Update on the latest sportsAP
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.
Cavs rookie could be out a month
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers rookie forward Evan Mobley could be sidelined for a month with a sprained right elbow suffered Monday night in a loss to Boston.
The No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft got hurt when his arm got tied up while battling Celtics center Enes Kanter. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff called the injury a “freak thing” because it happened on a common play. The team said an MRI confirmed the original diagnosis of a sprain and estimated Mobley’s return in 2 to 4 weeks.
Mobley’s loss is a blow to the Cavs as he’s helped them get off to a surprisingly strong start at 9-6.
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.
NHL-PENGUINS LAWSUIT-CRIMINAL CHARGES
Ex-minor league hockey coach charged with sexual assault
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former minor league coach in the Pittsburgh Penguins system has been indicted on sexual assault charges in Rhode Island.
The state attorney general’s office says 55-year-old Clark Donatelli was indicted in July on four counts of second-degree sexual assault. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last week and was released. Donatelli is charged in connection with an alleged incident from November 2018.
The Penguins this month settled a lawsuit filed by a former minor league assistant and his wife, who said a coach sexually assaulted her in Rhode Island that same month.
Dion Phaneuf, 14-year NHL veteran, retires at 36
TORONTO (AP) — Dion Phaneuf has retired after 14 NHL seasons. He was a former Calgary Flames star defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs captain. Phaneuf is 36 and had not played since appearing in 67 games with the Los Angeles Kings in the 2018-19 season. He was a three-time All-Star.
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.
Roethlisberger might play
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and outside linebacker T.J. Watt will both have an opportunity to play, while safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is expected to miss Sunday’s road game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Roethlisberger entered the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 protocol on Saturday night after testing positive and he missed Sunday’s tie with the Detroit Lions. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger has a chance to play, but the Steelers are currently preparing to start backup quarterback Mason Rudolph.
Watt left in the third quarter of Sunday’s game with hip and knee injuries and did not return. Fitzpatrick played on Sunday, but he joined Roethlisberger on the COVID-19 list on Monday.
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.
Illini’s Bielema positive for COVID-19, will miss Iowa game
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois coach Bret Bielema has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss his team’s game at No. 18 Iowa on Saturday.
Bielema said he was tested for the coronavirus Monday night after developing mild symptoms during the day. He said he is vaccinated and received a booster shot last week. Bielema said without elaborating that he would be as present as possible for Saturday’s game through technology.
Assistant head coach George McDonald will be in charge during Bielema’s absence. Bielema said he hopes to return to the team next week.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-VIRGINIA TECH-FUENTE
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.
Elsewhere in college football:
— Clemson leading receiver Justyn Ross will miss this week’s game against No. 13 Wake Forest with a foot injury. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday Ross has dealt with a stress fracture in his foot most of the season. The coach says Ross will need a screw in his foot and will likely undergo surgery this week. Ross had 46 catches for 514 yards and three touchdowns this season, all highs on the team. Ross missed all of 2020 after having surgery to correct a congenital fusion condition in his neck. Ross was cleared to play this summer.
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.