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Sutter Elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame (AP)
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bruce Sutter delivers the ball to the plate en route to his record setting 38th save of the season against the New York Mets in this Sept. 4, 1984 file photo.  Sutter was elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday,Jan. 10, 2006  just the fourth relief pitcher given baseball's highest honor. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)AP - After falling short a dozen times, Bruce Sutter was relieved. He became only the fourth reliever given baseball's highest honor, gaining election to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday.


U.S. Men's Skeleton Slider Suspended (AP)
Zach Lund, of the United States, jumps onto his sled during the men's World Cup skeleton in Calgary in this Nov. 10, 2005 file photo. Lund will miss this weekend's World Cup race in Germany, and quite possibly the Turin Olympics, after testing positive for a drug masking agent earlier this season. Lund, perhaps the top Olympic gold-medal hope on the U.S. men's team, tested positive for Finasteride, an ingredient in a medication used to spark hair growth, said U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation president Jim Shea Sr. (AP Photo/Jeff McIntosh, CP)AP - First, a court refused to reinstate suspended U.S. skeleton coach Tim Nardiello. Then the team's best hope for Olympic gold found himself in serious danger of missing the Turin Games over a failed drug test.


Nuggets Win in Triple OT Behind Anthony (AP)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, back left, puts up the winning shot as Phoenix Suns forwards Shawn Marion, back right, and Kurt Thomas come in to defend in the Nuggets' 139-137 victory in triple overtime in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)AP - Carmelo Anthony scored 43 points, including the game-winner with 2.9 seconds left in the third overtime, sending the Denver Nuggets past the Phoenix Suns 139-137 Tuesday night.


Colts Workhorse James Ready for Playoffs (AP)
Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerinn James carries the ball during an  NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Indianapolis in this Dec. 4, 2005 file photo.  James has been the key for the Colts offense all season. When defenses dropped extra men into coverage, James came running up the middle. When they stacked the line of scrimmage, the Colts threw more effectively. Now, after producing 1,800 yards, the Colts workhorse says he feels fresher than ever for the playoffs.  (AP Photo/Mark Terrill)AP - Edgerrin James prefers the simplicity of hard work. He waits patiently for his blockers, uses ahifty moves to make defenders miss and finishes by falling forward. Nothing outrageous.


Thornton Ejected, Sharks Rout Bruins (AP)
San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton leaves the ice after a hard check on Boston Bruins' Hal Gill during first-period NHL hockey action in Boston Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006. Gill left the ice with an injury and Thornton was ejected with a game misconduct for the hit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)AP - Joe Thornton was ejected less than six minutes into his first game back in Boston and the San Jose Sharks still dominated the Bruins 6-2 Tuesday night.


Former Rams Receiver Jack Snow Dies (AP)
St. Louis Rams radio announcer Jack Snow sits in the booth before the Rams' Monday night football game against the Indianapolis Colts in this Oct. 17, 2005 file photo, in St. Louis. Snow, a wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams for 11 seasons and a Rams broadcaster for several years, died Monday night, Jan. 9, 2006,  the team has confirmed.  (AP Photo/Bill Stover)AP - Jack Snow could always be counted on to make big receptions for the Los Angeles Rams. Over the middle, down the sideline or in the open field, Snow simply had a knack for catching the football.


Duncan helps Spurs end Nets winning streak (Reuters)
Reuters - Tim Duncan poured in 27 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to help the San Antonio Spurs snap the New Jersey Nets's 10-game winning streak with a 96-91 victory at the SBC Center on Tuesday.

Mets Sign Top Pick Pelfrey (AP)
AP - The New York Mets and top draft pick Mike Pelfrey finalized a $5.25 million, four-year contract on Tuesday after the pitcher passed a physical.

Tigres Advance to InterLiga Finals (AP)
Tigres' Julio Cesar Santos, left, prepares to kick in his first half goal past Cruz Azul's goalie Emmanuel Gonzalez during their Interliga soccer game at the Home Depot Center Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - Walter Gaitan scored two goals to lead UANL Tigres of Monterrey into the finals of the InterLiga soccer tournament with a 4-0 victory over Cruz Azul of Mexico City on Tuesday night.


Burrows First NHL Goal Lifts Canucks (AP)
Vancouver Canucks Ryan Kesler, left, celebrates with teammate Alexandre Burrows after Burrows scored a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during second period of NHL hockey action in Vancouver, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Richard Lam)AP - Alexandre Burrows scored his first career goal to help the Vancouver Canucks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Tuesday night.


Back in the saddle?
Doubt looms over the Colts, who must regain their stride after a late-season slide and, most of all, a family tragedy.

Eagles let Rosenhaus seek Owens trade (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles have given agent Drew Rosenhaus permission to seek a trade for Terrell Owens, though it's unlikely a team would give up players or draft picks for the star receiver. Owens' tumultuous time in Philadelphia ended in November when the Eagles suspended him four games for conduct detrimental to the team and deactivated him the last five games of the season.

