Tennessee remains on top...Warriors look for 11th straight win...Royals have deal with Merrifield
NEW YORK (AP) — Tennessee stays atop the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll for a second straight week. The Volunteers earned 48 of 64 first-place votes to extend the program’s first stint at No. 1 since February 2008. Tennessee (18-1) has won 14 straight games. The top six remained unchanged, with Duke sitting at No. 2, followed by Virginia, Gonzaga, Michigan and Michigan State. Kentucky moved past Nevada to reach No. 7, while North Carolina and Marquette each rose two spots to round out the top 10.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Golden State Warriors carry the longest winning streak of this NBA season to Indiana tonight as they take on the Pacers. The Warriors have ten wins in a row -- and that makes this the sixth straight season in which they have a double-digit winning streak. Golden State is in the mix with Milwaukee and Toronto for the NBA’s best record.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Back from the NHL’s All-Star break, the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets are in Philadelphia to play the Flyers tonight. The only other NHL game has the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the New Jersey Devils.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Royals and versatile second baseman Whit Merrifield have agreed to a $16.25 million, four-year contract. The deal for the 30-year-old Merrifield covers his arbitration-eligible years. It includes $2 million in performance bonuses and a fifth-year team option worth $10.5 million.
ATLANTA (AP) — Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what became known as “snow jam,” another winter storm is bearing down on the city — just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl 53. A winter storm watch goes into effect at 4 a.m. Tuesday for Atlanta, a city known for its ability to grind to a halt even in relatively light snowfalls.