Paul named All-Star MVP
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul became the first Los Angeles Clippers player to be NBA All-Star game MVP, scoring 20 points and handing out 15 assists in the West's 143-138 win over the East.
Paul is the third player to have at least 20 points and 15 assists in the league's annual showcase, joining a couple Hall of Fame point guards, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas.
Paul made 7-of-10 shots and went 4-for-5 from 3-point range.
He sank two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the West build a double-digit lead.
California rallies to beat USC 76-68
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Allen Crabbe had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Justin Cobbs added 22 points and California came back from 15 points down in the second half to beat Southern California 76-68 on Sunday night.
Crabbe, the Pac-12's leading scorer, got into a heated exchange with Cal coach Mike Montgomery early in the second half but regained his composure and rallied the Golden Bears (16-9, 8-5) to their third straight win. Crabbe scored 10 points over the final 4½ minutes and helped Cal close the game on a 25-7 run.
J.T. Terrell scored 17 points and Byron Wesley scored 16 for the Trojans (12-14, 7-6).
Southern Cal made just two baskets over the final 6 minutes.
No. 6 Cal women beat USC 72-64
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Layshia Clarendon scored 22 points and No. 6 California held off a late Southern California rally to beat the Trojans 72-64 on Sunday.
After trailing by 13 points in the second half, the Trojans battled back to make it a close game. Clarendon 9 of 17 shots and added a late basket down the stretch to help close out the win.
Cassie Harberts' basket with 1:54 to play cut the lead to 63-59 but USC couldn't get any closer.
Clarendon had a three-point play and Gennifer Brandon, Avigel Cohen and Afure Jemerigbe added six free throws late to seal the win.
The Golden Bears (23-2, 13-1 Pac-12) remain tied for first-place in conference with Stanford, which defeated UCLA on Sunday.
Harberts led USC (8-17, 5-9) with 20 points and Ariya added 15 points.
Brittany Boyd scored 16 points and Jemerigbe added 11 points for the Golden Bears.
Ogwumike leads Stanford women to win over UCLA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike scored 26 points to help No. 4 Stanford beat 15th-ranked UCLA 68-57 on Sunday for the Cardinal's 15th straight win over the Bruins.
Ogwumike has played well against ranked teams this season averaging 21.3 points.
Joslyn Tinkle added 10 points and nine rebounds and Mikaela Ruef had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinal (24-2, 13-1 Pac-12).
Stanford held UCLA 13 points below the Bruins' season average and also outrebounded the Bruins 38-31. Stanford, which leads the Pac-12 in scoring defense, has held opponents under 70 points for 44 straight games.
Atonye Nyingifa led UCLA (19-6, 10-4) with 12 points and five rebounds and Alyssia Brewer and Markel Walker both scored 10 points.
Seabrook, Toews lead Blackhawks past Kings, 3-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and an assist to help the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Sunday, extending their season-opening points streak to 15 games.
Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks (12-0-3), who matched the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers for the second-longest season-opening points streak in NHL history. Chicago is one away from the league record, set by Anaheim in 2006-07, and will try to match the mark on Tuesday when it hosts Vancouver.
Mike Richards scored two power-play goals in the third period to pull the Kings within one after Chicago had built a 3-0 lead.
Blackhawks backup goalie Ray Emery made 25 saves. He lost a bid for his first shutout in more than three years when Richards connected 56 seconds into the third period.
Giants' Sanchez hopes to earn more playing time
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Hector Sanchez looks back on the past year fondly.
After becoming the youngest member of the San Francisco Giants' World Series roster, the 23-year-old catcher wants to show improvement.
"You have to show something better every year. Nothing's assured in baseball," Sanchez said. "What is certain is that you have to work hard every day and it's their decision. I just want to make that decision easy for them and be here every day."
As Buster Posey's backup, Sanchez got 48 starts behind the plate when the All-Star was given days off or shifted to first base. Sanchez hit .280 in 227 at-bats with three homers and 34 RBIs, catching many of Barry Zito's starts.
