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Kwan May Be Forced to Quit Turin Games (AP)
Michelle Kwan, of the United States, skates during practice for the Women's Figure Skating competition at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)AP - Michelle Kwan's disappointments usually start when it's time to hand out Olympic medals. This time, she might be out before she even skates.


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Hedrick Says There's More Gold to Come (AP)
Chad Hedrick of the United States celebrates after his gold medal winning race during the men's 5000 meter speedskating at Oval Lingotto during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006. (AP Photo/CP, Andrew Vaughan)AP - Chad Hedrick cut through the ice in his first Olympic race — arms swinging furiously, body gently swaying, mouth hanging open. When he crossed the line, flipped back his hood and caught a glimpse of the scoreboard, it was time to let out a Texas-sized yell. Yeeeaaaaah! "The Exception" was downright exceptional.


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UConn Has Its Most Lopsided Big East Win (AP)
Seton Hall's Grant Billmeier, right, and Marcus Cousin (50) battle for a rebound with Connecticut's Hilton Armstrong during first half NCAA basketball Saturday night, Feb. 11, 2006, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)AP - Even Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun had to step back and marvel at his team's second-half dismantling of Seton Hall.


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Warriors Surprise Cavaliers in Cleveland (AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, reaches for a loose ball next to Golden State Warriors' Jason Richardson (23) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)AP - Jason Richardson was up for the challenge of facing LeBron James. Richardson scored 31 points in a shooting duel with Cleveland's All-Star to lead the Golden State Warriors over the Cavaliers 99-91 on Saturday night.


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Art Shell Introduced As Raiders Head Coach (AP)
Art Shell, left, and Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis appear during a news conference at the NFL football team's Alameda, Calif., headquarters after Shell was named coach Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006. Shell coached the Raiders from 1989 to 1994. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)AP - Al Davis had grown sick of watching his rivals beat up on the Oakland Raiders, outplaying, outcoaching and even out-toughing his team.


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Pro Bowl Set for Fun, and Little Intensity (AP)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning leads the AFC Pro Bowl team in a huddle during practice Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)AP - The ball was thrown perfectly, but it went right through Jeff Hartings' arms.


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Grizzlies Keep Kobe in Check, Beat Lakers (AP)
Memphis Grizzlies' Pau Gasol, of Spain, left, and Los Angeles Lakers' Kwame Brown go for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday night, Feb. 11, 2006, in Los Angeles. The Grizzlies won 100-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - Pau Gasol's low-post dominance and a determined starting backcourt of ex-Los Angeles Lakers were enough to help the Memphis Grizzlies escape Staples Center with a one-point win for the second time this season.


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Yankees Claim Pitcher Rasner From Nats (AP)
AP - The New York Yankees claimed right-hander Darrell Rasner off waivers from the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

Costa Rica Soccer Shuts Out South Korea (AP)
South Korean fans cheer for their team during an international friendly soccer match against Costa Rica in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - Alvaro Saborio scored on a penalty kick 40 minutes into the first half, leading Costa Rica to a 1-0 win over South Korea on Saturday.


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Predators Snap Three-Game Losing Streak (AP)
Nashville Predators left wing Paul Kariya (9) gets a shot away as he is defended by Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Adam Foote (52) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)AP - The Nashville Predators snapped a three-game losing streak with strong play on both ends of the ice. Marek Zidlicky scored two power-play goals and added an assist to help the Predators to a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.


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Upon further review …
Some Super-sized blunders in Detroit have Larry ready to throw the red flag in protest.

Art Shell introduced as Raiders coach (AP)
Al Davis had grown sick of watching his rivals beat up on the Oakland Raiders, outplaying, outcoaching and even out-toughing his team. The swagger that once made the Raiders the NFL's most intimidating team and contributed so much to his mantras of "Commitment to Excellence" and "Just Win Baby" had long left the franchise.

Fun the order of day at Pro Bowl (AP)
The ball was thrown perfectly, but it went right through Jeff Hartings' arms. No surprise there, because Hartings plays center for the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. What did seem a bit irregular was the AFC offensive linemen were running pass patterns before the final practice for Sunday's Pro Bowl when Hartings bungled the reception, not that anybody cared.

Texans extend Carr's deal three years (AP)
David Carr will be with the Houston Texans another three years, perhaps an indication the team might favor Heisman Trophy running back Reggie Bush over Texas quarterback Vince Young with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. The Texans had the option of extending their quarterback's contract for two seasons, but Friday decided to make it three instead.

Kubiak: Sherman mulling coaching future (AP)
Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Friday that Mike Sherman will decide "over the next three or four days" whether he'll coach next season -- and possibly join the Texans' staff. "Mike's going to make a decision over the next three or four days whether he wants to come back and coach this season," Kubiak said.

