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NEWS FROM 2006-02-04
Steelers' Polamalu Misses Part of Practice (AP)
AP - Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu missed a portion of practice again Friday because of a sore ankle, but remains listed as probable for the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Knicks Acquire Rose From Raptors for Davis (AP)
AP - The Toronto Raptors finally traded Jalen Rose on Friday, sending him to the New York Knicks for forward Antonio Davis.
Lance Armstrong, Sheryl Crow Break Up (AP)
AP - Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crow have split, the couple announced in a joint statement Friday night. The seven-time Tour de France champion and the rock star announced their engagement in September. It would have been her first marriage and his second. He has three children from a previous marriage.
Holmgren, Allen Seek Seattle Extension (AP)
AP - Mike Holmgren was standing a few feet from the shiny Vince Lombardi Trophy when someone asked if he had any superstition against touching the prize.
Pistons Hold on to Beat Feisty 76ers (AP)
AP - The only frustrating part of the night for Rasheed Wallace was filling all the ticket requests. Once the hometown fans had their seats, Wallace and the rest of the Pistons gave them their money's worth.
Redskins CB Springs Spends Night in Jail (AP)
AP - Washington Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs spent a night in jail this week stemming from a September arrest on reckless driving charges.
Trail Blazers Hold Off Timberwolves 89-85 (AP)
AP - Zach Randolph had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Minnesota Timberwolves 89-85 on Friday night.
Source: Red Sox Sign Shortstop Gonzalez (AP)
AP - The Boston Red Sox finished up their deal for slick-fielding shortstop Alex Gonzalez on Friday, plugging their last big hole after a major offseason upheaval.
Gonzalez, Massu Advance to Semifinals (AP)
AP - Second-seeded Fernando Gonzalez and fifth-seeded Nicolas Massu delighted their home crowd with victories on Friday and will meet in the semifinals of the Movistar Open.
Sedin Brothers Lead Canucks Past Flames (AP)
AP - Henrik Sedin scored a goal and had an assist and Daniel Sedin added three assists as the brothers led the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.
DETROIT – In his final years, Reggie White questioned what exactly the Bible was teaching him.
Seahawks try to spoil Bettis' homecoming (AP)
Oh yeah, football. All the tributes to Jerome Bettis are done. The war of words between Joey Porter and Jerramy Stevens is over. The Rolling Stones and Motown greats will sing in harmony, and the purveyors of doom -- blizzards, traffic jams, a bleak setting -- have been silenced by good weather and good vibes from the locals.
Seahawks, Holmgren to discuss extension (AP)
Mike Holmgren was standing a few feet from the shiny Vince Lombardi Trophy when someone asked if he had any superstition against touching the prize. "No," he quickly said Friday. "I'll touch it any chance I get." Moments later, the Seattle coach dutifully placed his right hand on the silver football that rests atop the NFL's jewel.
Tagliabue unhappy with contract talks (AP)
There's nothing like a little gloom and doom at the end of Super Bowl week. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue's pessimism about labor negotiations with the players' union permeated his annual state of the league address Friday. "We're not making the kind of progress we need to be making," he said. "I don't think negotiations are going very well." Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players...
Porter: We'll try to 'tap out' Seahawks (AP)
Pittsburgh linebacker Joey Porter isn't scheduled to talk publicly again before the Super Bowl. There's some question about which team is happier: his Steelers or the Seattle Seahawks. Porter kept up his verbal barrage on Thursday, saying the Steelers will be so physical in the Super Bowl they will try to make Seattle quit playing.
Emmitt argues Irvin must make Hall (AP)
Emmitt Smith believes Hall of Fame voters are holding Michael Irvin's personal problems against him. And he's incensed by it. Smith, the NFL's career rushing leader and eligible for the Hall in four more years, campaigned vigorously Friday for his former Dallas Cowboys teammate. Irvin is on the ballot for the second time, and election results will be announced Saturday.
