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Redick's 35 Leads No. 2 Duke Over Carolina (AP)
Duke's J.J. Redick (4) and Josh McRoberts celebrate towards the end of regulation against North Carolina during the second half of their college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Duke won 87-83. (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)AP - J.J. Redick banished a career full of poor individual efforts against Duke's biggest rival with a virtuoso performance that's becoming all too familiar.


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Mavs Frustrate Kobe, Win 12th Straight (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers'  Kobe Bryant (8) loses control of the ball as he drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks' Josh Howard (5) in the second half of NBA basketball action in Dallas, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006. Bryant was held to 24-points in the 102-87 loss to the Mavericks. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)AP - Josh Howard had 22 points and was one of the Dallas defenders who helped frustrate Kobe Bryant most of the game, and the Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 102-87 Tuesday night for their NBA-best 12th straight victory.


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Gretzky's Wife Cited in Gambling Ring (AP)
Wayne and Janet Gretzky are all smiles as they arrive for the annual NHL awards in Toronto in this June 24, 1999 file photo    Janet and about a half-dozen NHL players placed bets,  but not on hockey, with a nationwide sports gambling ring financed by Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet, authorities said Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/CP, Frank Gunn)AP - Wayne Gretzky's wife and about a half-dozen NHL players placed bets — but not on hockey — with a nationwide sports gambling ring financed by Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet, authorities said Tuesday.


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NFL Defends Super Bowl Officiating (AP)
Referee Bill Leavy reviews the play after Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's one-yard dive was called a touchdown during the second quarter of play against the Seattle Seahawks at the Super Bowl XL football game, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Detroit. The call stood as a touchdown. The NFL defended the officiating in the Super Bowl two days after the Steelers beat the Seahawks 21-10. Tthe league said Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006  that no mistakes were made by the game officials, although Seattle coach Mike Holmgren might disagree.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AP - The NFL defended the officiating in the Super Bowl, and Joe Montana defended himself.


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Jordan Delighted by All This High Scoring (AP)
Basketball great Michael Jordan announces the 2006 Jordan American Classic high school basketball showcase, at Madison Square Garden in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006. The April 22 event will 'feature the country's top high school seniors' and will benefit the Children's Aid Society. (AP Photo/John Marshall Mantel)AP - When it comes to scoring points, Michael Jordan is an expert.


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Tannenbaum takes over as Jets GM after Bradway resigns (Reuters)
Reuters - New York Jets general manager Terry Bradway handed in his resignation on Tuesday, just one month after head coach Herman Edwards left to take over at the Kansas City Chiefs.

Cassell Helps Clippers Sail Past Knicks (AP)
New York Knicks' Eddy Curry (34) dunks the ball against  Los Angeles Clippers Chris Kaman, right, during the first half of basketball action at Madison Square Garden, Tuesday Feb. 7, 2006 in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AP - The Los Angeles Clippers are playing so well that they can't wait for their next road game. Who cares that it's at Detroit?


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D.C. Council Rejects Lease for Ballpark (AP)
AP - The District of Columbia Council rejected a lease for the Washington Nationals' new ballpark on Tuesday, leaving the Washington government and Major League Baseball headed to arbitration.

Birmingham and Preston Advance at FA Cup (AP)
Preston's Daniele Dichio, centre,  turns to celebrate after scoring the winning goal against Crystal Palace during their FA Cup fourth round replay match at Selhurst Park, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006.  Preston won 2-1. (AP Photo / Sean Dempsey)AP - Birmingham beat Reading 2-1 Tuesday night, reaching the fifth round of the FA Cup behind a 67th-minute goal by Julian Gray.


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Gaborik Powers Wild Past Kings 5-1 (AP)
Minnesota Wild's Marian Gaborik, of Slovakia, kicks his leg out in celebration of his second period goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Mathieu Garon during an NHL game Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)AP - Marian Gaborik is finally playing the way coach Jacques Lemaire knew he always could.


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

About 250,000 show at Steelers parade (AP)
Some fans waited 26 years for this Super Bowl celebratory parade. Others were too young to remember the Pittsburgh Steelers' last championship. Some weren't even born. It didn't matter Tuesday as fans of all ages jammed a mile-long parade route -- 10 or more people deep in many spots -- to thank the team for securing the long-sought fifth Super Bowl win.

