Update on the latest sports
UNDATED (AP) — The Big 12′s top two scoring offenses will battle Friday night for the right to go to next week’s Big 12 championship game. No. 6 Oklahoma visits No. 12 West Virginia in a game that also gives Heisman Trophy hopefuls Kyler Murray and Will Grier the chance to make perhaps one final impression. The 10-1 Sooners are chasing their third-straight title along with a berth in the College Football Playoff. The 8-2 Mountaineers are hoping to beat the only team they haven’t defeated since joining the league in 2012.
No. 7 Washington State hopes to bring home the Apple Cup for the first time in five years when the Cougars host No. 16 Washington Friday night. The winner will play in the Pac-12 championship game against Utah as the North Division champ. For the Cougars, there is still the outside possibility of landing in the College Football Playoff with two more wins and a lot of chaos.
There are two other Top 25 games on the Friday schedule, both in the afternoon. No. 8 UCF is at South Florida and No. 11 Texas visits Kansas.
Virginia meets Wisconsin in Battle 4 Atlantis championship
UNDATED (AP) — Fourth-ranked Virginia and No. 25 Wisconsin headline a four-game schedule on the final day of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Cavaliers and Badgers will meet in the championship game Friday afternoon. Oklahoma plays Dayton for third place, Butler faces Florida in the fifth-place game and Stanford meets Middle Tennessee in the seventh-place game to end the day.
No. 2 Kansas and No. 5 Tennessee play for the NIT Season Tip-Off title Friday night in New York City. Both teams were tested in the semifinals Wednesday, when Kansas prevailed over Marquette 77-68 and Tennessee topped Louisville 92-81.
The day’s other Top 25 games:
— No. 6 Nevada vs. UMass at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas
— No. 7 North Carolina vs. No. 17 UCLA at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas.
— No. 9 Michigan vs. Chattanooga
— No. 10 Kentucky vs. Tennessee State
— No. 11 Michigan State vs. Texas at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas
— No. 14 Florida State vs. No. 19 LSU at HP Field House, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
— No. 23 Ohio State vs. Cleveland State
— No. 24 Purdue vs. Robert Morris
FIGURE SKATING-INTERNATIONAUX DE FRANCE
Without a quad, Brown takes Grand Prix lead in France
GRENOBLE, France (AP) — Without attempting a quad jump, Jason Brown built a solid lead at the French round of the Grand Prix figure skating series on Friday. The American skater scored 96.41 points, rewarded for his crisp technique and flowing ease in landing four triple jumps at the Internationaux de France.
His rivals, meanwhile, were penalized for failing to cleanly execute more difficult quads.
Alexander Samarin of Russia goes into the free skate on Saturday trailing Brown by nearly six points. He fluffed the landing of his opening quad lutz but quickly recovered and scored 90.86.
World champion Nathan Chen fell on his second jump, a quad flip, and finished in third place with 86.94 points.
The sixth and last event of the Grand Prix series offers skaters a final chance to qualify for next month’s final in Vancouver.
WORLD CUP SKIING
Killington World Cup organization hope to attract 40k fans
KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Organizers of the third World Cup skiing event being held at Vermont’s Killington ski resort are hoping the two-day event will attract 40,000 people to the region.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup is attracting some of the best women skiers in the world for the event being help Saturday and Sunday.
The Rutland Herald reports that last year the event drew 34,000 people. This is the third year Killington has hosted the event.
Killington spokeswoman Courtney DiFiore says officials hope to increase last year’s number.
Michael Coppinger of the Killington Pico Area Association says organizers agreed to hold the event three times in Killington with an option for a fourth.
There’s no word yet on whether the World Cup will return for a fourth year in 2019.