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Packers Suffer Worst Loss in 25 Years (AP)
AP - Years from now, Kyle Boller won't care that the game meant nothing. The oft-criticized quarterback will remember that he outplayed Brett Favre. Boller put on a dazzling performance on a national stage and guided the Baltimore Ravens to a 48-3 rout of the Green Bay Packers on Monday night.
USC's Reggie Bush Is AP Player of Year (AP)
AP - Reggie Bush loves roller coasters — and it makes perfect sense. Both bring thrills with breathtaking bursts of zigzag speed. "I guess that's kind of how I am on the field, all those twists and turns and stuff like that," Southern California's human thrill ride said.
USA First Team to Reveal Hockey Olympians (AP)
AP - When U.S. goaltender Rick DiPietro looks out from his crease at the Turin Olympics, he'll see a defenseman nearly twice his age protecting him.
Robinson Resigns As Devils Coach (AP)
AP - Larry Robinson can't sleep, he's stressed out, and he's got "pounding headaches" so severe that sometimes he can't move his head. For the Hall of Fame defenseman, it was time to end his second go-round as coach of the New Jersey Devils.
Ueberroth Wants Cuba in Baseball Classic (AP)
AP - U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Peter Ueberroth called on the Bush administration to reverse its decision to keep Cuba out of next year's World Baseball Classic.
Boller leads Ravens to rout over hapless Packers (Reuters)
Reuters - Kyle Boller threw three touchdown
passes as the Baltimore Ravens routed the Green Bay Packers
48-3 Monday night in Baltimore.
Peterson's clutch shot leads Raptors over Magic (Reuters)
Reuters - Morris Peterson hit a three-pointer
with eight seconds left to lead the Toronto Raptors a 92-90
victory over the Orlando Magic in National Basketball
Association play Monday in Orlando.
Orioles' Roberts' Recovery Going Well (AP)
AP - Brian Roberts' recovery from a dislocated left elbow is coming along well and the Baltimore Orioles' All-Star second baseman hopes to be on the field during spring training.
U.S. Soccer Completes Labor Deal (AP)
AP - Players on the U.S. soccer team would each receive a minimum bonus of nearly $200,000 apiece for advancing to the second round of next year's World Cup under an agreement that would allow each to earn almost $750,000 if the Americans go unbeaten and win the tournament.
Frolov's Shootout Goal Lifts Kings (AP)
AP - Los Angeles forward Alexander Frolov scored the lone goal of the shootout to give the Kings a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
Armed and dangerous
CHICAGO – With Rex Grossman at quarterback, the Bears suddenly have the look of a Super Bowl contender.
Boller, Ravens crush Packers 48-3 (AP)
Brett Favre shuffled off the field, a yellow parka pulled over his bowed head. He ignored the shouts of the people around him, many imploring the dejected quarterback to return next season. At the other end of the field, a smiling Kyle Boller cheerfully gave an interview following his most effective game as a professional.
Next for Colts: How do they rebound? (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts spent weeks answering questions about a perfect season. On Monday, they were dealing with a new one: Can they rebound? "I guess people won't have as much to say if we don't play our starters the whole way or ask how can you denigrate the game that way," coach Tony Dungy said. "But we'll play, and I'm sure we'll play hard.
Seahawks still have plenty to play for (AP)
The Seahawks have crossed into uncharted territory with a first round bye and a divisional playoff game at home. There will be no rest-or-not-to-rest controversy here, however. These Seahawks are not so new to the postseason posturing that they don't realize this: They have yet to capture what they really need -- home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
Grossman back as Bears starting QB (AP)
Rex Grossman's back as starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears. And what a long road it has been. After countless hours of rehab to overcome two major injuries, he was more appreciative than ever Monday of where he's been, and of where he wants to go. "It was tough to look through the window and see my teammates practicing when I'm in there doing something that is extremely boring," Grossman said...
Saints still uncertain on Haslett (AP)
Another loss has done nothing to clarify the future of New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett. Haslett said Monday he has no plans to resign following a 27-10 loss Sunday to the Carolina Panthers, dropping the Saints to 3-11 in their worst season under the sixth-year coach. Haslett, who has one year remaining on his contract, added that Saints owner Tom Benson is "stressed out" with other issues...
Texans jeopardize draft standing (AP)
The Houston Texans finally got their second win on Sunday, but now people wonder if they can win their next two games against Jacksonville and San Francisco. Some fans hope not, because that would seriously jeopardize Houston's chances of landing the top pick in the draft in April. With the 30-19 win over Arizona, the Texans improved their record to 2-12.
