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UMass’s Holmes is FCS All-American

December 16, 2010

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Colleges
UMass junior linebacker Tyler Holmes, the co-defensive player of the year in the Colonial Athletic Association, was named to the first team of the Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision All-America team. New Hampshire sophomore linebacker Matt Evans and senior defensive back Dino Vasso were named to the second team, and Harvard senior lineman Josue Ortiz made the third team . . . Memphis starting quarterback Cannon Smith was arrested early yesterday morning on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. A Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said the 23-year-old was booked into the county jail after being arrested about 3:30 a.m. Smith played in seven games for the Tigers (1-11) after sitting out last season as a transfer from Miami . . . Tulsa athletic director Bubba Cunningham has been offered the same job at Kansas and was working out contract details, a person familiar with the search process told the AP. Cunningham, 48, would replace Lew Perkins, who retired in September after a ticket scam scandal and accusations of personal misconduct.

Diebler’s long shots lead No. 2 Ohio St. Jon Diebler matched an Ohio State record with nine 3-pointers, scoring a career-high 29 points and leading the No. 2 host Buckeyes past Florida Gulf Coast, 83-55 . . . LaceDarius Dunn scored 24 points, Quincy Acy had 14 points with 10 rebounds, and ninth-ranked Baylor routed Bethune-Cookman, 83-39, in Waco, Texas . . . Blake Hoffarber scored 13 points to go over 1,000 for his career, Trevor Mbakwe added 13 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 21 host Minnesota beat Akron, 66-58 . . . James Nunnally scored 23 points as UC-Santa Barbara topped No. 22 UNLV, 68-62 in Las Vegas.

Basketball
Durant honored by USA Basketball Kevin Durant was chosen USA Basketball male athlete of the year after leading the US to its first world championship in 16 years. Durant was the tournament MVP after averaging 22.8 points, a US record in the event, while shooting nearly 56 percent from the field and 45 percent from the 3-point line. With the stars from the 2008 Olympic team staying home, Durant carried the young American team and is a lock to play in the 2012 Olympics no matter who decides to return . . . Wizards forward Yi Jianlian said he expects to miss 2-4 weeks because of a sprained right knee. Yi was hurt in the first quarter of Tuesday night’s loss to the Lakers.

Hockey
Thrashers stage chase to sell tickets The attendance-challenged Atlanta Thrashers are getting desperate to sell tickets. The team staged a fake police chase with its mascot in an attempt to pique interest in the surging team, which has won 10 of 13 games but still ranks 28th in the NHL in fan support. “Thrash’’ was picked up by officers in suburban Gwinnett County after he supposedly stole a Zamboni from the team’s training complex and took off down a busy highway. It was all just a publicity stunt. The team said Thrash will be released from custody as soon as 5,000 additional tickets are sold for the remaining five home games in December . . . The Glendale (Ariz.) City Council approved a new lease for the Phoenix Coyotes, clearing the way for the sale of the team by the NHL to Chicago businessman Matt Hulsizer, who is expected to pay about $170 million for the team.

Soccer
Revolution lose Gibbs in re-entry draft The Revolution lost defender Cory Gibbs (Chicago Fire) and gained the rights to defender Ryan Cochrane (Houston) and Brazilian midfielder Fred (Philadelphia) in the first MLS re-entry draft. Three players eligible for the draft — Gibbs, goalkeeper Chris Seitz, and forward Josh Wolff — signed contracts with the league before the draft. Teams now are able to negotiate with other selected players. “This is the first time this has taken place and we’re still seeing how the entire process will work out,’’ Revolution vice president of player personnel Michael Burns said. “We’re hopeful we will be able to get something done. We wouldn’t have drafted them if we had no interest in signing them but there are no guarantees until they decide to put pen to paper.’’ Burns said the Revolution made a “salary cap decision’’ regarding Gibbs, who was acquired in a trade before last season. “We had to make some real tough personnel decisions regarding the new CBA and re-entry process,’’ he said. The Revolution appear to have a good chance of signing Cochrane, 27, but Fred, 31, is expected to have offers from outside MLS, according to a league source.

FRANK DELL’APA

Miscellany
Lochte will not match Phelps’s mark Ryan Lochte’s bid to match Michael Phelps’s eight gold medals was derailed when the United States’s 400-meter freestyle relay team failed to medal on the opening night of the short-course world championships in Dubai. Lochte got off to a good start, with a dominant victory in the 200 freestyle, but the US fell behind in the relay after Nathan Adrian’s dismal opening leg, leaving Lochte too much time to make up when he dove in for the anchor leg. China set swimming’s first world record of 2010, winning the women’s 800 freestyle relay. Chen Qian, Tang Yi, Liu Jjing, and Zhu Qianwei finished in 7 minutes and 35.94 seconds, lowering by nearly 3 seconds the mark the Netherlands set two years ago . . . Five-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson beat out NHRA Funny Car champion John Force for the Driver of the Year award. It’s the fourth time Johnson received the honor, tying him with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for most wins in the award’s 44-year history. Johnson received 10 votes to beat Force, who received seven. NASCAR driver Kyle Busch received one vote.