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College basketball

Niagara@Loyola

Where -- Reitz Arena

When -- Tonight, 7

What now? -- After losing to Providence on Tuesday, the Greyhounds (7-3) return to conference play as they host the Purple Eagles tonight and Marist at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Guard Andre Collins, who was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday, is still Loyola's star. He is the nation's second-leading scorer and is coming off a career-high-tying 39 points against the Friars. Tickets for each game are $5 and available at the box office.

Online -- loyolagreyhounds.com

Pro hockey

Flyers@Capitals

Where -- MCI Center, Washington

When -- Tonight, 7

What now? -- The Capitals are halfway through a six-game homestand, and it's deja vu as they host the Flyers for the second time in a week. They beat the Flyers on Dec. 31 in a shootout, 4-3, but are coming off consecutive losses to the Thrashers and Senators. Rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin, who was named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week, is seventh in the league in goals. Tickets are available on the team's Web site and start at $10. If you buy four or more, the tickets are just $5 each.

Online -- washingtoncaps.com

Pro basketball

Celtics@Wizards

Where -- MCI Center, Washington

When -- Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

What now? -- The reeling Wizards (12-17), who have dropped three straight heading into tonight's game at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks, face the equally struggling Celtics (13-18). Guard Gilbert Arenas, with a combined 91 points in the past two games, is single-handedly carrying the Wizards' offense. The Celtics, led by Paul Pierce, should provide another excellent chance for Arenas to break the 40-point barrier. Tickets start at $10.

Online -- washington wizards.com

Pro Soccer

Wave@Blast

Where -- 1st Mariner Arena

When -- Tomorrow, 7:35 p.m.

What now? -- Riding a two-game winning streak, the Blast (5-3) faces its biggest test of the season with a home-and-home series with the unbeaten Wave (8-0) that starts tonight in Milwaukee. The team will face the Wave without its all-time leading scorer, Denison Cabral, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in last week's win over the KiXX. For ticket information, call 410-73-BLAST. Single-game tickets, which cost $20 and $17, are available at the box office and from Ticketmaster.

Online -- baltimoreblast.com

College basketball

Duke women @Maryland

Where -- Comcast Center, College Park

When -- Sunday, 1 p.m.

What now? -- It's a matchup of top 10 teams as the unbeaten and No. 2 Blue Devils help the No. 6 Terps open the home part of their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. In their first major test of the season, the Terps fell to No. 1 Tennessee, 80-75, on Nov. 26. Tickets are available on the Terps' Web site. If you buy a ticket for this game, you can get a ticket for the game against Virginia on Feb. 5 or the game against ACC newcomer Boston College on Feb. 16 for only $1.

Online -- umterps.com

Compiled by Simmi Buttar

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