Sanchez also struck out 52 times — nearly a quarter of his a-bats.
Galaxy says Donovan to rejoin team in late March
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Galaxy say Landon Donovan will rejoin the team during the final week of March after a break of almost four months.
The 30-year-old midfielder and forward, a veteran of three World Cups with the United States, had said last fall he was uncertain whether he wanted to continue playing.
Donovan has a team-record 92 goals during eight seasons with the Galaxy, who have won the last two Major League Soccer titles. He has a record 49 goals in 144 appearances for the United States.
Los Angeles opens its MLS title defense when it hosts Chicago on March 3, and then plays four days later at Costa Rica's Herediano in the first leg of the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals.
The team made the announcement Sunday.
Merrick gets his first win at home
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Merrick was a young face in the crowd for so many years, dreaming of one day play at Riviera on the PGA Tour. On Sunday, he did better than that. He won it.
Merrick hit two clutch shots that led to par in a sudden-death playoff and won the Northern Trust Open on Sunday when Charlie Beljan missed a 5-foot par putt on the second extra hole. It was the first PGA Tour win for Merrick, who went to school at UCLA.
Merrick closed with a 69. Beljan, famous for his anxiety attack when he won at Disney last year, holed an 18-foot birdie on the 18th hole for a 67.
Along with his first win on tour, the 30-year-old Merrick earns a spot in the Masters.
Woods gets Howell in 1st round of Match Play
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will face some familiar players in the opening round of the Match Play Championship.
McIlroy, the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland, is the No. 1 seed at Dove Mountain north of Tucson, Ariz. He will play Shane Lowry of Ireland, who got in when Phil Mickelson chose not to play. Woods is the No. 2 and will play Charles Howell III, the first time they have squared off in this format since Woods beat Howell in the quarterfinals of the 1996 U.S. Amateur.
Luke Donald, who won the Match Play in 2011, is the No. 3 seed and opens against Marcel Siem of Germany. Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa is the No. 4 seed and will play Richie Ramsay of Scotland.
The tournament begins Wednesday.
Raonic beats Haas for 3rd straight Sap Open title
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Milos Raonic won his third consecutive SAP Open on Sunday, beating Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3 for the title in the final year of the Bay Area tournament.
Raonic has never lost in 12 matches in this event and became the first player in the Open era that began in 1968 to win this tournament three straight times and first overall since Tony Trabert did it from 1953-55.
Raonic won the final tournament here in similar fashion to his first two, using an overpowering serve to control the match. He fired a 144 mph ace on his first serve of the match and was never threatened on serve.
He had 19 aces and finished the week facing just a single break point.
Shakin It Up wins San Vicente at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Shakin It Up won the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes in his 3-year-old debut, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his eighth win in the sprint at Santa Anita on Sunday.
Ridden by David Flores, Shakin It Up ran 7 furlongs in 1:22.48, rallying in the stretch to separate himself from five rivals. The brown colt paid $6.40, $3.80 and $2.80. He is co-owned by Mike Pegram, a friend and longtime client of Baffert.
Treasury Bill returned $5 and $3.80, while Caballo Del Cielo paid $3.60 to show.
War Academy, also trained by Baffert, finished fourth in the six-horse field in his first start of the year.
Force wins Funny Car; Brown OK after fiery wreck
POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Courtney Force raced to victory in Funny Car at the NHRA Winternationals and defending Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown walked away from a fiery crash with only minor injuries on Sunday.
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) were also winners at the Drag Racing Series season opener at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Force powered her Ford Mustang past Ron Capps' Dodge Charger with a pass of 4.025 seconds at 317.12 mph to claim her second career victory.
The race was delayed for approximately 90 minutes for track cleanup after Brown's dragster went out of control and crashed after crossing the finish line in the second round of eliminations. The car's engine seemed to burst into flames and the dragster slid into a retaining wall.
Brown managed to get out of the wreck under his own power.