Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
You think I'm fat? Sod off, says Loeb's co-driver
Daniel Elena, the co-pilot of nine-time rallying world champion Sebastien Loeb, has hit out at fans who have accused him of being overweight. "To those who criticize on social media and suck their thumb on their couch, put your ass in a race car and live what we just lived," Elena said on Twitter.
Top 25 roundup: Historic win for Huggins as No. 14 WVU routs Missouri
No. 14 West Virginia rattled off 21 straight points early in the second half to break open a tight game and coast to a 74-51 win Saturday over Missouri in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge in Morgantown, W.Va. Bob Huggins' 876th career win lifted the Mountaineers coach into a tie for seventh place on the NCAA list with Kentucky icon Adolph Rupp.
Obituary: Bryant, widely considered one of basketball's greatest
Kobe Bryant, widely considered one of the greatest players in basketball, was killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday. He was 41. A transcendent star who went straight from high school to the game's biggest stage, Bryant won five NBA championship rings with the Los Angeles Lakers and was the face of the franchise during his 20-year career.
Barty says proud of indigenous heritage after Australia Day win
Australian top seed Ash Barty said she was proud of her indigenous heritage but deflected questions about a contentious national holiday after advancing to the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday. The Queensland-born Barty delighted the crowd on Rod Laver Arena when she mounted a comeback from a set down to beat American Alison Riske 6-3 1-6 6-4 on Australia Day, which marks the 1788 arrival of British ships to the continent.
NBA roundup: LeBron passes Kobe, Lakers fall to 76ers
Ben Simmons had 28 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals to lift the host Philadelphia 76ers past the Los Angeles Lakers 108-91 on Saturday, in a game that saw LeBron James pass Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Simmons shot 12 of 15 in playing 41 minutes. Tobias Harris scored 29 points and Al Horford had 16 for the Sixers, who improved to 21-2 at home. Matisse Thybulle also contributed five steals.
Chen claims fourth straight U.S. title
Twice world champion Nathan Chen became the first American to win four consecutive national titles in 32 years with a sparkling free skate in Greensboro, North Carolina on Sunday. The 20-year-old, with the sell-out crowd cheerfully applauding his quad-dominated performance to music from the Rocketman soundtrack, scored 216.04 points for the free skate.
Federer recovers from slow start to reach Melbourne quarters
Roger Federer regained control after a slow start against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics to march into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 win on a chilly evening at the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday. The six-time Australian Open winner, who was two points from defeat against John Millman in his previous round, looked rusty in the first set with Fucsovics breaking him in the seventh game to win the set.
Sagstrom becomes 12th Swedish winner on LPGA Tour
Swede Madelene Sagstrom won the Gainbridge LPGA title at Rio Boca on Sunday when Nasa Hataoka missed a three-foot putt at the final hole in Boca Raton, Florida. Sagstrom expected a playoff after sinking a testing six-footer for par before watching on with surprise as the Japanese hit a weak putt that dribbled right of the hole.
Herbert celebrates Australia Day with maiden title in Dubai
Lucas Herbert marked Australia Day in his native country by claiming his maiden European Tour title after beating Christiaan Bezuidenhout in a thrilling playoff at the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday. Herbert saved par on the first extra hole after hitting his approach shot into the water, before returning to the same green to roll in the winning birdie.
Former NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter among nine killed in California helicopter crash
Kobe Bryant, one of the NBA's all-time greats whose international stardom transcended basketball, was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others on board, officials said. He was 41. Bryant rocketed to fame as an 18-year-old rookie and played 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, 18 of them as an all-star, and winning five NBA championships. His death sent shockwaves through the National Basketball Association, which he helped propel to international prominence, and around the world.