Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
--DEFENDING CHAMPIONS NADAL AND SHARAPOVA LOSE AT INDIAN WELLS
Defending champions Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova were upset in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. First, Sharapova went down to qualifier Camila Giorgi, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, giving the young Italian her first victory over a top-five player. Then, Nadal followed on the main stadium court, losing 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) to Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.
--DIRECTIONLESS TOTTENHAM LIVING TO REGRET GAMBLE OF SELLING GARETH BALE AND RENOVATING SQUAD
Tottenham's gamble of selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and using the proceeds of the world-record fee to bolster its squad with a slew of new, expensive players has backfired. Badly.
--KNICKS WIN 123-110, SEND 76ERS TO 17TH STRAIGHT LOSS
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points as the New York Knicks had four players score 20 or more points and defeated Philadelphia 123-110 to send the 76ers to their 17th straight loss.
--FENNINGER EDGES HOEFL-RIESCH IN DOWNHILL TRAINING RUN TO BEGIN WORLD CUP FINALS WEEK DUEL
Anna Fenninger of Austria was faster than Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany in a downhill training session Monday which began their duel for major World Cup honors this week.
--AFTER ROUGH CONDITIONS, ALASKA MUSHERS KING, ZIRKLE LEAD THE WAY IN FINAL STAGES OF IDITAROD
In a year marked by injuries and dangerous conditions, the final stages of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were coming down to either a record-tying number of wins or the first woman to claim victory in 24 years.