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Sutton Admits Drinking Before Accident (AP)
David Schmidly, left, president of Oklahoma State University, answers a question at a news conference in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006. Looking on at right is Randy Rutherford, assistant basketball coach and former OSU player under head basketball coach Eddie Sutton. Sutton acknowledged via telephone that he drank alcohol after taking medication for chronic back pain shortly before he was involved in a car accident last Friday.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)AP - Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton acknowledged Wednesday that he drank alcohol before an automobile accident that put him in the hospital and cast doubt about his coaching future.


37-Year-Old Sammy Sosa Likely to Retire (AP)
Baltimore Orioles' Sammy Sosa points skyward after hitting a solo home run against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of this June 18, 2005 file photo in Baltimore. Sammy Sosa probably will retire after rejecting an offer from the Washington Nationals. (AP Photo/Matthew S. Gunby)AP - Sammy Sosa probably will retire after rejecting an offer from the Washington Nationals. "It's more than likely we have seen him in a uniform for the last time," Sosa's agent, Adam Katz, said Wednesday.


Germany Leads Nordic Combined Team Event (AP)
Germany's Georg Hettich jumps  from the Large Hill, during the Nordic Combined team Ski Jumping at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Pragelato, Italy, Wednesday Feb. 15, 2006. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)AP - Germany held on to its lead Thursday after the wind-delayed second jump of the Nordic combined team event, while the U.S. team was next-to-last of the nine nations left in the competition.


U.S. Men Stumble in Opener, Tying Latvia (AP)
The United States' goalie John Grahame (47) reacts as the Latvian players celebrate a goal by teammate Herberts Vasiljevs during the second period of a 2006 Winter Olympics men's ice hockey match Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, in Turin, Italy. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)AP - With a full roster of NHL players, it took a late goal by Jordan Leopold to salvage a tie against Latvia in an opening game for the U.S. hockey team that felt more like a loss.


McEnroe Makes Triumphant Return to ATP (AP)
John McEnroe returns a serve during a doubles match against Wayne Arthurs and Stephen Huss during the SAP Open tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006. McEnroe was partnered with Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - John McEnroe's hair is grayer, his temper tamer and his opponents more powerful than they were when he dominated tennis more than two decades ago. But one of the game's greatest doubles players showed he still has some of the skills that helped him win so many tournaments when he made a triumphant return to the ATP Tour.


Jim Haslett Happy to Be Back in NFL (AP)
St. Louis Rams new defensive coordinator Jim Haslett talks with members of the media in St. Louis following a news conference Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006. Haslett former coach for the New Orleans Saints has been hired as the defensive coordinator for the Rams. Scott Linehan, the Rams head coach, introduced Haslett and 15 other members of his coaching staff during the news conference. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)AP - One frustrating day as a television analyst convinced Jim Haslett he wanted another NFL coaching job, even as an assistant. Haslett was hired as St. Louis' defensive coordinator by new Rams coach Scott Linehan about three weeks after he got fired by the New Orleans Saints. During the brief interlude, Haslett took a stab at TV work during Super Bowl week, but was dismayed that it took 5 1/2 hours on the set to finish a 1-hour show for FoxSports.


Pistons Trade Darko Milicic to Magic (AP)
Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups (1) prepares to get a high-five from guard Carlos Delfino (20) in front of New Jersey Nets Richard Jefferson, center in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Billups score 19 points in their 85-71 win over the Nets. At rear is Detroit's Antonio McDyess. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)AP - The Detroit Pistons cut their losses after taking a chance on underachieving Darko Milicic. The No. 2 pick in the 2003 draft was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Carlos Arroyo for a first-round selection and center Kelvin Cato on Wednesday.


