Update on the latest in sports:


Clippers look for fifth straight

UNDATED — The Los Angeles Clippers take their four-game winning streak to Oklahoma City tonight to meet the Thunder. It’s the first of four road games for the Clippers. They remain five and a-half games behind the Lakers in the Pacific Division.

The Lakers tonight host the 76ers, who were the latest to fall to the Clippers.

The New Orleans Pelicans, who lost to the Lakers on Sunday despite a 35-point game from Zion Williamson, return home to what appears to be an easier task, hosting the 17-and-42 Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Boston Celtics, sitting a half-game behind Toronto in the Atlantic Division, are at home against the Brooklyn Nets, who’ve lost four in a row.

In other NBA action, the San Antonio Spurs are at Charlotte, the Warriors visit the Nuggets, the Phoenix Suns host Toronto, and the Washington Wizards meet the Kings in Sacramento. The Kings have won five straight at home.


Blues look for eight straight win

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have a seven-game winning streak, and they hope to extend that streak tonight against the Rangers in New York. The Blues have outscored opponents 26-12 during the seven straight wins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to snap their longest losing streak since 2012 — a six-game skid — when they host the Ottawa Senators tonight. Sidney Crosby has just one goal, and no assists, during those six games.

The Boston Bruins carry the NHL’s best record to Tampa Bay to meet the Lightning, who sit just four points back. The Lightning snapped a season-high four-game losing streak over the weekend.

The NHL’s highest-scoring team, the Edmonton Oilers, continue a three-game road swing in Dallas. Edmonton is 27-6-and-2 in games in which it scores first.

After seeing an eight-game win streak come to an end at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night, the Vegas Golden Knights hope to get back in the win column as they host the New Jersey Devils. It wraps up a four-game homestand for Vegas.

In other NHL action, the Canadiens visit the New York Islanders, Nashville is at Minnesota, the Sabres skate at Winnipeg, the Blackhawks host Anaheim, and it’s Toronto at San Jose.


Lighting will take place as scheduled

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Next week’s flame-lighting ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go ahead in Greece despite concerns about the virus outbreak.

The Greek Olympic committee says it is working closely with national health authorities and will hold meetings to re-evaluate the situation every two days. The committee also says the Greek leg of the torch relay will go ahead.

Greece has recorded seven cases of the virus. All of them are linked with people who traveled from Italy.

The Olympic flame is ceremonially lit months in advance of the games at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece.


Japan Olympic minister says games could be held any time in 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Olympic minister says the contract to hold the Tokyo Games only specifies the event has to be held during 2020.

Seiko Hashimoto’s response to a question in the upper house of parliament implies the Olympics could be held later in the year and would not have to start on July 24.

Hashimoto told parliament “the IOC has the right to cancel the games only if they are not held during 2020.” She says “this can be interpreted to mean the games can be postponed as long as they are held during the calendar year.”

IOC officials and Tokyo organizers have repeatedly said they expect the Olympics to open on schedule.

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