NFL defends Super Bowl officiating (AP)
The NFL defended the officiating in the Super Bowl, and Joe Montana defended himself. Two days after the Steelers beat the Seahawks 21-10 in the NFL title game, the league said Tuesday that the game was "properly officiated." "Including, as in most NFL games, some tight plays that produced disagreement about the calls made by the officials," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement.

Bradway steps down as Jets GM (AP)
Jets owner Woody Johnson decided a coaching change wasn't enough. A month after Herman Edwards left for Kansas City, general manager Terry Bradway stepped down as general manager Tuesday. Assistant GM Mike Tannenbaum takes over for Bradway, who will stay with the team as a consultant. "It's time to set the team on a different course," Johnson said at a news conference.

MVP Alexander may miss Pro Bowl (AP)
Turns out dropped passes, penalties and disputed officials' calls weren't the only things going against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. League MVP Shaun Alexander revealed Tuesday he sprained his right foot during the Seahawks' championship loss to Pittsburgh Sunday. "I didn't even know it happened, but it swelled up," he said, hours before he and six teammates flew to Hawaii to play in this...

Whisenhunt to interview with Raiders (AP)
Super Bowl winning offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was set to interview for the Oakland Raiders' coaching vacancy Wednesday, a day after celebrating his triumph with a parade in Pittsburgh. Whisenhunt was planning to fly to the Bay Area after the Steelers' victory parade Tuesday and become the fourth person to interview formally with owner Al Davis for the job to replace the fired Norv...

Titans QB McNair added to Pro Bowl (AP)
Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair was added to the AFC's Pro Bowl roster Tuesday as a replacement for Denver's Jake Plummer, who won't play due to an injury. This will be McNair's third Pro Bowl but first in relatively good health. He was chosen as an injury replacement for Brian Griese after the 2000 season, but couldn't play because of a shoulder injury.

Super Bowl sets sports wagering record (AP)
Nevada's legal sports books made money on Super Bowl bets as gamblers set a record of $94.5 million in wagers. Figures released Tuesday by the state Gaming Control Board showed the state's 176 licensed books won $8.8 million -- for a 9.3 win percentage -- Sunday in Pittsburgh's 21-10 victory over Seattle in the NFL title game.

Super Bowl second only to 'M-A-S-H' (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers' victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl was watched in an average of 45.85 million homes, the second-highest total in television history behind the final episode of `M-A-S-H' in 1983. Pittsburgh's 21-10 victory Sunday got a 41.6 preliminary national rating, Nielsen Media Service said Monday, up slightly from the 41.1 rating last year.

After parade, Bettis rides to retirement (AP)
Fittingly, The Bus went last. After teammates soaked up the cheers onstage from an adoring black and gold-clad crowd at the end of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl victory parade on Tuesday, running back Jerome Bettis held the Vince Lombardi trophy high above his head and took the microphone. "I'm so thankful for everything this city has done for me," said Bettis, who announced his retirement...

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

Mavericks extend win streak to 12 games (AP)
Josh Howard had 22 points and was one of the Dallas defenders who helped frustrate Kobe Bryant most of the game, and the Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 102-87 Tuesday night for their NBA-best 12th straight victory. The Mavericks' winning streak coincides with their club-record streak of holding a dozen straight opponents under 100 points.

Johnson, Hawks stun Pistons 99-98 (AP)
Joe Johnson delivered big in the final seconds for the Atlanta Hawks for the second time in three games. Johnson hit a running layup with 7.5 seconds left to help the Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 99-98 on Tuesday night. "Those are the moments I grew up dreaming about when I was playing in my front yard," Johnson said.

Cassell's 3-pointers lift Clippers (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers are playing so well that they can't wait for their next road game. Who cares that it's at Detroit? Sam Cassell shook off a poor game to hit consecutive 3-pointers in the final two minutes, including the go-ahead one, and the Clippers beat the New York Knicks 85-82 Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.

