Bulldogs look to improve ranking
UNDATED (AP) — With top-ranked Indiana having lost earlier in the week, second-ranked Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh) is looking to improve its chances of taking over the top spot in next week's poll. The Bulldogs continue their quest for the top of the AP poll with a road game tonight at BYU. This evening's game opens the final weekend of play in the West Coast Conference this season and the Zags are one win, or one loss by Saint Mary's College, away from winning the league title. The Bulldogs have already wrapped up at least a share of their 12th WCC title in 13 seasons. This is the second meeting of the year between the two schools with Gonzaga winning the opener in Spokane (spoh-KAN'), Wash., 83-63.
Duke, a team familiar with being No. 1 in the AP poll, is in action tonight. The third-ranked Blue Devils are playing the Cavaliers at Virginia.
Rounding out the top-25 schedule tonight, No. 16 Ohio State is at Northwestern, 24th-ranked Oregon is home to Oregon State and 25th-ranked Louisiana Tech is at home for a game with Utah State.
Good matchup in Indy
UNDATED (AP) — There are just three games in the NBA this evening with the best game taking place in Indianapolis. That's where the 36-21 Pacers, who lead the Central Division, are playing host to the Clippers. L.A. is tops in the Pacific Division with a record of 41-18.
The Pacers enter the game with a five-game winning streak, having won 10 of their last 12 outings. They'll be without Roy Hibbert, who was suspended for the game by the NBA for being ejected from a game on Tuesday. The Clippers have won six of their last seven games with victories coming by 16.7 points a game.
The remaining games feature the Bulls at home to the 76ers and the Timberwolves playing the Lakers in L.A.
Blackhawks look to continue streak
UNDATED (AP) — The amazing Chicago Blackhawks look to continue their red-hot start to the season with a game in St. Louis tonight. The Hawks have scored at least a point in every game this season and are 16-0-3. That 19-game start to a season with at least a point in each game is an NHL record. Tonight's game kicks off a road-trip for the Hawks after a seven-game home stand. They and the Blues met earlier in the season with Chicago coming out on top, 3-2.
Two division leaders are facing off as Charlotte plays host to Pittsburgh. The Penguins, who have 26 points, top the Atlantic Division, while the Hurricanes lead the Southeast with 19. In fact they are tied with Winnipeg and Tampa for the lead and both those teams are in action as well this evening. The Jets are home to New Jersey while the Lightning are in New York to face the Rangers.
The rest of the schedule tonight has the Islanders at home to the Maple Leafs, Ottawa at Boston, Florida hosting Buffalo, Edmonton at Dallas, the Coyotes at home to Minnesota, Calgary at Colorado and San Jose at home to Detroit.
Great field for the Honda
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Florida swing of the early portion of the PGA schedule hits Palm Beach Gardens today with the first round of the Honda Classic. This year's event features a strong field, as led by Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy.
In the early going, Charles Howell III and Justin Rose share the lead at 4-under. Howell has completed 13 holes of play while Rose has played 10.
First round complete
SINGAPORE (AP) — Spain's Azahara Munoz shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions. Munoz, playing in the first group of the day, made seven birdies in a blemish-free round to top a leaderboard that includes 17 of the top 20 players in the world.
Stacy Lewis and Lizette Salas of the U.S. are two of five players tied for second at 5-under.
Former basketball star has a new pal
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman has watched an exhibition basketball game with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon). Rodman is in his third day of visiting the North Korean capital of Pyongyang (pyuhng-yahng). According to a delegation spokesman, he told the leader, "You have a friend for life."
The encounter makes Rodman the highest-profile American to meet with the young North Korean leader, said to be a diehard basketball fan.