Polamalu, Ward miss part of practice (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu missed a portion of practice again Friday because of a sore ankle, but remains listed as probable for the Super Bowl on Sunday. Polamalu woke up Thursday with a sore ankle and, after being examined by team trainers, underwent an MRI exam. "There was nothing really there," coach Bill Cowher said Friday.
LeBeau hopes to find winner vs. Holmgren (AP)
His zone blitzes are so common, so copied, Dick LeBeau sees high school teams running them. A cornerback or safety pressures off the edge, a linebacker drops into coverage to replace him. A nose tackle stuffs a run on one play but pass rushes on the next. Back in 1988, this kind of scheming was innovative and creative, and LeBeau was the man who designed it.
Martz turns down Lions job offer (AP)
Mike Martz backed out of the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator position on Thursday, and the ex-St. Louis Rams coach appears content to sit out next season. "Obviously, I took the job," Martz said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "It just didn't work out with the money. "There's a bottom-line figure my agent has and I didn't want to have the details, so we just move on." Martz...
Stevens weathers ``ridiculous'' dustup (AP)
If Jerramy Stevens stands his ground against Pittsburgh storm-creator Joey Porter at Ford Field as deftly as he did at his team's suburban hotel, the Seahawks will have neutralized one of their biggest Super Bowl threats. The biggest threat in the days leading up to the game -- manufactured distraction -- was seemingly thwarted with Stevens' standup act Thursday.
Here's who should be backing up the starting fives at the NBA All-Star game in Houston.
Bobcats stun Lakers to end 13-game skid (AP)
Jumaine Jones swears there was nothing personal about his career night against the Los Angeles Lakers. If there was any doubt, he erased it by taking a bag of gear into his former team's locker room for Kobe Bryant to sign for him. Jones, traded from Los Angeles to Charlotte in late October, scored a career-high 31 points to help the Bobcats snap their franchise-record, 13-game losing streak on...
Kings go 0-for-4th quarter, lose to Jazz (AP)
Even after Ron Artest went down, plenty of good defense was played in the fourth quarter Friday night. All of it was by the Utah Jazz. The Sacramento Kings did not make a field goal in the fourth quarter, allowing the Jazz to rally for an 89-79 victory. Andrei Kirilenko scored 14 of his 24 points in the quarter and sparked Utah's dominant defensive effort against the Kings, who were 0-for-20 from...
Pistons down short-handed Sixers 87-80 (AP)
The only frustrating part of the night for Rasheed Wallace was filling all the ticket requests. Once the hometown fans had their seats, Wallace and the rest of the Pistons gave them their money's worth. Richard Hamilton scored 30 points, Wallace added 20 and the Detroit Pistons held on to beat the feisty, short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 87-80 Friday night.
Clippers continue winning ways at Boston (AP)
Sam Cassell did what the Boston Celtics haven't been doing: He made big shots down the stretch of a close game. With consecutive 3-pointers, Cassell sparked the Los Angeles Clippers to a 98-81 win Friday night in which they finished with a 19-3 run after leading by just one point. "I'm just doing what I'm supposed to do," said Cassell, who scored 23 points.
Raptors rout struggling Knicks 104-90 (AP)
Even though the New York Knicks lost again, Larry Brown thinks they gained something Friday night. Chris Bosh scored 29 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the struggling Knicks 104-90 on Friday night -- hours after the teams completed a trade. Before the game, Toronto sent Jalen Rose to New York for Antonio Davis, a first-round draft pick and cash.
Knicks get Rose from Raptors for Davis (AP)
The Toronto Raptors finally traded Jalen Rose on Friday, sending him to the New York Knicks for forward Antonio Davis. The Knicks also received a first-round draft pick and an undisclosed amount of cash from the Raptors in a deal involving dismal teams who played each other Friday night in Toronto. Rose and Davis did not play in the Raptors' 104-90 victory -- Knicks coach Larry Brown thought it...
McGrady leads Rockets rout of Sonics (AP)
Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady are finally healthy and the Houston Rockets are starting to resemble the team they were expected to be this season. McGrady scored 36 points and Yao added 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 100-77 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night. "We had great intensity from the start of the game," McGrady said.
