Tennessee remains No. 1 in AP poll

UNDATED (AP) — Tennessee remains No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll despite Duke earning the top overall seed in the NCAA's initial rankings for March Madness.

The Blue Devils received the top seed in the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee, but the Vols received 40 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel in the AP Top 25 released on Monday.

No. 2 Duke had the remaining 24 first-place votes.

No. 3 Gonzaga and No. 4 Virginia were the other top seeds in the selection committee's rankings released on Saturday, with Kentucky rounding out the fifth spot in the AP poll.

Tennessee was selected No. 1 in the South Region by the selection committee in rankings that will change before Selection Sunday on March 17. The Vols beat Missouri and Florida last week.


Virginia at UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — On the heels of a weekend defeat by Duke, the fourth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers head to Chapel Hill tonight to take on number-eight North Carolina. The other game involving a top 25 team has number-14 Kansas at TCU.


Two struggling teams meet

CLEVELAND (AP) — The team with the NBA's worst mark meets the team with a record nearly as bad tonight in Cleveland. The New York Knicks, who've lost 16 in a row to leave them at a league-worst 10-and-45, take on the 11-and-45 Cavaliers.

In other NBA action (all times Eastern):

Charlotte at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Washington at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Brooklyn at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Portland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Miami at Denver, 9 p.m.


Jeremy Lin getting bought out, plans to sign with Raptors

MIAMI (AP) — Jeremy Lin is about to be on the move again, with the veteran guard in the process of getting bought out by the Atlanta Hawks so he can sign with the playoff-contending Toronto Raptors.

Jim Tanner, one of Lin's agents, confirmed the pending move to The Associated Press.

Toronto will become Lin's eighth NBA franchise, after stints with Golden State, New York, Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte, Brooklyn and this season Atlanta. He appeared in 51 games for the Hawks, all but one of those as a reserve, averaging 10.7 points this season on nearly 47 percent shooting.


Panthers re-sign safety Eric Reid to 3-year deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have re-signed safety Eric Reid to a three-year contract that runs through the 2021 season.

Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

Reid joined the Panthers in Week 4 of last season after spending five seasons with the 49ers. He started all 13 games played and had 73 tackles, five pass breakups, one interception and a sack.

The Panthers made news when they signed Reid to a one-year deal last October. He was an unrestricted free agent and didn't attend training camp last summer — something Reid believes was a direct response by NFL owners to his decision to kneel for the national anthem alongside former teammate Colin Kaepernick in protest of social and racial injustice.

Reid has an ongoing lawsuit against the NFL owners, who he says colluded to keep him out of the league.


Browns sign running back Hunt, on NFL exempt list

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have signed Kareem Hunt, the running back cut by Kansas City in November after a video showed him pushing and kicking a woman the previous February.

Hunt was placed on the NFL's commissioner's exempt list hours before the Chiefs released him. He was in his second season with Kansas City and was one of the team's most productive players as it won the AFC West the last two years.

Hunt still could be suspended by the league under its personal conduct policy for the February incident at a hotel in Cleveland and for two others that surfaced after he was released by the Chiefs.


Heisman winner chooses NFL over baseball and A's

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray says he will pursue a career in the NFL over playing baseball for the Oakland Athletics.

Murray was the ninth overall pick in last June's baseball amateur draft, and the outfielder agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland for a $4.66 million signing bonus. He is a football quarterback is eligible for this year's NFL draft, which starts April; 25.

Oakland, which started spring training workouts Monday, had a locker with a No. 73 jersey waiting for him.

Murray tweeted: "Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback."


Cubs finalize deal with reliever Brach

UNDATED (AP) — Brad Brach and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a one-year contract that guarantees the reliever $3 million and could be worth $8 million over two seasons. Brach gets a $1.65 million salary this year and could earn $1.35 million in bonuses for days on the active major league roster. The right-hander had 12 saves and a 3.59 ERA in 69 games for Baltimore and Atlanta last season. He posted a 1.52 ERA over 27 appearances following a trade to the Braves.

In other signing developments ahead of spring training:

— Free agent catcher Stephen Vogt is returning to the Bay Area, agreeing to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. The team's new president of baseball operations says he's seeking depth at the catcher position behind Buster Posey, who is recovering from season-ending right hip surgery. A career .251 hitter with 57 homers and 218 RBIs through parts of six major league seasons, Vogt played for Oakland from 2013 through part of '17.

— The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced a minor league contract with outfielder Melky Cabrera, who will report to major league spring training. If added to the 40-man roster, the 34-year-old would get a one-year contract that would pay a $1.15 million salary while in the major leagues. He would have the chance to earn an additional $850,000 in performance bonuses. Cabrera has a .286 average in 14 seasons with seven big league teams.


Sharks look for six in a row

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The San Jose Sharks are looking for a sixth straight win as they take on the Canucks in Vancouver tonight. It's the last game of a successful four-game road swing for the Sharks. Tonight's NHL schedule also finds Pittsburgh at Philadelphia and Los Angeles at Washington.


Kings trade Thompson to Canadiens

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have traded forward Nate Thompson and a fifth-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for a fourth-round pick.

Each pick is in the 2019 draft. The teams announced the trade Monday before the Kings faced the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

Thompson has four goals and two assists in 53 games for Los Angeles this season. He has won 53.3 percent of his faceoffs and ranks 34th in the NHL. The 34-year-old is a pending free agent who carries a $1.65 million salary-cap hit for the rest of the season.


Mickelson finishes off a 5th win at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — With plenty of sunlight and no drama, Phil Mickelson finished off a 7-under 65 to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday and match the tournament record with his fifth victory.

Mickelson had a three-shot lead over Paul Casey with two holes to play when it was too dark too finish Sunday night because of delays from rain and a hail storm. Casey's only hope was for Mickelson to make a mistake, and there was little chance of that.

Mickelson hit 7-iron to 8 feet on the par-3 17th and played it safe down the par-5 18th, making a 6-foot birdie for a three-shot victory.

Casey birdied the 18th for a 71 to finish alone in second, and he won the pro-am portion of the tournament.


Without Vonn and Shiffrin, US skips team event

ARE, Sweden (AP) — With Lindsey Vonn retired and Mikaela Shiffrin resting up for her final races, the U.S. Ski Team will not enter a squad in Tuesday's team event.

U.S. Alpine director Jesse Hunt says in a statement to The Associated Press that the team is "maximizing our opportunity for success here in Are" and for the upcoming junior worlds in Val Di Fassa, Italy, next week.

Hunt says "we are training our younger athletes and committed to developing them in dual format events, so we can be in a position to contend for a medal" at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

The U.S. was knocked out in the first round by Britain in the team event at last year's Pyeongchang Olympics, and also got beat by Canada in the opening round at the 2017 worlds in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The team event involves men and women racing 1-on-1 in parallel runs.

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