CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina sits alone at the top, both of the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll and on the all-time list of teams with the most preseason No. 1 rankings.
The Tar Heels are determined to be there in April, too.
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With nine of its top 10 scorers back, UNC enters the 2015-16 season at No. 1 for a record ninth time in AP preseason poll history, breaking a tie with UCLA.
''I do feel like we're going to be a good basketball team,'' coach Roy Williams said in a statement Monday. ''I'm excited for our kids, because this is one of the best groups that I've ever worked with.
''We made a nice run last year but were disappointed with the way it ended. Hopefully we will use that as fuel to be the best team we can be this year.''
The Tar Heels earned 35 of 65 first-place votes to claim the top spot in Monday's poll, keeping them ahead of No. 2 Kentucky (10 first-place votes), No. 3 Maryland (14), No. 4 Kansas (5) and reigning champion Duke at No. 5. Sixth-ranked Virginia received the other first-place vote.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been told he won't start Sunday for the San Francisco 49ers and is being replaced by backup Blaine Gabbert, a person with knowledge of the decision said Monday night.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the decision wasn't to be discussed publicly. The team had not made a formal announcement, though coach Jim Tomsula offered a pretty good hint earlier in the day ''we're evaluating everyone,'' on the heels of a 27-6 loss at St. Louis and a second straight game without a touchdown and third in five.
Kaepernick has been benched for his birthday, as he turns 28 on Tuesday. In a strange twist, it was three years ago in November 2012 when Kaepernick was promoted to replace Alex Smith and he wound up leading San Francisco back to the Super Bowl and a three-point loss to Baltimore. Kaepernick made his first career start on Nov. 19, 2012, for former coach Jim Harbaugh.
Former first-round pick Gabbert completed 23 of 28 passes in the preseason - for an 82.1 completion percentage - for 203 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions and a 108.8 passer rating. He has stood by locker mate and friend Kaepernick, and they have regularly eaten lunch together, especially last week when a report said Kaepernick was alone ''on an island'' in the locker room.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Two protesters rappelled down from the upper balcony to unfurl a banner protesting Bank of America during a game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Carolina Panthers.
Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said in an email that authorities arrested four people in the incident, though names, charges and details weren't immediately available early Tuesday.
The two protesters dangled over fans in the lower bowl and in front of press-box windows late in the third quarter, then displayed a banner telling the Charlotte-based financial institution to ''dump Dominion.''
The banner also included a website address, which outlined opposition to Bank of America's role in financing a liquefied natural gas export facility by energy company Dominion Resources in Cove Point, Maryland. Bank of America owns naming rights to the Panthers' home stadium.
The protesters dangled by ropes well into the fourth quarter.
Drummond says the team and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are investigating the incident.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Steelers All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell is done for the season after Pittsburgh placed him on injured reserve.
Bell hurt his right knee in a 16-10 loss against Cincinnati on Sunday.
In six games this season - he missed two while serving a league suspension - Bell rushed for 556 yards on 113 carries with three touchdowns. He had 24 receptions for 136 yards.
Veteran DeAngelo Williams will become the starter. The Steelers (4-4) also signed free agent running back Isaiah Pead to take Bell's spot on the roster.
Bell caught a pass from Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter Sunday and his right knee twisted awkwardly underneath him during a tackle by linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette was scheduled to undergo surgery to stabilize ligaments in his neck, a day after being taken off the field on a backboard during Seattle's game at Dallas.
The Seahawks released a statement saying that Lockette was to undergo surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The team said Lockette has full motion and feeling in all his extremities and a good prognosis.
Coach Pete Carroll said on his radio show Monday on KIRO-AM in Seattle that Lockette's family was with him and the surgery was taking place sometime in the early afternoon. Carroll said Lockette's season is over and but he did not know if it was a potentially career-threatening injury.
Lockette posted a message on Twitter on Monday morning thanking fans, teammates and his family for their support and saying: ''Can't wait (to) get back with my teammates in Seattle.''
Lockette was injured when he was running down the field on punt coverage and appeared to be engaged with another Dallas Cowboys player before he turned and was hit by safety Jeff Heath. Lockette immediately slumped to the ground and appeared to be unconscious when trainers and medical officials got there to attend to him.
MIAMI (AP) - Don Mattingly was introduced as the Miami Marlins manager, the team's seventh since June 2010.
Mattingly was hired last week, but Monday's news conference was delayed until after the World Series. He parted last month with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With the change in jobs, Mattingly will face a big adjustment regarding resources. The Dodgers led the majors by far this year with a payroll of $289.6 million at the end of the regular season; Miami ranked last at $64.9 million, and the Marlins plan only a small increase in 2016.
Mattingly becomes owner Jeffrey Loria's first high-profile managerial hire since Ozzie Guillen four years ago. Guillen was fired after one troubled season, and his four-year contract just came off the books.
NEW YORK (AP) - The World Series' Game 5 had its highest television rating since 2009.
The Royals' 7-2 win over the Mets in 12 innings Sunday night to win their first championship since 1985 averaged a 10.0 rating and 17 share and 17.2 million viewers on Fox. The network said Monday it was the highest-rated Game 5 since the Yankees-Phillies World Series six years ago.
The World Series once again trailed a regular-season NFL game, though. The ''Sunday Night Football'' matchup between the undefeated Broncos and Packers averaged 23.0 million viewers on NBC. It was the highest-rated Sunday night game on NBC of the six that have gone against the World Series.
The World Series averaged 14.7 million viewers, up 6 percent from last year's Giants-Royals matchup that went the full seven games.
Ratings represent the percentage of homes with televisions tuned to a program, while shares measure the percentage of TVs in use at the time.
Kansas City had a 60.0 rating and 80 share Sunday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals and their fans will throw one of the biggest parties in the city's history to celebrate the team's first World Series championship in 30 years.
The Royals became World Series champions Sunday with a 7-2 victory in 12 innings over the New York Mets. It was the first championship for the Royals since 1985, which was followed by decades of losing baseball that caused many in the city to abandon the team.
City officials said they expect at least 200,000 people to pack into the 2.3-mile parade route Tuesday through downtown Kansas City to cheer as the players, coaches and team officials drive by in a motorcade before a rally at Union Station.