Despite being early top seed, Villanova remains No. 2 in poll

Despite being early top seed, Villanova remains No. 2 in poll

After two more wins last week, the Villanova Wildcats remained No. 2 in the AP Top 25, still behind No. 1 Gonzaga and ahead of No. 3 Kansas.

Despite sticking at No. 2 on the Top 25, Villanova was the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament preliminary rankings released on Saturday (see story).

In the poll, Gonzaga received 60 of 65 first-place votes, while Villanova picked up the other five. 

This past week, 'Nova first beat Georgetown, 75-64, at home and then went on the road to beat No. 24 Xavier, 73-57. The loss to Villanova knocked Xavier out of the Top 25. 

While the top three spots on the poll remained the same, there was plenty of movement after. Baylor jumped from 6 to 4 and Arizona jumped from 9 to 5. 

The Wildcats are on the road to face DePaul on Monday night and then on the road to face Seton Hall on Saturday. 

Olympians gather on Capitol Hill for Women in Sports Day

Olympians gather on Capitol Hill for Women in Sports Day

NEW YORK — Olympians and leaders in the sports community are celebrating the 31st annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

They're gathering Wednesday in Washington for a panel on Capitol Hill to discuss athletic opportunities. Olympic gold medalists Benita Fitzgerald Mosely in track and Esther Lofgren in rowing are among the panelists.

The theme of "Expanding Opportunity" emphasizes the rights provided by Title IX ahead of the 45th anniversary of the law, which opened doors for girls and women in high school and collegiate sports around the country.

The sports coalition will meet with the Office on Women's Health and members of the House and Senate. Nationally, thousands of sports educators, coaches, athletic departments and community centers will host events in all 50 states.

Judge sets March trial for 3 former Penn State administrators

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Judge sets March trial for 3 former Penn State administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Penn State's former president and two other ex-administrators learned Wednesday they will go to trial next month, nearly six years after the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal first became public.

Judge John Boccabella set jury selection for March 20 in the criminal trial of former university President Graham Spanier, former Vice President Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley.

All three are charged with endangering the welfare of children.

Boccabella threw out charges of failing to properly report suspected abuse, ruling that the statute of limitations had expired.

But he denied a slew of other defense motions, including requests that all charged be thrown out. He gave both sides about four weeks to make pretrial filings regarding selection of a jury and what evidence will be allowed.

The attorney general's office had sought to add a conspiracy charge related to the child-welfare accusation. The judge did not directly address that request, but he declined to dismiss that conspiracy charge based on time limits.

The judge also turned down defense requests to have separate trials, to move the trial from Harrisburg or to bring in out-of-county jurors.

The three administrators handled a graduate assistant's report in 2001 claiming he had seen Sandusky, then retired, sexually abusing a boy inside a team shower late on a Friday evening. That matter was not reported directly to police and languished until the case was reopened about eight years ago.

Schultz and Curley were first arrested in 2011, and Spanier a year later. All three have consistently denied the allegations. Spanier's lawyer declined comment, while attorneys for Curley and Schultz did not respond to messages seeking comment. A spokesman for the attorney general's office offered no immediate comment.

The cases have dragged on for years, in part because of a lengthy dispute over how Penn State's then-general counsel handled grand jury appearances with the three in 2011, and also because the original trial judge, Todd Hoover, died last year. Superior Court threw out many of the most serious charges a year ago, including perjury.

Sandusky, Penn State's longtime assistant football coach, was convicted in 2012 of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys. He is pursuing appeals while serving a 30- to 60-year sentence at Greene State Prison.