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Source: Mangini to Become New Jets Coach (AP)
New England Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini, right, looks across the field during the final minutes of a 27-13 loss to the Denver Broncos during their AFC Divisional Playoff football game in Denver, Saturday Jan. 14, 2006. Mangini has accepted an offer to become the next New York Jets coach, a person familiar with the situation said Monday night, Jan. 16, 2006.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)AP - New England Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini has accepted an offer to become the next New York Jets coach, a person familiar with the situation said Monday night.


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Lakers Defeat Heat 100-92 (AP)
Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal, left, looks for a shot while being defended by Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, center, Andrew Bynum during the first half of NBA basketball action in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)AP - Shaq and Kobe had what amounted to a virtual love-fest — at least for them. Kobe Bryant then went out and scored 12 of his 37 points in the last 8 1/2 minutes, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat 100-92 on Monday night.


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Parker Leads Spurs Past Grizzlies 93-83 (AP)
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker of France, middle, scores two of his game-high 28 points against the Memphis Grizzlies during the third quarter  of an NBA basketball game on Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in Memphis, Tenn. San Antonio defeated Memphis 83-73. (AP Photo/ Mark Weber)AP - Tony Parker scored 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting in the San Antonio Spurs' 93-83 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.


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NFL: Ref Botched Call on Steelers Pickoff (AP)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Bryan Fletcher (81) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers' Troy Polamalu (43) and Ike Taylor after a pass reception for 11 yards in the second quarter of their NFL divisional payoff football game Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)AP - The NFL said the referee made a mistake: Troy Polamalu caught the ball. The league acknowledged Monday that referee Pete Morelli erred when he overturned on replay Polamalu's interception of a Peyton Manning pass Sunday in the playoff game between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.


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Federer Advances at the Australian Open (AP)
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a shot against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan during the Australian Open Tennis Tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)AP - Top-ranked Roger Federer easily advanced to the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday, beating wild-card entry Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.


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Niners Closing in on Norv Turner (AP)
AP - Fired Oakland Raiders coach Norv Turner was negotiating a move across San Francisco Bay on Monday night to become the 49ers' offensive coordinator, a team source said.

Francis reinstated by NBA Magic after two-game suspension (AFP)
Steve Francis (R), pictured trying to get around Daniel Ewing of the Los Angeles Clippers, has been reinstated by the Orlando magic four days after club suspended him for conduct detrimental to the team(AFP/Getty Images/File/Lisa Blumenfeld)AFP - Steve Francis was reinstated by the Orlando Magic here, four days after the National Basketball Association club suspended him for conduct detrimental to the team.


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Braves, Giles Agree to One-Year Deal (AP)
AP - Second baseman Marcus Giles and the Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $3.85 million, one-year contract on Monday.

UANL Tigres Win InterLiga Tournament (AP)
Team Tigres celebrates as they hold up the interliga trophy after defeating Monterrey in the finals at Interliga 2006 soccer at the Home Depot  Center, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, in Carson, Calif. Tigres won 2-1 and will receive a berth to the Copa Libertadores, the annual South American club championship. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - Jamie Lozano scored in overtime to give UANL Tigres a 2-1 victory over crosstown rival Monterrey and the championship of the InterLiga tournament in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday night.


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Sharks Defeat the Lightning 3-1 (AP)
San Jose Sharks goalie Vesa Toskala, right, of Finland, blocks a shot by Tampa Bay Lightning's Fredrik Modin, background left, of Sweden, as Josh Gorges looks on during the second period of their NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Monday, Jan 16, 2006. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)AP - Kyle McLaren, rookie Milan Michalek and Nils Ekman scored in the San Jose Sharks' sixth victory in seven games, 3-1 over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.


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Carolina's talent show
The Panthers have the skills and the momentum to win in Seattle and reach the Super Bowl.

Dungy to reflect on coaching future (AP)
Tony Dungy plans to return as Colts coach but left open the possibility of retirement following a season marked by the death of his 18-year-old son. "I really don't know how I'll react the next few days," he said Monday, a day after the Colts were eliminated from the playoffs. "I think I'll be back. But it will really be the first time I've had to think about it." Dungy has been one of the NFL's...

Source: Jets to name Pats' Mangini coach (AP)
New England Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini has accepted an offer to become the next New York Jets coach, a person familiar with the situation said Monday night. The person spoke condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made by the team. Mangini, who turns 35 Thursday, becomes the youngest head coach in the NFL.

NFL says ref got Polamalu call wrong (AP)
The NFL said the referee made a mistake: Troy Polamalu caught the ball. The league acknowledged Monday that referee Pete Morelli erred when he overturned on replay Polamalu's interception of a Peyton Manning pass Sunday in the playoff game between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. Mike Pereira, the league's vice president of officiating, said in a statement that Morelli should have let the call on the...

