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Steelers Win Fifth Super Bowl Title (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers Joey Porter (55) reacts at the end of a 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl XL football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)AP - Paint this Super Bowl black and gold. With a whole lot of satisfaction for Jerome Bettis, Bill Cowher and his Pittsburgh Steelers. The final Bus stop featured a little trickery starring MVP Hines Ward, a bunch of help from the Seattle Seahawks and a huge boost from the Terrible Towels, a handful of football fortune that added up to One for the Thumb.


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Pittsburgh Steelers Win One for the Jaw (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher celebrates with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after he rushed for a first down during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl XL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)AP - The Pittsburgh Steelers not only won one for the thumb, they won one for the Jaw. Bill Cowher, the Steelers' jut-jawed and oft-intense coach had made a career of losing championship games — five in all, four in AFC championship games in Pittsburgh since January 1995.


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Steelers' Win Turns on Big Plays (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers' Willie Parker jumps into the arms of receiver Hines Ward after Ward caught a 43-yard touchdown reception from wide receiver Antwaan Randle El against the Seattle Seahawks in the Steelers' 21-10 win in the Super Bowl XL football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AP - A record-setting run. A game-turning interception. A trick play that no one saw coming — until the ball landed in Hines Ward's hands, making him the Super Bowl MVP.


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Steelers Fans Hit Streets to Celebrate (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers fan Canyon Tumin, 7, enjoys the confetti after the 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at the Super Bowl XL football game, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Detroit.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - Raucous and jubilant Steelers fans poured out onto downtown streets Sunday night, celebrating the team's 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.


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Alexander Does His Part, Comes Up Short (AP)
Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander makes a seven-yard run during the fourth quarter of play against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Super Bowl XL football game, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Detroit.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AP - Seattle running back Shaun Alexander had a good enough stat line: 95 yards on 20 carries, averaging nearly 5 yards a pop. There was one thing missing. Touchdowns.


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Raiders to Interview Steelers' Whisenhunt (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, left, warms up as offensive coodinator Ken Whisenhunt walks by before practice  Friday, Feb. 3, 2006 at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The Steelers face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 40 this Sunday.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AP - The Oakland Raiders plan to interview Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt in the coming days for their coaching vacancy.


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Cavaliers' Luke Jackson Breaks Wrist (AP)
AP - Cavaliers forward Luke Jackson will be out for at least seven weeks after breaking his left wrist Saturday night during a loss to Philadelphia, another costly injury for Cleveland.

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.

Chelsea Shuts Out Liverpool 2-0 (AP)
Chelsea's William Gallas, left, scores against Liverpool during their English Premiership League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, west London, Sunday Feb. 5, 2006. Chelsea won the match 2-0. (AP Photo/PA, Rebecca Naden)AP - Chelsea stayed 15 points ahead in the English title race with a 2-0 victory over Liverpool on Sunday to complete a Premier League double over the European Champion.


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Huet, Ryder Lead Canadiens Past Flyers (AP)
AP - Cristobal Huet continues to give the Montreal Canadiens the kind of goaltending they expected to get from Jose Theodore. Huet recorded his second shutout in as many days, and Michael Ryder got his first career hat trick to lead the Canadiens to a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

Super Bowl scorecard
DETROIT – The Steelers weren't the only winners and the Seahawks weren't the only losers of Super Bowl XL.

Final Bus stop a Steelers Super Bowl win (AP)
Paint this Super Bowl black and gold. With a whole lot of satisfaction for Jerome Bettis, Bill Cowher and his Pittsburgh Steelers. The final Bus stop featured a little trickery starring MVP Hines Ward, a bunch of help from the Seattle Seahawks and a huge boost from the Terrible Towels, a handful of football fortune that added up to One for the Thumb.

Cowher finally gets his championship (AP)
Bill Cowher's jutting jaw is one of the NFL's most recognizable sights. So is his sneer, his flying spittle and that nasty scowl that can send the biggest and toughest player scrambling to the end of the bench to avoid him. Something else became familiar about the NFL's longest-tenured coach: the inability to win big games.

Missed chances doom Seahawks (AP)
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was the first to shake his head in disgust and in frustration, right after the decisive play in the fourth quarter. Coach Mike Holmgren was next, just outside his Seattle locker room when it was over. Then in came linebacker D.D. Lewis and right tackle Sean Locklear. The entire Pacific Northwest was likely doing the same thing after the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Steelers' Whisenhunt, Raiders to talk (AP)
The Oakland Raiders plan to interview Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt in the coming days for their coaching vacancy. If Whisenhunt hits it off with Raiders owner Al Davis and senior personnel executive Michael Lombardi, things could progress quickly this week for the team to hire Norv Turner's successor.

