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Four FSU players named preseason All-ACC

FSU defensive end Everette Brown, safety Myron Rolle, guard Rodney Hudson and punter Graham Gano were named to the preseason All-ACC team Wednesday.

Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper was the media choice for preseason player of the year (34 of 64 votes). He finished ahead of two teammates — James Davis received 16 votes and fellow running back C.J. Spiller had four. FSU quarterback Drew Weatherford received two votes.

Every school was represented on the all-league team except Duke, Miami and North Carolina State.

Basketball: Reid in diversion program

FSU forward Ryan Reid entered into a pretrial diversion program for a misdemeanor of shooting a BB gun and damaging a couple of windows. The charge will be dismissed if he completes one work day and pays $170 in court costs in 90 days.

NORM STEWART SURGERY: Former Missouri coach Norm Stewart is recovering from open-heart surgery. University officials said Stewart, 73, had an aortic valve replacement on Friday. He is recuperating at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo. and is expected to be released this week. Stewart spent 32 years at Missouri and is in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

TENNESSEE: Tickets in lower-level courtside seats will cost $31.47 per game, up from $25.44. Tickets in lower-level seats behind the baskets will be $22.65, up from $18.33.

Softball: FSU hires coach from UNLV

Lonni Alameda, who spent the past five years rebuilding the UNLV program and is an assistant with the Olympic-bound Canadian national team, was named FSU's coach and is expected to sign a multiyear deal, the school announced. She follows JoAnne Graf, who retired in June after 30 years at FSU. Graf is college's all-time winningest softball coach (1,437).

Volleyball

An NCAA committee voted this month to add sand volleyball to a list of women's sports being considered for intercollegiate competition. The sport, called beach volleyball at the professional and Olympic levels, could be under NCAA auspices as soon as 2009-10. After the 2004 Games in Athens, when American women won the gold and bronze medals, the Association of Volleyball Professionals recorded 48 percent growth in its fan base.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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