Michael Silver / No. 14 Arizona working on defense vs. California

For the last couple of weeks — maybe for the rest of the season — Arizona coach Sean Miller will say “this is an important week” given what is at stake for the Wildcats, now that they sit in a tie with Stanford atop the Pac-12 Conference standings. “We need to make that an advantage and not a disadvantage,” said Miller, who added the last two weekend games saw a quick Thursday-Saturday turnaround with a noon-game on Saturday. Arizona failed to do so in its first conference road trip two weeks ago, falling to Colorado after winning nine consecutive games.

Jason Cole / Toledo thrashes Ohio 91-57 for 4th straight MAC victory

Tre’Shaun Fletcher had 18 points and Nate Navigato and Jaelan Sanford added 16 apiece as Toledo extended its winning streak to a season-best four games by thrashing Ohio 91-57 on Tuesday night. Toledo (12-6, 4-1 Mid-American Conference) has won seven of the last eight games. Sanford was 7 of 14 from the field and Navigato drilled 4 of 5 from distance as the Rockets hit 13 of 22 (59 percent) from long range.

Jason Cole / No. 3 Boilermakers keep rolling by blowing out Badgers 78-50

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Vincent Edwards scored 21 points and Carsen Edwards added 20, leading No. 3 Purdue to a 78-50 blowout over Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

Jason Cole / No. 15 North Carolina holds off No. 20 Clemson 87-79

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Graduate transfer Cameron Johnson scored a season-high 21 points to help No. 15 North Carolina hold off No. 20 Clemson 87-79 on Tuesday night, preserving its perfect all-time home record against the Tigers.

Jason Cole / Mississippi State rolls to 80-62 victory over Vanderbilt

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon had 19 points and Aric Holman added 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Mississippi State to an 80-62 win over Vanderbilt on Tuesday at Humphrey Coliseum.

Pete Fiutak / Preview: Coyotes vs. Sharks, 6:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona Plus

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — After suffering another in a season-long series of frustrating losses on Saturday night to the San Jose Sharks, the Arizona Coyotes will get a chance to settle the score on Tuesday night at Gila River Arena.

The Coyotes will  be back home for a rematch with the Sharks, who beat them 6-5 in overtime on Saturday night at SAP Center.

The Coyotes have lost three straight games, 13 of 16 and 16 of 20 going into the rematch. Saturday’s loss was consistent with how their season has gone. They gave up the lead with 15 seconds remaining in regulation on a goal by forward Joonas Donskoi, then lost in overtime on defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s goal.

“We have seven or eight guys play really good games,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. “The problem is we had seven or eight guys play terrible games.”

The Coyotes are 10-28-7 through their first 45 games — and that means they’re on pace to win only 18 games. No NHL team has won fewer than 20 games in a full season since the Atlanta Thrashers, now the Winnipeg Jets, won only 19 games in the 2001-02 season.

What bothers Tocchet is so many of the losses are occurring in winnable games, with the Coyotes either leading or tied late in the third period only to have the game get away from them.

“It seems like our heart rate goes a million miles per hour (in such situations),” Tocchet said. “This is when you’ve really got to buckle down and be in the moment.”

San Jose will come in on a bit of a roll, having beaten the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Monday afternoon behind goalie Martin Jones’ 35 saves and a goal and an assist from center Chris Tierney. Joe Thornton added an empty-net goal as San Jose improved to 3-0-1 in the season series against Los Angeles.

San Jose has gained points in 13 of its last 15 games and is 10-2-3 against Pacific Division teams. Arizona is 1-7-4 against division opponents.

“You dial in a bit more when you’re playing a rival and you’re playing a division team,” said Tierney, who has six points in his last six games, including three goals.

Scott Wedgewood started in goal against the Sharks on Saturday night, but Antti Raanta (6-12-3, 2.73 goals-against average) is expected to be in net for the rematch. He is 2-1 with a 1.46 goals-against average in his career against San Jose.

Jones was pulled Saturday against Arizona after stopping only three of the six shots he faced, though he rebounded Monday to get the win. Aaron Dell replaced him against Arizona and was credited with the victory after stopping 13 of 15 shots.

Pete Fiutak / The Latest: Sports doctor faces dozens of his victims

LANSING, Mich. (AP) The Latest on the sentencing of a former Michigan sports doctor who sexually assaulted young gymnasts (all times local):

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A woman whose parents were friends with a disgraced former Michigan sports doctor has told a judge how he repeatedly sexually abused her at his house for six years when she was a child.

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Kyle Stephens was the first victim to speak Tuesday at a four-day sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. She says the trial process ”has been horrific, but surprisingly therapeutic.”

She said Nassar rubbed his genitals on her and digitally penetrated her, and her parents did not believe her. Nassar kept his head down and avoided looking at her and subsequent victims who testified.

Stephens told Nassar that ”little girls don’t stay little forever” and ”grow into strong women … that destroy your world.”

Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting females with his hands at his Michigan State University office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. He also worked for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

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A family friend is the first victim to testify in an extraordinary four-day sentencing for a disgraced former Michigan sports doctor who sexually assaulted young elite gymnasts.

