In the NBA, the Lakers are mourning the loss of longtime owner Jerry Buss yesterday at the age of 80. Buss had been diagnosed with cancer but according to his assistant the immediate cause of death was kidney failure. During his nearly 34 years in charge, the Lakers made the NBA Finals 16 times. Magic Johnson tweeted, "He was a great man and incredible friend."
WAMC's Jaired Crofut delivers the morning sports update.
In the NBA All-Star game in Houston last night, the West triumphed over the East 143-138. Kevin Durant scored 30 points, making him the top scorer. Game MVP Chris Paul finished with 20 points, 15 assists and four steals while Clippers teammate Blake Griffin added 19 points on 9 of 11 shooting.
Checking the NHL now, defenseman Paul Martin scored with 2:04 left to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
The Heat beat the Thunder for the sixth straight time last night, 110-100 behind another eye-popping performance by LeBron James.
James had 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. It's the eighth straight game James has scored at least 30.
In the final game before the NBA All-Star break, the L.A. Clippers mauled the Lakers 125-101. Chris Paul's 24 led five Clipper starters in double figures. The Lakers go into the All-Star break three and a-half games out of the final playoff berth in the West.
The Connecticut Post reports that a crowd of more than 5,500 people gathered in Hartford yesterday to voice their support for stricter gun laws.
Among those in attendance were Connecticut Dannel Malloy and LT. Gov. Nancy Wyman. Malloy says the Newtown school shooting has forever changed the public debate over guns and he's vowing not to rest until laws such as universal background checks are passed.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D- Cold Spring) lobbied for federal funding for the new Tappan Zee Bridge during a hearing on infrastructure needs in the country held by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held in Washington on Wednesday.
Maloney is a member of that committee, who supports the bridge project and urged the Transportation Secretary to approve the federal loan guarantees.
BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers are beginning their examination of Gov. Deval Patrick's $34.8 billion state budget proposal, which includes nearly $2 billion in new revenues to boost transportation and education.
The House and Senate Ways and Means Committees will jointly hold the first public hearing on the spending plan on Thursday, with administration officials among those called to testify.
In the NBA, the Boston Celtics held on for a 71-69 win over the Chicago Bulls last night. Kevin Garnett scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks 92-88 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory.
ALBANY – The state has decided to hold off on issuing a decision on whether to allow hydrofracking, instead announcing that because of the complexities of the issues, they will require more time to study.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is emphasizing the need for more background checks for gun buyers in his State of the Union address, saying that overwhelming majorities of Americans favor the proposal as a way to keep firearms from criminals.
Last night Obama said that senators from both parties are working on legislation to prevent people from legally buying guns and then giving them to criminals.
He said police chiefs want lawmakers to ban "weapons of war" and magazines carrying large amounts of ammunition so law enforcement officers won't be outgunned.