Edwards expects Shields, Holmes back (AP)
After talking with guard Will Shields and running back Priest Holmes, new Chiefs coach Herman Edwards believes there is a good chance they'll be back next season. He was less confident that troubled wide receiver Terrell Owens might soon join the Chiefs. Edwards and team president Carl Peterson indicated last month they would be interested in exploring the possibility of signing Owens, who could...

Michaels traded to NBC for cartoon bunny (AP)
The deal that allowed Al Michaels to jump from ABC to NBC includes a variety of business transactions -- and one rabbit being pulled out of a hat. A very old hat. By granting Michaels his exit papers, The Walt Disney Co., ABC's parent company, will get back a piece of its history from NBC Universal: the first animated character created by Disney and the forerunner to Mickey Mouse.

Hall of Fame inductees meet in Hawaii (AP)
Rayfield Wright changed positions to try and help the Dallas Cowboys win, moving from tight end to right tackle. He remembers the first play at his new position vividly. It wasn't pretty. "I was thrown back into my quarterback the first time I lined up in training camp," Wright recalled Friday. "I ended on top of Craig (Morton).

Alexander, Barber twins turn heads (AP)
Tiki and Ronde Barber are often mistaken for each other. Throw look-a-like Shaun Alexander into the mix and it causes mass confusion among fans and even their NFC Pro Bowl teammates. Fans have confused Alexander, the NFL MVP, with the Barber twins ever since his rookie year with the Seattle Seahawks in 2000.

Alexander: Seahawks contacted my agent (AP)
Shaun Alexander said Thursday that the Seahawks contacted his agent earlier this week to discuss the league MVP's future with the team. Alexander, who skipped light drills Thursday while resting his sprained right foot for the Pro Bowl, will become one of the league's most coveted free agents if he doesn't re-sign with the Seahawks before March 3.

Ron to the rescue
Ron Artest just might do what he said he'd do – save the Kings' season by leading them to the playoffs.

Warriors minus Davis, Murphy, top Cavs (AP)
Jason Richardson was up for the challenge of facing LeBron James. Richardson scored 31 points in a shooting duel with Cleveland's All-Star to lead the Golden State Warriors over the Cavaliers 99-91 on Saturday night. James regained his shooting touch to score 33 points for Cleveland, but it wasn't enough as the Warriors overcame the loss of guard Baron Davis to snap a seven-game road losing streak.

Grizzlies snap 5-game skid, top Lakers (AP)
Pau Gasol's low-post dominance and a determined starting backcourt of ex-Los Angeles Lakers were enough to help the Memphis Grizzlies escape Staples Center with a one-point win for the second time this season. Gasol scored four of his 31 points in the final 53 seconds, Eddie Jones had 25 points against his former team, and the Grizzlies kept Kobe Bryant in check en route to a 100-99 victory over...

Claxton delivers another win for Hornets (AP)
Kevin Garnett had a simple explanation for Saturday night's disappointing loss to New Orleans. "We never adjusted to Speedy," he said. Subbing for the injured Chris Paul, Speedy Claxton had 28 points and seven assists, and hit two huge shots in the final 2 minutes to lift the Hornets over the reeling Minnesota Timberwolves 100-94 on Saturday night.

Yao leads Rockets by Jazz 102-88 (AP)
Three nights after ripping his team for a bad loss, Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy had plenty of nice things to say about the Rockets' 102-88 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. "I don't want to get painted as a negative quote. I want to be positive," Van Gundy said, allowing a smile. "I'm a (glass) half-full type of guy." Yao Ming scored 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting and Rafer Alston had a...

Bucks beat short-handed Bobcats 99-93 (AP)
Before hustling out of town to try to beat a blizzard to New Jersey, the Milwaukee Bucks again took care of business at home. Milwaukee won its fifth straight home game, beating the short-handed Charlotte Bobcats 99-93 Saturday night. Michael Redd scored 18 points to lead the Bucks to another close victory.

Nuggets end Mavs' 13-game win streak (AP)
After spending a week answering questions about his character and his health, Kenyon Martin let his game do the talking. Martin scored a season-high 34 points, while Carmelo Anthony added 24 points and a career-high 10 assists in the Denver Nuggets' 113-104 win over Dallas on Friday night, snapping the Mavericks' 13-game winning streak.

Spurs end Nets' 12-game home win streak (AP)
In between runs to the bathroom, Tim Duncan had enough left to help San Antonio keep its own run alive and end New Jersey's. Still affected by the flu-like symptoms that kept him out of the Spurs' last game, Duncan struggled early but made some key plays down the stretch as San Antonio beat New Jersey 83-73 Friday night to snap the Nets' 12-game home winning streak and prevent them from tying the...

