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Troy Aikman Leads Big Hall of Fame Class (AP)
The class of 2006 NFL Hall of Fame inductees pose for a photograph on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006 in Detroit. From left are former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman; former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden; Sara White, widow of former defensive tackle Reggie White; former Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon; and former Dallas Cowboys tackle Rayfield Wright. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP - Troy Aikman and Warren Moon shared a warm embrace. John Madden nearly cried. Rayfield Wright stopped in midsentence to steady his voice. And the late Reggie White's wife swore the Minister of Defense was in the room.


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Seahawks Want to Spoil Bettis' Homecoming (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers football running back Jerome Bettis, left, visits with guests during a break from bowling at a charity bowling tournament benefiting the Jerome Bettis Foundation at the Garden Bowl in downtown Detroit Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006. Rear right on the phone is teammate wide receiver Hines Ward.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)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 — dangerous streets, a bleak setting, traffic jams — have been silenced by good vibes from the locals.


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Winter Storm Warning Issued for Detroit (AP)
A security guard bundles up at the entrance to the broadcast compound at Ford Field Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006 in Detroit. Forecasts call for 4 to 9 inches of snow to fall on the city before Super Bowl XL between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)AP - With strong wind and 4 to 7 inches of snow forecast, snow removal crews girded for a winter storm as thousands of fans headed downtown on Super Bowl eve.


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Hingis Falls in Final at Pan Pacific (AP)
Elena Dementieva of Russia leaps for joy after winning the final match against Martina Hingis of Switzerland  at the Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament in Tokyo Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006.  Dementieva defeated Hingis 6-2, 6-0. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)AP - Martina Hingis missed a chance for her first title in her comeback, falling 6-2, 6-0 to Russia's Elena Dementieva on Sunday in the Pan Pacific Open.


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Jackson Sparks Pacers Past Pistons (AP)
The Indiana Pacers' Stephen Jackson, left, tries to excite the crowd as he walks down the court with the Detroit Pistons' Tayshaun Prince with the Pacers in the lead during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006. The Pacers won, 93-85. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)AP - Just by playing, Stephen Jackson showed the Pacers the toughness they needed to beat Detroit. Jackson shook off a recent injury that sent him to the hospital to score 20 points and grab seven rebounds, and Indiana upset the rival Pistons 93-85 Saturday night.


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Blog: Super Bowl a Different Animal (AP)
Football fans prepare to enter NFL Experience, a Super Bowl week destination featuring over 50 interactive football attractions and displays over 800,000 square feet inside Detroit's Cobo Center,  Friday, Feb. 3, 2006 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP - AP sportswriters have descended on Detroit and will be providing periodic reports on the Super Bowl XL scene.


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Warriors Defeat Timberwolves 109-77 (AP)
Golden State Warriors' Andris Biedrins, of Latvia, dunks while guarded by Minnesota Timberwolves' Justin Reed, left, and Mark Blount during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)AP - Jason Richardson couldn't sit on the bench and watch the Warriors struggle for another moment.


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Beckett, Red Sox Agree to One-Year Deal (AP)
AP - The Red Sox and pitcher Josh Beckett settled their arbitration case Saturday, agreeing to a one-year contract for $4,325,000.

Haas Beats Spadea, Advances to Final (AP)
Tommy Haas from Germany  defeats Vincent Spadea, 6-3 and 6-2, in the semifinal  match at the International Tennis Championship in Delray Beach, Fla. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)AP - Tommy Haas moved into his first final since 2004 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Vince Spadea on Saturday night at the International Tennis Championships.


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Giguere, Mighty Ducks Shut Out Sharks (AP)
Anaheim Mighty Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere stops a shot against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - Jean-Sebastien Giguere spent four games on the bench thinking about how he embarrassed himself and the rest of the Mighty Ducks. When the Anaheim goalie returned from his timeout, he personally made it up to his teammates. Giguere stopped 34 shots and Todd Fedoruk scored in the second period of the Mighty Ducks' second shutout win in San Jose in 10 days, 2-0 over the Sharks on Saturday night.


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Solution to the problem?
DETROIT – Warren Moon's Hall of Fame election puts more scrutiny on the NFL's need for minority head coaches.

