Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
All-Star game may get hostile, says West coach Popovich
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Players and coaches concede that Sunday's NBA All-Star game is a show for the fans yet when the game is on the line, action on the basketball court could become a little hostile. "The main object is fun ... the players want to show their talents and they want to play with each other. Certain players are never going to play with somebody else on the same team," said West coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs.
Michael and LeBron go one-on-one ... verbally
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Michael Jordan never played against LeBron James but that has not stopped the two from going one-on-one over how to determine greatness on the basketball court. Jordan, widely hailed as the best player of all-time and who turns 50 on Sunday, believes it is all about championship rings, while James, 28, thinks that view is a little too simplistic.
Now a basketball player? You must be Usain
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt, do not quit your day job. The world's fastest man played in a celebrity basketball game on Friday in the run-up to Sunday's NBA All-Star game and failed to impress the crowd -- or himself -- with his skills.
Williams to face Azarenka in Doha battle of number ones 2013-02-16T212718Z_1_BRE91F097_RTROPTC_0_US-TENNIS-WOMEN-QATAR. XML () -
Del Potro on fire as he sets up final with Benneteau
ROTTERDAM (Reuters) - Argentine Juan Martin del Potro is favorite to add his name to the banner of champions wrapped around the Ahoy Arena after beating Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-4 at the World Indoor Tournament on Saturday. Runner-up last year, he will face Julien Benneteau, conqueror of champion Roger Federer, in Sunday's final after the Frenchman eliminated compatriot Gilles Simon 6-4 7-6.
Seventeen-year-old Shiffrin wins slalom gold 2013-02-16T162113Z_3_BRE91F02S_RTROPTC_0_US-ALPINE-SKIING-WORLD .XML () -
Fabled Riviera remains very special for Faldo
PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - Nick Faldo inhaled deeply, savoring the smell of the abundant eucalyptus trees at Riviera Country Club, an iconic golf course he rates among the few he would love to play for the rest of his life. The six-times major champion was standing just outside the Spanish-style clubhouse at Riviera, looking out over the practice putting green and, below that, the par-71 layout which winds its way through the Santa Monica Canyon.
Pistorius, slain girlfriend had planned future: uncle
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, known as the "Blade Runner", was planning a future with the girlfriend he is accused of shooting dead this week, his uncle said on Saturday. Pistorius, 26, one of the world's most recognizable athletes, was charged on Friday with murdering swimsuit model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of the previous day.
U.S. winger Rogers comes out as gay and steps back from game
MIAMI (Reuters) - United States international Robbie Rogers has come out as gay and says he is stepping away from soccer. The 25-year-old, who recently played in England for Leeds United and Stevenage and has 18 caps for the U.S. team, wrote on his website - under the title "The Next Chapter" - that he had been afraid to raise the issue.
Alguersuari says Formula One has become an auction 2013-02-16T160320Z_1_BRE91F04X_RTROPTC_0_US-MOTOR-RACING-ALGUER SUARI.XML () -