Wolves owner Taylor supports VP McHale (AP)
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor defended vice president Kevin McHale on Friday, saying McHale is still his man despite criticism of some of his decisions. "I hear what people are saying," Taylor said, "but I don't let that bother me." Many fans were surprised by last week's multiplayer trade with Boston that brought guard Ricky Davis to Minnesota and sent swingman Wally Szczerbiak to the...
Randolph powers Blazers past Wolves (AP)
Zach Randolph had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Minnesota Timberwolves 89-85 on Friday night. Randolph has 18 double-doubles this season for the improving Blazers, who have won seven of their last 11 games. Portland led by as many as seven in the first half, and took a 46-43 advantage into the break.
Days after beating Ottawa to the punch by acquiring Doug Weight, Carolina jumps the Senators in the rankings.
Devils honor Stevens, top Hurricanes 3-0 (AP)
Judging from their performance Friday night, maybe the New Jersey Devils should schedule a few more jersey retirement ceremonies. After they made former defenseman Scott Stevens the first player in franchise history to have his number retired, the Devils played one of their best games of the season in a 3-0 shutout of Carolina, the team with the NHL's best record.
Coyotes' Nagy to miss rest of season (AP)
Phoenix Coyotes leading scorer Ladislav Nagy underwent knee surgery Friday and team officials said he would miss the rest of the regular season. Nagy had arthroscopic surgery to repair a partial tear of the lateral meniscus in his right knee and to fix a bone defect. Rehabilitation time is expected to be up to five months, according to team doctors.
Panthers pin another loss on Thrashers (AP)
The Florida Panthers won a game they had to have and extended the Thrashers' slump. Chris Gratton scored twice, Jon Sim had the go-ahead goal in the third period and the Panthers beat Atlanta 5-2 Friday night, handing the Thrashers their seventh straight loss. "Mentally, I think this game was huge," Gratton said.
Ovechkin returns, leads Caps past Leafs (AP)
WASHINGTON (AP)-- With rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin back in the lineup for Washington, the Capitals were at the top of their game. Ovechkin picked up an assist, Chris Clark and Ben Clymer each had a goal and an assist and the Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Friday night. Ovechkin, the NHL's offensive player of the month for January, missed Washington's last game with a groin...
Canucks beat Flames, take division lead (AP)
Anson Carter and the Sedin twins took care of most of the offense while scrappy Ryan Kesler provided the spark the Vancouver Canucks needed. Henrik Sedin scored a goal and had an assist and Daniel Sedin added three assists as the brothers led Vancouver to a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.
Sullivan's OT goal helps Preds snap skid (AP)
The Nashville Predators thrive in tight games, even when they create the problems themselves. Steve Sullivan scored on a breakaway 2:09 into overtime, and Nashville beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 Thursday night to snap a three-game skid. The Predators are tied for the league's best record in one-goal games, improving to 20-10 after tying the Avalanche twice in the third period to force overtime.
Senators tie record in 7-2 rout of Pens (AP)
Against the high-scoring Senators, power plays were no advantage for Pittsburgh. Daniel Alfredsson scored twice, including one of the Senators' three short-handed goals, and Ottawa defeated the Penguins 7-2 on Thursday night. "They played well in the first period and got up 2-0 on us," Alfredsson said.
Flyers ink rookie D Meyer to extension (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers signed rookie defenseman Freddy Meyer to a two-year contract extension on Friday. Terms were not announced. The 25-year-old Meyer has four goals and seven assists for 11 points and 17 penalty minutes in 28 games for the Flyers this season. He is tied for third among NHL rookies with plus-11 rating.
Avs' Hejduk OK, surgery for Vaananen (AP)
Milan Hejduk of the Colorado Avalanche could play as early as Saturday after injuring his neck two days earlier, but Ossi Vaanenen will have surgery for a broken ankle, the team said Friday. Both were knocked out in the first nine minutes of 4-3 overtime loss in Nashville on Thursday. "Milan is feeling much better today (Friday)," coach Joel Quenneville said.
LAS VEGAS – 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 – 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. – 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.