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No. 2 Duke 83 Edges No. 15 BC 83-81 (AP)
Duke guard J.J. Redick, left, drives to the basket past  Boston College guard Sean Marshall during their NCAA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday Feb. 1, 2006.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)AP - Boston College guard Tyrese Rice took the ball the length of the court quickly and easily. Only Shelden Williams stood between him and a chance to make it a one-point game. The Duke forward stood his ground and sent Rice to the floor without drawing a foul, preserving the second-ranked Blue Devils' 83-81 victory over No. 15 Boston College on Wednesday night.


Steelers' Porter Escalates Trash Talk (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter talks to reporters during a morning team interview session Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006 at the Steelers' hotel in Pontiac, Mich. The Steelers are preparing to face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL this weekend in Detroit. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AP - Steelers linebacker Joey Porter minded his manners and said nothing derogatory about the Seahawks during his first two days at the Super Bowl. That changed Wednesday after Seattle tight end Jerramy Stevens effectively guaranteed a victory.


Spotlight Bright on Super Bowl Referees (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu looks up after he intercepted a pass during the NFL divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts, in a Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006 file photo, in Indianapolis. Umpire Garth DeFelice signals the Steelers ball. The NFL acknowledged Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, that referee Pete Morelli erred when he overturned on replay Polamalu's interception, ruling the pass incomplete. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman, File)AP - They're the guys in black and white. No names needed. Unless they make a bad call.


Seahawks Try to Shed Anonymous Label (AP)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback coach Jim Zorn, left, works with quarterback Seneca Wallace, right, at the team's training camp in Cheney, Wash., Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004. Throughout their 30-year history, the Seattle Seahawks have been an afterthought, a perennial middle-of-the-pack team from a geographically remote area. Zorn was the quarterback of the Seahawks at the inception of the franchise in 1976, and in many regards the face of the organization. (AP Photo/Jeff T. Green, File)AP - Jerramy Stevens grew up an hour outside of Seattle. He played his college ball in Seattle. And, like some Seattle-ites, he never bothered to root for the Seahawks.


Florida, Notre Dame Sign Top Recruits (AP)
Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis talks about the 27 high school seniors who will play for the Irish beginning in 2006 at a press conference Wednesday Feb. 1, 2006 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)AP - Charlie Weis brought the mystique back to Notre Dame and the blue-chippers followed.


Stevens Gets Chuckle From 'Controversy' (AP)
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, in Dearborn, Mich. The Seahawks play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, in Detroit. Steelers linebacker Joey Porter minded his manners and said nothing derogatory about the Seahawks during his first two days at the Super Bowl. That changed Wednesday after Seattle tight end Stevens effectively guaranteed a victory. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)AP - With a "What's the big deal?" look on his face, Jerramy Stevens shrugged, stared down at several reporters from a small stage and tried to extinguish a Super Bowl blaze he supposedly ignited.


Allen Helps Sonics Rally Past Warriors (AP)
Seattle SuperSonics guard Ray Allen shoots as Golden State Warriors forwards Andris Biedrins, of Latvia,, upper left, and Troy Murphy (1) defend during the fourth period in a NBA basketball game,  Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006 at KeyArena in Seattle. Allen scored 32 points to lead the SuperSonics to a 111-107 win. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)AP - For one night, the Seattle SuperSonics had something to brag about on defense. The Sonics — the NBA's worst defensive team — limited Golden State to a pair of baskets in the third quarter and came back in the second half to beat the Warriors 111-107 on Wednesday night.


Rockies' Ryan Speier Has Shoulder Surgery (AP)
AP - Colorado Rockies pitcher Ryan Speier underwent surgery Wednesday for a torn labrum in his right shoulder that could keep him out the entire season.

