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March 4, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Gonzaga and Virginia remain Nos. 1-2 in a week of big changes in the AP Top 25. The Bulldogs received 42 of 64 votes in the men’s college basketball poll released today after finishing an undefeated run through the West Coast Conference. The Cavaliers had 21 first-place votes and No. 4 Duke, which fell a spot, had the remaining one. North Carolina and Tennessee both moved up two spots, to Nos. 3 and 5.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer is taking a leave of absence from the team following the release of a video showing him in a physical interaction with his wife. The Giants board of directors released a statement Monday saying that Baer has been granted a request to take personal time away from the team.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers could be without Clayton Kershaw for the start of the season as the staff ace begins to rebuild from shoulder soreness that caused him to shut down his spring training last week. Manager Dave Roberts says he’d rather Kershaw be 100 percent than rushing back for opening day. The Dodgers open against Arizona on March 28.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive end/outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. The move doesn’t close the door for the Texans to sign the edge rusher to a long-term deal. Houston will offer Clowney, the first overall pick in the 2014 draft, a one-year guaranteed contract for an amount based on position.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe is expected to miss the remainder of the season with what the team calls an upper body injury. McCabe was hurt in a 5-2 loss at Toronto on Saturday. With a little over a month left in the season, the Sabres on Monday announced the timetable for McCabe’s recovery is between five and six weeks. The Sabres are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for an eighth straight season.