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Ray Leads No. 4 Villanova Past Louisville (AP)
Louisville's Taquan Dean is surrounded by Villanova's Randy Foye (2) and Jason Fraser, right, in the first half Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, during their college basketball game in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/George Widman)AP - There was one thing everybody wanted to talk about after No. 4 Villanova's 79-73 victory over Louisville on Monday night.


Alexander Enters Grandest Sports Stage (AP)
Seattle Seahawks football running back Shaun Alexander addresses a news conference, Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, in Detroit. The Seahawks play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)AP - There is somebody who can beat NFL MVP Shaun Alexander at his own game.


Anaheim's Selanne Reaches 1,000 Points (AP)
Anaheim Mighty Ducks Teemu Selanne, of Finland, celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period of a NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. the goal gave Selanne his 1000th career point. (AP Photo/Henry DiRocco)AP - Teemu Selanne felt humbled to join such a select group. "Only 70 players in NHL history have done that, so it's a big honor to be in that club," the Mighty Ducks' Selanne said Monday night after he scored two goals to reach 1,000 career points in Anaheim's 4-3 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Kings.


Nate McMillan Wins in Return to Seattle (AP)
Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan is congratulated  by Trail Blazers' Ruben Patterson, second from right, Juan Dixon (3) and Zach Randolph on the Trail Blazers' 116-111 win over McMillan's former team, the Seattle SuperSonics after their NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 30, 2006 at KeyArena in Seattle The game was McMillian's first game back at KeyArena since leaving the Sonics head coaching job last year to coach the Trail Blazers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)AP - Nate McMillan was itching to get the ball in the air. His heart began to beat faster and his anxiety grew, as did the weird feelings of being in the visitors locker room. Three hours later Portland's coach walked off the floor at KeyArena celebrating a victory in his return to Seattle.


Favre Says He's Leaning Toward Retirement (AP)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre waves after throwing a touchdown pass during their NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, in Green Bay, Wis. Favre says he has not yet made a decision on whether to play next season, but would lean toward retirement if he had to decide right now. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)AP - If Brett Favre had to decide on his future today, he says he'd likely retire. But his interview aired Sunday on ESPN didn't set off any alarm bells for new Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy.


Hall of Fame Racing Could Be Aptly Named (AP)
President and General Manager of Texas Motor Speedway Eddie Gossage, left; race car driver Terry Labonte, center, and Roger Staubach, right, co-owner of Hall of Fame Racing and former Dallas Cowboy quarterback, talk during media day at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas Monday, Jan.30, 2006. (AP Photo/Rex. C. Curry)AP - Staubach was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, his first year of eligibility. Aikman, whose last game was in 2000, is one of 15 finalists who will be considered Saturday.


NBA Today (AP)
AP - Chicago at Dallas (8:30 p.m. EST). Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks have won eight straight and nine of their last 10.

Clemente's Sons Say Dad Should Be Honored (AP)
Roberto Clemente Jr., son of the late Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, gestures as he emcees a news conference with Latino Baseball Hall of Famers Juan Marichal, Tony Perez, Orlando Cepeda and Luis Aparicio, Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, in New York, where the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in collaboration with oil giant Citgo, unveiled a five-year agreement to salute the unique impact of Latino baseball on America's national pasttime. Titled 'Baseball! Beisbol!' the campaign will be highlighted by a pair of traveling exhibits that will appear throughout the United States beginning in 2006. Jackie Robinson's daughter has said Roberto Clemente's number should not be retired. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)AP - One of Roberto Clemente's sons says the request that baseball retire his father's No. 21 is being misunderstood.


Razov Traded to Chivas USA (AP)
AP - Chivas USA acquired forward Ante Razov, the fourth-leading goal scorer in MLS history, from the MetroStars on Monday for forward Thiago Martins.

Hockey Today (AP)
AP - Toronto at Tampa Bay (7:30 p.m. EST). The Maple Leafs snapped an eight-game losing streak Monday night.

