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Brown Gets 1,000th As Knicks Beat Hawks (AP)
New York Knicks' Nate Robinson reacts after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks during the second quarter in NBA basketball action Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - Larry Brown became the fourth coach in league history to win 1,000 games as the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-94 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory.


Garnett Leads Wolves Past Nuggets 103-89 (AP)
Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller, right, looks for somewhere to pass as Minnesota Timberwolves' Troy Hudson, left, and Kevin Garnett, center, defend during the second quarter in NBA basketball action , Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, in Minneapolis.(AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)AP - Kevin Garnett had a season-high 31 points on 14-for-17 shooting and 15 rebounds Friday night to help the Minnesota Timberwolves even their record with a 103-89 win over the Denver Nuggets.


Campbell, Furyk Share Sony Open Lead (AP)
Jim Furyk tees off on the first tee at Waialae Country Club during the second round of the Sony Open in Honolulu, Friday, Jan. 13, 2006. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)AP - Chad Campbell and Jim Furyk each shot 3-under 67 on Friday and were tied for the lead at the Sony Open going into a weekend that again will not include Michelle Wie. But as always, she kept it entertaining.


Skating: Belbin-Agosto Headed to Olympics (AP)
Benjamin Agosto, right, and Tanith Belbin, from Bloomfield, Mich. Perform their routine in the free dance event at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Louis, Friday, Jan. 13, 2006. Agosto and Belbin placed first and earned a place on the U.S. Olympic team going to Turin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AP - With an intricate flamenco dance that emphasized technique rather than passion, Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto won their third straight U.S. Figure Skating Championships title Friday night. With it came the only automatic berth available for next month's Turin Games — a spot that was anything but automatic for the Canadian-born Belbin.


Inoue-Baldwin Earn Berth With Maneuver (AP)
John Baldwin lifts his partner Rena Inoue during their routine in the pairs free skate program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Louis, Friday, Jan. 13, 2006. Baldwin and Inoue finished first in the pairs competition to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic team going to Turin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AP - So they're long shots for a medal next month at the Turin Olympics. Rena Inoue and John Baldwin gave fans something to remember Friday night by successfully landing one of the most difficult maneuvers in pairs figure skating.


Bills Shocked by Mularkey's Resignation (AP)
Buffalo Bills General Manager Marv Levy answers questions about the resignation of Bills coach Mike Mularkey during a news conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 13, 2006. Mularkey resigned as coach of the Buffalo Bills football team following a 5-11 season in which the team missed the playoffs for the sixth straight year. (AP Photo/David Duprey)AP - Coach Mike Mularkey's abrupt resignation came as a shock to the Buffalo Bills. An even bigger surprise might be who refused to rule himself out as a candidate for the job — Marv Levy.


Miller Leads Grizzlies Past Nets 81-69 (AP)
New Jersey Nets' Marc Jackson, right, is blocked by Memphis Grizzlies' Shane Battier during the second half of the Grizzlies 81-69 win in NBA basketball action Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo Jim Weber)AP - Mike Miller had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies used good guard play to overcome a subpar performance from leading scorer Pau Gasol and beat the New Jersey Nets 81-69 Friday night.


Salary Arbitration List (AP)
AP - The 100 players who filed for salary arbitration Friday (x-free agent who accepted arbitration; y-agreed to contract pending physical). Players and teams will exchange proposed salaries Tuesday:

British Politician Urges Iran's Cup Ouster (AP)
AP - A leading British politician called for Iran to be expelled from soccer's World Cup for resuming its nuclear program.

Gionta Scores Two As Devils Beat Canucks (AP)
New Jersey Devils' Scott Gomez (23) and Vancouver Canucks' Anson Carter battle for control of the puck during first period NHL hockey Friday night, Jan. 13, 2006, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)AP - Brian Gionta scored two power-play goals in the third period and Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for his second consecutive shutout as the New Jersey Devils extended their winning streak to five with a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.


Mastermind's makeover
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – With a most unconventional master plan, Mike Shanahan looks like a genius again.

Levy a candidate to replace Mularkey? (AP)
Coach Mike Mularkey's abrupt resignation came as a shock to the Buffalo Bills. An even bigger surprise might be who refused to rule himself out as a candidate for the job -- Marv Levy. A week after taking over as the Bills general manager, and despite owner Ralph Wilson insisting Levy wouldn't be considered to replace Mularkey, the 80-year-old Hall of Fame coach declined to say he wasn't...

Sean Taylor won't miss playoff games (AP)
The trial of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor for allegedly pointing a gun during a dispute was postponed Friday so it won't interfere with his availability through the NFL playoffs. Prosecutor Michael Grieco told Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mary Barzee that Taylor should not be treated differently than any other defendant, many of whom have to miss work to attend court, and his trial should...

