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Isiah Thomas Sued for Sexual Harassment (AP)
Isiah Thomas, New York Knicks team president, is shown during a news conference Oct. 4, 2005, in Charleston, S.C. Thomas is accused of sexual harassment and discrimination by one of the team's former front-office employees in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, in federal court in Manhattan.  (AP Photo/Stephen Morton, File)AP - New York Knicks team president Isiah Thomas is accused of sexual harassment and discrimination by one of the team's former front-office employees in a federal lawsuit.


Clijsters Ousts Hingis at Australian Open (AP)
Martina Hingis of Switzerland, right,  leaves the center court  after her quarterfinals match against Kim Clijsters of Belgium, seated left,  at the Australian Open Tennis Tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006. Clijsters won the match 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)AP - Kim Clijsters ended Martina Hingis' impressive run in her Grand Slam comeback with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win Wednesday in the Australian Open quarterfinals.


Artest Trade to Kings Is Off for Now (AP)
Indiana Pacers' Ron Artest dunks against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter of a preseason game in Indianapolis, in this Oct. 28, 2005 file photo. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)AP - The Ron Artest trade to Sacramento is off — for now.


Penguins' Lemieux Bids NHL Adieu - Again (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins hockey great Mario Lemieux , left, leaves a news conference in Pittsburgh with his daughter Alexa, 8, after a news conference in Pittsburgh where he announced his retirement as a player on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006. Lemieux finishes his career with 690 goals and 1,033 assists for 1,723 points in 915 games over 17 seasons, all with the Penguins. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)AP - Unlike many aging superstars, Mario Lemieux's problem wasn't that his heart was no longer in the game. Rather, his heart no longer allowed him play the game the way he had always played it.


Pacers Lose O'Neal to Injury in Loss (AP)
Indiana Pacers' Jermaine O'Neal (7) is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers' Zydrunas Ilgauskas, of Lithuania during third quarter NBA basketball action Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 96-66. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)AP - The Indiana Pacers may have bigger problems than just finding a new team for Ron Artest.


Vikings' Culpepper, Agent Part Ways (AP)
AP - Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper has decided to end his relationship with longtime agent Mason Ashe.

NBA Today (AP)
AP - Dallas at Golden State (10:30 p.m. EST). The Mavericks have won five straight and eight of 10, while the slumping Warriors have lost seven of 10.

Phillies May Make Madson a Starter (AP)
AP - The next addition to the Philadelphia Phillies' starting rotation probably won't be the front-line starter they have sought all offseason.

Chivas Guadalajara Beats Colo Colo 3-1 (AP)
Mexico's Chivas de Guadalajara soccer team player Omar Bravo celebrates his goal against Chile's Colo Colo's during their first round of Copa Libertadores in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, played at Monumental stadium. (AP Photo/Roberto Candia)AP - Omar Bravo scored two goals Tuesday to lead Chivas Guadalajara of Mexico to a 3-1 upset of Chile's Colo Colo on the opening day of the Copa Libertadores preliminary round.


Hockey Today (AP)
AP - Washington at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. EST). The Penguins look to snap a 10-game losing streak without Mario Lemieux, who retired Tuesday.

Weathering the storm
SEATTLE – Before Matt Hasselbeck shined in Seattle, he endured some dark days as the Seahawks' QB.

Holmgren preparing early for Super Bowl (AP)
To Matt Hasselbeck, the best thing about Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren right now is not his game planning. It's not how he handles his players or assembles a staff. For the Seattle quarterback, the most impressive thing about Holmgren is that he's been to the Super Bowl. And now he's going back with a third franchise.

Steelers to wear road whites in Detroit (AP)
To coach Bill Cowher, the Pittsburgh Steelers simply look right in white. The Steelers will buck years of tradition and wear their white away uniforms in the Super Bowl against Seattle, even though they are designated by the NFL as the home team and could wear their more imposing black jersey tops. The black jerseys and gold pants are the Steelers' traditional look, and numerous sports teams have...

Rams name Haslett defensive coordinator (AP)
Former Saints coach Jim Haslett was hired as Rams defensive coordinator Tuesday. Greg Olson was hired as offensive coordinator. He spent the last two seasons with Detroit, first as quarterbacks coach, then as co-offensive coordinator. Both will work under Scott Linehan, hired last week as head coach. "I was lucky to be able to get these guys," Linehan said in a conference call.

No new black NFL coaches this offseason (AP)
This month, for the first time, an NFL team traded for a black head coach. Otherwise, the annual round of hirings has been a disappointment to those who have worked to bring more diversity to the league's coaching ranks. Nine out of 10 openings have been filled, with no net gain in the current tally of six black head coaches.

