Duke on top...Settlement in NHL suit...NBA approves trade
NEW YORK (AP) — Duke has supplanted Kansas atop the new AP Top 25 college basketball poll after its dominating win against Kentucky, giving the Blue Devils a record number of appearances at No. 1. The Blue Devils jumped from fourth to first in today’s first regular-season poll. That allowed Duke to set a record with its 135th week at No. 1, breaking a tie with UCLA for most all-time. Duke claimed 48 of 65 first-place votes after beating then-No. 2 Kentucky by 34 points in their opener.
UNDATED (AP) — The NHL and attorneys for retired players say a tentative settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought against the league over head injuries. The league and players’ lawyers today announced a tentative non-class settlement after months of court-ordered mediation. The lawsuit, consolidated in federal court in Minnesota, was by far the biggest suit facing the league. It involved more than 100 former players who accused the NHL of failing to better prevent head trauma or warn players of risks while promoting violent play that led to their injuries.
MIAMI (AP) — All-Star forward Jimmy Butler is now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, after they and the Minnesota Timberwolves received approval from the league office on the terms of the trade that was agreed to over the weekend. Butler and Justin Patton were traded to Philadelphia, in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless along with a 2022 second-round draft pick.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, a day after their historically bad performance in a 51-14 loss to the Saints. New Orleans scored on every possession except the last one — when it took a knee in field-goal range — during its rout at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals, now 5-and-4, have given up 500 yards in three straight games — a first in the Super Bowl era — and are on pace to give up an NFL record for yards in a season.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Darby was injured in the second half of Philadelphia’s 27-20 loss to Dallas on Sunday night. The Eagles already lost safety Rodney McLeod to a season-ending knee injury. Starting cornerback Jalen Mills and starting nickel cornerback Sidney Jones didn’t play against the Cowboys because of injuries.