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SUPERSTORM SANDY-SPORTS

Sports sidesteps superstorm Sandy

UNDATED (AP) — The fury of Hurricane Sandy has barely laid a glove on sports around the country.

Sports emerged practically untouched on a quiet Monday as the superstorm flooded shore towns in the Northeast and shut down transit and school systems.

Perhaps the biggest dislocation came in the NFL. The league moved its trade deadline back two days to Thursday because of potential complications from the storm.

The Philadelphia Eagles closed their complex, and the New York Knicks canceled practice. The Washington Wizards adjusted travel plans for Tuesday night's opener in Cleveland.

In short, sports caught a break: The World Series ended a day earlier. The Monday night football game is in Arizona. Hockey is shut down. The NBA does not begin until Tuesday night. College basketball has not yet started.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-AP PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA

Zeller near unanimous preseason pick

UNDATED (AP) — Indiana sophomore center Cody Zeller and Creighton junior forward Doug McDermott are the leading vote-getters on The Associated Press' preseason All-America team.

Also on the team are Ohio State junior forward Deshaun Thomas and three guards — seniors Isaiah Canaan of Murray State and C.J. McCollum of Lehigh and sophomore Trey Burke of Michigan. McCollum and Burke tied for the fifth spot with 16 votes each.

Zeller was one vote shy of unanimous from the 65-member national panel that selects the weekly Top 25. McDermott was named on 62 ballots, Canaaan 43 and Thomas 26.

McDermott, who averaged 22.9 points and 8.2 rebounds, was a first-team All-America selection last season, while Canaan, who averaged 19.0 points and 3.6 assists, was a second-team pick.

MLB-VENEZUELA-SANDOVAL

Venezuelans salute Sandoval as World Series MVP

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is celebrating the first player from that country to be named World Series MVP.

One of the nation's newspapers covered its front page with a photo of Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval celebrating San Francisco's victory over the Detroit Tigers and a headline saluting his nickname Kung Fu Panda, reading: "Panda Gigante (hee-GAHN'-tay)."

Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio (ap-uh-REE'-see-yoh) sent congratulations on Twitter, calling Sandoval's performance great in the series that ended Sunday with the Giants sweeping the Detroit Tigers in four games. Aparicio also referred to the possibility of the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera winning American League MVP, saying: "We should have two MVPs this year... don't you think?"

WORLD SERES-GIANTS FANS

City sweeps up after rowdy Series celebration

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police made dozens of arrest during a rowdy World Series celebration in the hours after the San Francisco Giants clinched the World Series.

The San Francisco Police Department reported Monday that 35 people were arrested, 22 on felony charges. Two people were arrested on gun charges.

Bonfires of trash were lit in several intersections around the city, and a public transit bus was torched. Windows of several businesses and vehicles were broken, including a news van.

Firefighters had police escorts as they fought fires fueled by couches, news racks and other debris. Much of the vandalism occurred in the city's Mission District, where 24 of the arrests occurred.

As for a ticker-tape parade -- Mayor Edwin Lee says that will happen Wednesday.

MLB-YANKEES-OPTIONS

Yankees exercise options for Cano, Granderson

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have exercised their $15 million contract options for second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Curtis Granderson for next season.

Cano hit .313 with 33 home runs and 94 RBIs this season and Granderson hit 43 homers and drove in 106 runs, but with a .232 average. The Yankees were swept in the ALCS by the Detroit Tigers, who went on to lose the World Series to San Francisco.

Both players had dreadful postseasons. In the playoffs, Cano hit .075 (3 for 40) with no home runs, including a 29 at-bat hitless streak. Granderson was 3 for 30 with 16 strikeouts.

NFL-COLTS-PAGANO

Colts coach makes it to team's staff meeting

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts head coach Chuck Pagano made it back to the team complex for a short staff meeting Monday.

It's the first time Pagano has been back since being diagnosed with a form of leukemia Sept. 26.

