Nets-Knicks, Round 3...Thunder, Clippers put streaks on line
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA's New York turf war resumes tonight as the Knicks host the Brooklyn Nets.
This is the third meeting between the two teams this season, and the first at Madison Square Garden. The Nets beat the Knicks 96-89 on Nov. 26, about two weeks before New York erased a 17-point deficit and beat Brooklyn 100-97.
The Knicks lead the East at 18-6 and have a 10-1 record a home, with the lone loss coming Monday against Houston. The Nets have dropped two straight and are just 2-7 since an 11-4 start.
The league's two hottest teams are part of tonight's 11-game schedule. Oklahoma City carries an 11-game winning streak and an NBA-leading 20-4 record into Atlanta to face the Hawks, who are third in the East at 15-7.
The Los Angeles Clippers have an easier task ahead of them as they try for their 11th consecutive win. L.A. hosts the New Orleans Hornets, losers of eight straight and last in the West at 5-19.
Checking out the rest of the schedule, Detroit is at Toronto, Indiana hosts Utah, Washington plays in Orlando and Boston entertains Cleveland. Houston hosts Philadelphia, Charlotte goes against the Suns in Phoenix, Milwaukee is at Memphis and Golden State visits Sacramento.
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Top-ranked Duke, former No. 1 Indiana in action
UNDATED (AP) — Duke is in action tonight for the first time since climbing to the top of the Associated Press men's basketball poll. The Blue Devils carry a season-opening nine-game winning streak into their game against visiting Cornell.
No. 11 Cincinnati takes on Xavier for the first time since their fight-filled game last season. The Bearcats are among college basketball's unbeatens at 10-0.
Sixth-ranked Indiana hosts Mount St. Mary's, the Hoosiers' first game since falling from the top of the poll. I.U. comes off Saturday's overtime loss to Butler.
Also on tap tonight is No. 5 Louisville hosting Florida International, eighth-ranked Florida entertaining Southeastern Louisiana and No. 22 Notre Dame playing at home against Kennesaw State.
There's also 17th-ranked Creighton against visiting Tulsa and No. 24 Oklahoma State at home versus Texas-Arlington.
Later on, it's 14th-ranked Gonzaga against Campbell, No. 16 New Mexico at New Mexico State, 23rd-rated North Carolina visiting Texas and No. 21 UNLV entertaining Northern Iowa.
Serena has surgery on her big toes
BANGKOK (AP) — Serena Williams has had surgery on her big toes, and has withdrawn from an exhibition match against top-ranked Victoria Azarenka in Thailand this month.
A medical certificate from Florida podiatrist Jeffrey Rockefeller says Williams "was treated for a chronic foot disorder which involved minor procedures on both of her great toes." He said she needs to minimize activity to fully recover.
Williams, the WTA player of the year after winning Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and London Olympics, was replaced by Li Na for the exhibition on Dec. 29 in Hua Hin.
London to host 2017 IPC athletics championships
LONDON (AP) — London has been chosen to host the international Paralympic athletics world championships in 2017.
The event will be held in July at the Olympic Stadium, a month before it hosts the IAAF world track and field championships.
London will be the first city to host the two events side-by-side. The stadium hosted athletics at the Olympics and Paralympics this year.
The IPC athletics world championships are the largest single-sport competition for athletes with an impairment. They take place every two years.