Sports Briefs 1-29-13: Michigan moves to No. 1 in AP poll

The Associated Press Published:

ANN ARBOR -- Michigan is No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the first time since its Fab Five days 20 years ago.

For the second straight week the No. 1 team lost. This time it was Duke, which was routed 90-63 by Miami in the third-worst defeat by a top-ranked team.

Michigan received 51 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday. Kansas moved up one spot to No. 2 and had 13 first-place votes. They are the only one-loss teams in the poll. Indiana, Florida, which drew the other first-place vote, and Duke complete the top five.

Rounding out the top 10 are No. 6 Syracuse, followed by Gonzaga, Arizona, Butler and Oregon. Miami rode its win over Duke to a 13-place jump in the poll, from 25th to 14th.

• Football

Ground breaking: Construction began Monday on the new College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta. The 94,256-square-foot hall is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014 in Centennial Olympic Park.

Aside from numerous exhibits, the facility will feature a theater, meeting and event spaces, and areas for children's activities.

Off the schedule: Penn State got the boot from Virginia's 2013 schedule. Virginia was supposed to visit Beaver Stadium on Sept. 14, the return trip after the Nittany Lions lost 17-16 in Charlottesville last September.

But Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said Monday in a statement that Virginia informed the Nittany Lions it wouldn't be visiting Happy Valley in order to play a home game, and that he hoped to find a replacement soon.

Harris hired: The Chicago Bears have hired former safety Chris Harris as a defensive quality control coach.

Harris recently retired after eight seasons that included two stints with Chicago (2005-06 and 2010-11). He also played for Carolina, Detroit and Jacksonville, where he appeared in five games last season and worked with new Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. He had 16 interceptions and 13 forced fumbles in his career.

Lions hire Xanders: The Detroit Lions have attempted to improve their front office by hiring senior personnel executive Brian Xanders.

Xanders was general manager of the Denver Broncos before parting ways with one year left on his contract following a meeting in May 2012 with executive vice president John Elway. He didn't have final say on roster decisions in Denver, and he won't in Detroit.

• Elsewhere

Institute planned: The NCAA says it is committed to ensuring the safety of all college athletes and plans to open a national sports science institute to make playing sports safer.

The comments came in a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Monday night, the day after President Barack Obama acknowledged that if he had a son, he would have to think about letting him play football. The NCAA did not specifically address Obama's comments about football, choosing instead to address the broader issue.

Jackets win: Vinny Prospal scored from a hard angle at 1:22 of the third and Sergei Bobrovsky had 24 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Monday night, ending a four-game losing streak.

It was the Blue Jackets' first victory since opening night in Nashville in a shootout. They had been outscored 16-6 since while mustering just a point in a shootout loss to Detroit in the home opener a week ago.

Special game: Akron plans to make its big home game against MAC rival Ohio on Saturday social media night at James A. Rhodes Arena, but NCAA rules prohibit the Zips from wearing the team's Twitter handle on the backs of their jerseys.

The school says it asked the NCAA if it would be permissible for the players to wear jerseys with (at)ZipsMBB on the back. The NCAA said no. Instead, the Zips will have the handle on the warm-up shirts they wear before the game, which is scheduled to be televised by ESPNU.

Dodgers reach deal: The Los Angeles Dodgers formally announced a deal with Time Warner Cable on Monday to create a new TV channel that people familiar with the situation say assures the team more than $7 billion over 25 years.

The gap will be the subject of discussions going forward as the league attempts to haggle over how much of that extra money will go into a revenue-sharing pool to help out baseball's lower-revenue franchises.

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