Update on the latest in sports:
Top four teams in action on the same court
NEW YORK (AP) – The nation’s top-ranked college basketball teams tonight will get an idea of just how well they measure up against each other in the opening week of the season.
Third-ranked Kansas meets number-four Duke at the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York, a matchup that will be followed immediately on the same court by top-ranked Michigan State against second-ranked Kentucky.
The games have the attention of the NBA. Champions Classic media coordinator Charley Green estimates that 60 to 70 NBA personnel will attend to watch the nation’s top four teams under one roof.
In other action involving top-ten teams, number-five Louisville is at Miami, sixth-ranked Florida plays North Florida, number-seven Maryland meets Holy Cross, it’s eighth-ranked Gonzaga against Alabama State, and number-ten Villanova versus Army.
Bruins, Islanders look to continue win streaks
MONTREAL (AP) – After winning their sixth straight game last night, the Boston Bruins head to Montreal to play their longtime rivals, the Canadiens. It’s their first meeting this season. The Canadiens ended a three-game winning streak over the weekend with a loss to Dallas.
The New York Islanders are hoping to continue their longest win streak in 30 years when they host the Ottawa Senators. The Islanders have won nine straight as they head into a four-game homestand. The Senators are coming off of a 6-2 win last night against the Rangers in New York.
After beating Philadelphia in the 11th round of a shootout Saturday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs return home to face the Los Angeles Kings. The Flyers, meanwhile, continue a three-game homestand with a matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are trying to rebound from four straight losses as they host the Vegas Golden Knights. The Winnipeg Jets open a four-game homestand against New Jersey.
In other NHL action, Colorado is at Dallas, Arizona visits Calgary, the Blues skate at Vancouver, Anaheim hosts Minnesota and the Blackhawks are in San Jose.
Celtics carry four-game streak to Cleveland
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Boston Celtics, winners of four in a row, head to Cleveland to play the Cavaliers.
The Los Angeles Lakers carry a five-game win streak to Chicago, where they’ll take on the Bulls.
The Miami Heat opens a three-game western trip at Denver. The Indiana Pacers visit Charlotte. The Atlanta Hawks continue a stretch of four straight home games when they face the San Antonio Spurs.
And the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Orlando Magic are each looking for their third win of the season as they meet in Oklahoma.
Hawks’ Collins suspended 25 games
ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins has been suspended for 25 games without pay for a violation of the NBA’s Anti-Drug Program after testing positive for a growth hormone.
The NBA announced the 22-year-old Collins, Atlanta’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, tested positive for Peptide-2.
Collins’ suspension begins with Tuesday night’s game against San Antonio.
The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 17 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Former Browns safety Whitehead ‘deeply regretful’ for rant
CLEVELAND (AP) – Former Browns safety Jermaine Whitehead has apologized for his alarming postgame social media rant.
Whitehead was cut by Cleveland on Monday after he posted several threatening and profane messages on Twitter following Sunday’s 24-19 loss in Denver.
On his Instagram page, the 26-year-old player said his behavior was “out of character for me” and that he was “deeply regretful.” Whitehead said he was frustrated by the way he played, adding that although he had a broken hand “that is no excuse for my actions.”
Whitehead apologized to “anyone who I offended.” In one of his posts, he threatened a former NFL player and used a derogatory racial term.