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NCAA BASKETBALL: Arizona remains atop AP poll

on December 17, 2013 10:50 AM

UNDATED (AP) — Arizona remains the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll after winning a close game at Michigan on Saturday.

The Wildcats (11-0), who won 72-70, received all but two of the first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Syracuse (10-0) got the other two No. 1 votes and remains second in the poll. Ohio State is third, followed by Wisconsin, Michigan State, Louisville and Oklahoma State.

UConn remained a unanimous No. 1 at the top of the women’s poll, with a showdown against second-ranked Duke looming tonight.

The top 10 remained the same as last week with Tennessee, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Stanford, Louisville, Maryland, Baylor and South Carolina following the Blue Devils.

Klitschko exits boxing for politics

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Vitali Klitschko is leaving boxing to concentrate on politics and his role as an opposition leader in Ukraine.

Klitschko vacated his WBC world heavyweight title Monday and said he doesn’t expect to fight again as he pursues a presidential bid in his home country, where citizens have been protesting for weeks in Kiev over President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to shun closer ties with the European Union and push his country toward Russia.

The World Boxing Council proclaimed Klitschko a “Champion Emeritus,” a move that would allow him to challenge the new champion directly should he wish to resume his career.

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