Wolves get Towns back after crash...Duke’s Williamson to miss 2nd game...Gonzaga reclaims No. 1 in AP poll
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns has been cleared to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves following a highway crash. He says he was riding with assistant strength and conditioning coach Kurt Joseph Thursday when a semi slammed into the back of their vehicle. Towns says he was fortunate to escape with minor injuries. He was held out of games Friday and Saturday under the NBA’s concussion protocol, ending his streak of 303 consecutive games.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke freshman Zion Williamson will miss a second straight game with a mild right knee sprain he suffered last week. Coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF’-skee) says the national player of the year candidate won’t play tomorrow night when the Blue Devils visit Virginia Tech. Williamson was hurt in the opening minute of last week’s loss to North Carolina when he planted his foot while dribbling and his shoe tore apart.
NEW YORK (AP) — Gonzaga is back atop the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll. The Zags moved up a spot to begin a second stint at No. 1 this season, both times replacing Duke at the top. Virginia moved up a spot to No. 2, while the Blue Devils fell to third after losing at home to rival North Carolina, which climbed to a season-high fifth behind Kentucky. Michigan State, Tennessee, Houston, Michigan and Marquette round out the top 10. Wofford checked in at No. 24 for its first AP poll appearance in program history.
UNDATED (AP) — Several NHL players are on the move on the last trading day. Star forward Mark Stone told TSN in Canada he has agreed to a contract extension with the Vegas Golden Knights after being traded by Ottawa just before this afternoon’s trade deadline. Among other trades, the New York Rangers sent center Kevin Hayes to the Winnipeg Jets for forward Brendan Lemieux, a 2019 first-round pick and a conditional 2022 fourth-round pick.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft visited a Florida massage parlor for sex acts on the morning of the AFC Championship Game, which he attended in Kansas City later that day. According to documents released today by the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office, it was Kraft’s second visit to the parlor in less than 24 hours. Kraft and 24 other men were charged last week with soliciting a prostitute as part of a crackdown on sex trafficking.