Seahawks' RB Alexander expects to play (AP)
Shaun Alexander expects to be more than a cheerleader in the NFC championship game. Two days after a concussion knocked him out of Seattle's playoff win over Washington, a smiling Alexander was looking and feeling better, talking optimistically about being ready to play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Turner in talks with Niners, source says (AP)
Fired Oakland Raiders coach Norv Turner was negotiating a move across San Francisco Bay on Monday night to become the 49ers' offensive coordinator, a team source said. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't complete, said Turner is expected to be introduced later this week as coach Mike Nolan's replacement for Mike McCarthy, who became the Green Bay Packers' head...

Steelers, Panthers need another road win (AP)
The Denver Broncos celebrated Sunday for the second time in as many days. Less than 24 hours after Denver ended New England's quest for its third straight Super Bowl victory, Pittsburgh held on to beat Indianapolis 21-18. That ensured that not only will the Broncos will be home for the AFC title game next Sunday, but that they won't have to visit the RCA Dome, where they allowed 90 points in...

Panthers' running duties shift to Goings (AP)
DeShaun Foster pushed the passenger side door open and gently eased himself out of the car, carefully balancing his weight to keep pressure off his broken right leg. A guard offered to get him a golf cart, but Foster refused and stoically proceeded on crutches toward the player's entrance at Bank of America Stadium.

Tice interviews, Jets nearing decision (AP)
Former Vikings coach Mike Tice interviewed with the New York Jets on Monday, the final candidate to meet with the team to fill their vacant head coaching job. General manager Terry Bradway said through a team spokesman that Tice was "well prepared and did a good job." But indications are Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini could be offered the position as early as Tuesday, when Bradway,...

Packers' Bates passed over, quits (AP)
Jim Bates stepped down as Packers defensive coordinator Monday after getting passed over for the head coaching job. Bates decided to leave after several discussions with new coach Mike McCarthy. "I was disappointed when I didn't get job but that happens in this business," Bates said. "He applied for the job just like I did and I came in second, I hope I came in second.

A league of their own
A blowout of the Spurs in San Antonio provided more proof that the Pistons are playing at another level.

Bryant, Lakers down Shaq, Heat 100-92 (AP)
Shaq and Kobe had what amounted to a virtual love-fest -- at least for them. Kobe Bryant then went out and scored 12 of his 37 points in the last 8 1/2 minutes, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat 100-92 on Monday night. The longtime protagonists shook hands, embraced briefly and exchanged a few words at center court before the game when the team captains and game...

Magic end Francis' suspension (AP)
Steve Francis was reinstated by the Orlando Magic on Monday, three days after he was suspended for "conduct detrimental to the team." Francis, who missed two games, met with team officials on Monday. "We now consider the matter closed and look forward to Steve's return to practice tomorrow," assistant general manager Otis Smith said in a statement.

Pistons improve to NBA-best 30-5 (AP)
Rasheed Wallace prefers to blend in with the Detroit Pistons, making passes, attempting few shots and taking little credit. Sometimes, his teammates don't let him. Wallace scored 18 of his 23 points in the third quarter, and Detroit coasted to a 94-84 victory Monday over the Boston Celtics. "It was just shooting, that's all it was, playing within the offense," he said, trying to deflect attention as...

Parker lifts Spurs to 93-83 win (AP)
San Antonio guard Tony Parker showed the Memphis Grizzlies on why he leads the NBA in points in the paint. Parker scored 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting in the Spurs' 93-83 victory over the Grizzlies on Monday night. Eleven of Parker's field goals came on layups. After missing his seventh attempt, Parker grabbed the rebound and scored in the third quarter.

Nowitzki, Mavericks defeat Bucks 114-95 (AP)
Erick Dampier won't be getting back into the starting lineup for the Dallas Mavericks any time soon if the center keeps playing like this off the bench. A reserve for the second straight game after starting the first 36, Dampier had seven rebounds and two assists in his first five minutes to help the Mavericks take control early against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.

Anthony's 39 lead Nuggets past Bulls (AP)
Denver spotted Chicago an 18-point lead and it still wasn't enough to finish off Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin and the Nuggets. Anthony scored 39 points and Martin added 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead Denver to a 97-94 win over the Bulls on Monday. The Nuggets trailed by 18 in the first half and shot only 34.2 percent and to Chicago's to 51.3 percent, including 7-for-11 from 3-point range.

Clippers' Brand comes up big in return (AP)
Healthy or not, Elton Brand was determined to get back on the court after missing two games because of a sore right hip. Brand scored six of his 35 points in overtime and had 14 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers knocked the Utah Jazz out of first place in the Northwest Division with a 102-93 victory Monday.

Nets beat injury-depleted Pacers 97-92 (AP)
The New Jersey Nets needed a pick-me-up after a winless road trip, and it was provided by the sight of leading scorer Jermaine O'Neal on the Indiana Pacers bench in street clothes. Jason Kidd scored 23 points, including a season-high five 3-pointers, and had 10 assists in the Nets 97-92 win over the injury-depleted Pacers on Monday.

Paul makes triumphant return to Carolina (AP)
Chris Paul couldn't help but feel at home. The New Orleans Hornets rookie returned to the state where he built his reputation as a high school and college star for the first time as an NBA player Monday, finishing with 24 points in the 107-92 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. And from visiting family for dinner Sunday to bringing along his own personal cheering section -- about 500 tickets worth --...