Vikings' Culpepper, agent part ways (AP)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper has decided to end his relationship with longtime agent Mason Ashe. Ashe confirmed the breakup Tuesday night, which had been rumored for days. "We have mutually decided to part ways," the agent said in a brief phone interview. "It was always a privilege to represent such a spectacular athlete." The normally gregarious Culpepper, recovering from major...

Dolphins hire Capers as assistant (AP)
Dom Capers joined the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday, giving Nick Saban two new assistants with NFL head coaching experience. Capers, hired as special assistant to Saban, coached the Houston Texans for their first four seasons before being fired the day after they finished the 2005 season 2-14. He also coached the Carolina Panthers in their first four seasons, from 1995-98.

Seahawks can't buck underdog status (AP)
Shaun Alexander was relaxing in front of his television when a face from the Seahawks' middling past appeared on the screen: Tim Brown, now retired after 16 seasons with the Raiders. From 1988 to 2002, Brown and the Raiders owned Seattle, winning 17 of 29 games when the Seahawks were still in the AFC West.

Falcons hire Musgrave as Vick's tutor (AP)
Michael Vick has a new position coach after the Falcons hired Bill Musgrave to tutor the quarterbacks. Falcons coach Jim Mora wrote, "Hired Musgrave!" in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Tuesday. He offered Musgrave the job as quarterbacks coach after an interview at team headquarters in Flowery Branch.

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.

Delay of game
Another failed deal leaves the Pacers with dwindling options in their efforts to trade Ron Artest.

Artest-to-Kings deal off, for now (AP)
Ron Artest and the Indiana Pacers had all but broken their unhappy union at long last. Then, before either could breathe a sigh of relief, there they were -- still together. The saga of the player and team that no longer want each other took a predictably unpredictable turn Tuesday, when a reportedly "imminent" trade that would have sent the volatile forward to the Sacramento Kings for sharpshooter...

Former Knicks exec suing Isiah Thomas (AP)
New York Knicks team president Isiah Thomas is accused of sexual harassment and discrimination by one of the team's former front-office employees in a federal lawsuit. Anucha Browne Sanders claims Thomas made unwanted sexual advances toward her and refused to stop, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan.

Saunders wins big in return to Minnesota (AP)
Coach Flip Saunders and his staff were so excited, Rasheed Wallace joked, that they could've donned Detroit's red road uniforms and played themselves. Just another game? The Pistons acknowledged it wasn't. Chauncey Billups beat his old team by five points in the third quarter, sparking the streaking Pistons past the Timberwolves 107-83 on Tuesday night -- and giving Saunders a satisfying return to...

Pacers routed by Cavs 96-66, O'Neal hurt (AP)
The Indiana Pacers may have bigger problems than just finding a new team for Ron Artest. With a proposed trade sending Artest to Sacramento apparently on hold, the Pacers scored just 28 points in the second half, lost Jermaine O'Neal to another injury and were drubbed 96-66 by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

No Peja, no win for Kings against 76ers (AP)
The Sacramento Kings could've used either Ron Artest or Peja Stojakovic against Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers. Iverson scored 41 points and Chris Webber had 17 points and 13 rebounds, leading Philadelphia to a 109-103 victory over undermanned Sacramento on Tuesday night. The Kings were without Stojakovic because he stayed back at the hotel after the team reportedly agreed to send him to...

Udrih, Spurs rout Bobcats 104-76 (AP)
Beno Udrih made the most of some rare extended playing time. Udrih had season highs of 17 points and eight assists, and Tim Duncan had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 104-76 victory over the injury-plagued Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night. Averaging just 2.4 points and 5.7 minutes in 24 games coming in, Udrih played just over 24 minutes as the Spurs' starters sat...

Wade, Heat down Grizzlies 94-82 (AP)
Bobby Jackson kept looking over his left shoulder as he strode toward the basket for what could have been an easy lay-up. He never saw Dwyane Wade coming from the right. Wade swooped over Jackson to block the shot late in the third quarter, part of his big second-half effort that helped carry the Miami Heat to a 94-82 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.

Turkoglu leads Magic past Suns 111-102 (AP)
All of a sudden, the Orlando Magic are unbeatable at home. Orlando limited Phoenix, the NBA's highest-scoring team, to just two points in the final 4:48 of the game, allowing the Magic to pull away to a 111-102 victory. It was the seventh straight home victory for Orlando, which started the season just 5-9 on its own court.

Nuggets C Camby cleared to play (AP)
Nuggets center Marcus Camby was cleared Tuesday to play after missing 14 games with a broken finger. Camby's status was day-to-day, and the Nuggets will decide at game time Wednesday whether he will play when the Nuggets face the Trail Blazers in Portland. Coach George Karl has said he expected Camby to play about 25 minutes a game once he returned.

