Dr. J falls ill at Sixers game...Golden Knights win again...Women’s Olympic figure skating team selected
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hall of Famer Julius Erving has been taken to a hospital after falling ill at the Philadelphia 76ers’ game last night. The 67-year-old known as “Dr. J” was being honored by the Sixers to mark 35 years since he threw down his famous cradle dunk against the Los Angeles Lakers. A statement on behalf of Erving’s management team and the Sixers says Erving was expected to be released after evaluation.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have notched their ninth win in 10 games, one night after ending their NHL expansion-record eight-game winning streak. Reilly Smith had a goal and two assists as the Golden Knights topped the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 to improve to 28-10-2.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Figure Skating has selected the three women who will represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics. They are Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen, the top three finishers at the national championships last night. Three-time U.S. champ Ashley Wagner, who complained vigorously about her marks after the free skate, was not included. It will be the first Olympics for Tennell and Chen. Nagasu was fourth at the 2010 Games.
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — Defending overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin has won a women’s World Cup giant slalom today to stretch her winning streak for 2018 to three races. The American is the first female skier with three straight wins at the start of a year since Vreni Schneider of Switzerland achieved the feat in 1989.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Brian Harman and Marc Leishman (LEESH’-muhn) are co-leaders at the midway point of the PGA’s Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Harman closed with a long two-putt birdie for a 5-under 68 that leaves him 10 under for the tournament. Leishman played bogey-free golf for a 69 after entering the round in first place. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is just one shot back.