Update on the latest in sports:


Kansas is number one

UNDATED (AP) — Kansas is the unanimous No. 1 in a week of upheaval in the AP Top 25.

The Jayhawks received all 64 first-place votes from the media panel in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. Gonzaga was No. 2, with Dayton, Baylor and San Diego State rounding out the top five.

The Aztecs, No. 9 Maryland and No. 18 Iowa were the only teams to hold their place after a week in which nine Top 25 teams lost to unranked opponents.

Dayton has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 1955-56 after stretching its winning streak to 18 games.

Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin moved into the poll. West Virginia, Colorado and Texas Tech fell out.


Baylor in action against Texas Tech

UNDATED (AP) — Fourth-ranked Baylor meets Texas Tech in tonight’s college basketball action. The only other game involving a ranked team has number-12 Duke meeting NC State.


Bucks, Rockets try to extend streaks

MIAMI (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks, winners of six in a row and 20 of their last 22, visit the Miami Heat tonight. The Houston Rockets carry their own six-game win streak to New York to take on the Knicks.

In other action, Orlando hosts the Trail Blazers, the Cavaliers host Utah, Memphis is at Atlanta, the Mavericks visit the Bulls in Chicago, and the Pacers are at San Antonio.


Knicks hire longtime player agent Leon Rose as president

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have hired Leon Rose as their president, hoping the longtime player agent can be just as successful as an executive.

Rose is taking over what has become one of the NBA’s worst franchises, headed toward its seventh straight season out of the playoffs. But teams such as Golden State and the Lakers have found success handing their basketball operations to an agent and the Knicks are hoping to do the same.

Rose, the former co-head of the basketball division at CAA Sports, replaces Steve Mills, who was fired early last month.


Two games on NHL schedule

DETROIT (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche bring a nine-game winning streak in road games into Detroit tonight to take on the Red Wings. The Nashville Predators, who saw a three-game winning streak snapped over the weekend at the hands of Colorado, host the Edmonton Oilers in the only other game on the NHL schedule.


Pass-rusher Ngakoue no longer wants to re-sign with Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Standout defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway) no longer wants to sign a long-term deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Ngakoue announced his desire to play elsewhere via social media. It could force Jacksonville to place the franchise tag on the 24-year-old disgruntled defender and trade him.

Ngakoue says “I’m thankful for the journey and look forward to continuing my career elsewhere.”

Ngakoue has 37 1/2 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in four seasons.

The speedy strip-sack specialist made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and had been seeking around $22 million a year to remain in Jacksonville.


Bellinger out of the lineup

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — NL MVP Cody Bellinger was scratched from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup  for a spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds.

The outfielder took part in a charity event on Sunday night at a Topgolf facility in Scottsdale, and a video showed him hitting a long drive off a tee. Manager Dave Roberts says golf swings aren’t believed to be the reason for his injury.

Bellinger is 4 for 13 with two doubles.


Chipper Jones joins ESPN lineup

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Hall of Fame third baseman Chipper Jones has joined the ESPN lineup.

The former Atlanta Braves star will work as a major league analyst, primarily on weeknight and holiday games. He’ll debut on opening day when San Francisco plays at Dodger Stadium on March 26. Jones worked twice last year as a guest analyst for ESPN.

The 47-year-old Jones hit .303 with 468 home runs and 1,623 RBIs in a 19-year career through 2012. 

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