Hooisers poised to regain No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — A new AP men's college basketball poll is due out today and there will likely be a new No. 1. Or more correctly, a recycled No. 1. Indiana is expected to take over the top spot after top-ranked Louisville was knocked off by Syracuse in a battle of Top 10 teams Saturday. The Hooisers took care of Northwestern yesterday to improve to 16-2. Indiana was ranked No. 1 in the pre-season poll and held onto the top spot for the first five weeks of the season.
'Cuse, Irish in action
UNDATED (AP) — No. 6 Syracuse will try to avoid a letdown when they take to the Carrier Dome court to host Cincinnati in top 25 action this afternoon. The Orange are coming off a road upset of top-ranked Louisville Saturday that pushed their record to 17-1. The Bearcats earned themselves some upset bragging rights of their own Saturday with a win over No. 25 Marquette. The 16-3 Bearcats are hoping to have point guard Cashmere Wright back. He missed Saturday's win with a sprained right knee. He was still limping on Saturday.
Notre Dame had a home date with Georgetown today. The 20th-ranked Fighting Irish had to battle to survive against Rutgers in South Bend Saturday to improve to 15-3. Georgetown is 12-4 after a weekend road loss to South Florida.
Day play highlights MLK schedule
UNDATED (AP) — Plenty of day action in the NBA to celebrate the Martin Luther King holiday. Six matinees are on the nine-game slate, including a battle in New York between the Knicks and the Nets. They are the top two teams in the Atlantic Division with the Knicks holding a two-game lead over Brooklyn. But the Nets are on a roll, winning eight of their last nine.
Meanwhile, the game will be a homecoming for the Knicks who last played Thursday in London where they beat Detroit.
There's a pretty good match up on tap in Memphis, where the Grizzlies will welcome Central Division leading Indiana. The Pacers have been on a roll, winning 15 of their last 20. But Indiana has had problems on the road, with just a 9-13 mark. Memphis is challenging San Antonio for the lead in the Southwest Division. They are currently 26-13, four games back of the Spurs.
San Antonio is at Philadelphia.
In a meeting of the top two teams in the Pacific Division, the first-place Clippers visit Golden State. The Clippers have the second-best record in the league and hold a seven-game lead over the Warriors.
UNDATED (AP) - The St. Louis Blues are the only NHL team that hasn't allowed a goal this season. OK, the 48-game, condensed season is only two days old. But still, every team has played at least one game and only the Blues haven't been dented. They'll try to keep the streak alive when they travel to Nashville to take on the winless Predators as part of a seven-game schedule.
St. Louis opened the season with a 6-0 shutout of Detroit.
The Red Wings will try to shake off that dismal start to the season, and at least get on the score sheet, when they travel to Columbus.
Day nine schedule
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) will try to extend her remarkable run through the Australian Open when she takes on Ekaterina Makarova in quarterfinal play. The second-seed has rolled through her first four matches, yielding just five games, which is a tournament record.
It will be interesting to see if Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) shows any lasting effects of his last match when the top-seed meets No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych. Djokovic was on the court for five-hour, five-set win over Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-uh).