Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Lakers fans ponder what next in season of ''Alice''
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Friday's come-from-behind victory over the lowly Charlotte Bobcats was the latest chapter in an 'Alice in Wonderland'-style season for the Los Angeles Lakers where very little has turned out to be what it seems. Ace closer Kobe Bryant, held scoreless by Charlotte in the first half, finished with 20 points on six-of-15 shooting and eight assists as the Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to win 100-93.
Schilling incident in 2008 a closed book, says MLB 2013-02-08T213056Z_1_BRE9170ZL_RTROPTC_0_US-BASEBALL-REDSOX-SCH ILLING.XML () -
Svindal joins ski greats with second downhill win
SCHLADMING, Austria (Reuters) - Aksel Lund Svindal joined an illustrious group on Saturday when he became world downhill champion for the second time after finishing third in Wednesday's super-G. The Norwegian clocked two minutes 01.32 seconds on the Planai piste to emulate Toni Sailer, Jean-Claude Killy and Bernhard Russi with a second victory in an event no skier has won three times.
WADA restore Madrid laboratory's anti-doping accreditation 2013-02-09T115554Z_1_BRE91803Y_RTROPTC_0_US-DOPING-SPAIN-LABORA TORY.XML () -
Tampa Bay game vs. Boston postponed due to blizzard 2013-02-09T204150Z_1_BRE9180AI_RTROPTC_0_US-NHL-BRUINS-POSTPONE MENT.XML () -
Snedeker takes early control at Pebble Beach
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Nadal creates athlete, event management company
MADRID (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal has set up his own company to manage athletes and organize events with his long-term agent Carlos Costa, the world number five announced on Saturday. "Together with his manager, Carlos Costa, Rafa Nadal began a new adventure on January 1 in the world of representing athletes of various sports like tennis, golf and football as well as organizing events," Nadal's spokesman said in a brief emailed statement.
Cippolini lawyer says Operation Puerto link 'absurd'
MADRID (Reuters) - Former world road race champion Mario Cipollini has denied he was a patient of Eufemiano Fuentes, the Spanish doctor at the centre of the Operation Puerto trial into an alleged doping ring in cycling. Cippolini's lawyer Giuseppe Napoleone told Italian news agency ANSA allegations published in Saturday's edition of sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport were "absurd".
Wales restore pride against wounded French
PARIS (Reuters) - Wales restored their dented pride and inflicted a second straight defeat on France as the reigning champions ended an eight-match losing streak with a 16-6 win over the World Cup runners-up in the Six Nations on Saturday. Wales, who had not won a game since last year's victory against France in the Six Nations, defended fiercely throughout and wrapped it up thanks to a late moment of inspiration from Dan Biggar and try scorer George North.
Thieves put spoke in Garmin's Tour of Mediterranean bid 2013-02-09T202426Z_1_BRE9180AA_RTROPTC_0_US-CYCLING-GARMIN-THEF T.XML () -