Kansas State forward Judge
quits as team’s woes continue
Kansas State coach Frank Martin said forward Wally Judge has quit the team.
Martin announced the departure of the 6-foot-9-inch sophomore Monday afternoon, quoting Judge as saying he was unhappy.
Judge had been in and out of the Wildcats lineup this season.
He played in 17 of Kansas State’s 22 games, averaging 5.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 15.2 minutes. He started 11 games early in the season but missed five for personal or disciplinary reasons.
Kansas State (14-8), ranked as high as third early in the season, has gone 5-7 in its last 11 games.
Also: Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg suspended Calvin Godfrey for three games for violating team rules. Godfrey, a freshman forward who started in Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma, is averaging 4.1 points and 4.7 rebounds this season.
The oldest daughter of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a mild stroke several weeks ago. The school said in a statement that Debbie Krzyzewski Savarino is back at work as the assistant director of Duke’s Legacy Fund and director of external relations for the Blue Devils’ basketball office.
Ohio State, the lone remaining unbeaten team, was a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.
The Buckeyes were one of three top-10 teams not to lose last week, and they received all the first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. It’s Ohio State’s third straight week at No. 1.
Kansas and Texas were the only other top-10s to escape last week without a loss. They jumped four places to second and third, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 were Pittsburgh, Duke, Connecticut, San Diego State, Brigham Young, Notre Dame and Kentucky.
Baylor received 25 first-place votes to stay atop the AP women’s college basketball poll. The Lady Bears were followed by Connecticut, Duke, Stanford and Tennessee in a top five that was unchanged.
Liverpool ships star Torres
to Chelsea for $79.5 million
English Premier League star Fernando Torres was sold from Liverpool to Chelsea for a British record transfer fee, said to be 50 million pounds ($79.5 million).
The deal was completed on the last day of the January transfer window. It was soccer’s third-most expensive transfer, exceeded by Real Madrid’s 2009 purchases of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for 80 million pounds ($131 million) and Kaka from AC Milan for 65 million euros ($92 million).
Liverpool replaced Torres by breaking the club’s record transfer fee twice in the space of a few hours to sign Luis Suarez from Ajax and Andy Carroll from Newcastle — for a combined total of 58 million pounds ($93 million).
Also: The U.S. national soccer team canceled its Feb. 9 friendly against Egypt in Cairo because of the political turmoil in the north African country.
U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said that “due to the current situation, all parties agreed it was best to cancel the match.”
ESPN acquired U.S. broadcast rights to soccer’s European Championship in 2012 and 2016 and will televise every game of both tournaments. The Union of European Football Associations planned to make the announcement today.
Ernst pushes UNLV men’s golf
into tie for first at Arizona event
The UNLV men’s golf team was in a three-way tie for first at the Arizona Invitational in Tucson when play was called due to darkness.
UNLV shot 11-over 295 in the opening round but had moved to 9 over through 11 holes in the second round before play stopped, leaving the Rebels tied with San Diego State and Texas-El Paso on a wind-swept first day.
Derek Ernst shot 2-over 73 in the first round for the Rebels, then posted an eagle and three straight birdies on the front nine in the second round to get to 3 under, one stroke off the lead held by Pepperdine’s Andrew Putnam and Arizona’s Stefan Cox. UNLV’s Blake Biddle was tied for eighth at 2 over.
The three-round tournament concludes today.
Also: For the first time, the top 10 players in the women’s tennis rankings represent 10 countries. Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki remained No. 1, followed by Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters of Belgium, Russia’s Vera Zvonareva, Italy’s Francesca Schiavone and Australia’s Sam Stosur.
The next five: Venus Williams of the United States, China’s Li Na, Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska.
Injured forward Evgeni Malkin returned to practice with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Malkin, who missed three games leading up to the All-Star break with a knee injury and a sinus infection, still won’t play against the New York Rangers today at Madison Square Garden.