LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a town known for major championship fights, it seemed only fitting a long-anticipated 40-minute heavyweight bout between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 5 Duke take place in Las Vegas.
Paolo Banchero scored 21 points to help Duke hold off a turnover-prone Gonzaga team 84-81 on Friday night in front of an announced 20,389 fans — the largest basketball crowd ever in Nevada.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — No. 4 Cincinnati looked comfortable playing its first game in playoff position.
The Bearcats handled business in their final road game of the season Friday, beating East Carolina 35-13 in a quest to maintain a spot among the top four in the College Football Playoff rankings.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alvin Gentry said when he became Sacramento's interim coach that it was going to take everyone if the Kings were going to stop their season from spiraling out of control.
On Friday night, they got plenty of contributions up and down the roster.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Too often for No. 24 N.C. State, rival North Carolina has proven to be the thorn in its side — crashing the party in otherwise successful seasons or, more recently, outright embarrassing the Wolfpack in blowouts.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Iowa once again did what Nebraska has been unable to do all season, and that's why the Hawkeyes own at least a share of a Big Ten West title and the Cornhuskers head into winter off their worst year since 1957.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Phoenix Suns are taking a 15-game winning streak to Brooklyn for a showdown with the Nets.
It feels like a big game — just not to the surging Suns.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Jordon Brookshire's last competitive pass had been thrown in mid-October, back when he lost San Diego State's starting quarterback job and got labeled a third-stringer. He was not a likely candidate to save the Aztecs' Mountain West championship hopes in their regular season finale.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Mustapha Amzil's lone basket of the game was a memorable one.
Amzil hit a running jumper in the lane at the buzzer, and Dayton beat No. 4 Kansas 74-73 on Friday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Losing a couple of early season games was far from the most difficult thing Utah had to overcome to get back to the Pac-12 title game.
“We’ve taken probably the hardest thing that can happen and we’ve turned it into something beautiful,” receiver Britain Covey said after Senior Day victory against Colorado on Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James was fined $15,000 for an obscene gesture Friday by the NBA, which also warned the Lakers superstar about using profane language.
James made the gesture after making a shot late in Los Angeles' 124-116 overtime victory in Indiana on Wednesday night.
New York Islanders (5-10-2, seventh in the Metropolitan) vs. New York Rangers (13-4-3, second in the Metropolitan)
New York; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rangers -180, Islanders +150; over/under is 5.5
San Jose Sharks (10-9-1, fifth in the Pacific) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (7-11-2, seventh in the Central)
Chicago; Sunday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Blackhawks -117, Sharks -103; over/under is 6
Vancouver Canucks (6-13-2, seventh in the Pacific) vs. Boston Bruins (10-7-0, fifth in the Atlantic)
Boston; Sunday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Bruins -239, Canucks +192; over/under is 5.5
Toronto Maple Leafs (15-6-1, second in the Atlantic) vs. Anaheim Ducks (11-7-3, third in the Pacific)
Anaheim, California; Sunday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Ducks +137, Maple Leafs -163; over/under is 5.5
Seattle Kraken (6-13-1, eighth in the Pacific) vs. Florida Panthers (14-3-3, first in the Atlantic)
Sunrise, Florida; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Panthers -195, Kraken +163; over/under is 6
Philadelphia Flyers (8-7-4, sixth in the Metropolitan) vs. New Jersey Devils (8-6-4, fifth in the Metropolitan)
Newark, New Jersey; Sunday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Devils -115, Flyers -105; over/under is 6
Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Raleigh, North Carolina; Sunday, 1 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Hurricanes -134, Capitals +112; over/under is 5.5
Ottawa Senators (4-13-1, eighth in the Atlantic) vs. Los Angeles Kings (8-8-3, sixth in the Pacific)
Los Angeles; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Kings -226, Senators +186; over/under is 5.5
Tampa Bay Lightning (12-4-3, third in the Atlantic) vs. Minnesota Wild (13-6-1, first in the Central)
St. Paul, Minnesota; Sunday, 2 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Wild -113, Lightning -106; over/under is 5.5
Columbus Blue Jackets (12-6-0, third in the Metropolitan) vs. St. Louis Blues (10-7-3, third in the Central)
St. Louis; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Blues -169, Blue Jackets +143; over/under is 6
Nashville Predators (11-8-1, second in the Central) vs. Colorado Avalanche (10-6-1, fifth in the Central)
Denver; Saturday, 9 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Avalanche -213, Predators +175; over/under is 6
Dallas Stars (9-7-2, sixth in the Central) vs. Arizona Coyotes (4-14-2, eighth in the Central)
Glendale, Arizona; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Coyotes +168, Stars -202; over/under is 5.5
Montreal Canadiens (5-15-2, seventh in the Atlantic) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (10-6-4, fourth in the Metropolitan)
Pittsburgh; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Penguins -200, Canadiens +165; over/under is 5.5
Buffalo Sabres (8-10-2, sixth in the Atlantic) vs. Detroit Red Wings (9-9-3, fourth in the Atlantic)
Detroit; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Red Wings -180, Sabres +150; over/under is 5.5
SYDNEY (AP) — After 21 years since last playing in Australia, the United States women's soccer team needed only 24 seconds to score against the Matildas on Saturday.
