1. The NBA announced the 2014 All-Star selections who will play in the All-Star Game on Feb. 16. Kobe Bryant retained his fan-favorite status, as he was voted a starter despite playing six of the Lakers’ 43 games. Bryant opted to sit the game out and defer to younger players. The East will start LeBron James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving. The West features Bryant, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love.
  2. The 2014 Winter Olympics will begin with the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia. Russia hasn’t hosted the Olympics since the end of the Soviet Union in 1980. Putin has taken this very seriously, spending around $7 billion to construct the sporting venues. It’s estimated that the games will cost Russia nearly $51 billion, according to Business Insider.
  3. The United Steelworkers union and Northwestern’s quarterback Kain Colter announced plans on Tuesday outlining the first ever union for college athletes. The USW has agreed to pay all legal costs associated with the effort, as Colter must win a court battle with the NCAA concerning labor and employee status.