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LOS ANGELES—LeBron James scored 10 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter as Team LeBron rallied to defeat Team Stephen 148-145 in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night, Feb. 18, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. James added 10 rebounds and eight assists and led a feverish defensive stop on the final possession to preserve the victory and earn MVP honors. He is the league's All-Star Game MVP for a third time, joining Bob Petit (four), Kobe Bryant (four), Oscar Robertson (three), Michael Jordan (three) and Shaquille O'Neal (three) with three or more.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Austin Dillon saw his opportunity and took it to win the 60th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18, at Daytona International Speedway. Never seemingly among the top contenders all day, he got to Aric Almirola's rear bumper on the final lap and bumped by him to put the No. 3 in Victory Lane at Daytona for the first time since the late Dale Earnhardt did it 20 years ago. It was an overtime finish totaling 207 laps, seven more than scheduled, as a late wreck made NASCAR re-rack the field for a final sprint to the finish.
ADELAIDE, Australia — South Korean rookie Jin Young Ko shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday, Feb. 18, to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. With her three-stroke victory over fellow countrywoman Hyejin Choi, the 22-year-old Ko became the first player in 67 years to win in her debut tournament as an LPGA member and only the second in the tour's history, equaling the feat pulled off by Beverley Hanson in 1951.
Both ESPN and Fox are reportedly pursuing Peyton Manning to be their prime-time game analyst this season. ESPN's "Monday Night Football" is still looking to replace Jon Gruden after he left the booth to return to the sidelines as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Fox has not announced who will call its new "Thursday Night Football" package. Manning's decision to possibly enter the TV booth remains an intriguing storyline and he would be the top choice for both networks, sources told the New York Post on Friday.
ST. PAUL—Alex Ovechkin got a goal and three assists to reach 1,100 career points as the Washington Capitals ended a two-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Minnesota on Thursday night. Ovechkin scored his 34th goal of the season and now has 592 career goals. He leads the NHL in goals this season, and the one he scored in this game let him pass his total from last season. Ovechkin also continued on a recent roll as the goal and three assists gave him four goals and eight assists over the last seven games.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jimmy Butler scored nine straight Minnesota points in the fourth quarter Thursday night, helping the Timberwolves complete a comeback from a 15-point deficit en route to a 119-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Minneapolis in the NBA's final game before the All-Star break. Taj Gibson tallied a game-high 28 points and Butler added 24 for the Timberwolves, who completed a three-game homestand with two victories. Julius Randle had a team-high 23 points for the Lakers, who went winless on a three-game trip to Dallas, New Orleans and Minnesota.
In addition to usual coverage from ESPN and NFL Network, the 2018 NFL Draft will be televised by Fox for the first time, according to multiple reports on Wednesday. Pro Football Talk reported that Fox is expected to carry a simulcast of the NFL Network feed, while ESPN will continue to run its own broadcast.
MINNEAPOLIS—Freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. erupted for a career-high 27 points, and No. 2 Michigan State extended its winning streak to nine games by overwhelming Minnesota 87-57 on Tuesday in Minneapolis. Jackson added six rebounds, three assists and three blocks. His previous high point total was 21 against Illinois last month. Nick Ward bounced back from committing six first-half turnovers to contribute 13 points and nine rebounds for Michigan State (25-2, 13-2 Big Ten). He didn't give the ball away in the second half.
MINNEAPOLIS—Ryan Anderson buried four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets followed suit with a barrage from behind the arc in their 126-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday at Target Center. Anderson scored 12 of his 21 points in the final frame and was the ignition for a Rockets offense that hit 10 3-pointers in the fourth en route to a 42-point period.
ST. PAUL—Marcus Foligno capped a three-goal first period for the Minnesota Wild, who held on for a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. Eric Staal and Zach Parise scored unassisted goals in the opening period, helping the Wild win for the fourth time in six games. Devan Dubnyk made the early goals stand up by recording 32 saves. He won for the seventh time in 11 starts and preserved the win with a key stick save on J.T. Miller in the final minute after the Rangers pulled goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.