IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Leaders of the International Olympic Committee have dropped wrestling for the 2020 Games.
The surprise decision removes one of the oldest Olympic sports.
The IOC executive board, meeting in Switzerland, decided Tuesday to retain modern pentathlon — the event considered most at risk — and remove wrestling instead from its list of core sports.
The IOC board acted after reviewing the 26 sports on the current Olympic program. Eliminating one sport allows the International Olympic Committee to add a new sport to the program later this year.
Wrestling, which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman events, goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896.
Clippers end trip on positive note...Bobcats halt Celtics' streak
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs were missing their top three players Monday night, but that didn't stop them from earning a road win against a fellow division leader.
Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard scored a career-high 26 points and Danny Green added 18 as the Spurs won 103-89 at Chicago. Gary Neal and Tiago (tee-AH'-goh) Splitter each had 16 points for the Spurs, who were without Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) due to injuries.
San Antonio owns the NBA's best record at 40-12 and, one game ahead of Oklahoma City.
The Bulls remain percentage points ahead of Indiana for the Central Division lead.
Charlotte has put an end to the Boston Celtics' seven-game winning streak.
Byron Mullens had 25 points and 18 rebounds as the Bobcats outlasted the Celts 94-91. Ramon Sessions had 19 points for the Bobcats, including the go-ahead jumper from 18 feet with 25.7 seconds left.
Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics, but missed a key 18-footer that would have given Boston the lead late in the game.
Boston was playing one night after winning a triple-overtime game against Denver.
The Los Angeles Clippers have capped a 4-4 road trip by winning the last two games, including tonight's 107-90 win at Philadelphia.
Chris Paul led the way with 21 points and 11 assists, while Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford each added 20 points. Matt Barnes added 11 points for the Clippers, who lead the NBA's Pacific Division by 5 ½ games over Golden State.
In other NBA action, Brook Lopez poured in 25 points and Brooklyn won for just the second time in nine games by downing Indiana 88-84 in overtime. George Hill had 22 points for the Pacers, who've dropped two straight on their home court since winning 15 in a row at Indiana.
Josh Smith had 26 points and 13 rebounds as Atlanta downed Dallas 105-101, just the Hawks' second victory in their last 10 road games. Al Horford had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Teague scored 20 points for the winners.
Luke Ridnour scored 21 points and Minnesota snapped an eight-game road losing streak by beating the Cavaliers 100-92 in Cleveland. Ricky Rubio added 13 points and 10 assists as the Timberwolves halted a four-game skid and improved to 4-16 since Kevin Love suffered a broken hand.
Ryan Anderson scored 31 points and Robin Lopez had a double-double as New Orleans hammered Detroit 105-86. Lopez had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the Hornets' third victory in eight games.
Washington had been 3-21 on the road until rookie Brandon Beal scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Wizards past the Bucks 102-90 in Milwaukee. The Wizards have won four straight and are 10-7 since John Wall returned from injury.
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Hoyas top Golden Eagles
UNDATED (AP) — The 14th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks ended a three-game losing streak by knocking off their arch-rival.
Ben McLemore scored 30 points and the Jayhawks improved to 8-3 in the Big 12 by pounding No. 10 Kansas State 83-62. Jeff Withey had 17 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks to help Kansas beat the Wildcats for the second time this season.
Withey now has 263 career blocks, one shy of the conference's career mark held by Chris Mihm (mim) of Texas.
The Wildcats ended a four-game winning streak and fell to 8-3 in the conference despite Rodney McGruder's 20 points.
Georgetown won a matchup of ranked teams while extending its winning streak to six games.
Otto Porter scored 11 of his 21 points over the final 12 minutes as the 15th-ranked Hoyas downed No. 18 Marquette 63-55. Porter's scoring burst fueled an 8-1 run and began immediately after Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams was called for a technical foul.
Markel Starks added 16 points for the Hoyas, who avenged last month's loss at Marquette and improved to 8-3 in the Big East.
Hoosiers end streak
UNDATED (AP) — A loss early last week wasn't enough to knock Indiana from its perch atop the AP Top 25, after a week in which four of the top five teams in the poll suffered losses
The 21-3 Hoosiers got 26 first-place votes and are the first team in over a month to hold onto the top ranking.
Duke was the only one of the top five teams without a loss and moves up from fourth to second with 20-first-place votes.
Miami received 17 No. 1 votes and jumped from eighth to No. 3. It's the Hurricanes' highest ranking ever. Michigan dropped one spot to fourth, while Gonzaga, which got the other two first-place votes, moved up one spot to fifth.
Syracuse, Florida, Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas State round out the top 10.
AP WOMEN'S TOP 25
Baylor on top
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor remains No. 1 in the Associated Press women's basketball poll for a sixth straight week after two more easy Big 12 wins.
The Lady Bears have 34 straight Big 12 regular-season victories. Baylor received 37 first-place votes.
The first eight stayed unchanged with Notre Dame, Connecticut, Stanford and Duke rounding out the top five. UConn got the other three first-place votes.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick has agreed to a restructured deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
A source familiar with the contract says Vick could earn up to $10 million in 2013 if he meets all his performance incentives, and the team will void the remaining two years on March 15. The veteran quarterback was slated to make $16 million next season.
Vick had an injury-marred 2012 season and was replaced by rookie Nick Foles.
New coach Chip Kelly says he's studied tape and the 32-year-old Vick "can still throw the football."
Jackets add to Sharks' skid
UNDATED (AP) — The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues continue to sputter since getting off to great starts.
