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Arizona near-unanimous pick by media to win Pac-12 (Yahoo Sports)
Just about everybody agrees - except for one person, apparently - that Arizona is the overwhelming favorite to win the Pac-12 again this season. The Wildcats are the near-unanimous choice to win the conference, receiving 31 of 32 first-place votes in the preseason media poll released Thursday. Utah was picked second and Colorado third. UCLA, which was chosen fourth, received the other first-place vote.
Former Illini coaches speak at McClain's funeral (Yahoo Sports)
It seems no one knew that former University of Illinois assistant basketball coach Wayne McClain had lung cancer until just before he died last week. ''None,'' Terry McClain said at the funeral Wednesday, shaking his head in disbelief. McClain's death at 60 surprised the basketball community in the state of Illinois, where McClain also attained legendary status as a high school coach in Peoria, and beyond. Dozens of coaches - including Kansas' Bill Self and Kansas State's Bruce Weber, who both had McClain on their staff at Illinois - and former players like Jerry Hester spoke at the service in Champaign.
NY court: Ex-ball boys can sue Boeheim for slander (Yahoo Sports)
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's highest court on Tuesday reinstated the slander lawsuit filed by two former Syracuse University ball boys against basketball head coach Jim Boeheim.