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Feb. 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM   |   Comments

Indiana remains No. 1 in coaches' poll

MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Indiana remains No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches' basketball poll, marking the first time in six weeks there is no change at the top of the poll.

The voting coaches seem impressed with the Hoosiers (24-3), putting Indiana first on 28 ballots and second on the other three. Gonzaga (27-2) receives the other first-place mentions and moves to No. 2 this week.

Duke (24-3) and Michigan (23-4) are both up three spots this week to third and fourth, respectively, while Kansas (23-4) is No. 5 after a week at ninth.

Florida (22-4) slips two places to sixth and Miami (Fla.) (22-4) falls five spots to No. 7 after suffering its first

Georgetown (21-4) jumps from 11th to No. 8 with Louisville (22-5) in ninth and Michigan State (22-6), which was fifth a week ago, in 10th.

Arizona (23-4) takes the No. 11 position and Syracuse (22-5) drops from eighth to 12th while Kansas State (22-5) holds at 13th. New Mexico (23-4) and Ohio State (2-7) are voted 14th and 15th, respectively.

Wisconsin (19-8) comes in 16th and Memphis (24-3) is No. 17. Oklahoma State (20-6), down three places, is 18th. St. Louis (21-5), one of three new teams in the rankings this week, is No. 19 and Notre Dame (22-6) is 20th.

Butler (22-6), 10th two weeks ago, sags to 21st ahead of No. 22 Marquette (19-7). No. 23 St. Mary's (Calif.) (24-5) and 24th-ranked Akron (22-4) are also new entries. Virginia Commonwealth (22-6) is No. 25.


Pistorius reports to corrections for bail

PRETORIA, South Africa, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic sprinter, Monday reported to South African corrections authorities as per his bail conditions, his uncle said.

A judge permitted Pistorius to live with family under strict conditions while awaiting trial on charges he shot and killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, Feb. 14, the British newspaper The Guardian said Monday. Pistorius has said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

Pistorius is living with his uncle, Arnold Pistorius, in the wealthy Pretoria suburb of Waterkloof.

While there he must report to a corrections office twice per week. He cannot return to his own home because it is a crime scene, chief magistrate Desmond Nair said. He cannot consume alcohol, leave the country or contact anyone associated with the victim or the investigation.


Bynum suspended for punching Hansbrough

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The National Basketball Association said Monday it has suspended Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum for one game for punching Tyler Hansbrough of Indiana.

Bynum was thrown out of the game Saturday with 8:39 remaining in Detroit's 90-72 loss after he hit Hansbrough in the stomach. Bynum was trying to get through Hansbrough's screen at the time.

Bynum, who was to miss Monday's game against Atlanta, is averaging 9.4 points and 3.8 assists in 48 games off the bench this season.


Kuchar joins golf Top 10

VIRGINIA WATER, England, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Matt Kuchar's win at the Accenture Match Play Championship moves him into the Top 10 of the men's world golf rankings.

Kuchar defeated Hunter Mahan 2-and-1 in Sunday's final in Arizona. It was his fifth PGA championship and lifts him 15 places in the world ranking to No. 8.

Ian Poulter, who came in fourth at the match play championship, goes from 13th to No. 10. Mahan sees his ranking improve from 25th to No. 21 while Jason Day, a 1-up winner over Poulter for third, is 35th after starting the tournament ranked 43rd.

With Kuchar and Poulter moving into the Top 10, Bubba Watson slipped one place to 11th and Phil Mickelson is down three to 12th to make room for them.

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, both beaten in the first round in Arizona remain Nos. 1-2 in the rankings. McIlroy has a rankings points average of 11.66 while Woods is next at 8.83. Luke Donald (7.25) comes in third and Brandt Snedeker is fourth with 6.74.

Louis Oosthuizen has an average of 6.35 for the No. 5 spot, narrowly ahead of sixth-ranked Justin Rose (6.32). Adam Scott is seventh at 5.58 while Kuchar's average is 5.45. Lee Westwood, down a place to ninth, has an average of 5.37 and Poulter's is 5.23.

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