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NEWS FROM 2006-01-24
Duke Beats Tennessee With Depth, Defense (AP)
AP - Pat Summitt was in unfamiliar territory. Rarely has she seen Tennessee so thoroughly outplayed, so thoroughly beaten.
Nalbandian Advances at Australian Open (AP)
AP - David Nalbandian advanced to the Australian Open semifinals for the first time, overwhelming veteran Frenchman Fabrice Santoro 7-5, 6-0, 6-0 on Tuesday.
New Reds Owner Fires General Manager (AP)
AP - General manager Dan O'Brien was fired Monday by new Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini, his first major change since he took control of the team.
AP NewsBreak: Nardiello Ruling Overturned (AP)
AP - Tim Nardiello was reinstated as the U.S. skeleton coach Monday night, hours after an arbitrator found no evidence to support claims that he sexually harassed two team members. Still up in the air: whether U.S. Olympic officials will allow him to coach at the Turin Games next month.
Jauron: 'Back Is Against the Wall to Win' (AP)
AP - Dick Jauron didn't need to attend Yale to learn what it'll take to make his second stint as an NFL head coach more successful than his first.
Seahawks Settling Super Game Plan Early (AP)
AP - The day after the Seahawks earned their first trip to the Super Bowl, it seemed as if all Seattle and the surrounding area was recovering from a Puget Sound-sized hangover.
McGrady Scores 41 As Rockets Top Bucks (AP)
AP - Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy has no idea why Tracy McGrady is so tough on the road.
Bonds Pulls Out of World Baseball Classic (AP)
AP - Barry Bonds pulled out of the World Baseball Classic on Monday, saying he didn't want to risk an injury that could jeopardize what might be his final season with the San Francisco Giants.
U.S. Under-20 Team Beats El Salvador (AP)
AP - Lauren Cheney and Jessica Rodstedt scored two goals apiece to lead the U.S. Under-20 women's soccer team over El Salvador 5-0 Monday to advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF pre-world tournament.
Iginla Scores Twice As Flames Prevail (AP)
AP - Upset about being hauled down on a first-period breakaway, Jarome Iginla took out his frustrations on the Edmonton Oilers. Iginla scored twice and Miikka Kiprusoff made 30 saves to help the Calgary Flames beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Monday night.
Mr. Smith goes … nowhere
SEATTLE – The Seahawks' defense accomplished the near-impossible mission of containing Steve Smith.
Steelers, Seahawks match up evenly (AP)
Before his Seahawks took apart Carolina, Seattle coach Mike Holmgren sat down to watch the other team that's Super Bowl bound. "They're awfully good," Holmgren said of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who soundly beat Denver on Sunday. By the looks of things, Holmgren wasn't kidding. For now, though, he had said enough.
Dungy returning to coach Colts (AP)
Tony Dungy needed one week to decide he still wants to be an NFL coach. Now it's back to pursuing that elusive Super Bowl run. The Indianapolis Colts said Monday that Dungy would return as their coach next season, ending speculation he might retire following the death of his 18-year-old son, James, last month.
Dick Jauron hired as Bills coach (AP)
Dick Jauron didn't need to attend Yale to learn what it'll take to make his second stint as an NFL head coach more successful than his first. "In our business, it comes out in wins and losses. And if you win, it was a great decision. And if you don't win, it was not a great decision," Jauron said Monday after being hired by the Buffalo Bills.
King-of-the-road Steelers are favorites (AP)
Uh, oh, those king-of-the-road Pittsburgh Steelers aren't going to like this, not at all. They are four-point favorites to beat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 in Detroit after being underdogs against Indianapolis and Denver in their last two playoff games. That means the Steelers can no longer recite that nobody's-picking-us theme that has carried them through seven consecutive...
Seahawks settle plan before Super Bowl (AP)
The day after the Seahawks earned their first trip to the Super Bowl, it seemed as if all Seattle and the surrounding area was recovering from a Puget Sound-sized hangover. Even the team was feeling groggy. "Talking with some of them today, they were still in the stage of, 'Pinch me. Did it really happen?'," Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said of his players Monday.
Gibbs turns over offense to Al Saunders (AP)
Joe Gibbs is turning over the reins of the Washington Redskins offense, a significant role change for a Hall of Fame coach who found himself trying to handle too many jobs. Al Saunders was formally introduced Monday and given the title of "associate head coach-offense." The former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator will call the plays and essentially replace Gibbs as the offense's chief...
