Update on the latest in sports:
NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Spotlight on Duke’s Williamson as first round continues
UNDATED (AP) — The spotlight of the NCAA Tournament shifts to No. 1 overall seed Duke today, along with the other 31 teams playing in first-round games.
But there won’t be more attention on anybody than on Blue Devils’ star freshman Zion Williamson. Duke opens against 16th-seeded North Dakota State in his home state of South Carolina.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WAKE FOREST KEEPS MANNING
Manning to return to Wake Forest despite 3rd 20-loss season
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Danny Manning will return for a sixth season at Wake Forest despite his third 20-loss season in five years.
Retiring athletic director Ron Wellman announced the decision 10 days after the Demon Deacons ended an 11-20 season with a loss to Miami in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Wellman says they had “extensive” meetings, and he expects Manning to “take the steps needed to show improvement on the court.”
The 52-year-old former Kansas star and No. 1 NBA draft pick is 65-93 at Wake Forest with one NCAA Tournament appearance in five seasons with the Demon Deacons.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-VANDERBILT-DREW FIRED
Vanderbilt fires coach Bryce Drew after 9-23 year, winless in SEC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The worst season in the history of Vanderbilt men’s basketball has cost coach Bryce Drew his job.
Vanderbilt went 9-23 and was the first team in 65 years to go winless in the Southeastern Conference. Drew went 40-59 record in three seasons with the Commodores.
The announcement Friday by new athletic director Malcolm Turner comes a week after the Commodores ended a season with their most losses.
Turner said in a statement that Vanderbilt is “committed to competing at the highest levels on and off the court.”
The previous SEC team to go winless in league play was Georgia Tech in 1953-54.
Nets visit Lakers, Knicks host Nuggets, Clippers face the Cavaliers
UNDATED (AP) — In NBA action Friday night, All-Star D’Angelo Russell returns to face the team that gave up on him after just two seasons when the Brooklyn Nets visit LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Denver Nuggets look for a sixth straight victory when they visit the New York Knicks.
The L.A. Clippers, who are back in the playoff race thanks to an 8-1 start in March, carry a three-game winning streak into their matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers. And the Houston Rockets look to get back on track after a tough overtime loss to Memphis where James Harden scored 57 points when they host the San Antonio.
The Raptors and Thunder meet for the second time in three days when they play north of the border. The Raptors beat the Thunder in overtime in Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Toronto’s 29 home wins are tied for the most in the Eastern Conference. The Thunder have lost four straight.
The Memphis Grizzlies visit the Orlando Magic. And the Miami Heat, clinging to the last playoff spot in the East, visit the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks.
Sharks visits the Ducks, Caps host the Wild
UNDATED (AP) — Just two NHL games are on the Friday schedule. The Washington Capitals host the Minnesota Wild and the San Jose Sharks visit the Anaheim Ducks.
Minnesota Wild can jump into a playoff position in the Western Conference with a victory against the defending Stanley Cup champions, who are fighting for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division.
Serena Williams plays at Miami Open’s new site
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Eight-time champion Serena Williams plays her first match at the new Miami Open site today when she faces Rebecca Peterson.
The Miami Open is now in its new home at the Hard Rock Stadium in the Dolphins’ stadium complex.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams are among those scheduled to compete in the tournament, which moved after more than three decades on nearby Key Biscayne.
Zagitova wins at worlds, Tursynbaeva lands 1st quad jump
SAITAMA, JAPAN (AP) — Olympic champion Alina Zagitova won the free skate to capture her first title at the figure skating world championships.
Skating to “Carmen,” the 16-year-old Russian built on her lead from the short program with a strong free skate that included a triple-lutz, triple-toeloop combination in the first half of her program. She added five more triple jumps to finish with 237.50 points.
Elizabet Tursynbaeva became the first woman to land a quadruple jump at the world championships. The 19-year-old Kazakh finished second with 224.76 points.