Lady Vols’ Parker heads AP All-America team

Candace Parker helped Tennessee win a national title and the United States qualify for the Olympics. Now there’s one more honor to add to this run the last few months: a unanimous choice for the preseason All-America team by The Associated Press.

The Tennessee junior was joined on the squad Tuesday by Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris, Stanford’s Candice Wiggins, Louisiana State’s Sylvia Fowles and Maryland’s Crystal Langhorne.

Parker sparked the Lady Vols to their seventh national title in April and the national team to a spot in the Beijing Games. She was the top scorer on the U.S. team that won the FIBA Americas tournament in September.

Parker was on every ballot of the 50-member national media panel. The only other previous unanimous selections were Chamique Holdsclaw, Diana Taurasi, Alana Beard and Seimone Augustus.


Rebels’ Carney, Mertz get MWC soccer honors

UNLV women’s soccer senior forward Katie Carney was named the Mountain West Conference’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and Rebels coach Katherine Mertz was named MWC Coach of the Year.

Mertz led the Rebels (10-4-5, 5-1-1 Mountain West) to their second MWC regular-season championship.

Carney led the Rebels in scoring for the fourth straight year with 20 points this season, 10 in league play.

UNLV junior defender Brie Kuhne and senior midfielder Erica Jensen joined Carney on the All-MWC first team.

Also: UNLV sophomore goalkeeper Alicia Lugo was named to Soccer Buzz’s and Soccer America’s team of the week.

Lugo, who also was named Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week, came up with 10 stops in the Rebels’ 1-0 double-overtime victory over No. 24 Brigham Young on Friday.

UNLV freshman Therese Koelbaek earned her first medalist honor, winning the USF Invitational and leading the Rebels to a third-place finish in San Francisco.

Koelbaek, playing in just her fifth collegiate tournament, shot a final-round 2-under 69 to finish with a three-round score of 2-over 215.

UC Davis won the team event with a score of 55-over 907. UNLV finished 59 over.

The UNLV men’s golf team shot a second-round 11-under 281 to move into a fourth-place tie at the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate in Kahuku, Hawaii.

Tennessee maintained its lead by shooting 17-under 275, giving it a 36-hole total of 41-under 539. The Rebels are tied with Baylor at 26 under.

UNLV was led individually by Seung-su Han, who shot par Tuesday and is at 7-under 138 for the tournament, six shots off the lead.


Klitschko, Ibragimov closing in on title fight

IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBO titleholder Sultan Ibragimov hope to wrap up negotiations this week for a bout to unify two of the four heavyweight world titles.

Leon Margules, Ibragimov’s promoter and lawyer, told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper the fighters expect to sign this week in New York to fight Feb. 23 in Madison Square Garden.

The other two heavyweight champions are Ruslan Chagaev of the WBA and Samuel Peter of the WBC.

Also: Quarterback Dan LeFevour scored on a keeper from 1 yard with 12 seconds left, giving Central Michigan a 34-31 victory over Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Mich., and clinching the Mid-American Conference West title.

The Chippewas (6-4, 5-0 MAC) hadn’t won at Western Michigan since 1993.

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