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Police Find No Drugs in Austrians' Rooms (AP)
An Italian police officer stands outside a house where members of the Austrian Biathlon team were searched in San Sicario, Italy early Sunday Feb. 19, 2006. Italian authorities searched the residences of some staff members of the Austrian biathlon and cross-country teams late Saturday and early Sunday, looking for banned substances, officials said. The International Olympic Committee also conducted unannounced, out-of-competition drug tests on 'a number of Austrian cross-country and biathlon athletes,' the IOC said.(AP Photo/Tom Curley)AP - Italian authorities who conducted overnight raids at the residences of staff members of the Austrian biathlon and cross-country teams said Sunday morning that their search for banned substances had not immediately turned up incriminating evidence.


U.S. Leads Britain in Curling at the Half (AP)
AP - In a battle of two teams fighting for the top of the standings, the U.S. men's curling team took a 6-4 lead over Britain halfway through their preliminary-round match Sunday morning.

Little Man Comes Up Big in Dunking Contest (AP)
New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson hangs onto the rim during the slam dunk contest during NBA All-Star Saturday Night in Houston, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006. (AP Photo/LM Otero)AP - The NBA's All-Star Saturday turned basketball inside-out. A big guy won the 3-point shootout. A little guy won the slam dunk contest.


Wade Wins Skills Challenge Over LeBron (AP)
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade waves after being presented the trophy for winnng the NBA All-Star basketball Skills Challenge in Houston, Saturday, Feb 18,  2006. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)AP - Dwyane Wade defied the notion that practice makes perfect in the Skills Challenge during the NBA's All-Star weekend. The Miami Heat star edged LeBron James and dethroned Steve Nash on Saturday by deftly negotiating a basketball obstacle course — without preparing for the competition at all.


Sabbatini Stays in Control at Riviera (AP)
Rory Sabbatini, of South Africa, acknowledges the crowd after sinking a putt for birdie on the 10th hole during the third round of the Nissan Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - Even with a four-shot lead in the Nissan Open, Rory Sabbatini is far from satisfied. Never mind that he is playing some of his best golf this year and that his name is on the leaderboard just about every week. Or that Sabbatini shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday and never let anyone get close to him. Not long after his 9-iron plopped down 5 feet from the cup for a birdie on the final hole, he already had a plan for the final round.


Packers Cornerback Carroll Arrested (AP)
AP - Green Bay Packers cornerback Ahmad Carroll was arrested after allegedly arguing with a police officer in a Fayetteville bar.

Nowitzki Finally Wins 3-Point Contest (AP)
Dallas Maverick forward Dirk Nowitzki, of Germany, show off the NBA All-Star basketball Three-Point Shootout trophy in Houston, Saturday, Feb 18,  2006. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)AP - Dirk Nowitzki barely escaped the first round. A few minutes later, he was finally the 3-point champion. Nowitzki won the title Saturday night after coming close twice before, beating Gilbert Arenas and Ray Allen at All-Star weekend.


Pineiro Showing Fall-Like Intensity (AP)
Seattle Mariners pitching coach Rafael Chaves, right, works with pitcher Joel Pineiro at baseball spring training for the team's pitchers and catchers, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, in Peoria, Ariz. The two Puerto Ricans bonded immediately after the Mariners promoted Chaves in October, after he had been a Seattle minor-league pitching coach for the previous eight seasons. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)AP - Joel Pineiro slammed the ball into the pitching mound dirt. He angrily swiped the dark blue cap off his long, dark hair and his glove off his left hand.


Liverpool Beats Manchester U in FA Cup (AP)
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, left, challenges Manchester United's Darren Fletcher for the ball during their FA Cup fifth round soccer match at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Saturday Feb. 18, 2006. Liverpool won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)AP - Peter Crouch scored Saturday to give Liverpool a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup, the club's first over United in the competition since 1921.


Canadiens Goalie Theodore Out 6 to 8 Weeks (AP)
AP - Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore will miss six to eight weeks after fracturing his right heel bone while walking down the frozen steps of his Montreal home, the team said Saturday.

A Cutler above
The rise of Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler has NFL scouts, coaches and general managers buzzing.

Culpepper plans to play for Vikings (AP)
Daunte Culpepper wanted to make sure there was no misinterpretation: He's concerned with getting healthy, not speculation about his future with the Minnesota Vikings. And Culpepper, unless he's told otherwise by owner Zygi Wilf, plans to play quarterback for the Vikings this fall. He didn't respond specifically on Thursday to a report that the team is considering trading him because of his recent...

James Dungy's death ruled a suicide (AP)
The death of the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy has been ruled a suicide, a medical examiner said Friday. James Dungy hanged himself from a bedroom ceiling fan with a leather belt, Dr. Jacqueline Lee of the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office wrote in her final autopsy report.