Chargers' playoff hopes still muddled (AP)
The Chargers returned to reality a day after their history-altering win against the Indianapolis Colts. They're still on the outside looking in at the postseason picture, and they have only themselves to blame. The Chargers ended Indianapolis' quest for an unbeaten season with a 26-17 win at the RCA Dome on Sunday, a significant victory in that they did something the Colts' first 13 opponents...
Losses weighing on Vermeil's decision (AP)
The illustrious coaching career of Dick Vermeil may have only two games to go. "That decision will be made within the next three weeks," he said Monday. The 69-year-old Vermeil, who has taken both Philadelphia and St. Louis to the Super Bowl and been honored as coach of the year at four different levels, said last summer he might put off retirement if the Kansas City Chiefs had a good year.
Redskins turn to 43-year-old Brown (AP)
Ray Brown's rich bass voice broke out in a chuckle. Here he is, the oldest lineman in modern NFL history, and the Washington Redskins are turning to him in their final push toward their first playoff berth in six years. "I know the big story will be, 'This cat is 43 years old, and he's playing in the NFL,"' Brown said Monday.
Turning up the Heat
While Miami played inconsistently with Shaquille O'Neal out, it was only a matter of time before it rejoined the elite.
Rockets C Yao out with toe injury (AP)
Houston center Yao Ming is expected to miss several games after undergoing surgery Monday on his infected left big toe. The 7-foot-6 Yao, who is averaging 19.9 points and nine rebounds, flew from Los Angeles to Houston on Sunday, missing the Rockets' game against the Lakers. Yao's toe is infected with osteomyelitis, a common inflammation of the bone caused by bacteria, the Rockets said.
Billups, Pistons edge Grizzlies in 2 OT (AP)
It took three chances, but Chauncey Billups finally put away the Memphis Grizzlies. After missing last-second shots in regulation and the first overtime, Billups connected on a 15-footer with 0.3 seconds left Monday night to give the Detroit Pistons a 106-104 double-overtime win over the Grizzlies. "I was happy I got that opportunity again," Billups said.
Bobcats win in OT, lose Okafor to injury (AP)
The Charlotte Bobcats' much-needed win was a costly one. Primoz Brezec scored five of his 26 points in overtime to help the Bobcats to a 106-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings in a Monday night game that saw Charlotte lose several players, including Emeka Okafor, to injury. Okafor appeared to seriously sprain his right ankle late in the third quarter.
Lewis, Sonics hold off Wizards (AP)
Rashard Lewis won't let himself bring off the court problems to the arena. Lewis scored 30 points after pleading not guilty to drunken driving charges in the morning, and the Seattle SuperSonics snapped a four-game home losing streak with a 111-101 win over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. Lewis scored eight points in the final three minutes, including a stretch of six straight that finally...
Jazz players disciplined for lying (AP)
Utah Jazz rookies Deron Williams and Robert Whaley were fined by the team and Whaley suspended for one game after being cited for lying to police after a bar fight. Whaley will serve the suspension when he has recovered from a cut that needed six stitches on his right hand he received during the fight.
Banks gets spot start, leads Celtics (AP)
Doc Rivers didn't have any choice but to put Marcus Banks in the starting lineup after point guard Delonte West felt dizzy just before the game. All Rivers needed to do, the team's doctors said, was limit Banks to 20 minutes because it was just his third game back from a stress fracture in his left leg.
Peterson's late 3 lifts Raptors by Magic (AP)
The Toronto Raptors have clearly established two things this season: They don't mind playing on the road and they are not afraid to shoot 3-pointers. The Raptors were 9-of-16 from behind the arc, including Morris Peterson's clinching 3-pointer with 8 seconds left in a 92-90 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
Wizards' Jarvis Hayes out indefinitely (AP)
Washington Wizards guard Jarvis Hayes is out indefinitely after fracturing his right kneecap again. Hayes was diagnosed by team doctors on Monday. He was sent home from the Wizards' western road trip Saturday after feeling discomfort during the first quarter of Friday night's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Radmanovic wants to stay in Seattle (AP)
Forward Vladimir Radmanovic will not ask to be traded and will block any proposed deals Seattle tries to make, he said. Before Monday night's game against the Washington Wizards, Radmanovic said he wants to play out the season with the SuperSonics and then become a free agent. Radmanovic turned down a reported six-year, $42 million deal with Seattle before the season and instead signed a one-year...
With Marty Turco and Mike Modano playing like Olympians, the Stars have been anything but mediocre.
Old and new on U.S. Olympic hockey team (AP)
When U.S. goaltender Rick DiPietro looks out from his crease at the Turin Olympics, he'll see a defenseman nearly twice his age protecting him. That is the long and short -- make that the young and old -- of the U.S. Olympic hockey team revealed Monday night in St. Paul, Minn. The New York Islanders' 24-year-old goaltender was the youngest player chosen by general manager Don Waddell.
