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Senior guard Sherron Collins and junior center Cole Aldrich were voted preseason Big 12 Conference players of the year by the league's coaches, the conference announced Thursday. Both are also on the preseason All-Big 12 team, joining Iowa State's Craig Brackins, Oklahoma's Willie Warren, Oklahoma State's James Anderson and Texas' Damion James.

Kansas State's Denis Clemente was named honorable mention. Texas' Avery Bradley was named preseason freshman of the year, and ISU's Marquis Gilstrap was named preseason newcomer of the year.

* Four months after he hung up his Air Jordans at Illinois, guard Jeff Jordan is talking to coaches about coming back.

Michael Jordan's oldest son left the team in June after playing for two seasons. He said then that he wanted to focus on school.

Illinois spokesman Derrick Burson said Thursday that Jeff Jordan recently met with assistant coaches about a possible return. Jordan hasn't yet met with head coach Bruce Weber.

Jordan walked on at Illinois before winning a scholarship last year. Weber had said he could win serious playing time this season.

Jordan wrote last month on his Twitter feed that he wanted to work out with his former team "like old times."


Rain forced postponement of Thursday's Bumper to Bumper Fall Classic at 81 Speedway. It has been rescheduled for Oct. 16-17.


Mike Fisher scored 32 seconds into overtime to give Ottawa a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders.... Bill Guerin and Alex Goligoski scored midway through the second period to help Pittsburgh to a 5-4 win and hand Philadelphia its first loss of the season.... Teemu Selanne scored two goals 82 seconds apart in the second period, and Corey Perry had two goals and an assist to lead Anaheim to a 6-1 victory over Boston.... Thomas Vanek snapped a late third-period tie, and Ryan Miller made 23 saves for Buffalo in a 2-1 win over Phoenix.... Marian Gaborik scored two goals about 2 1/2 minutes apart in the third period for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist held Alex Ovechkin without a point in the Rangers' 4-3 win over Washington.... Kris Draper and Johan Franzen scored 1:34 apart late in the second period to put Detroit ahead and Chris Osgood made 31 saves in a rematch of Western Conference finalists that saw the Red Wings come out on top, 3-2 over Chicago.... Travis Zajac scored with 1 second left in regulation, and New Jersey went on to the 4-3 shootout victory over Tampa Bay.... Ilya Kovalchuk had his second two-goal game of the season, scoring the go-ahead tally in the first period and adding an empty-netter as Atlanta spoiled St. Louis' home opener with a 4-2 victory.... Patric Hornqvist scored twice 2:17 apart in the third period for Nashville in a 3-2 win over Colorado in the Predators' home opener.


Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is waiting another day to make a decision on whether Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford will play against Baylor on Saturday.

Stoops had said at the start of the week that he didn't plan to announce whether Bradford would play until Thursday. But Sooners spokesman Kenny Mossman said Thursday that Stoops had put off the decision until today.

Bradford has missed the past three games for No. 19 Oklahoma (2-2) with a sprained AC joint in his right, throwing shoulder.

Redshirt freshman Landry Jones has started in place of Bradford, winning back-to-back shutouts against Idaho State and Tulsa before a 21-20 loss at Miami last week.

Bradford has said he hoped to play this week to prepare for next week's game against No. 2 Texas.

* New England Patriots rushing leader Fred Taylor is expected to miss Sunday's game at the Denver Broncos with an ankle injury that could require surgery.

Taylor missed his second straight day of practice Thursday amid an ESPN.com report Thursday that he needs surgery on his right ankle. He would play again this season unless there are complications, the report said.