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December 17, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas, Duke and Tennessee are atop the latest AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll for the second straight week. The Jayhawks earned 56 of 65 first-place votes to stay at No. 1, a perch they held in the preseason before being overtaken by Duke and later Gonzaga. Kansas returned to the top last week then beat reigning national champion Villanova. Michigan and Virginia each climbed a spot into the top 5. Gonzaga slid four spots to eighth after losing at North Carolina, which jumped three spots to ninth.

CHARLOTTE (AP) — In Monday night football tonight, it’s New Orleans at Carolina. The Saints already have clinched the NFC South title and now are vying for the NFC’s top seed. Saints left tackle Terron Armstead will be sitting out tonight’s game because of a chest injury. Armstead is the Saints’ second-highest paid offensive player after Drew Brees but has missed the past four games.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State running back Mike Weber plans to declare for the NFL draft after the Rose Bowl. The redshirt junior announced on Twitter on Sunday that he would forgo his senior season to pursue his childhood dream of playing pro football. He said he would play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 “to finish what my brothers and I started.”

MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore is expected to miss the rest of the season with a sprained foot. The person confirmed Gore’s status to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t commented on the severity of his injury. Gore, the NFL’s leading active rusher, was hurt during Sunday’s 41-17 loss at Minnesota.

NEW YORK (AP) — Left-hander J.A. Happ and the New York Yankees have finalized a $34 million, two-year contract. Happ gets $17 million in each of the next two seasons, and his deal includes a $17 million option for 2021 that could become guaranteed is he has either 27 or more starts as a pitcher in 2020 or 165 or more innings that year.

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