Steelers' home-field edge
DETROIT – The Motor City is rooting for Pittsburgh to win Super Bowl XL and favorite son Jerome Bettis is only one reason why.

Favre: As of now, 'I'm not coming back' (AP)
If Brett Favre had to decide on his future today, he says he'd likely retire. But his interview aired Sunday on ESPN didn't set off any alarm bells for new Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy. "Well, he doesn't have to make a decision today," McCarthy said Monday. McCarthy says Favre's comments, the quarterback's first since the end of his only losing season with the Packers, are a natural...

Alexander: from anonymity to Super Bowl (AP)
The league MVP, rushing leader and touchdown record-setter comes to the Super Bowl, and isn't even the most-recognized running back at the game. For Shaun Alexander, that figures. "I never felt like I was completely overlooked. I was always just one of the other guys," Alexander said Monday, Day 1 of him being the other guy this week behind Pittsburgh Steelers star and Detroit native Jerome Bettis.

Terrell Owens meets with Broncos (AP)
Terrell Owens and his agent visited Denver on Monday, talking with coach Mike Shanahan to see if he might be a fit with the Broncos. Owens is under contract with Philadelphia, but the Eagles have given him permission to seek a trade. Denver is a suitor, and a person familiar with the negotiations, who spoke on condition he not be identified because there was no deal, told The Associated Press the...

Seahawks players jostled in van accident (AP)
NFL MVP Shaun Alexander and several other Seattle Seahawks stars got quite a rough ride in the Motor City. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was among a half-dozen players jostled but uninjured Monday when their van was hit by a mechanical security fence. Steve Hutchinson, Walter Jones, Chuck Darby and Michael Boulware also were going to a downtown news conference.

Hutchinson's status unknown after Sunday (AP)
Shaun Alexander won the NFL rushing title behind one of the best left-side blocking tandems in the league. It could end up hurting him come next season. Alexander and Pro Bowl left guard Steve Hutchinson will be free agents after the Super Bowl, and the Seahawks might not have enough money to pay both of them -- not after doling out big deals to left tackle Walter Jones and quarterback Matt...

Steelers favored, but still motivated (AP)
They're favored, not the underdogs they were in Denver and Indianapolis. They're not at home, but given Pittsburgh's proximity to Detroit, the Motor City may look more like the Steel City by this weekend. And that let's-drive-the-Bus back to his hometown campaign that's motivated them for weeks? Numerous Steelers players wore throwback Jerome Bettis Notre Dame jerseys on Monday, a tribute to the...

Texas A&M files suit against Seahawks (AP)
Texas A&M sought a restraining order Monday against the Seattle Seahawks, asking the NFC champions to stop promoting the "12th Man" marketing campaign. The school filed the request in district court in Brazos County, arguing that the Seahawks are infringing on A&M's legal claim to the "12th Man" slogan.

Broncos hire Mike Heimerdinger (AP)
The Denver Broncos hired Mike Heimerdinger to replace Gary Kubiak on their coaching staff Monday. Coach Mike Shanahan hired Heimerdinger as assistant head coach and promoted offensive line coach Rick Dennison to offensive coordinator. The moves come after Kubiak was hired last week as coach of the Houston Texans.

Steelers fans stockpile Terrible Towels (AP)
For Steelers fans, rooting for the home team is almost unimaginable without a Terrible Towel. Some stores are even running out of them. The towel was conceived as "a gimmick that would more closely involve the fans with the team," said Myron Cope, a retired sportscaster who teamed with a promotion director at WTAE radio to invent the accessory in 1975.

West's warming trends
The Pistons aren't the only hot team in the NBA. The Mavericks and Clippers are rolling along, too.

Yao returns, Rockets fall to Grizzlies (AP)
The return of Yao Ming wasn't enough to revive the struggling Rockets. Chucky Atkins scored 19 points in his first start for Memphis and the Grizzlies defeated Houston 86-77 on Monday night in Yao's first game in more than a month. It was only the 15th time this season Yao and leading-scorer Tracy McGrady played together.

