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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, talks during a news conference at UCLA, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Bach is visiting Los Angeles to check out proposed venues for the 2024 Olympic Games. Thomas Bach's visit to the University of Southern California and UCLA campuses, as well as the Getty Center. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

IOC President Thomas Bach says there is ''no intention'' by any countries to pull out of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over concerns about the Zika virus. Bach, speaking ahead of the opening ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, says he has ''full confidence'' in the actions being undertaken by the Brazilian authorities and global health organizations to combat the outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus.

Posted: February 12, 2016, 12:54 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - FEBRUARY 11: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks against the New Orleans Pelicans on February 11, 2016 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

Basketball didn't matter much to Kevin Durant on Thursday night. Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid, was involved in a car crash Tuesday night in Oklahoma City and died Wednesday. Monty Williams coached the Pelicans last season before coming to Oklahoma City to help new coach Billy Donovan, so as his two most recent teams met, both played with heavy hearts.

Posted: February 12, 2016, 7:01 am

Toronto Maple Leafs' Morgan Rielly (44) battles for the puck with Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 11 2016, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Todd McLellan can't help but sit back sometimes and watch Connor McDavid work. McDavid had two goals and three assists, Jordan Eberle scored three times and added an assist, and McLellan's Edmonton Oilers powered past the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Thursday night to snap a three-game losing streak. ''His performance did all the speaking,'' McLellan said of 19-year-old rookie McDavid.

Posted: February 12, 2016, 5:53 am

Indiana's Collin Hartman (30) and Yogi Ferrell (11) celebrate late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 85-78. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana's Kevin ''Yogi'' Ferrell wanted the ball Thursday night. After taking blow after blow in the second half from No. 4 Iowa, Ferrell finally found a way to punch back. ''I felt like they hit us in the mouth a little bit tonight,'' Ferrell said.

Posted: February 12, 2016, 5:42 am

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8) of Russia goes through the celebration line after the Capitals beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. The Capitals won 4-3. Ovechkin had a hat trick with his three second period goals. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Scoring more than 500 goals in the NHL hasn't come without Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin being opportunistic. Ovechkin scored three times in the second period for his 14th career hat trick, and Washington held on to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3. ''It's incredible, the puck just comes to him,'' said teammate Nicklas Backstrom, who assisted on all three goals.

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Thunder down Pelicans as both teams play with heavy hearts

Russell Westbrook helped Oklahoma City Thunder roll into the NBA's All-Star break with a 121-95 victory over the New Orleans PelicansWestbrook was one rebound shy of his ninth triple double of the season as he collected 10 assists and nine rebounds. Durant connected on 10 of 17 from the field and also handed out six assists as Oklahoma City improved to 40-14. The Thunder are one of three Western Conference teams heading into the All-Star break with at least 40 wins, behind the Golden State Warriors (48-4) and San Antonio Spurs (45-8).

Padres hire Nomo to bolster Pacific Rim presence

(Reuters) - The San Diego Padres have hired Japanese pitching pioneer Hideo Nomo as an advisor for baseball operations to strengthen their presence in the Pacific Rim, the National League franchise said on Thursday. The Padres already have four full-time scouts in the Pacific Rim and expect the 47-year-old Nomo to help them gain a stronger foothold in terms of finding talent in the region. "We are proud to welcome Hideo to the Padres organization," San Diego general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement. Bucks pull away from Wizards down the stretch

NBA: Washington Wizards at Milwaukee Bucks(The Sports Xchange) - Khris Middleton scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away from the Washington Wizards down the stretch for a 99-92 victory on Thursday at the Bradley Center. Middleton hit 9 of 17 shots but also set his teammates up well, notching nine assists while grabbing six rebounds and five steals. Forwards Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 17 apiece for Milwaukee, which also got 12 points and nine rebounds from center Greg Monroe.