Davis reluctantly reports to Raptors (AP)
Antonio Davis reluctantly reported to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, saying he needed four days to clear his head. Davis was acquired Friday in a deal that sent Jalen Rose, a first-round draft pick and cash to the New York Knicks. There had been speculation that Davis, who was traded by the Raptors in 2003, wouldn't play in Toronto, instead retiring or asking the Raptors to trade him to a playoff...

Wolves top Suns on KG's block at buzzer (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.

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.

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...

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.

Jordan talks high of scoring in HS, NBA (AP)
When it comes to scoring points, Michael Jordan is an expert. So he couldn't help but delight in Kobe Bryant putting up 81 and a New York high schooler going wild for 113. Still, Jordan insisted things would have been a bit different if he'd been guarding Bryant. "If I was on the other side, there's no way I would have been in at the end of that game without six fouls," Jordan said Tuesday.

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

Gretzky's wife in Tocchet gambling ring (AP)
Wayne Gretzky's wife and about a half-dozen NHL players placed bets -- but not on hockey -- with a nationwide sports gambling ring financed by Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet, authorities said Tuesday. At the request of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Tocchet did not attend the Coyotes' game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

Devils with eighth in a row at home (AP)
With two games left before the Olympic break, the New Jersey Devils are fighting for every point they can get. Jamie Langenbrunner scored two goals and Scott Gomez had a goal and three assists to help the Devils beat Tampa Bay 7-4 on Tuesday night to tie the Lightning for sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Wild net 5 power-play goals, top Kings (AP)
Marian Gaborik is finally playing the way coach Jacques Lemaire knew he always could. Gaborik had two goals and an assist -- the fifth straight game in which he's scored a goal -- and Pascal Dupuis added two more goals to lead the Minnesota Wild a 5-1 victory over the slumping Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Forsberg suffers setback in practice (AP)
Peter Forsberg's return to the Philadelphia Flyers' lineup is on hold and the star center's status for the Olympics remains uncertain. Forsberg, the Flyers' leading scorer, left practice early on Tuesday because of tightness in his injured left groin. The former NHL MVP was hoping to play against the New York Islanders on Wednesday after missing the last five games and seven of the previous nine.

Leafs continue to dominate Thrashers (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs keep beating the Atlanta Thrashers -- and accusing them of going after their top players. Alex Ponikarovsky, Darcy Tucker, Kyle Wellwood and Bryan McCabe scored goals and the Maple Leafs beat the Thrashers for the seventh straight time, 4-1 on Tuesday night. "They definitely have been taking their shots at us.

Sim, Luongo lead Panthers in rout (AP)
Florida newcomer Jon Sim gave the Panthers a big lift. Sim had his first career hat trick and Roberto Luongo made 44 saves for his fourth shutout of the season in the Panthers' 5-0 victory over Washington on Tuesday night. "We worked hard tonight," said Sim, who added an assist for a four-point night.

Sharks sign Cheechoo, Nabokov to deals (AP)
The San Jose Sharks signed leading-goal scorer Jonathan Cheechoo and goalie Evgeni Nabokov to contract extensions Tuesday, keeping both from becoming free agents at the end of the season. Cheechoo received a five-year extension while Nabokov got four years. Financial terms were not disclosed. "We're very pleased that both players made the commitment to stay here in San Jose and that they want to be...

Afinogenov leads Sabres to overtime win (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres took full advantage of a big power-play chance in overtime after blowing a late lead in regulation. Maxim Afinogenov scored his second power-play goal of the game on a 5-on-3 man advantage 30 seconds into the extra period to give Buffalo a 3-2 victory over Montreal on Tuesday night, the Sabres' sixth straight win.

Isles C Colley has second neck surgery (AP)
Islanders center Kevin Colley had surgery on his broken neck Tuesday for the second time in six days and will remain hospitalized for about a week. Colley's playing status for this season and beyond is undetermined. For now, the 27-year-old player is out indefinitely. He broke the fifth cervical vertebrae in his neck but there is no paralysis.

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

Investigation: Hendrick crash linked to crew error (AP)
Flight crew errors probably caused a 2004 Hendrick Motorsports plane crash that killed 10 people with ties to one of NASCAR's top racing families, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

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.

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