The Sharks suffered their fifth straight loss since a 7-0 start as Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist to lift Columbus past San Jose 6-2. The Blue Jackets scored 43 seconds into the game, added two goals 1:11 apart in the second period and then scored three goals in the opening 5:45 of the final period. Vinny Prospal (PRAHS'-pul) and Mark Letestu (leh-TES'-too) tied a franchise record by scoring 8 seconds apart in the third period.
The Sharks entered the game with the league's best goals-against average, while the Jackets were next-to-last in goals per game.
The Blues also absorbed their fifth consecutive loss as Jeff Carter scored twice and backup Jonathan Bernier (BURN'-yay) made 21 saves in the Los Angeles Kings' 4-1 triumph at St. Louis. The Kings entered as the NHL's lowest-scoring team and matched their season best for goals.
The Blues are now a .500 team at 6-6 despite a 6-1 start.
Also on ice, Colton Orr and Matt Frattin (FRAT'-in) scored 28 seconds apart in the second period before Toronto completed a 5-2 win against Philadelphia. The Maple Leafs won for just the second time in six home games but finished without goaltender James Reimer (RY'-mur), who stopped 12 shots before leaving with an apparent left leg injury.
Jiri Tlusty (tuh-LOOS'-tee) scored twice during a four-goal third period that gave Carolina a 6-4 comeback win over the New York Islanders. The Hurricanes trailed three times before improving to 3-1-1 on their six-game road trip.
Minnesota pulled out a 2-1 win on shootout goals by Zach Parise (pah-REE'-say) and Mikko Koivu (MEE'-koh KOY'-voo). Kyle Brodziak scored the Wild's lone regular goal to support Niklas Backstrom's 23 saves.
Shane Doan's second goal of the night came at 4:01 of overtime to push Phoenix past the Avalanche 3-2 in Colorado. Mike Smith made 41 saves and was perfect after Mark Olver and Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN') scored three minutes apart early in the second period.
No biting punishment
MONTREAL (AP) — The NHL will not suspend Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski for allegedly biting an opposing player in Saturday's game against Montreal.
The league says there was no conclusive evidence that Grabovski bit Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.
Pacioretty says he got a precautionary tetanus shot after the incident in Toronto's 6-0 victory.
Lightning-Bruins snowout rescheduled
BOSTON (AP) — The snowed-out game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 25. The game was originally to be played on Saturday and was first pushed back from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. before being posteponed because of the blizzard that dumped as much as three feet of snow on parts of New England.
Indians get Bourn...Fowler, Choo avoid arbitration
UNDATED (AP) — Free-agent Michael Bourn has found a team.
The speedy outfielder has agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cleveland Indians, pending a physical. Bourne hit .274 with nine homers, 57 RBIs and 42 steals for Atlanta last season and represented the Braves in the All-Star game.
Also around the majors:
— The Colorado Rockies have avoided arbitration with Dexter Fowler by working out a two-year, $11.6 million package with the outfielder. Fowler is coming off a season in which he posted career highs with a .300 average, 53 RBIs, 13 homers and 143 games played.
— Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has accepted a one-year contract worth nearly $7.4 million, leaving pitchers Mat Latos (LAY'-tohs) and Homer Bailey the only Reds eligible for salary arbitration. Choo hit .283 with 16 homers and 67 RBIs in 155 for the Cleveland Indians while making $4.9 million last season.
— St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter hasn't ruled out pitching again, maybe this year. Carpenter says he owes it the organization to keep trying. But after undergoing an eighth surgery last season, he says there will not be a ninth.
— Red Sox principal owner John Henry is reiterating that he has no plans to sell the franchise. Meeting with the media a day before Boston's pitchers and catchers report for spring training, Henry was adamant about keeping the rebuilding Red Sox, despite reports to the contrary.
Looking again at the Freeh report
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State trustee has called on the university governing board to re-examine the findings of former FBI director Louis Freeh's school-sanctioned investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
The critique released this weekend by Joe Paterno's family raised "serious and troubling" questions about Freeh's findings, trustee Alvin Clemens said in a statement.
Freeh has defended his work and stood by his findings. He has called the Paterno family's review self-serving and a campaign to shape the late Hall of Fame coach's legacy.
Sandusky, a former assistant coach under Paterno, was convicted of 45 child sex abuse counts. He was sentenced last fall to at least 30 years in prison but still maintains his innocence.
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Conference leaders not happy with new recruiting rules
UNDATED (AP) — Big Ten athletic directors and football coaches say they have reservations about loosened NCAA recruiting rules that would allow unlimited contact between recruiters and high school players. The NCAA Board of Directors in January approved rulebook revisions that, among other things, remove limits on the number of phone calls and text messages to prospective recruits. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he's spoken with high school coaches who are worried that their players will be overwhelmed with phone calls, texts and mailings.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Former top-ranked players Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) and Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH'-noh-vich) eased into the second round of the Qatar Open with straight-set victories.
Serena Williams can retake the No. 1 ranking by winning the tournament.
Ligety on top step of podium again
SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Ted Ligety (LIHG'-eh-tee) is no longer just a giant slalom specialist. By winning gold medals in super-G and super-combined at the world championships, the American has shown he's an all-around threat with the 2014 Sochi (SOH'-chee) Olympics exactly a year away.
Ligety added the super-combi title to his expanding resume Monday with a superb downhill and an equally impressive night slalom run under the lights in Austria.
Former female scout dies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Edith Houghton, the first female scout in Major League Baseball, has died at the age of 100.
After a playing career that included a stint with the Philadelphia Bobbies, Houghton worked for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1946-52, and also had a decorated career in the military.
There are several remembrances of Houghton at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. In an exhibit labeled "Diamond Dreams," Houghton's Bobbies cap and her jersey from a Japanese baseball tour are on display.