Turns out that was all the new-look American side needed in a 3-0 win at Sydney's Olympic stadium before a Matildas-record crowd of 36,109.
Charlotte Hornets (13-8, fifth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Houston Rockets (2-16, 15th in the Western Conference)
Houston; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rockets -5.5; over/under is 221.5
Minnesota Timberwolves (9-10, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (10-9, ninth in the Eastern Conference)
Philadelphia; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: 76ers -4.5; over/under is 218
Phoenix Suns (16-3, second in the Western Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (14-5, first in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Nets -2.5; over/under is 221
Miami Heat (12-7, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (13-7, second in the Eastern Conference)
Chicago; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Bulls -1.5; over/under is 212
New York Knicks (10-9, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (11-9, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
Atlanta; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Hawks -4.5; over/under is 217.5
Orlando Magic (4-16, 15th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (9-10, 11th in the Eastern Conference)
Cleveland; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cavaliers -7.5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Isaiah Mobley scored 18 points and had 12 rebounds and No. 24 USC’s stifling defense earned it a 58-43 victory over San Diego State on Friday night in the title game of the Paycom Wooden Legacy.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — John Tavares and William Nylander each had a goal and assist and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Friday night.
Auston Matthews and Wayne Simmonds added goals, and backup goalie Joseph Woll stopped 34 shots as Toronto won for the eighth time in nine games.
NEW YORK (AP) — Devin Booker scored 32 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the New York Knicks 118-97 on Friday night for their 15th straight victory, matching the second-longest winning streak in franchise history.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Yauhen Massalski scored 23 points and snared 13 rebounds, Jamaree Bouyea hit two free throws with 8 seconds left and San Francisco remained unbeaten with a 63-61 victory over UAB at the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday night.
KANPUR, India (AP) — Tom Latham was unbeaten on 82 runs at lunch on on the third day of the first cricket test against India on Saturday, moving New Zealand to within 148 runs of the home side's first-innings total.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry took a few minutes after another spectacular performance to return to the court and cheer up emotional teammate Klay Thompson when his Splash Brother needed some moral support.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paolo Banchero scored 21 points to lead No. 5 Duke over No. 1 Gonzaga 84-81 on Friday night.
Duke (7-0) handed Gonzaga (6-1) its first loss since April’s national title game, when Baylor beat the Bulldogs.
CHATTOGRAM, Bangladesh (AP) — Fast bowler Hasan Ali took five wickets for 51 runs as Bangladesh was dismissed for 330 in its first innings of the opening cricket test against Pakistan on Saturday.
Ali broke Bangladesh’s resistance in the first session of the second day, when the home side resumed on 253-4.
BOSTON (AP) — Artemi Panarin scored the first of New York’s three third-period goals with 8:25 left and the Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Friday, giving Gerard Gallant the best start in his first 20 games as coach in team history.
DENVER (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 13 rebounds, Pat Connaughton added 20 points off the bench and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the depleted Denver Nuggets 120-109 on Friday night for their sixth straight win.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Devonte’ Graham made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds to lift the New Orleans Pelicans to a 98-97 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Brandon Ingram had 21 points and six rebounds for the Pelicans.
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Alondes Williams scored seven of his game-high 24 points in overtime and Wake Forest held off Oregon State, 80-77 Friday night to advance to the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic.
SEATTLE (AP) — Travell Harris rode on the shoulders of the crimson fans that engulfed the field. Jayden de Laura waived a version of Ol' Crimson before spiking the unmistakable flag into the turf field.
NEW YORK (AP) — Gabe Kalscheur scored 30 points and led Iowa State to a 78-59 win over No. 9 Memphis in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship game on Friday night.