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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) tries to steal the ball from Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Wolves won 117-112. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

NBA All-Star weekend highlights Canada's growing hoops love

When Greg Anthony arrived in Vancouver to join the inaugural Grizzlies team in 1995, the cash in his pocket wasn't the only currency that he needed to exchange. Anthony was a star in college at mighty UNLV and went to the NBA to play for the Knicks, who took a ...

In this Feb. 4, 2016, photo provided by Angela Reilly, Frankie, a Cardigan Welsh corgi pup, sits among toys in the New York apartment of his breeder, Angela Reilly. Reilly is among the relatively small ranks big-city dwellers who work to breed show-quality dogs.(Angela Reilly via AP)

In show-dog circles, breeders in big cities are a small pack

In the dog world, Angela Reilly is a rare breed. Like many show-dog owners, Reilly has bred her own puppies. But she did it in a Manhattan apartment. She's among the relatively few big-city dwellers who aim to breed dogs like those at next week's Westminster Kennel Club show, where ...

Lamar Odom, second left, hugs Kylie Jenner as Caitlyn Jenner, left, Khloe Kardashian Odom, center, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, North West and Kourtney Kardashian (both out of spotlight) attend the unveiling of the Yeezy collection and album release for Kanye West's latest album, "The Life of Pablo," Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bruce Barton)

Lamar Odom makes appearance at Kanye West fashion show

Lamar Odom made his public return at brother-in-law Kanye West's New York Fashion Week show on Thursday. Odom's appearance marked the first time he'd attended a public event since he was hospitalized in critical condition in Las Vegas in October 2015 after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel ...

FILE - In this June 13, 2015 file photo, Florida starting pitcher Logan Shore throws during an NCAA College World Series baseball game against Miami in Omaha, Neb. Shore and fellow pitchers A.J. Puk and Alex Faedo are an imposing weekend rotation that combined for a 26-11 record last season. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file)

Florida sets sights _ again _ on 1st national baseball title

Florida has done everything except win a national championship in eight seasons under Kevin O'Sullivan, and here the Gators are again with a roster overflowing with talent and the consensus No. 1 ranking in the preseason polls. Is this the year? "Do we want to win it? Absolutely," O'Sullivan said. ...

Unbeaten Nyquist all set to start his Run to the Roses

Ready, set, here comes Nyquist. The unbeaten colt makes his much-anticipated 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Monday, capping off a holiday weekend of four Kentucky Derby prep races. "We're pumped," trainer Doug O'Neill said Thursday. Nyquist has won all five of his races, and ...

Justin Rose _ and Timberlake _ make a good impression

The AT&T; Pebble Beach Pro-Am can be a tough place for a player to make his debut because of three courses that are different except for the views along the California coast. Justin Rose managed to play Pebble Beach and Monterey Peninsula ahead of the opening round. He started on ...

Titans of Mavericks surf contest takes place Friday

A surfing competition touted as one of the most hazardous sporting events in the world takes place Friday. Two dozen big-name, big-wave surfers are expected to descend on a coastal Northern California town for the Titans of Mavericks contest. The surfing event is a one-day, invitation-only competition held at the ...

Indiana's Yogi Ferrell (11) passes over Iowa's Peter Jok (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Hoosiers use late surge to upset No. 4 Hawkeyes 85-78

Indiana's Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell wanted the ball Thursday night. After taking blow after blow in the second half from No. 4 Iowa, Ferrell finally found a way to punch back. The senior point guard beat the defensive pressure, found open teammates and finished the game by making four straight free ...

Thunder beat Pelicans; teams mourn Ingrid Williams' death

Basketball didn't matter much to Kevin Durant on Thursday night. Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid, was involved in a car crash Tuesday night in Oklahoma City and died Wednesday. Monty Williams coached the Pelicans last season before coming to Oklahoma City to help new coach Billy Donovan, so ...

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2015, file photo, Michigan linebacker Joe Bolden (35) gestures as he runs off the field after being ejected for a targeting penalty in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan State,  in Ann Arbor, Mich. The NCAA football rules committee has proposed giving video replay officials more authority to overturn incorrect targeting fouls and call targeting penalties when they are missed on the field. The rules committee completed four days of meetings in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016,  and announced several proposals that could be implemented next season if approved by the playing rules oversight panel on March 8. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

Replay officials could have more say in targeting penalties

Replay officials are likely to have more power when it comes to calling targeting penalties in college football next season. The NCAA football rules committee proposed giving replay officials more authority to overturn incorrect targeting fouls and to call targeting penalties when they are missed on the field. The committee ...

