(Undated)  —  Here is the latest sports news:  Third edition of College Football Playoff rankings released.  MLB announced Manager of the Year awards.  Duke and Kansas win in Chicago.  UCLA players back from China after trouble.  Celtics winning streak up to 13.

>>’Bama, Clemson, Miami, OU Top-Four In Latest CFP Rankings

(Undated)  —  Alabama is the new number-one in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings.  The Crimson Tide are followed by Clemson, Miami and Oklahoma.  Just outside of the top four national semifinal spots are Wisconsin at number-five and Auburn at number-six.  Previous number-one Georgia slipped to seventh after Saturday’s 40-17 loss at Auburn.  Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State round out the top-ten.

>>D’backs’ Lovullo, Twins’ Molitor MLB’s Managers Of The Year

(Secaucus, NJ)  —  The Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo [[ loh-VELL-oh ]] and Twins’ Paul Molitor are Major League Baseball’s Managers of the Year.  Lovullo received 18-of-30 first-place votes to beat out the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts and the Rockies’ Bud Black for National League honors.  Molitor also got 18-of-30 first-place votes in the American League.  He beat out the Indians’ Terry Francona and Astros’ A.J. Hinch.

>>State Farm Champions Classic Recap

(Chicago, IL)  —  College hoops gave the United Center in Chicago a good show in the State Farm Champions Classic.  The doubleheader started with number-one Duke taking down number-two Michigan State 88-81 behind 37 points from Grayson Allen.  Number-three Kansas defeated number-four Kentucky 65-61 in the nightcap.

>>UCLA Players Home From China

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  The three UCLA basketball players detained in China for alleged shoplifting are back in Los Angeles.  LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill’s flight landed yesterday afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport.  Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement that “the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.”

>>Celtics Win Streak Reaches 13

(Brooklyn, NY)  —  The Celtics extended their winning streak to 13 games, downing the Nets 109-102 at the Barclays Center.  Boston started off the season 0-and-2 before reeling off 13 straight wins.  The Celtics, who are first in the Eastern Conference, host the Warriors on Thursday night.  Golden State has won seven straight and is atop the West at 11-and-3.



Boston Celtics 109, Brooklyn Nets 102
Toronto Raptors 129, Houston Rockets 113
San Antonio Spurs 97, Dallas Mavericks 91

Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Buffalo Sabres 4  (OT)
Florida Panthers 4, Dallas Stars 3  (SO)
Columbus Blue Jackets 2, Montreal Canadiens 1  (OT)
Winnipeg Jets 4, Arizona Coyotes 1
Minnesota Wild 3, Philadelphia Flyers 0
Nashville Predators 6, Washington Capitals 3
Edmonton Oilers 8, Las Vegas Golden Knights 2
Vancouver Canucks 3, Los Angeles Kings 2

Top-25 College Basketball  (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
#1 Duke Blue Devils 88, #2 Michigan State Spartans 81  (Champions Classic at Chicago, IL)
#3 Kansas Jayhawks 65, #4 Kentucky Wildcats 61  (Champions Classic at Chicago, IL)
#6 Villanova Wildcats 113, Nicholls Colonels 77
#19 Gonzaga Bulldogs 106, Howard Bison 69
#21 Purdue Boilermakers 86, Marquette Golden Eagles 71  (Gavitt Tipoff Games)


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

7:30 p.m. – Washington Wizards at Miami Heat
7:30 p.m. – Utah Jazz at New York Knicks
7:30 p.m. – Sacramento Kings at Atlanta Hawks
8:00 p.m. – San Antonio Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves
8:00 p.m. – Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets
8:00 p.m. – Indiana Pacers at Memphis Grizzlies
8:00 p.m. – Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder
8:00 p.m. – Toronto Raptors at New Orleans Pelicans
8:00 p.m. – Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks
10:00 p.m. – Orlando Magic at Portland Trail Blazers
10:30 p.m. – Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Lakers

7:30 p.m. – Calgary Flames at Detroit Red Wings
8:00 p.m. – New York Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks
10:00 p.m. – Boston Bruins at Anaheim Ducks

Top-25 College Basketball  (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
8:00 p.m. – #9 North Carolina Tar Heels host Bucknell Bison
7:00 p.m. – #10 West Virginia Mountaineers host American University Eagles
8:00 p.m. – #15 Minnesota Golden Gophers host Niagara Purple Eagles
11:00 p.m. – #18 UCLA Bruins host Central Arkansas Bears
9:00 p.m. – #20 Northwestern Wildcats host Creighton Bluejays
10:00 p.m. – #22 Saint Mary’s Gaels host Cal State Fullerton Titans
6:30 p.m. – #23 Seton Hall Pirates host Indiana Hoosiers