UConn hoops muscles way into Top 25
The Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll saw little change after an uneventful first week, with UConn being the only newcomer at No. 23 after beating then-No. 14 Michigan State in Germany. It’s the first time the Huskies, who are academically ineligible for the postseason, have been ranked since Jan. 23. In the women’s poll, Baylor, UConn, Duke, Stanford, and Maryland remained in the top five spots . . . Madison Square Garden will host the East Regional in 2014, the first time the NCAA basketball tournament will be in the arena in 53 years. The Final Four will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
BC, NU pair up in men’s soccer tourney
Boston College and Northeastern will meet Thursday night at Parsons Field in an NCAA tournament first-round men’s soccer match, with the winner traveling to UConn on Sunday . . . The new college football postseason system will have six games as originally planned, but now a spot in the marquee bowls will be reserved for the best team from a group of five conferences that includes the Big East . . . Washington State coach Mike Leach denied his players are subjected to any type of abuse, as alleged by star receiver Marquess Wilson, who quit Saturday.
Djokovic edges Federer in ATP final
Novak Djokovic recovered from early breaks in both sets to beat Roger Federer, 7-6 (7-6), 7-5, in the title match at the ATP finals in London. Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez won doubles by beating Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, 7-5, 3-6, 10-3 . . . Lefthander Jeremy Affeldt and the San Francisco Giants agreed to terms on a three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said . . . Olympic gold medalists Allyson Felix and Ashton Eaton won the 2012 Jesse Owens Award. It’s the record fourth time Felix has been honored as the top track and field athlete in the US, and Eaton’s first . . . Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were among five players nominated for the PGA Tour player of the year. Also on the ballot are Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, and Jason Dufner . . . Olympic skiing champion Lindsey Vonn was admitted to a Colorado hospital with an undisclosed illness . . . Forrest ‘‘Dew Drop’’ Morgan, a national bobsled champion and former manager of the US Olympic team, died Saturday in Lake Placid. He was 90.