Saints interview Sherman, Martz (AP)
The New Orleans Saints finished a two-day interview with former Packers coach Mike Sherman on Friday, then began two days of interviews with former Rams coach Mike Martz. Sherman is familiar with New Orleans from two years (1983-84) as offensive line coach at Tulane -- part of 16 years spent as a college assistant before becoming the Packers' tight ends-assistant offensive line coach in 1997.

Doctor: Palmer's injury 'devastating' (AP)
Carson Palmer's knee injury was "devastating and potentially career-ending," but his surgeon said Thursday that he is optimistic the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback can recover and play next season. Palmer tore ligaments in his left knee when he was hit by Pittsburgh's Kimo von Oelhoffen on his first pass during the Steelers' 31-17 playoff victory Sunday.

McCarthy hopes Favre will return in 2006 (AP)
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson didn't hire new coach Mike McCarthy as a way to get Brett Favre back for another year. But McCarthy's ties to Favre certainly didn't hurt his chances of getting the job. After being named coach Thursday, McCarthy said he would be the envy of other coaches if the star quarterback decides against retirement.

Redskins defense has Seahawks' attention (AP)
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's eyes widened. His eyebrows raised. His head shook slightly. He seemed impressed. Not because Seattle is two wins from the Super Bowl. Or because the Seahawks are hosting a divisional playoff game at Qwest Field for the first time Saturday. It was the punishing Washington Redskins defense that had Hasselbeck's attention.

Bettis wants to keep putting off goodbye (AP)
Jerome Bettis slammed the ball to the turf to celebrate his 5-yard touchdown run that put the Steelers ahead for good in their 31-17 playoff victory in Cincinnati on Sunday, then looked to hug someone. Within a moment, he realized he had committed a major gaffe. The touchdown was his. The souvenir ball wasn't.

Panthers must close floodgate vs. Bears (AP)
The Carolina Panthers have heard every joke imaginable about the way the offensive line played in their first meeting against the Chicago Bears. The line was like a turnstile, a revolving door, they cleared a wide-open path to quarterback Jake Delhomme. It's all true. The Bears blasted through Carolina's line for a whopping eight sacks of Delhomme, and just missed bringing him down several other...

Colts respond carefully to Steelers (AP)
Joey Porter can talk all he wants, but the Indianapolis Colts aren't about to get into a shouting match with the Pittsburgh linebacker. On Wednesday, Porter criticized the Colts for playing "soft" in their first meeting this season and challenged them to play smash-mouth football in Sunday's divisional playoff game.

The NBA's big shots
LOS ANGELES – Who's better, Kobe or LeBron? It depends on how much time's left in the game.

Brown wins No. 1,000, Knicks beat Hawks (AP)
New York Knicks coach Larry Brown thanked all the people who have helped him reach an exclusive club. Brown became the fourth coach in league history to win 1,000 games as the Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-94 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory. "It's a great feeling," Brown said. "When you look at this league, to be in it this long, you feel lucky." Brown, who is 1,000-762 in 23...

Reports: Francis wouldn't enter blowout (AP)
The Orlando Magic indefinitely suspended Steve Francis because he refused to play late in the fourth quarter of a blowout, two newspapers reported Friday. The Orlando Sentinel and Florida Today, both citing anonymous sources, said the star guard wouldn't re-enter Wednesday night's game against Seattle to replace Hedo Turkoglu.

Ford's layup lifts Bucks over Bobcats (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks blew an 18-point lead against a second-year expansion team missing three starters to injury, then found a way to win another close game. T.J. Ford's driving layup with 15 seconds left gave the Bucks a 103-102 win over the undermanned Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. The Bucks let the big second-quarter lead slip away against the Bobcats, who were missing six players to injury...

Arenas leads Wizards past Pacers (AP)
Gilbert Arenas focused on getting his teammates involved against the Indiana Pacers and ended up with a spectacular individual effort. Arenas had 37 points and eight assists to lead Washington Wizards to a 94-85 win over Indiana on Friday night. He scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the Wizards pull away.

Miller, Grizzlies beat Nets 81-69 (AP)
Mike Miller had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies used good guard play to overcome a subpar performance from leading scorer Pau Gasol and beat the New Jersey Nets 81-69 Friday night. Bobby Jackson scored 17 points for Memphis. Eddie Jones added 12 and Shane Battier finished with 11 as the Grizzlies won for the ninth time in 11 games overall and their sixth straight at home.

KG, Szczerbiak lead Wolves to 103-89 win (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been searching for a third player to emerge as a consistent scorer in coach Dwane Casey's first season. When Kevin Garnett and Wally Szczerbiak work together like this, it sure doesn't seem as necessary. Garnett had a season-high 31 points on 14-for-17 shooting and 15 rebounds on Friday night to help Minnesota even its record with a 103-89 win over the Denver...

