Montana Western’s King, Darko-Kelly earn Frontier honors
Brianna King of Montana Western’s women’s basketball team and Zaccheus Darko-Kelly of the Bulldogs’ men’s team were named the Frontier Conference Players of the Week.
King, who was named the NAIA Player of the Week last week, collected her second-straight Frontier Player of the Week award and fourth this season. The junior guard from Spokane, Washington, averaged 19 points and five rebounds over the weekend as the Bulldogs beat No. 14 Providence 83-55 and MSU-Northern 67-51.
Darko-Kelloy, a 6-foot-6 junior forward from Great Falls, earned the honor for the first time. No. 16 Western went 2-0 over the weekend, defeating the University of Providence 91-60 and MSU-Northern 86-75. Through the two games, Darko-Kelly averaged 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 steals. He also drained eight 3-pointers.
Also nominated: Chris O'Neill of Montana Tech, Ryan Reeves of MSU-Northern, Jared Samuelson of Rocky Mountain College, and Matt Wyman of Carroll College.
UConn still leads way in AP women's basketball poll
NEW YORK (AP) — UConn continues to lead the way in The Associated Press women's basketball poll.
The Huskies (20-0) are once again the unanimous No. 1 team, receiving all 32 votes from the national media panel Monday. UConn cruised to easy wins over Memphis and Tulane. Next up is a trip to South Carolina on Thursday to face the No. 7 Gamecocks.
The top five remained unchanged this week with Mississippi State, Baylor, Louisville and Notre Dame following UConn.
Texas, UCLA and Florida State round out the first 10 teams.
Stanford moved back into the Top 25 at No. 24 and replaced Arizona State, which fell out of the poll.
Virginia pulls closer to No. 1 Villanova in men's poll
Virginia has not been ranked No. 1 since Ralph Sampson patrolled the lane in Charlottesville.
The Cavaliers took a step toward their first top ranking in 35 years on Monday, earning 17 of 65 first-place votes from a media panel following wins over No. 18 Clemson and No. 4 Duke.
Villanova remained at No. 1 for the fourth straight week, receiving 47 first-place votes after a pair of victories last week.
Purdue had one first-place vote and remained at No. 3, Duke did not fall back despite its loss to Virginia, and Michigan State moved up a spot to round out the top 5.
Bills' Wood retirement on hold over bonus issue
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Center Eric Wood's retirement is on hold over questions about whether the Buffalo Bills can ask him to return a portion of the contract bonus he received for signing a two-year extension in August, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.
According to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, teams can ask for a portion of bonus money to be returned if a player retires before his contract expires. There is, however, a gray area if a player retires because of a career-ending injury.
The person said the discrepancy is the reason Wood did not announce his retirement as anticipated during a news conference on Monday. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because Wood nor the team commented on the matter that delayed the start of the news conference by nearly an hour.
When the event finally began, Wood read only from a prepared statement and spoke for less than two minutes, during which he said he was still on the Bills roster.
Wood was scheduled to announce his retirement after revealing on Friday that he would no longer be cleared to play after being diagnosed with a severe neck injury.