- Associated Press - Monday, February 23, 2015


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Joey Logano, the driver who has spent seven years trying to live up to impossible expectations, raced to his first career Daytona 500 victory as he continued to reward Roger Penske for catapulting him into one of NASCAR’s top stars.

Nicknamed “Sliced Bread” when he broke into the Sprint Cup Series at 18 because so many predicted him to be the next big thing, Logano found himself searching for a new job after four underwhelming seasons.

He was snatched up by Penske for the 2013 season after being dropped by Joe Gibbs Racing, a move that jumpstarted his career. His victory in “The Great American Race” on Sunday gave “The Captain” his second Daytona 500 title. Penske also has a record 15 Indianapolis 500 wins.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Joe Gibbs is unsure how long Kyle Busch will be sidelined with a broken right leg and left foot from a crash at Daytona International Speedway.

Busch had surgery on his right leg in Daytona after Saturday’s crash in the Xfinity Series race. His foot will be examined when he returns to Charlotte, North Carolina, by specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, Gibbs said.

Busch missed the season-opening Daytona 500. Two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton drove his No. 18 Toyota.


MIAMI (AP) - Chris Bosh will miss the rest of the season after the Miami Heat announced blood clots were found on one of his lungs.

The problem, if it had not been caught, could have killed the 30-year-old All-Star forward, who had been fighting pain in his side and back for several days.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra sounded upbeat about Bosh’s road to recovery. The team received the news Saturday morning, Spoelstra said, and welcomed the clarity after a frightening couple of days.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant had surgery Sunday to alleviate pain in his right foot, and the Oklahoma City Thunder expect him to return during the regular season.

A screw was replaced from his October operation for a broken bone in the right foot. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said the star forward will be evaluated again within a week.

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis is expected to be sidelined up to two weeks because of a right shoulder sprain, and fellow forward Ryan Anderson is expected to miss up to four weeks with a right knee sprain.

BOSTON (AP) - Celtics forward Jared Sullinger, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, will miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his left foot.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Bucks waived Larry Sanders, a troubled center once considered a franchise cornerstone.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina said its final farewell to Dean Smith.

The school offered one more tribute to the late Hall of Famer, holding a public memorial service attended by thousands of fans, former players and coaching colleagues.

Smith died two weeks ago at age 83. The family held a private service last week, one attended by prominent figures such as Michael Jordan and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The school estimated between 9,000 and 10,000 attended Sunday’s program, which lasted more than two hours in the campus arena that bears Smith’s name. It capped a slow goodbye that even included UNC running Smith’s famed “Four Corners” offense to open Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech.


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - Members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team returned to the rink they made famous with their Miracle on Ice victory 35 years ago over the Soviet Union.

The “Relive the Miracle” reunion at Herb Brooks Arena attracted more than 5,000 fans for a two-hour celebration of one of the most memorable upsets in sports history. Every surviving player from the team made the trip. It was the first time the team had all been together since that memorable night.

Missing was Brooks, the Hall of Fame coach who was killed in a car accident in 2003, and rugged defenseman Bob Suter, who died at age 57 in September.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy rejoined the World Series champions at spring training Sunday, three days after having a heart procedure. The 59-year-old Bochy had two stents placed near his heart Thursday night.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Hahn won the Northern Trust Open in a three-man playoff with a 25-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole for his first PGA Tour title and a trip to the Masters.

In a wild finish, Hahn saved par on the 18th in regulation for a 2-under 69 that got him into a playoff with Dustin Johnson (69) and Paul Casey (68).

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - New Zealand’s Lydia Ko won the Women’s Australian Open in her second start at No. 1 in the world, closing with a 2-under 71 for a two-stroke victory over South Korea’s Amy Yang.

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Hannah O’Sullivan became the youngest winner in Symetra Tour history when the 16-year-old shot a 3-under 69 for a four-stroke victory in the season-opening Gateway Classic.


Michael Phelps has taken the plunge and gotten engaged.

The 18-time Olympic gold medalist announced on Twitter he’s marrying Nicole Johnson, who was Miss California in 2010 and has dated the swimmer on and off the past few years.

Phelps tweeted early Sunday: “She said yes.” He also posted a photo of the couple, hugging in the snow, taken by teammate Allison Schmitt.


DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Ivo Karlovic, at 6-foot-11 the tallest professional tennis player on record, beat Donald Young 6-3, 6-3 in the Delray Beach Open for his sixth career ATP Tour title.

The fourth-seeded Karlovic, six days shy of his 36th birthday, became the oldest ATP World Tour singles winner since Jimmy Connors in Tel Aviv at age 37 in 1989.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - David Ferrer won his second tournament of the season and the 23rd ATP singles title of his career, beating Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Rio Open.


Goalkeeper Hope Solo was reinstated by U.S. Soccer after a 30-day suspension and placed on the travel roster for next month’s Algarve Cup in Portugal.



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