Baylor gets top seed in NCAA’s ini­tial rank­ings,

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - SPORTS -

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.

Soc­cer

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.

Golf

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.

OR­LIN WAG­NER — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Baylor for­ward Fred­die Gille­spie re­bounds dur­ing a game against Kansas State on Mon­day in Man­hat­tan, Kan.

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