Blackburn Beats Manchester United 4-3 (AP)
Blackburn's David Bentley, right, celebrates his first goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Ewood Park Stadium, Blackburn, England, Wednesday Feb. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Jon Super)AP - David Bentley scored three goals, helping Blackburn Rovers and American goalkeeper Brad Friedel defeat Manchester United 4-3 Wednesday in England's Premier League.


Denis Helps Blue Jackets Beat Flames 2-1 (AP)
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Marc Denis, right, holds off Calgary Flames' Darren McCarty whle making a save during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Jeff McIntosh, CP)AP - Columbus Blue Jackets coach Gerard Gallant gave Marc Denis a rare start in consecutive start. It turned out to be a good decision. Denis made 36 saves during the game then added two more clutch stops in the shootout to lead Columbus to a 2-1 victory aagainst the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.


Voices from the past
DETROIT – Former Packers lineman Jerry Kramer's dusty old tapes have brought legendary coach Vince Lombardi back to life.

Bettis' parents host Steelers for dinner (AP)
This is why it's so hard to tackle Jerome Bettis. "We've got turkey, dressing, roast beef, ham, green beans, candied yams, macaroni and cheese, rice, jasmine rice, rolls," family friend Erima Saxton said in the Bettis kitchen Wednesday night. Suffice to say, this was unlike any other team dinner for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Stevens gets chuckle from ``controversy'' (AP)
With a "What's the big deal?" look on his face, Jerramy Stevens shrugged, stared down at several reporters from a small stage and tried to extinguish a Super Bowl blaze he supposedly ignited. Lots of luck. Stevens incensed Steelers linebacker Jerry Porter earlier this week, saying Jerome Bettis' return to his hometown wouldn't have a happy ending.

McNabb on feud: a ``black-on-black crime'' (AP)
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb injected a race element into his rift with Terrell Owens on Wednesday, saying the receiver's criticism amounted to "black-on-black crime." In an interview with ESPN, McNabb rehashed some of the low moments of his relationship with his teammate, making fun of Owens' driveway apology and bringing up the race angle.

Tice joins Jags as assistant head coach (AP)
Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio hired close friend, one-time teammate and former Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice as an assistant head coach Wednesday. Del Rio also promoted Andy Heck to offensive line coach, replacing fired coach Paul Boudreau. Heck spent the last two years as Boudreau's assistant. Del Rio said Tice will work on the offensive side of the ball.

Swann likely to get GOP endorsement (AP)
Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann appears to have locked up enough support to win the Republican Party nomination for Pennsylvania governor. In the last regional GOP meeting before state Republicans meet to endorse a candidate, the NFL Hall of Famer on Tuesday picked up 33 unofficial commitments from party representatives.

Seahawks have struggled for recognition (AP)
Jerramy Stevens grew up an hour outside of Seattle. He played his college ball in Seattle. And, like some Seattle-ites, he never bothered to root for the Seahawks. That is, until they drafted him in 2002. "I was always a Raiders fan -- silver and black," the tight end said. "I didn't become a Seahawks fan until four years ago." No wonder his team didn't attract a lot of attention outside the Pacific...

Seahawks, Aggies battle over ''12th Man'' (AP)
As if the Terrible Towel-twirling faithful of the Pittsburgh Steelers weren't enough, now Seattle Seahawks fans have to ward off another set of rabid football partisans: the Aggies of Texas A&M. Ever since the university launched a trademark dispute this week over who is allowed to refer to their fans as the "12th Man," David Israel has attracted plenty of abuse.

Csonka pleads guilty to filming charge (AP)
Former NFL star Larry Csonka, who hosts a cable television outdoors show, pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegal filming on national forest lands. As part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Csonka pleaded guilty to knowingly conducting work activity in a national forest without obtaining a special use permit.

Dyson hopes to make family history (AP)
Andre Dyson figures this one is for the family. Seattle's fifth-year cornerback is making his first appearance in the Super Bowl, a game that's already linked with his family's name. Brother Kevin came up 1 yard short in the 2000 game, and lost again with Carolina two years ago. "This is the third Super Bowl in six years for my family, and we have not won one yet," Andre said.

