Light schedule of NBA play
UNDATED (AP) — There are only three games being played tonight in the NBA. The Pacific Division leading Clippers take their 32-11 record to Phoenix to face the Suns while Atlantic Division leader New York is in Boston to play the Celtics. In the final game, Orlando is home to Toronto.
The Clippers and Suns have met twice this season with L.A. coming out on top of both games by a combined 44 points. The last time the Clippers won three straight from the Suns in one season was 1995-'96.
The last time the Knicks and Celtics met, words were exchanged after the game by Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett. Anthony wound up being suspended for one game for his off-court antics.
As far as the Magic-Raptors game, Orlando has lost 14 of its last 16 games and two of those defeats came at the hands of the Raptors.
Wolverines have an eye on No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — Michigan can start to stake a claim on the No. 1 ranking in next week's Associated Press poll. A day after top-ranked Duke was upset by 25th-ranked Miami, the second-ranked Wolverines are home this evening to Purdue. Michigan has won 17 of its 18 games this season. The lone loss came against arch-rival Ohio State. The visiting Boilermakers are just 10-8.
In other top-10 games tonight, No. 6 Arizona is home to UCLA and tenth-ranked Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh) has a home game with BYU.
Rounding out top-25 play this evening, 19th-ranked VCU is at Richmond and No. 23 Mississippi is home to Tennessee in an SEC outing.
A check of winners and losers
UNDATED (AP) — As the first week of the NHL season comes to an end, a check of the standings shows the Flyers, Capitals, Hurricanes, Flames and Kings winless.
Tonight the Caps look for their first win with a home game against Montreal, while the Flyers are home to the Rangers, the Kings are in Edmonton, and Carolina is hosting Buffalo.
There are six unbeaten teams: the Devils, Sabres, Senators, Blackhawks, Sharks and Ducks.
As mentioned, the Sabres are playing at Carolina while the Senators are at Florida, Chicago is in Dallas and San Jose hosts Phoenix.
The rest of tonight's schedule has Toronto at home to the Islanders, Colorado home to Columbus, L.A. at Edmonton and Nashville visiting St. Louis.
Second half of men's finale up for grabs
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The second half of the men's title match at the Australian Open will be determined later today. That will happen when second-seed Roger Federer plays third-seed Andy Murray. The winner will face two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) in the championship match on Sunday.
The women's title match is being played Saturday with sixth-seed Li Na (lee nah) playing defending champ Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh).
Yes, Pelicans; AP source says Hornets in for name change
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — People familiar with the decision tell the AP that the New Orleans Hornets have decided to change their name to the Pelicans next season.
One person says the proposed name change and color scheme of blue, gold and red is scheduled to be announced today.
The brown pelican is the state bird of Louisiana.