Top-ranked Wildcats in action...Dunks and treys...Matinee hockey...Danica starts from pole

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Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 25 at 8:35 AM

UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Kentucky puts its 27-1 record on the line this afternoon against SEC rival Vanderbilt. The Wildcats are 13-0 in conference play, while the Commodores are 9-4 in the SEC and 20-8 overall. Fourth-ranked Kansas can secure at least a share of an unprecedented eighth straight Big 12 regular-season title when it takes on No. 3 Missouri.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The NBA continues its All-Star weekend with the skills competition tonight in Orlando. Players will be vying for bragging rights in the three-point shootout, the skills challenge and the slam dunk contest. The All-Star game is Sunday.

UNDATED (AP) — Today's NHL matinee schedule begins with the Tampa Bay Lightning visiting the Pittsburgh Penguins, who will try to make up ground on the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers. St. Louis is just four points behind Western Conference-leading Detroit heading into the Blues' game at Winnipeg. The other day game has the Edmonton Oilers at Phoenix, where the Coyotes look to take another step toward securing a playoff berth.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick will start from the pole for today's Nationwide Series race at Daytona. Patrick finished ahead of reigning Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne in yesterday's qualifying to become the first woman to secure the top qualifying spot in NASCAR's second-tier series since Shawna Robinson at Atlanta nearly 18 years ago.

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — It's down to the quarterfinals at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona. Peter Hanson and Mark Wilson will be the first to tee off before Matt Kuchar faces fellow American Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han). Rory McIlroy and Bae Sang-moon will compete in the third match and Lee Westwood will go against Martin Laird.

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