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February 17, 2014 04:12 AM EST | AP


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RESENDS to add BC-BKN--All-Star-Lillard's Weekend.

A separate Olympic digest has moved.

TOP STORIES:

BKN--ALL-STAR GAME

NEW ORLEANS — LeBron James usually has his fun in June, the month in which the Miami Heat have won the last two NBA championships. Doesn't mean he's OK with losing in February. And he certainly won't stand for his team getting picked on. Three straight times he had left a loser, and he was even more driven for this All-Star game after a half season of his conference getting ridiculed for its mediocrity. Kyrie Irving had 31 points and 14 assists and was voted the MVP, Carmelo Anthony made a record eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points, and the East stopped a three-game losing streak with a 163-155 victory over the West on Sunday night in the highest-scoring All-Star game ever. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 869 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.

OLY--SKI-BODE AND WAR HORSE

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — This medal mattered to Bode Miller. Not so much because, at 36, his tie for the bronze in the super-G makes Miller the oldest Alpine medalist in Olympic history. Or even because he now owns six medals in all, the second-highest total for a male ski racer and tied for second among U.S. Winter Olympians in any sport. The guy who for years insisted results don't mean much to him declared he actually did care about this one. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

VIDEO:

— Andrew Weibrecht and Bode Miller both won Olympic medals in the Alpine Skiing Super-G.

— The men's USA hockey team beat Slovenia 5-1 to complete the sweep of Group A.

— NBC Figure Skating analysts and former Olympians Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi talk about their experience in Russia and the sport of figure skating.

OLYMPICS:

OLY--HKO-SLOVENIA-US

SOCHI, Russia — Phil Kessel scored two of his three goals in the opening five minutes and became the first U.S. player to record an Olympic hat trick in more than a decade, leading the Americans to a 5-1 win over Slovenia on Sunday that earned the U.S. an automatic spot in the quarterfinals. By Larry Lage. SENT: 389 words, photos.

OLY--SPD-ORANGE IS THE NEW GOLD

SOCHI, Russia — They stepped onto the podium, one after another, teammates and friends, all decked out in the same uniform. All by themselves, Dutch speedskaters have pushed their country to the top of the medals table at the Sochi Games. The long-track team already has a record 16 medals, the short trackers have chipped in with one, for a total that left the Netherlands one ahead of the mighty United States and host Russia. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT. 820 words, photos.

OLY--ARMCHAIR OLYMPICS

Highlights from NBC's coverage of the Sochi Olympics: a shameful interview with Bode Miller; fading ratings; the return of Ol' Red Eyes, Bob Costas; the ever-changing wardrobe of skating analyst Johnny Weir. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Also:

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Gay Activist Arrested. Italian gay activist briefly detained in Sochi. SENT: 310 words, photos.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Olympic Roundup. Russia is having a tough time winning on the Olympic ice, and the Netherlands can't seem to lose. By David Pace. 730 words, photos.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-Skicross Injury. Russian Olympic skier airlifted to Germany for further treatment on fractured spine. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--NBC-Costas. Costas to return to NBC's prime-time coverage of the Sochi Winter Games on Monday night. SENT: 125 words.

AUTO RACING:

CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA 500-QUALIFYING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With the famed No. 3 on his car and memories of the late Dale Earnhardt fresh in his mind, Austin Dillon took the fabled number out of hibernation and straight to the top at Daytona. Dillon reawakened the days of The Intimidator and proved he can handle the spotlight thrust on his ride in the 3, winning the pole Sunday for the season-opening Daytona 500. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,044 words, photos.

Also:

— DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — CAR-NASCAR-Daytona-Pace Car-Fire. Chevrolet assessing pace car fire at Daytona. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 466 words, photos.

NEW AND DEVELOPING:

BKC--T25-WICHITA ST-EVANSVILLE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — No. 4 Wichita State relied on the basics Sunday: defense and ball security. Once again, it was the perfect combination. The Shockers forced 18 turnovers, finished with a season-high 14 steals and locked down Evansville's shooters late to pull away for an 84-68 victory that extended their school-record winning streak and kept them one of the nation's two undefeated teams. They are the 21st team in Division I history to go 27-0, a list No. 1 Syracuse could join later this week. By Michael Marot. SENT: 808 words, photos.