McMillan back in Seattle, Blazers win (AP)
Nate McMillan was itching to get the ball in the air. His heart began to beat faster and his anxiety grew, as did the weird feelings of being in the visitors locker room. Three hours later Portland's coach walked off the floor at KeyArena celebrating a victory in his return to Seattle. Zach Randolph scored 32 points and the Trail Blazers beat the SuperSonics 116-111 on Monday night in McMillan's...

Cavs hand Bobcats 12th straight loss (AP)
Soaring after an impressive win over Phoenix, the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't about to come crashing back down against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. LeBron James scored 30 points in only three quarters to lead the Cavaliers to a 103-91 victory over the gimpy Bobcats on Monday night. It was Cleveland's sixth straight win, four of which came on the road -- the most since the Cavs' won five straight...

Newcomer Banks lifts Wolves by Celtics (AP)
Few people mentioned Marcus Banks in last week's seven-player deal between Minnesota and Boston. On Monday night, it was Banks who made it look like the Timberwolves got the better of a trade headlined by Ricky Davis and Wally Szczerbiak. Banks had a season-high 20 points and six assists to lead a strong showing by all four ex-Celtics in Minnesota's 110-85 victory.

Heat FTs snap Clippers' winning streak (AP)
The Miami Heat sank their field goals early and their free throws late, which was enough to cool off the Los Angeles Clippers. The Heat tied a franchise record for a quarter by scoring 17 baskets in the first period, then made their final eight free throws -- including three by erratic Shaquille O'Neal -- and won 118-114 Monday night.

West's jumper gets Hornets by Bucks (AP)
Walking back onto the floor with 7.1 seconds left in a one-point game, Jamaal Magloire tried to get into the head of his young replacement on the New Orleans Hornets. David West didn't let it work. "He told me that `You're not going to make it,"' West said. "... I just said, `Don't give me a shot' and they gave me a shot." West hit a foul line jumper with 0.1 seconds left to lift the Hornets to a...

Spurs beat Jazz to open long road trip (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs began their longest road trip of the season by taking over first place in the Western Conference. Tim Duncan scored 19 points and Tony Parker added 17 to help the Spurs beat the Utah Jazz 79-70 on Monday night. The Spurs won their fourth straight game and for the eighth time in the last nine games to move a half-game in front of the idle Dallas Mavericks for the best record in...

Knicks' Davis out after suspension ends (AP)
Antonio Davis served a five-game suspension for rushing into the stands in defense of his wife, but his return to the court will have to wait. Davis, who was set to start Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks, was a last-minute scratch because of lower back pain. Maurice Taylor started in his place. Before the game, Davis gave no indication that his back was hurting.

Hawks rout turnover-plagued Knicks (AP)
Salim Stoudamire felt like he was back at Arizona, winning games and blowing opponents out. The lowly Atlanta Hawks led by as many as 30 points on the way to their biggest win of the season, a 120-101 rout of the turnover-plagued New York Knicks on Monday night. Al Harrington scored 26 points, Joe Johnson added 24 and Stoudamire was one of four players off the bench to reach double figures.

Power rankings
Healthy again, Ottawa is back on track and reclaims its position atop Matt's rankings.

Selanne nets 1,000th point in Ducks' win (AP)
Teemu Selanne felt humbled to join such a select group. "Only 70 players in NHL history have done that, so it's a big honor to be in that club," the Mighty Ducks' Selanne said Monday night after he scored two goals to reach 1,000 career points in Anaheim's 4-3 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Hurricanes acquire C Weight from Blues (AP)
The top team in the NHL isn't content to stand pat. The Carolina Hurricanes acquired veteran center Doug Weight from the St. Louis Blues on Monday, adding another important piece in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup. Weight, a four-time All-Star and a member of the U.S. Olympic team, is scheduled to join the Hurricanes on Thursday.

Flyers rally, beat Rangers in OT 3-2 (AP)
The Peter Forsberg-less Philadelphia Flyers were searching for a goal from anyone in any way. Then, it happened. A puck deflected off the stick of an opponent and found its way into the New York Rangers' net, starting a riveting comeback that turned a sure-fire loss into a 3-2 overtime victory Monday night.

