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NEWS FROM 2006-01-10
Marcus Vick Arrested on Firearms Charges (AP)
AP - Former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick, booted from the team last week for his behavior on and off the field, was charged Monday with pulling a gun on three teenagers during an altercation in a restaurant parking lot.
Gates Unanimously Picked As AP All-Pro (AP)
AP - San Diego's Antonio Gates was the only unanimous choice to The Associated Press 2005 All-Pro team featuring four players each from conference leaders Indianapolis and Seattle.
No. 4 UConn Snaps Bearcats' Win Streak (AP)
AP - Hilton Armstrong dominated inside with 14 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots and Connecticut beat Big East newcomer Cincinnati, 70-59, on Monday night, snapping the Bearcats' 10-game win streak.
Chiefs Hire Herman Edwards As Coach (AP)
AP - Seventeen years after he was an intern with the Kansas City Chiefs, Herman Edwards is their head coach.
Lakers Defeat Pacers 96-90 (AP)
AP - Kobe Bryant scored 45 points, making him the first player to score at least that many in four consecutive games in more than 41 years, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers 96-90 Monday night for their third straight victory.
Former Rams Receiver Jack Snow Dies (AP)
AP - Jack Snow, a star wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams and a longtime team broadcaster, died Monday night, the club said. He was 62.
Kobe Hits 45 Again, Extends Scoring Lead (AP)
AP - Allen Iverson scored 41 points — and lost ground to Kobe Bryant in the scoring race. By now Iverson must realize it will take something special to catch the player who's on the NBA's best scoring spree in more than four decades.
Marlins President Visits Portland (AP)
AP - Mayor Tom Potter said Monday he has a "very strong sense" that most Portlanders don't care about landing a major league baseball team and reiterated his position that the city will not help finance a ballpark for the Florida Marlins.
Warner to Join Trinidad and Tobago Team (AP)
AP - Fulham goalkeeper Anthony Warner plans to join Trinidad and Tobago's national soccer team.
Hedstrom's Hat Trick Lifts Mighty Ducks (AP)
AP - Jonathan Hedstrom scored consecutive goals exactly 7 minutes apart in the second period to break open a tie game and completed his first career hat trick in the third period, leading the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
Dominating the Jaguars made it official: The Patriots are the team no one wants to play.
Herman Edwards hired as Chiefs coach (AP)
Bring 'em on, says Herman Edwards. He's ready to take charge of the good and the bad, the talented and the mediocre, and the lazy and the energetic as the new coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. "I can coach anything you give me -- good players, great players. That's my job as a coach," he said. Edwards' spirited introduction to Kansas City on Monday seemed at times to be part news conference and part...
Palmer absolves von Oelhoffen over hit (AP)
One replay was all Carson Palmer needed to see. The Pro Bowl quarterback won't dwell on the play that doomed the Bengals' first playoff appearance in 15 years. He tore a knee ligament on his first pass during a 31-17 loss to Pittsburgh. Palmer slowly shuffled around the locker room on crutches Monday, unsure when he'd have reconstructive surgery and unable to say definitively that he'll be fully...
Skins' Taylor fined $17,000 for spitting (AP)
Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was fined $17,000 Monday by the NFL for spitting in the face of Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Michael Pittman. Taylor was ejected and penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for spitting at Pittman in the third quarter of Saturday's playoff game. The offense was considered so egregious that Pittman wasn't penalized for slapping Taylor in the helmet in...
Former Rams receiver Snow dies at 62 (AP)
Jack Snow, a star wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams and a longtime team broadcaster, died Monday night, the club said. He was 62. Snow had been hospitalized on and off for the past two months with a staph infection. His family was with him when he died at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, said Duane Lewis, a team spokesman.
Vikes ax defensive coordinator Cottrell (AP)
Newly hired Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress fired defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and is considering Tampa Bay assistant Mike Tomlin for the job. Cottrell, who helped turn the Vikings' weakest link into a strength over the second half of last season, was interviewed for the head coaching job before the Vikings hired Childress.
Colts, Seahawks get four AP All-Pros (AP)
San Diego's Antonio Gates was the only unanimous choice to The Associated Press 2005 All-Pro team featuring four players each from conference leaders Indianapolis and Seattle. The Chargers' brilliant tight end drew all 50 votes in balloting by a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL.
Rolling Redskins head to Seattle (AP)
After losing consecutive games to former coaches, the Washington Redskins needed a meeting and an inspirational sign in the locker room to regain their focus. Then their wildly popular Hall of Fame coach regained his stride, and a five-game winning streak earned them the last available playoff spot. And in the playoffs?
Colts back to work, prepare for Steelers (AP)
Peyton Manning spent two weeks calling plays and resting his right arm. Now, after winning 14 games and leading the Indianapolis Colts to the AFC's No. 1 seed, Manning doesn't feel rusty; he feels stronger. "I've always taken every rep available and in the past, I've sacrificed my arm a little bit to do that," Manning said Monday.
