Update on the latest in sports:
Duke still unanimous choice
UNDATED (AP) — The Duke Blue Devils have held serve as the unanimous No. 1 team in The Associated Press Top 25 for the second straight week. Also the top 10 has shuffled with Notre Dame’s loss to No. 3 Michigan State.
The Blue Devils (10-0) received all 65 first-place votes from a media panel in poll results released on Monday. Kansas remained at No. 2, Michigan State No. 3 and Villanova was No. 4.
Notre Dame’s 81-63 loss to the Spartans dropped the Fighting Irish four places to No. 9, with Florida moving up a spot to No. 5.
Wichita State, Texas A&M and Kentucky rounded out the top 10.
No. 19 Seton Hall, No. 21 Purdue and No. 22 Nevada all moved into the poll this week. The Wolf Pack are ranked for the first time since 2007.
LaVar Ball says he’s withdrawing suspended son from UCLA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball says he plans to withdraw his son from school because of concerns related to the freshman’s indefinite suspension for his participation in a shoplifting incident during the Bruins’ trip to China.
The younger Ball, along with freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, have been barred from all team activities as part of their suspension for shoplifting from three high-end stores last month when UCLA opened its season overseas.
LaVar Ball told the Los Angeles Times and ESPN on Monday that he’s going to explore other options for LiAngelo because “I’m not going to let him sit back and not practice.”
The elder Ball says he hasn’t spoken to the school about withdrawing his son. “I’m taking him and I’m gone,” he told the Times.
NBA-FORMER PLAYERF-CHARITY FUND
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former NBA player Kermit Washington has pleaded guilty to spending thousands of dollars donated to an African charity he organized on jewelry, vacations and other personal items.
The 66-year-old Washington, of Las Vegas, played for several NBA teams in the 1970s and 1980s and is best known for throwing a punch that fractured Houston Rockets player Rudy Tomjanovich’s face and left him unconscious during a 1977 game. Washington was playing for the Los Angeles Lakers at the time.
Washington was scheduled to go to trial in federal court Monday in Kansas City, Missouri, but instead pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of making a false statement in a tax return and one count of aggravated identity theft.
Giants coach and GM are out
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) —Ben McAdoo has been fired as coach of the New York Giants and Jerry Reese is out as general manager less than a year after taking the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Giants co-owner John Mara confirms that McAdoo and Reese were fired today, a day after the Giants were beaten in Oakland and dropped to 2-10.
The firings cap an injury-marred season highlighted by the loss of catalyst wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Oct. 8.
The move also came less than a week after the 40-year-old McAdoo made one of his biggest mistakes of his short tenure, mishandling the decision to bench two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. The move led Mara to admit he wished the decision had been handled better.
McAdoo posted a 13-16 record, and his firing is the first mid-season head coaching move by the Giants since Bill Arnsparger was replaced seven games into the 1976 season by John McVay.
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will take over as interim coach for the final four games. He coached the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11.
NFL suspends Rob Gronkowski 1 game for late hit to head
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The NFL suspended New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski one game for a late, gratuitous hit to the head of Buffalo defensive back Tre’Davious White.
White was lying face down on the sideline after intercepting a pass Sunday when Gronkowski body-slammed him, driving his forearm into White’s back and head. Gronkowski was called for unnecessary roughness, but because of retaliation from the Bills there was no penalty assessed.
After the game, which New England won 23-3, Patriots coach Bill Belichick appeared to apologize to Bills counterpart Sean McDermott. Gronkowski also apologized , saying he let his frustration get the better of him.
Gronkowski will miss New England’s game against Miami next Monday night.
Taylor has bruised tendon
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills quarterback Tyrod Tylor has a bruised patellar tendon in his left knee, leaving his status uncertain for Buffalo’s game against Indianapolis on Sunday.
Coach Sean McDermott listed Taylor as day to day on Monday and says he will remain the team’s starter should he be healthy enough to play this week. McDermott told The Associated Press that Taylor’s knee is very sore and the injury became progressively worse as he continued playing on it during a 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Taylor was hurt on the first play from scrimmage, and played through the first minute of the fourth quarter before being sidelined in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman. Taylor nodded “yes,” when asked by The AP if he was OK following the game.
