First busy night of college hoops
UNDATED (AP) — Tonight is the first really busy night of play in men’s Top-25 basketball action for the new season. All of the pre-season Top-10 schools are in action with No. 1 Kentucky leading the way. The Wildcats are home to Grand Canyon, a school based in Arizona.
The coach of the Antelopes is well know to basketball fans as former NBA veteran Dan Majerle (MAHR’-lee) is the man in charge. This is the school’s second season of Division 1 play in the NCAA.
The rest of the top five games have No. 2 Arizona at home to Mount St. Mary’s, third-ranked Wisconsin home to Northern Kentucky, fourth-ranked Duke on the home floor against Presbyterian and No. 5 Kansas entertaining UC Santa Barbara.
Most of the Top-25 women’s teams are in action as well with No. 1 and defending national champion Connecticut leading the way. The Huskies are on the road for a game at UC Davis.
Hawks look for another win
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks are looking for their fourth straight victory this evening. They will be playing host to the Miami Heat, who are coming off a home loss to the banged up Indiana Pacers. Indiana by the way is home this evening to the Denver Nuggets, who have lost six straight after winning their first game of the season.
The 76ers are currently riding an eight game losing streak having lost every game this season. This evening the Sixers will attempt to break into the win column with a game against the Rockets in Houston. Getting a win won’t be easy as Houston is 7-1.
Along with Denver, New York’s Knicks have lost six in a row. Tonight the Derek Fisher-coached team is home to the Utah Jazz, who have lost their last two games.
The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs are on the road tonight for a game in Los Angeles with the Lakers. The Spurs have sputtered out of the gate with a mark of 4-3 while the Lakers have been terrible with just one win against seven losses.
The remaining games on the schedule tonight feature the Bucks in Orlando, the Cavaliers in Boston, the Pelicans home to the Timberwolves, Detroit at Oklahoma City and the Suns at home to the Bobcats.
End of the road for the Penguins
UNDATED (AP) — Pittsburgh’s Penguins end a five game road trip tonight with a game against the Maple Leafs in Toronto. During the road swing then Pens, who beat the Leafs in their first meeting of the season 5-2, have gone 3-1-0.
Two of the original six NHL teams are meeting tonight in Detroit. The contest has the Red Wings playing host to the Chicago Blackhawks.
New York’s Islanders are riding a four game winning streak and tonight they are on the road for a game with Florida. At the same time the Capitals are hosting the Devils, the Blue Jackets are in Philly for a game with the Flyers and Arizona is at Vancouver. The Canucks have won five of seven games this month.
Round two underway
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO (AP) — Michael Putnam and Shawn Stefani share the lead during the second round of the PGA’s OHL Classic in Mexico. Each stands 11-under after 14 holes of play. There was a six-way tie for the lead at the end of play yesterday.
LPGA-LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL
Kim starts second round on top
MEXICO CITY (AP)— Christina Kim had two eagles in a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Azahara Munoz (ah-sah-HAH’-rah MOON’-yohz) in yesterday’s opening round of the Lorena Ochoa (oh-CHOH’-ah) Invitational. Kim’s round featured eagles on the par-5 second and 17th holes and included three birdies in a bogey-free round. She’s seeking her first LPGA victory in nine years.