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March 11, 2019

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gonzaga, Virginia and North Carolina remain 1-2-3 atop an otherwise reshuffled top 10 in the latest AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll. The Zags sit on top for a third straight week, earning 41 of 64 first-place votes. The Cavaliers earned the remaining 23 first-place votes. Kentucky and Duke round out the top five. Auburn is the only addition at No. 22, replacing UCF in the poll.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have agreed to sign free agent offensive tackle Trent Brown to a four-year deal worth a record $66 million. A person familiar with the contract says Brown will receive $36.75 million guaranteed in the richest contract ever for an offensive lineman. Brown went from a seventh-round draft pick by San Francisco in 2015 to a record-setting contract this offseason after starring in the playoffs for New England last season on the way to a Super Bowl title.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to sign linebacker Kwon Alexander to a four-year contract worth $54 million. A person familiar with the contract said the sides came to an agreement today, soon after teams were allowed to contact pending unrestricted free agents. The deal can’t be finalized until the new league year starts Wednesday.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Atlanta Braves say pitcher Mike Foltynewicz will not be ready for opening day. The right-hander hasn’t been able to pitch during spring training because of discomfort in his elbow caused by bone spurs. While not believed to be a serious issue, Foltynewicz was forced to push back his throwing schedule.

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Former Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird is awaiting sentencing after making a plea in a case accusing him of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The 24-year-old Bird was released on bail after the hearing today, pending sentencing May 28. He pleaded to sufficient facts. The plea is not an admission of guilt but acknowledges a likely conviction at trial.