Virginia heads into tournaments on top…Texas Tech rewards coach…Forte to retire as a Bear

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Top-ranked Virginia and other AP Top 25 teams head into league tournaments this week with the chance to secure high seeds in the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers are the unanimous No. 1 in the latest AP poll, while No. 2 Villanova and No. 3 Xavier enter the Big East Tournament contending for No. 1 NCAA seeds. The Southeastern and American Athletic conferences conclude Sunday, the same day the NCAA field of 68 is announced.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Big 12 runner-up Texas Tech has rewarded coach Chris Beard with a new $19 million contract. The deal goes through the 2023-24 season. The 14th-ranked Red Raiders go into this week’s Big 12 tournament as the No. 2 seed. They are 23-8 overall, matching the most wins since going 30-2 and making the NCAA Sweet 16 during the 1995-96 season.

CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Forte (for-TAY’) plans to retire as a member of the Chicago Bears. The two-time Pro Bowl running back told NBC Sports Chicago that he will sign a one-day contract so he can officially go out as a Bear. Forte announced last week he is calling it a career after 10 seasons. Forte spent his first eight seasons with Chicago and his last two with the New York Jets.

SALISBURY, England (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says Britain may not participate “in the normal way” in this summer’s soccer World Cup in Russia if Moscow is found to be behind the unexplained illness of a former spy. Sergei Skripal and his daughter are in a critical condition after collapsing in the English city of Salisbury on Sunday. Johnson told lawmakers in the House of Commons that Britain will have a “robust” response if Russian involvement is proved, including sanctions and other measures.

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils will face off against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers to open the regular season in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Oct. 6 as part of the NHL’s Global Series. In the second year of regular games in Europe, the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets will also play Nov. 1 and 2 in Helsinki. The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced the games and two exhibitions this morning.

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