BASKETBALL

Oregon women’s basketball drops in AP poll ahead of final week of regular season — Oregon women’s basketball dropped in the AP poll after losing to Stanford and splitting its trip to Los Angeles. The Ducks (13-6, 10-6 Pac-12) are No. 14 with 294 points in the AP poll, down from No. 13 with 377 points last week, following losses to Stanford and at UCLA and win at USC. Oregon is scheduled to host Oregon State in the regular season finale on Sunday (3 p.m., Pac-12 Network).

Iona season halted again — Iona’s first season under Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino is halted again, this time until the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament. The Gaels, who recently returned from the longest pause in Division I this season, announced Monday they won’t be able to play their final five conference games because of a positive COVID-19 result by a Tier I member of the program. Subsequent quarantine and isolation protocols left them without the required number of players. Iona returned from a 51-day pause on Feb. 12 against Manhattan, its first game since Dec. 23. That was supposed to begin a stretch of 10 games in 22 days before the MAAC Tournament in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Pitino said he had tested positive during the previous pause, estimating that about half the team has had the coronavirus this season. Iona hired the winner of national championships at Kentucky and Louisville last March, during an outbreak of the virus in Iona’s city of New Rochelle, New York. The Gaels swept Monmouth over the weekend and were scheduled to play Marist on Wednesday.

Dr. J gets vaccinated — Julius “Dr. J” Erving is the latest NBA legend to reveal that he’s gotten vaccinated against the coronavirus, doing so Monday. Much like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gregg Popovich and Bill Russell before him, Erving made the announcement in the form of a video distributed through the league. “We were never afraid to take the big shot,” Erving said in the video. Erving turned 71 on Monday, meaning he is well within the current age guidelines for vaccine eligibility as established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The video he appears in also includes short clips of Jerry West, Dave Bing and Wayne Embry receiving their vaccinations. The league has released these videos in an effort to help encourage the public to receive the vaccine when they are eligible and it is available in their community.

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