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NEWS FROM 2006-01-22
Andy Roddick Ousted at Australian Open (AP)
AP - Andy Roddick tumbled out of the Australian Open on Sunday, losing 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to unseeded Marcos Baghdatis in the fourth round.
James Goes for 51 Points as Cavs Rout Jazz (AP)
AP - LeBron James' sore right knee didn't throw off his shot much. James scored 51 Saturday night, becoming the youngest player in NBA history with 5,000 points in his career, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Utah Jazz 108-90 Saturday night to snap a six-game losing streak.
Unbeatens Duke, Pitt, Florida Go Down (AP)
AP - The road took a toll on college basketball's last three unbeaten teams Saturday. No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Florida and No. 9 Pittsburgh all lost for the first time this season, going down to unranked opponents inspired by their home crowds.
New No. 1? Connecticut Tops Louisville (AP)
AP - Marcus Williams wasn't about to let Connecticut's chance to grab the nation's top ranking slip away. Williams scored 15 points and Rudy Gay added 12 as No. 3 Connecticut pulled away late in a 71-58 victory over No. 17 Louisville. Following losses earlier in the day by No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Florida, the Huskies could ascend to the top spot when the new rankings come out on Monday.
Pacquiao Beats Down Morales, Wins Showdown (AP)
AP - Manny Pacquiao vowed there would be no excuses this time. It turned out he didn't need any. Throwing punches at every angle, Pacquiao avenged his defeat 10 months ago and handed Erik Morales the worst beating of his career before finally stopping him in the 10th round Saturday night of their 130-pound showdown.
Packers Name Sanders Defensive Coordinator (AP)
AP - Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy filled out the last key position on his staff Saturday, promoting defensive ends coach Bob Sanders to defensive coordinator.
James hits 5,000 in silencing Jazz (Reuters)
Reuters - LeBron James became the youngest
player in NBA history to score 5,000 career points on Saturday,
pouring in 51 in the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-90 win over the
Mets Send Benson to O's for Julio, Maine (AP)
AP - The Baltimore Orioles added much-needed experience to their starting rotation Saturday, acquiring right-hander Kris Benson from the New York Mets for right-handers Jorge Julio and John Maine.
U.S. Under-20 Women's Soccer Team Wins (AP)
AP - Amy Rodriguez, Alexandra Long, Amanda Poach and Kelley O'Hara scored goals to help the U.S. Under-20 women's soccer team beat Suriname 4-0 on Saturday in the CONCACAF pre-world tournament.
Disputed Goal Helps Flames Top Sabres 4-1 (AP)
AP - Robyn Regehr wasn't exactly sure how he got the puck into the Buffalo net. And he didn't really care. Regehr's disputed second-period goal helped the Calgary Flames beat the Sabres 4-1 on Saturday night.
Carolina's little big man
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Being the NFL's most unstoppable offensive force is just a part of who Steve Smith really is.
Locklear faces Peppers in key matchup (AP)
Sean Locklear spent the first two nights of the week locked in jail. Now the starting right tackle for the Seahawks has to devise ways to contain Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers. Locklear said he knows Peppers will be ready on Sunday, despite missing two days of practice this week with an injured shoulder.
NFC: Road warriors vs. unbeaten hosts (AP)
The road to the Super Bowl never leads through Carolina. Instead, it leads the Panthers all over the map. Two years ago, they went to St. Louis and Philadelphia in the playoffs, won both times and made their first NFL championship game appearance. This winter, the stops have been in the Northeast (23-0 over the Giants), the Midwest (29-21 over the Bears) and, now, the Pacific Northwest, where the...
Home not so sweet in AFC title games (AP)
Home-field advantage. From the time training camp begins, the good teams talk about it, play for it, stress over it. They say they'll do anything to have it when this week -- the week when trips to the Super Bowl are won and lost -- finally comes around. Funny thing is, home-field advantage in the AFC doesn't give a team anything better than a coin flip's chance of winning the conference...
Big Ben playing like championship QB (AP)
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning's arm-waving, finger-pointing and nonstop gesturing at the line of scrimmage seemed especially frantic against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and for good reason. After all, what quarterback could possibly be prepared for the sight of a 5-foot-11 defensive back, especially one whose chaotic yet passionate play and free-flowing hair have earned him the nickname of the...
Mularkey may take over Dolphins' offense (AP)
Former Buffalo Bills coach Mike Mularkey has been offered the job as offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, a person close to the discussions said Saturday. Mularkey met with Dolphins coach Nick Saban, then flew home to Buffalo on Saturday to decide whether to accept the job, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not confirmed the...
