If the St. Louis Blues have done one thing right this young season, it’s winning the first game of a two-game series. They’re 3-for-3 on that front after Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Enterprise Center. Lately, bad things have happened to the Blues when LA comes to town. Last season, Vladimir Tarasenko suffered another left shoulder injury, requiring another left shoulder ...

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“I think I suck right now.” Anthony Davis’ assessment of his play after the Los Angeles Lakers’ win in Milwaukee was one of relativity. For most of the mortals who lace up sneakers and can bounce a leather ball, a five-game stretch averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds would be incredible. But for someone as talented as Davis, a player with limitless ability on the offensive end, those numbers ...

Jan. 24—Jimmie Nation packed into Newman Arena — for good reason. The University of Jamestown men's basketball team pulled off a 93-66 over visiting Mount Marty College. With the win, UJ improved to 10-4 in the GPAC and 14-5 overall. Mount Marty fell to 4-12 and 7-17 overall. The Jimmies are slated to be back in action Jan. 27 at top-ranked Morningside College. It was an all-out sprint for the ...

Jan. 24—Steady hands and hot-handed shooters were the difference Saturday. The University of Jamestown womens basketball team rifled off its third straight win with a 90-47 win over Mount Marty College. The Jimmies improved to 9-6 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and 12-6 overall. The Lancers dropped to 2-14 in the conference and 4-15 overall. "We know how good of a team we can ...

Jan. 23—SIOUX CITY — Will Pottebaum posted a 32-point outing to lead the Mustangs to a 98-72 win over Midland on Saturday at home. Pottebaum was 10-for-13 from the floor and missed just one of his nine 3-point shots. Collin Hill also had 12 points while Aidan Vanderloo and Trey Brown had 11 points apiece for Morningside, 17-2 overall and 13-2 in the MRAC. Emanueal Bryson had 20 points and Bo ...

Jan. 23—SIOUX CITY — Taylor Rodenburgh and Sophia Peppers combined to score 44 points to lead the Mustangs to an 82-60 Great Plains Athletic Conference women's basketball win at Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center Saturday. Rodenburgh had a game-high 23 points and Peppers 21 points as Morningside improved to 17-2 overall and 15-1 in the GPAC. Sierra Mitchell also had a dozen points and six assists ...

NEW YORK — The Nets bent, and bent some more, but did not break, beating the Heat, 128-124, in Brooklyn on Saturday. The Miami Heat — without All-Star Jimmy Butler, rising star Tyler Herro, and defensive stopper Avery Bradley — proved a tough challenge for the still-jelling Nets, with both teams playing their second game in two nights. Kevin Durant had fresh legs after sitting out Friday’s ...

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DETROIT — If the 76ers were college students, they would major in letdown games — specializing in the back-end of back-to-backs. There have been multiples times when the Sixers came off a thrilling victory only to get smacked the next night. They avoided that Saturday night against the last-place Detroit Pistons. The Sixers prevailed, 114-110, at Little Caesars Arena one night after posting a ...

Missouri guard Xavier Pinson insisted he wasn’t in a two-game slump even though his production on the floor had dipped to unusually low levels heading into Saturday night’s showdown in Knoxville, Tenn. It wasn’t a slump, Pinson reasoned on Friday, because the Tigers had won both games. On Saturday, Pinson busted out of whatever he wants to call that two-game stretch — and then some. The junior ...

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MINNEAPOLIS —One night after a listless loss to Atlanta, there was life. A day after dysfunction on both ends of the court the Timberwolves were determined. There was energy. And there was a victory: 120-110 over New Orleans at Target Center. In a game in which both teams badly needed a win, the Wolves (4-11) played like they wanted it more. Already without Karl-Anthony Towns and Juancho ...

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego says rookie LaMelo Ball playing like he did Friday costs him minutes, regardless of Ball's huge potential. "If you're turning the ball over five times in 16 minutes, that ain't gonna cut it for me," Borrego assessed Saturday of Ball's performance against the Chicago Bulls. "If you're doing that on the offensive end, you better be ...

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — On the day before the big game, one of the team owners is wearing an old Packers T-shirt with camouflage shorts. He’s behind the bar pouring beers, wiping the counter and filling bowls with peanuts. Heaven knows if Marty Leonhard was serving any of his fellow Packers shareholders inside Lenny’s Tap on Saturday. There were 16 people in the bar at 11 a.m. and, statistically ...

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DETROIT — The perception was that the pairing of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid was toxic. Nothing about the two 76ers All-Stars appeared to fit. Not their games. Not their personalities. Nothing. They were perceived to be the NBA’s version of oil and water. Yet, you would not know that by watching the two interact this season. “Not that the previous years we haven’t been on the court very close, ...

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina looked inside to avenge its loss to N.C. State with an 86-76 victory Saturday at the Dean E. Smith Center. The Tar Heels scored 48 points in the paint led by 17 from Armando Bacot and 16 from Day'Ron Sharpe. The win moved Carolina (10-5, 5-3 ACC) to 33-5 against N.C. State during coach Roy Williams' tenure in Chapel Hill. N.C. State (6-5, 2-4), playing for ...

Matthew Hurt scored as many points but Carlik Jones made the plays down the stretch to help Louisville beat Duke on Saturday. Jones scored 24 points, including the Cardinals’ final nine points over the last two minutes, as Louisville edged the Blue Devils 70-65, in ACC basketball at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. “We lost to a good team,” said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, whose team ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Fans watching Kentucky play Saturday might have rubbed their eyes to make sure it wasn’t a mirage. Or given thanks for arriving at the oasis that was an 82-69 victory over LSU. Kentucky made 3s, at least for a while. UK limited turnovers. UK shared like it was Thanksgiving and Christmas combined. Hardly anything went wrong in the first half. Nothing to prevent Kentucky from ...

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Horse racing is a sport that tends to retire its stars rather than run them, so it grabbed everyone’s attention when Knicks Go won his fourth race in a row Saturday, the Grade 1 $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. It actually wasn’t much of a race as Knicks Go went to the lead and strolled along through the first ...

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Now that they’re back playing basketball, you look at the Villanova Wildcats for certain stretches and you can’t help wondering … that’s the third-ranked team in the country? Gritty, gutty, smart, etc. Sure, all that. But third-ranked? Yeah, maybe. You wouldn’t question such a ranking during the second half Saturday as Villanova had its way with Providence, a 71-56 final score at Finneran ...