Update on the latest in sports:
Play-in games set
DAYTON, Ohio – Temple coach Fran Dunphy is coaching his last NCAA Tournament before retiring. His Owls face Belmont in the First Four tonight.
The First Four, the annual NCAA Tournament play-in event, has always been a national showcase for at least one historically black college that doesn’t usually see the national spotlight. This year, North Carolina Central and Prairie View A & M will have the chance to get their first tournament wins. Prairie View A&M meets Fairleigh Dickinson on the court tonight.
Islanders host Bruins
UNDATED (AP) – As the New York Islanders head into tonight’s game at home against the Boston Bruins, the Islanders are tied for the NHL’s Metropolitan Division lead with the Washington Capitals. Each team has 91 points with 10 games remaining, but the Islanders currently hold the tiebreaker with a greater scoring differential. The Bruins, meanwhile, hope to have forward David Pastrnak back on the ice for the first time in more than a month. He’s been out of action following thumb surgery.
The Colorado Avalanche sit four points behind Arizona for the second wild card in the NHL’s Western Conference. And tonight Colorado plays another of the teams competing for that wild card spot, the Minnesota Wild. Minnesota is three points ahead of Colorado in that chase.
In other ice action:
The Carolina Hurricanes host the Pittsburgh Penguins
The Montreal Canadiens visit the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Detroit Red Wings visit the New York Rangers
The Edmonton Oilers visit the St. Louis Blues
The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Nashville Predators
The Florida Panthers visit the Dallas Stars
The Columbus Blue jackets visit the Calgary Flames
UNDATED (AP) – In the NBA tonight, the Golden State Warriors, wrapping up a four-game road trip with a slim lead for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, visit the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Other matchups see Philadelphia at Charlotte, Houston at Atlanta, the Lakers in Milwaukee, Brooklyn at Sacramento — and, playing the second game of a back-to-back, the Indiana Pacers visit the Los Angeles Clippers.
Japanese Olympic Committee head resigns amid bribery scandal
TOKYO (AP) – The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee is resigning in a bribery scandal that investigators think may have helped Tokyo land next year’s Olympics. Tsunekazu Takeda has denied any wrongdoing but says he will step aside in June for the good of the upcoming games.
The 71-year-old Takeda is also a powerful International Olympic Committee member and the head of its marketing commission. When he resigns, he will lose the IOC membership which is tied to his JOC presidency.
The scandal, which French authorities have been investigating for several years, has cast a long shadow over the Tokyo Olympics and underlines flawed efforts by the IOC to clean up its bidding process. Japan is spending at least $20 billion to organize the games, which open on July 24, 2020.