Update on the latest in sports:
Playoff position at stake
UNDATED (AP) — With the NBA playoff field largely set, contenders are battling for position.
The Philadelphia 76ers currently stand third in the Eastern Conference. They’re in Orlando tonight to take on a Magic team that’s second in the Southeast Division, but looking up at a .500 record with long odds on qualifying for the playoffs.
In the Western Conference, Portland hosts Brooklyn tonight. The Nets’ record is above .500, but with a tough schedule ahead, including tonight’s game against the Trail Blazers. Portland’s sparkling 45-27 record is only good enough for second in the Northwest. With a win tonight, the Blazers clinch a playoff berth.
In Memphis, the Grizzlies are out, but they host an Oklahoma City team on the verge of playoff berth.
Phoenix is also out, and they’re on the road in Utah to play a Jazz team that’s tied with the Thunder in the Northwest.
Playoff races tighten as season winds down
UNDATED (AP) — Most teams in the NHL are down to a half dozen games or so left in their season, so points are becoming precious.
Two teams in no danger of missing the playoffs meet in Tampa Bay tonight. The Lightning and the Boston Bruins have two of the best records in the entire league. Tampa Bay has already secured the President’s Trophy for the league’s best regular season record.
Pittsburgh is in a very tight Metropolitan Division race, just two points behind first place Washington but still not assured of a playoff berth. They are in New York to play the Rangers.
Dallas is currently seventh in the Western Conference, but they have a tough assignment in Winnipeg tonight, where the Jets have clinched a spot in the post-season.
The rest of the schedule has Buffalo at New Jersey, Florida visiting Toronto, Minnesota hosting Nashville and Vegas at St. Louis.
The top team in the Western standings gets a visit from the team at the bottom, as the Calgary Flames welcome the Los Angeles Kings.
And the late game is another matchup of power versus distant promise, as the San Jose Sharks get a visit from the Red Wings.
NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
UNDATED (AP) — Tonight’s NCAA women’s basketball tournament second round games: (All times EDT)
GREENSBORO: Kentucky vs. N.C. State, 7 p.m. at Raleigh, N.C.
PORTLAND: South Dakota State vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m. at Syracuse, N.Y.
CHICAGO: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m. at Notre Dame, Ind.
ALBANY: UCLA vs. Maryland, 7 p.m. at College Park, Md.
GREENSBORO: Baylor vs. California, 9 p.m. at Waco, Texas
CHICAGO: Missouri State vs. Iowa State, 9 p.m. at Ames, Iowa
ALBANY: Gonzaga vs. Oregon State, 9 p.m. at Corvallis, Ore.
CHICAGO: BYU vs. Stanford, 11 p.m.NBA at Stanford, Calif.
SUPREME COURT-MICHAEL JORDAN IMAGE
High court won’t referee dispute over Michael Jordan images
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it won’t referee a dispute between Nike and a photographer who took a famous image of basketball great Michael Jordan.
The high court declined Monday to hear the copyright case brought by photographer Jacobus Rentmeester.
Rentmeester took a famous photograph of Jordan for Life magazine in 1984. It shows Jordan holding a basketball and leaping toward a basketball hoop. Nike later commissioned a new image that is inspired by Rentmeester’s photo. The logo for Nike’s Air Jordan shoes, called the “Jumpman Logo,” is based off Nike’s photo.
Rentmeester sued Nike in 2015 saying it had violated copyright law. The Supreme Court’s decision not to take the case means lower court rulings against Rentmeester will stand.