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George Springer

On The Fly: UConn Men Tied For 24th In Preseason Poll

UConn was tied for 24th with Purdue in the USA Today/coaches preseason men's basketball poll, released Thursday. Kentucky and North Carolina were tied for first, followed by Maryland, Duke and Kansas. The Huskies play Maryland at Madison Square Garden in December. Thought they'd be a little higher than 24th. But they can play their way up. ... All cranked up for First Night? All juiced for the hockey home opener? Decisions, decisions. ... ESPN was reporting "small progress" in Lamar Odom's condition on Thursday night.

•Pac 12 commish Larry Scott told reporters at the league's media day that the NCAA should consider making basketball a one-semester sport, which...