Pelicans lose Davis for up to 2 weeks...Duke hosts Virginia...Serena Williams’ next opponent is No. 1 Halep
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say Anthony Davis has a sprained finger that is expected to sideline him up to two weeks. The star forward hurt his left index finger during the fourth quarter of last night’s 128-112 loss at Portland. The Pelicans have lost three of four to drop to 21-15, four games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. New Orleans next faces Memphis on Monday night to conclude a five-game road trip.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Top-ranked Duke hopes its team defense doesn’t slip without point guard Tre Jones. Jones is out indefinitely after injuring his right shoulder in a loss earlier this week to Syracuse. His likely absence might be magnified today when the Blue Devils host No. 4 Virginia, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s model of defensive efficiency.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina big man Sterling Manley is missing his sixth straight game today as the 13th-ranked Tar Heels visit Miami. Coach Roy Williams says the sophomore has lingering knee soreness. Manley hasn’t played since the Dec. 29 win against Davidson due to his left knee.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams remains on course for her eighth Australian Open title and an Open-era record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles crown. The 16th seed has advanced to the fourth round, winning every set she has played so far. But she’ll face her toughest opponent yet when she takes on top-ranked Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp), who beat Williams’ sister, Venus.
MARANELLO, Italy (AP) — Mick Schumacher is following in his father’s footsteps at Ferrari. The 19-year-old will be racing in the 2019 Formula 2 championship as the European F3 champion, and Scuderia Ferrari says he has joined its driver academy and will take part in preseason preparation activities. If he shines in F2, he could be on the F1 grid as early as 2020. Schumacher’s father Michael won seven F1 titles, five of those with Ferrari. He suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident in 2013.