Kentucky's Davis tabbedAP Player of the Year

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis is The Associated Press' college basketball Player of the Year, the first Kentucky player and second freshman to win the award.

He received 43 votes Friday from the 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Balloting was done before the NCAA tournament.

The 6-foot-10 player from Chicago is the Southeastern Conference's Player, Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 14.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.6 blocks while shooting 64.2 percent. His block total is a school record and third best for a freshman.

NEW ORLEANS — Frank Haith has capped his first season at Missouri by being selected The Associated Press' Coach of the Year.

Haith took over the Tigers after seven years at Miami. He was presented the award Friday after receiving 21 votes from the 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.

John Calipari of Kentucky and Tom Izzo of Michigan State tied for second with 10 votes each.

The only other Missouri coach to win the award was Norm Stewart in 1994.

DENVER — The U.S. women's basketball team headed to the London Olympics this summer will have a familiar feel for coach Geno Auriemma.

Five former UConn Huskies — Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Swin Cash, Maya Moore and Tina Charles — are on the team announced Friday. And all five helped the U.S. qualify for the Olympics by playing on the 2010 world championship team that won the gold medal.

Moyer, 49, earns No. 2spot in Rockies' rotation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jamie Moyer, at 49 years old, has made the Colorado Rockies starting rotation.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy announced Friday that Moyer would be one of his five starters to begin the season.

Moyer, who is entering his 25th major-league season, will start the Rockies' second game of the season April 7 against the Houston Astros.

The left-hander will follow right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, who is from Ashland, in the rotation and precede right-handers Juan Nicasio and Jhoulys Chacin.

Moyer missed the 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. By returning to the majors, he will be the active leader in victories (267), innings (4,020) and starts (628). In his last season, he went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010.

Lucas takes lead in NHRA qualifying at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Morgan Lucas raced to the qualifying lead at the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday.

Lucas rallied from a 10th place effort in the opening round of qualifying to vault to the No. 1 spot with a leading run of 3.817 seconds at a top speed of 321.96 mph in his dragster on the day's final session.

Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

In Funny Car, Robert Hight, winner of the last two races, powered his Ford Mustang to a leading performance of 4.132 at 310.41.

Compiled from wire reports

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