Fresno State was picked to defend its Mountain West title in the league’s preseason coaches poll released Tuesday. The Bulldogs earned 8-of-9 first-place votes, and San Diego State had the other. Boise State, which was 4-20 in Mountain West play last season (12-42 overall), begins its season Thursday at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., against Creighton and Virginia.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE MEN’S SOCCER: The Crusaders hired Wheaton College assistant Joel DeLass as their head coach, the NCAA Division II program announced Tuesday. DeLass was a Division III All-American at Wheaton, and he played five seasons in the United Soccer League for Charlotte and Dayton.