Thunder down Pelicans in Oklahoma

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder(The Sports Xchange) - Oklahoma City and New Orleans came into their matchup Thursday with heavy hearts. The death of Ingrid Williams, wife of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams affected both franchises. Monty Williams was the Pelicans head coach before being fired last season and had been like a second mother to most of the current players.

Reavie grabs Pebble Beach first-round lead

Chez Reavie plays a shot from the fairway on the 12th hole during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club on February 11, 2016 in Pebble Beach, CaliforniaAmerican Chez Reavie fired an eight-under-par 63 on Thursday to upstage major champions Jordan Spieth and Jason Day in the first round of the PGA Tour Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Reavie fired an eagle and seven birdies with one bogey on the par-71 Monterey Peninsula course, one of three in use for the tournament along with Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill -- both par-72 layouts. World number one Spieth, winner of the Masters and US Open last year, opened with a one-under 71 at Spyglass Hill, as did reigning PGA Champion Day of Australia.

Reavie leads at Pebble Beach as Spieth, Day battle

(Reuters) - American Chez Reavie rebounded superbly from missed cuts in his last two PGA Tour starts to fire an eight-under-par 63 and grab a one-shot lead in the opening round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Thursday. While some of the biggest names in the game battled hard to post sub-par scores, Reavie covered his final nine holes in a sizzling seven-under 30 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, the easiest of the three venues being used for this week's event. Oakland Raiders to stay put for 2016 season

NFL: Pro BowlOfficials for the Oakland Raiders said on Thursday that they have reached a one-year lease extension agreement, keeping the team in the San Francisco Bay Area city for the upcoming National Football League season. Raiders Owner Mark Davis told a news conference that its agreement with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority also includes one-year extension options for the following two years to stay at Coliseum. "My heart is here in Oakland, and if we can get something done, that's what I'm trying to do," Davis said, when asked about the team's long-term plans.

NBA Heat's Whiteside banned one game for elbowing

Hassan Whiteside (L) of the Miami Heat posts up Boban Marjanovic of the San Antonio Spurs during a game on February 9, 2016 in Miami, FloridaMiami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, the NBA's top shot blocker, has been suspended one game without pay for elbowing San Antonio Spurs center Boban Marjanovic, the league announced Thursday. Whiteside, who honed his game for two years in China and Lebanon, averages 3.9 blocks a game, ranks as the NBA's second-most accurate shooter by hitting 61.7 percent from the floor and is fifth in the league in rebounds with 11.0 a game. The 26-year-old American 7-footer (2.13m) was whistled for a flagrant 2 foul and ejected with 9:35 remaining in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's 119-101 Miami home loss to the Spurs.

Bryant's swan song to light up All-Star Weekend

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans PelicansKobe Bryant has spent a career tormenting the Toronto fan base and now he is set to entertain it as the NBA's All-Star Weekend descends on Canada for the first time and welcomes Bryant for his swan song. Set to play in his 18th and final All-Star Game on Sunday, a kinder and gentler Bryant will continue a farewell tour that will conclude his legendary 20-season tenure in the league. The Toronto faithful harbor memories of Bryant registering 81 points against the Raptors in Los Angeles 10 years ago, but in this exhibition of stars they will cheer him on to rediscover old magic and perhaps claim a record fifth All-Star MVP award.

Three-game ban upheld for NFL Bengals linebacker Burfict

Vontaze Burfict of the Cincinnati Bengals, pictured on January 9, 2016, is banned for the first three games next September after his actions in a playoff game against PittsburghCincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict's lost his appeal on Thursday against a three-game suspension for violent play which included an incident that left an opponent concussed. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell banned Burfict for the Bengals' first three games next September after his actions in a playoff game last month against Pittsburgh, notably a severe blow to the head of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown that resulted in a concussion. NFL appeals officer Derrick Brooks, a retired Hall of Fame linebacker for Tampa Bay, upheld the suspension, which will cost Burfict $502,941 as he enters the third season of a four-year contract worth $20 million.

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