FSU, Miami picked
to win ACC divisions

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Defending national champion Florida State and Miami are the favorites to win their Atlantic Coast Conference divisions.

The league announced its predicted order of finish Monday after a vote of 112 media members at its preseason media days.

The Seminoles were picked as the overall league champions by 104 media members and received 109 first-place votes in the Atlantic Division.

The Coastal Division was muddier, with four teams separated by 44 points. Miami had 614 points to 597 for defending champion Duke, 571 for Virginia Tech and 570 for North Carolina.

Both the Blue Devils (33) and Tar Heels (27) received more first-place votes than the Hurricanes (26).

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of Florida State was the overwhelming pick for preseason player of the year with 99 votes. Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley was the only other player to receive multiple votes for the individual award with six.

Clemson was picked to finish second in the Atlantic Division, followed by newcomer Louisville, Syracuse, North Carolina State, Boston College and Wake Forest.

Georgia Tech was picked fifth in the Coastal, followed by Pittsburgh and Virginia.

Veteran NY guard Snee retires

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Veteran guard Chris Snee is retiring from the New York Giants because of a series of injuries.

Snee met with the team Monday, then decided to end his NFL career after 10 seasons.


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He has had two hip surgeries and now is most troubled by right elbow and wrist problems. He sat out minicamp last month but indicated he expected to play this season.

The 32-year-old son-in-law of coach Tom Coughlin was a second-round pick in 2004 and has made four Pro Bowls. He was to be the anchor of a revamped offensive line this season.

Baseball Hall of Fame gala canceled

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- The National Baseball Hall of Fame says next month’s gala concert featuring the Boston Pops and Paul Simon has been canceled. No reason was given.

The Aug. 2 event was to have been part of the museum’s 75th anniversary celebration.

The Hall of Fame said Monday that LGH19 Productions has asked ticket holders to go to www.cooperstownconcert.com for more information. Hall spokesman Brad Horn is referring questions to LGH19 Production.

Attempts to reach the promoter for comment were unsuccessful.

Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk and Ozzie Smith were among those to have attended the concert at Clark Sports Center.

Yankees’ Teixeira out with back strain

NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is going to be sidelined for at least three to four games because of a strained muscle in his back.

Teixeira says he has been hampered by a left lower lat injury that was causing spasms in his back for about a month. The pain escalated during New York’s weekend sweep of the Cincinnati Reds immediately following the All-Star break.

An MRI administered Sunday showed a mild strain of the muscle. Teixeira is set to have a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection Monday and will most likely sit out the entire four-game series against Texas.

Teixeira has already missed time this season because of hamstring, back, knee and wrist problems. But he still leads the Yankees with 17 homers and 48 RBIs in 76 games. He is hitless in his last 13 at-bats.