Panthers thrive in hostile environments (AP)
Forget about the comforts of home, the Carolina Panthers prefer to take their show on the road. From the hostile crowd to the overconfident home team to the feeling that an entire city is against them, the Panthers say "Bring it on." "There is something our team likes about coming out of the tunnel and getting booed," coach John Fox said Friday.
Packers promote Sanders to run defense (AP)
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy filled out the last key position on his staff Saturday, promoting defensive ends coach Bob Sanders to defensive coordinator. Sanders will replace Jim Bates, who announced last week he wouldn't return to the team after he was passed over for the head coaching job.
Seahawks WRs Jackson, Engram practice (AP)
Seattle wide receivers Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram both will play in Sunday's NFC championship game against Carolina -- despite still being listed as questionable. The Seahawks' top two receivers both practiced Friday for the first time this week. Jackson, who had surgery Oct. 12 on his right knee, has had only one full week of practice in the last 11 weeks.
Rams' Linehan similar to old coach Martz (AP)
In many ways, the St. Louis Rams' new coach is very similar to the one they just fired. Scott Linehan is a sharp offensive tactician who will call his own plays -- just as Mike Martz used to do. "It's like giving up a dog or something," Linehan, the former Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator, said Friday at a news conference to introduce him as Martz's successor.
Lower East side
NEW YORK – With young talent but too many overpaid veterans, the Knicks won't be moving up anytime soon.
LeBron ignores sore knee, has 51 in win (AP)
LeBron James' sore right knee didn't throw off his shot much. James scored 51 Saturday night, becoming the youngest player in NBA history with 5,000 points in his career, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Utah Jazz 108-90 Saturday night to snap a six-game losing streak. The Cavaliers avoided going winless on a six-game road trip and were assured that James, who had X-rays on his knee earlier...
LeBron's mom arrested on DWI charge (AP)
LeBron James' mother was arrested for driving while intoxicated, disorderly conduct and other charges. Gloria James was pulled over Friday night by two off-duty officers, who were working security for the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, said Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards. "I don't have all the info of what's going on," LeBron James said Saturday night before the Cleveland Cavaliers played the...
Rookie Paul powers Hornets by Knicks (AP)
New Orleans rookie Chris Paul has always enjoyed playing in New York. Paul had 27 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds to lead the Hornets over the Knicks 109-98 on Saturday night. "This is the Mecca of basketball, New York City," Paul said. "You can't hope to play well at a better place than this." Paul, who recorded his 12th double-double of the season and leads NBA rookies in points and assists,...
Redd keeps Bucks perfect against Bobcats (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks re-signed Michael Redd because he is one of the NBA's best shooters, and he earned his money Saturday night. Redd scored 23 of his 35 points in the second half as the Bucks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-91. Milwaukee won for the second time in two nights and improved to 6-0 against Charlotte.
Francis keys Magic's OT win over Kings (AP)
Even though he was only 4-for-20 from the field, Steve Francis made the shots that counted. Francis had 18 points and nine rebounds, and made four free throws in overtime to give the Orlando Magic an 83-78 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. The All-Star guard also made the basket that forced overtime on a layup with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Fan wants apology, Davis and wife say no (AP)
The fan accused of harassing the wife of New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis will drop threats of a lawsuit if the couple says it's sorry, the man's attorney said Friday. No way, the Davises said. "I'm not apologizing to anybody for anything," Antonio Davis said on a conference call. "I don't think that my wife did anything wrong, I don't think that I did anything wrong." Kendra Davis said in an...
Carter, Vaughn power Nets in rout (AP)
Though only January, the New Jersey Nets are already getting into a playoff state of mind. A night after falling behind early and then falling short late at Boston, the Nets dominated the Celtics from the opening tip in the rematch and ran away to a 103-83 win Saturday night, their 13th in the last 17 games.
Bulls bench keys win over Pacers 101-89 (AP)
Chicago's bench was too much for the Indiana Pacers. Reserve Andres Nocioni scored 20 points to lead a strong effort from the reserves, and the Bulls beat the Pacers 101-89 Saturday night. The Pacers are hyping Fred Jones as a candidate for the sixth man award, and Austin Croshere and Sarunas Jasikevicius are two of the most accurate long-range shooters in the league.
Parker's 38 points lift Spurs by Heat (AP)
San Antonio's 15-point lead was gone, Shaquille O'Neal was flexing a bit at midcourt and the Miami Heat thought they were on the cusp of a breakthrough win. Tony Parker and the Spurs simply wouldn't allow it to happen. Parker scored a career-high 38 points, including a game-clinching jumper with 38 seconds left as the Spurs rallied to beat the struggling Heat 101-94 on Friday night.
Without a change atop the rankings, Yahoo! Sports' Matt Romig weighs in on the goal-of-the-year race.
