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By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Spurs look for 45th win
UNDATED (AP) -- The NBA's winningest team is back in action this evening as the Spurs face the Warriors at Golden State. San Antonio tops the league with a record of 44-12. On the road the Spurs are an impressive 22-10. They've won nine of their last 10 games, while the Warriors, who are 31-23 and 17-7 at home, won their last outing.
Oklahoma City is the second-winningest team in the league and tonight the Thunder are home to Minnesota. The Thunder top the Northwest Division while the Timberwolves are dead last in the same division.
New York has the second-best mark in the Eastern Conference and tonight the Knicks are at Toronto. Most of New York's success has come on the home floor as the Knicks are just 13-11 on the road. They have lost three straight.
Indiana can slip past the Knicks in the East tonight with a win over Detroit. The Pacers are a half game back of New York and with a win and loss by the Knicks, would move past them into second place behind Miami for best record in the Eastern Conference.
Rounding out the schedule, Chicago is at Charlotte, the Wizards are home to Denver, the Kings are playing the Hawks in Atlanta, Houston is in Brooklyn, Memphis has a home game with Orlando, Dallas is at New Orleans, Boston is playing in Phoenix and the Lakers are hosting the Blazers.
Light schedule on ice
UNDATED (AP) -- There are only three games being played in the NHL this evening and in Chicago the Blackhawks are out to make history. They are looking to pick up at least a point in their 17th consecutive game, a feat that would be the longest such run to start an NHL season. Chicago's record on the year is 13-0-3.
In the Sharks they are facing a familiar opponent, as tonight's game is their third meeting in 18 days. Chicago won the first two meetings and tonight's game is their final encounter of the season.
In Nashville this evening the Predators are hosting Vancouver. This is their first meeting of the lockout-shortened season. A year ago they split the four games they played.
The final game tonight features Pittsburgh at home to Florida. They will also square off on the Panthers' ice next Tuesday.
An A10 battle tonight
UNDATED (AP) -- The lone top-25 game this evening features two of the top teams from the Atlantic Ten conference. The 15th-ranked Butler Bulldogs, who are 22-5, are playing host to Saint Louis University. The Billikens are 20-5. In the A10, Saint Louis is on top, by percentage points over the Bulldogs. The Billikens are 9-2 while Butler is 9-3.
Rivera throws BP
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has thrown batting practice for the first time since knee surgery last year. The 43-year old threw 25 pitches and said he was happy with the results. He expects to be ready when the Yankees open the regular season April 1 against Boston.
Rivera was limited to nine games last year, his season ending when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while tracking down a fly ball during batting practice in Kansas City on May 3.
First round to be completed
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) -- Because of that freak Arizona snowstorm on Wednesday, the first round of the PGA's Match Play Championship will be completed today. In short, that's three days for one round of golf. The round wasn't completed yesterday because of darkness.
The big news out of the tournament, except for the weather, is the fact that Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy (MAK'-ihl-roy) were both eliminated yesterday.
Lewis remains on top
CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) -- Stacey Lewis remains in first place of the LPGA event in Thailand. She shot a 3-under 69 today to maintain her three-stroke lead after 36 holes.
Lewis had five birdies and two bogeys for a 12-under 132 total. The 2012 LPGA Player of the Year leads a teenager from the host nation.
Bail is set
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius (pihs-TOHR'-ee-uhs) has been granted bail, paving the way for him to be freed from custody pending his trial in the Valentine's Day shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The judge set the bail at 1 million rand, or $113,000, with $11,300 in cash and proof that the rest is available.
He must also hand over his passports and turn in any guns that he owns.
The double-amputee Olympian's next court appearance was set for June 4. The magistrate also ruled that he could not return to his home, where the killing of Steenkamp took place.

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