern California: : Pete Carroll insists he doesn't understand how the Bowl Championship Series system works. He understands enough to know he doesn't like it one bit. "I think it stinks. I don't think it's the way it should be," Carroll said about the way college football crowns its champion. Carroll has expressed his displeasure over the years with the system, but things hit a new high for him over the weekend, when the Trojans dropped from fifth to seventh in the BCS standings after they blanked Washington, 56-0, for their third shutout in four games.
Et cetera: : Florida sophomore cornerback Jacques Rickerson was kicked off the team after he was arrested and accused of slapping his girlfriend, choking her and then covering her face with a pillow. ... Quarterback Bill Stull (concussion) has been cleared to return when No. 25 Pittsburgh plays Louisville on Saturday.
Armstrong still undecided about racing in Tour
Lance Armstrong has yet to decide whether he will try for an eighth Tour de France title in 2009. "I want to say I'm not trying to be coy; I'm not playing games with them [the Tour] or with fans or with media. I simply don't know," Armstrong said during wind tunnel testing at the San Diego Air & Space Technology Center. "I'm not in a hurry. It's Nov. 4. ... I know there is tension. There is tension with French cycling fans, with French media and certainly tension with the organizers. And right now I don't want to deal with tension. And I don't know if I want to deal with tension in July."
Tennis: : Rafael Nadal has tendinitis in his right knee and could be in doubt for Spain's Davis Cup final against Argentina. ... Top-ranked Jelena Jankovic defeated Ana Ivanovic, 6-3, 6-4, in round-robin play at the WTA's season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, Qatar. Venus Williams defeated No. 2 Dinara Safina, 7-5, 6-3, and No. 9 Vera Zvonareva beat Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-3. ... Lennart Bergelin, who coached Bjorn Borg for 12 years and captained Sweden to its first Davis Cup title, died from heart failure at a Stockholm hospital. He was 83.
Soccer: : Diego Maradona became Argentina's new coach, taking over the team he led to the World Cup championship in 1986.
Boxing:: Baltimore native Hasim Rahman has stepped in to challenge Wladimir Klitschko for his International Boxing Federation heavyweight title. Promoters said Rahman was selected as the replacement for Alexander Povetkin of Russia, who pulled out of the Dec. 13 fight in Mannheim, Germany, because of an ankle injury. Rahman, 35, previously held the title in 2001 after knocking out Lennox Lewis.
Auto racing: : The father of new Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton said racial abuse and other insults directed at his son and family led him to consider withdrawing the driver, 23, from the sport. Anthony Hamilton expressed dismay at what he described as a hate campaign against his son, who finished fifth in Sunday's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix to become the youngest and first black driver to win the F1 season title. "My family has taken a lot of stick [abuse] this past week. Not just this past week, but the past few months," Anthony Hamilton said in yesterday's editions of British newspapers, speaking from Sao Paulo, Brazil.