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Ga. Tech drops appeal…Illinois rewards Underwood…Kansas unanimous No. 1

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has withdrawn its appeal of NCAA penalties against its men’s basketball program and will not lay in this month’s ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets received a one-year ban on postseason play as well as scholarship reductions and limits on official visits. By saying it would accept those penalties this year, Georgia Tech is assured of being eligible to compete in the postseason next year and beyond.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois says it has rewarded basketball coach Brad Underwood for a significant jump this season, giving him a three-year contract extension through 2026. The move comes with the 23rd-ranked Illini challenging for the Big Ten Conference championship in Underwood’s third season after going 26-39 during his first two years at the helm. They are 20-9 overall and tied for second in conference play with Michigan State and Wisconsin at 12-6, a game behind Maryland.  Iowa is ranked 18th this week once again, Illinois 23rd and Wisconsin 24th.

UNDATED (AP) — Kansas is the unanimous No. 1 in a week of upheaval in men’s college basketball. The Jayhawks received all 64 first-place votes from the media panel in The Associated Press poll. Gonzaga was No. 2, with Dayton, Baylor and San Diego State rounding out the top five. Sixth-ranked Kentucky is followed by Florida State, Seton Hall, Maryland and Louisville.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — NHL general managers seem unlikely to suggest changes to the emergency backup goaltender policy, even after 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres became one of the biggest stories of the season by winning a game for Carolina last month. The issue was among the discussion points during the first three days of GM meetings. The apparent consensus was that emergency goaltenders are called upon so rarely that any reaction now would likely feel like an overreaction.

UNDATED (AP) — U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics, according to his manager. Johnson’s name was removed from the Olympic golf ranking this afternoon. At No. 5 in the world ranking, he currently would have been No. 3 among Americans behind Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas. Countries are allowed a maximum of four players in golf provided they are among the top 15 in the world ranking.

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