Usa Today Sports Basketball Coaches Poll Set For Thursday Release


And though Kentucky’s recruiting class wins in quantity, perennial top 10 teams Kansas and Duke bring in the top overall freshmen in Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, respectively. FLORIDA: Gators enter 2013-14 under cloud of uncertainty Michigan State returns arguably the most talent of any team in the country, with Gary Harris and Adreian Payne skipping the early NBA exit route to make Tom Izzo’s Spartans arguably the best preseason team in the country. Additionally, top returning players Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), C.J. Fair (Syracuse) and Aaron Craft (Ohio State) all give their teams top 10 potential. USA TODAY Sports will be the destination for college hoops fans Thursday. You can find extensive coverage of the poll on the college basketball page of the website or interact via Twitter . Here’s a look at some more background on the top 25 rankings: The first-regular season poll will be released early on the afternoon of Nov. 11, shortly after the regular season begins on Nov. 8. The poll will be released every Monday thereafter through the season until Selection Sunday, March 16, when the final regular-season poll will be released that evening around the time the NCAA tournament selections are announced. A final overall poll will be conducted following the national championship game April 7 and released the following day. The voting panel for 2013-14 consists of 32 Division I head coaches representing each of the conferences that receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. All are members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and are selected by the NABC in consultation with USA TODAY Sports.

USA Swimming Staff Out and About

Then again, utilizing the last competitive game before the World Cup to test the understudies and those on the bubble for the Brazil roster against an eager opponent — Panama had to win to stand a chance of qualifying, while needed Mexico to lose — had its merits, too. And if conspiracy theorists might have offered up the possibility that Klinsmann hoped to knock Mexico out of World Cup contention by handing Panama the win on a platter, that notion was quashed by the late rally. Certainly, then, Klinsmann was vindicated in his odd roster trickery. But whether very many of the second-stringers made their case for a seat on the charter jet to Brazil any stronger is debatable. The makeshift American defense looked disjointed from the outset. Thats how, in the 18th minute, Panamas Colorado Rapids forward Gabriel Torres could run through the line undisturbed, take Marcos Sanchezs feed and sweep his shot past the helpless Guzan to make it 1-0. And had it not been for several faulty offside calls, a few more Panamanians would have found themselves one-on-one with the American goalkeeper after sharp passes over the top. With a tad more efficiency on its other chances, Panama could have put the USA further behind than the 1-0 score line they went into the halftime break with. Video: Schaerlaeckens: Strong MLS good for USMNT? On the other side of the ball, the Americans could muster only brief spells of fluidity and possession. And save for an early Graham Zusi effort that sailed high, they forged no chances of note in the first half. They really lacked all cohesion and precision on the ball. The game opened up in the second half, and in the 64th minute Michael Orozco managed to bull in the equalizer off a corner. As Panama chased after the go-ahead goal it needed for survival, the game opened up somewhat and the US got a chance to put together some decent attacks. But save for Altidores hold-up and connecting play and some of substitute Brad Daviss crosses — one of which fed Zusi his equalizer — the performances going forward were forgettable.

USA Confirm Two Teams For Coral Coast Sevens

The Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens will be the testing ground for future USA Olympic hopefuls, according to national mens coach Matt Hawkins. In a major boost for the tournament, both the shadow mens and womens USA teams have been confirmed for Lawaqa Park on14-16 November. Having experienced last years tournament as a player (for Serevi Selects) I had no hesitation in recommending the Coral Coast as part of our development program, said Hawkins. It is a great opportunity to trial players from the college and Olympic Development Academy systems as there is no better place to learn the game than in Fiji. The three tiers of our program are the USA Eagles, Falcons and All-Americans, so the team to the Coral Coast will feature a few college players, and with rugby sevens really starting to gain some traction in the USA ahead of Rio 2016 we hope to make this an annual visit. The team, to be known as the Shangri-La USA Falcons, will be one of the 24 mens teams in the tournament. Defending champion Red Rock, Pakuranga (winner of New Zealands Middlesex Sevens) and Laulii Pago (American Samoa) are others confirmed for the Pacific Rims champion of champions. The USA All-Americans had won the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens in August, while the winner of next weekends Fitness First Central Coast Sevens in NSW is to be added. Vaiala from Samoa has withdrawn. We are very grateful to the Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Spa for hosting us and equally excited that our womens team will also be playing in Fiji, Hawkins continued. The USA Stars and Stripes in their first visit to Sigatoka take on 11 other teams for the Crest Na Iri Trophy. Our girls are really looking forward to heading to Fiji next month and we expect it to be a real learning experience which will be a benefit for us ahead of the womens world series opener in Dubai, said coach Ric Suggitt. USA Rugby has 16 womens players in its residency program at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, near San Diego, and the bulk of the team to Fiji are expected to be from this group. The full USA Eagles womens team finished third in the RWC Sevens in June and is a core team on the IRB Womens Sevens World Series which features six tournaments in 2013-14. Five sides from Fiji, four from Australia and the national squad from New Caledonia will provide tough competition for the USA Stars and Stripes. One team is still to be finalised. Tickets for the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens, which is sponsored by Goodman Fielder Fiji, Total Fiji Ltd, Fiji Airways, Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji, Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa, The Naviti Resort, Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa, Coastal Rental Cars, Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, The Fiji Times, Communications Fiji Limited, Shangri-Las Fijian Resort & Spa, Nivea Men, Tappoo Group of Companies, Fiji Chemicals Diversey, Serevi Rugby and Sigatoka River Safari, are now on sale.

USA ends successful qualifying run

Olympic Committee CEO) asked me to assist with the presentation of the Olympic Torch Award to Dr. Evie Dennis, said Wielgus. I have known Evie since her days serving as President of USA Track & Field and being on the USOC Board of Directors. Beyond being one of the smartest people in the Olympic Movement, she has always been someone who cares deeply about athletes and the NGBs that make up the Olympic family.” Matt Farrell (@mattfarrell_), Chief Marketing Officer Farrell caught a flight to San Francisco earlier this week and was part of a panel at the Advertising Age CMO Strategy Summit on Oct. 16. During the panel titled Nonprofits on Cause Marketing Farrell had a few key takeaways from the discussion. Three Keys for Companies: Be Authentic. Non-profits are about stories, inspiration and people. Leverage the Affinity. The sports industry is cluttered. USA Swimming has found that 74% of our members are more likely to purchase our sponsor’s products. You don’t get that type of return with a :30 spot in the middle of SportsCenter. Dare to be Different. We aren’t a logo slap. Engage your marketing & PR team, multicultural, employee morale, etc., and find different ways to activate around a brand.