Sports briefs for Nov. 19, 2013

Posted Nov. 18, 2013, at 8:50 p.m.
Sean Decloux, UMaine football
Sean Decloux, UMaine football

UMaine kicker Decloux named CAA special teams player of week

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine sophomore kicker Sean Decloux has been named Colonial Athletic Association football special teams player of the week, the association announced Monday. Decloux, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, helped the Black Bears lock up their first CAA title, and their first overall title since 2002, with a 41-0 win over Rhode Island on Saturday. Decloux, who leads all kickers in total scoring, finished Saturday 2 for 2 on field goals to tie the Maine single-season record of 13 made field goals while also converting on all five of his PATs. Decloux was good from 38 yards and 36 yards and now stands just one field goal away from being the all-time record holder for field goals made in a season.

Broncos WR Welker has concussion

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker sustained a concussion during Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced Monday. Welker took a hit during a 20-yard reception in the fourth quarter. He stayed in the game for one more catch on the drive before exiting. Due to NFL concussion protocol, Welker will be limited in practice at least until Friday, even if he passes a baseline test Monday. Denver visits Welker’s former team, the New England Patriots, next Sunday night. Welker made eight catches for 74 yards in the win over the Chiefs.

Michigan State No. 1 in AP men’s college basketball poll

Michigan State is on top of The Associated Press top 25 poll for the first time in more than a decade. The Spartans (3-0) moved up a spot in the latest poll Monday after knocking off previous No. 1 Kentucky last week. Michigan State received 51 of 65 first-place votes. Michigan State last held the top ranking in the AP poll in the 2000-01 season. Before that, the Spartans had a two-week run at No. 1 during Magic Johnson’s national title season in 1978-79. After beating Kentucky at the Champions Classic in Chicago last Tuesday, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said he welcomed the “fun” and “pressure” that wearing the crown as the top-ranked team in the nation brings. Kansas (3-0), which beat Duke in the second game of the Champions Classic doubleheader, moved from fifth to No. 2 and received seven first-place votes. Louisville (3-0) remained at No. 3 and got the remaining seven top votes.

Colby’s Nale named NESCAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

WATERVILLE, Maine — Colby College senior Jen Nale, who earned MVP honors at the Brandeis Tip-Off Tournament, was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday. Nale, who is from Waterville, averaged 18.5 points and shot 50 percent from 3-point range (8-for-16) in wins over the host school and Eastern Nazarene. The Mules are off to a 2-0 start heading into Wednesday’s 7 p.m.game at University of New England. Nale was huge in the final minutes against Brandeis, sinking a 3-point shot with 2:08 to play to break a 63-63 tie and put the Mules ahead for good. With Colby up 66-65, Nale made a steal with 21 seconds left that led directly to two free throws by teammate Desi Smith. And then with Colby up 68-67 with three seconds to play, Nale went 2-for-2 from the foul line for the final points in a 70-67 win. Against Eastern Nazarene, she had 18 of Colby’s 37 points in the first half to help the Mules lead 37-24 at the break on the way to a 77-59 victory.

Hudnut of Colby named NESCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Colby College’s Chris Hudnut, who averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds in two games this weekend, was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday. Hudnut shot 50 percent (17-for-34) from the field, 60 percent (3-for-5) from 3-point range, and nearly 89 percent (8-for-9) from the foul line at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth Tournament. Hudnut, who was on the all-tournament team, had 27 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals in a 79-74 loss in the title game to UMass-Dartmouth. Hudnut had 20 points, 10 boards, and two steals in the second half after the Mules fell behind by 11 points at halftime. In an 83-61 win against Anna Maria, Hudnut had 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks in the second half to help the Mules pull away after taking a 36-31 lead at halftime.

 

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