Devils top Isles in SO, win 9th straight (AP)
The New Jersey Devils have yet to lose in 2006. Zach Parise scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give the Devils a 3-2 victory Saturday over the New York Islanders, extending their winning streak to nine. New Jersey last lost on New Year's Eve. "It's so much fun in the locker room," Parise said.
Hasek, Sens shut out Maple Leafs 7-0 (AP)
The Senators' explosive offense caused another pizza party. Dominik Hasek's latest goaltending milestone would've been reason enough to celebrate. Hasek earned his 67th career shutout, and Ottawa's Pizza Line combined for nine points during a 7-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night in the Senators' 1,000th regular-season game.
Caps end 'Canes nine-game winning streak (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes got plenty of power-play chances against the NHL's worst penalty-killing team, rallied late with two quick goals, and kept Alexander Ovechkin in check for most of the game. Yet it wasn't nearly enough -- even against an ailing Olie Kolzig. Kolzig made 31 saves despite throwing up between periods, Matt Pettinger and Brooks Laich both had a goal and an assist, and the...
Canucks' record first period routs Habs (AP)
It took the Vancouver Canucks less than 14 minutes to score six goals against the Montreal Canadiens. The game was really over much sooner than that. Brendan Morrison scored 57 seconds in and Alexandre Burrows added another goal less than a minute later as the Canucks netted a team-record tying six goals in the first period en route to a 6-2 win over Montreal on Saturday night.
Esche returns, leads Flyers by Pens 2-1 (AP)
Robert Esche put a groin strain behind him in a hurry Saturday. Playing his first game in more than a month, the U.S. Olympic goalie made 32 saves to help the Philadelphia Flyers snap a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. "My style is I'm not a guy who needs a whole lot of games," Esche said.
Giguere leads Ducks past Panthers 1-0 (AP)
It was a night of nice round numbers for Jean-Sebastien Giguere -- zero goals against, 30 saves and 20 career shutouts. Chris Kunitz scored just 29 seconds after the opening faceoff and Giguere made it stand up the rest of the way, leading the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a 1-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.
Red Wings kill two 5-on-3s, beat Avs 4-3 (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings made the most of their 5-on-3 skates Saturday. Robert Lang broke a tie during a two-man advantage late in the second period and the Red Wings killed a pair of two-man disadvantages in their 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. "Special teams were huge for both sides tonight," Detroit defenseman Mathieu Schneider said.
Lightning's Grahame blanks Thrashers 2-0 (AP)
Once again, John Grahame and the Tampa Bay Lightning made the high-scoring Atlanta Thrashers look downright feeble. Grahame shut out the Thrashers for the second time this season, turning aside 20 shots in a 2-0 victory Saturday night that lifted the Lightning back into second place in the Southeast Division.
Disputed goal sparks Flames to win (AP)
Robyn Regehr wasn't exactly sure how he got the puck into the Buffalo net. And he didn't really care. Regehr's disputed second-period goal helped the Calgary Flames beat the Sabres 4-1 on Saturday night. Calgary was on a two-man power play when Daymond Langkow's shot hit Regehr's skate in front and caromed in.
Trading Paint: Racing potpourri
Will Petty improve? Can Kerry Earnhardt drive? Will the Car of Tomorrow work? Jerry and the readers chime in.
Report: NASCAR to switch to unleaded fuel in 2008 (AP)
NASCAR will begin using unleaded fuel in its cars and trucks beginning in 2008, The New York Times reported Friday.
Earnhardt Jr. ready for radio (AP)
CHARLOTTE – NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be branching out this year, adding a weekly show on XM...
Attorney: NC family reaches settlement with Ford over limo deaths (AP)
A family has settled its lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. stemming from a rear-end collision where a limousine erupted into flames, killing the wife of a former NASCAR crew chief and her two sisters, lawyers for both sides said Wednesday.
Kyle Busch leads the way in Daytona test (AP)
Kyle Busch turned in the fastest lap Wednesday as most of the teams on hand for the final day of preseason testing at Daytona International Speedway got a feel for the draft on the high-banked oval.
Champion Martin heads 13-man IROC field (AP)
Five-time and defending champion Mark Martin heads a 13-man field for the 2006 Crown Royal International Race of Champions Series. Martin will be joined in the four-race invitational series by reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart, former champion Matt Kenseth and budding star Carl Edwards, who finished third last year in his first full Cup season.
Attorney: N.C. family, Ford settle over limo deaths (AP)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A Mocksville family has settled a lawsuit filed after a Ford Motor Co.
Jarrett eyeing renewed success at Daytona (AP)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Former NASCAR champion Dale Jarrett has a new crew chief, a new car and a whole lot...
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.