Monday's Sports in Brief

For the first time in more than eight years, Duke is not in The Associated Press Top 25.

The Blue Devils are 15-6 and have lost four of five, including two home games. They had been in every men's poll since the preseason rankings of 2007-08. The record run is UCLA's 221 straight polls from 1966-80.

Oklahoma is 18-2 and is No. 1 for the third straight week, receiving 45 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday. North Carolina is 19-2 and stays second, with 20 No. 1 votes.

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Villanova jumps three places to third and is followed in the top 10 by Maryland, Iowa, Xavier, Kansas, Texas A&M, Virginia and Michigan State.

No. 24 Dayton and No. 25 South Carolina are this week's newcomers, replacing Duke and Notre Dame.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) A team spokesman says nobody was injured after the Denver Broncos' buses were involved in a minor accident following their practice at Stanford Stadium.

The buses carrying players and staff were on their way back to the team hotel in Santa Clara when the accident occurred.

Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said nobody was injured in the accident on the southbound lanes of U.S. Route 101, but he had no information on what caused the fender bender.

Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware tweeted a photo of police investigating the accident.

''To keep the day interesting, we have a small wreck,'' he posted. ''Looks like everyone is ok though.''

The Broncos and Carolina Panthers, who meet in Super Bowl 50, make their first public appearances at media day on Monday night.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - What happens when you put Peyton Manning, Miss Universe, an orange-and-blue leprechaun and 200 TV cameras into the same room?

Answer: Super Bowl Opening Night.

The NFL took a good idea gone surreal - what used to be known as ''Media Day'' - gave it a new name, added a live cover band and moved the whole thing to prime time Monday to kick off Super Bowl week between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.

Broncos quarterback Manning was quite succinct when asked whether he would retire following the Super Bowl.

Manning said: ''I haven't made my mind up and I don't see myself knowing that until after the season's over.''

General manager and vice president John Elway said that no matter Manning decides, the team doesn't want to lose backup Brock Osweiler to free agency.

''We're hoping to get something done with Brock this offseason,'' Elway said. ''... We needed both quarterbacks. We wouldn't be here without both of them.''


PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Suns, mired in one of the worst stretches in their history, have fired coach Jeff Hornacek and promoted Earl Watson to interim coach.

The Suns' season has been swirling rapidly down the drain for weeks and Hornacek must have known his days as coach were numbered.

The Suns finally fired him after the team ran its road losing streak to 14 games with a loss at Dallas on Sunday night.

Watson was selected after interviews were conducted Monday with all three Suns assistants.

Watson was an NBA point guard for 13 seasons and was in his first season as a Suns assistant after a year as an assistant coach of the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

The team issued a brief news release announcing Hornacek's dismissal after 2 1/2 seasons on the job. General manager Ryan McDonough and Watson are scheduled to talk to reporters about the changes at the Tuesday morning shootaround in advance of the game against Toronto.


CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson receiver Hunter Refrow, a star of the national championship game, broke the pinkie finger on his right hand playing basketball with coach Dabo Swinney's sons.

Renfrow said through athletic spokesman Tim Bourret that the injury will not keep him from the start of spring practice on Feb. 29.

Renfrow is a redshirt freshman who caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Deshaun Watson in Clemson's 45-40 loss to Alabama in the national title game last month. Renfrow also had a touchdown in Clemson's 37-17 victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on New Year's Eve.

Renfrow jammed his hand while playing basketball recently at Swinney's house and is wearing a cast.

Renfrow finished the season with 33 catches for 492 yards and five touchdowns.


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Connor McDavid practiced with the Edmonton Oilers, and the rookie center says he is ready to return after breaking his left collarbone.

The No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft got hurt when he was ridden hard into the boards in the second period of a 4-2 victory against Philadelphia on Nov. 3. He has missed 37 games, almost half a season. He'll return to game action Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

''He is ready to go,'' coach Todd McLellan said after McDavid centered a line between Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot in practice.

McDavid, who spent the last week practicing with the Oilers' AHL team in Bakersfield, was asked if he was nervous heading into just the 14th game of his NHL career.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - The president of the International Olympic Committee said a lot of nice things about Los Angeles after visiting proposed venues for the 2024 Games. But if he has a favorite among the four cities competing to host the international competition, he didn't share it.

Thomas Bach, a former Olympian, smiled as he booted a soccer ball around a playing field with Mayor Eric Garcetti at UCLA, recently named the site of the proposed Olympic village. He praised the preparation and professionalism of the Los Angeles bid committee, calling it a strong team with a strong proposal.

But he didn't offer any hints about early leads, but noted the 2024 contest would have only a single winner - no silver or bronze medals.

''We have a fascinating competition ahead of us,'' Bach told reporters.