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No. 6 Texas Records Another 20-Win Season (AP)
Texas forward P. J. Tucker (2) scores on a fast break against Texas Tech in the first half of a college basketball game Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Joe Don Buckner)AP - Even after P.J. Tucker pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds as part of No. 6 Texas' record rebound margin, he wasn't entirely satisfied.


Steelers Take Hard Road to Championship (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers' football player Jerome Bettis, waves as he rides with Minnie Mouse in a celebratory parade at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Monday, Feb. 6, 2006.  Bettis and teammate Hines Ward, the Super Bowl MVP, were honored in the parade. (AP Photo/John Raoux)AP - The Pittsburgh Steelers owned the easy road to the Super Bowl all those years they squandered home-field advantage, all those years coach Bill Cowher's teams couldn't stand up to the pressure, the moment, the challenge.


Frustrated Seahawks Hold Off Reflection (AP)
A fan at Qwest Field in Seattle shows his frustration with the officials who called Sunday's Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers as he stands at a welcome home rally for the team Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 in Seattle. The Seahawks were still stinging Monday from a few officials' calls that went against them, such as Darrell Jackson's touchdown catch that was taken away by a penalty and a disputed TD run by Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)AP - No appreciation or consolation for the Seahawks, at least not yet.


Surging Mavericks Await Kobe's Return (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (8) leaps to save a loose ball in the first half against the Dallas Mavericks, Dec. 12, 2005, in Dallas. The Mavericks face Kobe and the Lakers once again on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)AP - Before the Dallas Mavericks held their last 11 opponents under 100 points, a team-record run that coincides with their NBA-best winning streak, they couldn't stop Kobe Bryant.


Johnson, Knaus NASCAR's Team to Beat (AP)
NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, right, talks with crew chief Chad Knouse, left, during a practice session for the MBNA RacePoints 400 at the Dover Speedway in Dover, Del., in a Friday, Sept. 23, 2005 photo. After Jimmie Johnson's second failed attempt to win the Nextel Cup championship, car owner Rick Hendrick summoned his driver and crew chief. There was a rumor crew chief Chad Knaus wanted out, and Johnson and Knaus had no idea where such talk was coming from. By the time the meeting ended, Hendrick was satisfied all was well with his team. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, file)AP - Shortly after Jimmie Johnson's second failed attempt to win the Nextel Cup championship, car owner Rick Hendrick summoned his driver and crew chief.


Rams Add Nine Coaches to Staff (AP)
AP - The St. Louis Rams added nine coaches to their staff on Monday, including Idaho coach Nick Holt.

Determined James leads Cavs to victory over Bucks (Reuters)
LeBron James (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks the ball in front of Jiri Welsch of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first quarter of their NBA game in Cleveland, Ohio, February 6, 2006. (Ron Kuntz/Reuters)Reuters - LeBron James sank the go-ahead basket with 18 seconds remaining to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 89-86 home victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.


Catcher Molina, Blue Jays Agree to Deal (AP)
AP - Gold Glove catcher Bengie Molina and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed Monday to a $5 million, one-year contract, the latest major move in the team's offseason overhaul.

Arena Tells Adu Best Route to U.S. Team (AP)
D.C. United midfielder Freddy Adu, runs during a pre-season practice session with his team, Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 in Washington.  Hoping to make amends after a disruptive end to last season, Freddy Adu joins D.C. United for his first preseason practice of 2006.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)AP - Just before Freddy Adu left the national team last week to return to D.C. United, he was given a message by U.S. coach Bruce Arena.


Guerin Ends Slump, Lifts Stars Over Preds (AP)
Nashville Predators' Vernon Fiddler (38) and Dallas Stars' Mathias Tjarnqvist (23) of Sweden collide in front of Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun (29) during the first period of NHL hockey action in Dallas, Monday, Feb. 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)AP - After going 18 games without a goal, Bill Guerin scored just in time for the Dallas Stars.


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.

Steelers' route was road less traveled (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers owned the easy road to the Super Bowl all those years they squandered home-field advantage, all those years coach Bill Cowher's teams couldn't stand up to the pressure, the moment, the challenge. Maybe this is what was needed to bring out the best in a team that often was among the NFL's top teams, but never played like it when it counted most: the toughest road to a Super...

Steelers' parade set for Tuesday (AP)
The Steelers will celebrate their Super Bowl victory with a parade through downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Mellon Arena, the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It will end at Point State Park, across the river from Heinz Field. The Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 on Sunday for their fifth Super Bowl championship since the team was founded in 1933.

Seahawks still stuck in frustration (AP)
No appreciation or consolation for the Seahawks, at least not yet. Nope, they were still stuck in frustration. The post-Super Bowl parties went into early Monday morning as the Seahawks at least tried to celebrate their season, instead of their somber Sunday. Later, coach Mike Holmgren tried to refocus the team, momentarily, on what it had done and what it still may do.

Cowher finally gets a 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.

Ward's drop a prelude to MVP performance (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.

Raiders to interview Whisenhunt (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.

Pittsburgh gets boost from Steelers' win (AP)
For a moment anyway, Pittsburgh can forget the tough times. The Steelers' Super Bowl victory has made Pittsburgh a city of champions once again, and the region's political and economic leaders hope to capitalize. "By itself, the Super Bowl is not going to turn the region around ... but it's a good complement to what's already been happening," Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato said Monday, a day...

