Gonzaga reaches foreign heights in top 25 poll
SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga has been in 14 NCAA tournaments, five of which ended with an appearance in the Round of 16. But no Gonzaga team has ever before been ranked No. 2 in The Associated Press’ Top 25, as the Zags were Monday.
Indiana remained No. 1 for the fourth straight week. Meanwhile, the little school from Spokane with the funny name moved up one spot to its highest ranking ever, surpassing the No. 3 position it enjoyed last week and for the final two weeks of 2003-04.
While the West Coast Bulldogs made some news at the top of the poll Monday, Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs from Down South, moved into the rankings for the first time since a 13-week run in 1984-85, their only appearance in the poll.
Baylor stays on top in the women’s top 25 poll
Baylor remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for an eighth consecutive week after topping UConn last Monday night.
The Lady Bears rallied to beat the third-ranked Huskies by six points before routing Texas for their 37th consecutive Big 12 regular-season victory. Baylor received all 40 first-place votes for the first time since returning to the top spot. The Lady Bears visit Oklahoma on Monday night.
The first seven stayed unchanged with Notre Dame, UConn, Stanford and Duke following Baylor.
Cal rallied from a 17-point deficit against Oregon State on Sunday to remain sixth. Penn State, Tennessee, Maryland and Kentucky round out the first 10.
A week after falling out of the Top 25, Iowa State came back in at No. 23. Oklahoma State fell out for the first time this season.
Pistorius interested in resuming training regimen
JOHANNESBURG – Oscar Pistorius on Monday informed South African authorities that he wants to resume athletic training while on bail for the murder case against him, a government official said.
A spokeswoman for the Olympic runner, however, denied that he was making immediate plans to return to the track while awaiting trial for the Feb. 14 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
“Absolutely not,” said spokeswoman Janine Hills. “He is currently in mourning and his focus is not on his sports.”
The double-amputee Paralympian discussed bail terms with his probation officer and a correctional official at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court in the capital, according to correctional officials. The guidelines will determine his daily routine until his next court appearance on June 4.
“It’s his wish to continue to practice,” James Smalberger, chief deputy commissioner of the department of correctional services, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
Smalberger said the issue came up because authorities need to know his movements whenever he leaves the home where he is staying.
The timing of any resumption of training was uncertain.
Brady reportedly staying a Patriot until he’s 40
Tom Brady will be a Patriot until he is 40 years old.
Brady agreed to a three-year contract extension with New England on Monday, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press. The extension is worth about $27 million and will free up nearly $15 million in salary cap room for the team, which has several younger players it needs to re-sign or negotiate new deals with.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the extension has not been announced.
Sports Illustrated first reported the extension.
The 35-year-old two-time league MVP was signed through 2014 and has said he wants to play at least five more years.
Last season, Brady had 34 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.