Baylor gets top seed in NCAA’s initial rankings,
Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga and San Diego State are the top seeds in the NCAA’s preliminary rankings.
The Bears were the No. 1 overall seed in rankings released by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.
The preliminary rankings, based on games through Friday, are designed to be a sneak peek at the selection process before the official seeds are revealed on Selection Sunday, which is March 15. The Final Four is March 27-29 in Atlanta.
Track and field
DUPLANTIS BREAKS MEN’S WORLD POLE VAULT RECORD >> Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis broke the men’s world record.
Duplantis jumped 6 meters, 17 centimeters (20 feet, 2.9 inches) at the indoor meet in Torun, Poland, beating by one centimeter the record set by France’s Renaud Lavillenie in 2014. It’s a strong statement ahead of the pole vault competition at the Olympics in Tokyo in August.
Duplantis broke the world record in his second attempt after earlier winning the meet with ease. He attempted the record without success at another meet in Germany four days ago.
US WOMEN SECURE AN OLYMPIC SPOT >> Samantha Mewis scored twice and the U.S. national team secured a spot in the Tokyo Olympics with a 4-0 semifinal victory Friday night over Mexico in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament.
Rose Lavelle and Christen Press also scored for the United States, which extended its unbeaten streak to 27 games.
The United States will face Canada in the tournament’s title game on Sunday. Canada earned the region’s other Olympic berth with a 1-0 victory over surprisingly resilient Costa Rica 1-0 in the earlier match Friday.
Canada has finished as runner up to the United States in the last three qualifying tournaments.
SAGSTSROM FALLS 1 STROKE BEHIND AT LPGA’S VIC OPEN >> Ayean Cho shot a 2-under 70 on a difficult day for scoring to take a one-stroke lead over Madelene Sagstrom after three rounds of the LPGA’s Vic Open.
The tournament at the 13th Beach Golf Links also feature a European Tour men’s tournament running alongside the women’s event.
Choi had a three-round total of 12-under 205. Alena Sharp was in third, two strokes behind Cho.
Baylor forward Freddie Gillespie rebounds during a game against Kansas State on Monday in Manhattan, Kan.