Here is the latest sports news: McDaniels loses agent. College football National Signing Day. NBA trade deadline today. Cavs beat T’wolves on buzzer beater. Duke, North Carolina square off tonight.

>>McDaniels Loses Agent

(Foxboro, MA) — Josh McDaniels is losing more than just his word for backing out his deal to become Colts head coach. McDaniels’ agent Bob LaMonte has parted ways with his former client. McDaniels decided to go back to New England and stay on as Patriots offensive coordinator. The Colts are sticking with the assistants that have already signed their contracts.

>>College Football National Signing Day

(Undated) — National Signing Day is in the books for college football. The hype has dropped from years past due to a new early signing period in December. ranks Georgia with the best class in the nation. The top-five is rounded out by Ohio State, Texas, USC and Penn State.

>>NBA Trade Deadline Today

(Undated) — The NBA trade deadline is at 3 p.m. Eastern. It’s possible the two biggest deals of the season have already happened with the Clippers shipping Blake Griffin to the Pistons and the Bucks acquiring Eric Bledsoe from the Suns. The biggest names reportedly still on the block are LA’s DeAndre Jordan and Avery Bradley. In a minor move, the Knicks sent Willy [[ Billy ]] Hernangomez to the Hornets yesterday.

>>Cavs Beat T’wolves On Buzzer Beater

(Cleveland, OH) — LeBron James finished a monster night by knocking down a fadeaway jumper as time expired for a 140-138 overtime win against the Timberwolves in Cleveland. It was the fifth buzzer-beater of James’ career. He tallied a triple-double with 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. J. R. Smith hit six of Cleveland’s 21 threes. The 31-and-22 Cavs visit the Hawks tomorrow.

>>Duke And North Carolina Square Off Tonight

(Chapel Hill, NC) — Number-eight Duke and number-22 North Carolina renew their rivalry tonight in Chapel Hill. The Blue Devils have won six of the last eight meetings. Duke is 19-and-4, while UNC comes in at 17-and-7. Last night, St. John’s upset number-one Villanova 79-75 after previously upsetting Duke on Saturday. Number-16 Ohio State also topped number-three Purdue, 64-63.


Detroit Pistons 115, Brooklyn Nets 106
Houston Rockets 109, Miami Heat 101
Utah Jazz 92, Memphis Grizzlies 88
Cleveland Cavaliers 140, Minnesota Timberwolves 138 (OT)
Indiana Pacers at New Orleans Pelicans (PPD, leaky roof)
San Antonio Spurs 129, Phoenix Suns 81

Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Nashville Predators 2 (SO)
Boston Bruins 6, New York Rangers 1
Los Angeles Kings 5, Edmonton Oilers 2

Top-25 College Basketball (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
St. John’s Red Storm 79, #1 Villanova Wildcats 75
#2 Virginia Cavaliers 59, Florida State Seminoles 55
#16 Ohio State Buckeyes 64, #3 Purdue Boilermakers 63
#7 Texas Tech Red Raiders 76, Iowa State Cyclones 58
Texas A&M Aggies 81, #9 Auburn Tigers 80
UNLV Rebels 86, #23 Nevada Wolf Pack 78
#25 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 87, Wake Forest Demon Deacons 81

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

7:00 p.m. – Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic
7:30 p.m. – New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors
8:00 p.m. – Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards
10:00 p.m. – Charlotte Hornets at Portland Trail Blazers
10:30 p.m. – Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers
10:30 p.m. – Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors

7:00 p.m. – Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers
7:00 p.m. – Calgary Flames at New Jersey Devils
7:00 p.m. – New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres
7:30 p.m. – Vancouver Canucks at Tampa Bay Lightning
7:30 p.m. – Nashville Predators at Ottawa Senators
8:00 p.m. – Arizona Coyotes at Minnesota Wild
8:00 p.m. – Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues
8:30 p.m. – Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks
10:30 p.m. – Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks

Top-25 College Basketball (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
8:00 p.m. – #8 Duke Blue Devils at #22 North Carolina Tar Heels
10:00 p.m. – #11 Gonzaga Bulldogs at Pacific Tigers
10:00 p.m. – #12 Saint Mary’s Gaels at Loyola Marymount Lions
10:00 p.m. – #13 Arizona Wildcats host UCLA Bruins
7:00 p.m. – #15 Clemson Tigers host Pittsburgh Panthers

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