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Nets host Warriors as division leaders meet

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of the NBA’s hottest teams in this young season meet up tonight in Brooklyn, New York, as the Nets host the Golden State Warriors. The Nets, at 10-and-4, have won three in a row and sit atop the Atlantic Division. The Warriors saw a seven-game win streak come to an end Sunday night at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets, but are still have the league’s best record at 11-and-2.

In other action, the Philadelphia 76ers are hoping to end a four-game losing streak when they visit the Utah Jazz, who’ve lost two in a row. And the San Antonio Spurs, who’ve lost five of their last seven are in Los Angeles to play the Clippers, who’d won seven in a row before losing to the Bulls on Sunday.


Vegas hosts Carolina; Capitals at Anaheim

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights hope to continue their recovery from a slow start this season. They’re 8-2-and-0 in their last ten games, after winning just one of their first five games. Tonight they host the Carolina Hurricanes, who are beginning a six-game road trip.

The Washington Capitals have won four straight as they hit the road to play at Anaheim tonight. But the Ducks are on a roll of their own, winning their last seven.

The New York Rangers, winners of their last three, host the Montreal Canadiens, who are 1-6-and-1 on the road so far this season.

The New York Islanders are finally seeing their 13-game, season-opening road trip come to an end tonight against the Florida Panthers. The Islanders will play their home opener at the new UBS Arena on Saturday night against Calgary.

The Nashville Predators, winners of three straight and four of their last five, skate against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

In other action, the Sabres are at Pittsburgh, the Flyers host the Calgary Flames, Arizona skates at St. Louis, the Oilers are at Winnipeg, Minnesota hosts San Jose, and the Red Wings visit Dallas.


Michigan hosts Seton Hall

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — In college basketball action involving top-ranked teams, number-four Michigan hosts Seton Hall. The teams have only met twice before — both times in 1989.

Number-five Villanova — coming off of an overtime loss to second-ranked UCLA on Friday night — hosts Howard University.

Sixth-ranked Purdue is at home against Wright State. Duke, ranked seventh, hosts Gardner-Webb.


AP source: Blue Jays, Berrios reach deal for 7 years, $131M

TORONTO (AP) — A person familiar with the matter tells The Associated Press that the Toronto Blue Jays have reached an agreement with pitcher José Berríos on a seven-year, $131 million deal pending a physical.

The Blue Jays acquired the 27-year-old right-hander at the July trade deadline from the Minnesota Twins. He was due to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2022 season.

Berríos went 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 starts with Toronto down the stretch. The two-time All-Star had been Minnesota’s ace.


Indians settle lawsuit with Guardians roller derby team

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians, soon to be known as the Guardians, have resolved a lawsuit filed by a local roller derby team over naming rights. Both will be called the Guardians.

The legal issue was the final hurdle for the Major League Baseball team to continue its name changeover. The sides jointly announced an “amicable resolution.” No other terms of the agreement were disclosed.

The American League franchise has been known as the Indians since 1915. The club will be known next season as the Guardians, a name chosen following a yearlong process that sprang from a national reckoning over racist names and symbols.


Fuente out after 6 seasons as Virginia Tech head coach

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Athletic director Whit Babcock says Virginia Tech and football coach Justin Fuente have mutually agreed to part ways. The move is effective immediately, with two games left in the season.

In a statement, Babcock said co-defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator J,C. Price will lead the Hokies through their final two regular season games. Fuente, in his sixth season in Blacksburg, Virginia, compiled a 43-31 record.

The Hokies travel to Miami on Saturday and close the season at Virginia.


NBA signs deal to play preseason games in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The NBA is bringing two preseason games to Abu Dhabi next season, marking the first time the league will play in the Arabian Gulf. The games will be in October 2022. The exact dates and the teams involved have not been announced.

No preseason games have been played outside of North America since 2019 because of the pandemic, though the league has said for months that it was targeting a return to overseas games in 2022.


Medvedev beats Zverev and edges closer to ATP Finals semis

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Defending champion Daniil Medvedev (DAN’-ihl MEHD’-veh-dehv) is inching closer to the ATP Finals semifinals after beating 2018 champ Alexander Zverev to make it two wins out of two in Turin.

Medvedev won the U.S. Open in September for his first Grand Slam title. He took just over 2 1/2 hours to beat Zverev in three sets and move level with the German on a tour-leading 56 wins. He leads Red Group and will be guaranteed a place in the final four if first-time qualifier Hubert Hurkacz beats local favorite Matteo Berrettini later Tuesday.

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