Butler anticipates debut...Early college matchup...Four games on NHL schedule
UNDATED (AP) — Jimmy Butler says he has no problem sharing the ball and has no concern about getting enough touches when he debuts with the Philadelphia 76ers tonight as they take on the Magic in Orlando. Butler joins a lineup that also includes Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, JJ Redick and Markelle Fultz. The game is one of 11 on tonight’s schedule.
UNDATED (AP) — College hoops feature an early matchup of ranked teams. No. 8 Villanova hosts No. 18 Michigan in a re-match (of sorts) of last year’s national championship game. The top team in the polls, Duke is also hosting a Michigan team: Eastern Michigan. No. 9 Auburn faces Mississippi College, No. 10 Kentucky is on the court against North Dakota, while No. 11 Michigan State plays Louisiana-Monroe. No. 19 Clemson takes on Sam Houston State, and No. 24 Marquette is at Indiana.
UNDATED (AP) — It’s been an up and down season so far for the National Hockey League Stanley Cup champions. But the Washington Capitals roll into Winnipeg tonight coming off a win in Minnesota. It’s the second game of a four game road trip. Elsewhere, the St. Louis Blues visit the Blackhawks in Chicago, Colorado hosts the Bruins, and the Anaheim Ducks pay a visit to Las Vegas, to play the Golden Knights.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s sports book wars are in full swing with the latest salvos coming from DraftKings and Resorts Casino. The two companies told The Associated Press a full-fledged sports betting facility will open on Nov. 20 near where patrons walk in off the Boardwalk. It is the latest ambitious offering in a scramble by New Jersey casinos, racetracks and bookmakers to have not only an online operation, but also a game-day physical facility.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are eager to begin life without Le’Veon Bell. The star running back’s time in Pittsburgh is likely over after he declined to sign his one-year franchise tender by the deadline. The Steelers have survived just fine without him while ripping off five straight wins heading into a trip to Jacksonville. Second-year back James Conner is thriving in Bell’s absence, ranking second in the league in yards from scrimmage. Bell’s teammates invaded his locker after practice, helping themselves to whatever they wanted.