Stanford’s 17-year run in the Associated Press women’s basketball Top 25 is over. The Cardinal on Monday fell out of the poll for the first time since the 2001 season, ending a streak of 312 weeks as a ranked team. The remarkable run started with the 2001-02 preseason poll. Stanford lost at home last week to Western Illinois and Tennessee to fall to 6-6 on the season. Five of the Cardinal’s losses this season have come to teams that were in the top 10 when they played. Only UConn (10-0), which remained the unanimous No. 1 team as voted on by a 32-member national media panel, has a longer active streak in the poll. The Huskies have been ranked for 458 consecutive weeks . . . Villanova stayed comfortably at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 men’s basketball poll, with little change at the top. The top four teams stayed the same, led by the Wildcats (12-0) receiving 43 of 65 first-place votes. No. 2 Michigan State (12-1) had 16 first-place votes, while third-ranked Arizona State (12-0) had six first-place votes to stay ahead of No. 4 Duke (12-1). North Carolina was replaced at No. 5 by Texas A&M (11-1). The Tar Heels (11-2) sank to 13th after losing at home to Wofford.
K-State’s Snyder undecided on future
Tuesday night’s Cactus Bowl against UCLA could be the grand finale for Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who has coached the Wildcats for 26 years. Snyder has a contract that automatically rolls over every season, but the 78-year-old coach hasn’t decided if he wants to work a 27th season or retire. ‘‘Just needing to be more thorough with it,” he said. “Because you know for me it’s a big decision.’’ Snyder took over the program in 1989, retired in 2005, then returned to Kansas State in 2008 . . . Marcus McMaryion threw for a career-best 342 yards and Jimmy Camacho made four field goals to help Fresno State beat Houston, 33-27, late Sunday night in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu. McMaryion, an Oregon State transfer, was 33-of-48 passing to tie the Hawaii Bowl record for completions. The Bulldogs (10-4) became just the second team in FBS history to go from double-digit losses one season to double-digit wins the next. They went 1-11 last year.
Ex-player, coach Kindall dies at 82
Jerry Kindall, a former major league infielder and the first man to win College World Series titles as both a player and a head coach, died Sunday night at age 82 from complications from a stroke suffered Thursday. Kindall coached the University of Arizona to national titles in 1976, 1980, and 1986 after starring at shortstop on the University of Minnesota’s 1956 championship team. He spent nine seasons in the big leagues with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, and Minnesota Twins, posting a career batting average of .213. ‘‘Some people talk the talk, he walked the walk,’’ said Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, the star of Arizona’s 1980 championship team. ‘‘He lived his life just like you’re supposed to. It’s easy to say things, but he lived it.” Kindall coached the Wildcats from 1973-96 . . . Los Angeles Angels-bound Shohei Ohtani bid farewell to fans of his former Japanese club as he sets off to join his new team. The star pitcher and hitter wore an Angels jersey to his public news conference in Sapporo, Japan. He opened with an introduction in English, saying: ‘‘Long time, no see. I'm Shohei Ohtani. Welcome to my press conference. Please enjoy.’’ The Sapporo Dome crowd erupted in laughter and applause. Ohtani, the reigning Pacific League MVP, threw one final ceremonial pitch from the Sapporo Dome mound.
Jaguars WR Strong out for season
The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost another receiver for the season. Jaelen Strong said he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a 44-33 loss at San Francisco on Sunday. Making his debut with the team after being claimed off waivers from Houston early in the season, Strong caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown. Jacksonville already has receivers Allen Robinson (knee) and Rashad Greene (back) on season-ending injured reserve . . . The 10-nation World Junior hockey championship tournament opens in Buffalo on Tuesday. With a 23-man roster that features seven returnees and nine first-round picks, the United States is trying to win consecutive titles for the first time. ‘‘Honestly, I would never say pressure,’’ US coach Bob Motzko said. ‘‘I'm more nervous about what we’re going to do at practice tomorrow.’’ . . . Vitaly Mutko, a Russian government official who has been dogged by allegations of involvement in doping, said he would temporarily step down as president of the Russian Football Union. It’s a move apparently intended to deflect international criticism as Russia prepares to host the 2018 World Cup. Mutko said Alexander Alayev would serve as the acting head of the union. Investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee alleged that Mutko was involved in a state-sponsored doping program during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Mutko, who served as Russia’s sports minister during the Games, has strongly denied all doping allegations. The IOC banned him from the Olympics for life.