Play gets serious in the NCAA’s…Arnie hosting another event…Warriors beat Hawks…Blackhawks down Rangers

UNDATED (AP) — Two of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA men’s tournament start play today. Overall No. 1 Kentucky has a game with Hampton in a Midwest Regional game in Louisville while Villanova goes up against Lafayette in an East Regional game in Pittsburgh. There are 16 games today on the NCAA schedule.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — One of the popular events on the PGA Tour starts play today in Orlando, Florida. It’s the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational and the field includes world No. 1 Rory McIlroy. Palmer by the way is now 85 years old.

OAKLAND (AP) — The top two teams in the NBA met last night in Oakland and the homestanding Golden State Warriors jumped all over Atlanta, 114-95. The Warriors cruised to their 10th straight home win as Harrison Barnes delivered 25 points. The Hawks won the first meeting of the teams earlier in the season, in Atlanta, 124-116.

HOUSTON (AP) — There is good news for the Houston Rockets as they position themselves for a playoff spot. Center Dwight Howard says he’s close to returning after swelling in his right knee kept him off the court for almost two months. Howard, who has missed the last 23 games with the injury, wouldn’t give a timetable for his return.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are now just five points back of the top-seed in the NHL’s Western Conference. In a big win last night, the Blackhawks beat the visiting New York Rangers 1-0. Despite losing, the New Yorkers didn’t lose any ground in their battle for the top-seed in the East as they remain tied with Montreal with 95 points.