Texans to name Broncos' Kubiak new coach (AP)
Even if they don't pick hometown favorite Vince Young in the draft, the Houston Texans will have a native son leading the team. Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who grew up in Houston, will be hired as coach of the Texans, team owner Bob McNair said Sunday. McNair said the hiring won't be completed until later in the week.
Two wins short, change ahead for Denver (AP)
Tom Nalen sat in his locker and talked about a good season that fell a little short. He has no idea if he'll be back to help his team take the next step. Still a bit shocked from the day before, the Denver Broncos called it a season Monday, emptying the contents of their lockers into pewter trash bags and leaving the facility -- some of them for the final time.
No Super Bowl, but Panthers vindicated (AP)
Though it's small consolation right now, the Carolina Panthers know there's something to be gained from their season-ending loss in the NFC championship game. Their run to the Super Bowl two years ago was no fluke, and by making it to the conference championship game twice in three seasons, the Panthers proved they headed toward their goal of becoming perennial contenders.
M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!
With a history-making 81-point effort, Kobe Bryant wrapped up the NBA's Most Valuable Player award.
Kobe's 81 second to only Wilt (AP)
Wilt Chamberlain's record 100-point game seemed unreachable from the time he accomplished the feat nearly 44 years ago. Perhaps it's not. Maybe Kobe Bryant can do it. "I guess it's possible. I don't know, bro'. It's unthinkable," the Los Angeles Lakers' star said. So was 81. At least before Sunday night. But Bryant, so often unstoppable, was better than ever against the Toronto Raptors, scoring 28 of his...
McGrady's 41 powers Rockets by Bucks (AP)
Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy has no idea why Tracy McGrady is so tough on the road. McGrady scored 41 points, including 14 straight in the fourth quarter, to lead the Rockets to a 97-80 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. He is averaging 30.7 points in 18 road games -- including 38.0 in the last seven -- and 19.1 points in nine at home.
Anthony's 37 gets Nuggets by Raptors (AP)
Eighty-one points it was not. Carmelo Anthony's 37 were enough to lead the Denver Nuggets to their sixth straight win, 107-101 over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. The Raptors were still smarting a day after surrendering Kobe Bryant's 81 points in their 122-104 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. But after watching the film in the morning, Toronto put its embarrassment behind and gave the Nuggets a...
Kirilenko outduels Kidd as Jazz top Nets (AP)
Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points and 13 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz overcome Jason Kidd's triple-double and beat the New Jersey Nets 89-78 on Monday night. Kidd posted his league-leading third triple-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. It was the 70th of his career. However, Kidd missed 12 of his 15 field goal attempts.
Bulls fan won't sue Knicks' Davis, wife (AP)
No more harsh words, and no lawsuits. The beef at the Bulls game was a big misunderstanding, and in the end, everyone agreed to move on. Michael Axelrod, the Chicago fan who quarreled with the wife of Knicks forward Antonio Davis at the United Center last week, issued a joint statement with the Davises on Monday, saying the episode "evolved from some misunderstandings." Axelrod said he wouldn't...
Lue keys rally as Hawks top Pacers (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks found themselves in a familiar position early in the third quarter. Then came the unusual part -- the Hawks didn't fold. In fact, they won the game. Joe Johnson scored 28 points, Tyronn Lue provided an unlikely spark off the bench and the Hawks rallied in the second half for a 104-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
Davis dominates, Celtics beat Hornets (AP)
After the Celtics had a sluggish first half, Ricky Davis decided to take over. Davis scored 17 of his 32 points in the third quarter to help Boston beat the New Orleans Hornets 91-78 on Monday night. "We said at halftime we're going to pick it up in the second half, and that's what we did," Boston forward Paul Pierce said.
Suns' Marion says he'll play in Olympics (AP)
Phoenix Suns All-Star Shawn Marion says he will be part of the U.S. team being put together for this year's world championships and the 2008 Olympics. Marion said Monday that he has been told by the head of USA Basketball, Jerry Colangelo, that he will be among those selected to the team. "It's challenging, man, it's an honor and a privilege, always," the forward told KTVK-TV in Phoenix before the...
Lawyer: drop charges on 3 former Bucks (AP)
Gary Payton, Sam Cassell and Jason Caffey are trying to get assault charges dropped because the case is taking too long. The three players are accused of beating up an exotic dancer's husband outside a downtown Toronto strip club in April 2003. "It's been three years since they have been charged and the Supreme Court has said a reasonable amount of time (to go to trial) is eight to ten months,"...
