Duke is No. 1 again — for 123d time
Duke is back in a familiar place — No. 1. The Blue Devils advanced one spot to replace Indiana at the top of The Associated Press’ Top 25 Monday, drawing closer to UCLA’s record for most No. 1 rankings. Duke (9-0) has reached No. 1 at least once in a record 16 seasons under coach Mike Krzyzewski, and has played more games as the No. 1-ranked team in 33 years under Coach K (209) than as an unranked team (141). Indiana (9-1) held the top spot from the preseason poll through the first five weeks of the season before losing to Butler on Saturday. It is the 123d week Duke has been ranked No. 1, 11 weeks behind UCLA . . . In the women’s poll, Stanford remained No. 1 for the fifth straight week. UConn, Baylor, Duke, and Notre Dame rounded out the first five.
Colleges Fleck, 32, gets Western Michigan job
Western Michigan hired 32-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant P.J. Fleck, making him the youngest coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Fleck has worked for Bucs coach Greg Schiano the past three years. Fleck was the receivers coach at Rutgers before following Schiano to Tampa Bay this season to do the same job . . . Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III and offensive tackle Zack Martin will return to school next year and skip the NFL draft, coach Brian Kelly announced. Kelly also said running back Cierre Wood will wait until he receives an evaluation of his draft stock from an NFL advisory committee before deciding if he will return for another season . . . Harvard tight end Kyle Juszczyk has been invited to play in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game, slated for Jan. 19 in St. Petersburg, Fla. . . . Old Dominion sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke won the Walter Payton Award, given to the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision . . . Boston College and New Hampshire retained the top two spots in the USCHO.com Division 1 men’s hockey poll. Boston University (sixth), Quinnipiac (ninth), and Dartmouth (10th) also held their spots. In the women’s poll, Harvard (No. 4), BC (No. 5), and BU (No. 6) all moved up one place.
Wizards’ Wall not feeling optimistic
Wizards point guard John Wall said there’s only ‘‘a 50-50 chance’’ his injured left knee will respond well when swelling subsides, which he hopes will happen later this week. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft received a lubricating injection in the knee Friday. Wall hasn’t participated in a full practice this season . . . Just hours after the Pacers recalled rookie center Miles Plumlee from the NBA’s Developmental League, they sent him back to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. It’s the third time the 26th overall pick has been sent to Fort Wayne this season.
Still ailing, Vonn opts to take break
Lindsey Vonn is heading back to the United States for an unexpected break in the middle of the World Cup ski season and is unlikely to return to Europe until January. US women’s coach Alex Hoedlmoser said Vonn’s heavy schedule has not allowed the four-time overall World Cup winner to recover from the intestinal illness that landed her in a hospital in Vail, Colo., last month . . . Ted Ligety’s dominance in the giant slalom has prompted some rivals to question whether his equipment conforms to new rules introduced by the International Ski Federation that limit the hourglass shape of skis. Several Italian skiers raised questions after Ligety won the first run in Sunday’s race in Alta Badia, Italy, by a massive 2.40 seconds. Federation equipment controller Mike Kertesz said Ligety’s equipment “was within the FIS equipment rules.’’
Beleaguered bin Hammam resigns
Mohamed bin Hammam resigned from all soccer-related posts and received a new lifetime ban from FIFA, perhaps closing one of the most damaging corruption scandals to hit the sport’s world governing body. Bin Hammam, 63, a FIFA executive committee member from Qatar who challenged incumbent Sepp Blatter for the presidency last year, gave up his long-running dispute with the organization after being found guilty by FIFA of ‘‘repeated violations’’ of its code of ethics while head of the Asian Football Confederation . . . The New York Red Bulls signed Brazilian midfielder Juninho, 37, who played on Brazil’s World Cup team in 2006 . . . Fans of two-time defending Russian champion Zenit St. Petersburg are calling for non-white and gay players to be excluded from the team. The team attempted to distance itself from the fans, with coach Luciano Spalletti saying on the club’s website that ‘‘tolerance for me is most of all the ability to understand and accept differences.’’ . . . The Golf Channel will televise the NCAA Division 1 golf championships starting in 2014.