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Steady at the top...USA Hockey names new women's coach...Lead-off upset in World Baseball Classic

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 6, 2017 at 1:40 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — The top of The Associated Press college basketball poll looks the same today, with Kansas, Villanova, UCLA and Gonzaga holding onto the top four spots. The 28-3 Jayhawks are No. 1 for the second week in a row, receiving 59 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Oregon and North Carolina exchanged places at fifth and sixth while Arizona stayed seventh. Kentucky moved up one place to eighth and was followed by Baylor and Louisville. Maryland returned to the rankings at No. 25 while Miami dropped out.

NEW YORK (AP) — UConn continues its run at No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll while Creighton is ranked for the first time in 25 years. The Huskies have been No. 1 for 14 straight weeks, as their winning streak has climbed to 106 games. They play in the American Athletic Conference Tournament final tonight. Baylor, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Maryland follow UConn in the women's poll.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. women's hockey team has a new head coach. Robb Stauber will lead the team into the 2017 World Championships later this month in Plymouth, Michigan. Stauber replaces Ken Klee, who led the U.S. to gold medals at the previous two world championships. Stauber has been involved with the women's national team since 2010 and was the goaltenders coach for the team that won a silver medal at the Sochi Games in 2014.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Play has begun in the World Baseball Classic with an upset. In Seoul, Scott Burcham's run-scoring infield single in the 10th inning led Israel to a 2-1 win over South Korea. Israel next plays Taiwan, while Korea plays the Netherlands.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The world's most famous sled dog race has started, with mushers leaving Fairbanks, Alaska on a nearly 1,000-mile trek across the wilderness. The start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was moved to Fairbanks from the Anchorage area to avoid a lack of snow in the Alaska Range. Winter conditions weren't a concern in Fairbanks, where the temperature was minus 35 degrees Monday morning. The race typically takes about eight days.

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