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Islanders face Bruins...Western wild card chase...Resignation in bribery scandal

March 19, 2019

UNDATED (AP) — As the New York Islanders head into tonight’s game at home against the Boston Bruins, the Islanders are tied for the NHL’s Metropolitan Division lead with the Washington Capitals. Each team has 91 points with 10 games remaining, but the Islanders currently hold the tiebreaker with a greater scoring differential. The Bruins, meanwhile, hope to have forward David Pastrnak back on the ice for the first time in more than a month. He’s been out of action following thumb surgery.

UNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche sit four points behind Arizona for the second wild card in the NHL’s Western Conference. And tonight Colorado plays another of the teams competing for that wild card spot, the Minnesota Wild. Minnesota is three points ahead of Colorado in that chase.

UNDATED (AP) — In the NBA tonight, the Golden State Warriors, wrapping up a four-game road trip with a slim lead for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, visit the Minnesota Timberwolves. Other matchups see Philadelphia at Charlotte, Houston at Atlanta, the Lakers in Milwaukee, Brooklyn at Sacramento -- and, playing the second game of a back-to-back, the Indiana Pacers visit the Los Angeles Clippers.

TOKYO (AP) — The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee is resigning in a bribery scandal that investigators think may have helped Tokyo land next year’s Olympics. Tsunekazu Takeda has denied any wrongdoing but says he will step aside in June for the good of the upcoming games.

IRVINE, Calif. — UC Irvine is more than a team with one of the best nicknames in the NCAA Tournament. The Anteaters — who face Kansas State on Friday in the South Regional — are the first Big West Conference team in 28 years to post 30 wins and, have four players whose fathers or grandfathers played in the NBA.