Rising Stars: LaVine, U.S. beat Wiggins, World

United States' Zach LaVine holds the MVP trophy after the NBA Rising Stars Challenge basketball game in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Zach LaVine hoisted the MVP trophy above his head, laughing along with Minnesota Timberwolves teammates Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns as he stood on the podium.

Mickelson’s round stalls, Kang’s does not

Sung Kang, of South Korea, hits from the 11th tee of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Pebble Beach, Calif. Kang co-leads the tournament after shooting an 11-under-par 60. (David Royal/Monterey Herald via AP)

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The back nine didn’t go according to plan for Phil Mickelson during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and the par-3 14th hole at Monterey Peninsula served as the best illustration.

Shiffrin ready for upcoming return to racing

FILE -- In this file photo dated March 28, 2015, Mikaela Shiffrin, of USA, in action during a women's slalom skiing race at the US Alpine Ski Championship in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. During an interview with The Associated Press Friday Feb. 12, 2016, Olympic and world slalom champion Shiffrin declared she would return to World Cup skiing on upcoming Monday in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, after a knee injury which had sidelined her for two months.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, FILE)

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — The slalom queen is back and raring to go after a frustrating two months out with injury.

Organizers plan no course changes for Iditarod

Stan Hooley, the chief executive officer for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, announces to reporters on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska, that there will be no course change for this year's race. Hooley's announcement came after the board of directors decided to leave the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage on March 5, 2016, and the official start the next day in Willow, Alaska, despite a lack of snow in the greater Anchorage area. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

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Unbeaten Nyquist set to start his Run to the Roses

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2015, file photo, Nyquist, front right, with Mario Gutierrez up, finishes ahead of Swipe, left, with Victor Espinoza up, to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile horse race at Keeneland race track in Lexington, Ky. Nyquist is gearing up for his 3-year-old debut in the seven-furlong San Vicente at Santa Anita on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

/Eds: Updates with Friday’s draw for Southwest Stakes. With AP Photos.

2016 opens without 2 of NASCAR’s biggest stars

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015, file photo, Kyle Busch does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race and the season title, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. With four-time champion Jeff Gordon retired and three-time champ Tony Stewart sidelined with a broken back, the NASCAR season begins with a much different look and a new rules package. (AP Photo/Darryl Graham)

Jeff Gordon drove off into retirement while Tony Stewart injured his back in an off-track accident

Odds are high that Spieth enjoys Pebble Beach

FILE- In this Feb. 2, 2015, file photo, country music star Jake Owen, left, talks with his playing partner Jordan Spieth, right, on the third tee of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif. Some see this tournament as a burden. The rounds can approach six hours because they are played in foursomes with amateurs. Spieth, who has played the last two times with Owen, says "This week, it's so unique and it's so much fun." (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

While some see the annual pro-am as a burden, Spieth looks at it as a chance to have some fun

Jazz beat Mavs 121-119 in OT for 7th straight

Utah Jazz's Rodney Hood (5) drives to the basket against Dallas Mavericks' Deron Williams (8) for a shot opportunity as Chandler Parsons (25) sprints to help against the play in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Dallas. The Jazz won in overtime 121-119. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS (AP) — Gordon Hayward and the Utah Jazz now have a win that coach Quin Snyder views as validation for the hot streak his young team is enjoying.


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