Vols top poll...Atlanta weather woes...Oldie but goodie
NEW YORK (AP) — For the second week, Tennessee remains atop the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll. The Volunteers netted 48 of 64 first-place votes in today’s poll. 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.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta, white stuff: grits -- not snow and ice. Events and preparations for Super Bowl weekend could be greatly impacted by a winter storm expected to bear down on northern Georgia early Tuesday. Thousands of fans are pouring into town for Super Bowl 53. Forecasters warn an inch or two of snow could fall, as well as an icing that that could glaze roads and overpasses like one freeway interchange locals refer to as the “Spaghetti Bowl.”
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A longshot lawsuit seeking a possible do-over of the NFC championship game has been moved from state court in Louisiana to federal court. At issue is the failure of officials to call interference or roughness penalties when a Rams player leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in the playoff game. The Rams won overtime and are set to play the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
NEW YORK (AP) — After finalizing a $10 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets, reliever Justin Wilson concluded that a number of teams would rather make money than win. He says their decisions not to pursue free agents have damaged the market. Wilson is a 31-year-old left-hander who spend last season with the Chicago Cubs. He will get $5 million annually and also can earn performance bonuses.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kicker Adam Vinatieri has signed a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts. General manager Chris Ballard said the two sides had agreed to terms on a new deal. Vinatieri made it official with his signature Monday, then told reporters he was glad the process went smoothly and ended early. At age 46, he will again be the league’s oldest active player next season. If he plays beyond his birthday on Dec. 28, he would join George Blanda and Morten Andersen as the only 47-year-olds to appear in an NFL game.