Prince Ali Al Hussein,  of Jordan, FIFA presidential candidate, speaks during a news conference at the  Swiss Press Club  in Geneva, Switzerland , Thursday, Feb.  11, 2016.  (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

FIFA candidates head to Miami to meet CONCACAF in crisis

The five FIFA presidential candidates meet in Miami on Friday with the election's most inscrutable voters who are deep in their own leadership race amid a financial crisis. Nothing is simple these days with scandal-rocked CONCACAF which has had three recent presidents indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice in ...

Florida guard Simone Westbrook (20) drives to the hoop defended by South Carolina forward Jatarie White, left, and South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Mitchell's 22 lead No. 2 South Carolina to 86-71 win

The sting of losing to UConn hasn't disappeared. Dawn Staley, though, was happy to see No. 2 South Carolina get back on track with an 86-71 victory over No. 16 Florida on Thursday night. It was the Gamecocks' (23-1, 11-0 Southeastern Conference) first contest since its 66-54 showdown loss to ...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 28, 2015 file photo, Kansas City Royals’ Mike Moustakas looks but can't make the throw to first base to get Cleveland Indians’ Carlos Santana out in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland. The Royals and third baseman Mike Moustakas have agreed to a $14.3 million, two-year contract that not only avoids arbitration this year but also next year, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Moustakas, Royals agree to $14.3 million, 2-year contract

The Royals and third baseman Mike Moustakas agreed Thursday to a $14.3 million, two-year contract that not only avoids arbitration this year but also buys out his final year. Coming off his first All-Star appearance, the 27-year-old hit .284 last year with 34 doubles, 22 homers and 82 RBIs while ...

In a photo provided by the New York Yankees, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, left, and Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski appear at a fundraiser Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in New York. Dombrowski doesn't expect to be making a lot of trades with Cashman. During Dombrowski's 13 1/2 seasons as Detroit's GM, the pair made several notable swaps. (New York Yankees via AP)

With Dombrowski in Boston, trades with Cashman could slow

Now that he's with the Boston Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski doesn't expect to be making a lot of trades with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. During Dombrowski's 13 1/2 seasons as Detroit's GM, the pair made several notable swaps. Cashman obtained outfielder Curtis Granderson from the Tigers in December 2009 ...

Dayton’s Ryan Mikesell, left, and John Crosby react after a basket against Duquesne on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at UD Arena in Dayton. DavidJablonski/Staff

Flyers only one-loss team in A-10 after UMass upsets VCU

The Dayton Flyers are the only one-loss team in the Atlantic 10 after Massachusetts upset Virginia Commonwealth 69-63 on Thursday in Amherst, Mass. Dayton (20-3, 10-1), which plays at Rhode Island at 7 p.m. Friday on ESPN2, leads VCU (17-7, 9-2) and St. Joseph’s (20-2, 9-2) by a game with ...

Raiders agree to extension to remain at Oakland Coliseum

Four weeks after being stymied in their effort to move to Los Angeles, the Raiders agreed to a one-year extension lease extension on Thursday to remain at the Oakland Coliseum through the 2016 season — and possibly beyond. Raiders owner Mark Davis, who had been mulling multiple options to move ...

FILE - In this  Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant gestures to fans as he walks off of the court after an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio. The final NBA All-Star Game for Bryant and the first to be staged outside the U.S. is in Toronto, the city that staged the first NBA game 70 years ago and is so enthusiastic for basketball now that it could no longer be ignored no matter what the thermometer says. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)

Kobe's last, Toronto's 1st as NBA All-Star goes outside US

Of all the goodies Kobe Bryant collects in his farewell season, one this weekend might be particularly useful. After all, you need a good winter coat in Canada. Though Bryant probably wouldn't be too unhappy walking away with another All-Star Game MVP trophy. The final NBA showcase for Bryant and ...

NBA All-Star MVP voting to include use of player emojis

Voting for the NBA All-Star Game MVP will include Twitter — using emojis. That's right. Fans can vote for a black snake (Kobe Bryant), a king's crown (LeBron James), or an eyebrow (Anthony Davis). The NBA announced Thursday that emojis had been created for all 24 players in Sunday's game ...

Justin Rose follows his shot from the fourth tee of the Spyglass Hill Golf Course during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Justin Rose has a day to remember in Pebble debut

Justin Rose, a U.S. Open champion and the No. 7 player in the world, shot a 6-under 66 his first time playing Spyglass Hill and spent a gorgeous day listening to the fans call out his name. Except they weren't calling for him, and he knew it. His partner in ...

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict pleads his case to an official after the Steelers’ 18-16 win in the wild card playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Report: Burfict’s three-game suspension upheld by NFL

The NFL on Thursday upheld the three-game suspension of Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, according to NFL.com.Burfict and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis met with NFL officials, including commissioner Roger Goodell, after the appeal was denied, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported.The NFL suspended Burfict for “repeated violations of safety-related playing rules” after ...

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