NBA All-Star game earns best TV rating since '03

NEW YORK — The NBA All-Star game has earned its highest television rating since Michael Jordan's last appearance in 2003.

The Western Conference's 148-143 win Sunday night on TNT featuring a duel between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James drew a 5.2 rating. That's up 37 percent from last year, part of a season of strong ratings for a league bursting with intriguing story lines.

PHILADELPHIA — Holy Family has suspended a men's basketball coach accused of attacking a player at practice.

John O'Connor has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation by the university after he was accused of pushing, kicking and injuring sophomore Matt Kravchuk.

Holy Family spokesman Tom Durso says O'Connor was suspended Thursday. He did not give an official reason for the suspension.

O'Connor was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech before taking over the tiny Division II program last April.

Video of the incident has hit the Internet. O'Connor is shown pushing Kravchuk to the ground during a 1-on-1 drill, then kicking him. O'Connor berates his player and tosses him out of the late January practice.

Bahrain Formula One GP called off due to unrest

MANAMA, Bahrain — The crown prince of Bahrain called off Formula One's season-opening race Monday, handing another victory to protesters aiming to break the ruling dynasty's stranglehold on power in the Gulf kingdom.

Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa owns the rights to grand prix and serves as commander of the armed forces in an island country were at least eight protesters have been killed in a week of unrest. Angry protesters, who see the Bahrain GP as particularly meaningful to him, wanted the March 13 race dropped.

Facing more protests around an event that draws a worldwide TV audience of about 100 million, the crown prince told F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone by telephone that the race would not go ahead.

Doug Williams returnsto coach at Grambling

GRAMBLING, La. — Former Washington Redskins star quarterback Doug Williams is returning to Grambling State as coach of the Tigers football team, the university confirmed late Monday.

Grambling State Athletic Director J. Lin Dawson announced the return of the NFL Hall of Famer in a statement, saying Williams has signed a four-year contract that begins March 1. Financial details were not disclosed in the statement.

Williams was the general manager of UFL's Virginia franchise in 2010. The former Grambling State quarterback was the MVP of Super Bowl XXII with the Washington Redskins.

He later succeeded Eddie Robinson as coach at his alma mater, winning three straight Southwestern Athletic Conference titles from 1998-2003.

The 55-year-old Williams, a native of Zachary, La., replaces Rod Broadway, who resigned earlier this month to become head coach at North Carolina A&T.

Williams will coach his son D.J., who signed with Grambling this year.

Stonestreet Stable breeds Rachel Alexandra to Curlin

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra has been bred to stablemate and two-time Horse of the Year Curlin.

Stonestreet Stable owners Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke say Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, was bred to Curlin, the 2007 and 2008 Horse of Year, on Monday at Lane's End Farm.

Jackson and Banke purchased Rachel Alexandra after her record-setting win in the Kentucky Oaks then entered her in the Preakness, where she became the first filly in more than 80 years to win the second jewel of the Triple Crown.

The result won't be known for some time. Jackson said he's excited about the possibilities of potential offspring from the two champions.

Chilean miner Pena plans to run Tokyo Marathon

TOKYO — Chilean miner Edison Pena plans to run the Tokyo Marathon, his second such race since he was among the 33 men rescued in October.

The 35-year-old Pena jogged through tunnels while trapped underground, and word of his dedication inspired New York City Marathon organizers to invite him to watch the race. Instead, he asked to run it. Pena ran and walked on bad knees to finish in 5 hours, 40 minutes on Nov. 7.

Compiled from wire reports

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