Pitchers and Catchers Report to Camp (AP)
N.Y. Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano throws at the team's spring training facility Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, in Tampa, Fla. Yankee pitchers and catchers officially report to camp for physicals on Thursday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)AP - It's time for the words baseball fans couldn't wait to hear: pitchers and catchers. Just 112 days after the Chicago White Sox completed their World Series sweep of the Houston Astros, spring training began Wednesday when pitchers and catchers reported to a half-dozen of the 30 major league training camps in Florida and Arizona.


South Korea Defeats Mexico 1-0 (AP)
South Korea's Dong-Gook Lee, center, looks back to make sure his goal will stand as he celebrates with teammates Jin-Kyu Kim, left, and Dong-Jin Kim, right, during the first half of a friendly soccer match against Mexico at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)AP - Lee Dong-Gook scored in the first half and Lee Woon-Jae made a crucial save late in the game to give South Korea a 1-0 victory over Mexico in an exhibition matchup Wednesday night.


Moore Files Another Suit Against Bertuzzi (AP)
Team Canada's Jerome Iginla, right of the NHL's Calgary Flames is congratulated by teammate Todd Bertuzzi, of the Vancouver Canucks, after scoring a first period goal against Team Italy during a 2006 Winter Olympics men's ice hockey match Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, in Turin, Italy. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar )AP - Former NHL player Steve Moore filed another lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi for the on-ice attack by the Vancouver Canucks forward nearly two years ago.


The next big little thing
Sinorice Moss hopes to continue the NFL's new trend: big-time play-making receivers in small packages.

Ex-Packers coach Sherman joins Texans (AP)
Mike Sherman wanted another head coaching job and was willing to sit out a year to wait for one. But an aggressive owner, a former colleague and a little prodding from his wife made the ex-Green Bay coach abandon that plan and join the Houston Texans staff. Sherman, who was fired by the Packers on Jan.

Dolphins OT McIntosh arrested (AP)
Miami Dolphins tackle Damion McIntosh was arrested Wednesday on a charge of domestic violence against his wife at their home, police said. Precious McIntosh was treated at a hospital and released. Her husband was booked into the Broward County Jail. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound McIntosh started all 16 games for the Dolphins at left tackle last season.

Cards re-sign Warner to three-year deal (AP)
Quarterback Kurt Warner was prepared to sign with another team if the Arizona Cardinals decided he wasn't in their plans after one injury-shortened season. His daughter, Jesse, had a different idea. "She said, 'Dad, just retire. Just retire so we can stay here,"' Warner said Wednesday. It never came to that once Warner agreed to an incentive-laden three-year contract that could be worth between $15...

Haslett happy to return to NFL sideline (AP)
One frustrating day as a television analyst convinced Jim Haslett he wanted another NFL coaching job, even as an assistant. Haslett was hired as St. Louis' defensive coordinator by new Rams coach Scott Linehan about three weeks after he got fired by the New Orleans Saints. During the brief interlude, Haslett took a stab at TV work during Super Bowl week, but was dismayed that it took 5 1/2 hours on...

Doctor in steroids case to plead guilty (AP)
A doctor accused of writing illegal steroid prescriptions to football players has agreed to plead guilty to one federal conspiracy charge as part of a plea agreement, according to court documents. Alternative medicine physician James Shortt will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.

NFL likely to open season in Pittsburgh (AP)
The 2006 NFL season most likely will start in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7, keeping with a recent trend of beginning the schedule with the current Super Bowl champion. The NFL also is considering an ESPN doubleheader for the opening Monday night on Sept. 11, one beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern time and the second at 9 p.m., NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday.

Jets look to renegotiate with Pennington (AP)
The New York Jets are attempting to renegotiate the contract of quarterback Chad Pennington, who missed much of the last two seasons because of an injured throwing shoulder. These are more than routine steps to get under the salary cap by March 3, the first day of free agency, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because...

It's Milicic time
Finally freed from the Pistons' bench, Darko Milicic has the chance to show off his skills in Orlando.