Aikman leads Hall class, Irvin left out (AP)
Troy Aikman and Warren Moon shared a warm embrace. John Madden nearly cried. Rayfield Wright stopped in midsentence to steady his voice. And the late Reggie White's wife swore the Minister of Defense was in the room. Even Michael Irvin was able to celebrate, despite missing out Saturday. There's never been a more emotional announcement of a Pro Football Hall of Fame class -- which also included Harry...

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 -- dangerous streets, a bleak setting, traffic jams -- have been silenced by good vibes from the locals.

Seahawks, Holmgren to discuss extension (AP)
Mike Holmgren said he has done a better job this season -- perhaps his best in 14 years as an NFL head coach -- of delegating. Of listening to his players. Of not "butting into the offensive coaches' stuff." "If I've matured in any way, I think it's that way," he said this week. The Seattle Seahawks showed their appreciation with their best season ever -- 15-3 and a first Super Bowl, Sunday against...

Winter storm expected for Super Bowl (AP)
With strong wind and 4 to 7 inches of snow forecast, snow removal crews girded for a winter storm as thousands of fans headed downtown on Super Bowl eve. About 250 state and local plows will be on the roads in Detroit and throughout Wayne and Oakland counties, said Ron Brundidge, manager of the Detroit Department of Public Works Street Maintenance Division.

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...

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.

Reed welcomes shot at game-winning kick (AP)
As a member of the Steelers, Jeff Reed couldn't have been happier when Mike Vanderjagt missed a last-second field goal try. As a member of the NFL's fraternity of kickers, Reed was disappointed for his compatriot. The normally accurate Vanderjagt was way wide right from 46 yards, allowing Pittsburgh to hang to a 21-18 playoff victory over Indianapolis.

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.

Redskins CB Springs spends night in jail (AP)
Washington Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs spent a night in jail this week stemming from a September arrest on reckless driving charges. Springs was stopped Sept. 2 on the Dulles Greenway after his 2003 Mercedes was clocked at 98 mph in a 65-mph zone, Virginia State Police Sgt. Terry Licklider said Friday night.

Magnificent sevens
Here's who should be backing up the starting fives at the NBA All-Star game in Houston.

Mavericks roll to 11th straight win (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks have used a new formula while matching the NBA's longest winning streak this season. They've done it with defense and without Dirk Nowitzki as their leading scorer every night. Josh Howard had 23 points to lead Dallas in scoring for the fourth straight game, and the Mavs beat Seattle 110-91 Saturday night for their 11th straight victory.

Jackson leads Pacers past Pistons, 93-85 (AP)
Just by playing, Stephen Jackson showed the Pacers the toughness they needed to beat Detroit. Jackson shook off a recent injury that sent him to the hospital to score 20 points and grab seven rebounds, and Indiana upset the rival Pistons 93-85 Saturday night. The Pacers won their second in a row after a six-game losing streak.

Carter has triple-double, Nets top Heat (AP)
Vince Carter made his case on Saturday that he should've been voted a starter for the Eastern Conference for this month's All-Star game. Carter had 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double and the New Jersey Nets beat the Miami Heat 105-92 for their 10th straight home win.

Mason, Paul power Hornets past Lakers (AP)
Desmond Mason wanted to pressure Kobe Bryant on the defensive end. Bryant just wants his teammates to take some pressure off him on the offensive end. Mason scored 21 points and Chris Paul added 19 points and 13 assists Saturday night, leading the New Orleans Hornets over Los Angeles 106-90 and past the Lakers in the Western Conference standings.

Iverson scores 34 in return, Sixers win (AP)
Allen Iverson went back to breaking his opponents ankles. Iverson scored 34 points with nine assists in his return to the starting lineup and did what he almost always does against Cleveland, leading the Philadelphia 76ers over the Cavaliers 100-95 on Saturday night. Iverson, who has had some of his biggest games against the Cavs, missed the previous four games with bad ankles.

Marion, Nash help Suns rout Bulls (AP)
Unaccustomed as they were to playing at home recently, the Phoenix Suns were rusty in the first half against the Chicago Bulls. Once they found the range in the second half, it was no contest. Shawn Marion had 26 points and 11 rebounds, All-Star game starter Steve Nash added 21 points and seven assists, and the Suns beat the Bulls 118-101 Saturday night for their third straight victory.

Miller's steal and layup lifts Nuggets (AP)
Redemption came quickly for Andre Miller, Marcus Camby and Carmelo Anthony. The trio provided the heroics in the final seconds of Denver's 105-104 win over the Portland Trail Blazers that snapped a four-game skid after each of them had made big blunders that could have cost the Nuggets the game. Miller, who missed four free throws in the closing minutes, came up biggest of all, stealing the ball at...

