To cancel or not? IOC, Japan press ahead with Tokyo Games

TOKYO — Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency last week for Tokyo and surrounding areas. Amid the surging virus, he again promised the postponed Tokyo Olympics would be “safe and secure” and tried to disconnect the state of emergency from the fate of the Games.

Embiid scores 45, Mathias’ OT 3 lifts 76ers over Heat

PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had 45 points and 16 rebounds, Dakota Mathias’ only basket of the game was a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26.1 seconds left and the Philadelphia 76ers hung on to beat the undermanned Miami Heat 137-134 in overtime on Tuesday night.

‘Uncharted waters’: More NBA games off as virus issues grow

The NBA called off two more games because of COVID-related and contact-tracing issues on Monday, and the Miami Heat were preparing to be without eight players — including All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo — for several days because of possible exposure to the coronavirus.

No. 1 Alabama wins national title 52-24 over No. 3 Ohio St

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — DeVonta Smith was uncoverable, Najee Harris unstoppable and Mac Jones impeccable. With a performance that was both surgical and explosive, No. 1 Alabama won the College Football Playoff national championship game 52-24 against No. 3 Ohio State on Monday night.

UConn’s Auriemma ties Summitt with 1,098 wins

STORRS, Conn. — Paige Bueckers scored 23 points and No. 3 UConn overcame a sluggish start to rout Providence 87-50 on Saturday and give coach Geno Auriemma his 1,098th win, tying the late Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for the second most wins in Division I women’s basketball history.

UC Riverside basketball defeats Hawaii 70-68

UC Riverside forward Arinze Chidom scored inside with two seconds left to give the Highlanders a 70-68 win over the University of Hawaii basketball team in today’s Big West game in Riverside, Calif.