Indiana coach Tom Crean used an analogy to the state’s second-favorite sport after the Hoosiers remained No. 1 in The Associated Press’ Top 25 for a second straight week.

It had been over a month since a team managed to stay on top, and Indiana broke that trend despite losing a game last week, leading Crean to bring up auto racing.

“I had a good friend tell me that in-season rankings are the barometer of representing what lane you’re in and the direction and how far you are moving towards your goals,” Crean said Monday. “We want to stay in the left lane and keep working on our team and pace, because we know there are quite a few others in the left lane as well.”

The Hoosiers (21-3) lost to Illinois on a last-second basket Thursday but rebounded with a win at then-No. 10 Ohio State on Sunday. In a week when four of the top five teams and six of the top 10 lost, it was enough to keep the No. 1 ranking.

Vick staying with Eagles: Quarterback Michael Vick took a significant pay cut to stay with the Philadelphia Eagles and compete for a starting job.

Vick agreed Monday to a restructured three-year contract with the Eagles, just two seasons after signing a $100 million extension that included $35.5 million in guaranteed money.

The new deal is essentially for one year, though. A source familiar with the contract said Vick could earn up to $10 million in 2013 if he meets all his performance incentives, but the Eagles will void the remaining two years March 15.

Giants’ Diehl pleads guilty to DWI: Giants lineman New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol stemming from an incident in which he crashed his car in June 2012 in New York. He was ordered to undergo court-mandated treatment.

Report: Bourn to Indians: Fox Sports reported the Cleveland Indians agreed to terms with free-agent center fielder Michael Bourn on a four-year, $48 million contract with a vesting option for a fifth year. Bourn, 30, hit .274 with nine home runs, 57 RBI and 42 stolen bases last season for the Atlanta Braves.

Local briefs

Regional tickets: The Lake Central athletic department is selling tickets to Saturday’s Valparaiso girls basketball regional. Tickets are $10 each and will be sold from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (no tickets sold on Thursday). LC will play in the first semifinal at 9:30 a.m. against Merrillville. Single session tickets will only be sold at the door.

Munster-Andrean tickets: Tickets for the highly-anticipated Munster at Andrean boys basketball game on Friday night will be available at Munster High School from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Hobart-Merrillville game moved: The Hobart at Merrillville boys basketball game scheduled for Saturday has been moved to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19 due to the Merrillville girls playing in the regional.

Hobart looking for tennis coach: Hobart High School is looking for a girls varsity tennis coach for the 2013 season. If interested, please call 942-8521, ext. 8035.