Villanova, top 11 remain the same in AP men's hoops poll

Villanova remained on top of The Associated Press college basketball poll on Monday while Southern Cal made its first appearance this season and Florida State returned to the rankings.

  • Written by JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer

Patriots get big win, continue to inch toward playoffs

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — By the time the Patriots took the field Monday night against the Ravens, they knew they'd have to wait at least another week to wrap up their eighth consecutive playoff berth.

  • Written by KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer

Manslaughter conviction in death of ex-NFL star Will Smith

 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints defensive leader Will Smith was convicted of manslaughter on Sunday night, ending a week-long trial in which the defendant insisted he only fired because the popular football star was drunk, violent and had grabbed a gun following a traffic crash on the night of April 9.

  • Written by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press