Breanna Stewart is now part of an elite group — the fourth player to be chosen as a unanimous preseason Associated Press All-America twice.

The Connecticut star senior joined fellow UConn product Maya Moore, Alana Beard of Duke and Brittney Griner of Baylor.

"That's great company to be in," Stewart said. "To be named with those players is humbling since they've had so much success."

Stewart has already accomplished more than those three in college, winning national championships in her first three years. She will try for an unprecedented fourth title this season.

Accompanying Stewart on the preseason All-America team Tuesday were teammate Moriah Jefferson, South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell, Baylor's Nina Davis and Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell. The five players were chosen by a 32-member national media panel.

It's the third year in a row two UConn players were on the preseason team.


Terrapins guard out four months

Maryland guard Dion Wiley will miss an estimated four months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right meniscus.

Coach Mark Turgeon said Wiley was expected to start at shooting guard for the third-ranked Terrapins, who open their season Friday. Wiley appeared in all 35 games as a freshman last season, averaging 4.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.

George Mason senior Holloway suspended

George Mason senior guard Patrick Holloway was suspended for the team's first six games because of academic issues. He was second on the team last season in scoring average at 10.9 points, making 40 three-pointers.

Sabonis status unclear for Zags in Japan

It's unclear if heralded forward Domantas Sabonis will be able to play when No. 9 Gonzaga opens its season Friday against Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Classic in Okinawa, Japan.Sabonis took a hard fall on his lower back last weekend during an exhibition game against Eastern Oregon and remains sore.


Russia: Accusations unfounded

The accusations of state-sponsored doping in Russian track and field appear to be unfounded, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Tuesday. Dmitry Peskov told journalists that whenever any charges are made, they must be based on some evidence.

"As long as there is no evidence, it is difficult to consider the accusations, which appear rather unfounded," Peskov said.

In Russian newspapers, many followed the government's lead in playing down the accusations from the World Anti-Doping Agency commission. The scandal was typically confined to a small item in the sports pages.

• In a clash of sports mired in crisis, the FIFA ethics committee will study Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko's role in his country's doping scandal. Mutko also serves on the FIFA executive committee and is running the World Cup organizing committee ahead of the 2018 soccer tournament in Russia.


Poker: Pennsylvania pro Joe McKeehen won the main event of the World Series of Poker, taking home $7.68 million. McKeehen won when his ace-10 paired a 10 on the community cards to beat the pair of 4s by runner-up Joshua Beckley. McKeehen, 24, held an overwhelming lead in chips coming into the finale of the three-day final table.

Obituary: Laurent Vidal, a French triathlete who finished fifth at the 2012 Olympics in London, died of a heart attack. He was 31. The French triathlon federation said Vidal died overnight at his home in southern France. Vidal suffered a heart attack during a training session in a swimming pool last year, forcing his retirement from his sport.