Saints schedule return to Superdome (AP)
The New Orleans Saints will play the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 24 in the first event scheduled for the Louisiana Superdome since it was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina. A mural with the news was completed on the outside of the Superdome just before the start of Sunday's Super Bowl in Detroit between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks.

Big plays lift MVP Ward and Steelers (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger's pass floated right toward his hands. Hines Ward made sure he got both feet down in the end zone, then started closing his fingers around the ball. Remarkably, he dropped it. No excuses. The Pittsburgh Steelers' top receiver flat-out dropped it. "The great ones don't miss balls in the Super Bowl," Ward said.

Big Ben now a champion for Steelers (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger set two Super Bowl records. He should be proud of one. The other, he can forget. The 23-year-old Roethlisberger became the youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl in Pittsburgh's 21-10 victory over Seattle on Sunday. "It feels amazing," he said. In the process, his 22.6 passer rating was the worst for a winning QB in Super Bowl history.

Alexander hopes to be back in Seattle (AP)
Shaun Alexander has a feeling he will be back in Seattle. So let the negotiations begin. After the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl 21-10 to Pittsburgh on Sunday, the NFL MVP and rushing champion said he wants to return to the Seahawks. This was the last game under his current contract, so Seattle must decide what to do.

Steeler fans celebrate in Pittsburgh (AP)
Strangers hugged and high-fived each other. Others jumped and yelled with joy. Still others wept openly. "I can't believe it. The stars lined up tonight," said Steve Kamnikar, 39, as he joined other raucous and jubilant Steelers fans on the streets of downtown Pittsburgh on Sunday night to celebrate the team's 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

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

Clips move 11 over .500 for first time (AP)
Even though the Los Angeles Clippers have never played better, Sam Cassell doesn't want their reputation to change. Elton Brand scored 30 points, Cassell added 27, and the Clippers moved 11 games over .500 for the first time in team history with a 115-113 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Rockets top Knicks, win third straight (AP)
With Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming healthy, the Houston Rockets are better than they have been in months. But even after a tough 93-89 win over the struggling New York Knicks on Sunday, the Rockets know they still need to improve. McGrady scored 23 points and David Wesley added 19, including several key free throws late, as Houston won its third straight game.

Cavs' F Jackson out with broken wrist (AP)
Cavaliers forward Luke Jackson will be out for at least seven weeks after breaking his left wrist Saturday night during a loss to Philadelphia, another costly injury for Cleveland. Jackson has gotten more playing time with starter Larry Hughes sidelined following finger surgery. But Jackson will be gone during a crucial stretch for the Cavs, who have lost two in a row following a seven-game winning...

Kings find shooting touch to beat Jazz (AP)
Kenny Thomas' dunk 28 seconds into the fourth quarter clearly had a little extra oomph behind it. Just like that, the Sacramento Kings knew they would score more baskets than they managed in the same quarter two days earlier against the Utah Jazz. Mike Bibby scored 23 points, Kevin Martin added 20 and the Kings hit more than enough field goals in the fourth quarter of a 96-78 victory Sunday.

Raptors say Davis will play for team (AP)
Antonio Davis will honor his contract to play in Toronto, Raptors interim general manager Wayne Embry said Sunday. Davis was acquired Friday in a deal that sent Jalen Rose, a first-round draft pick and cash to the New York Knicks. He met with Embry and coach Sam Mitchell on Saturday morning, took a physical, then flew to New York to gather his belongings before heading to Chicago to meet with his...

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.

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

Another shutout for Habs' Huet (AP)
Cristobal Huet continues to give the Montreal Canadiens the kind of goaltending they expected to get from Jose Theodore. Huet recorded his second shutout in as many days, and Michael Ryder got his first career hat trick to lead the Canadiens to a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. Huet, who got his first Montreal shutout in Saturday's 2-0 win over Boston, made 25 saves to win...

Weight lifts Hurricanes in SO (AP)
It didn't take long for Doug Weight to have an impact on the Carolina Hurricanes. Weight, playing in just his second game for Carolina, scored the game-winning goal in the shootout to lift the surging Hurricanes to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Carolina goalie Martin Gerber, who stopped three shots during the shootout, stuffed a Sergei Samsonov attempt to secure the win.

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.

Lightning's Grahame beats Capitals 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 seven-game skid (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 helps Preds rout Blackhawks 6-0 (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 over Sens (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.

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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