Streak is over as UConn drops out of the top five of women’s basketball poll for first time in 13 years

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma communicates with players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina defeated Connecticut 70-52. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
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UConn coach Geno Auriemma has seen his team lose to No. 1 South Carolina, No. 2 Baylor, and No. 3 Oregon.

UConn’s record streak of top-five appearances in the Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll is over. The Huskies (21-3) fell to sixth Monday, ending a run of 253 weeks as one of the first five teams in the Top 25. That historic stretch dated to Feb. 5, 2007. UConn’s run dwarfs the No. 2 mark of 96 set by Louisiana Tech in the 1980s. The longest current streak is now held by No. 1 South Carolina at 11. The Gamecocks had a hand in ending the Huskies’ run by routing UConn last Monday night. South Carolina earned 27 first-place votes from the national media panel. No. 2 Baylor received two, and No. 3 Oregon one . . . Boston College sophomore Taylor Soule was named the ACC Player of the Week after she averaged 24.5 points and 11 rebounds in wins over Notre Dame and North Carolina.

Baylor still tops men’s poll

Baylor (23-1) kept the No. 1 spot in the men’s poll with 48 first-place votes from the 63-member media panel, while No. 2 Gonzaga got 14, and No. 3 Kansas one . . . UConn freshman forward Akok Akok ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon Sunday against Memphis and is out the rest of the season.

The 6-foot-9-inch freshman played in all 25 games, bocking 66 shots and averaging 5.8 points and 5.5 rebounds.


Canucks acquire Toffoli


The Vancouver Canucks acquired forward Tyler Toffoli from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for ex-Bruins forward Tim Schaller, the rights to Northeastern sophomore Tyler Madden, a 2020 second-round pick, and a conditional fourth-round selection in 2022. Toffoli, 27, has 18 goals and 34 points this season, the final year of a three-year, $13.8 million contract, and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer . . . Colorado Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer is out indefinitely after suffering a lower-body injury against the Kings on Saturday. Colorado coach Jared Bednar also said forward Matt Calvert (lower body) is expected to be out a couple of weeks . . . Canadiens coach Claude Julien said defenseman Shea Weber (left ankle) and forwards Paul Byron (knee) and Jonathan Drouin (ankle) could return Tuesday in Detroit. Weber, out since Feb. 4, was originally expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

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. . . The Sabres suspended veteran defenseman Zach Bogosian for failing to report to Rochester of the AHL, two days after he cleared waivers.


Weah tears hamstring

American striker Tim Weah, 19, faces another spell on the sidelines after tearing his right hamstring when making his injury comeback for French club Lille on Sunday. Weah was playing in his first game since injuring his hamstring in August . . . United States and D.C. United midfielder Paul Arriola tore his right ACL Saturday, an injury he said it “will take months to recover from.” He has five goals in 33 games for the US national team . . . Harry Gregg, the ex-Manchester United goalie who rescued two teammates as well as a baby and her pregnant mother from the burning fuselage in a 1958 plane crash that killed 23 people, died. He was 87. Obituary, C10.


Beilein’s future unclear

John Beilein’s future as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers is up in the air after the ex-University of Michigan coach has struggled in his first NBA season with a young team that has the worst record in the Eastern Conference. Beilein, 67, and the Cavaliers have discussed the possibility of him stepping down before season’s end. No decision has been made about Beilein’s future, but the team plans to reconvene this week. After a 12-year run at Michigan, Beilein signed a five-year pact with Cleveland in May.


Biles receives Laureus

American gymnast Simone Biles was named the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year for the third time, while soccer star Lionel Messi and Formula One champ Lewis Hamilton shared the men’s award. Biles won five gold medals, and a record fifth all-around title, at the 2019 world championships. She is the most decorated gymnast at worlds with 25 medals . . . Mickey Wright, who won 13 majors among her 82 titles and gave the fledgling LPGA a crucial lift, died Monday of a heart attack. She was 85. Obituary, C9 . . . Four-time major winner Kim Clijsters’s first WTA Tour match since 2012 was a 2-6, 6-7 (6-8) loss to Garbine Muguruza at the Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Championships . . . The Tokyo Marathon is limiting the March 1 field to a few hundred elite runners — and barring the general public from attending — out of fear of the spread of the virus coming from China.