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

Gainey leads Habs to back-to-back wins (AP)
If nothing else, Bob Gainey has had a great impact on the Montreal Canadiens' special teams in two games behind the bench. Mike Ribeiro had two goals, and the Canadiens scored on their first three power-play opportunities to beat Dallas 4-2 Monday night and end the Stars' season-high, six-game winning streak.

Ovechkin scores twice, Caps beat Coyotes (AP)
When Wayne Gretzky admires a goal, that says something. "That was pretty sweet," the Great One said after Alex Ovechkin led the Washington Capitals to a 6-1 rout of Coach Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes on Monday. "You know, he's a phenomenal player, and he's been a tremendous influence in the game. It's great to see, because he is that good." Ovechkin had two goals, the second on an amazing flick of the...

Senators move back into first in East (AP)
As fearsome as the Ottawa Senators' top two lines are, the third unit is a potent trio, too. The Wild were determined to stop top forwards Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson but Patrick Eaves, Chris Kelly and Vaclav Varada combined for eight points Monday in the Senators' 6-1 rout of Minnesota. Eaves, playing his first NHL game in his home state, recorded the first multipoint game of his career...

Afinogenov powers Sabres past Oilers (AP)
Tim Connolly was so happy with his goal, he was quite excited to go watch it on replay. Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and assist in the third period to lead the Buffalo Sabres past the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Monday night. Connolly added a power-play goal, and Derek Roy also scored for Buffalo, which has won two straight games but remains four points behind first-place Ottawa in the Northeast...

Canucks hand Pens seventh straight loss (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks may have taught Sidney Crosby another valuable lesson during his never-dull rookie season: Goal scorers should be goal scorers and not try to be enforcers. Todd Bertuzzi's fourth goal in two games gave Vancouver a two-goal lead, and Henrik Sedin sealed it with a power-play score in the third period as the Canucks beat Pittsburgh 4-2 Monday night, the Penguins' seventh...

Bruins beat Ducks on Bergeron's OT goal (AP)
Marco Sturm and Patrice Bergeron look like they have been playing together for years. Amazingly, it's only been 19 games. Bergeron scored the game-winning goal and assisted on Sturm's two goals to lead the Boston Bruins past the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-3 in overtime Monday. Bergeron completed a 2-on-1 by taking a pass from a streaking Marco Sturm and firing a slap shop past Anaheim goaltender Ilya...

Sharks top Tampa to escape last place (AP)
While the San Jose Sharks were fighting jet-lag, the Tampa Bay Lightning were rested and well-practiced -- yet the Sharks still had all the energy in their meeting. Naturally, Sharks coach Ron Wilson was pleased, and Lightning coach John Tortorella was furious. Kyle McLaren, rookie Milan Michalek and Nils Ekman scored in the Sharks' sixth victory in seven games, 3-1 Monday night over the sluggish...

Esche, Pitkanen recovering for Flyers (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers are getting some players healthy after overcoming numerous injuries and enduring an 11-game road trip. Goaltender Robert Esche and defenseman Joni Pitkanen moved closer to returning to the lineup after practicing with the team on Monday. Both players have been out since December.

Nash lifts Blue Jackets past Rangers 4-3 (AP)
Upcoming opponents might want to start taking the once hapless and now improved Columbus Blue Jackets more seriously. Rick Nash's breakaway goal late in the third period lifted the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday night. "It was a great pass by (Nikolai) Zherdev," said Nash, who has nine goals and seven assists in a season-high, nine-game point streak.

Offseason caps: Mears, Ky. Busch, Earnhardt Jr.
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '06 Cup field as the season-opening Daytona 500 approaches.

Martin preparing for final season in Nextel Cup (AP)
Mark Martin is preparing for his final Daytona 500 -- again.

France's Luc Alphand wins Dakar Rally, final stage not timed (AP)
French driver Luc Alphand won the Dakar Rally on Sunday after finishing the final non-timed leg of the race in Senegal. Alphand led heading into the final stage, which race organizers said would not be timed to honor two boys killed during the race. Alphand, a former ski champion, was clocked at 53 hours, 47 minutes, 32 seconds at the end of Saturday's penultimate stage.

Stewart hospitalized after flipping Midget car (SportsTicker)
TULSA, Oklahoma (Ticker) - Reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart was hospitalized after flipping his car Friday night in qualifying for the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Raceway.

NASCAR champ Stewart injures arm after flipping midget car (AP)
Reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart injured his right arm after he flipped his car during a qualifying race for the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

Dakar Rally support truck kills 12-year-old boy (AP)
For the second day in a row, a boy died after being hit by a vehicle involved in the Dakar Rally. A support truck hit and killed a 12-year-old boy Saturday, said organizers of the cross-continental road race -- which ends Sunday. The truck struck the boy during the 14th stage on a road reserved for support vehicles.

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...

Stewart sticking with the Colts (AP)
INDIANAPOLIS – In a Super Bowl showdown, Tony Stewart's NFL allegiance would lie with the Indianapolis...

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

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