IRVING, Texas - West Virginia's Charles Sims, a transfer from Houston, is the Big 12 preseason newcomer of the year.
Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk and TCU defensive end Devonte Fields are the Big 12 preseason players of the year.
The league released its preseason All-Big 12 teams Wednesday as selected by media members who cover the conference.
Seastrunk, the former Oregon transfer who will be a junior, averaged 139 yards rushing over the last six games in 2012 and was the league's top offensive newcomer.
Fields was the Big 12 defensive player of the year last season as a freshman, when he had 10 sacks. TCU coach Gary Patterson said in May that Fields is suspended for the first two games this season for an unspecified violation of university and team policies.
are up slightly
NEW YORK - The Major League Baseball All-Star game's television rating is up slightly from last year's record low.
The American League's 3-0 victory Tuesday night on Fox earned a 6.9 rating and 12 share, up from a 6.8/12 in 2012.
Played at the Mets' Citi Field, the game's viewership got a boost from its trip to the big market of New York. The 11.3 rating there was up 16 percent from a year ago, when Kansas City hosted.
There was also a spike in viewers when Mariano Rivera made his final All-Star appearance, with the rating peaking at 7.6/13 right about that time.
Ratings represent the percentage of all households with televisions tuned into a program, while shares are the percentage watching among those homes with TVs in use at the time.
Field set for the
LAHAINA, Hawaii - Gonzaga, the No. 1 team in last season's final AP college basketball poll, will face Dayton in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational while Final Four participant Syracuse will meet Minnesota and first-year coach Richard Pitino.
The other first-round games on Nov. 25 at the Lahaina Civic Center will have California against Arkansas and Baylor facing Division II host Chaminade, it was announced Wednesday.
The Gonzaga-Dayton and Chaminade-Baylor winners will meet in one semifinal with the Syracuse-Minnesota and Arkansas-California winners in the other. The championship game is Nov. 27.
The tournament will begin with four "mainland teams" - Coastal Carolina, Louisiana, Oakland and St. Francis, Brooklyn - playing the seven teams headed for Maui in seven games to be played Nov. 15-19 at campus sites. The mainland teams will play a tournament at Coastal Carolina on Nov. 23-24.
2K Sports teams
NEW YORK - Connecticut and Boston College, two of the original members of the Big East, will meet in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden.
The other semifinal on Nov. 21 will have Indiana facing Washington, it was announced Wednesday. The championship game will be Nov. 22.