Update on the latest sports
Notre Dame plays Syracuse in NYC
UNDATED (AP) — No. 3 Notre Dame visits New York City Saturday to take on Syracuse University at Yankee Stadium.
The Fighting Irish are two victories away from an unbeaten regular season and in contention for the College Football Playoff. Syracuse is No. 12, the highest ranking for the Orange in 20 years.
The game is one of three on today’s college football schedule matching ranked teams. On Saturday night, No. 11 UCF plays No. 19 Cincinnati in Orlando and No. 13 Texas hosts No. 18 Iowa State.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
4 games on tap
UNDATED (AP) — Four men’s Top 25 basketball games are on the Saturday schedule.
No. 8 Villanova faces Furman, No. 12 Kansas State plays Pennsylvania in the Virgin Islands, No. 18 Michigan takes on George Washington in Uncasville, Connecticut, and No. 24 Marquette plays Presbyterian.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PARADISE JAM
Paradise Jam resumes with 2 games in consolation bracket
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The Paradise Jam tournament resumes Saturday with a pair of consolation-round games at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center.
Old Dominion (1-2) will face Kennesaw State (1-3) in the opening game, while Northern Iowa (1-2) takes on Eastern Kentucky (2-2) in the second game.
The semifinals will be played Sunday, with Oregon State (3-0) playing Missouri (2-1) in the opening game, followed by No. 12 Kansas State (3-0) facing Penn (4-0).
The championship game, as well as the other placement games, will be Monday.
WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S SLALOM
Shiffrin wins season-opening World Cup slalom by huge margin
LEVI, Finland (AP) — Two-time overall champion Mikaela (mih-KAY’-luh) Shiffrin built on her first-run lead to comfortably win the season-opening women’s World Cup slalom on Saturday.
The American defeated last year’s winner, Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, by 0.58 seconds. Bernadette Schild of Austria, who posted the fastest second-run time, finished third, 0.79 off the lead.
Shiffrin dominated the opening run as only Olympic slalom champion Frida Hansdotter managed to finish within a half-second of her lead. Hansdotter dropped to fourth after the final run.
It was Shiffrin’s 33th career victory in a slalom, leaving her two wins shy of the World Cup record held by Austria’s Marlies Raich.
Howell maintains lead
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Charles Howell III continues to zero in on his first PGA victory in almost 12 years.
Howell kept bogeys off his card for the second straight day while firing a 6-under 64 for a three-stroke lead over Tour rookie Cameron Champ and Jason Gore. Howell’s 14-under total matches the best 36-hole score of his career.
Howell has two PGA Tour victories in the past 20 years. This is only the fifth time he’s had the 36-hole lead, and the first time since the 2003 Tour Championship.
Thompson leads season-ending tournament after 2 rounds
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — The LPGA will have either 25 or 26 different winners in 32 events this season, depending on what happens when the final putt of the CME Group Tour Championship drops on Sunday.
Lexi Thompson, who hasn’t won this year, is the leader after two rounds. She shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to move to 12 under for the week, three shots clear of first-round leader Amy Olson (72) and Brittany Lincicome (71).
The season-ending tournament in Naples, Florida, is the conclusion of the Race to the CME Globe, with world No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn (ahr-EE’-uh juh-TAN’-uh-garn) now in control of that again. She’s one of five women who entered this week with the best chance of taking that trophy and $1 million bonus, and is back atop the projected standings after shaking off a bogey-bogey-bogey start to finish with a 71 and get to 3-under.