LOS ANGELES - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade put on a show to help Miami hold off the depleted but dogged Los Angeles Lakers for a 101-95 Christmas Day NBA victory.
The two-time defending champion Heat were heavy favorites in the holiday matchup against a Lakers team beset by injuries — including the broken bone in superstar Kobe Bryant's left knee.
MIAMI, Florida - LeBron James of the Miami Heat is The Associated Press 2013 Male Athlete of the Year, becoming the third basketball player to capture the award in its 83-year history.
James received 31 of the 96 votes cast in a polling of news organisations. Peyton Manning got 20 votes to finish second; Jimmie Johnson was third with seven. In all, 15 other athletes received at least one vote.
LONDON - Manchester United will be without England international defender Phil Jones for around two weeks due to a knee injury, the Premier League champions announced on Thursday.
"We can confirm Phil Jones has suffered a knee injury and is expected to be out for a couple of weeks," read a statement on the club's official Twitter feed.
GLASGOW - Celtic increased their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 11 points with a 1-0 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Thursday.
Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk scored in the fifth minute with a superb finish following a mazy run which started just inside his own half.
LONDON - Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will miss the rest of the Christmas schedule after suffering a thigh injury in his side's 3-1 win at West Ham on Thursday.
Ramsey has been a key figure in Arsenal's surprise challenge for the Premier League title and the Wales international's injury is a major blow to the Gunners' hopes
AUCKLAND - The New Zealand Breakers' shaky NBL title defence has suffered another big blow with starting centre Alex Pledger ruled out for up to four weeks.
Pledger rolled his ankle in training and will be missing as the Kings begin the first of four straight matches on the road when they face the fourth-placed Sydney Kings on Sunday.
ABU DHABI - Andy Murray's return from a three-month injury lay-off ended in a straight sets defeat to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Thursday.
The Wimbledon champion and world number four went down 7-5 6-3 to 10th-ranked Tsonga on the opening day of the three-day exhibition tournament.
SYDNEY - Perpetual LOYAL has stamped her authority on the Sydney to Hobart yacht race by charging ahead of line honours favourite Wild Oats XI and the rest of the fleet during the first night at sea.
Anthony Bell's supermaxi performed well in mostly light air, establishing a lead of 10 nautical miles, over the six-time line honours winner to break open a previously close race.