Brand scores 44, Clippers win 30th game (AP)
Elton Brand couldn't have picked a better time to have one of his best games in the NBA. Brand tied a career high with 44 points in his first game since being named to the All-Star game, and the Los Angeles Clippers celebrated Mike Dunleavy's 1,000th regular-season game as an NBA head coach with a 91-87 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

Nuggets' Martin has spat with reporter (AP)
Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin exchanged obscenities with a reporter as he was getting dressed after Friday night's 113-104 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Martin had asked the reporter, identified by Nuggets spokesman Eric Sebastian as Dino Costa of the Radio Colorado Network, to move away from his locker while he finished dressing.

Power rankings
After opening the season ranked in the bottom five, Carolina enters the Olympic break poised to claim the Presidents' Trophy.

COC prez: Gretzky won't be distraction (AP)
The buzz surrounding Wayne Gretzky and his reported knowledge of a gambling ring will not be a distraction to Canada's high-powered hockey team, Canadian Olympic Committee president Michael Chambers vowed Saturday. The Great One is the executive director of Canada's hockey team, which many expect to win gold.

Jagr scores 40th, Rangers top Leafs 4-2 (AP)
Jaromir Jagr is on a tear heading into the Olympic break. Jagr scored twice to reach 40 goals for the sixth time in his career, and the New York Rangers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 Saturday night for their sixth straight victory. Jagr scored two power-play goals Friday night in a 4-2 victory at New York in the opener of the home-and-home series, and beat goalie Ed Belfour for two more one...

Isles end Devils' home win streak at 8 (AP)
Rick DiPietro gave the New York Islanders the kind of goaltending they will need for a post-Olympics run at a playoff spot. Alexei Yashin had a goal and an assist and DiPietro made 26 saves as the Islanders ended a two-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. The win moved the Islanders five points behind the eighth-place Montreal Canadiens, who hosted the Atlanta...

Lightning post rare win in Boston (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning kept up their strong play and ended a long drought in Boston. Dmitry Afanasenkov and Vaclav Prospal scored two goals apiece, and the Tampa Bay Lightning won in Boston for the first time in nearly 12 years with a 6-5 victory over the Bruins on Saturday night. "Somebody mentioned we hadn't won here in a long time," Lightning goalie John Grahame said.

Pens win again on road, defeat Capitals (AP)
After signing a contract extension and being honored as an Olympian, Washington Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig went out and had a nightmarish game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, leading the Penguins to a 6-3 victory over the Capitals on Saturday night. "Just about everything they shot at the net went into the net and that was the problem," said Kolzig, who...

Kozlov's SO goal lifts Thrashers by Habs (AP)
Slava Kozlov drew inspiration from former Soviet Olympic great Vladimir Krutov and put a fine breakaway move to good use against a tough goalie. Kozlov scored the only shootout goal to lift the Atlanta Thrashers to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Thrashers rookie Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves and stopped Alex Kovalev and Alexander Perezhogin before denying Michael Ryder on...

Kings snap seven-game skid, top 'Hawks (AP)
Defenseman Joe Corvo pulled the Los Angeles Kings out of their longest losing streak of the season. Corvo scored on a power play 40 seconds into overtime and the Kings snapped a seven-game skid with a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Corvo, Craig Conroy and Tom Kostopoulos each had a goal and an assist.

Heatley helps Sens hold off Flyers 3-2 (AP)
Dany Heatley and the Ottawa Senators showed they can win low-scoring games. Heatley scored 19 seconds into the second period and the Senators held on for a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. Ottawa, 33-0 when scoring at least four goals, improved to 4-14-5 when getting three or fewer.

Zidlicky lifts Predators by Jackets 5-2 (AP)
The Nashville Predators snapped a three-game losing streak with strong play on both ends of the ice. Marek Zidlicky scored two power-play goals and added an assist to help the Predators to a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Nashville scored five goals for just the second time in 11 games, and held Columbus to 25 shots on goal -- the first time in six games the Predators...

Grass is Greener
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Every year there are dark horses that could have breakout seasons. Jeff Green tops this year's list.

A Petty revival in NASCAR? (AP)
Petty Enterprises might be on the verge of a turnaround.

Budweiser Shootout postponed due to rain (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

Daytona races postponed by rain (AP)
The first NASCAR event of the season will have to wait a day.

Hendrick lashes out at lawsuit filed against him over 2004 plane crash (AP)
An emotional Rick Hendrick expressed disappointment Saturday about a lawsuit filed against him by the widow of one of his employees killed in a 2004 plane crash, calling some of her claims a ``cheap shot'' and a personal attack on his family.

Petty impressive in Daytona practice (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - It was just like old times at Daytona International Speedway Saturday as a Petty Enterprises car was impressive.

Confusing Daytona 500 qualifying gets under way (AP)
Winning the pole for the Daytona 500 has always carried a bit of mystique.

NASCAR season starts at Daytona (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) Another NASCAR season is here, meaning the roar of engines emanating from Daytona International Speedway.

Earnhardt Jr. confident troubles are behind him (AP)
While Dale Earnhardt Jr. would just as soon forget last season, the lessons he learned have him anxious to start this season.

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