- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Famed and infamous heiress Patty Hearst is back in the news after a dog she co-owns won its group at the Westminster Kennel Club show.

A shih tzu called Rocket was picked as the toy dog Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Hearst is one of Rocket’s three co-owners. She’s been involved in the dog show world for several years, mostly with French bulldogs.

Hearst turns 61 on Friday. She’s the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and gained great notoriety in 1974 when she was kidnapped by the radical group the Symbionese Liberation Army. She was seen holding a semiautomatic while robbing a California bank, and later spent almost two years in prison.

Her sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter. President Bill Clinton gave her a full pardon.

Hearst has appeared in movies and done television work.

Her dog will be one of seven in the final ring Tuesday night when best in show is chosen.


CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Giambi is retiring after 20 seasons in the majors.

The 2000 AL MVP announced his decision Monday in a statement that was first sent to the New York Daily News. He ends his career as one of 20 players in history with at least 400 home runs, 1,400 RBIs, 1,200 runs and 1,300 walks. The 44-year-old played for Oakland, the New York Yankees, Colorado and Cleveland.

Following last season, Giambi said he would discuss with his family whether to keep playing. The longtime slugger appeared in just 26 games for the Indians in 2014.

A five-time All-Star and fearsome power hitter, Giambi batted .277 in his career with 440 home runs and 1,441 RBIs. He had a .399 on-base percentage and slugged .516.

The first baseman was also tarnished by his involvement in the BALCO performance-enhancing drugs investigation. He never publicly admitted using PEDs, but has apologized for past actions.

The glove Jeffrey Maier used to catch Derek Jeter’s tying home run against Baltimore in the eighth inning of the 1996 AL Championship Series opener at the original Yankee Stadium will be auctioned.

Heritage Auction said Monday the glove will be put up for bids on Feb. 21 in New York. It did not identify the current owner, whom it said had purchased the glove from Maier.

Then 12, Maier reached in front of the right-field wall and prevented Tony Tarasco from catching Jeter’s drive on Oct. 9, 1996. Umpire Rich Garcia declined to call fan interference and Bernie Williams hit an 11th-inning home run that gave the Yankees a 5-4 victory. Baltimore’s protest was denied by baseball’s ruling executive council and AL President Gene Budig.

New York went on to defeat the Orioles in five games and win the first of what would be four World Series titles in five years.


The New York Liberty have acquired Epiphanny Prince from the Chicago Sky for Cappie Pondexter in a blockbuster trade.

Prince averaged 15 points for the Sky last season in helping Chicago reach the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. The New York City native is thrilled for the chance to come home and play in front of family and friends.

Pondexter averaged a career-low 13.2 points this past season for New York, which missed the playoffs for the second straight season. The 32-year-old guard came to the Liberty in a trade in 2010.

Monday’s trade also allows Pondexter a chance to go home - she was raised in Chicago.


LAS VEGAS (AP) - The lights of the Las Vegas Strip are expected to dim this week for deceased University of Nevada, Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian.

Several Strip casinos have agreed to dim their bulbs at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday for a few minutes for the Hall of Fame coach following a UNLV basketball home game.

Tarkanian, who is credited with elevating Las Vegas to the national stage for college basketball, died Feb. 11 at age 84.

Casinos participating in the tribute include all Caesars Entertainment Corp. and MGM Resorts properties, The Cosmopolitan, Stratosphere, Tropicana and The Venetian and The Palazzo. Some off-Strip resorts are also participating.

Elvis Pressley, Frank Sinatra, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan are among the others to receive the Vegas honor.

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