Bears, Panthers to meet again (AP)
The way Adewale Ogunleye sees it, he's not putting down the Carolina Panthers; he's just building up his own team. In doing so, the Chicago Bears' defensive end said Monday that Carolina was overhyped entering their first meeting in November and is getting a little too much praise heading into Sunday's second-round playoff game at Soldier Field.
Utah's winning tune
With a season sweep of Detroit and the Northwest lead, the Jazz are close to becoming a top-10 hit.
Kobe matches Wilt as Lakers win (AP)
Kobe Bryant accomplished something Michael Jordan never did. Or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Or Larry Bird. Or anyone else in more than 41 years. Bryant scored 45 points, making him the first player to score at least that many in four consecutive games since November 1964, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers 96-90 Monday night for their third straight victory.
Stackhouse, Mavs beat Celts at buzzer (AP)
Dallas had one too many shooters for the Boston Celtics to cover. Jerry Stackhouse made a baseline jumper with 0.1 seconds left to lift the Mavericks over the Celtics 104-102 Monday night. Jason Terry hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 30 points, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 as the Mavericks won their third straight game.
Iverson's 41 lift Sixers over Sonics (AP)
Allen Iverson would almost always rather drive to the basket than settle for a jumper. Seattle's porous defense gave him ample opportunity to dart down the lane for all the easy baskets he wanted. Iverson scored 41 points, John Salmons had 18 and Kyle Korver 17 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the SuperSonics 107-98 on Monday night.
Rockets' McGrady to miss next two games (AP)
Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady will miss the next two games and be re-evaluated Friday after a recurrence of back spasms. An MRI test on Monday revealed no structural damage, the Rockets said. McGrady grabbed his back and crumpled to the floor Sunday night as the first half ended in the Rockets' 92-90 loss to Denver.
Okur leads Jazz past Wizards, over .500 (AP)
After taking a 22-point lead late in the third quarter, the Utah Jazz weren't expecting to sweat out a close finish in their quest to get back above .500. Yet the lead was down to six in the final 2 minutes, and they were being pressured in the backcourt. Matt Harpring made a nice catch to save a timeline violation, and Deron Williams hit a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired with 1:17...
Hornets to play relocated game in Norman (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets will play their relocated game Friday against the Sacramento Kings at the University of Oklahoma's Lloyd Noble Center, the team said Monday. The game had originally been scheduled at LSU in Baton Rouge, La., but the Hornets were disappointed when only 7,302 fans, including many on free tickets, turned out for the team's first game at LSU in December.
Hinrich helps Bulls win third straight (AP)
Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon are starting to complement each other. Hinrich scored 25 points and had 11 assists, Gordon added 19 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors 113-104 Monday night. Luol Deng had 21 points for the Bulls, who have won three straight after dropping a season-high eight in a row and have beaten the Raptors 11 consecutive times.
Raptors' Peterson says he won't be fined (AP)
Toronto Raptors forward Morris Peterson says he won't face any fines for slapping former teammate Vince Carter in the face during Sunday's game against the New Jersey Nets. Peterson spoke with Stu Jackson, the NBA's senior vice president of basketball operations, before Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls.
Anthony's last-second shot lifts Nuggets (AP)
The Houston Rockets are starting to wonder what else can go wrong. Plagued by injuries since the preseason, the Rockets lost Tracy McGrady to a back injury again on Sunday night, then were beaten by Denver 92-90 on Carmelo Anthony's last-second shot from the baseline. McGrady, who had topped 30 points in Houston's last five games, missed a long jumper in the final seconds of the first half, then...
Despite having lost nearly 200 player games to injury this season, the Flyers have held on to the No. 2 spot in the rankings.
Lemieux back practicing with Penguins (AP)
Mario Lemieux practiced with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Monday for the first time in more than three weeks. Lemieux, who has played only one game since Dec. 3 because of an irregular heartbeat, took part in one of the more laid-back sessions since Michel Therrien took over as coach. "It was a good day to come back," said Lemieux, who has recently been working out and skating on his own.
Brodeur, Devils blank surging Flyers 3-0 (AP)
The resurgent New Jersey Devils got a vintage performance from Martin Brodeur to run their winning streak to four games. Brodeur stopped 22 shots for his 77th career shutout and the Devils scored two power-play goals in a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night. Brodeur, in his 13th season with New Jersey, broke a tie with former Chicago star Tony Esposito for seventh place on the...
Stars win fourth straight, beat Wild 2-1 (AP)
Since signing Marty Turco to a four-year, $22.8 million contract extension last week, the Dallas Stars have gotten great goaltending. From Johan Hedberg. Philippe Boucher's power-play goal midway through the second period gave Hedberg and the Stars another come-from-behind victory, 2-1 over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.
