Update on the latest in sports:


Get ready for a lot of NFL news

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s free agency period opens today. This year, teams have more money to throw around with the salary cap rising $10 million to $143.28 million. Several teams are carrying over wads of money they did not spend in 2014, giving them higher adjusted salary cap numbers. The highest such total is Jacksonville at $168.4 million.

The Jets and Colts figure to be busy as they have considerable amounts to spend as well.

That’s all good news for the likes of Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM’-uh-kehn soo), Devin McCourty, Julius Thomas, Byron Maxwell, DeMarco Murray and others looking to cash in. And while every team would love to land one of these crown jewel free agents, most swear they’d prefer to find the next great player in the draft.


Cavs look to go above .500 in road games

UNDATED (AP) — If Cleveland is going to go very deep into the playoffs, the LeBron James-led team will have to start learning how to win on the road. Entering tonight’s game with the Mavericks in Dallas the Cavs are 16-16 in games away from home. But on the home court they are 24-9. Add up the numbers and they top the Central Division by a game over idle Chicago. While the Cavs are currently the second seed in the East, the Mavs are No. 6 in the West with 41 wins and 24 defeats.

Toronto remains the top team in the Atlantic Division but a recent streak of bad games has dropped the Raptors behind Cleveland in the Eastern standings. The Raptors have lost three straight and eight of 10 to fall to third in the conference, percentage points ahead of Chicago. Toronto is on the road for a game with defending league champion San Antonio. The Spurs are the seventh-seed in the West.

Two last-place clubs are meeting tonight in Los Angeles as the Lakers entertain the Pistons. Detroit is in the basement of the Central Division with a six-game losing skid while the Lakers are dead last in the Pacific, riding a five-game losing streak.

The remaining games tonight feature the Magic in Indianapolis, the Nets home to the Pelicans and the Knicks in Salt Lake City against the Jazz.


Two good matchups on ice tonight

UNDATED (AP) — There’s a Metropolitan Division all-New York matchup tonight in the Nassau Coliseum. The first-place Islanders, who have 90 points on the season to share the top seed in the East, are playing host to the Rangers, who have 87 points.

Montreal and Tampa Bay, the top teams in the Atlantic Division, are meeting tonight on the Canadiens’ ice. Montreal starts the night in first with 90 points while Tampa Bay has 88. Should the Habs win the encounter they would pass Nashville and Anaheim for most points in the league with 92.

Defending league champ Los Angeles can help its cause in its quest for the eighth and final playoff berth in the West tonight. The Kings have 75 points, three fewer than eighth-place Winnipeg. The Kings are at Colorado while the Jets are in St. Louis. If the Blues were to win they would move within two points of first-place Nashville in the Central.

In the East, the Bruins can improve their hold on the final playoff spot with a win in Ottawa. Boston starts the day with 76 points, four more than idle Florida.

The rest of the schedule has Dallas in Philadelphia, the Hurricanes home to the Blue Jackets and New Jersey at Minnesota.