Duke back atop AP poll; ACC sits 1-2-3

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Duke has a No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25 again to go with its top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Blue Devils are back on top followed by Virginia and North Carolina to give the Atlantic Coast Conference a 1-2-3 showing in the final AP Top 25 poll this season.

The Blue Devils (29-5) jumped from fifth to first Monday after winning last week's league tournament with the return of freshman star Zion Williamson from a knee sprain that had sidelined him nearly six full games. That made Duke the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament when the field of 68 teams was unveiled Sunday night.

Gettleman: Beckham trade benefits Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) General manager Dave Gettleman says the trade of star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was in the best interests of the New York Giants and a deal the organization could not refuse.

Gettleman was speaking Monday for the first time since sending Beckham to the Cleveland Browns last week for first- and third-round picks this year along with safety Jabrill Peppers. He says there was no mystery behind the move of the highly popular Beckham. (MORE)

Surging Spurs brace for Warriors

San Antonio has rolled to season-high eight wins in a row, beating five teams that would be in the playoffs if they began today.

But the real test of how much the Spurs have improved over the past three weeks happens Monday night when they host Golden State. (MORE)

No ill will for Nuggets-Celtics rematch

November was a long time ago, so chances are the Boston Celtics have gotten over Jamal Murray's antics from the first time they played the Denver Nuggets.

Then again, NBA players have long memories. (MORE)

Suspended Westbrook to sit as Heat visit

It's been seven years since superstar guards Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook went head-to-head in the NBA Finals.

They've likely played their last game against one another. (MORE)

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