Update on the latest in sports:
AP TOP 25 MEN’S BASKETBALL POLL
Baylor stays No. 1 in quiet week for Top 25; Michigan St out
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor remains atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll in a largely static week among in the top 10.
The Bears received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel to stay at No. 1 for the fourth straight week. No. 2 Gonzaga had 15 first-place votes and No. 3 Kansas one. San Diego State and Louisville rounded out the top five.
Seton Hall was the only change among the top 10 after moving up two spots to No. 10.
No. 13 Penn State had the biggest jump of the week, moving up nine spots for its highest ranking since reaching No. 9 in 1995-96.
Preseason No. 1 Michigan State dropped out of the rankings from No. 16 following a three-game losing streak.
AP Exclusive: NCAA, allies spend nearly $1M on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress considers whether to allow college athletes to receive endorsement money, the NCAA and its allies spent nearly $1 million last year lobbying lawmakers to shape any reforms to the organization’s liking.
The NCAA last fall said it would allow athletes to “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness” and is crafting rules to put in place for its 1,100 member schools in coming months. But the organization has turned to Congress to step in as more and more states follow the lead of California, where a law set to take effect in 2023 clears the way for athletes to earn endorsement money.
The NCAA’s pressure campaign comes as the Senate prepares for a committee hearing Tuesday on player compensation. The head of the National College Players Association says the NCAA is fighting to maintain the status quo.
Towns, Russell each buy 1,000 T-wolves tickets for giveaway
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves co-stars Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell have each purchased 1,000 tickets to the team’s next home game for an online giveaway.
The Timberwolves announced the promotion Monday in advance of hosting Charlotte on Wednesday night, which is expected to be Russell’s first game at Target Center for Minnesota since he was acquired in a trade with Golden State on Thursday.
Oilers sign defenseman Darnell Nurse to 2-year extension
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenseman Darnell Nurse to a two-year contract extension.
The 25-year-old has 24 points (four goals, 20 assists) and 44 penalty minutes in 55 games this season.
Terms weren’t released for the new contract, which runs through the 2021-22 season.
Nurse was selected by the Oilers with the No. 7 pick of the 2013 draft.
Ravens, safety Chuck Clark agree to 3-year extension
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a three-year contract extension with safety Chuck Clark.
Clark had a career-high 12 starts in 2019 and led the team with 68 tackles. He had been set to enter the final season of his rookie contract in 2020.
Selected in the sixth round of the 2017 draft out of Virginia Tech, Clark spent his first two NFL seasons playing on special teams and serving as backup on defense before enjoying a breakthrough year. After becoming a fixture in the starting lineup, Clark took over the defensive communication helmet and played a key role in leading the unit.
The Ravens won the AFC North with a 14-2 record.
In other NFL news:
— Philip Rivers’ career with the Los Angeles Chargers has come to an end. The Chargers say that Rivers will enter free agency and not return for the upcoming season. Rivers has 30 franchise records. His 224 consecutive regular-season starts are second-most among quarterbacks in NFL history and his 123 wins are ninth.
— A person familiar with the meeting says suspended Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has spoken with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about being reinstated. Garrett was banned indefinitely in November for pulling Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet off and striking him over the head with it during a game.
— The Minnesota Vikings have hired long-time NFL coach Dom Capers as a senior defensive assistant. The 69-year-old Capers starts his 33rd season as a coach in the league. He served last year as a senior defensive assistant for Jacksonville. Capers was an NFL head coach for two teams over eight seasons and a defensive coordinator for four teams totaling 16 seasons.
— The Washington Redskins have hired Jennifer King as a coaching intern who will work with the offensive staff throughout the season. King will be a full-year intern but not a full-time assistant coach. She most recently worked as an offensive assistant at Dartmouth College and previously interned for the Carolina Panthers during now-Redskins coach Ron Rivera’s tenure with them.
— The Los Angeles Rams have hired former Denver outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley as their new defensive coordinator. The Rams also announced the hiring of offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell and special teams coordinator John Bonamego.
Angels GM: Big trade with Dodgers not happening
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels’ proposed trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers is officially off.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed he won’t be making a widely reported trade, although he didn’t specify the deal or the players involved.
Multiple media outlets reported the Angels nearly acquired Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and right-hander Ross Stripling last week in a deal that would have sent infielder Luis Rengifo to the Dodgers. The deal apparently fell apart as a side effect of the Dodgers’ lengthy attempts to get outfielder Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster trade.
In other baseball news:
—The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $32.5 million, four-year deal with two-time Gold Glove shortstop Nick Ahmed. The 29-year-old Ahmed avoids his final year of salary arbitration. Ahmed hit a career-high .254 last season with 19 homers and 82 RBIs in 158 games. Arizona’s pitchers and catchers have their first workout of spring training on Wednesday.
—Oakland Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden has undergone surgery on his pitching elbow. The A’s say Mengden had arthroscopic surgery to shave a small spur off his elbow. Mengden was 5-2 with a save and a 4.83 ERA in 13 games over three stints with Oakland last year.
—Former major league pitcher Mike Bolsinger is suing the Houston Astros. He contends that the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme contributed to a poor relief appearance in August 2017 that essentially ended his big-league career. The suit seeks unspecified damages. He’s also asking the Astros forfeit their nearly $31 million in postseason shares from their 2017 World Series title and donate the money to children’s charities in Los Angeles and a fund for needy retired players.
— The Minnesota Twins will be working with a new piece of smart technology at spring training this year. The high-tech pitching mound is really a heavily instrumented ramp built to simulate a mound and it measures the ground forces involved in throwing a pitch.