Without a change atop the rankings, Yahoo! Sports' Matt Romig weighs in on the goal-of-the-year race.
Predators top Wings in makeup game (AP)
The Nashville Predators started and finished with a one-goal lead. In a game suspended two months ago when Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench with cardiac arrest, Scott Hartnell scored in the second period and the Predators held on to beat Detroit 3-2 on Monday night. Although the teams played a full 60-minute game Monday, Nashville opened play with a 1-0 advantage on Greg...
Sens beat Leafs for 6th time this season (AP)
Daniel Alfredsson, Dominik Hasek and the rest of the Ottawa Senators are highly motivated whenever they step on the ice against their provincial rivals. Alfredsson scored his 30th goal and Hasek made 23 saves to lead Ottawa to a 4-3 victory over Toronto on Monday night, the Senators' second home win over the Maple Leafs in three nights.
Pens lose 10th straight, 4-2 to Flyers (AP)
Peter Forsberg tried to downplay his return to the lineup. The Pittsburgh Penguins had a much different feeling. Forsberg won a faceoff that led to Mike Knuble's go-ahead goal with 2:05 left and Antero Niittymaki stopped 24 shots to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday night, the Penguins' 10th straight loss.
Stars' defense shuts down Coyotes 4-1 (AP)
Sergei Zubov scored the first of Dallas' four straight goals and Marty Turco made 17 saves to help Dallas end a season-worst, three-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night. Turco gave up a soft first-period goal to Dave Scatchard before settling down with the help of a tight defensive effort by his teammates.
Iginla, Kiprusoff lead Flames by Oilers (AP)
Jarome Iginla scored twice and Miikka Kiprusoff made 30 saves as the Calgary Flames beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Monday night. Kristian Huselius also scored and added an assist for Calgary (29-14-5), which has won four straight games to start a five-game road trip. The Flames moved two points ahead of Vancouver for first place in the Northwest Division.
Hurricanes beat struggling Canadiens 7-3 (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes are apparently so accustomed to winning these days that even one loss is enough to get their attention. Eric Staal and Justin Williams each had a goal and two assists to help the Hurricanes beat the Montreal Canadiens 7-3 on Monday night, giving them their eighth straight home victory and a strong bounceback effort after a loss at Washington.
Sanford's shutout ends Blues' slide at 9 (AP)
At least the St. Louis Blues have somebody's number. Curtis Sanford stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season and Mike Sillinger scored for the fifth straight game, helping the Blues end a nine-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night. Vladimir Orsagh, Christian Backman and Petr Cajanek also scored for the Blues, whose last victory also came over...
Bruins snap Caps' four-game win streak (AP)
Wayne Primeau had his best offensive night for Boston and the Bruins found a way to shut down high-scoring Washington rookie Alexander Ovechkin. Primeau scored twice and Boston beat Washington 3-2 on Monday night, snapping the Capitals' season-high, four-game winning streak. "It feels good, but at the same time it feels better to get the win and get the two points," Primeau said.
Dallas to host NHL All-Star game in 2007 (AP)
There were only two sheets of ice for hockey in the Dallas area when the NHL first came to town nearly 13 years ago. Few people knew anything about the game. The Dallas Stars changed all that with a winning team and a Stanley Cup title. Recognizing the change and fulfilling a promise made to Stars officials long ago, the NHL said Monday that Dallas will host the 2007 All-Star game, the league's...
Car of Tomorrow speeds up
For the future of NASCAR's stock cars, tomorrow is almost here.
Toyota to enter Nextel Cup and Busch in 2007 (AP)
Toyota is planning to move up to NASCAR's top two stock car series and not everybody is happy about it.
NASCAR Car of Tomorrow to be phased into competition (AP)
NASCAR's developmental Car of Tomorrow will race for the first time in 2007 and is scheduled to be phased into the entire Nextel Cup Series by 2009.
Pyne becomes president of IMG (AP)
NEW YORK – Former NASCAR official George Pyne is the new president of IMG's sports and entertainment...
Toyota to join NASCAR Nextel Cup Series in 2007 (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Open-wheel star Tracy gets Busch ride (AP)
Open-wheel star Paul Tracy will drive at least five races in NASCAR's Busch Series this year and plans to make his debut in the season-opening event next month at Daytona International Speedway.
Schrader wins for 16th time in Phoenix (AP)
Nextel Cup driver Ken Schrader raced to his record 16th title at Phoenix International Raceway and fourth West Series victory on the track Sunday, winning the feature race in the Copper World Classic.
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...