Pistons deal Darko Milicic to Magic (AP)
The Detroit Pistons cut their losses after taking a chance on underachieving Darko Milicic. The No. 2 pick in the 2003 draft was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Carlos Arroyo for a first-round selection and center Kelvin Cato on Wednesday. Detroit drafted Milicic three years ago just after LeBron James, and ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

Knicks end 10-game skid, top Raptors (AP)
With trade rumors swirling around the New York Knicks, Jamal Crawford says even his own family asks him if he's leaving the team. Good thing for the Knicks he still was around Wednesday night. Crawford made a jumper with 3 seconds left and New York snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 98-96 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

LeBron outduels Pierce, Cavs win in 2OT (AP)
LeBron James and the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers spoiled the highest-scoring game by a Celtics' player in more than 16 years. James had 43 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season and the Cavaliers overcame Paul Pierce's 50-point performance to beat the Celtics 113-109 in double overtime on Wednesday night.

Rookie Paul hurt again in Hornets rout (AP)
Perhaps no player could use a break more than New Orleans' Chris Paul. The Hornets' rookie left New Orleans' 102-86 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night after hurting his shoulder in a third-quarter collision -- the latest in a string of injuries for the young point guard. Kirk Snyder scored 22 points and Aaron Williams added a season-high 14 points for New Orleans, which was in...

Blazers fine Telfair for gun on plane (AP)
The Portland Trail Blazers fined guard Sebastian Telfair on Wednesday after a loaded gun was found on the team's private jet at Boston's Logan Airport. The handgun was found in a pillowcase belonging to Telfair as the team plane was being prepared for a flight from Boston to Toronto, the team said in a statement.

Mavs now best in West, defeat Wizards (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks are right where they want to be. Not now, but in two months when it's time for the playoffs. Dallas goes into the All-Star break with the best record in the Western Conference, alone on top after a 103-97 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. "That doesn't mean anything right now.

Hawks snap 23-game road skid versus West (AP)
The youthful Atlanta Hawks have shown promise at times this season, counting the high-flying San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons among their victims. The Lakers aren't in that class, but the Hawks felt awfully good about beating them Wednesday night since they accomplished the feat in Los Angeles. Josh Smith had 21 points and 15 rebounds to match his career bests, Josh Childress scored 10 of his...

Carter helps Nets end 7-game road skid (AP)
Vince Carter took it upon himself to put an end to New Jersey's road woes. Richard Jefferson scored 25 points and Carter tipped in his own miss with 9.6 seconds left to the lift the Nets to a 95-94 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. New Jersey snapped a seven-game road losing streak with the victory.

Sixers top road-weary Spurs in OT (AP)
Before Wednesday night's game against Philadelphia, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich praised his team's recent play in the fourth quarter. A few hours later, Popovich watched his team fall apart in the final 12 minutes. Allen Iverson scored 42 points and the 76ers made up a five-point deficit in the final 20 seconds of regulation on their way to a 103-100 overtime victory over the Spurs.

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

Gretzky watches as Canada routs Italy (AP)
Canada's scouting report was all wrong: Italy wasn't nearly as bad as expected. Italy's problem was the Canadians couldn't have been much better during an overwhelming second period that was impressive even considering the weak opponent. Jarome Iginla started these Olympics the same way he ended them in Salt Lake City -- with two goals -- and gold-medal favorite Canada survived a brief scare with a...

Moore files second suit against Bertuzzi (AP)
Former NHL player Steve Moore filed another lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi for the Vancouver Canucks forward's on-ice attack nearly two years ago. Tim Danson, Moore's lawyer, said the suit was filed in Ontario Superior Court on Tuesday and that the timing has nothing to do with Bertuzzi's participation in the Olympics with Team Canada.

Hasek injures hamstring in Czech opener (AP)
Goalie Dominik Hasek, who starred in the Czech Republic's surprise victory in the 1998 Nagano Olympics, left Wednesday's round-robin opener against Germany in the first period with an injured left hamstring. Hasek, one of the NHL's top goalies again this season for Ottawa, will undergo an MRI exam Thursday in the Olympic Village to determine whether his hamstring is torn.