US--PENN STATE-BOARD MEETING

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State's Board of Trustees to hold special meeting for an as yet unnamed reason though it's likely to be to announce the hiring of a new president to lead the school through the trial of its former president and other issues arising from the Jerry Sandusky abuse scandal. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: 130 words.; updates after noon news conference, then 600 words, photos.

GOLF:

GLF--NORTHERN TRUST

LOS ANGELES — Bubba Watson made the cut at the Northern Trust Open with one shot to spare, and then was practically flawless. He played the entire weekend without a bogey, shooting a 64 Saturday to give himself hope and closing with a 64 Sunday for a two-shot victory over Dustin Johnson. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos.

Also:

— GLF--Augusta National-Ike's Tree. Damage from Ice storm results in removal of Eisenhower Tree on 17th at Augusta. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 697 words, photos.

PRO BASKETBALL:

BKN--ALL-STAR-LILLARD's WEEKEND

NEW ORLEANS — Portland guard Damian Lillard became the first player to participate in all five competitions during the NBA All-Star weekend. The Trail Blazers guard participated in Friday's rising stars games between first- and second-year players, Saturday's three skill competitions and Sunday's All-Star game. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 805 words, photos by 5 a.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

BKC--T25-VILLANOVA-CREIGHTON

OMAHA, Neb. — Creighton apparently has Villanova's number. Doug McDermott matched his season high with 39 points and passed Larry Bird for 13th on the Division I career scoring chart, leading the 18th-ranked Bluejays to a 101-80 victory Sunday that moved them into first place in the Big East a half-game ahead of the No. 6 Wildcats. By Eric Olson. SENT: 798 words, photos.

BKC--T25-NEBRASKA-MICHIGAN ST

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Terran Petteway and Walter Pitchford pushed Nebraska to one historic win. Petteway scored 23 points, Pitchford had 18 and the Cornhuskers beat Michigan State 60-51 on Sunday to get to .500 in the Big Ten for the first time since joining the conference. SENT: 710 words, photos.

Also:

— BEAUMONT, Texas — BKC--Lamar-Pat Knight Fired. Lamar fires basketball coach Pat Knight, son of Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight. SENT: 135 words.

PRO FOOTBALL:

FBN--BULLYING-NFL'S CHALLENGE

Now that the NFL knows the scope of the racially charged Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, the league has been left to grapple with what its next steps should be. League executives agree steps need to be taken, and have vowed to take action. But it may be difficult to determine when something a player considers to be harmless locker room nonsense crosses the line. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words, photos.

Also:

— ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — FBN--Ray Rice-Arrest. Ravens' Ray Rice arrested at Atlantic City casino. SENT: 161 words.

— INDIANAPOLIS — FBN--NFL Combine-5 Things To Watch. Manziel, Sam to draw spotlight at NFL combine. By Michael Marot. SENT: 701 words, photos.

BASEBALL:

BBA--YANKEES-TEIXEIRA

TAMPA, Fla. — Mark Teixeira took swings from the right side of the plate and then the left, his first time batting outdoors since a wrist injury ended his 2013 season almost before it began. He pronounced himself ready to return and gave what seemed like a warning to the rest of Major League Baseball. Last year was an aberration, when the New York Yankees missed the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years. In his mind, an offseason spending spree transformed Murmurers' Row back into Murderers' Row. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 1,016 words, photos

Also:

— FORT MYERS, Fla. — BBA--Red Sox-Dempster. Red Sox P Ryan Dempster won't play in 2014 for physical, family reasons. By Howard Ulman. SENT: 871 words.

— KISSIMMEE, Fla. — BBN--Braves-Kimbrel. Kimbrel, Braves agree to $42M, 4-year contract. SENT: 632 words, photos.

— NEW YORK — BBN--Mets-Kiner Tribute. Mets to wear uniform patch all season to honor Ralph Kiner. SENT: 171 words, photos.

— PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — BBN--Mets-Harvey. Mets' RHP Harvey starts to accept 2014 season is lost. By Bill Whitehead. SENT: 636 words.

ALSO:

— RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — US--Obama-Missouri-Gay Player. Obama applauds Missouri's Michael Sam for announcing he's gay before NFL draft. SENT: 141 words.

— LONDON — SOC--Euro Rdp. Arsenal advances to FA Cup quarterfinals. SENT: 668 words, photos.

Monday's Time Schedule

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Women

No. 2 Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 3 Duke vs. No. 9 Maryland, 7 p.m.