North Carolina sits alone at the top, of the preseason Associated Press Top 25 and on the list of teams with the most preseason No. 1 rankings.
With nine of its top 10 scorers back, UNC enters the 2015-16 season at No. 1 for a record ninth time, breaking a tie with UCLA.
"I do feel like we're going to be a good basketball team," coach Roy Williams said. "I'm excited for our kids, because this is one of the best groups that I've ever worked with.
The Tar Heels received 35 of 65 first-place votes, keeping them ahead of No. 2 Kentucky (10 first-place votes), No. 3 Maryland (14), No. 4 Kansas (5) and reigning champion Duke at No. 5. Sixth-ranked Virginia received the other first-place vote. The entire
North Carolina was last ranked preseason No. 1 in the AP poll in 2011-12 and reached the Elite Eight that season. The Tar Heels have twice turned a preseason No. 1 ranking into a national championship, first in 1982 and again in 2009.
This year's Tar Heels return four double-digit scorers, including preseason ACC co-player of the year Marcus Paige and returning all-ACC forward Brice Johnson.
The Big Ten leads the conferences in ranked teams with six. Third-ranked Maryland is the Big Ten's highest-ranked team followed by No. 13 Michigan State, No. 15 Indiana, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 23 Purdue and No. 25 Michigan.
The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 have four teams each in the poll, and both have three schools in the top 10.
Mattingly takes on challenge
Moments into his introductory news conference with the Miami Marlins on Monday, Don Mattingly peeled off his sport coat to try on a team jersey for the cameras. "I'm hoping I'm not sweating underneath," he said with a smile.
Mattingly hasn't lost a game yet, and he's already feeling the heat. That's the nature of working for impetuous Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, who's now on his seventh manager since June 2010. But Mattingly, hired after five seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is optimistic he'll end the Miami managerial merry-go-round.
"I signed a four-year deal," he said Monday. "I plan on being here at least 10."
Loria didn't attend the news conference, but in a statement he described Mattingly as a "long-term solution."
Toronto leader Shapiro draws crowd
Mark Shapiro was introduced as president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays at a news conference packed with reporters asking about the departure of Alex Anthopoulos as general manager. Shapiro said Tony LaCava will serve as interim general manager. Anthopoulos rejected a contract offer and left the team Thursday. LaCava had been an assistant to Anthopoulos since 2007. "Not the transition that I originally expected," Shapiro said.
Dallas Wings are introduced
The WNBA team relocating to north Texas will be called the Dallas Wings, the team revealed.
The franchise moved to from Tulsa, Okla., after six seasons and will play at the 7,000-seat arena on the Texas-Arlington campus.
AROUND THE HORN
Soccer: Major League Soccer's New York City FC parted ways with coach Jason Kreis. NYCFC finished near the bottom of the standings with 37 points.
Horse racing: Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, Australia's most important race, when she rode 100-1 outsider Prince of Penzance to victory.