Power rankings
Without a change atop the rankings, Yahoo! Sports' Matt Romig weighs in on the goal-of-the-year race.

Penguins' Lemieux retires a second time (AP)
Mario Lemieux made a career out of comebacks -- from cancer and a heart problem, agonizing back pain, a rare bone infection, a self-imposed one-season layoff and, five years ago, from the boredom of retirement. Finally, he found something that prevented him from returning to the Pittsburgh Penguins yet one more time: A heart that still loves to play the game, but is not physically well enough to...

Kariya lifts Predators past Wings in OT (AP)
Tomas Vokoun frustrated the Detroit Red Wings for the second straight night and Paul Kariya and Steve Sullivan capitalized on their chances. Kariya's breakaway goal 35 seconds into overtime gave the Nashville Predators a 2-1 win over Detroit on Tuesday night. It was the second consecutive win in two days by Nashville over Detroit at Joe Louis Arena.

Sakic reaches milestone, Avs top Flames (AP)
After 17 seasons, Joe Sakic knows how to put milestones and losing streaks in their proper perspectives. Sakic scored a pair of goals to give him 561 and pass Guy Lafleur for 18th place on the all-time NHL goal scoring list. Sakic also helped Colorado end a two-game losing streak and stun the Northwest Division-leading Calgary Flames 7-4 on Tuesday night.

Another SO for Brodeur, Devils top Isles (AP)
Martin Brodeur overcame a first-period injury scare to help the New Jersey Devils rebound from a streak-ending loss. The Canadian Olympic goalie made 24 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Brian Gionta scored his 29th goal in New Jersey's 4-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night, the Devils' 10th win in 11 games.

Panthers top Tampa on Jokinen's OT goal (AP)
Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo had another great game against Tampa Bay. Olli Jokinen made sure it came in a victory. Jokinen scored twice, including the game-winner with 1:45 left in overtime, and Luongo made 48 saves to help the Panthers beat the Lightning 3-2 on Tuesday night. Luongo was within 4 minutes of his first shutout since he opened the season with consecutive blankings of Atlanta and...

Jackets set scoring record, beat Canucks (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets, with the fewest goals in the NHL, finally won a game because of their offense. Trevor Letowski scored with 4:37 left to help the Blue Jackets to a 6-5 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night in the highest-scoring home game in the franchise's five years. In a wild game that had little defense and end-to-end action, the Blue Jackets blew leads of 2-0, 3-2, 4-3 and...

Wild win franchise-best fourth straight (AP)
The Minnesota Wild have been criticized locally for not spending money on a big-name free agent or two following the lockout. They have always pointed to Brian Rolston, who signed after the 2003-04 season, as the forgotten man, and he has come through so far this season. Rolston scored two goals to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night, giving the Wild...

Marleau powers Sharks past Kings 4-1 (AP)
From Patrick Marleau's opening goal to Joe Thornton's final illegal check, the Sharks had all the energy the Los Angeles Kings lacked. That's a familiar refrain over the past few years for San Jose, which always seems to be a step ahead of their downstate rivals. Marleau had two goals and an assist, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped just 14 shots in the Sharks' third victory over the Kings in less than...

Kotalik powers Sabres past Rangers 2-1 (AP)
In the midst of their longest road-trip of the season, the Buffalo Sabres needed a victory. Ales Kotalik provided the win, scoring 1:53 into the third period to lift Buffalo over New York 2-1 and pull the Sabres into a tie with the Rangers for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. It also evened Buffalo's record at 2-2 during the six-game trip.

Offseason capsules: Jarrett, Harvick, Sadler
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '06 Cup field as the season-opening Daytona 500 approaches.

Toyota names first three Cup teams: Daytona winner, old Cup hand, and an energy drink (AP)
Michael Waltrip has twice won the Great American Race. Now he'll be a pioneer in NASCAR's great Japanese experiment.

Toyota announces NASCAR Nextel Cup teams for 2007 (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

Lowe's repaving troubled track surface (AP)
After a whopping 37 cautions during the two premiere events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, officials knew they had to act quickly to fix the troubled track surface before it became too treacherous for racing.

Marlin starting over at 48 (AP)
At 48 years old, Sterling Marlin is ready for a rebirth.

Racing champ Stewart becoming a regular in the Oval Office (AP)
NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart has had such a successful racing career that he's becoming a regular at the White House. Stewart said President Bush recalled his two previous visits to the Oval Office -- one for his first Cup championship and another with other top drivers -- when he came in for a third Tuesday.

Toyota moving up in NASCAR (AP)
Not everyone is pleased that Japanese automaker Toyota is preparing to join the ranks of America's most celebrated Good Ol' Boys.

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

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