Wizards end Hawks win streak at three (AP)
Antawn Jamison had three stitches in his lip, his 23rd double-double, and the admiration of teammate Caron Butler. "He's my idol," Butler said after Jamison scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Wizards' 98-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. "He carries himself well on and off the court, plus he's got on Louis Vuitton shoes.

Bucks win despite 8-point second quarter (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks came up with their best defensive effort of the season to overcome one bad quarter. Michael Redd scored 23 points in his return to the lineup as the Bucks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 88-78 Saturday night, despite tying a franchise low by scoring only eight points in the second quarter.

Power rankings
Days after beating Ottawa to the punch by acquiring Doug Weight, Carolina jumps the Senators in the rankings.

Wings hand Avs first shutout of season (AP)
Before Manny Legace blew out the candles, he shut out the Avalanche. Legace, who turned 33 Saturday, handed Colorado its first shutout of the season, leading Detroit past the Avalanche 3-0 at the Pepsi Center. "I finally won one on my birthday," Legace said. "I've been playing games on my birthday all my life and lost them all -- until this one." Legace (22-6-2) stopped 28 shots.

Jagr's OT goal lifts Rangers into first (AP)
The New York Rangers aren't satisfied with simply returning to the playoffs for the first time since Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier were starring on Broadway. Instead, the resurgent Rangers have their sights on winning the Atlantic Division. Jaromir Jagr scored 1:24 into overtime and the Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-3 on Saturday to move one point ahead of the Flyers for first place.

Grahame, Lightning shut out Caps 5-0 (AP)
John Grahame has a simple mind-set. "I just think, `No mistakes! No mistakes! Give this team a chance to win,"' Grahame said. The Tampa Bay goalie did just that Saturday night, making 29 saves for his third shutout in his past four games in the Lightning's 5-0 win over the Washington Capitals. Grahame stopped Alexander Ovechkin's shot from the right circle with 5 minutes to play, one of his key saves...

Thrashers end 7-game skid, top Panthers (AP)
Ilya Kovalchuk knew his luck had to change soon. Kovalchuk scored his NHL-leading 36th goal and the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Florida Panthers 6-4 Saturday night to snap a seven-game losing streak. "It was really tough the last half a month," he said. "I think this game is going to turn other things in a different way for us." The Thrashers' skid was their worst since opening the 2002-03 season...

Hartnell powers Preds in rout of 'Hawks (AP)
Scott Hartnell had his first NHL hat trick in Nashville's 6-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night, and then promptly tipped his hat to Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun. Vokoun made 40 saves for his second shutout of the season and the 14th of his career. "Tomas played remarkably," said Hartnell, who also had an assist.

Blues end Stars' six-game winning streak (AP)
The St. Louis Blues are on a bit of a roll. Barret Jackman scored at 2:16 of overtime to lift the Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday. St. Louis has won two straight and three of four. The two-game winning streak is its longest since it took back-to-back games at Columbus and Detroit in November.

Vanek's SO goal lifts Sabres by Senators (AP)
Buffalo rookie Thomas Vanek had something special for his shootout attempt against one of the top goalies in the world. Utilizing what his coach Lindy Ruff said was an "around the world" move, Vanek beat goalie Dominik Hasek to give the Sabres a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators in a matchup of the two top teams in the Northeast Division on Saturday night.

Ducks again shut out Sharks 2-0 (AP)
Jean-Sebastien Giguere spent four games on the bench thinking about how he embarrassed himself and the rest of the Mighty Ducks. When the Anaheim goalie returned from his timeout, he personally made it up to his teammates. Giguere stopped 34 shots and Todd Fedoruk scored in the second period of the Mighty Ducks' second shutout win in San Jose in 10 days, 2-0 over the Sharks on Saturday night.

Markov's goal, Huet's shutout lift Habs (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens are getting solid goaltending even though Jose Theodore is in the worst slump of his career. Cristobal Huet got his first Montreal shutout and Andrei Markov scored in his return to the lineup, leading the Canadiens to a 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Huet, acquired from Los Angeles following the 2003-04 season, made 35 saves for his fifth career shutout, his...

Offseason capsules: Johnson & Martin
Two of last year's title contenders should again make the Chase, but it won't necessarily be easy.

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.

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