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Duke back to No. 1 ... 1st time for Rice ... Last season for Bochy

February 19, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke keeps finding its way back to No. 1. The Blue Devils reclaimed the top spot in Monday’s AP Top 25, the third time this season they’ve reached No. 1. Duke earned 58 of 64 first-place votes to climb one spot and replace Tennessee, which had spent four weeks at No. 1 but fell to fifth after Saturday’s loss at Kentucky.

NEW YORK (AP) — Buoyed by the second-longest winning streak in the country, Rice has entered The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the first time in school history. The Owls have won 15 straight games and are ranked 25th in Monday’s poll.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —Bruce Bochy says this will be his last season managing the San Francisco Giants, his 25th in all as a big league manager. He told the team before Monday’s spring training workout at Scottsdale Stadium. Bochy, who turns 64 on April 16, had offseason hip replacement surgery that has him moving more swiftly. He came to San Francisco from the San Diego Padres before the 2007 season, in time to watch Barry Bonds break Hank Aaron’s career home run record that August.

NEW YORK (AP) — Players’ union head Tony Clark has taken the extraordinary step of saying that baseball fans should question whether it makes sense to purchase tickets for some teams. Clark was responding to Commissioner Rob Manfred’s assertion that free-agent players have failed to adjust their economic demands in a market upended by analytics. Top free agents Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel remain unsigned with spring training underway, creating tension during negotiations on management’s proposals for a pitch clock and new limitations on relief pitchers.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — “Indonesia is ready to host the Olympics.” That’s what the deputy chairman of the Indonesia’s national Olympic committee said today as the country officially joined bidding to host the 2032 Olympics. Indonesia staged the Asian Games last year. The Olympics have never been held in Southeast Asia.