A new balance of power
Because they can score <i>and</i> defend, Avery Johnson's Mavericks have risen to the top of the Western Conference.

James' triple-double sparks Cavs by Nets (AP)
LeBron James found a round number more impressive than his latest triple-double. "We're now 10 games over .500," James said. "The last time we were nine games over, we got beat by the Knicks. I wasn't going to let that happen again. That started all the problems we had." Consider them solved. James capped his seventh career triple-double when he rushed Jason Kidd into missing a layup in the final...

Stojakovic leads Pacers over Lakers (AP)
It took two games for Peja Stojakovic's new teammates to start comparing him to Reggie Miller. Stojakovic had 26 points and 13 rebounds in his home debut, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 105-79 on Wednesday night to snap a six-game losing streak. The Pacers held Kobe Bryant to 26 points, 10 below his average, to snap a string of eight straight games of at least 30.

Mavs top Grizzlies for 10th straight win (AP)
It's about time teams start respecting the Dallas Mavericks' defense. Trailing by 10 in the fourth, the Mavericks clamped down on the Memphis Grizzlies in the final minutes Wednesday night and won 81-80 for their 10th straight victory. It was the 10th straight game an opponent has failed to reach the century mark against Dallas, a franchise record.

Bogut, Howard lead Rookie Challenge (AP)
Forwards Andrew Bogut of Milwaukee and Dwight Howard of Orlando led a list of 19 players selected for the Rookie Challenge in Houston as part of the All-Star weekend. Bogut was the No. 1 draft choice in 2005 and Howard had that honor in 2004. Joining Bogut on the rookie team for the Feb. 17 game are Luther Head of Houston; Danny Granger and Sarunas Jasikevicius of Indiana; Chris Paul of New Orleans;...

Iverson likely out against Pistons (AP)
Allen Iverson probably won't play in Philadelphia's game against Detroit on Friday night, the fourth straight game he will miss because of an injured left ankle. Iverson, second in the NBA in scoring at 33.6 points a game, has missed three straight games since he was hurt in the fourth quarter against Orlando last Thursday.

Pistons rout Timberwolves again 90-74 (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves didn't have much success with their old roster against the Pistons last week. Playing Detroit with three new players and the Pistons coming off a rare loss wasn't any better. Richard Hamilton scored 21 points and Tayshaun Prince added 20 as the Pistons (38-6) avoided their first losing streak of the season by beating the Timberwolves 90-74 Wednesday night.

Spurs win fifth straight on the road (AP)
The Rodeo Road Trip is going well for the San Antonio Spurs so far. San Antonio has won the first two of the eight-game trip, an annual event that puts the Spurs on the road when the rodeo comes to the AT&T Center each February. Tim Duncan had 14 points and 17 rebounds, and the Spurs won their fifth straight overall with an 86-82 hard-fought victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday...

Suns overcome Pierce, Celtics 102-94 (AP)
The Phoenix Suns ended their road trip with their fourth victory in five games and another reminder that big leads can fade quickly. They led by 21 points at halftime, then weathered a 33-point second half by Paul Pierce for a 102-94 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Just three days earlier, the Suns lost to Cleveland by seven after leading by nine at intermission.

Nuggets fall to Jazz, lose 4th straight (AP)
Utah coach Jerry Sloan was as frustrated as his players during the Jazz's recent slump. Losing three straight and seven of nine didn't bother him nearly as much as the halfhearted effort he was seeing. Sloan's message finally seemed to get across Wednesday when the Jazz beat Denver 103-90, ending the three-game losing streak and moving within two games of the first-place Nuggets.

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

Stars win sixth in a row, 2-1 over Preds (AP)
Dallas coach Dave Tippett spread the credit around after his team matched a season high with its sixth straight victory. He saved his highest praise for the Stars' penalty-killing. Brenden Morrow had a goal and an assist and Marty Turco made 23 saves as the Stars beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 Wednesday night.