Hornets beat Kings in Norman, Okla. (AP)
With a nearly full house supporting them, the New Orleans Hornets didn't let another fourth-quarter lead slip away in yet another home away from home. David West scored 19 points and Rasual Butler added a season-high 16 to help New Orleans beat the Sacramento Kings 90-76 Friday night in their third "home" arena this season.

NBA suspends Dooling, Allen for fight (AP)
Orlando guard Keyon Dooling was suspended for five games without pay and Seattle guard Ray Allen three for fighting during Wednesday's game, the NBA announced Friday. Dooling and Allen were ejected during the second quarter of the SuperSonics' 113-104 win after Dooling went running at Allen and pushed him to the ground.

Hill restructures contract with Sonics (AP)
Seattle SuperSonics coach Bob Hill has reached agreement with the team on a restructured contract, he said before Friday's game against Miami. The team did not release any details of the contract and Hill would not elaborate further. General manager Rick Sund declined comment as well. "It's nice to have it out of the way," Hill said.

Power rankings
The Power Rankings go west as Detroit leapfrogs two Eastern Conference teams to take the top spot.

Ex-Red Wing Marc Potvin, 38, found dead (AP)
Marc Potvin, a minor league hockey coach and former NHL player, was found dead in a hotel room Friday, hours before his team was to play. He was 38. There was no evidence of foul play, said Lt. Michael Werkema of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. The coach's body was discovered in the morning, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Brodeur posts another shutout for Devils (AP)
The NHL's new rules were supposed to make defensive-minded teams like the New Jersey Devils obsolete this season. The holdovers are having the last laugh. The Devils, playing the stifling style that carried them to three Stanley Cup championships, blanked the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 on Friday night and earned their fifth straight win.

Thrashers' Lehtonen shuts out Blues (AP)
Kari Lehtonen picked a good night for his first shutout of the season. Lehtonen made a career-best 37 saves in his second NHL shutout and the Thrashers beat the St. Louis Blues 2-0 Friday night for their franchise-record tying fourth straight victory. Atlanta has only won three games when scoring two goals or fewer.

Penalty shot in OT helps 'Canes by Preds (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes went from controlling play for two periods to watching a two-goal lead vanish with help from a bizarre ricochet off the glass by a dumped-in puck. It still wasn't enough to derail their growing home-ice advantage. Frantisek Kaberle scored on a penalty shot midway through overtime and Rod Brind'Amour added two goals to lead the Hurricanes past the Nashville Predators 5-4 on...

Tampa coach reaches milestone in win (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning honored former captain Dave Andreychuk with hard work and a victory. Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist to lift the Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. Tim Taylor, Ruslan Fedotenko and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for Tampa Bay, which won for the fourth time in 12 games.

Mogilny scores game-winner in minors (AP)
Former NHL All-Star Alexander Mogilny scored the tiebreaking goal for the AHL's Albany River Rats in their 2-1 victory Friday night over the Rochester Americans. Mogilny was waived by the New Jersey Devils last week and was sent down to the minors after he and his large salary went unclaimed by the rest of the NHL teams.

Blackhawks hand Pens fifth loss in a row (AP)
Andy Hilbert scored two goals, and rookie Adam Munro stopped 28 shots as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Friday night. Radim Vrbata and Martin Lapointe also scored for Chicago, which has won two of three following a 10-game losing streak. Colby Armstrong scored for the Penguins, who lost their fifth straight.

Messier's 11 hoisted to Garden rafters (AP)
Jaromir Jagr ended Mark Messier Night with the kind of flair the former captain was famous for at Madison Square Garden. After a banner-raising ceremony that lasted nearly 90 minutes, Jagr needed just 14 seconds of overtime to give the Rangers a 5-4 victory Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers -- Messier's first NHL team.

Isles fire Stirling, Milbury to resign (AP)
Not only do the New York Islanders have a new coach, they're going to get a new general manager, too. A shake-up in the making finally occurred Thursday when assistant Brad Shaw replaced fired coach Steve Stirling, and GM Mike Milbury said he'll step aside after helping owner Charles Wang pick a successor.

Offseason capsules: Waltrip, B.Labonte, Kahne
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '06 Cup field as the season-opening Daytona 500 approaches.

Boy killed during Dakar Rally (AP)
Luc Alphand of France maintained the overall lead in the Dakar Rally, winning the 13th stage Friday as the race entered Senegal from Guinea, where one competitor struck and killed a boy who crossed the track. The accident occurred about 15 miles into the 216-mile stage, near the village of Kourahoye.

NASCAR asks judge to dismiss suit by Kentucky Speedway (AP)
COVINGTON, Ky. – NASCAR asked a federal judge Thursday to throw out Kentucky Speedway's $400 million...

Darlington zooms ahead with construction, sales (AP)
DARLINGTON, S.C. – For the first time in a long while, Darlington Raceway president Chris Browning can...

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.

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