Former Rams receiver Snow dies at 62 (AP)
Jack Snow could always be counted on to make big receptions for the Los Angeles Rams. Over the middle, down the sideline or in the open field, Snow simply had a knack for catching the football. "Jack had the greatest hands in that time period," Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones said. "You won't talk about his speed, but his speed was deceiving.

Vikes name Tomlin defensive coordinator (AP)
New Minnesota coach Brad Childress made his first official hire Tuesday, choosing Tampa Bay defensive backs coach Mike Tomlin to be the Vikings' defensive coordinator. The 33-year-old Tomlin spent the past five years with the Buccaneers. They led the NFL this season in fewest yards allowed, the second time that happened during Tomlin's tenure there.

Cowher: Steelers lost cool vs. Bengals (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher often talks about walking a fine line, usually to describe the tiny differences that separate winning from losing. This time, he is concerned his team might have stepped over that imaginary line during a taunting-filled playoff victory Sunday in Cincinnati. Cowher on Tuesday defended defensive lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen's hit that sidelined Bengals quarterback...

Saints conclude Henderson interview (AP)
Donnie Henderson, the first coaching candidate brought in for formal interviews at the New Orleans Saints' headquarters, said Tuesday that he was impressed with the team's facilities and talent, as well as the "energy" he sensed in residents rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina. "The facilities -- you can't beat this.

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...

Broncos try to bring back edge in Denver (AP)
The last time the Denver Broncos hosted a playoff game, the stadium shook. Literally. Time, progress and the inevitable financial realities of the NFL forced the Broncos to bulldoze their creaky, lovable old home, Mile High Stadium, along with the significant home-field advantage that went with it. In its place is the new Invesco Field, which until this season has not given the Broncos the same kind...

Steelers try to tune out Colts' dome din (AP)
Pump up the volume. Tune out the distractions. The Pittsburgh Steelers have already played and lost this season in Indianapolis' noisy RCA Dome, and they don't plan on making the same mistakes in Sunday's divisional playoff game that they made during that 26-7 loss on Nov. 28. That means it will be very loud when the Steelers practice this week in their indoor building.

Dave Brown, 16-year NFL vet, dies at 52 (AP)
Dave Brown, a defensive back who played 16 seasons in the NFL and was an assistant coach at Texas Tech, died Tuesday, the school said. He was 52 Brown suffered an apparent heart attack while playing basketball on campus, according to a statement released by Texas Tech. "Dave lived a great life that anyone could be proud of," Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said.

Utah's winning tune
With a season sweep of Detroit and the Northwest lead, the Jazz are close to becoming a top-10 hit.

Duncan, Spurs end Nets' 10-game run (AP)
Even after ending the NBA's longest winning streak, the San Antonio Spurs got nothing but criticism from their coach. Tim Duncan scored 27 points, going 13-for-15 from the free throw line, and the Spurs snapped the New Jersey Nets' 10-game winning streak with a 96-91 victory Tuesday night. "Total lack of concentration, lack of effort, lack of cohesiveness, lack of leadership -- both on the court...

Carmelo, Nuggets outlast Suns in 3OTs (AP)
Carmelo Anthony scored 43 points, including the game-winner with 2.9 seconds left in the third overtime, sending the Denver Nuggets past the Phoenix Suns 139-137 Tuesday night. After Anthony swished a short jumper, Eddie House was short on a long jumper after a timeout. Shawn Marion tried unsuccessfully to toss it back up as the buzzer sounded.

Paul plays, but Hornets lose to Pistons (AP)
The Detroit Pistons know they can always rely on their defense when they find themselves in close games. "We told ourselves to turn it up and get a couple of stops to take over the game," Rasheed Wallace said. That's what the Pistons did in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, breaking open a tight game with a 12-0 run en route to a 96-86 win over the New Orleans Hornets.

Felton's runner gives Bobcats 2OT win (AP)
Things were looking good for the Charlotte Bobcats: Emeka Okafor returned after an eight-game absence and Brevin Knight's back was feeling better. Against an undermanned Houston Rockets team, it should have been an easy win. Instead, the Bobcats had to claw their way through two overtimes -- losing Okafor and Knight to more injuries along the way -- before finally pulling out a 111-106 win over...

Crawford sparks surging Knicks past Cavs (AP)
Larry Brown's verbal taunts, motivational talks and coaching techniques are finally taking hold. The New York Knicks are starting to believe they can beat anybody. Jamal Crawford scored 26 points, 20 in the second half, and New York held Cleveland to 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Knicks won their season-high fourth straight, 92-84 over the Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Miller's triple-double carries Grizzlies (AP)
Mike Miller never had a triple-double in his basketball career, and no Grizzlies player had one since the team left Vancouver. Both streaks ended Tuesday night, as the Grizzlies guard had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Memphis to a 99-85 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Miller, who came off the bench, was 8-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-9 from outside the arc.

