College Football

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri needs replacements at quarterback and for the pass rush. After matching the school record with 12 wins capped by a Cotton Bowl triumph, nobody doubts coach Gary Pinkel is up for the task. The move to the SEC stopped looking like a mistake several months ago. Now, it’s a program to be reckoned with, even though there’ll be seven new starters on defense next fall and many of the top contributors on offense won’t be back, either.

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College Basketball

UNDATED. (AP) — Arizona is No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the fifth straight week, but for the first time in that span there are changes in the Top 25. The Wildcats (15-0) were still a runaway No. 1, with Syracuse, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State remaining the next four teams. No. 25 Kansas State moved into the rankings for the first time this season.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — No. 18 Kansas is set to begin its pursuit of a 10th consecutive Big 12 title with a trip to Oklahoma tomorrow night. It’s the first stop in a five-game meat-grinder against teams that are a combined 60-8 this season, a stretch that could decide early on whether Kansas is a contender. After playing Oklahoma, the Jayhawks face No. 25 Kansas State, ninth-ranked Iowa State, No. 11 Oklahoma State and seventh-ranked Baylor — all at home but the Sooners and the Cyclones.

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MLB

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals added an outfield prospect to the 40-man roster, claiming 22-year-old Rafael Ortega on waivers from the Texas Rangers. The left-handed hitting Ortega, of Venezuela, was designated for assignment by Texas on Dec. 30. Ortega batted .228 for Double-A Tulsa last year with one home run, 10 RBIs and nine steals in 13 attempts before a season-ending leg injury in late June. The Cardinals have one spot remaining on the roster.