• Gonzaga is No. 1 in AP Top 25 for 1st time: (AP) — Gonzaga, the small Northwest school known for big NCAA tournament wins, is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ Top 25 for the first time.
Riding the best record in Division I at 29-2, the Bulldogs took advantage of Indiana’s loss to Minnesota last week. The Bulldogs switched places with the Hoosiers, advancing from No. 2 to move comfortably into the No. 1 spot Monday.
Gonzaga is the fifth school to hold the top spot this season. Indiana was the preseason No. 1 and on top for nine other weeks. Duke, Louisville and Michigan were the other No. 1s.
Duke stayed at No. 3 with five first-place votes. Kansas and Georgetown both jumped two spots to fourth and fifth. The Hoyas received the other two first-place votes.
• Ravens QB Flacco signs NFL’s richest contract: OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has signed a new contract worth $120.6 million over six years, making him the highest paid player in NFL history.
The Super Bowl MVP finalized the deal Monday. Flacco will receive a $29 million signing bonus and $52 million in guaranteed money.
Flacco says, “It’s not really about the money, it’s about that respect.”
The 28-year-old Flacco threw 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions during the postseason and led the Ravens to a Super Bowl win over San Francisco.
That probably helped him in negotiations, but Flacco says, “I think I’m an asset to this team. ... The fact that we won the Super Bowl just comes with that. If we didn’t win the Super Bowl this year, I still think I’m worth the same.”
• Jets GM: Docs say Revis’ rehab ‘ahead of schedule’: NEW YORK (AP) — Jets general manager John Idzik says doctors have indicated that Darrelle Revis is “ahead of schedule” in his rehabilitation from a knee injury, but he wouldn’t address the cornerback’s murky contract situation.
Idzik and coach Rex Ryan answered questions during a 30-minute conference call with season ticket holders Monday. Several were about Revis, who is recovering from knee surgery and has been the subject of rampant trade speculation. Ryan again denied the rumors, and Idzik would say only that the team’s focus is on getting Revis healthy from ACL surgery.
Idzik wouldn’t reveal plans for Tim Tebow, and appeared to hint that the quarterback could be in the mix at the position this offseason. But Tebow is still expected to be traded or released in the coming weeks.
• Hingis to enter International Tennis Hall of Fame: NEW YORK (AP) — Five-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Hingis heads the 2013 class for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The other new members of the Hall announced Monday are Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, and Ion Tiriac. Australian player Thelma Coyne Long’s election was announced earlier.
Hingis won a total of 15 major titles, including nine in women’s doubles and one in mixed. The first came at Wimbledon in women’s doubles in 1996, at the age of 15 years, 9 months, making her the youngest Grand Slam champion in tennis history.
The Swiss star also was the youngest woman to reach No. 1 in the WTA singles rankings, getting there in March 1997 at 16½, and spent a total of 209 weeks in the top spot. Hingis spent 35 weeks at No. 1 in doubles, too.
• NRA title sponsor for NASCAR Cup race in Texas: FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The National Rifle Association will be the title sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas next month.
NRA’s sponsorship with Texas Motor Speedway was announced during the track’s media day Monday. The April 13 race, the first scheduled night race of the season, will be known as the NRA 500.
The deal comes at a time when the NRA is involved in a renewed debate on gun violence in the wake of the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
This is not the NRA’s first title sponsorship in NASCAR. The group sponsored a Nationwide race at Atlanta last September.
TMS president Eddie Gossage says the NRA has been involved for several years as a partner of the Speedway Motorsports Inc., which owns the track.
• Yankees GM Cashman breaks leg skydiving: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has broken his right leg and dislocated the ankle while skydiving from a plane in Florida.
Cashman jumped with the U.S. Army Golden Knights in a plane from Homestead Air Reserve Base outside Miami, a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. He was hurt on his second jump Monday. The Yankees said he was evaluated at Homestead Hospital and scheduled for surgery later in the day with Dr. Dominic Carreira at Broward Health Medical Center.
The 45-year-old, who has been the team’s GM since February 1998, also has rappelled down a 350-foot, 22-story building in Stamford, Conn., in an elf’s costume the past two Decembers as part of the town’s “Heights and Lights” celebration.