Interim coach and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians says he listened to the discussion after doctors cleared Pagano, whose white blood-cell count has increased as he has undergone treatment for the illness. He's scheduled to start a second round of chemotherapy next week.

Arians told reporters last week he didn't expect Pagano back at the team facility for a while because doctors wanted to keep him in a sterile environment where he would not risk infection.

Arians says the surprise visit gave the team a boost and notes Pagano went home when he became tired.

NFL-TONIGHT

Scoring could be at a minimum tonight

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — The defensive-minded NFC West is in the NFL spotlight for tonight's Week 8 finale.

After a 4-0 start, Arizona will be out to halt a three game losing streak when it hosts division leader San Francisco. The 49ers check in at 5-2 and can open a two-game lead over the Cards with a victory.

With an offense ranked 31st in the 32-team league, Arizona will have to lean on a defense that is ranked No. 7. San Francisco has the No. 1 defense in the NFL and the ninth-ranked offense.

San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith has already matched his interception total from last season. Four of his five picks have come in the last two games.

The Cardinals handed the 49ers one of their three losses last season.

NFL-CHIEFS-QUINN

Chiefs QB Quinn being evaluated for concussion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn is being evaluated for a possible concussion and his status for Thursday night's game at San Diego won't be known until later in the week.

Coach Romeo Crennel said Monday that Quinn will start against the Chargers if he's cleared to play. Otherwise, Matt Cassel will be back under center for the Chiefs.

Quinn was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's 26-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

NFL-TRADE DEADLINE

NFL moves trade deadline to Thursday

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has moved its trade deadline back two days to Thursday because of potential complications from Hurricane Sandy.

All 32 teams were notified Monday that the league's offices would be closed through Tuesday because of the storm. So the deadline now is 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, when waivers for vested veterans also begin.

This is the second time the trade deadline has been moved this year. After negotiations with the players' union, the deadline was switched from after games of Week 6 to Oct. 30, after games of Week 8.

Traditionally, there are few trades by the teams at the deadline. The NFL hoped the two-week change might result in more deals.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MONTANA-POOLE ARREST

Montana tackle arrested on drug charge

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana offensive tackle Trevor Poole was arrested on a felony drug charge over the weekend.

The university's student-athlete code of conduct calls for the sophomore from Spokane, Wash., to be suspended indefinitely and if convicted of a felony, to be dismissed from the team.

Missoula County jail records show Poole was booked into jail early Sunday on suspicion of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. His bail is listed at $50,000 and he is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Justice Court on Monday afternoon.

Montana athletic director Kent Haslam told the Missoulian that Poole was arrested at a large party several hours after Montana's 70-24 win over Idaho State.

Montana coach Mick Delaney also announced the suspension of three players for violating team rules. Linebackers Nick Holt, John Kanongata'a and center Kjelby Oiland will sit out Saturday's game against Weber (WEE'-bur) State. Delaney declined to say when the players were suspended.

TENNIS-CLIJSTERS FAREWLL

Clijsters to play farewell match against VWilliams

BRUSSELS (AP) — Kim Clijsters (KLY'-sturz) will play a ceremonial farewell match on Dec. 12 against Venus Williams.

Clijsters retired from tennis after the U.S. Open in August but announced on her website on Monday that she will face her longtime rival in the Kim's Thank You Games at the Antwerp Sports Palace.

The 29-year-old Belgian, a four-time Grand Slam winner, initially retired in 2007 only to make a return to the sport two years later. This time, she insists her retirement is for good.

GOLF-WOODS-MCILROY DUEL

MicIlroy tops Woods

ZHENGZHOU, China (AP) — Rory McIlroy outdueled Tiger Woods in the first one-on-one exhibition match between golf's two biggest names.

McIlroy shot a 5-under 67 to beat Woods by one stroke in an 18-hole match between the two top-ranked golfers at an exhibition in China.

Woods says he'd like to take on McIlroy more often to create a rivalry at the top of the game. He compares it to the one between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL'), Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) and Andy Murray that have made men's tennis exciting in recent years.

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