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Sports briefs, Oct. 29, 2012

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Volleyball all-star showcase Saturday at Husson

BANGOR — The All-Star High School Volleyball Showcase, drawing seniors from around the state, will be held Saturday from 3-8 p.m. at Husson University.

The match between the Class B all-stars will go first at 3 p.m. followed by the Class A stars.

At the conclusion of the two matches, the Maine Volleyball Coaches Association will announce the All-State first and second teams and honorable mention, the coaches of the year and Academic All-State first and second teams.

Mavs release G West after pair of suspensions

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have waived guard Delonte West after suspending him twice in less than two weeks for conduct detrimental to the team.

The move Monday created a roster spot for center Eddy Curry, who was picked up last week and could end up starting in the opener against the Los Angeles Lakers because of an injury to Chris Kaman.

West, who has bipolar disorder, indicated in a series of tweets after the second suspension that his future in Dallas was in doubt. He was a valuable role player for the Mavericks last year and figured to play a similar role this year before a pair of locker room incidents during the preseason.

Dallas grabbed Curry last week after he was released by San Antonio.

Novak Djokovic to finish year as No. 1

LONDON — Novak Djokovic has clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking.

Djokovic lost the top spot to Roger Federer in July but will return to No. 1 next week.

The ATP says Federer will drop points from his 2011 title wins at the Swiss Indoors and Paris Masters. He lost in the Swiss Indoors final Sunday to Juan Martin del Potro, and then pulled out of next week’s Paris tournament.

The ATP says Federer will not be able to earn enough points to finish the year ahead of Djokovic.

The Serb will become the first player to finish No. 1 in consecutive years since Federer did it four straight times from 2004-07.

Djokovic will be officially crowned No. 1 during a presentation at the World Tour Finals in London next week.

NYC Marathon not expected to be affected by storm

NEW YORK — New York City Marathon organizers expect Hurricane Sandy to have little effect on Sunday’s race.

“We’re extraordinarily lucky the marathon is not today,” New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said during a conference call Monday as wind and rain started to batter the city.

Instead, she said, “we have time on our side” — enough to prepare the course and for runners to travel to the city after the superstorm passes through.

And if flooding or other damage affects the course or logistics, NYRR has contingency plans every year to adjust to any potential problems.

The route through the five boroughs mostly avoids areas considered at highest risk for flooding. The biggest concerns center on getting entrants their numbers and to the starting line on Staten Island.

The ferry buildings used by about half the runners to travel from Manhattan to the start are in at-risk areas. Many other entrants take buses through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, which could flood. The Javits Center, where runners pick up their numbers, is also in an affected area.

The storm could knock down trees and limbs in Central Park, where the 26.2-mile race finishes. Wittenberg noted that the city was able to clear the park in time for last year’s race a week after a freak snowstorm caused extensive damage.

NYRR organizes about 50 events a year and has dealt with obstacles ranging from heavy snow to lightning to security concerns.

Zeller near unanimous preseason pick

The biggest man on The Associated Press’ preseason All-America team got the most votes.

Seven-foot sophomore center Cody Zeller, the main reason Indiana is the preseason No. 1 for the first time in 33 years, was one vote shy of being a unanimous selection for the preseason All-America team.

Zeller, who averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 62.3 percent from the field, received 64 votes from the national media panel which selects the weekly Top 25.

Also on the team announced Monday were junior forwards Doug McDermott of Creighton and Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State and three guards — seniors Isaiah Canaan of Murray State and C.J. McCollum of Lehigh and sophomore Trey Burke of Michigan.

McDermott was named on 62 ballots, while Canaan was on 43 and Thomas 26. McCollum and Burke tied for the fifth spot with 16 votes each.

Zeller is one of five starters back for the Hoosiers and when a top-flight recruiting class is added in there are a lot expectations for the No. 1 team.

Colts coach makes it to team’s staff meeting

INDIANAPOLIS — 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.

Georgia Tech’s Radakovich named Clemson AD

COLUMBIA, S.C. — While Dan Radakovich was steadily building the athletic department at Georgia Tech the past six years, he kept noticing the progress made two hours up the road by Atlantic Coast Conference rival Clemson.

Now, it’s Radakovich in charge of Tiger athletics after he was hired to take over Clemson for retiring AD Terry Don Phillips.

“I watched from down I-85 as Clemson has assembled a great collection of coaches,” Radakovich said. “I look forward to working with them.”

He spent six years with the Yellow Jackets. He has also been an athletic administrator at South Carolina and LSU. Radakovich says he’s grateful he was picked to administer the growing program, led by the defending ACC football champions.

“I always said it would take a special opportunity for me to leave Georgia Tech,” said Radakovich, 54.

The ACC schools are about 120 miles, the distance it takes to drive from downtown Atlanta to South Carolina’s foothills.

Clemson University President James F. Barker said the school looked at about 30 candidates, ranging from athletic administrators from BCS-level schools to private sector leaders.

“We set this bar very high,” Barker said. “We wanted an individual who knew how to lead, who knew how to win, who knew how to raise revenue.”

Barker said that person was Radakovich.

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