Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25 in men’s basketball and Duke jumped back into the top five after a pair of impressive wins.

The Cavaliers earned 42 of 65 first-place votes in the poll released Monday. That’s 12 more than last week, when they reached No. 1 for the first time since the Ralph Sampson era.

The top four were unchanged, with No. 2 Michigan State earning 19 first-place votes after rallying from 27 points down to beat Northwestern. Third-ranked Villanova got the other four first-place votes after a victory at No. 4 Xavier.

Fifth-ranked Duke jumped seven spots after beating Virginia Tech and Clemson despite playing without injured top freshman Marvin Bagley III.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: LSU is back in the AP Top 25 for the first time in four years while UConn and Mississippi State continue to lead the poll.

The Tigers came back into the poll Monday for the first time since Feb. 17, 2014, entering at No. 24. LSU has won six of its past seven games to move into third in a very competitive SEC. That includes wins over Tennessee, Georgia and Texas A&M, who are all ranked.

UConn remains the unanimous No. 1 team. The Huskies (26-0) received all 32 first-place votes from a national media panel.


DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS: Former champion Agnieszka Radwanska lost in the first round of the event in the United Arab Emirates for the first time in nine years.

Daria Kasatkina of Russia beat Radwanska 7-5, 6-4 in two hours.

Radwanska, who reached No. 2 in the rankings in 2012 after winning in Dubai and finishing runner-up at Wimbledon, endured a frustrating 2017 after a foot injury and a virus scare.


NFL: The Minnesota Vikings hired Todd Downing as a senior offensive assistant, bringing him back to his hometown team after he served as offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders last year.

Downing will begin his 18th season in the NFL, the first five of which were with the Vikings as an intern, systems analyst and quality control coach.


FA CUP: Manchester City’s pursuit of a quadruple ended with a surprising 1-0 loss at third-division Wigan.

Wigan beat City in the 2013 FA Cup final, and this time Will Grigg’s late goal was enough for the League One side to pull off another upset in the fifth round.

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