NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA has announced the starters for next month's All-Star game, and they include four Los Angeles players. Lakers teammates Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard and joined on the West squad by Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Clippers and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant. The East starters will be Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) from the Celtics, Miami's LeBron James and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade, and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te'o (MAN'-ty TAY'-ow) mentioned in at least two interviews his online girlfriend of three years even after the school says he discovered she never existed. An Associated Press review of news coverage found that the Heisman Trophy runner-up talked about his doomed love in a Web interview on Dec. 8 and again in a newspaper interview published Dec. 11. He and the university said Wednesday that he learned on Dec. 6 that it was all a hoax, that not only wasn't she dead, she wasn't real.
LONDON (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half as the New York Knicks whipped the Detroit Pistons 102-87 in London. The Knicks jumped out to a 16-2 lead and improved to 25-13, giving them a chance to grab a share of the Eastern Conference lead if the Miami Heat lose to the Lakers in Los Angeles later today. Amare Stoudemire added 17 points for the Knicks and J.R. Smith scored 16.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have finalized a five-year, $55 million contract with starting pitcher Matt Harrison. The contract includes a 2018 club option that could become guaranteed depending on the number of innings he pitches. Harrison was 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA and four complete games in 32 starts last year, and his 3.10 ERA in 18 road starts was the lowest in the American League.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable has avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2,675,000, a raise of $1.2 million. The 30-year-old hit .264 last year with nine homers and 45 RBIs. The Padres still have seven players preparing for arbitration, including third baseman Chase Headley, shortstop Everth Cabrera and pitchers Edinson Volquez and Clayton Richard.
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