KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals head into spring training with a new outlook. The team was sold in the offseason to Kansas City businessman John Sherman and Mike Matheny was hired to replace retired manager Ned Yost. The moves come after the Royals lost more than 100 games for the second consecutive year. The Royals spent last season trying to usher the first wave of young players to the big leagues. Their development will be a major focus this season. So will the growth of the young pitchers still in the minors. Pitchers and catchers report to Arizona on Feb. 12.
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor doesn't spend time pondering a few minutes in Alaska the first week of the season. The Bears have won 19 games in a row since blowing a late 10-point lead against Washington. They are now the only team that has been No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll three weeks in a row. They are unbeaten halfway through the Big 12's 18-game schedule. Baylor is just ahead of No. 3 Kansas in the conference standings, with the difference being the Bears' first win at Allen Fieldhouse. That is the only Big 12 loss for Kansas.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Jarron Cumberland converted a go-ahead three-point play with 3.5 seconds remaining to lift Cincinnati to an 80-79 win over Wichita State. Cumberland, the reigning American Athletic Conference player of the year, finished with 24 points. Keith Williams had 17 points for Cincinnati, which earned its fifth straight win. Chris Vogt added 12 points and three blocks, and Tre Scott had 11 rebounds. Jaime Echenique had 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Shockers. Dennis added 16 points and Jamarius Burton had 13 points.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 36 and hauled down 20 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks dumped the Philadelphia 76ers, 112-101 in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo had 30-plus points and 15-plus rebounds for the fifth straight game and the 14th time this season. Khris Middleton finished with 20 points and seven rebounds to help the Bucks improve to an NBA-best 44-7.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 41 points and Robert Covington was productive in his Houston debut as the Rockets topped the Lakers, 121-111. Covington hit two clutch late 3-pointers while getting 14 points and eight rebounds, helping the Rockets drop the Western Conference leaders to 38-12. Houston rallied from a late four-point deficit and ended the game on a 19-5 surge highlighted by two of Covington's four 3-pointers.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga is 24-1 after Filip Petrusev contributed 21 points and six rebounds to an 85-67 victory against Loyola Marymount. Drew Timme and Admon Gilder each added 17 points for the Zags, who led by eight before opening the second half on a big run. Gonzaga has won 18 straight and leads the nation in scoring at over 88 points a game.
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (2)Gonzaga 85 Loyola Marymount 67
Final (23)Arizona 85 Southern Cal 80
Final (24)Colorado 71 California 65
Final (25)Houston 75 Tulane 62
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final New York 105 Orlando 103
Final New Orleans 125 Chicago 119
Final Milwaukee 112 Philadelphia 101
Final Portland 125 San Antonio 117
Final Houston 121 L.A. Lakers 111