COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - The draw ceremony for the World Cup is underway in Brazil, opening with a tribute to Nelson Mandela.
A film shown at the start of the ceremony showed Mandela at the final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and other images from the life of the anti-apartheid campaigner who died Thursday at 95. A minute's silence was then held to honour Mandela.
FUKUOKA, Japan - Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan brushed off a fall and merely increased his lead in beating three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada at the Grand Prix Final on Friday.
Hanyu, who had a 12-point lead after Thursday's short program, fell on his opening quad salchow but completed all of his other jumps, including seven triple jumps plus a quad toe loop in the free skate to eclipse Chan by 13 points.
SUN CITY, South Africa - With the skies over Sun City fittingly grey, Gary Player cried on a tee box and Ernie Els shared some of his memories of Nelson Mandela.
"It is going to be a tough day for the whole country," Els said.
SUN CITY, South Africa - The first time he met Nelson Mandela, Gary Player got on his knees and kissed the former political prisoner's feet.
Remembering his "very tearful" first encounter with Mandela, the nine-time major winner paused Friday to compose himself and hold back more tears.
Mandela, the beloved former South African president and Nobel laureate, died Thursday at 95.
When it came to sport, Nelson Mandela had the ability to inspire even inspirational figures and leave global stars completely star-struck.
The anti-apartheid leader, former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner died on Thursday at the age of 95, prompting a vast outpouring of tributes from the world's best-known athletes and top sporting bodies.
Muhammad Ali, himself a role model for so many, said Mandela inspired others to "reach for what appeared to be impossible."
MONTREAL - Max Pacioretty scored his ninth goal in the last nine games and the surging Montreal Canadiens stretched their unbeaten run to nine with a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal (18-9-3), which jumped a point ahead of Boston (18-8-2) into first place in the Atlantic Division — although the Bruins have two games in hand. The Canadiens are 8-0-1 in their last nine.
Gregory Campbell scored for Boston, which is 6-2-1 in its past nine.
CHICAGO - Carlos Boozer scored 27 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat 107-87 on Thursday night.
Luol Deng had 20 points, Taj Gibson chipped in with 19, and Joakim Noah added 17 points and 15 rebounds as the Bulls had no trouble knocking off the defending champions.
Chicago took control early on and hung on down the stretch after watching a 25-point lead in the third quarter dwindle to 12 late in the game.
TAMPA, Fla. - Martin St. Louis helped the undermanned Tampa Bay Lightning stop a lengthy scoring drought.
St. Louis scored two in-close goals, Ben Bishop won his 15th game this season, and the Lightning beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Thursday night.
"If you look at most of my goals, I'm not the kind of guy that's going to score from outside the circle," St. Louis said. "It's just not my game. I try to get free and go to the net. That's what I did tonight and the puck came to me."
SUNRISE, Fla. - The latest trade by the rebuilding Panthers is already paying dividends.
Dylan Olsen scored his first NHL goal Thursday night to help Florida beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2.
Jimmy Hayes, Nick Bjugstad, Tomas Fleischmann and Erik Gudbranson also scored for the Panthers. Tim Thomas stopped 29 shots and Scottie Upshall had two assists. Olsen also added an assist.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - FIFA president Sepp Blatter says FIFA is in mourning after the death of Nelson Mandela.
He released a statement saying the former South Africa president was "probably one of the greatest humanists of our time."
Blatter said he and Mandela "shared an unwavering belief in the extraordinary power of football to unite people in peace and friendship."
One of Mandela's last major public appearances was during the closing ceremony of the 2010 South Africa World Cup.