Clayton Kershaw was selected Saturday as the Los Angeles Dodgers' opening day starter and will become the team's first pitcher to start three straight openers since Derek Lowe from 2005-07.
Kershaw will take the mound April 1 against the World Series champion Giants at Dodger Stadium, manager Don Mattingly said.
In 2011, Kershaw pitched seven innings in a 1-0 win over the Giants at Dodger Stadium. In 2012, the left-hander threw three scoreless innings in a 5-3 win at San Diego.
Kevin Harvick won the exhibition Sprint Unlimited race by dominating the final two segments of the Speedweeks opener. It was Harvick's third win in the last five years in the non-points race
Denver plans to put the franchise tag on All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady. The tag would mean a salary of just under $10 million for Clady in 2013, about three times what he earned last season when he allowed one sack.
A day after securing the No. 1 ranking, Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova for a 10th straight time 6-3, 6-2 to reach the Qatar Open final in Doha.
Williams faces Victoria Azarenka, whom she'll replace at the top in Monday's new rankings. Azarenka beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-3. A double fault from Sharapova gave Williams the only break of the first set at 4-2.
Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest women's slalom world champion in 39 years. At the age of 17 years, 340 days, Shiffrin earned the U.S. team its fourth gold medal at the worlds, more than any other nation. She was third after the first run but finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 39.85 seconds to beat Michaela Kirchgasser by 0.22 seconds in Schladming, Austria.
Lionel Messi scored twice to pass 300 goals for his career, extending his record-setting Spanish league scoring streak to 14 games as Barcelona rallied for a 2-1 win at Granada.
Raphael Martinetti, president of the international federation, quit in the wake of the IOC's decision to remove the sport from the 2020 Olympics.
MCT Information Services contributed to this report.