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UConn women tie own mark for consecutive victories

Fans hold up signs for Connecticut's 90 game win streak at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against South Florida, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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Fans know the number, as UConn routed South Florida to win its 90th straight game.

The top-ranked UConn women’s basketball team tied their own NCAA record with their 90th consecutive win, routing No. 20 South Florida, 102-37, at Hartford. The Huskies play for the record Saturday at SMU . . . Nathan Adrian broke out of a shooting slump with a career-high 22 points, and No. 10 West Virginia beat No. 1 Baylor, 89-68, at Morgantown, W. Va., in the Bears’ first game as the top-ranked team in program history. Baylor (15-1, 3-1 Big 12) committed a season-high 29 turnovers — the school record is 31 — and never led in its second true road game of the season. The loss means No. 5 Gonzaga is the only remaining unbeaten team in Division 1 . . . Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart each scored 20 points and No. 3 Villanova beat No. 15 Xavier, 79-54, at Villaonova, Pa.

Michigan’s Peppers to enter draft

Heisman Trophy finalist Jabrill Peppers decided to enter the NFL Draft and skip his senior season at Michigan. The 6-foot-1-inch, 205-pound defensive back/punt returner is projected to be a first-round pick in April. He did not play for the No. 6 Wolverines in a 33-32 loss to No. 10 Florida State in the Orange Bowl because of an injured left hamstring.

Championship game ratings down

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The College Football Championship rematch between Clemson and Alabama drew 680,000 fewer viewers on TV and online than last year’s game, though combined viewership for all the New Year’s Six bowls and title game was up 15 percent, ESPN said.

AUTO RACING

Edwards will not race for Gibbs

In a stunning decision, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards is walking away from the final year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing less than two months after nearly winning his first Cup championship, two people with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press. Joe Gibbs Racing scheduled a pair of news conferences Wednesday in which Edwards is expected to announce he will not drive the No. 19 Toyota next season. The second announcement is that reigning Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez will replace Edwards in the Cup Series. The 37-year-old Edwards informed team owner Joe Gibbs right before Christmas he no longer wanted to compete, the people told AP, confirming a decision first reported by Fox Sports.

SOCCER

World Cup will expand to 48 teams

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FIFA will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 nations to the 2026 tournament likely to be held in North America. President Gianni Infantino’s favored plan — for 16 three-team groups with the top two advancing to a round of 32 — was unanimously approved by the FIFA Council.

MISCELLANY

Anti-doping leaders: Ban Russia

A global group of anti-doping leaders is calling for Russian teams to be excluded from international competitions while establishing a process to allow individuals from the country to compete if they can prove they have taken part in effective anti-doping programs elsewhere . . . Frida Hansdotter of Sweden held on to a commanding first-run lead to win a women’s World Cup slalom at Flachau, Austria. Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin, who was 1.38 seconds behind after the first leg, posted the fastest second-run time to share third place with Wendy Holdener of Switzerland, 0.78 off the lead. Nina Loeseth of Norway was second . . . The Maple Leafs acquired backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney, 33, off waivers from the Blue Jackets . . . Maria Sharapova will return from her 15-month doping ban at a tournament in Germany in April.

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