Oregon new No. 1 in coaches' football poll
MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Oregon takes over the No. 1 spot in the USA Today Coaches poll followed by second-ranked Kansas State, with Notre Dame in third.
Alabama, which had been on top of the poll since the first regular-season vote, was defeated by Texas A&M at home 29-24 last week. Also losing was Louisville, leaving three undefeated teams -- Oregon, Kansas States and Notre Dame, all 10-0 -- that are eligible for post-season play.
Oregon receives 44 of the 59 first-place mentions by the coaches while Kansas State gets 14 and Notre Dame one. Oregon was ranked fifth in the pre-season poll but little was expected of Kansas State (pre-season 21) or Notre Dame (pre-season 24).
Georgia (9-1) moves up one place to fourth, with SEC rival Alabama (9-1) in fifth. Florida State (9-1) sits in sixth and Florida (9-1) comes in seventh. Louisiana State (8-2) moves to eighth, switching places with No. 9 Clemson (9-1). No. 10 Texas A&M (8-2), up four spots this week, gives the SEC five teams in the Top 10.
South Carolina (8-2) remains 11th but Oklahoma (7-2) moves up to No. 12 with 13th-rated Stanford (8-2), No. 14 Nebraska (8-2) and 15th-ranked Texas (8-2) all improving their showings two places.
UCLA (8-2) goes from 19th to No. 16 but Oregon State (7-2) drops five places to 17th and Louisville (9-1) plummets eight spots to 18th. Louisiana Tech (9-1), 18th last week, is 19th and Rutgers (8-1) is again 20th.
Southern California (7-3) is voted the No. 21 position ahead of No. 22 Boise State (8-2). No. 23 Michigan (7-3), 24th-ranked Oklahoma State (6-3) and No. 25 Texas Tech (7-3) were all unranked last week.
Northwestern, Mississippi State and Toledo fall out of the rankings this week.
Oklahoma State and Texas Tech go against each other this week with other key matchups coming from the Pac-12 where Stanford is at Oregon and Southern California goes to UCLA.
Mike D'Antoni to coach Lakers
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Mike D'Antoni will replace Mike Brown as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA team announced.
Lakers spokesman John Black, in a release on the team's website, confirmed that D'Antoni agreed to a multiyear contract. The team is expected to have a news conference early this week to introduce D'Antoni.
Lakers owner Jerry Buss, Executive Vice President Jim Buss and General Manager Mitch Kupchak agreed that D'Antoni was the best coach for the team at this time, Black said.
The announcement late Sunday that D'Antoni would lead the Lakers ended a whirlwind weekend that started Friday, with the Lakers firing Brown just five games into the season. Rumors circulated that former Lakers Coach Phil Jackson would return to the team.
The Lakers' announcement said Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash expressed support for playing for D'Antoni. Nash, in his first year in Los Angeles, played for D'Antoni in Phoenix.
The Lakers will be D'Antoni's fifth NBA head coaching position. He coached the Denver Nuggets in 1998-99 and the Portland Trail Blazers from 2000-01. He was with Phoenix from 2003-08 and the New York Knicks from 2008-12. D'Antoni resigned from the New York position last March when the team was 18-24.
D'Antoni's accumulative coaching record is 388-339. He twice took the Suns to the Western Conference Finals.
Sixers' Bynum out until January
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Philadelphia center Andrew Bynum, acquired in August from the Los Angeles Lakers, may not be able to play for the 76ers until January, the team said Monday.
Bynum was part of the four-team deal in which Dwight Howard left Orlando to join the Lakers, but a knee injury has kept Bynum on the sidelines.
Philadelphia officials said Bynum has a bone bruise in his right knee. After an examination Monday, the Sixers said the new schedule has Bynum starting normal basketball activity in mid-December. Officials said Bynum would then need 1-4 weeks of conditioning and practice before playing in a game.
"We know that Sixers fans are eager to see Andrew Bynum play and shine in a 76ers uniform," said General Manager Tony DiLeo in a statement Monday. "We also know that no one is more eager to see Andrew play for the Sixers than Andrew himself. He fully realizes the key contribution he can make to the team. Hopefully, that day is coming soon."
Bynum played his previous seven NBA seasons with the Lakers, averaging 11.7 points and 7.8 rebounds a game over his 392-game career. In 60 games last season, he scored 18.7 points and had 11.8 rebounds a game. Both were career highs.
Oregon new No. 1 in coaches' poll
MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Indiana is solidifying its position atop the USA Today Coaches poll one week into the college basketball season.
The Hoosiers (1-0) had 21 first-place mentions in the pre-season poll but grab 25 this week, siphoning off one from Louisville and three from Kentucky. Indiana has 768 out of a maximum 775 poll points this week.
The top seven in Monday's poll are the same as the pre-season vote and only one team -- Florida State, which was tied for 24th -- drops out. That allows Cincinnati to make the Top 25.
Michigan State (0-1) falls eight places this week to 22nd, just ahead of San Diego State (0-1), which lost to Syracuse and is 23rd this week. No team, outside of Cincinnati, improves its position more than three places this week.
Louisville (1-0) is second with Kentucky (1-0) in third and with Big 10 rivals Ohio State (1-0) and Michigan (1-0) in fourth and fifth, respectively.
While North Carolina State (1-0) stays sixth and Kansas (1-0) is again seventh, Syracuse (1-0) passes Duke (1-0) for the No. 8 ranking, with the Blue Devils in ninth. Florida (1-0) keeps at No. 10.
North Carolina (2-0) moves ahead of No. 12 Arizona (1-0) for 11th while Creighton (1-0) is up two to 13th, UCLA (1-0) down one to 14 and Missouri (1-0) two up to 15th.
Memphis (0-0) remains in the 16th spot. Baylor (2-0) and Nevada Las-Vegas (0-0) both move up one to 17th and 18th, respectively Gonzaga (1-0) jumps three places to 19th and Wisconsin (1-0) is 20th after opening at No. 21.
Notre Dame (1-0) improves two spots to 21st and is ahead of Michigan State and San Diego State, with Cincinnati (1-0) joining the Top 25 at 24th and Texas (1-0) voted No. 25.