Big game in L.A.
UNDATED (AP) — After a busy day of play on Martin Luther King day, just four games comprise the NBA schedule this evening.
Without doubt the best matchup will take place in Los Angeles as the first-place Clippers play host to the first-place Thunder. L.A. is tops in the Pacific Division with a record of 32-10, while Oklahoma City is No. 1 in the Northwest Division with 32 wins and 9 defeats.
Each team is coming off a loss. For the Thunder a six-game winning streak was snapped Sunday in Denver. The Clippers had a four-game winning streak snapped yesterday by Golden State.
Playing in L.A. has been difficult for Oklahoma City as the Clippers have won four straight over the Thunder on their home floor.
The rest of this evening's games feature Boston at Cleveland, the Pistons home to Orlando and Philadelphia at Milwaukee.
Big game in Kansas
UNDATED (AP) — The highest ranked team in action this evening is third-ranked Kansas and the Jayhawks have their hands full playing at No. 11 Kansas State. The Jayhawks have a record of 18-1, while the Wildcats are 15-2. This is a heated in-state rivalry as each school is 4-0 in Big 12 play this season. The Jayhawks enter the game with the nation's longest winning streak, 15.
KU has dominated the series, having won 44 of the last 47 meetings. This is just the third time since 1958 that both teams have been ranked during a regular-season game.
Rounding out top-five play this evening, No. 5 Louisville, last week's top-team in the AP poll, is on the road for a game at Villanova.
Busy night on ice
UNDATED (AP) — The first week of play in the NHL continues with nine games tonight.
In Washington, the Capitals have their home-opener with a game against Winnipeg. This is the first of five meetings this season between the two clubs and features new Caps coach Adam Oates in his first home game with Washington.
In other games, Tampa Bay and Carolina play the first of five games this season this evening in Raleigh, N.C., Montreal is home to Florida, the Flyers look for their first win of the season after two losses with a game at New Jersey, Detroit fans get a chance to see Jaromir Jagr (YAR'-oh-meer YAH'-ger) in a Dallas uniform tonight as the Wings entertain the Stars, Nashville has had two shootout losses and tonight is at Minnesota, Chicago has its home opener this evening with a game against the Blues, Stanley Cup champ L.A. is at Colorado with each team looking for its first win of the season and San Jose is skating at Edmonton. Each team won its opening game.
Another day of play "down under"
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Among the matches on tap at the Australian Open women's No. 1 Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) has a match against Svetlana Kuznetsova (svet-LAH'-nah kooz-NET'-so-vah) while third-seed Serena Williams goes against fellow American Sloan Stephens.
On the men's side the highest seed in action is No. 2 Roger Federer who is playing seventh-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh). Third-seed Andy Murray is facing France's Jeremy Chardy.
In way of recapping Tuesday's quarterfinal results, women's No. 2 Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) advanced, as did fourth-seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh). For the men, top-seed Novak Djokovic won his match along with fourth seed David Ferrer.
Former NBA veteran heads to Japan
OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Bill Cartwright is a former head coach of the Chicago Bulls and a 15-year veteran of NBA play for the Bulls, Knicks and SuperSonics. He is now in Japan as the newly named head coach of the team in Osaka in Japan's professional basketball league.
Osaka is in ninth place in the 10-team Western Conference with a 5-19 record with half a season remaining. Cartwright says he will guide the team for the rest of the 2013 season.
Cartwright is the second former NBA coach to be hired by a team in the league. Bob Hill coached the Tokyo Apache in 2010.
One year since former coach died
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — It was one year ago today that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died. Supporters of the longtime coach are marking the 1-year anniversary of his death with a candlelight vigil. The Hall of Fame coach died of lung cancer on Jan. 22, 2012, at age 85.
Organizers say they will light 409 candles, one for each of Paterno's victories before 111 were stripped as part of NCAA sanctions in response to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of child sex abuse and is serving a lengthy prison sentence. His arrest tarnished Penn State's storied football program and led to Paterno's firing.
Players house robbed during AFC title game
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Talk about having a tough day. New England Patriots defensive back Derrick Martin had to suffer through his team's loss to Baltimore in the AFC Championship while robbers were ransacking his home in suburban Denver. Police says two masked men forced their way into Martin's home Sunday night when there was at least one adult and several children there. He says they took numerous items.
Investigators don't know if Martin was targeted.