NEW LAKER Howard: TEACH ME, kobe
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Lakers opened training camp Monday with center Dwight Howard, obtained from the Magic, saying he is eager to learn from Kobe Bryant.
"I know he's going to be tough on me, but I expect that, and I want him to be that," Howard said. "I'll take all the heat he's going to give me, because I know at the end of the day, it's going to make me a better player and a better person. I'm willing to go through that process, learn from one of the greatest ever to play the game, and I think it'll be great."
Said Bryant, known for lack of patience with teammates not committed to winning: "This is my team, but I want to make sure that Dwight, when I retire, this is going to be his. I want to teach him everything I possibly know."
nhl: Labor talks are scheduled to resume this morning in New York, with both sides focusing on secondary matters and not the core economic issues that continue to divide owners and players in a league-imposed lockout entering its third week. Meanwhile, Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson signed a one-year contract to play for Brynas in the Swedish league, regardless of whether the lockout is resolved.
soccer: Police in Sao Paulo escorted a teenage girl to safety at the end of a Brazilian league match after she angered fans by asking an opposing player for his jersey. Sao Paulo's Lucas described a "lamentable scene'' when he tried to give his jersey to the girl after Sunday's match, saying Coritiba fans attacked her and her father.
autos: The most popular motorsports series in Mexico will make its U.S. debut next season at Phoenix International Raceway. The NASCAR Toyota Series will run March 1 in conjunction with the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and K&N West Series. The race will be the 2013 opener for the series, which runs Mexican V8 stock cars.
tennis: Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka and No. 2 Maria Sharapova advanced to the second round of the China Open in Beijing.