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Lakers-Rockets highlight NBA schedule.
UNDATED (AP) — On paper, this is one of those days in the NBA where the league’s best teams feast on the worst. But the notable exception is in Houston, where the Southwest Division-leading Rockets host the Lakers, who lead the Pacific Division.
L.A.’s other team, the Clippers are chase LeBron James’ squad for the division lead. They’re in New Orleans to play the Pelicans, who are still waiting for the debut of the league’s top overall draft choice, Zion Williamson
The Milwaukee Bucks are in Brooklyn to play the Nets, Phoenix is at Boston, Atlanta hosts Detroit and the 76ers travel to Madison Square Garden to play the Knicks.
Cleveland visits Chicago and Toronto is at Minnesota, while Golden State hosts Orlando, Portland is in Oklahoma City, and the Utah Jazz get a visit from the Sacramento Kings.
NBA-ESPN-THE JUMP PRIMETIME
Going primetime: “The Jump” serving as pregame for ABC games
UNDATED (AP) — ESPN has gone through many pairings and approaches trying to build a pregame show during its 18 seasons broadcasting the NBA. This time it’s using a successful daily show.
The Rachel Nichols-led “The Jump” has been a daytime hit since debuting four years ago and is going primetime. It will lead off ABC’s Saturday night package, which begins with the Los Angeles Lakers visiting the Houston Rockets.
Mike Shiffman, who is the head of NBA production for ESPN, said the ability of the show to be nimble and adjust to breaking news was one of the biggest draws to giving it a new platform.
T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Packed schedule in college basketball
UNDATED (AP) — Twenty-one of the top 25 teams in the AP’s men’s college basketball rankings are in action today.
The most attractive matchup may be in Durham, North Carolina, where No. 3 Duke host No. 11 Louisville. The Cardinals and Blue Devils are in a three-way tie with No. 9 Florida State for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. It’s their only regular season meeting.
Duke will be looking to bounce back from a 79-72 loss at Clemson on Tuesday night.
Here’s the full top 25 schedule (all times Eastern):
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. BYU, 10 p.m.
No. 2 Baylor at Oklahoma State, Noon
No. 3 Duke vs. No. 11 Louisville, 6 p.m.
No. 4 Auburn at Florida, 1:30 p.m.
No. 5 Butler at DePaul, 1 p.m.
No. 6 Kansas at Texas, 2 p.m.
No. 7 San Diego State vs. Nevada, 8 p.m.
No. 8 Oregon at Washington, 3:45 p.m.
No. 9 Florida State at Miami, Noon
No. 10 Kentucky at Arkansas, 4 p.m.
No. 12 West Virginia at Kansas State, 2 p.m.
No. 14 Villanova vs. UConn at the Wells Fargo Center, Noon
No. 16 Wichita State vs. Houston, 4 p.m.
No. 17 Maryland vs. Purdue, 2 p.m.
No. 18 Seton Hall vs. St. John’s at Madison Square Garden, Noon
No. 20 Colorado at Arizona, 2:30 p.m.
No. 21 Ohio State at Penn State, Noon
No. 23 Texas Tech vs. Iowa State, 4 p.m.
No. 24 Illinois vs. Northwestern, 5 p.m.
No. 25 Creighton vs. Providence, 4:30 p.m.
Busy schedule in the NHL
UNDATED (AP) — Two dozen teams are in action in the NHL today.
The first game of day is a good one, with the New York Islanders hosting their Metropolitan division rivals, the league-leading Capitals. Washington captain Alex Ovechkin needs one goal to tie Mario Lemieux for 10th on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list. Ovechkin says the Penguins’ star and now owner one of his idols growing up.
Another good matchup in Denver, where the Colorado Avalanche get a visit from the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues.
Two teams who have had some surprising success this season also meet in a matinee, as the Oilers host the Arizona Coyotes in Edmonton.
Elsewhere, Calgary is at Ottawa, the Maple Leafs get a visit from the Blackhawks, the Vegas Golden Knights are in Montreal, Detroit hosts the Florida Panthers, the Kings play the Flyers in Philadelphia, and New Jersey is at Columbus.
Buffalo visits Nashville, the Dallas Stars are in Minnesota to play the Wild, and the late game has the Vancouver Canucks at home against the San Jose Sharks.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL ALL-STARS
UNDATED (AP) — For those college sports fans who just can’t make the transition to roundball yet, there are two all-star showcases in football.
The East-West Shrine Classic will be played in St. Petersburg, Fla., this afternoon with game-time set for about 3 p.m. Eastern.
Two hours later in Pasadena, Calif., it the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Fowler, Scheffler tied for lead in desert
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Rickie Fowler and Scottie Scheffler each shot 8-under 64 at The American Express to share the second-round lead at 15-under 129.
They played PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course and move over to the adjacent Stadium Course for the weekend.
Andrew Landry was a stroke out of the lead after a 64 at La Quinta Country Club. Tony Finau pulled with two shots with a 62 on the Nicklaus layout.
Tournament host Phil Mickelson needs a low round today at the Stadium Course to make the cut after rounds of 70 and 72 in his first start of the year.
PGA-ABU DHABI CHAMPIONSHIP
Westwood powers into 1-shot lead at Abu Dhabi Championship
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Lee Westwood has moved into a one-shot lead after the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Westwood carded a seven-under 65 to close in on what would be his 25th career title on the European Tour. He is one ahead of Bernd Wiesberger and second-round leader Francesco Laporta.
The top-ranked Brooks Koepka recovered from a poor round on Friday by firing a two-under 70 and is tied for 48th. It’s Koepka’s first tournament since returning from a knee injury he aggravated in October.
Henderson, Inbee Park tied for lead in LPGA season opener
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Brooke Henderson and Inbee Park share the lead heading into the third round at the LPGA Tour’s season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.
Canada’s Henderson parlayed four birdies and a late eagle into Friday’s hottest round. She’s No. 3 in the Rolex Rankings and the highest-ranked player among the 26 LPGA players in the field.
Park is already a World Golf Hall of Fame member with the most victories (19 on the LPGA, seven majors) in the Diamond Resorts field. The South Korean shot a bogey-free 68 Friday, nearly holing her third shot at the par-5 17th to set up her third and final birdie.
MLB SIGN STEALING-ROSE
Where does Astros cheating rank in scandals? Ask Pete Rose
LAS VEGAS (AP) — There’s one former baseball player uniquely qualified to answer a question about cheating in baseball. That would be Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hit king who was banned indefinitely from baseball three decades ago for betting on games.
Rose is 78 now, signing autographs for a living in Las Vegas, but he still has opinions on the game and the sign-stealing scandal with the Houston Astros.
Rose tells The Associated Press cheating on the field is bad for the game, and the one thing he never did with his bets is change the outcome of a game.
And, after 30 years away from the game, the all-time major league hit leader asks: “Which one is worse, stealing signs electronically, taking steroids or betting on baseball?”
Rose’s answer: “All I know is I’ve been suspended for 30 years now. I don’t know anybody that’s been suspended for 30 years.”
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