Duke against North Carolina...Flames host Islanders...Federer on clay
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Top-ranked Duke renews its rivalry against number-eight North Carolina tonight at home. Since losing to Syracuse last month, Duke has reeled off nine straight wins, including a 23-point comeback victory over Louisville. The Tar Heels had a seven-game win streak ended by Virginia last week, but bounced back with a rout over Wake Forest.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Two NHL division leaders meet tonight in Calgary, where the Flames host the New York Islanders. The Islanders have won five of their last six, and they’re 21-5-and-2 in the last 28 games. In other NHL action, the Detroit Red Wings host Chicago, Winnipeg plays at Colorado, and the Boston Bruins visit the Vegas Golden Knights.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The NBA is idle for one more night before returning from the All Star break. The Boston Celtics won 12 of their last 15 games before the break, but they have their work cut out for them tomorrow as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the NBA’s best record.
MADRID (AP) — Roger Federer will play at the Madrid Open as part of his return to the clay court. Organizers say the 20-time Grand Slam champion will participate in the tournament from May 3-12. The 37-year-old Federer didn’t play in clay tournaments for two seasons, but said he will be back this year as he prepares for his first French Open appearance since 2015.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Steve Stricker is going to his seventh straight Ryder Cup, this time in his home state of Wisconsin as the American captain. Stricker officially was appointed Ryder Cup captain this morning in Milwaukee, an hour south of where the Americans will try to win back the Ryder Cup in 2020 at Whistling Straits. Europe already has appointed Padraig Harrington as its captain.