ABC News: Sports 3 April 2018

Fresh off Final Four, Kansas leads Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2018-19

It always seems too early to launch a preseason poll in college basketball. But this offseason presents a unique predicament for the game's prognosticators. Along with the typical unknowns related to NBA draft decisions and possible transfers, we're still not sure what further implications will come from the FBI's investigation into corruption in the sport. We will go with what we know -- or what we know right now -- in this early look at the top 25 for the 2018-19 season. Again, all of this comes with fine print because the prominent players anchoring their respective teams' rankings could choose to turn pro before the deadline for early entrants. Either way, we're confident we've identified the top teams entering next season. We just completed one of the most improbable Final Four pairings of all time with Loyola-Chicago joining major programs Kansas, Michigan and Villanova on the same stage. Now it's time to look ahead. ...

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Manny Pacquiao to fight Lucas Matthysse without Freddie Roach

A little more than a year since his last fight, Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring to challenge secondary welterweight world titleholder Lucas Matthysse on July 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, both sides said Monday night. "Signed, sealed, and delivered: Proud to officially announce that WBA welterweight world champion Lucas Matthysse will put his title on the line against Manny Pacquiao in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday night July 14 (U.S. time)," Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Matthysse, wrote on his social media. Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz told ESPN that the kickoff news conference to announce the fight is scheduled for April 18 in Manila in Pacquiao's home country of the Philippines, with another scheduled for April 20 in Kuala Lumpur. Pacquiao will go into the fight without his longtime trainer, International Boxing Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, overseeing his camp or corner. Koncz said Pacquiao has replaced Roach with Buboy...

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Simply the best: Never challenged, 'Nova wins another title

Simply the best: Never challenged, Villanova wins 2nd title in three years

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Villanova's 6th man breaks out in starring role vs Michigan

Donte DiVincenzo's biggest contribution to Villanova's 2016 national championship was made at practice, often playing the role of the opponents' best player

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Villanova's Wright in select company with 2nd NCAA title

Villanova's Jay Wright has gone from no titles to very select company in less than 2 years

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76ers set to unveil sculpture of Julius 'Dr. J' Erving

The Philadelphia 76ers will pay tribute to Hall of Famer Julius Erving with a sculpture

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Michigan's Beilein: 'Don't worry about me' after title miss

Michigan coach John Beilein fell one victory short of his first NCAA championship for the second time in six years

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Jansen blows save, D-backs beat Dodgers 8-7 in 15 innings

Chris Owings hit a three-run homer off All-Star closer Kenley Jansen with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored twice in the 15th to rally past the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7

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Firefighter-to-Masters golfer: Talk about a Hollywood story!

A Hollywood story: Massachusetts firefighter takes a break from his day job, gets ready to tee off at the Masters

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Michigan can't counter Villanova in rough title game defeat

Michigan couldn't stop Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo in the NCAA Tournament championship game

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Villanova students gear up to welcome home NCAA champs

Students at Villanova University are gearing up to welcome home their men's basketball team, who are returning with their second NCAA championship in three years

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Duke is No. 1 in way-too-early AP poll for 2018-19

Duke is No. 1 in the way-too-early look at what The Associated Press preseason poll might look like in 2018-19

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