NEW YORK (AP) _ The nation’s top four college basketball teams compete tonight under one roof, and dozens of NBA personnel are expected to be there to watch. Top-ranked Michigan State meets number-two Kentucky at the Champions Classic in New York. Before that, it’s third-ranked Kansas against number-four Duke.
UNDATED (AP) _ In other action involving top-ten college basketball teams tonight, number-five Louisville is at Miami, and sixth-ranked Florida plays North Florida. Number-seven Maryland meets Holy Cross, it’s eighth-ranked Gonzaga against Alabama State, and number-ten Villanova versus Army.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — No. 13 Minnesota and football coach P.J. Fleck have agreed on a seven-year contract extension that will keep him with the Golden Gophers through the 2026 season. The extension is pending approval from the Board of Regents. Fleck calls it “a tremendous honor to lead this team,” and said the Gophers are building “a championship culture.” Fleck is in his third year at Minnesota, which is off to an 8-0 start.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins has been suspended for 25 games without pay for a violation of the NBA’s Anti-Drug Program after testing positive for a growth hormone. The NBA announced the 22-year-old Collins, Atlanta’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, tested positive for Peptide-2. Collins’ suspension begins with tonight’s game against San Antonio. The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 17 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Browns safety Jermaine Whitehead has apologized for his alarming postgame social media rant. Whitehead was cut by Cleveland on Monday after he posted several threatening and profane messages on Twitter following Sunday’s 24-19 loss in Denver.