• Halep loses to Pliskova in Fed Cup

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Monica Niculescu beat two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-4 to ensure Romania tied with the Czech Republic 1-1 on the opening day of their Fed Cup first-round tie on Saturday.

  • Japan's Sara Takanashi competes during the qualification jump of the Ski Jumping World Cup Ladies event  in Hinzenbach, Austria, on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

    Ski jumper Sara Takanashi wins 9th straight World Cup event

    HINZENBACH, Austria (AP) — Japanese ski jumper Sara Takanashi extended her winning streak in the women’s World Cup to nine events on Saturday.

  • Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, reacts loosing a point to Richel Hogenkamp, of the Netherlands, during their Fed Cup tennis match between Russia and Netherlands in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Bertens gives Netherlands lead over Russia in Fed Cup

    MOSCOW (AP) — Four-time Fed Cup champion Russia was on the brink of a surprise first-round defeat to the Netherlands after going 2-0 down on the first day Saturday.

  • Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, competes during an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

    Lindsey Vonn wins women’s World Cup downhill

    GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Lindsey Vonn is feeling very much at home in this southern German resort, on and off the hill.

  • In this April 29, 2015 photo, actor Zhang Jinlai in a Monkey King costume poses next to a wax figure base on his stage performance during a ceremony at the Madame Tussauds in Beijing. The Year of the Monkey gives a little-needed excuse to reference the much loved Monkey King character from the 16th century adventure novel “Journey to the West.” The supernatural Monkey King, also known as Sun Wukong, accompanied a monk on a journey to retrieve sacred scriptures and the story has inspired countless TV shows and movies over the years. Unashamedly trying to capitalize on the new zodiac year, yet another Monkey King adaptation will be released on the first day of the lunar new year - Feb. 8. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT

    Monkey Year inspires kung fu, predictions of fire, disease

    BEIJING (AP) — The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey — the ninth of 12 animal signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys.

  • Alleyne ties Oregon record in 73-48 win over WSU women

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Jillian Alleyne had 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting and 14 rebounds to tie the school record with her 88th career double-double and Oregon used a dominating start to defeat Washington State 73-48 on Friday night.

  • Jaco’s 4 3s, 18 points lead USC women past Arizona 67-57

    TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — Courtney Jaco hit eight of 14 field goals, including four 3-pointers, and finished with a career-high 24 points to lead Southern California to a 67-57 win over Arizona on Friday night.

  • Oregon State's Jamie Weisner, right, is trailed by teammate Deven Hunter (32) and Washington's Katie Collier during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Weisner leads No. 9 Oregon St over No. 24 Washington 61-53

    SEATTLE (AP) — Scott Rueck and Oregon State jumped and screamed six years ago on the Washington court like they had just won a title. In reality, it was just Rueck’s first conference win, deep into an abysmal initial season at the helm of the Beavers.

  • Arizona State guard Katie Hempen (0) reacts after scoring against UCLA during the third quarter of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State defeated UCLA 65-61. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Hempen leads No. 8 Arizona State over No. 14 UCLA 65-61

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — When No. 8 Arizona State’s 15-game winning streak came to a crashing halt, nobody felt worse than Katie Hempen. The senior missed all nine of her shots and managed two points.

  • Maryland's Brionna Jones drives to the basket as Michigan State's Jasmine Hines defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    No. 5 Maryland beats No. 17 Michigan State 85-76

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 30 points, Brionna Jones had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and No. 5 Maryland defeated No. 17 Michigan State 85-76 Friday night for its ninth straight victory.