Patrick claims Daytona pole...West wins Midwinter Classic...Badgers hammer Buckeyes

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Associated Press

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 2:06 AM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick has made history as the first woman to win the pole for the Daytona 500. Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session and covered the 2½-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph. No woman had ever captured the pole for any race in NASCAR's premier circuit

HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Durant scored a game-high 30 points as the West beat the East 143-138 in the NBA All-Star game at Houston. Game MVP Chris Paul finished with 20 points, 15 assists and four steals, while Clippers teammate Blake Griffin added 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Carmelo Anthony had a team-high 26 points for the East, while Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 21 and seven assists.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A pair of Big Ten teams ranked among the top 20 in the AP poll met Sunday afternoon with No. 20 Wisconsin blowing out 13th ranked Ohio State 71-49 at Madison. Ben Brust and Jared Berggren led the way for the Badgers with 15 points apiece. The win kept Wisconsin tied with Michigan for third in the conference, two games behind leaders Indiana and Michigan State. Ohio State dropped into fifth place.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Third-ranked Miami struggled Sunday afternoon before keeping its perfect conference record intact. Kenny Kadji hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 36 seconds left as the Hurricanes pulled out a 45-43 win at Clemson. Kadji finished with 12 points to help Miami improve to 12-0 in the ACC, the league's longest undefeated start since Duke went 16-0 in 1998-99.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks can tie an NHL record when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. The Hawks improved to 12-0-3 on Sunday as Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews (tayvz) each had a goal and an assist while Chicago built a 3-0 lead in a 3-2 win over Los Angeles. Chicago is one off the league mark for longest season-opening points streak of 16 set by the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks.

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