Manager of Year awards to be announced
UNDATED (AP) — The baseball post-season awards continue with the top manager in each league set to be named later today.
The National League honor will likely go to Washington's Davey Johnson. The 70-year-old led the Nationals to their first NL East title and a majors-high 98 wins. Washington lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in an NL division series, blowing a 6-0 lead in Game 5.
Cincinnati's Dusty Baker and San Francisco's Bruce Bochy (BOH'-chee) are the other finalists.
In the American League, it's expected to come down to Baltimore's Buck Showalter and Oakland's Bob Melvin.
Showalter guided a young Orioles team into an unexpected playoff spot after four successive last-place finishes. Melvin guided the Athletics to the AL West championship with a late-season surge. Oakland became the first team in major league history to win a division or pennant after trailing by five games with under 10 to play.
Chicago's Robin Ventura is the other finalist.
Unbeatn Knicks in action
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA's only remaining spotless record goes on the line tonight when the Knicks visit Orlando as part of a six-game schedule. New York is 4-0 for the first time since starting the season with seven straight wins in 1993-94 on the way to the NBA Finals.
Carmelo Anthony is pacing the Knicks with a league-leading 27.3 scoring average.
San Antonio's not unbeaten, but they're off to a 6-1 start for the second-best record in the league. They have a high-profile meeting in Los Angeles with the Lakers tonight.
It will be the Lakers' first game since naming Mike D'Antoni as the new coach, replacing the fired Mike Brown. But D'Antoni isn't expected to be on the job yet while he recovers from knee replacement surgery. Interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff will be running the team as he has in the Lakers' two previous wins since Brown's departure.
Washington will try to break into the win column for the first time this season when they pay a visit to Charlotte. The Wizards have dropped their first five games.
UNDATED (AP) — A pair of early-season top-25 showdowns highlight the college basketball schedule tonight.
Third-ranked Kentucky and No. 9 Duke square off in the first meeting of the storied programs since 2001. The Wildcats managed to survive a scare from Maryland in their season opener while Duke opened with an easy win over Georgia State.
The opening part of the doubleheader in Atlanta tonight has No. 7 Kansas meeting 21st-ranked Michigan State. The Jayhawks are coming off a 19-point win over Southeast Missouri while the Spartans suffered a three-point loss to then-unranked Connecticut in their opener.
The Huskies rode that win into the No. 23 spot in the AP poll this week. UConn takes on Vermont tonight as part of the seven-game Top 25 schedule.
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Baylor hosts Kentucky
WACO, Texas (AP) — Top-ranked Baylor gets an early-season challenge when it hosts No. 6 Kentucky in women's college basketball tonight.
The Bears are led by national player of the year 6-foot-8 Brittany Griner and are considered a favorite to repeat as national champs. They return their entire starting line-up from last seasons's 40-0 team.
Kentucky is considered a favorite to win the Southeatern Conference.
ITF looking at blood testing
PARIS (AP) — The International Tennis Federation might copy blood-testing measures used by cycling to weed out drug cheats.
ITF anti-doping manager Stuart Miller told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that the federation is working toward more blood and out-of-competition drug testing on players.
Roger Federer and Andy Murray have called for more out-of-competition and blood testing after Lance Armstrong's fall. Murray said the Armstrong example was "pretty shocking."
Miller said the ITF is "looking very, very carefully" at introducing an athlete biological passport program in tennis.