DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Kurt Busch claimed his first Daytona 500 victory in 17 tries on Sunday, taking the lead from Kyle Larson on the final lap of the 2017 season opener for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway. It was the only lap Busch led.
Pelicans' Davis leads West All-Stars with record 52 points NEW ORLEANS—In the full-court layup drill and 3-point contest otherwise known as the 66th NBA All-Star Game, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis set an All-Star record with 52 points and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook added 41 points to carry the Western Conference to a 192-182 victory over the Eastern Conference on Sunday night at the Smoothie King Center.
DENVER—Andrew Wiggins continued his torrid stretch with 40 points, his fourth 40-point game of the season, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Denver Nuggets 112-99 on Wednesday night. Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and a season-high 19 rebounds and Shabazz Muhammad scored 15 off the bench for Minnesota.
ORLANDO, Fla.—In the lowest-scoring Pro Bowl since 1998, the AFC made two first-half goal-line stands Sunday night and then held off the NFC's final drive to secure a 20-13 win at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. All the second-half scoring consisted of field goals. The Baltimore Ravens' Justin Tucker converted on 38- and 31-yard attempts to give the AFC a 20-7 advantage with 14:12 left in the game, but Detroit's Matt Prater hit from 42 and 46 to draw the NFC within a touchdown at the 4:29 mark.
LOS ANGELES — Returning to the city where he started his NHL career, Philadelphia Flyers right winger Wayne Simmonds was looking forward to his first All-Star Game, and his performance won the day as well as a Most Valuable Player Award. Simmonds and Columbus Blue Jackets right winger Cam Atkinson scored goals five seconds apart as the Metropolitan Division defeated the Pacific Division 4-3 to win the All-Star Game at Staples Center on Sunday.
LA JOLLA, Calif.—Jon Rahm rolled in his second eagle of the day, a 60-foot putt on the final hole, to seal his first PGA Tour victory Sunday. Firing a 7-under-par 65 on Sunday at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., the 22-year-old Spaniard emerged with a three-shot win in the Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm's 13-under 275 total topped the 278s of Charles Howell and Taiwan's C.T. Pan. Howell closed with a 68, while Pan finished with a 70.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Nino Niederreiter had a goal and two assists, and goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves as the Minnesota Wild entered the All-Star break with the most points in the Western Conference after a 5-1 win against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. Mikael Granlund added a goal and an assist as Minnesota had goals from five different players and heads into the break with 69 points (32-11-5). Erik Haula, Tyler Graovac and Mikko Koivu also scored for the Wild, who have won 21 of their past 26 games.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Wisconsin senior Ethan Happ scored 28 points, including 23 in the second half and overtime, as the No. 17 Badgers held off Minnesota 78-76 in overtime on Saturday. Happ added 12 rebounds and dominated down low in the second half for Wisconsin (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten). Senior Nigel Hayes scored 21 points for the Badgers, who have won 12 of their past 13 games overall and six straight against Minnesota.
SAN ANTONIO—Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 as the San Antonio Spurs shrugged off a ragged first three quarters and rolled to a 122-114 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday at the AT&T Center. Leonard's rebound and rush down the court for a dunk over two Minnesota defenders with 7:36 to play highlighted a 20-2 run for San Antonio that turned a 90-83 deficit into a 103-92 lead.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Beau Bennett, Kyle Palmieri and Adam Henrique scored third-period goals as the New Jersey Devils overcame a pair of deficits and cooled off the red-hot Minnesota Wild just a bit with a 4-3 victory Tuesday. The Devils, who also got a power-play goal from Pavel Zacha and 32 saves from goalie Cory Schneider, seemed content to just hang on through the first 30 minutes as Minnesota built a 2-0 lead. But New Jersey (19-18-9) turned the tables in the third period to finish their four-game road trip 3-0-1.