Baylor takes top spot...Kyrie Irving sidelined...Rain postpones Australian Open matches
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor leaped over Gonzaga and into the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll to give the Top 25 its seventh team on top this season. That matches the record set in 1983 for the most No. 1s in the history of the poll that dates to the 1948-49 season. Baylor received 33 first-place votes from the 65-member media panel and had 1,591 points. Gonzaga received 31 first-place votes for 1,588 points. Kansas, undefeated San Diego State and Florida State replaced Duke, Auburn and Butler in the top five after those three schools each lost a pair of games last week.
NEW YORK (AP) — Nets guard Kyrie Irving is missing Brooklyn’s game against Philadelphia because of right hamstring tightness. Coach Kenny Atkinson says Irving was feeling soreness Sunday and then was checked again Monday before the team decided the All-Star point guard wouldn’t play. Atkinson says the Nets are choosing to be cautious because they don’t want to risk losing Irving for the long term. Irving missed 26 games with a right shoulder injury before returning on Jan. 12 against Atlanta. He is averaging 26.5 points in his first season in Brooklyn.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Top-ranked Ash Barty wasted little time winning the final two sets of her match against Lesia Tsurenko after a slow start against the Ukrainian player. Barty won 12 of the final 14 games to clinch the match 5-7, 6-1, 6-1. Barty is attempting to become the first Australian woman since Chris O’Neill in 1978 to win the Australian Open singles title.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Heavy rain forced Australian Open organizers to postpone more than 30 matches to Day 2. Nine matches were suspended in progress in the afternoon and 23 others on outside courts never got started on Monday. The three main arenas at Melbourne Park have retractable roofs, allowing play to continue as scheduled.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Gaby Lopez has won an LPGA tournament that needed seven playoff holes and an extra day to finish. She made a 30-foot putt for birdie Monday to defeat Nasa Hataoka at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It was Lopez’s second LPGA victory. Lopez and Hataoka matched one another with five pars at 18 on Sunday before darkness halted play. They tied the record for the LPGA’s fourth-longest playoff.