Update on the latest in sports:
Sixers-Clippers the headliners
UNDATED (AP) – The marquee matchup in the NBA is in Philadelphia tonight, where the 76ers get a visit from the Los Angeles Clippers. Tobias Harris may play against the Clippers for the first time since last year’s trade to Philadelphia.
San Antonio streak of 22 consecutive playoff appearances is officially in serious jeopardy. The Spurs have to look a long way up to see .500 and that has them outside the playoff picture. They are in Oklahoma City tonight to play a Thunder team that’s having a solid season.
The Rockets have dropped their last two games and have a tough assignment if they want to get back on a winning track. The Celtics come into Houston on a seven-game winning streak.
Elsewhere, the Chicago Bulls are in Washington to play the Wizards and the Trail Blazers visit New Orleans.
T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Seven top 25 teams in action
UNDATED (AP) – Here’s the schedule of tonight’s Top-25 men’s college basketball games:
No. 4 San Diego State vs. New Mexico, 11 p.m.
No. 6 Dayton vs. Rhode Island, 7:30 p.m.
No. 9 Maryland vs. Nebraska, 8:30 p.m.
No. 12 Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Penn State at Purdue, 6:30 p.m.
No. 22 Illinois vs. Michigan State, 9 p.m.
No. 25 LSU vs. Missouri, 9 p.m.
Pens look to snap Lightning streak
UNDATED (AP) – The Penguins’ top-six could have a new look this evening when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Pittsburgh tonight.
The Pens picked up veteran forward Jason Zucker from Minnesota, looking to add more scoring depth to their top two lines with All-Star Jake Guentzel out until late April after shoulder surgery.
The Lightning are the hottest team in the NHL right now, ringing up their seventh consecutive win last night as they chase Boston for the Atlantic Division lead.
The two teams met in Tampa less than a week ago, with the Lightning emerging 4-2 winners.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia will be looking to gain some ground in the Metropolitan Division when they visit the N.Y. Islanders this evening, to start a three-game road trip. Both teams are coming off wins last night. Semyon Varlamov is expected to start in goal for the Isles, after Thomas Greiss (grys) picked up the 5-3 victory in Washington. The Flyers downed the Panthers 4-1.
The rest of the NHL schedule has Arizona at Toronto, Detroit visiting Buffalo and the Florida Panthers on the road against New Jersey. Winnipeg hosts the New York Rangers, Vegas is at Minnesota, the Dallas Stars get a visit from the Carolina Hurricanes, and Chicago is at Edmonton. The Colorado Avalanche and the Ottawa Senators face off in Denver, while the late start has the defending-Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues in Anaheim to play the Ducks.
Ahmed, D-backs agree to $32.5 million, 4-year deal
PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $32.5 million, four-year deal with two-time Gold Glove shortstop Nick Ahmed. The 29-year-old Ahmed avoids his final year of salary arbitration with the deal, which keeps him with the team through 2023. Ahmed has had a reputation as an elite defensive shortstop since his debut with the D-backs in 2014 and has steadily improved his hitting. He hit a career-high .254 last season with 19 homers and 82 RBIs in 158 games. Arizona’s pitchers and catchers have their first workout of spring training on Wednesday.