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Friday, January 21, 2011
Updated: January 25, 9:56 AM ET
Looking past the pigskin

NBA: It's been awhile since the Jazz beat a winning team on the road -- nearly two months. They'll try to do just that tonight in Boston when they battle the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics. The Hornets look to win a seventh straight and a season-best fourth straight on the road when they take on the Hawks. Both teams are 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Knicks will try to halt a four-game skid, but they'll have to do it against the league-best Spurs, who are riding a seven-game win streak. Tough stretch for San Antonio and New Orleans, they'll come off tough Friday night games to face each other on Saturday night.

Women's college basketball: On Saturday afternoon, No. 5 Texas A&M will look to win an 11th straight when its visits No. 20 Iowa State. The Aggies are 16-1 on the year and a perfect 4-0 in the Big 12, and their senior star Danielle Adams will look to follow up on a career night Wednesday, when she put 34 points and 12 rebounds on the Longhorns. On Sunday afternoon, the 10th-ranked Irish welcome No. 23 St. John's to South Bend. The Red Storm will try to get above .500 in the Big East against a Notre Dame squad that has lost just one conference game, to the 17-1 UConn Huskies. Also Sunday, No. 11 UNC heads to Maryland to take on No. 14 Maryland. Both teams have been inconsistent of late; UNC has lost two of its last five games, while the Terrapins have dropped two of their last three.

Men's college basketball: A huge day of hoops on the men's side Saturday. Top-ranked Ohio State will look to stay unbeaten on the year when its visits No. 22 Illinois. The Illini ended a skid of two conference losses with a victory over Michigan State on Tuesday. Kansas, 18-0, hosts the 11th-ranked Longhorns, hoping to hand them their first Big 12 defeat. The No. 2 Jayhawks lead the nation in field-goal percentage, shooting at a 52.4 percent clip. Two top 10s meet in New York when seventh-ranked Villanova plays No. 3 Syracuse, and two Big 12 foes face off in College Station when No. 10 Texas A&M plays host to 24th-ranked Kansas State.

PBA: Last year Kelly Kulick beat an all-male field of 63 bowlers to emerge victorious at the PBA Tournament of Champions. She'll try to make history again this weekend with a repeat performance.

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal will continue his quest for a fourth straight major as he faces Bernard Tomic on Saturday night in Melbourne.