Duke is top seed in initial NCAA rankings...Royals sign Bailey...Vonn ready to call it a career
UNDATED (AP) — Duke, Tennessee, Virginia and Gonzaga are the top seeds in the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee’s initial rankings. The Volunteers are No. 1 in the AP Top 25, but the committee chose Duke as the top seed based upon strength of schedule. The Blue Devils, No. 2 in the AP poll, would play in the East Region with Michigan, Marquette and Iowa State. The Vols are the top seed in the South, which includes North Carolina, Purdue and Nevada. The Cavaliers were No. 1 in the Midwest with Kentucky, Houston and Wisconsin. The Bulldogs topped a West Region that includes Michigan State, Kansas and Louisville.
UNDATED (AP) — No. 2 Duke visits No. 3 Virginia tonight in the weekend’s marquee game in the ACC. It’s one of four games on the Top 25 men’s basketball schedule matching ranked teams. The others are No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 19 Wisconsin, No. 10 Marquette vs. No. 14 Villanova, and No. 16 Louisville at No. 22 Florida State.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have signed veteran right-hander Homer Bailey to a minor deal that includes an invitation to big league spring training. The 32-year-old Bailey has spent his entire 12-year career in Cincinnati, making 212 starts and going 67-77 with a 4.56 ERA. He was traded from the Reds to the Dodgers in a seven-player deal in December, but he was released and became a free agent.
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Lindsey Vonn says she plans to “go full throttle” in her final race, even though she’s still suffering from a sore rib, a black eye from a crash and the pain in her knees that forced her to move up her retirement. The record-setting American plans to retire after competing in the downhill tomorrow at the world championships in Sweden.
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Norwegian ski great Aksel Lund Svindal seems OK with finishing second in his final race. He was all smiles after taking silver in the downhill at the world championships today after being edged out for gold by his close friend and training partner Kjetil (SHET’-il) Jansrud. Svindal is retiring at age 36 following persistent knee injuries.