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College

Sport Shorts for Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

WOMEN’S HOOPS

Bailey stepping up at Truman

Dixon graduate Brooke Bailey has been the leading scorer the past two games for the Truman State (Mo.) women’s basketball team.

A redshirt junior guard, the 5-foot-6 Bailey had 14 points in a 54-48 loss to Rockhurst on Saturday, and 13 points in a 72-46 loss at Drury on Thursday.

Bailey is averaging 7.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for the 10-9 Bulldogs.

MEN’S HOOPS

Villanova remains atop AP poll

Villanova, Virginia and Purdue are making themselves comfortable atop the AP Top 25. And with the way they’re playing, they might stay there for a while longer, too.

The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in Monday’s latest poll, followed by the second-ranked Cavaliers and the third-ranked Boilermakers. It marked the fourth straight week that with the trio sitting 1-2-3 in the poll as they continue extended winning streaks while avoiding the upsets that hit national powers Duke, Kansas, Arizona and Kentucky last weekend.

NFL

Ratings drop for Super Bowl

An estimated 103.4 million people watched the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, the smallest audience for television’s biggest yearly event since 2009.

The Nielsen company says viewership was down from last year’s audience of 111.3 million. The all-time record for Super Bowl viewing was 114.4 million for the Seattle-New England game in 2015.

Gronkowski may be mulling retirement

The storyline going into Super Bowl LII was whether Rob Gronkowski was healthy enough to play. The question coming out of Sunday night will be whether Gronkowski ever plays again.

Minutes after putting together a huge second half in the New England Patriots’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, Gronkowski was wavering about his future in football.

“I don’t know how you heard that,” Gronkowski said to reporters when asked if he was considering retirement, “but I mean I’m definitely going to look at my future, for sure. I’m going to sit down the next couple of weeks and see where I’m at.”

MLB

Rangers take a chance on Colon

The Texas Rangers have signed 44-year-old Bartolo Colon to a minor league contract and invited the pitcher to big league spring training.

Colon would get a $1.75 million, 1-year contract if added to the 40-man roster under the terms of the deal agreed to Sunday.

Colon was a combined 7-14 with a 6.48 ERA in 28 starts for Atlanta and Minnesota last season. He was released by the Braves in July, then signed with the Twins and went 5-6 with a 5.18 ERA in 15 starts for the team.

Colon has 240 career victories in 20 seasons with 10 teams, including the Montreal Expos. The portly right-hander has posted 21 career wins against Texas, the most by any pitcher.

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