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Last Update on March 03, 2015 06:34 GMT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have dealt veteran defenseman Jordan Leopold to the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft.

The 34-year-old Leopold, an unrestricted free agent this summer, is returning to his home state. He was acquired by the Blue Jackets on Nov. 15 from the St. Louis Blues for a fifth-round pick in 2016.

Leopold has played 13 years in the NHL for Calgary, Colorado, Florida, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, St. Louis and Columbus.

The 26-year-old Falk, who requested a trade, is a restricted free agent this summer. He was scoreless in 13 games with the Wild this season and has a goal and 16 assists in 142 NHL games. He was a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft.

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Last Update on March 03, 2015 15:44 GMT

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UNDATED (AP) -- The unbeaten and top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats are out for their 30th win of the season tonight. The opposition is coming from Georgia and tonight's game is being played on the Bulldogs' home court. In their first meeting of the season, the Wildcats prevailed 69-58 and they are two wins away from a perfect regular season. Kentucky closes out the season this Saturday with a home game against Florida.

While the Wildcats are 30-0 on the season and 16-0 in Southeastern Conference play, the Bulldogs are 19-9 and 10-6 in the conference, hoping for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The last time a Georgia team was in the big tournament was 2011.

A win this evening would go a long way in helping secure a spot in the tournament and a higher seed.

In other top-10 games tonight, fourth-ranked Villanova is at Creighton, No. 9 Kansas is home to 20th-ranked West Virginia, and 10th-ranked Maryland is at Rutgers.

The remaining games tonight feature 19th-ranked North Carolina at Georgia Tech and 21st-ranked Butler home to Georgetown.

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UNDATED (AP) -- James Harden will miss tonight's game in Atlanta this evening for the Rockets. The high-scoring guard was suspended for the game without pay for kicking Cleveland's LeBron James in the groin during a game a few nights ago. The All-Stars and Olympic teammates became tangled in the third quarter of Houston's 105-103 victory over Cleveland on Sunday and Harden fell back to the court, then kicked his foot up into James.

Harden was given a flagrant foul 1 for the play, which the league upgraded Monday to a flagrant 2, which would have been an automatic ejection if called at the time.

For better or worse, James is back in action tonight as well, as his Cavs play host to the Celtics.

In Charlotte, the Bobcats are home to the Lakers, the Knicks are home to the Kings, the Bulls are hosting the Wizards, Utah is at Memphis and Milwaukee is playing at Denver.

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