Phyllis Gretzky, mother of Wayne, dies (AP)
Phyllis Gretzky, the mother of hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, died Monday night, the Phoenix Coyotes said. She was 64. She was diagnosed with lung cancer late in 2004 and died two nights after her son took an indefinite leave of absence as coach of the Coyotes to return home to Ontario to be with her.
Belfour moves into 2nd place in NHL wins (AP)
Ed Belfour finally made history in one of the wildest games of the season. Belfour moved into sole possession of second place on the NHL's career wins list, and Matt Stajan scored twice in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 9-6 victory over the New York Islanders on Monday night. Belfour lost five straight starts since moving into a tie with Terry Sawchuk on Nov.
Larry Robinson resigns as Devils coach (AP)
Larry Robinson can't sleep, he's stressed out, and he's got "pounding headaches" so severe that sometimes he can't move his head. For the Hall of Fame defenseman, it was time to end his second go-round as coach of the New Jersey Devils. Just five months since being introduced as the replacement for Pat Burns, Robinson stepped down Monday, citing stress and health concerns.
Lemieux out of lineup indefinitely (AP)
Mario Lemieux will be out of the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup indefinitely and won't practice for 10 days to two weeks as doctors adjust the medication he began taking this month for an irregular heartbeat. Lemieux's pulse began racing again Friday night during an overtime loss to Buffalo, his first game back after being hospitalized Dec.
Sabres win ninth straight on road (AP)
Even with their top goalie taking the day off and shootouts needed to get the offense going, the Buffalo Sabres are making themselves at home on the road. Maxim Afinogenov scored for the Sabres in an extra shootout round, extending their road winning streak to nine in a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
Frolov, Garon lift Kings in shootout (AP)
Jeremy Roenick doesn't think he has anything left to prove. He showed USA Hockey that they might have made a mistake leaving him off the Olympic team anyway. Roenick laid a big hit on Brendan Morrison five seconds into the game, then scored Los Angeles first goal and set up Derek Armstrong for the second, rallying the Kings from an early two-goal deficit before Alexander Frolov scored the lone goal...
Pisani's last-minute goal lifts Oilers (AP)
Shawn Horcoff picked the right time to start scoring again. Horcoff had his first two-goal game since opening night and Fernando Pisani's goal with 45 seconds left in regulation earned the Edmonton Oilers a 5-4 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night. ``We never give up,'' Horcoff said of the Oilers, who rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn the victory.
Gaborik helps Wild rally past Stars 2-1 (AP)
Practice paid off for the Minnesota Wild. Marian Gaborik scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Minnesota rallied to slow down the streaking Dallas Stars with a 2-1 victory Monday night. Gaborik took a long pass at center ice from Brian Rolston, a stride ahead Trevor Daley, and raced into the Stars' zone.
Offseason capsules: Truex, Stremme and Yeley
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '06 Cup field, starting with some of the rookie class.
Kyle Busch to run full season in NASCAR Busch Series in 2006 (SportsTicker)
CONCORD, North Carolina (Ticker) - Despite making a splash in his first season on NASCAR's premier series, Kyle Busch has some unfinished business in the Busch Series.
Auto Racing 2005: Stewart grows up amid youth movement (SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - In a season where youth was not only served it was showcased, Tony Stewart topped the auto racing headlines by simply growing up.
Judge: Speedway lawsuit against NASCAR will stay in Kentucky (AP)
A federal judge has ruled that Kentucky Speedway's $400 million antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR will be heard in Kentucky and not moved to a Florida court.
Talladega Superspeedway to get first repaving since 1979 (AP)
Talladega Superspeedway will be repaved next year, the first time since 1979, and several drivers say they're looking forward to a smoother ride.
NASCAR champ to drive midget races under his own name (AP)
Tony Stewart will drive a midget car again, and won't try to fool anybody. The two-time NASCAR champion will drive in a pair of U.S. Auto Club indoor midget car races at Fort Wayne, where he won a 60-lap feature a year ago under an assumed name in an old junker he bought during a poker game the night before.
Iowa Speedway project gets more financing (AP)
NEWTON, Iowa - An Iowa-based construction company said it has obtained the financing to complete construction of...
Price of returning racing to North Wilkesboro is $12 million (AP)
A grass-roots group is lobbying to return racing to North Wilkesboro Speedway, but a $12 million price tag might be too steep for Wilkes County. That's the asking price of Bruton Smith and Bob Bahre, who own the former NASCAR track. A group calling itself Save the Speedway, which wants to bring racing back to the .625-mile oval, retired an online petition last week after gathering 4,582 signatures.
NASCAR's Pacific Northwest expansion plan faces tough road (AP)
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Is the land of lattes ready to join NASCAR Nation? The sport's leaders are betting on it with a...