SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko (ehv-GEH’-nee pluh-SHEHN’-koh) was forced to withdraw from the Olympics with an injury. The four-time Olympic medalist then announced his retirement from competitive skating. He ends his Olympic career with a gold and two silvers in singles skating and a gold from this year’s first-ever team competition.
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls won last night’s NBA games. Kevin Durant scored 19 of his game-high 43 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Thunder past the Los Angeles Lakers 107-103. Joakim (JOH’-keem) Noah had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double as the Bulls downed Brooklyn 92-76.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State has regained a share of the Big Ten Conference lead by bouncing back from a loss to Wisconsin last weekend. Adreian Payne had 20 points and 14 rebounds as the ninth-ranked Spartans beat Northwestern 85-70. Gary Harris added 14 points for Michigan State, which shot 53 percent and won easily while guard Keith Appling sat out with a wrist injury.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dustin Johnson is the leader heading into the second round of the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles. Johnson birdied six holes in a 5-under-par 66 that puts him one stroke ahead of Torrey Pines winner Scott Stallings, Jimmy Walker and eight others. Walker won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last weekend, beating Johnson by one shot.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have signed right-handed relief pitcher Fernando Rodney to a two-year, $14 million contract. He was 5-4 with 37 saves and a 3.38 earned run average with Tampa Bay last season.