Update on the latest in sports


Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 1 at 1:05 PM


Hall of Fame Class of 2014 to be announced

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Championship game, better known as the Super Bowl, will finally be played tomorrow. On tap today in New York, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will announce the class of 2014 for the Canton, Ohio, shrine this evening. Among this year's finalists are Morton Anderson, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Tony Dungy, Ray Guy, Andre Reed and Michael Strahan (STRAY'-han).


Stern out, Silver in, the games go on

UNDATED (AP) — A lot has changed in the NBA since David Stern took over as commissioner 30 years ago today. He has led the league from one that couldn't get its championship games televised live to one that has world-wide appeal. Stern stepped down today as commissioner, to be replaced by assistant Adam Silver.

The Saturday schedule features 12 games, all taking place this evening. The Indiana Pacers will attempt to get back on the winning track after losing just their second home game of the season Thursday night. The Pacers are home this evening to the Brooklyn Nets.

Oklahoma City is the top team in the league, record-wise, at 38-10 following last night's 120-95 victory over Brooklyn. This evening the Thunder stay on the road with a game in Washington against the Wizards. The Thunder are trying for their 11th straight victory, although superstar All-Star Kevin Durant had his streak of scoring at least 30 points in 12 straight games end last night. Durant scored 26 in 30 minutes last night before sitting out the entire fourth quarter of the rout in Brooklyn.

The team trying to catch the Thunder in the Northwest Division, Portland, is back in action tonight with a home game against Toronto, the first-place club in the Atlantic.

The rest of tonight's card has Atlanta home to Minnesota, the 76ers at Detroit, Houston playing host to Cleveland, the Bucks at Memphis, New Orleans home to Chicago, the Kings in San Antonio to play the Spurs, New York's Knicks home to Miami, Charlotte at Phoenix and Utah in L.A. against the Clippers.


Top two unbeaten look to stay that way

UNDATED (AP) — The top-ranked Arizona Wildcats continue their quest for perfection with a game this evening at California. The team coached by Sean Miller has played 21 games this season and has walked off the court with a win in every instance. There's a good matchup this evening in Syracuse, N.Y., where the second-ranked Orange may have their hands full with No. 17 Duke. In the ACC standings the Orange are tops with a record of 20-0 with wins in all seven conference games. The Blue Devils are 17-4 and 6-2.

In afternoon games involving Top-10 schools, third-ranked Florida is home to Texas A&M, sixth-ranked Kansas is at No. 25 Texas, seventh-ranked Michigan State is playing Georgetown in New York, No. 8 Oklahoma State is hosting Baylor and No. 9 Villanova is at Temple.


Matinee hockey

UNDATED (AP) — There are four day games on the NHL's schedule today. Each of the top teams in the Atlantic Division has a game this afternoon as first-place Boston is home to Edmonton while Tampa Bay is at Montreal. The Bruins top the Lightning and the division by four points, 71-67.

A couple of teams looking to claim the final playoff berth in their conference have games today. The Flyers are fighting for the Eastern spot while the home-standing Kings are part of the mix in the West.

The other day game features the Sabres at Colorado.

Tonight the Maple Leafs are playing host to the Senators, Florida is at Columbus, the Blues are hosting the Predators, Pittsburgh is at Phoenix, Calgary's Flames are home to Minnesota, the Ducks are on home ice for Dallas and Chicago is at San Jose is perhaps the best matchup of the day.


Jones and Watson lead

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) —Matt Jones and long-hitting Bubba Watson share the 36-hole lead at the Phoenix Open at 12 under par. Defending champion Phil Mickelson shot a 4-under 67 yesterday and starts his third round eight shots behind the co-leaders.


US in must-win situation

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The United States needs a victory in today's doubles match to avoid a first-round loss to Britain in Davis Cup play. Yesterday, James Ward defeated Sam Querrey (KWEER'-ee) in a five-set thriller following Andy Murray's straight-set victory over Donald Young.

Britain can clinch the match today if it wins the doubles match. Murray and Colin Fleming are scheduled to face Bob and Mike Bryan.