Western's King, Jones capture Frontier Conference honors

Western's King, Jones capture Frontier Conference honors

Brianna King of Montana Western's women's basketball team and Brandon Jones of the Bulldogs' men's squad were tabbed as the Frontier Conference Players of the Week.

King earned her fifth Frontier Player of the Week honor and third straight. The 24th-ranked Bulldogs defeated Montana Tech on the road on Thursday and held off Lewis-Clark State at home on Saturday.

Jones, a 6-foot-5 junior forward from Houston, was awarded with his first Frontier Player of the Week honor. The No. 8 Bulldogs have gone 1-1 in their past two games, edging Montana Tech on Thursday and falling to No. 19 Lewis-Clark State 101-96 in overtime on Saturday.

Montana Western's women's and men's teams will host MSU-Northern on Thursday.

UConn still tops women's poll after win vs. S. Carolina

NEW YORK (AP) — UConn remains the top choice in The Associated Press women's basketball poll.

The Huskies (22-0) were still the unanimous No. 1 by the 32-member national media panel Monday. They routed No. 7 South Carolina on Thursday and then blew out Cincinnati on Sunday.

The first five teams were unchanged in the poll with Mississippi State, Baylor, Louisville and Notre Dame following UConn. The Bulldogs (23-0) host the Gamecocks on Monday night in a key Southeastern Conference clash.

Texas moved up two spots to sixth while UCLA, Oregon and Maryland round out the first 10 teams in the poll. The Ducks dropped three places after losing to then-No. 24 Stanford on Sunday night.

The 17th-ranked Cardinal made the biggest jump in the Top 25, moving up seven spots.

N.C. State entered the poll at No. 23 and Arizona State came in at 25 while West Virginia and California dropped out.

Villanova, Virginia, Purdue stay 1-2-3 atop latest men's poll

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Villanova, Virginia and Purdue are making themselves comfortable atop the AP Top 25. And with the way they're playing, they might stay there for a while longer, too.

The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in Monday's latest poll, followed by the second-ranked Cavaliers and the third-ranked Boilermakers. It marked the fourth straight week that with the trio sitting 1-2-3 in the poll as they continue extended winning streaks while avoiding the upsets that hit national powers Duke, Kansas, Arizona and Kentucky last weekend.

Villanova (22-1, 9-1 Big East) has won nine straight and hasn't lost in the 2018 calendar year.

Virginia (22-1, 11-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 14 straight games and leads the rest of the tradition-rich league by at least three games in the loss column. Its defense ranks No. 1 nationally in KenPom's adjusted efficiency rankings (82.2 points allowed per 100 possessions), and the Cavaliers are coming off a game in which they held Syracuse to 44 points — the Orange's lowest output ever in the Carrier Dome.

Anti-DUI tweet alludes to prison rape during Super Bowl

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police have apologized for a Super Bowl-themed tweet aimed at discouraging drunken driving that referenced prison rape.

News outlets report the official state police account tweeted "Enjoy watching Rob Gronkowski (TE) play but if you drink & drive ... your tight-end may end up in jail!" on Sunday night, accompanying the post with a gif of a dropped soap on a rope. Gronkowski is a tight end for the New England Patriots, who eventually lost to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The tweet, which remained up for nearly two hours, drew condemnation from Kentucky's Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who called for an apology.

The agency later posted a statement , saying "making light of sexual assault is never acceptable," and apologized especially "to the victims of these heinous crimes."

Froome to compete in Andalucia despite doping investigation

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Chris Froome will compete in the five-day Ruta del Sol in Andalucia this month despite being under investigation by cycling's world governing body for failing a doping test.

Team Sky named the Tour de France champion Monday in its lineup for the Feb. 14-18 race, which he won in 2015.

Froome has been ordered to explain to the International Cycling Union why a urine sample he provided at the Spanish Vuelta in September showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol at twice the permitted level. If found guilty of doping, the 32-year-old British rider could lose his Vuelta title and be suspended for a long period.

Froome says "I understand that this situation has created a lot of uncertainty" and is "confident that we will be able to get to the bottom of what has happened."

8 nations to compete in inaugural Athletics World Cup

LONDON (AP) — Eight nations will compete in the inaugural Athletics World Cup at London's Olympic Stadium on July 14-15.

The competition, featuring all track and field events up to and including the 1,500 meters, will be between the United States, Britain, Poland, China, Germany, France, Jamaica and South Africa.

One man and one woman will compete for each nation in each event.

The winning nation receives $2 million.

British Athletics announced the event on Monday. IAAF President Sebastian Coe said it was "one of the exciting, innovative events we are seeing in our sport."

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