Cheechoo hat trick powers Sharks (AP)
The San Jose Sharks know their quest for a playoff spot won't be easy. As long as Jonathan Cheechoo and Joe Thornton keep up their strong play, they'll have a chance. Cheechoo scored three goals for his second hat trick this season against Anaheim and Thornton had three assists, leading the Sharks to a 6-4 victory over the Mighty Ducks on Wednesday night.

Devils net three in 1st period, win 5-3 (AP)
After going 2 1/2 games without a goal, the New Jersey Devils wasted little time ending their scoring drought against Dominik Hasek and the Ottawa Senators. Zach Parise, Grant Marshall and Jamie Langenbrunner scored first-period goals and the Devils held off the Senators 5-3 Wednesday night to end a two-game losing streak.

Red Wings rally for 3-2 win over Blues (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings overcame a slow start and got a break on the winning goal. Henrik Zetterberg scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:55 remaining and Detroit rallied for a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. Zetterberg got his 24th of the season when he put in the rebound of Andreas Lilja's shot just after Lilja had come out of the penalty box.

Flames deal Reinprecht, Sauve to Coyotes (AP)
The Calgary Flames traded center Steven Reinprecht and backup goalie Philippe Sauve to the Phoenix Coyotes for goalie Brian Boucher and left wing Mike Leclerc on Wednesday night. The Flames announced the deal after their 2-1 loss to Columbus. Reinprecht, sixth on the Flames in scoring, was a healthy scratch for the game.

Denis lifts Blue Jackets to SO victory (AP)
Columbus Blue Jackets coach Gerard Gallant gave Marc Denis a rare start in consecutive start. It turned out to be a good decision. Denis made 36 saves during the game then added two more clutch stops in the shootout to lead Columbus to a 2-1 victory aagainst the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. The shootout was over quickly thanks to goals by Jaroslav Balastik and Rick Nash, the first two Columbus...

Rucchin, Lundqvist power Rangers (AP)
Steve Rucchin wasn't supposed to be in Sidney Crosby's passing lane, and the 18-year-old rookie never saw him. Much to his delight, Rucchin intercepted the puck and raced up ice to score a short-handed goal that started the New York Rangers on the way to a 3-1 victory over Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

Predators C Nichol taken to hospital (AP)
Nashville Predators center Scott Nichol was injured after sliding headfirst into the end boards in the second period of Wednesday night's game against the Dallas Stars. Nichol was chasing the puck to the right of the Dallas goal with Stars defenseman Trevor Daley, when Nichol lost his balance and crashed into the boards.

Cole has hat trick, 'Canes rout Habs 8-2 (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes were thinking of the one that got away as they closed out January with a record-tying win. Erik Cole scored three goals and tied a career high with four points, and Eric Staal had two goals and an assist to lead the Hurricanes to a 8-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Bruton's gamble
LAS VEGAS &ndash; LVMS owner Bruton Smith is about to make a $300 million wager ... and the potential payoff is huge.

Reigning champion back in Cup car (AP)
Though his ribs are still sore from a sprint car crash last month, reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart would still rather be in a race car than sitting and fretting over his aching right side.

Racing publicist ``Chip'' Williams arrested on child sex charges (AP)
A well-known NASCAR publicist was arrested Tuesday and charged with statutory rape and soliciting a minor for sex over the Internet, authorities said.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway to get multimillion-dollar makeover (AP)
LAS VEGAS &ndash; The Las Vegas Motor Speedway will get a multimillion-dollar makeover to increase the...

Hall of Fame Racing could be aptly named (AP)
By the time the Hall of Fame Racing team co-owned by Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman makes its NASCAR debut next month, the team name could aptly apply to both former quarterbacks who won Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys. Staubach was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, his first year of eligibility.

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. &ndash; 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.

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