Reworking McNair's deal to take time (AP)
Tennessee general manager Floyd Reese said Friday reworking Steve McNair's contract is going to be a "long, drawn out process." "This is not going to happen in the next day or two or week or two. It's going to take time," Reese said. "We'll continue to talk on a daily, weekly basis and see if we can't make progress.' The Titans face a deadline in March of either paying $50 million to extend the...

Packers CB Carroll arrested in Arkansas (AP)
Green Bay Packers cornerback Ahmad Carroll was arrested after allegedly arguing with a police officer in a Fayetteville bar. Carroll, 22, was charged Friday with third-degree assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and refusal to submit to arrest, Washington County sheriff's Sgt. Donna Smith said.

Bengals give Lewis two-year extension (AP)
Coach Marvin Lewis got a two-year extension Thursday for leading the Cincinnati Bengals to their first playoff appearance in 15 years, putting him under contract until 2010. The Bengals also announced that their coaching staff will return intact for next season. Cincinnati went 11-5 -- its first winning record since 1990 -- and won the AFC North during Lewis' third season running the team.

Titans reach deal with DE Vanden Bosch (AP)
The Tennessee Titans showed Kyle Vanden Bosch respect, and that kept him from testing a free-agent market that could have made him much richer. "Honestly, it really wasn't that much of a temptation," Vanden Bosch said Friday at a news conference. "I don't know what else would've been out there. I feel this organization ...

Steelers Hall of Famer Stautner dies (AP)
Ernie Stautner, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers and longtime Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator, died Thursday in a nursing home, his wife said. He was 80. Stautner, who went to nine Pro Bowls with the Steelers and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1998, Jill Stautner said.

A few good teams
HOUSTON – David Stern might not be able to handle the truth: His NBA is short on true title contenders.

Little man Robinson wins dunk contest (AP)
The NBA's All-Star Saturday turned basketball inside-out. A big guy won the 3-point shootout. A little guy won the slam dunk contest. After 7-foot Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas proved the best sniper from beyond the arc, the New York Knicks' 5-foot-9 rookie Nate Robinson became the NBA's new jam king. Robinson beat out 6-foot-6 Andre Iguodala of Philadelphia, 6-9 Hakim Warrick of Memphis and 6-9 defending...

Nowitzki finally wins 3-point contest (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki barely escaped the first round. A few minutes later, he was finally the 3-point champion. Nowitzki won the title Saturday night after coming close twice before, beating Gilbert Arenas and Ray Allen at All-Star weekend. With Dallas teammate Jason Terry and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban looking on from the sideline, the 7-foot German finished with 18 points.

Heat's Wade takes Skills Challenge (AP)
Dwyane Wade defied the notion that practice makes perfect in the Skills Challenge during the NBA's All-Star weekend. The Miami Heat star edged LeBron James and dethroned Steve Nash on Saturday by deftly negotiating a basketball obstacle course -- without preparing for the competition at all. "I decided to wing it," said Wade, who will play in his second All-Star Game on Sunday.

Iguodala leads sophs in Rookie Challenge (AP)
Andre Iguodala says he still has some dunks saved for Saturday. The rookies might not believe him. Iguodala broke out his dunking repertoire Friday night and scored 30 points, leading the sophomores over the rookies 106-96 in the Rookie Challenge. The Philadelphia swingman is one of the four players in Saturday night's slam dunk contest, and he had a chance to show his leaping skills Friday.

Barkley, Wilkins among 16 Hall finalists (AP)
Charles Barkley was always among the NBA's most quotable players. And that didn't change when reporters mobbed him after he was named a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame. Barkley urged the Hall's 24 voters to elect fellow finalist Dominique Wilkins, who was snubbed a year ago. "Dominique should have got in last year," Barkley said Friday after the Hall named the 16 finalists for the Class of...

Stern addresses Sonics' future, playoffs (AP)
The NBA might not stand in the way if the SuperSonics ask to leave Seattle, and it doesn't sound like the league will do anything to stop bad playoff draws like the one that appears imminent this season. Commissioner David Stern touched on both topics during his annual address during All-Star weekend on Saturday, and also reiterated that he sees nothing preventing the Hornets from returning to New...

McGrady going through personal crisis (AP)
All-Star weekend has come to Houston during one of the worst times of Tracy McGrady's life. The 26-year-old Rockets star, who'll play in his sixth All-Star game Sunday, won't divulge what's bothering him, but said his personal crisis is as trying as anything he's ever faced. "I'm human, I'm going through some things in my life, things I've got to deal with, and I'm just trying to handle it the best...

Kobe up for big night in All-Star Game? (AP)
Even when it's only an exhibition, everyone wants to ask Kobe Bryant about point totals. Bryant won't make any predictions about how many he'll put up Sunday night in the NBA All-Star game, even though scoring has made him the biggest attraction in the league during the first half of the season. "I just look forward to going out there and winning the game, playing defense, believe it or not, doing...

