Sports: Stewart Rejons NASCAR; USA Men's Olympic Hockey Team Beats Russia

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NASCAR-STEWART'S RETURN
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Tony Stewart is 20 pounds lighter and has a titanium rod in his surgically repaired right leg. He'll get a good barometer of where he's at when he takes part in the NASCAR Sprint Unlimited exhibition race tonight at Daytona International Speedway. This is Stewart's first competitive race since breaking two bones in his leg last August in a sprint-car crash.

T25-SCHEDULE
(AP) -- The top-ranked Syracuse has capped a week of close calls by pulling out a win over North Carolina State to remain one of two unbeaten teams in men's college basketball.
C.J. Fair's winning layup with 6.7 seconds left gave Syracuse a 56-55 win over the Wolf Pack. Rakeem Christmas had a steal to set up Fair and help the Orange improve to 25-0 overall, 12-0 in the ACC.
Christmas had 14 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks as Syracuse earned its 10th single-digit win despite shooting 35.2 percent. Jerami Grant had 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Fair scored 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting.
The outcome comes three days after Syracuse needed a 3-pointer by Tyler Ennis at the buzzer to beat Pittsburgh 58-56.

In other top-25 action on Saturday:
-- Winston Shepard scored 14 of his 16 points in the final 7:14 to lead No. 5 San Diego State over Air Force 64-56. Xavier Thames and Dwayne Polee II each scored 13 points to help the Aztecs bounce back from their first loss since mid-November.
-- Perry Ellis scored a career-high 32 points and finished with eight rebounds and five assists as seventh-ranked Kansas ripped TCU 95-65. Andrew Wiggins added 17 points for the Jayhawks, who led just 47-40 before opening the second half on a 13-1 run.
-- Eighth-ranked Duke picked up its 30th consecutive home win by holding off Maryland 69-67. Jabari Parker had 23 points, grabbed eight rebounds and delivered a dunk that put the Blue Devils ahead 68-67 with 1:19 remaining.
-- Sean Kilpatrick scored 28 points and 10th-ranked Cincinnati improved to 12-1 in the American Athletic Conference by downing Houston 73-62. Justin Jackson scored all 13 of his points in the second half for the Bearcats, who were playing their first game since having a 15-game winning streak snapped with a 76-55 loss at SMU last Saturday.
-- DeAndre Kane had 17 points with nine assists to lead No. 11 Iowa state over Texas Tech 70-64. The Cyclones hung on for the win after blowing an 18-point lead in the second half.
-- No. 12 Saint Louis has a 17-game winning streak after Dwayne Evans contributed 21 points and 10 rebounds of in a 64-62 squeaker over VCU. Jordair Jett and Rob Loe had 14 points apiece for the Billikens, who blew a 12-point lead before improving to 10-0 in the Atlantic 10.
-- Melsahn Basabe scored 16 points and No. 16 Iowa earned its third straight road win by knocking off Penn State 82-70. Roy Devyn Marble added 15 and Aaron White had 14 as the Hawkeyes upped their record to 19-6.
-- Joe Harris scored 16 points, including a critical 3-pointer with about three minutes left to carry 17th-ranked Virginia last Clemson 63-58. The Cavaliers have are 12-1 in the ACC and have their first nine-game conference winning streak in 32 years.
-- No. 19 Texas was an 88-71 winner over West Virginia behind 18 points from Javan Felix. Cameron Ridley chipped in 17 points to the Longhorns' 20th win.
-- No. 24 Connecticut beat No. 20 Memphis, 86-81 in overtime as Shabazz Napier scored a career-high 34 points to help the Huskies sweep the season series. Ryan Boatright added 21 points for UConn, which is 20-5 and 8-4 in the American Athletic Conference.
-- Aaron Craft scored 14 points and 22nd-rated Ohio State held Illinois to 28.3 percent shooting in a 48-39 win over the Illini. LaQuinton Ross added nine points for Ohio State, which picked up its 20th win despite trailing 23-20 at halftime.
-- James Michael McAdoo had 24 points and 12 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 25 Pittsburgh 75-71 for its season-high sixth straight victory. Marcus Paige added 18 points for the 17-7 Tar Heels.

NBA-ALL-STAR WEEKEND
Stars descend on New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The NBA's All-Star weekend is going on right now in New Orleans, capped by the dunk competition.
San Antonio's Marco Belinelli needed overtime to win the three-point challenge. Belinelli beat Washington's Bradley Beal 24-18 in the extra round after each scored 19 points in the final.
Portland's Damian Lillard is a skills challenge champion for a second straight year. The team of Lillard and Trey Burke beat the tandem of Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE'-poh) in the final round by a tenth of a second.
Miami's Chris Bosh hit a half-court shot to give Team Bosh the victory in the Shooting Stars contest that opened up All-Star Saturday night. Bosh and teammates Dominique Wilkins and WNBA player Swin Cash had a final-round time of 31.4 seconds.