Bruins' Thomas has 44 saves, blanks Sens (AP)
Tim Thomas savored his first NHL shutout all the more after having set it aside as an impossible dream. Thomas made 44 saves and Brad Boyes had a goal and two assists to lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night. A two-time All-American at the University of Vermont who played in Finland last season, Thomas has appeared in 15 NHL games overall, including 11...

Arnott's OT goal lifts Stars by Sharks (AP)
This time, the Dallas Stars didn't need a shootout to win. Jason Arnott scored with 35 seconds left in overtime to give the Stars their fifth straight victory, 3-2 over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. Dallas, which won its previous three games in shootouts and is unbeaten in eight shootouts, set a club record with its fourth straight overtime.

Wings hold off Wild's rally, win 5-4 (AP)
Detroit coach Mike Babcock couldn't resist taking a lighthearted shot at Andreas Lilja after the defenseman's first goal in 71 games. "We're relying heavily on him for offense," Babcock said. Lilja beat Minnesota goalie Dwayne Roloson with a slap shot midway through the third period to give Detroit a two-goal lead in its 5-4 victory Monday night.

Leafs top Panthers 4-2, end 8-game skid (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs took advantage of Florida's penalty problems to snap an eight-game losing streak. Darcy Tucker and Jeff O'Neill scored on two-man advantages in the third period to help the Maple Leafs beat the Panthers 4-2 on Monday night. Kyle Wellwood also had a power-play goal for Toronto in its first victory since Jan.

Callup secures Blues' SO win over Flames (AP)
One of the no-name players the St. Louis Blues called up to replace the top two scorers they traded helped them get over another depressing day for the franchise. Rookie Lee Stempniak, summoned from Peoria of the AHL on Sunday, scored the tying goal and then got the winner in the fifth round of a shootout for a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Canucks D Jovanovski to miss Olympics (AP)
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ed Jovanovski will miss the Olympics because of a lower abdominal injury. The Canucks said Monday night the Canadian star was set to have surgery Wednesday in Philadelphia. The Olympic hockey tournament starts Feb. 15 in Turin, Italy. "After further consultation with one of the leading physicians with regard to abdominal sports injuries it was decided that surgery was the...

Trading Paint: Mixed feelings
Toyota isn't coming to Cup for another year, but our readers already are fired up.

Ganassi team gets Rolex win (AP)
It hasn't taken long for Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon to build up a rapport. And that could carry the new Chip Ganassi Racing teammates a long way in the Indy Racing League. After combining with NASCAR star Casey Mears over the weekend to win the Rolex 24, America's most prestigious sports car endurance race, Dixon and Wheldon engaged in a session of mutual admiration.

Ganassi Racing cruises to victory in Rolex 24 at Daytona (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - The all-star driver lineup of IRL champions Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon and NASCAR star Casey Mears captured the 44th Rolex 24 at Daytona for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Busch asks for delay in reckless driving hearing (AP)
TOLLESON, Ariz. – NASCAR driver Kurt Busch had his pre-trial hearing on reckless driving charges postponed.

Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit against NASCAR (AP)
A federal judge ordered Friday that Kentucky Speedway can move ahead with its $400 million antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR.

Kenseth re-signs with Roush Racing (SportsTicker)
CONCORD, North Carolina (Ticker) - Former NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth has been with Roush Racing for seven years. He will remain there for at least a few more.

Former NASCAR champion Kenseth to stay with Roush (AP)
Former NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth has signed a multiyear contract extension with Roush Racing.

Luhr wins pole for Rolex 24 with record-setting lap (AP)
Lucas Luhr won the pole Thursday for the Rolex 24 sports car endurance race at Daytona International Speedway with a lap of at 123.230 mph. The German will co-drive the No. 23 Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports Porsche Crawford with fellow Porsche driver Mike Rockenfeller and Patrick Long in the 24-hour race, which starts Saturday.

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