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Wednesday , January 8th
January 7, 2020
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January 7, 2020
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Update on the latest in sports:




Lakers host Knicks, seek sixth straight win


LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Lakers are still unbeaten since Christmas, and they hope to keep that record intact when they host the New York Knicks tonight. The Lakers have won five in a row and have the second-best record in the NBA.


After seeing a five-game win streak snapped by Philadelphia Monday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder try to get back on the winning track tonight when they wrap up a road trip in Brooklyn against the Nets, who’ve lost six in a row.


Tonight’s other NBA action finds Detroit at Cleveland, the Trail Blazers in Toronto, Minnesota visiting Memphis, and the Phoenix Suns hosting Sacramento.




Baylor tests new high ranking


UNDATED (AP) – After earning its highest ranking in three years — a number-four spot in the Associated Press college basketball poll — Baylor tonight plays the first of two road games against ranked opponents. The Bears are visiting number-22 Texas Tech, which is coming off a road win over Oklahoma State.


Baylor then gets four days to prepare for a game in one of college basketball’s toughest road venues, the Allen Fieldhouse at Kansas.


In other action involving top 25 teams:


-There’s a matchup of ranked teams tonight in College Park, Maryland, as the Terps host Ohio State. The Buckeyes are ranked just above Maryland at number 11. Ohio State had climbed to the second spot a few weeks ago, but dropped down in the rankings after losing three of five. Maryland fell from number 3 after losing consecutive games, but bounced back with two wins last week.


-Louisville, ranked number 13, takes on Miami, while number-14 Kentucky is at Georgia. Creighton hosts number-16 Villanova. The 18th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers are at Boston College, and number-20 Penn State is at Rutgers.




One seven-game win streak will end


TAMPA (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning return home from a successful road trip, carrying a seven-game win streak into tonight’s game against Vancouver. The Canucks are also winners of their last seven. It’s their longest win streak in more than six years.


The Vegas Golden Knights are winners of four straight, and host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. Vegas is 15-6-and-3 since mid-November.


After winning eight straight, the St. Louis Blues have dropped three in a row, and try to get back in the win column tonight at home against San Jose.


In other action, the Flyers are at Carolina, Arizona skates at Florida, the Islanders visit the New Jersey Devils, and Ottawa is in Washington to play the Capitals. The Canadiens visit the Red Wings, the Rangers host Colorado, and Boston is at Nashville. The Flames visit the Black Hawks and Columbus skates at Anaheim.




Osaka wins opening match


BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – Naomi Osaka got an extended workout in her opening match at the Brisbane International just two weeks from the start of her Australian Open defense. Osaka defeated Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-3 to set up a second-round match with American Sofia Kenin.


The two-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 took more than two hours and had 16 aces to beat Sakkari.


In other matches eighth-seeded Madison Keys beat Czech qualifier Maria Bouzkova 6-2, 6-3. Keys will now face local favorite Samantha Stosur in the second round.