Pair of NBA's best still love the game (AP)
Bill Russell is such a fan of the NBA that he sometimes watches as many as five games a day. The 72-year-old, who is one of the 50 greatest players in league history, loves the way the game has evolved. "I really enjoy these young guys because the good players work very very hard with intelligence and soul," he said on Saturday.

Pull plug on pros
TURIN, Italy – As interest wanes in the struggling U.S. men's hockey team, it's clear that another Gary Bettman marketing experiment is failing.

U.S. men's hockey falls to Slovakia 2-1 (AP)
Short-handed and down by a goal in the third period, the U.S. had one shot ring off the crossbar and another thump off the goaltender's stick. The American men's hockey team had plenty of chances to at least tie the speedy Slovakians on Saturday night, but instead skated off with a 2-1 loss that made the road to the Olympics quarterfinals somewhat tougher.

Switzerland stuns Canada in men's hockey (AP)
The greatest Olympic upset in Swiss hockey history stood for all of two days. This was bigger, better, more impossible still. Beat Canada? How could they? Some of Switzerland's players felt it couldn't happen and, after it did, they were at a loss to explain. But, proving a team concept sometimes can overcome even a vast disadvantage in talent, Switzerland stunned defending Olympic champion Canada on...

Jagr hurt when rammed by Finland's Ruutu (AP)
Czech Republic star Jaromir Jagr, the NHL's leading scorer, left the ice with blood pouring out of a cut on his forehead after being rammed into the boards by Finland's Jarkko Ruutu during the Czechs' 4-2 loss in Olympic men's hockey Saturday. After the game, Czech coach Alois Hadamczik said Jagr did not have a concussion and possibly could play Sunday against Italy, though he said, "It will be up...

Forsberg's debut lifts Sweden by Latvia (AP)
Peter Forsberg is back. Not surprisingly, so is Sweden. Despite being eased into the lineup because of a slow-healing groin problem, Forsberg set up two goals in his first game of the Olympic men's hockey tournament, helping the Swedes rebound from a shutout loss with an easy 6-1 victory over Latvia on Saturday.

Nabokov, Russia blank Kazakhstan (AP)
Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves in his second straight shutout and Alexander Kharitonov snapped a scoreless tie midway through the second period in Russia's 1-0 victory over Kazakhstan in men's hockey on Saturday morning. Nabokov, who was born in Kazakhstan but grew up in Russia, beat Sweden 5-0 on Thursday in his first Group B matchup.

Czech Republic's Hasek out of Olympics (AP)
Dominik Hasek departed the Olympics on Friday in as big a rush as he arrived earlier in the week, leaving the world champion Czech Republic without one of hockey's best big-game goalies. Hasek, the player most responsible for the Czechs' surprise gold medal in Nagano in 1998, didn't last 10 minutes in the Turin Games before getting injured.

Lawyer: Gretzky, wife won't be charged (AP)
Wayne Gretzky will not face criminal charges in connection with a multimillion-dollar sports betting ring busted in New Jersey last week, and he is unlikely to be called to testify against others in the case, his lawyer said Thursday. Attorney Ron Fujikawa said he received assurances from New Jersey authorities last week that the hockey great was not in any way a central figure in the criminal...

Hurricanes lead East at Olympic break (AP)
Rod Brind'Amour completed his post-game workout and strolled through the locker room with his two young sons, Skyler and Reece. The Carolina Hurricanes had won their final game Sunday before a 16-day Olympic break. Brind'Amour, of Ottawa, wasn't selected for the Canadian team, and the Carolina captain was ready for some down time.

Party time
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Drivers and teams are ready to roll at Daytona, but the fans already have a head start.

Drivers ready to race after controversial week at Daytona (SportsTicker)

Earnhardt's legacy still looms large over NASCAR (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - The date is indelibly etched in history of American sports.

Stewart wins crash-filled Busch race (AP)
As long as Tony Stewart has been racing, he has no recollection of running three-wide at the front of the pack -- until Saturday.

Confident Gordon skips final Daytona practice (AP)
Wearing jeans, a designer shirt and fancy sunglasses, Jeff Gordon watched the final practice for the Daytona 500 from atop his hauler Saturday.

Stewart reluctantly becoming NASCAR's conscience (AP)
Tony Stewart isn't angling to become mayor of the NASCAR garage.

Five years later, NASCAR flourishing despite losing biggest star (AP)
The toughest man to ever climb into a stock car was gone, killed in a violent crash in the final turn of the last lap of the Daytona 500.

Earnhardt, Gordon look to set tone for 2006 in Daytona 500 (AP)
The slate is wiped clean for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon, two drivers temporarily sprung from the shadows of their mortifying 2005 seasons.

Drivers, teams sound off on cheating issue at Daytona (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Instead of emulating "The Fast and the Furious," some of the NASCAR Nextel Cup competitors in Sunday's 48th Daytona 500 might be better suited on an episode of "Cheaters."

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