OLYMPICS
U.S. beats Russia in men's hockey and a bronze in men's skeleton for Team U.S.A.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- It was a great day to be an Oshie (OH'-shee) in Sochi.
St. Louis Blues forward and Warroad, Minn., native T.J. Oshie scored four times in the shootout, including the game-winner as the U.S. men's hockey team downed Russia 3-2. Oshie twice extended the game with a shootout goal before beating Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF'-skee) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the eighth round.
International rules allow the same player to take multiple shots after the first three rounds of a shootout, and Oshie went 4 for 6 against Bobrovsky.
Kings netminder Jonathan Quick turned back 29 shots during the game and stopped five of eight attempts in the shootout.
Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski (pah-VEHL'-skee) scored in regulation for the Americans, who now lead Group A with five points heading into Sunday's game with Slovenia. Russia has four points.
Pavel Datsyuk (DAHT'-sook) scored two goals in regulation and another in the shootout for the Russians.

Elsewhere in and around Sochi:
-- The Russian women's hockey team was also a loser on Saturday. Stefanie Marty scored midway through the first period and Florence Schelling stopped 41 shots on to give Switzerland a 2-0 victory over the host nation. The win puts the Swiss in the Olympic women's hockey semifinals.
-- Wisconsin's Matt Antoine has won the bronze in the men's skeleton competition. His overall time of 3:47.26 was 2.97 seconds behind the gold medal winning time of Russia's Alexander Tretiakov. Antoine's medal is the first skeleton medal for the U.S. men since Jimmy Shea's (shays) gold in 2002.
-- The U.S. speedskating team has suffered another day of frustration with a medal-less performance in the men's 1,500 meters. Brian Hansen of the U.S. had the best finish, seventh, while two-time silver medalist Shani (SHAH'-nee) Davis was 11th. All that after the American skaters changed uniforms because of concerns their new high-tech attire was actually slowing them down.
-- An eighth by Julia Mancuso was the best the U.S. could muster in the women's super-G. The Americans are feeling the heat after capturing just one medal through five Alpine events, Mancuso's bronze in the super-combined. The squad had a team-record eight medals in Vancouver.
-- Russian officials say Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova broke and dislocated her spine while training. She underwent emergency surgery that took 6 1/2 hours. The 23-year-old Russian was practicing on the 1,200-meter course, which has sharply banked turns and big jumps.
-- Russia leads the overall medal tally with 15. Right behind with 14 are the U.S. and the Netherlands, with Norway another one back with 13. The Americans have four gold, three silver and seven bronze.

MLB-ARBITRATION
Indians win arbitration with pitcher
(AP) -- The Cleveland Indians are 2-0 in salary arbitration cases this year, having suppressed the attempts of Vinnie Pestano and now fellow pitcher Josh Tomlin. The right-hander only appeared in one game last season after undergoing elbow ligament-replacing surgery in August 2012. For that one appearance Tomlin now gets a pay raise from the $501,800 he made last year to $800,000. He had been asking for $975,000 in arbitration.

Also in the majors:
-- Los Angeles Angels pitcher Mark Mulder has suffered a major setback as he attempts to reach the majors again. Mulder tore his left Achilles tendon Saturday, cutting short his comeback and possibly bringing his career to an end. Team spokesman Eric Kay said Mulder felt a pop during agility drills.
-- And the Seattle Mariners and first baseman Justin Smoak have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a contract for the 2014 season with a club option for 2015. Smoak will earn $2,637,500 this season and $3.65 million next season if the option is picked up. The 27-year old hit a career-high 20 homers last season but batted just .238.

PGA-RIVIERA
McGirt has the lead
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- William McGirt is on top after three rounds of the PGA's Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. He fired a 6-under-par 65 for a 12-under total, two strokes ahead of George McNeill and Charlie Beljan (BEHL'-jihn).

CHAMPIONS TOUR-ACE GROUP CLASSIC
Two-way tie for the lead
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- There is a two-way tie for the lead after two rounds of the ACE Group Classic on the Champions Tour in Naples, Fla. Defending champion Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) and Kirk Triplett share the lead at 10-under-par. Duffy Waldorf and Olin Browne are tied at minus-9.

LPGA-AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Third round complete
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The third round of the LPGA's Australian Open is in the books and the lead is held by South Korea's Chella Choi and Australia's Minjee Lee at 13-under-par. Two shot back is Australian Ludia Ko.
The leading American is Amelia Lewis at minus-9


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