Cotton Bowl on tap...Lakers-Clippers highlights NBA slate...PGA season opens
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A couple of 10-2 teams on five-game winning streaks are preparing for this evening's Cotton Bowl. Led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEL'), Texas A&M takes on Oklahoma in the first bowl matchup between former Big 12 rivals. Oklahoma's two losses this season are to top-ranked Notre Dame and No. 7 Kansas State, while Texas A&M lost to No. 4 Florida and No. 9 LSU.
UNDATED (AP) — L.A.'s pro basketball teams meet head to head tonight for one of 11 games on the NBA schedule. The Pacific Division-leading Clippers have dropped two in a row following a franchise-record 17-game winning streak. The struggling Lakers are 15-16 and nine games behind their city rival.
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder will be out to improve their 24-7 record when they host Philadelphia, Charlotte is at Cleveland and looking for a second straight W following a 17-game losing streak, Sacramento plays at Toronto, league door mat Washington entertains Brooklyn, Detroit is home to Atlanta, Portland plays at Memphis, Boston will be out to snap a four-game losing streak when it hosts Indiana, Eastern Conference leader Miami hosts Chicago, Milwaukee is home to Houston and Utah is at Phoenix.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The PGA gets under way today with the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, although the top four in the world ranking are taking the week off. Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Luke Donald and Justin Rose didn't make the trip to Kapalua. Ernie Els is playing next week in South Africa, while Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson also opted not to come.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL and the players' association are expected to meet again today following a very brief negotiation session. The two sides met face-to-face for about an hour in New York before breaking into separate groups. The sides have moved closer to one another while swapping proposals, but key issues remain, including salary cap and pensions.