Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Jack powers Warriors past road-weary Spurs 2013-02-23T080008Z_1_BRE91M05B_RTROPTC_0_US-NBA-WARRIORS.XML () -
Pistorius must live with his conscience - slain girlfriend's father
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius will have to live with his conscience after he shot dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day and said it was a tragic mistake, the victim's father Barry Steenkamp was quoted as saying in the local media. The athlete shot dead model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury home near Pretoria in the early hours of February 14. He was charged with premeditated murder after the shooting.
Blackhawks set record for best start to season 2013-02-23T064020Z_3_BRE91M04B_RTROPTC_0_US-NHL-BLACKHAWKS.XML () -
Ruiz Castillo gives Spain first downhill win
MERIBEL, France (Reuters) - Carolina Ruiz Castillo put Spain back on the alpine skiing map by winning the women's World Cup downhill in Meribel on Saturday, the first victory in the sport's blue riband event by any Spaniard. At 31, the Chilean-born skier who trains in France outpaced the leading favorites to clinch her first World Cup victory, 13 years after her only podium to date in a giant slalom in Sestriere.
Kvitova claims 10th tour title with win in Dubai
DUBAI (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova claimed her 10th singles title after defeating Sara Errani 6-2 1-6 6-1 in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday. The Czech, who did not drop a set in the opening four rounds of the tournament, was the favourite after winning her previous three meetings with the Italian and the 22-year-old sought to assert her dominance from the start.
Pint-sized Florida youth a basketball prodigy
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - At 4 feet 5 inches tall, starting point guard Julian Newman stands waist high next to other players on his Florida high school basketball team. But his talent towers over the competition. A video of Newman's game highlights and dribbling stunts posted in December on YouTube went viral, currently logging nearly 3 million viewers.
Innerhofer keeps Austrians at bay in Garmisch
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Reuters) - Italian Christof Innerhofer secured his third World Cup downhill win of the season when he held off a trio of Austrians on the German Kandahar piste on Saturday. Dubbed "Winnerhofer" when he won the Super-G world title in Garmisch-Partenkirchen two years ago, Innerhofer lived up to his nickname by taking victory in one minute and 37.83 seconds,
U.S. sues disgraced cyclist Armstrong for sponsor money
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States accused cyclist Lance Armstrong on Friday of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service by taking its sponsorship money at the same time he was doping and using performance-enhancing drugs in violation of cycling rules. The government joined a civil suit against Armstrong, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from cycling in 2012 after accusations he had cheated for years. In January, he said the accusations were true in an interview with television host Oprah Winfrey.
Blues give Kirwan winning start with Wellington win
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - John Kirwan's reign as Auckland Blues coach got off to a winning start with a deserved 34-20 bonus point victory over the Wellington Hurricanes in their Super Rugby opener in the New Zealand capital on Saturday. The former All Black great and Italy coach has been charged with reviving the fortunes of the three-time champions and there was much to please him about his team's performance in a tough encounter at Wellington Regional Stadium.
Top seed Cilic crashes out of Memphis quarter-finals 2013-02-23T055647Z_2_BRE91L05K_RTROPTC_0_US-TENNIS-MEMPHIS.XML () -