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Update on the latest in sports:





Penguins, Capitals renew rivalry


WASHINGTON (AP) – An NHL rivalry that has played out in many a playoff series resumes tonight in Washington as the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Capitals. Tonight’s other NHL contest finds the Montreal Canadiens skating at Colorado.




Nets look for seventh straight win


CHICAGO (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets began the season with losses in 18 of their first 26 games — but they are looking for their seventh straight win as they visit the Chicago Bulls tonight. The Toronto Raptors — still holding the NBA’s best record despite two straight losses — host the Indiana Pacers, who are a game behind the Bucks in the Central Division.


In tonight’s other NBA action (all times Eastern):


Cleveland at Charlotte, 7 p.m.


New York at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.


San Antonio at Orlando, 7 p.m.


Phoenix at Boston, 7:30 p.m.


Detroit at Minnesota, 8 p.m.


New Orleans at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.


Washington at Houston, 8 p.m.


Golden State at Utah, 9 p.m.


Memphis at Portland, 10 p.m.


Oklahoma City at Sacramento, 10 p.m.




Tennessee, Virginia in action


UNDATED (AP) – In college basketball action tonight, third-ranked Tennessee plays Samford, and number-five Virginia plays at South Carolina.


Tennessee is coming off of a 102-92 victory over in-state rival Memphis over the weekend.


Other games involving top-25 teams (all times Eastern):


No. 7 Auburn at N.C. State, 6 p.m.


No. 11 Florida State vs. North Florida, 7 p.m.


No. 13 Virginia Tech vs. N.C. A&T, 7 p.m.


No. 17 Mississippi State vs. Wofford, 8 p.m.


No. 22 Indiana vs. Central Arkansas, 7 p.m.




Early surprise at the start of signing period


UNDATED (AP) – An early signing-day surprise in college football: Dax Hill, a five-star defensive back from Oklahoma, flipped from Alabama and signed with Michigan. Hill had been verbally committed to Michigan but switched to Alabama a few weeks ago. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh lured him back when it mattered most.


Hill is the younger brother of Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill.


Not much drama was expected with another opportunity for prospects to sign in February, but the top schools figured to have most of their class of 2019 locked in by the end of the day.




Giants activate Latimer


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New York Giants have activated receiver Cody Latimer off injured reserve and placed defensive back Antonio Hamilton on the list with a quad problem.


Latimer played in four games before going on injured reserve on Oct. 16 with a hamstring injury. He caught six passes for 108 yards.


With receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Russell Shepard uncertain for Sunday’s game against Indianapolis, Latimer’s return is timely.


Hamilton, whom the Giants acquired off waivers on Sept. 2, played in 13 games and had six special teams tackles. He was hurt Sunday in a loss to Tennessee.




Rays to St. Pete: We’re finished looking elsewhere, for now


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Tampa Bay Rays officials say they’re dropping a bid to build a stadium in Tampa and remain mum on the team’s future in St. Petersburg.


The team sent a two-sentence letter to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman on Monday informing the city it won’t seek to extend an agreement that allowed the Rays to explore new stadium sites in Hillsborough County.

Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg announced last week that the team is dropping its bid to relocate to Tampa’s Ybor City, where it had hoped to build a $900 million domed stadium with a translucent roof.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the team also hasn’t signaled an interest in pursuing a new stadium in St. Petersburg. The Rays are contracted to play in Tropicana Field through 2027.



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