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Sports Shorts: Oct. 17

Jimmie women top coaches' poll

The Jimmie women's basketball team is favored by coaches to win this season's North Star Athletic Association conference title.

University of Jamestown received eight first-place votes and 80 total points in the preseason coaches' poll released Monday. The Jimmies went 27-6 and 15-1 in the conference last season, en route to capturing the NSAA regular season and tournament titles. Mayville State received one first-place vote and is ranked second.

The Jimmies are ranked fourth in the NSAA men's basketball preseason poll. Top-ranked Bellevue received all nine first-place votes.

Jamestown, Bellevue and Dickinson State all shared the North Star conference regular-season title last season.

NSAA Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

(First-place votes in parenthesis)

School Points

1. Jamestown (8) 80

2. Mayville State (1) 68

3. Bellevue 60

4. Valley City State 59

5. Dakota State 44

6. Presentation 32

7. Dickinson State 27

8. Viterbo 23

9. Waldorf 12

NSAA Men's Basketball Preseason Poll

(First-place votes in parenthesis)

School Points

1. Bellevue (9) 81

2. Valley City State 66

3. Dickinson State 62

4. Jamestown 54

5. Dakota State 48

6. Waldorf 35

7. Viterbo 31

8. Presentation 16

9. Mayville State 12

Blue Jays ranked fourth

Jamestown's 14-13 loss Saturday at Devils Lake dropped the Blue Jays a pair of spots in the Class AA football poll.

Jamestown (5-3) is ranked fourth, while Devils Lake (6-2) moved to third. Jamestown wraps up the regular season Saturday at Grafton.

High school polls

Class AAA

(First-place votes in parentheses)

Team W-L Pts LW

1. West Fargo (13) 8-0 65 1

2. Bismarck Century 7-1 52 2

3. WF Sheyenne 6-2 30 4

4. Bismarck 6-2 28 3

5. Fargo South 6-2 15 5

Others receiving votes: Minot (5-3).

Class AA

Team W-L Pts LW

1. Shanley (13) 8-0 65 1

2. St. Mary's 6-2 52 3

3. Devils Lake 6-2 37 4

4. Jamestown 5-3 26 2

5. Watford City 5-3 15 5

Others receiving votes: none.

Louisville fires coach Rick Pitino

The University of Louisville's athletic board voted unanimously Monday to fire Rick Pitino as men's basketball head coach in the wake of an FBI investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball.

The University of Louisville Athletic Association voted to terminate Pitino's contract "with just cause" despite an argument from Pitino's lawyers. The board voted unanimously two weeks ago to initiate the process of dismissing Pitino for cause.

The Hall of Fame coach was placed on unpaid administrative leave following a brief face-to-face meeting with interim president Gregory Postel on Sept. 27.

Postel made the announcement Monday, saying that Pitino's "actions and inactions" warranted his termination for cause.

"We felt our initial decision ... was in the best interest of the university," Postel said, referring to the board's vote to move forward with Pitino's termination. "We have to do what's best for the university."

Pitino, in an affidavit presented Monday to the athletics board, said he "had no part—active, passive or through willful ignorance" in the activities alleged in an FBI investigation.

(The Sports Xchange)