Larry Nassar returned to court Tuesday in Lansing. Dozens of women and girls who were his victims are expecting to testify. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is expected to order a sentence Friday.

Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting females with his hands at his Michigan State University office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. He also worked for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

The Michigan attorney general’s office is seeking at least 40 years in prison for the 54-year-old Nassar. He’s already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.

Nassar is scheduled to be sentenced in other Michigan cases in two weeks.

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A judge is holding an extraordinary four-day sentencing hearing for a disgraced former Michigan sports doctor who sexually assaulted young elite gymnasts.

Larry Nassar is returning to court Tuesday in Lansing. Dozens of women and girls who were victims will be allowed to speak. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is expected to order a sentence Friday.

Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting females with his hands at his Michigan State University office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. He also worked for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

The Michigan attorney general’s office is seeking at least 40 years in prison for the 54-year-old Nassar. He’s already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles on Monday said she was among the athletes sexually abused by Nassar.

Pete Fiutak / Cris Carter explains why the Rockets – Clippers confrontation last night was a ‘huge deal’

– And it’s a huge deal.

– Yeah.

– I mean, nothing good can come about by trying to confront a professional athlete, a grown man, like nothing good can come about. You think they’re going to discuss it? Hey, man, you going to come to my golf tournament this off season? Ah, yeah, can you sign a few things for charity and everything for the kids? No! Like these NBA players have gotten totally out of hand. Like, ah, they’re wanting to fight. They’re arguing with the referee. Like, there’s something going on now that, at– and I’m going to warn NBA players.

NBA basketball is very, very popular right now, probably more popular than it’s been the last 20 years. You’re gaining market share on the National Football League. Slow yourself because people don’t want to see people fighting when they go to sporting events. So all this talk, all this trash talk, all this, I’m trying this, I’m bigger than you, I’m badder than you, I’m tougher than you, it’s the NBA. You guys aren’t National Hockey League players. You’re not NFL. Like, get a grip on things.

NICK WRIGHT: All right, but so–

– You got a good life.

NICK WRIGHT: –CC, of course they have a good life, but I don’t know how much that applies here. The reality is, the guy that was the instigator of this whole thing, they couldn’t deal with on the court. It was Austin Rivers in street clothes.

– Yeah, but this is just not Clippers. We’re going to highlight this one. This is a league-wide thing, that we’re also going to conversate about the Clippers because what happened late last night.

NICK WRIGHT: Right.

Pete Fiutak / South Africa 258 all out, India needs 287 to win 2nd test

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) India needs 287 to win the second test after South Africa was all out for 258 in its second innings on Day 4 on Tuesday.

South Africa 335 (Aiden Markram 94, Hashim Amla 82, Faf du Plessis 63; Ravichandran Ashwin 4-113) and 258 (AB de Villiers 80, Dean Elgar 61; Mohammed Shami 4-49) leads India 307 (Virat Kohli 153; Morne Morkel 4-60) by 286 runs.

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Pete Fiutak / Rory McIlroy making a comeback in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) After a long layoff from golf, Rory McIlroy has some newfound sympathy for Tiger Woods.

The 28-year-old Northern Irishman is making a comeback at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after ending his season early last year. He has not played a round since the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Oct. 8.

McIlroy, a four-time major champion who has slipped to No. 11 in the world rankings, last won the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour in September 2016. He injured a rib in his first outing of 2017 – at the South African Open – and felt its after-effects throughout the year.

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McIlroy, who has seven top-five finishes in his last eight starts in Abu Dhabi, said Tuesday he felt mentally low because of his physical issues.

”Honestly, I was excited to be done. I could have shut it down after the PGA Championship very easily and taken the rest of the year off, but I didn’t. I played six events after that, played OK and had a chance to win one of them,” McIlroy said. ”But I was just excited to take that time off and get myself just sort of a re-set.”

Last week, McIlroy also revealed that he has a minor, non-threatening heart condition that needs regular check-ups.

”After that 3+ months of a re-set, I’m very happy to be back. I felt like I needed it physically and mentally. I just felt like it was a little bit of a sabbatical. I’ve been out here for 10 years, and I want to get ready for the next 10.”

McIlroy compared his situation to what Woods has been going through.

”I’ve only been through, maybe, not even 5 percent of what he’s had to go through. And you can tell from where he was to where he is now mentally, because of physically where he is … he’s a totally different person,” McIlroy said. ”Of course, I empathize with him, and I know he was in a dark place there for a while. It’s just so great to see him out of that and back and excited to be playing golf again.”

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will be the first of back-to-back events for McIlroy, who is also playing next week in Dubai.

”I think the next two weeks will be a big learning curve, just to see where I’m at,” McIlroy said. ”I’m obviously coming into the events trying to play as well as I can and trying to compete and trying to win, but I think there will definitely be things I’ll have to work on going into that stretch in the States.”

The tournament, which starts Thursday, has attracted some big names, including top-ranked Dustin Johnson, No. 6 Justin Rose, No. 9 Henrik Stenson, No. 14 Paul Casey and No. 15 Matt Kuchar. No. 18 Tommy Fleetwood is the defending champion.

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