Weekend Sports in Brief

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Kobe Bryant lashed out at Los Angeles Lakers management Sunday night for leaving teammate Pau Gasol wondering whether he's about to be traded.

In a postgame rant punctuated by a couple of profanities, Bryant said the Lakers either need to trade Gasol or come out and say it won't happen.

Bryant's comments came in the aftermath of a 102-90 loss at Phoenix on Sunday night. He said he doesn't want Gasol to be traded but it's unfair for his teammate to try to play when he doesn't know if he'll be somewhere else the following day.

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- ESPN fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline about Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin and suspended an anchor who used the same phrase.

The headline Friday on ESPN's mobile website was used for a story about a New York loss in which Lin had nine turnovers. The headline was an idiom that contains a word that also can be used as a slur against Chinese.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle put Roush Fenway Racing on the front row for the Daytona 500.

Edwards won the pole for next Sunday's season-opening race with a lap of 194.738 mph in his No. 99 Ford.

Biffle qualified second with a lap at 194.087. Only the top two starting spots were set in Sunday's qualifying session. The rest of the starting positions are determined in a pair of 150-mile qualifying races scheduled for Thursday.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bill Haas wound up making the biggest putt of them all at Riviera.

On the second extra hole of a three-way playoff Sunday -- made possible by clutch birdie putts from Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley on the final hole -- Haas rolled in a 45-foot birdie putt across the 10th green to win the Northern Trust Open.

Haas closed with a 2-under 69 and won a PGA Tour event for the third straight year.

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) -- Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her LPGA Thailand title for her 13th LPGA Tour victory, birdieing the final two holes to hold off playing partner Ai Miyazato by a stroke.

The 23-year-old Taiwanese star shot a 6-under 66 to finish at 19-under 269 on Siam Country Club's Pattaya Old Course.

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Kenny Perry won the ACE Group Classic for his second Champions Tour title, closing with a 2-under 70 on The TwinEagles Club's Talon Course to beat 2011 winner Bernhard Langer by five strokes.

NEW DELHI (AP) -- South Africa's Jbe Kruger won the Avantha Masters for his first European Tour title, shooting a 3-under 69 for a two-shot victory.


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A casino owner paid more than a million dollars for boxing gloves Muhammad Ali used to defend his title. Samuel L. Jackson dedicated a rendition of "Stand By Me" to the boxer. And President Barack Obama told the icon in a birthday tribute that he inspired the world.

By the end of Saturday night, all Ali needed to do to capture the hearts of 2,000 revelers in Las Vegas was go onstage and smile.

Ali sat next to Stevie Wonder, who played keyboards and sang his version of "Happy Birthday," while stars including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Kelly Rowland, LL Cool J, Quincy Jones, Sugar Ray Leonard and boxing promoter Bob Arum followed along.

MUNICH (AP) -- British heavyweight Dereck Chisora was released Sunday after nearly seven hours of questioning by police following his brawl with former WBA champion David Haye at a news conference following his defeat by unanimous decision to Vitali Klitschko in their WBC title fight.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The Yankees and Pirates completed a trade Sunday that sends much-maligned pitcher A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh for a pair of minor leaguers. New York is also giving the Pirates nearly $20 million to cover most of Burnett's hefty salary in a deal that clears the way for the Yankees to sign Raul Ibanez.

VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Cameron told The Washington Nationals he is retiring after a 17-season career in which the center fielder won three Gold Gloves.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers acquired defenseman Pavel Kubina from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday for a pair of draft picks and a minor-league player.

Tampa Bay gets a second-round draft pick in 2012 or 2013, a fourth-round pick in 2013, and center Jon Kalinski. Kalinski played for its AHL team in Adirondack.


STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Kim Barnes Arico and her St. John's Red Storm ended two incredible UConn streaks and years of frustration with one shocking victory.

Shenneika Smith's 3-pointer from the wing with 8 seconds left lifted St. John's to a 57-56 win over No. 2 Connecticut on Saturday night, snapping the Huskies' 99-game home court winning streak. It was the Huskies' first home loss to an unranked opponent in nearly 19 years.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- The annual Penn State dance marathon has raised a record $10.68 million to benefit pediatric cancer patients, an event held for the first time without late coach Joe Paterno, officials said Sunday.


ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Roger Federer defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 6-4 Sunday to win the ABN Amro World Tennis for his first title of the year.

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus shook off a lingering ankle injury to win the Qatar Open on Sunday, routing Sam Stosur of Australia 6-1, 6-2.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Milos Raonic captured a second straight SAP Open championship Sunday, rolling past Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 7-6 (3), 6-2 behind a powerful serve nobody in San Jose could solve.

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain won her first WTA title, defeating Alexandra Panova of Russia 6-2, 7-5 on Sunday in the final of the Copa BBVA Colsanitas.

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Nicolas Almagro of Spain won the Brazil Open for the third time Sunday, defeating Filippo Volandri of Italy 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) -- Just 24 hours after clinching her fifth consecutive World Cup downhill title, Lindsey Vonn clinched her third straight super-combined trophy Sunday after the final race in the discipline this season was canceled due to heavy snowfall on the Sochi 2014 Olympics course.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Steven Holcomb and brakeman Steve Langton won the two-man bobsled Sunday, the first time the U.S. captured this event at the world championships.

NAEBA, Japan (AP) -- American star Hannah Kearney's all-discipline record for consecutive FIS World Cup victories ended at 16 on Sunday with a semifinal loss in a dual moguls event.

BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) -- Austria's Marcel Hirscher followed his World Cup giant slalom victory Saturday a slalom win Sunday that drew him closer to the overall lead in the World Cup standings.


MADRID (AP) -- Lionel Messi scored four times to move past the 40-goal mark for a third straight season and power Barcelona to a 5-1 victory against Valencia on Sunday.