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(Undated)  —  Here is the latest sports news:  Kaepernick wins Muhammad Ali Award.  Taggart leaves Oregon for FSU.  Warriors to be without Curry for at least two weeks.  Beal drops career-high in Wizards’ win.  Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics.

>>Kaepernick Given Muhammad Ali Award

(New York, NY)  —  Colin Kaepernick [[ CAP-er-nick ]] has another accolade.  Beyonce made a surprise visit to the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards to give the former San Francisco 49er the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.  “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah introduced Beyonce and said Kaepernick’s decision to protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem sparked a national conversation about race.

>>Taggart Leaving Oregon For Florida State

(Tallahassee, FL)  —  Willie Taggart is leaving Oregon after just one season to take over at Florida State.  Taggart has agreed to become the next head football coach at FSU.  Taggart guided the Ducks to a 7-and-5 record in his only season in Eugene.  The 41-year-old replaces Jimbo Fisher, who left to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M.

>>Warriors’ Curry Out At Least Two Weeks With Ankle Sprain

(Charlotte, NC)  —  Warriors star Steph Curry is out at least two weeks with a sprained right ankle.  The team announced an MRI found no structural damage and he will be re-evaluated in about two weeks.  Curry was hurt in Monday’s win at New Orleans.  The 29-year-old is averaging 26.3 points, 6.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds this season.  The Warriors visit Curry’s hometown Hornets tonight.

>>Beal Carries Wizards Past Blazers

(Portland, OR)  —  Bradley Beal dropped in a career-high 51 points to push the Wizards to a 106-92 win over the Trail Blazers in Portland.  Beal connected on 21-of-37 shots, including five threes.  He was the only starter in double-figures.  Washington is 13-and-11 and trying to hold the fort down without John Wall.  The Wizards are 3-and-3 in the last six games he’s missed.

>>Russia Banned From Winter Olympics; Clean Athletes Can Compete

(Lausanne, Switzerland)  —  The International Olympic Committee is banning the Russian Olympic Team from participating in the 2018 Winter Games.  The decision is in response to what the IOC calls the “systemic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia.”  Clean Russian athletes with no record of doping violations will be invited to participate, in individual or team competitions, under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia.”

 

>>TUESDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NBA
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Toronto Raptors 126, Phoenix Suns 113
Oklahoma City Thunder 100, Utah Jazz 94
Washington Wizards 106, Portland Trail Blazers 92

NHL
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New Jersey Devils 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 6, New York Islanders 2
Detroit Red Wings 5, Winnipeg Jets 1
St. Louis Blues 4, Montreal Canadiens 3
New York Rangers 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 3
Nashville Predators 5, Dallas Stars 2
Buffalo Sabres 4, Colorado Avalanche 2
Los Angeles Kings 5, Minnesota Wild 2
Vegas Golden Knights 4, Anaheim Ducks 3  (SO)
Vancouver Canucks 3, Carolina Hurricanes 0

Top-25 College Basketball  (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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#1 Duke Blue Devils 124, Saint Francis U Red Flash 67
#3 Michigan State Spartans 62, Rutgers Scarlet Knights 52
#4 Villanova Wildcats 88, #13 Gonzaga Bulldogs 72  (Jimmy V Classic at New York, NY)
#6 Wichita State Shockers 95, South Dakota State Jackrabbits 85
Ball State Cardinals 80, #8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 77
Arizona Wildcats 67, #9 Texas A&M Aggies 64  (Valley of the Sun Showcase at Phoenix, AZ)
#11 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 69, Boston University Terriers 54
#16 West Virginia Mountaineers 68, #12 Virginia Cavaliers 61
Nebraska Cornhuskers 78, #15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 68
#20 TCU Horned Frogs 94, SMU Mustangs 83
Texas Tech Red Raiders 82, #24 Nevada Wolf Pack 76  (OT)

 

>>WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE  (All times are Eastern)

NBA
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7:00 p.m. – Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic
7:00 p.m. – Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers
7:00 p.m. – Sacramento Kings at Cleveland Cavaliers
7:30 p.m. – Memphis Grizzlies at New York Knicks
7:30 p.m. – Dallas Mavericks at Boston Celtics
8:00 p.m. – Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Hornets
8:00 p.m. – Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks
8:00 p.m. – Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Pelicans
8:30 p.m. – Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs
10:30 p.m. – Minnesota Timberwolves at LA Clippers

NHL
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7:30 p.m. – Calgary Flames at Toronto Maple Leafs
8:00 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals
9:30 p.m. – Philadelphia Flyers at Edmonton Oilers
10:00 p.m. – Ottawa Senators at Anaheim Ducks

Top-25 College Basketball  (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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9:00 p.m. – #2 Kansas Jayhawks vs. Washington Huskies  (Jayhawk Shootout at Kansas City, MO)
8:00 p.m. – #5 Florida Gators host Loyola Chicago Ramblers
7:00 p.m. – #10 North Carolina Tar Heels host Western Carolina Catamounts
7:00 p.m. – #14 Xavier Musketeers host Kent State Golden Flashes