BRYANT'S ALL-STAR SWANSONG IS A RECORD-SETTER
The 65th NBA All-Star Game was a Valentine's Day love-fest for Kobe Bryant, who teamed with the Western Conference's best in a record-shattering 196-173 victory over the Eastern Conference in the annual mid-season exhibition in Toronto.
In a free-wheeling offensive showcase, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Bryant scored a modest 10 points in his 18th and final turn as an All-Star before he retires at the end of the season.
"He's the Michael Jordan of our era," said Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, an Eastern All-Star who, like Bryant, hails from Philadelphia.
VENUS BEATS MISAKI IN TAIWAN OPEN TO CLINCH 49TH TITLE
Venus Williams collected the 49th title of her illustrious career by defeating Japan's Misaki Doi 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the inaugural Taiwan Open on Sunday.
The 35-year-old Californian, who was beaten in the first rounds of the Auckland Classic and Australian Open last month, won the hard-court tournament in Kaohsiung without dropping a single set.
TAYLOR WINS 1ST PGA TOUR TITLE IN MORE THAN 10 YEARS
American journeyman Vaughn Taylor ended a PGA Tour title drought of more than a decade with an explosive back nine to clinch a one-shot win over Phil Mickelson at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California on Sunday.
Taylor began the final round six strokes off the pace. But five birdies after the turn propelled him to a closing seven-under 65 at a blustery Pebble Beach Golf Links, as he posted a winning total of 17-under 270.