Digest: South Carolina No. 1 in women's basketball

Digest: South Carolina No. 1 in women's basketball

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South Carolina continues to put in work as top-ranked team

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley, left, communicates with players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

South Carolina No. 1 in women’s basketballSouth Carolina moved up three spots to No. 1 in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll after the top three teams lost. It was a rough week for ranked teams, with 11 losing at least one game, including Nos. 1-3 falling in a four-day span. The most recent time the top three teams in the AP Top 25 lost within a span of seven days was during the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

South Carolina, which got 20 first-place votes, was most recently No. 1 on Feb. 9, 2015 — the end of a 12-week run atop the poll. The Gamecocks are the fourth different team to hold the top spot in the poll this season. It’s only the third time since the AP Top 25 became a writer’s poll in the 1994-95 season there have been four No. 1 teams in the same year. The other two times occurred in 2003-04 and 2004-05. There has never been five No. 1 teams in the same year since it became a writer’s poll.

And it wasn’t just the top teams that lost. Eight of the Top 25 programs were beaten by unranked teams, showing more parity in the sport than ever. Only two teams — No. 9 North Carolina State and No. 16 Gonzaga — stayed in the same place.

Baylor jumped four spots to No. 2 after beating then-No. 1 Connecticut. The Bears, who received seven first-place votes, were followed by Stanford, UConn and Louisville. Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, N.C. State and Mississippi State rounded out the top 10. (AP)

SLU’s Goodwin earns A-10 honor: St. Louis University guard Jordan Goodwin was named the Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball player of the week after averaging 23 points and 8.5 rebounds and shooting 59 percent in a pair of wins. The junior had a season-high 26 points in a key road win over Richmond on Saturday. (Stu Durando)

ASU’s Edwards gets contract extension: Arizona State extended football coach Herm Edwards’ contract two years, through 2024. Edwards, a former NFL player and coach, returned to coaching in 2018 to lead the Sun Devils after eight years as an ESPN analyst. He became an immediate fan favorite in Tempe with his engaging personality. On the field, Edwards led the Sun Devils to within a game of the Pac-12 South title during his first season even though ASU was picked to finish last in the division. Arizona State (8-5) beat Florida State in this season’s Sun Bowl. (AP)

Wildfires impact Australian Open tennis: Smoke, haze and poor air quality from wildfires temporarily suspended practice sessions Tuesday for the Australian Open, at Melbourne Park. But qualifying began later in the morning. Tennis Australia said onsite conditions were improving and were being constantly monitored.

Former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki will have no further preparation before her final career appearance at the Australian Open after withdrawing Monday from the traditional warmup tournament at Kooyong. The 29-year-old Dane has announced she will retire after the Australian Open, in which in 2018 she won her only Grand Slam title. (AP)

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