If Taylor can’t play, the Bills would return to Peterman. The rookie fifth-round pick threw five interceptions in the first half of a 54-24 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers two weeks ago.
McDermott was optimistic receiver Kelvin Benjamin can return this week after missing two games with torn cartilage in his right knee.
Buffalo (6-6) has lost four of five.
BOWL GRADUATION STUDY
Study: Graduation rate for bowl-bound football players is up
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A study of bowl-bound FBS schools says that academic progress for all students continued and the gap between white and African-American football players on making progress toward graduation has improved in the past year.
The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport found in its latest study that the average graduation success rate for black football players at the 80 bowl-eligible schools is 71 percent, which is up from 68 percent in 2016 and 66 percent two years ago.
The gap between white and black students who play football has shrunk from 19 percent in 2016 to 16 percent this year.
TIDES director Richard Lapchick, the primary author of the study, says “I am encouraged.”
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TEXAS A&M-FISHER
Jimbo Fisher gets $75 million deal to coach Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Jimbo Fisher says the opportunity to coach Texas A&M was one he simply couldn’t pass up.
Fisher was lured away from Florida State, where he won a national championship in 2013, with a 10-year, $75 million contract at Texas A&M. Fisher was formally introduced at Texas A&M on Monday.
Fisher takes over for Kevin Sumlin, who was fired Nov. 26 after the Aggies finished the regular season 7-5 and 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference. The 53-year-old Sumlin, who went 51-26 and led the Aggies to a bowl game in each of his six seasons, is still owed $10 million for the remaining two years on his contract.
Fisher went 83-23 in eight seasons at Florida State, leading the Seminoles to three Atlantic Coast Conference championships and four Atlantic Division titles.
Omar Vizquel hired by White Sox as minor league manager
CHICAGO (AP) — Omar Vizquel has been hired by the Chicago White Sox to manage their Winston-Salem farm team in the Class A Carolina League.
A three-time All-Star and 11-time Gold Glove shortstop, the 50-year-old spent the past four seasons as Detroit’s first base, infield and base-running coach.
He appeared in 2,968 games over 24 major league seasons with Seattle (1989-93), Cleveland (1994-04), San Francisco (2005-08), Texas (2009), the White Sox (2010-11) and Toronto (2012).
Vizquel has the second-highest career fielding percentage among shortstops with at least 1,000 games at .985 and is the career leader in games at shortstop with 2,709.
Derrick Rose returns to Cavaliers
CLEVELAND (AP) — Point guard Derrick Rose has returned to the Cavaliers.
The former NBA MVP left the team on Nov. 22 after being sidelined with a sprained left ankle. His latest injury had Rose contemplating whether to continue playing, but the Cavs said Monday that Rose has rejoined the team to resume treatment and rehabilitation. There is no timetable on when he’ll return to the court.
General manager Koby Altman says “this has been a very challenging and difficult time for Derrick.” The team pledged to offer him support and patience.
Rose had been in contact with coach Tyronn Lue in recent days. He’s averaging 14.3 points in seven games with the Cavaliers, who signed him to a one-year, $2.1 million free-agent contract in July.
Rose’s career has been slowed by knee injuries.
The Cavs have won 11 straight games heading into their contest Monday night in Chicago.
Jazz Center Rudy Gobert set to return
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert is available to play for the Utah Jazz against the Washington Wizards on Monday night after missing the last 11 games with a bruised bone in his lower right leg.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder said the center will be on a minutes restriction but declined to detail the exact number, saying “they’re not hard and fast.”
Gobert went down late in the third quarter on Nov. 10 when Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters fell into his legs. He was expected to be out a month but has rehabbed ahead of schedule.
The 7-foot-1 Frenchman is averaging 13.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. The Jazz went 7-4 in his absence, including a current five-game winning streak. Derrick Favors started at center with Gobert out.