Hedstrom nets hat trick, Ducks top Kings (AP)
Jonathan Hedstrom was stuck on a checking line before Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle decided to team him with Joffrey Lupul and Todd Marchant against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. The results were instantaneous. Hedstrom scored consecutive goals exactly 7 minutes apart in the second period to break open a tie game and completed his first NHL hat trick in the third period, leading the Mighty...
Gretzky's grandmother dies at 84 (AP)
Wayne Gretzky is mourning the death of his grandmother, three weeks after the hockey great's mother died. Betty Hockin, the grandmother of the Phoenix Coyotes' coach, died Saturday at 84 in a hospital in Brantford after being stricken with a heart attack last month. The funeral home, the Beckett-Glaves Family Center in Brantford, listed her death on its Web site Monday.
Finger-wagging Kovalchuk stirs Pens' ire (AP)
Ilya Kovalchuk never imagined that a simple point of the finger could create such a stir. Or maybe he's just being coy. Clearly, the Atlanta Thrashers' star doesn't mind being the center of attention, whether it's scoring more goals than anyone in the NHL or taunting Pittsburgh phenom Sidney Crosby. "Hockey is a fun game," Kovalchuk said Monday.
Thornton awaits return to Boston Tuesday (AP)
Joe Thornton took some time to remember his time with the Boston Bruins on Monday, a day before his first game against his old team. "I loved it here," said Thornton, traded to San Jose on Nov. 30. "I have a lot of great memories here and made a lot of friends and, really, this is where I grew up and I still come back.
Habs' Theodore makes save on stranger (AP)
Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore has stopped a lot of shots in his day, but nothing like this: A stranger in hockey equipment jumped on the ice during practice and shot a puck at him. "He couldn't beat me," Theodore said. "That's the main thing." The practice crasher was chased to the side boards by coach Claude Julien, but wouldn't get off the ice until he was pulled away by an arena worker.
Shoulder to keep Turgeon out three weeks (AP)
Colorado Avalanche center Pierre Turgeon is expected to be sidelined at least three weeks because of a strained shoulder. Turgeon, hurt Saturday night in Colorado's 3-2 shootout victory over Columbus, will not need surgery. "Pierre needs to rebuild the strength in his shoulder through therapy and treatment," Avalanche trainer Matt Sokolowski said Monday.
Offseason capsules: Green, Petty, Blaney
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '06 Cup field as the season-opening Daytona 500 approaches.
Truck series champion Ultra Motorsports closes doors (AP)
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pioneer Jim Smith has folded his Ultra Motorsports team after wrapping up his first championship last November.
Elliott tops first day of Cup testing (AP)
Two-time Daytona 500 winner Bill Elliott set the pace Monday on the first day of preseason testing for NASCAR Nextel Cup teams at Daytona International Speedway.
Richard Petty's mother dies at 88 (AP)
Elizabeth Toomes Petty, the mother of racing great Richard Petty and the widow of NASCAR pioneer Lee Petty, died at 88. She died Sunday, Petty Enterprises said. She is survived by sons Richard and Maurice, two sisters, two brothers, nine grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Australian motorcyclist dies in Dakar rally (AP)
Australian motorcyclist Andy Caldecott was killed in a crash Monday during the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally. Organizers said the 41-year-old Caldecott crashed his KTM motorbike about 155 miles into the 371.4-mile stage from Nouakchott to Kiffa. "He probably died straight away," race director Etienne Lavigne said.
Said and Lepage win bobsled races, Trickle flips (AP)
Boris Said and Kevin Lepage came out with victories, while Dick Trickle added another memorable chapter to his remarkable career. Said won the first race of the Chevrolet Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge on Saturday at Mount Van Hoevenberg, Lepage took the second race, and the 64-year-old Trickle got a turn named after him when he flipped his sled on consecutive runs.
France's Stephane Peterhansel wins seventh stage of Dakar Rally (AP)
Stephane Peterhansel of France won for the second time in the Dakar Rally, taking the seventh stage Friday in the grueling road race. Fellow Frenchman Luc Alphand was second, 4 minutes, 23 seconds behind, and claimed the overall lead with a time of 22 hours, 32 minutes, 41 seconds. He was followed by Peterhansel, 3 minutes,12 seconds behind.
NASCAR narrows potential Hall of Fame to three cities (AP)
NASCAR has narrowed the possible sites for its first official Hall of Fame to Atlanta, Charlotte or Daytona Beach, Fla., and expects to pick a winning city by the end of March.
Bill Elliott to race in Daytona 500 (SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Bill Elliott was a long-time Ford driver who closed his career with Dodge. Now he will try a Chevrolet in the 2006 Daytona 500.