Lakers host Knicks...Ranked teams meet...Osaka warms up
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers are still unbeaten since Christmas, and they hope to keep that record intact when they host the New York Knicks tonight. The Lakers have won five in a row and have the second-best record in the NBA.
NEW YORK (AP) — After seeing a five-game win streak snapped by Philadelphia Monday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder try to get back on the winning track tonight when they wrap up a road trip in Brooklyn against the Nets, who’ve lost six in a row. Tonight’s other NBA action finds Detroit at Cleveland, the Trail Blazers in Toronto, Minnesota visiting Memphis, and the Phoenix Suns hosting Sacramento.
UNDATED (AP) — After earning its highest ranking in three years -- a number-four spot in the Associated Press college basketball poll -- Baylor tonight plays the first of two road games against ranked opponents. The Bears are visiting number-22 Texas Tech, which is coming off a road win over Oklahoma State. Baylor then gets four days to prepare for a game in one of college basketball’s toughest road venues, the Allen Fieldhouse at Kansas.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — There’s a matchup of ranked teams tonight in College Park, Maryland, as the Terps host Ohio State. The Buckeyes are ranked just above Maryland at number 11. Ohio State had climbed to the second spot a few weeks ago, but dropped down in the rankings after losing three of five. Maryland fell from number 3 after losing consecutive games, but bounced back with two wins last week.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka got an extended workout in her opening match at the Brisbane International, just two weeks away from the defense of her Australia Open title. Osaka defeated Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-3 to set up a second-round match with American Sofia Kenin.