Redd leads Bucks past slumping T-Wolves (AP)
Michael Redd breathed a sigh of relief after his team finally held on to a fourth-quarter lead. After blowing late leads in three straight losses, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 Tuesday night -- but just barely. "It's always easy to get motivated when you lose three in a row, and we were very motivated tonight," said Redd, who led the Bucks with 22 points.

Davis helps Celtics rally past Hawks (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks had a three-game winning streak in their grasp -- no small accomplishment for this bunch. Boston snatched it away at the end. Ricky Davis converted a three-point play with 1:40 left to give the Celtics their first lead since the opening quarter, and Boston held on for a 98-94 victory over the Hawks on Tuesday night.

Clippers' Brand sits with bruised hip (AP)
Clippers forward Elton Brand missed Tuesday night's game against Orlando because of a bruised right hip. Brand is averaging 24.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.52 blocks. He injured himself on Dec. 23 at Charlotte, but had not missed a game until Tuesday. Chris Wilcox made his first start of the season in Brand's place.

Power rankings
Despite having lost nearly 200 player games to injury this season, the Flyers have held on to the No. 2 spot in the rankings.

Joe Thornton tossed in return to Boston (AP)
Joe Thornton's much anticipated return to Boston ended quickly. The Bruins former captain was ejected less than six minutes into Tuesday night's game for checking his close friend Hal Gill from behind. San Jose still dominated 6-2 without the league's fourth leading scorer as Josh Langfeld scored his first two goals of the season and the Sharks added three power-play goals.

'Hawks snap 10-game skid, top Caps in OT (AP)
It had been 24 days since the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated a victory, so it mattered little that they blew a three-goal lead and allowed a whopping 37 shots on goal. For the struggling Blackhawks, the two-point jump in the standings made this ugly game seem as pretty as a flawless diamond. Chicago ended its 10-game losing streak Tuesday night, getting an overtime goal from Kyle Calder and 34 saves...

Horcoff's hat trick gets Oilers by Pens (AP)
Edmonton Oilers center Shawn Horcoff's first three-goal performance in 309 NHL career games led to the first big blowup by Michel Therrien in his 11 games as Pittsburgh's coach. Therrien ripped his team after Horcoff scored on a power play, short-handed and even strength during the Penguins' eighth loss in 11 games under the former Montreal Canadiens coach.

Lightning waive 42-year-old Andreychuk (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning waived 42-year-old captain Dave Andreychuk on Tuesday, saying the inspirational leader of their Stanley Cup championship team could not keep up with the speed the NHL's new rules have brought about. Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said Andreychuk had worked hard during and after last season's lockout, but neither he nor the coaches could foresee "the type of game the...

Newcomer Sykora lifts Rangers by Flames (AP)
Petr Sykora showed just how happy he was to get out of Anaheim and move into his own version of Fantasyland. Sykora was thrilled with the weekend trade that sent him to New York and he made the most of his Rangers debut, posting a goal and assist in a 4-2 victory Tuesday night over the Calgary Flames.

Alfredsson's return propels Sens to rout (AP)
Daniel Alfredsson left no doubt over his value to the Ottawa Senators Alfredsson had two goals and two assists in his first game back from a rib injury and Bryan Smolinski added three assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 7-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night. "He adds a whole new dimension that we didn't have a week ago," Senators coach Bryan Murray said.

Cole helps Hurricanes top Red Wings 3-2 (AP)
Peter Laviolette figured it might be a quick stay, but for about 30 minutes, the Carolina Hurricanes were atop the Eastern Conference. A large board in their locker room tracks the standings, and assistant equipment manager George Crickmore updated it moments after the Hurricanes latest victory. Alas, Ottawa forced another change by winning its game later, dropping Carolina to second.

Sullivan sets mark, Preds top Isles 2-1 (AP)
Steve Sullivan reached the 20-goal mark quicker than any player in the brief history of the Nashville Predators and it couldn't have been more timely. Sullivan scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season to give the Predators a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. "We needed this game to re-establish our home ice advantage," said Nashville coach Barry Trotz.

Rookie Burrows lifts Canucks past Leafs (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks got a big lift from their fourth line. The Canucks fourth line of Alexandre Burrows, fellow rookie Ryan Kesler and Matt Cooke drew the assignment of checking the Maple Leafs top line and not only shutdown the trio of Mats Sundin, Tie Domi and Alex Steen, but outscored them in the process in Vancouver's 4-3 win on Tuesday night.

Back to work
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The '06 Nextel Cup season unofficially kicks off with testing at Daytona this week.

Gordon looking strong in Daytona testing (AP)
Coming off a disappointing season, four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon is aiming to build some momentum in a hurry for 2006.

Busch starting over after embarrassing end to '05 season (AP)
Kurt Busch emerged from his hauler with a beer company logo plastered across his chest, which seemed a bit unbecoming in light of his troubles at the end of last season.

Hamilton Jr. to race in NASCAR Truck Series season opener (SportsTicker)
MOUNT JULIET, Tennessee (Ticker) - Bobby Hamilton Jr. will race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 17.

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.

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.

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