Hundreds of sled dogs and thousands of fans lined up along Anchorage's Fourth Avenue on Saturday for the ceremonial start of the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
The 16-dog teams leaped and barked when it was their turn to leave the chute for an 11-mile run across Alaska's largest city. The actual competition will start today in Willow, about 50 miles to the north.
Defending champion Lance Mackey is seeking his fourth consecutive win. The 39-year-old Fairbanks resident is among five past Iditarod winners in this year's field.
Iditarod officials say staging the race is more challenging following a loss of almost $1 million in funding after major sponsors dropped their support and video deals collapsed.
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Track and field
The Kansas women's 1600-meter relay team of Denesha Morris, Taissa Makhmayeva, Shayla Wilson and Taylor Washington ran a season-best time of 3:37.80, which met the NCAA provisional standard for the event Saturday in South Bend, Ind.
Kansas State defeated Notre Dame 5-2 in DeLand, Fla. Evan Marshall allowed two runs over seven innings for the victory.
* Kansas beat Iowa 8-4 in Lawrence as Jayhawk first baseman Brett Lisher was 4 for 5 with three RBIs. Senior Cameron Selik won his third game.
Wichita State split two games Saturday in Lubbock, Texas. The Shockers lost to Boise State 4-3 but beat host Texas Tech 5-2. The loss ended Tech's 15-game winning streak. Jamie Hull had two homers Saturday for WSU (8-7).
Sidney Crosby scored twice and host Pittburgh scored the final five goals in a 6-3 win over Dallas.... Marc Savard scored in the second period and Tim Thomas made 37 saves to lead visiting Boston past the New York Islanders 3-2.
Bob Bryan and John Isner defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (8), 5-7, 7-6 (8), 6-3 in doubles to keep the United States alive in the Davis Cup first round, cutting host Serbia's lead to 2-1. Isner was a last-minute replacement for Bryan's twin Mike, who was sidelined with food poisoning. The Bryans are the world's top doubles team.
Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey was "doing well" and was released from the hospital Saturday afternoon following his collapse on the bench Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. All tests done at the Cleveland Clinic came back normal, the team said. He was returning to Detroit and will undergo further tests.
* Cavaliers coach Mike Brown held star LeBron James out of Saturday night's game at Milwaukee, calling it "just a coach's decision" to rest James.
* Kevin Durant had 32 points in Oklahoma City's 104-87 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers late Friday, Durant's 35th game of at least 30 points this season, a franchise record.
Russia's Maxim Devyatovskiy defeated a deep men's field in Worcester, Mass., to win the American Cup, the first international event of the gymnastics season. American Rebecca Bross won the women's competition, finishing ahead of 15-year-old American Alexandra Raisman.
Lindsey Vonn won her third straight downhill title Saturday in Switzerland and tied Bode Miller for the most career World Cup victories by an American at 32. She defeated Johanna Schnarf of Italy by a mere 0.01 seconds in her first race since the Vancouver Olympics, where she won gold in the downhill. Vonn finished the Nationale downhill course in 1 minute, 35.26 seconds.
* Didier Cuche of Switzerland won his third World Cup downhill title with a dominant run in Norway, his first race after missing the podium in the event at the Vancouver Olympics.
Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis of the United States clinched his third straight speedskating World Cup overall title with his fifth 1,000-meter victory of the season.
The Kansas Jayhawks rugby club defeated the Wichita Barbarians 24-19 Saturday in Lawrence.