Update on the latest in sports:
Pacers try for eighth straight win
UNDATED (AP) – The Indiana Pacers are the NBA’s hottest team, winners of seven in a row, and just a half-game off of the Central Division lead after last night’s win by first-place Milwaukee. The Pacers look to extend that streak tonight at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Brooklyn Nets, meanwhile, put their five-game win streak on the line against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Two division leaders from the NBA’s Western Conference meet up tonight in Denver, as the Nuggets host the Dallas Mavericks.
Tonight’s NBA action also includes the Washington Wizards visiting the Atlanta Hawks, who are trying to snap a three-game losing streak.
Kansas, Duke in action
UNDATED (AP) – College basketball’s top two teams are both in action tonight. Number-one Kansas takes on South Dakota, and second-ranked Duke plays Princeton. Both teams maintained their rankings in the latest AP poll.
Eighth-ranked Gonzaga, coming off of two straight losses, plays at UT Arlington. Gonzaga had been the top-ranked team before falling to Tennessee and then North Carolina.
In tonight’s other action involving top-25 teams (all times Eastern):
No. 14 Buffalo at Syracuse, 8 p.m.
No. 15 Ohio State vs. Youngstown State, 7 p.m.
No. 20 Marquette vs. North Dakota, 9 p.m.
No. 23 Iowa vs. Western Carolina, 9 p.m.
Jets bring five-game win streak to Los Angeles
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – The Winnipeg Jets carry a five-game winning streak into tonight’s game against the Kings in Los Angeles. The Jets are coming off an overtime win against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team with the NHL’s best record.
Tampa Bay goes to Vancouver tonight to play the Canucks.
Elsewhere in the NHL (all times Eastern):
Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Toronto at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
San Jose at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Calgary at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Nashville at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Saints’ defense comes through
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The New Orleans Saints have new reasons for optimism as they prepare to make a run at the Super Bowl.
For years, they’ve relied on star quarterback Drew Brees to help them score a lot of points and put up big yardage. But they showed last night that their defense can be relied on when the offense sputters. And that allowed them to grind out a 12-9 win over Carolina. The Saints are now 12-and-2.
Brees was limited to 203 yards passing, and was intercepted once.