Saints plan Sept. 24 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.

The new Fab Five
With the Rockets rejuvenated by Yao's return, all five Southwest Division teams are shooting for the playoffs.

Sixers miss 19 straight shots in loss (AP)
Jeff Van Gundy has an easy time explaining Houston's recent success. "When we have Yao (Ming) and Tracy (McGrady), we're a good team. It's pretty simple," Van Gundy said. Houston's coach might want to add a stubborn defense to go along with that 1-2 scoring punch, also. Houston held Philadelphia without a field goal for more than a 15-minute span when the Sixers missed 19 straight shots in the second...

Nets extend home winning streak to 11 (AP)
Count Nets coach Lawrence Frank among the many fans of New Orleans point guard Chris Paul. Just don't ask him to trade in his own, older model just yet. Playing for the first time against the heralded rookie, Jason Kidd missed a triple-double by one rebound Monday night as New Jersey (25-21) beat the Hornets 99-91 to extend its home winning streak to 11 games.

KG's block at buzzer saves Timberwolves (AP)
In the NBA, one man's blocked shot can be another man's goaltending. Such was the case when Kevin Garnett blocked Shawn Marion's short jumper at the buzzer to preserve the Minnesota Timberwolves' 103-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. "That was a good block," Garnett told reporters. "I mean, you all saw what you saw, but as soon as it left his hand I got it, you know.

LeBron's late layup gets Cavs by Bucks (AP)
LeBron James delivered what meant most to him when it mattered most to his team -- a go-ahead basket in the final seconds. James powered his way to a layup with 18.7 seconds left and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off Milwaukee's late comeback for an 89-86 victory Monday night. He finished one rebound short of a triple-double.

Wade's 34 powers Heat to rout of Celtics (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal apologized to his teammates and tried to make it up to them against the Boston Celtics. Disappointed with his performance in Miami's loss Saturday at New Jersey, O'Neal scored 21 points to help lead the Heat to a 114-98 victory over the Celtics on Monday night. "I had to apologize to the coach and the team," O'Neal said of his 11-point outing against the Nets.

Bobcats win second straight, rip Sonics (AP)
Just when things couldn't look any worse for the Charlotte Bobcats, they put together two of the best performances in team history. Raymond Felton scored 24 points and Melvin Ely added 23, both career highs, to lead the suddenly streaking Bobcats to a 119-106 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Monday night.

Streaking Mavericks await Kobe's return (AP)
Before the Dallas Mavericks held their last 11 opponents under 100 points, a team-record run that coincides with their NBA-best winning streak, they couldn't stop Kobe Bryant. Before Bryant scored 81 points against Toronto two weeks ago, he had been on pace to do that against Dallas. He had 62 through three quarters, outscoring the Mavericks on his own Dec.

Wizards back to .500, defeat Magic 94-82 (AP)
After weeks of downplaying the quest for .500, Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan turned it into a rallying cry at the start of the fourth quarter. "We've been waiting for two months for this quarter," Jordan told his team. It worked. The Wizards beat the Orlando Magic 94-82 on Monday to hit the break-even mark for the first time in two months, even though Jordan felt a bit sheepish about his...

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.

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

Surging Stars defeat Predators 4-2 (AP)
After going 18 games without a goal, Bill Guerin scored just in time for the Dallas Stars. Guerin scored with less than a second remaining in the second period, finally converting a power play for the Stars in a 4-2 victory over Nashville on Monday night in their last home game until March. "His timing was perfect," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said.

Sens stick Pens with sixth straight loss (AP)
Everybody has been beating the Pittsburgh Penguins lately, and slumping goalie Ray Emery was no different. The Ottawa rookie got his first win in more than a month, Peter Schaefer had two goals and an assist, and the Senators extended Pittsburgh's losing streak to six games with a 5-2 win over the Penguins on Monday night.

Oilers top Ducks 6-5 on Pisani SO goal (AP)
Fernando Pisani scored the shootout winner and had a goal and an assist in regulation to lead the Edmonton Oilers past the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 6-5 on Monday night. Pisani had the lone goal in the shootout, and goalie Mike Morrison improved to 5-0 in shootouts. Ryan Smyth scored twice, while Marc-Andre Bergeron and Jaroslav Spacek also tallied for Edmonton, which scored two power-play goals to tie...

Lightning come back to beat Isles in OT (AP)
Martin St. Louis can always score against the New York Islanders, even when he struggles against everyone else. Sure, the NHL's reigning MVP and scoring champion had gone eight games without a goal, but St. Louis and the Tampa Bay Lightning had a matchup against New York -- a team they own lately. St. Louis scored the tying goal with 1:12 left in regulation and then set up Vincent Lecavalier's...

Flyers' Primeau to decide on career soon (AP)
Flyers center Keith Primeau could be close to making a decision about his future after he met Monday with a concussion specialist in Toronto. Primeau, still recovering from a concussion suffered Oct. 25 in Montreal, is visiting with doctors until Tuesday to see if there's any way he can return to play this season, or ever.

Habs' Huet posts second straight shutout (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.

Offseason capsule: Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards has the talent and the makeup to avoid NASCAR's sophomore jinx.

Johnson, Knaus: NASCAR's team to beat in 2006 (AP)
Shortly after Jimmie Johnson's second failed attempt to win the Nextel Cup championship, car owner Rick Hendrick summoned his driver and crew chief.

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.

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