Jordan Taylor is in a class by himself on The Associated Press' preseason All-America team.

The Wisconsin guard from Benilde-St. Margaret's was the only senior on the team Monday. He was joined by four sophomores, including Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, a unanimous pick of the 65-member media panel.

Harrison Barnes of North Carolina, Terrence Jones of Kentucky and Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut were the other sophomores.

The 6-1 Taylor averaged 18.1 points and 4.7 assists last season in leading the Badgers to a 25-9 record, third place in the Big Ten and their 13th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. He received 51 votes.

"I just hope he doesn't think he has to score 40 a game this year," coach Bo Ryan said. "I think we're going to be in trouble if he does. He doesn't. He wants to be even more consistent. He wants to be more inclusive with his teammates, maybe in transition. There are different things we're looking at in trying to get done with a different-sized team maybe on the floor."

North Carolina was a runaway choice for No. 1, and Barnes was second to Sullinger in the voting with 63.

The last unanimous pick to the preseason All-America team was North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough before the 2008-09 season.


Lakers' Fisher denies riftDerek Fisher denied a rift in union leadership in a letter to NBA players, telling them there have been "no side agreements, no side negotiations or anything close" with league officials.

A story Saturday on titled "Is Fisher in Stern's pocket?" said there was a disagreement between Fisher and players' association executive director Billy Hunter and that the Lakers guard had promised NBA Commissioner David Stern that he could deliver with a 50-50 split in basketball-related income.

In his letter, Fisher wrote his "loyalty has and always will be with the players" adding, "and quite frankly, how dare anyone call that into question."

• Heat owner Micky Arison was fined by the NBA, three days after he made references to the locked-out league's ongoing collective bargaining process on his Twitter account. The NBA did not disclose the amount of the fine, or say publicly why Arison was sanctioned.


Nebraska star hits motorcyclistNebraska star volleyball player Lauren Cook was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an injury accident and ticketed for driving under suspension after a motorcyclist broke a leg.

Cook, the daughter of Cornhuskers coach John Cook, has been ticketed six times for speeding in Nebraska since 2007.

Lauren Cook's car clipped a motorcyclist who was stopped at the side of a road in north Lincoln shortly before noon Sunday, police said. She called police eight minutes after the accident, and she was contacted about a half mile from the accident scene, her car disabled because of a shredded front tire.

Leaving the scene of an injury accident is a felony punishable by a maximum of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.


College football: Damarlo Belcher's career at Indiana is over. The senior receiver was kicked off the team Monday, two days after being suspended for violating team rules. ... Stanford tight end Zach Ertz will "most likely be sidelined for at least two weeks" because of a lower right leg injury, leaving one of the team's most productive units shorthanded. He has 22 catches for 308 yards and three touchdowns this season. ... Southern California coach Lane Kiffin was reprimanded and fined $10,000 by the Pac-12 on Monday night for criticizing the officiating in the 21st-ranked Trojans' triple-overtime loss to Stanford last weekend. ... Tennessee starting safety Brent Brewer has torn cartilage in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Auto racing: A small jet carrying Rick Hendrick, the owner of NASCAR's top team, and his wife, Linda, lost its brakes and crash landed at a Key West, Fla., airport Monday evening, but no one was seriously injured.