Gaborik leads Slovaks to upset of Russia (AP)
Numerous coaches in the Olympic tournament talked about how dangerous Slovakia could be. Russia quickly found out why. Marian Gaborik beat two defenders on a rush out of his own zone with 3 1/2 minutes remaining, and Slovakia pulled off the first upset of the Olympic hockey tournament by beating Russia 5-3 Wednesday night.

Selanne, Jokinen lead Finland to victory (AP)
Teemu Selanne and Olli Jokinen each had two goals and an assist, and Finland gave Switzerland few chances to score against Antero Niittymaki, who made 24 saves in a 5-0 rout Wednesday in men's Olympic hockey. Jokinen got things started with a power-play goal late in the first period, and then added another in the second when the Swedes scored four times to grab a 5-0 lead against Martin Gerber.

Lawyer: Mob not tied to gambling ring (AP)
A New Jersey-based gambling ring linked to Wayne Gretzky had no ties to organized crime, a defense lawyer involved in the case said Tuesday, contradicting the claims of state officials. Officials have said investigators are looking into how deep mob involvement might have been in the sports-betting ring allegedly run by former hockey star Rick Tocchet -- currently Gretzky's top assistant with the...

Ducks' Ozolinsh cleared for NHL, Turin (AP)
Anaheim Mighty Ducks defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh has been cleared to return to on-ice competition after a six-week stay in the NHL's substance abuse program, allowing him to play for Latvia in the Olympics. The NHL and the players' association announced the move Tuesday, a day before Latvia's Olympic opener against the United States in Turin.

Tjarnqvist lifts Sweden past Kazakhstan (AP)
Daniel Tjarnqvist scored twice and lifted Sweden to an easy 7-2 victory over Kazakhstan in the opening game of the men's Olympic hockey tournament Wednesday morning. Tjarnqvist, a Minnesota Wild defenseman, matched his NHL goal output for the season -- just two in 41 games -- before the second period ended.

Ducks D Niedermayer has knee surgery (AP)
Mighty Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday and is expected to be sidelined for at least a month. Because of the injury, the 32-year-old Niedermayer was unable to join Canada for the Olympics in Turin. Niedermayer, who signed with Anaheim as a free agent last year, won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman during the 2003-04 season with New...

Stories of the year
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The battle for the Cup championship is just one small piece of the 2006 NASCAR puzzle.

Drivers leery of NASCAR's playing top cop when it comes to bump drafting (AP)
Ryan Newman had an easy solution for stopping bump drafting.

NASCAR outlaws "bump drafting" at Daytona 500 (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Tony Stewart spoke and NASCAR listened, so the art of "Bump Drafting" is going to be outlawed for this week's Daytona 500.

Gatorade Duel at Daytona lacks luster (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Thursday's Gatorade Duel for the Daytona 150-mile qualifying races have become little more than an event for the fans.

Johnson laments loss of Knaus (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Jimmie Johnson said the loss of crew chief Chad Knaus will not prevent him from contending in Sunday's Daytona 500. The look on Johnson's face told another story.

Johnson prepares for ``a couple weeks'' without crew chief (AP)
Chad Knaus has yet to feel the full wrath of NASCAR officials, but Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team are preparing for life without their crew chief beyond Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500.

Childress, Burton look to start revival at Daytona (SportsTicker)
For two decades, Richard Childress Racing was the team to beat at SpeedWeeks for the Daytona 500.

Gordon hopes to start comeback season at Daytona (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Defending champion Jeff Gordon would like to add to his total of three Daytona 500 victories.

NASCAR hits a few bumps before season opener (AP)
Chad Knaus will probably watch the Daytona 500 on television at home. If Tony Stewart really wants to take a stand, he'd join him.

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