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.


Mistrial declared for ex-football player in NC agent’s case

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former college football player charged with violating the state’s sports agent law nearly a decade ago.

Christopher Hawkins faced four counts tied to providing cash to three former Tar Heels football players in 2010. But after more than seven hours of deliberations Friday afternoon and Monday, the jury, in Hillsborough, said that it couldn’t reach an unanimous verdict on any charge.

That leaves open the possibility of another trial.

Hawkins – who played at UNC and Marshall from 2001-05 – was first charged in 2015, with prosecutors adding additional charges last April.


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.

In other NBA news:

— The Cleveland Cavaliers already have the worst record in the Eastern Conference. They will dress nine players because of injuries against Utah. Center Andre Drummond, who has a (strained left calf, and rookie point guard Darius arland , suffering a strained left groin, have been ruled out of the starting lineup. Center Tristan Thompson, one of the first players off the bench, is out with a bruised left knee. Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Kevin Love will have to start at center against 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’). Larry Nance Jr. will take Love’s spot at power forward while Kevin Porter Jr. will start in the backcourt.


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.


Dustin Johnson decides against playing in the Olympics

UNDATED (AP) — On the fence about the Olympics at the start of the year, PGA star Dustin Johnson decided he won’t be going.

Johnson’s manager said in a text message Monday that the FedEx Cup playoffs hold as much importance to Johnson as chasing a gold medal in Tokyo this summer.

Johnson’s name was removed from the Olympic golf ranking Monday afternoon. At No. 5 in the world ranking, he currently would have been No. 3 among Americans behind Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas. Countries are allowed a maximum of four players in golf provided they are among the top 15 in the world ranking. Johnson was the leading American for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when he decided at the last minute to withdraw because of concerns over the Zika virus.


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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