Update on the latest in sports:
UNDATED (AP) – Brooklyn’s longest road trip of the season takes to Salt Lake City tonight to play the Utah Jazz.
Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson says the keys for his team are to physicality, energy, mental focus, “And then, can you take a punch?”
The rest of the NBA schedule has Oklahoma City at Indiana, Cleveland visiting Philadelphia, Miami hosting Detroit and New York at Chicago.
The Atlanta Hawks are in Denver to face the Nuggets, while LeBron and the Lakers faces the Suns in Phoenix and Portland is at Sacramento.
Crosby missing as Pens visit Rangers
UNDATED (AP) – Sidney Crosby won’t be in the lineup or even at the rink when the Penguins play the Rangers in Madison Square Garden tonight.
Pittsburgh’s captain didn’t make the trip after suffering an injury in Saturday’s shootout win over Chicago. He appeared to get tangled up with Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson and moments later took a shot from Gustafsson that smacked off his right foot. He then headed to the locker room.
The Rangers are coming off a shootout loss to the Florida Panthers Sunday.
Those Panthers are in Boston to play the Bruins, while Columbus is at Montreal, the Coyotes are in St. Louis to face the Blues and Colorado visits Winnipeg.
There are four games on the West Coast, with Anaheim hosting Detroit, the Predators in Vancouver, the Wild in Los Angeles to play the Kings and the Sharks getting a visit from the Oilers.
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Duke headline 8-game NCAA hoops schedule
UNDATED (AP) – The top two teams in the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll are on their home courts today.
No. 1 Kentucky hosts Evansville in a 7 p.m. Eastern tip. No. 2 Duke and Central Arkansas get started the same time, as will No. 21 Xavier when the host Missouri.
Two ranked teams will meet when No. 13 Memphis visits No. 14 Oregon. Tip off there is set for 9 p.m. Eastern.
The rest of the schedule looks like this:
(22)Auburn at South Alabama 8 p.m.
North Dakota at (8)Gonzaga 9 p.m.
(13)Memphis at (14)Oregon 9 p.m.
Denver at (17)Utah St. 9 p.m.
Mount St. Mary’s at (20)Washington 9 p.m.
Tampa Bay GM Erik Neander voted MLB Executive of the Year
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Tampa Bay Rays general manager Erik Neander has been voted Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year. Tampa Bay was 96-66, the second-most wins in team history, despite a big league-low payroll of $66 million. The Rays beat Oakland in the AL wild-card game, then lost to Houston in a five-game Division Series. Neander’s moves included acquiring outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow from Pittsburgh for pitcher Chris Archer, and signing pitcher Charlie Morton.
Meanwhile, Two young sluggers took the Rookie of the Year awards. New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso received the NL Award, while in the AL, it’s Astros’ designated hitter Yordan Alvarez. The 24-year-old Alonso led the majors with 53 homers. Alvarez didn’t make his major league debuting until June, but still hit 27 homers, batting .313 and driving in 78 runs in just half a season.
Managers of the Year will be announced today. The AL ballot figures to be tight between the Twins’ Rocco Baldelli, Yankees’ Aaron Boone and Rays’ Kevin Cash. Baldelli led the Twins to 101 victories, a 23-win improvement from 2018; Boone guided the Yankees through an unprecedented onslaught of injuries to an AL East title; and Cash pushed payroll-strapped Tampa Bay into the postseason.
The NL finalists are the Brewers’ Craig Counsell, Cardinals’ Mike Shildt and Braves’ Brian Snitker.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez didn’t crack the top three despite steadying the World Series champs after a 19-31 start.
Giants re-sign TE Simonson
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New York Giants have re-signed tight end Scott Simonson.
Simonson played 16 games with the Giants last season. He suffered an ankle injury in the preseason finale against New England this year and was placed on injured reserve in the final cut to the 53-man roster and . He was released on Sept. 10.
The Giants also reshuffled their practice squad.