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first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: And out West, the Timberwolves visit the Kings in Sacramento and the L.A. Clippers play host to the San Antonio Spurs.In other NBA news:—The Los Angeles Lakers’ first game since Kobe Bryant’s death was the second-most watched regular-season NBA game on ESPN. The game against the Portland Trail Blazers averaged 4.41 million viewers. The only telecast to surpass that since ESPN resumed NBA coverage in 2002 was a January 2003 game between the Lakers and Houston Rockets that featured the first matchup between Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming.NHL SCHEDULEThree games in the NHL UNDATED (AP) — The most intriguing matchup in a 3-game NHL schedule tonight is in Toronto, where the Maple Leafs will host the Florida Panthers.The Panthers trail the Leafs by just two points for third in the Atlantic Division, and have played two fewer games. But Toronto is hot, having won three in a row, while Florida is looking to rebound after being shutout in Montreal Saturday night.Philadelphia looks to improve its position in the playoff chase with a visit to Detroit. The Flyers are in the thick of the races for the third spot in the Metropolitan Division or a wild card. The Red Wings have the worst record in the league, with only 12 wins on the season.The Dallas Stars are in the middle of the Western Conference playoff pack. They are in New York tonight to play a Rangers team that’s been showing signs of life as it tries to avoid losing contact with the wildcard contenders.MLB NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-SUPER BOWLChiefs fans preparing for super celebrationKMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs fans are flocking to buy T-shirts, lining up for photos and preparing to skip out on work for a celebratory parade after the team won its first Super Bowl in 50 years. UNDATED (AP) — Baylor has strengthened its hold on No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.The Bears received 49 of 65 first-place votes in the latest poll to stay comfortably ahead of Gonzaga and Kansas. The Bears are atop the rankings for a third straight week.Nos. 1-4 remained unchanged, continuing a stretch of stability in what has been an unpredictable season with a record-tying seven different teams reaching No. 1.Atlantic Coast Conference leader Louisville climbed a spot to No. 5, followed by Dayton, Duke, Florida State and Maryland – which jumped six spots to No. 9 after beating Iowa last week for its fourth straight win.Villanova rounded out the top 10. — Another a pair of top teams meet in Miami, where the Heat and the 76ers tip-off. Miami is back home after a road win in Orlando Saturday, where the Heat got big contributions not only from Jimmy Butler, but also center Meyers Leonard and rookier Tyler Herro. Philadelphia and its All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are coming off a loss in Boston Saturday.— The rest of the schedule has Golden State at Washington, Cleveland hosting the New York Knicks and Orlando visiting Charlotte.The Celtics take a three-game win-streak into Atlanta, where they’ll look to take advantage of a struggling Hawks team.Phoenix is at Brooklyn, where the Nets will be without Kyrie Irving. He’s out for at least a week with a sprained medial ligament in his right knee.Memphis is home against Detroit. Associated Press center_img No. 9 Maryland and No. 11 Auburn made the week’s biggest jumps. Each rose six spots.No. 21 Creighton and No. 23 Arizona re-entered the poll. Wichita State and Rutgers fell out.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEThree top 10 teams on the courtUNDATED (AP) — No. 8 Florida State leads tonight’s Top-25 men’s college basketball schedule. They are on their home court against North Carolina. February 3, 2020 Schools in the area are calling off classes so students and staff can attend “The Chiefs Kingdom Champions Parade” on Wednesday morning. Officials announced the celebration shortly after the Chiefs defeated San Francisco 31-20 on Sunday. The festivities will include a victory rally at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, shortly after the parade ends. Fans were taking pictures in front of a newly installed sign inside Union Station that proclaims the Chiefs “World Champions!”In other NFL news:—The Super Bowl has put a halt to a four-year decline in viewership. The Nielsen company said that 99.9 million people watched the Kansas City Chiefs come from behind to beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. That’s a rebound from the 98.5 million people who watched the Super Bowl in 2019. The event is by far the most-watched television event of the year, but it had been slowly declining since hitting a peak of 114.4 million viewers in 2015.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL POLLBaylor strengthens hold on No. 1 in AP Top 25 poll Chacin-Twins minor league deal; Yanks’ catchingUNDATED (AP) — Jhoulys Chacín (joh-LEES’ cha-SEEN’) has finalized a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins after a miserable 2019 season that saw him go from an opening day start to an August release.The 32-year-old right-hander was 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA for Milwaukee in 2018 after signing a $15.5 million, two-year deal with the Brewers. He beat St. Louis on opening day last year and won at Cincinnati in his second start. Then he went 1-10 with a 6.00 ERA in his next 17 starts.Elsewhere:— The Yankees have more competition in the job for backup catcher. Three players — Erik Kratz, Josh Thole and Chris Iannetta — have agreed to minor league contracts. Austin Romine, Gary Sánchez’s backup the last three seasons, became a free agent and agreed to a contract with Detroit. Kyle Higashioka is the only other catcher on New York’s 40-man roster. Top-ranking Baylor is on the road to play Kansas St., while No. 3 Kansas is home against Texas.NBA SCHEDULENBA offers 10-game slateUNDATED (AP) — For sports fans looking to fill a void with the end of the NFL season, the NBA offers a 10-game slate tonight.Two quality teams get the evening started in Indianapolis, where the Pacers host the Mavericks. Dallas will be missing star Luka Doncic, who sprained an ankle in practice last week and isn’t expected back until Feb. 10 at the earliest. Meanwhile, Indiana finally got everyone back in its lineup Saturday night, but still dropped a 92-85 decision to the Knicks.last_img

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