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Turin Bids Arrivederci to Winter Olympics (AP)
A performer is seen during the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)AP - Arrivederci, eh? Turin bid farewell to its Olympics and handed over custody of the Winter Games to Vancouver in a spectacular, circus-like closing ceremony Sunday night, with a legion of clowns, acrobats and daredevils echoing both the misadventures and magnificence of the past two weeks.


UConn Avenges Loss, Tops Villanova (AP)
Connecticut's Jeff Adrien, center,  and Villanova's Allan Ray, right, wrestle for a rebound in the first half of the Connecticut-Villanova basketball game at Storrs, Conn., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006. At left is Connecticut's Craig Austrie.  (AP Photo/Bob Child)AP - Forget revenge or first place. The one thing that kept coming up after No. 3 Connecticut beat No. 2 Villanova was toughness. After the Huskies' 89-75 victory Sunday left everybody in Gampel Pavilion drained whether they played or watched, coaches and players talked about the attitude and style that has become the trademark of the Big East.


Lady Vols Lose at Home to Unranked Florida (AP)
Tennessee's Lindsey Moss, left, and Sybil Dosty sit in the final minutes of their basketball game Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006 in Knoxville, Tenn. Florida won in overtime 95-93. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)AP - Tennessee doesn't seem so dominant anymore. The No. 5 Lady Vols lost at home to an unranked team for the second time in school history and first time in 22 years, falling 95-93 to Florida in overtime Sunday.


Big Hurtful: GM Calls Thomas 'an Idiot' (AP)
World Series Champion Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams looks out over the practice fields during spring training at the Sox training facility in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006. Seething Chicago White Sox general manager  Williams fired back at former slugger Frank Thomas on Sunday, calling him 'an idiot' and saying 'he's selfish' after his latest comments criticizing his ex-team. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)AP - Angry and disgusted with the latest comments from former slugger Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams fired back Sunday, calling the two-time MVP "an idiot."


Ogilvy Wins Match Play After Long Journey (AP)
Australian Geoff Ogilvy holds up the Walter Hagen Cup after his victory in the finals at the World Match Play Golf Championship Sunday Feb. 26, 2006 in Carlsbad, Calif. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)AP - Geoff Ogilvy never imagined himself winning the Match Play Championship. He was too busy looking for the exit.


Hall of Famer Carl Eller Arrested for DUI (AP)
AP - Hall of Famer Carl Eller was arrested for driving under the influence early Sunday morning, according to the state patrol.

Hornets Pull Away, Beat Blazers in 4th (AP)
Portland Trail Blazers' Brian Skinner, left, blocks a shot by New Orleans Hornets' Rasual Butler (45) during the first half of basketball in Portland, Ore.,Sunday Feb. 26, 2006.  (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)AP - New Orleans coach Byron Scott told his team at the half that they would need to get serious to beat the Portland Trail Blazers. David West got the message, scoring 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Hornets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 88-75 on Sunday night.


Japan look to underline Asian dominance in baseball (Reuters)
Reuters - Ichiro Suzuki, Park Chan-ho and Chien-Ming Wang are among the Major League Baseball players in Tokyo this week for the Asian leg of the World Baseball Classic.

Kewell Scores in Liverpool Win (AP)
Liverpool's Harry Kewell, right, scores as Manchester City's Danny Mills attempts a challenge during their English Premiership League soccer match at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Sunday Feb. 26, 2006. Liverpool won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/PA, Martin Rickett)AP - Harry Kewell scored for Liverpool in a 1-0 win over 10-man Manchester City in the English Premier League on Sunday, while Wayne Rooney scored twice to help Manchester United win the League Cup.


Calgary Flames Recall D Mark Giordano (AP)
AP - The Calgary Flames recalled defenseman Mark Giordano from the AHL on Sunday.

The complete package
INDIANAPOLIS – N.C. State end Mario Williams is quick, versatile and coveted by NFL defensive coordinators.

Texans may trade top overall draft pick (AP)
Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush might not land with the Houston Texans after all. Texans general manager Charley Casserly said Sunday that the Texans have been talking to teams about possibly trading the first pick in the 2006 draft. It has been widely speculated that the Heisman Trophy winning running back out of Southern California would end up with the Texans because they recently gave...

Hall of Famer Carl Eller arrested (AP)
Hall of Famer Carl Eller was arrested for driving under the influence early Sunday morning, according to the state patrol. A trooper stopped the former Minnesota Vikings' star in suburban Golden Valley after clocking Eller going 97 mph in a 55 mph zone on westbound Interstate 394 around 3:30 a.m., said Lt.

Colts gamble, don't tag RB James (AP)
Colts president Bill Polian is gambling with Edgerrin James. Yes, he wants the two-time rushing champ carrying the ball for Indianapolis next season, but as James prepares for free agency, Polian is hoping salary-cap restrictions will help keep James from leaving. Still, Polian believes there is a "50-50" chance of James coming back to Indy.

Ryans set to take all-around game to NFL (AP)
Some players come to the NFL scouting combine expecting to answer questions about past indiscretions. DeMeco Ryans' biggest issue will be explaining time management. From graduating cum laude one semester early at Alabama to helping Hurricane Katrina victims last fall to emerging as one of the top linebackers in this year's draft, Ryans has seemingly done it all -- on and off the field.

Pats don't give Vinatieri franchise tag (AP)
Adam Vinatieri may get a chance to test free agency after the New England Patriots declined to protect the man who kicked two Super Bowl-winning field goals with the franchise player tag. The designation would have forced the team to commit to a one-year $3 million offer to Vinatieri. Without the tag, the team will not be compensated if he signs with someone else.

Saban offers help to Ricky Williams (AP)
Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban is offering his support to troubled running back Ricky Williams. In his first comments about Williams' latest failed drug test, Saban said Friday he wanted to help Williams stay clean, avoid any additional trouble and help the NFL keep drug tests confidential as required by league rules.

Colts DL Brock signs five-year deal (AP)
Defensive lineman Raheem Brock signed a five-year contract Friday that makes sure one of the Indianapolis Colts' most versatile defenders stays off the free agent market. Brock, who tied a career-high with 6 1/2 sacks last season, was set to become an unrestricted free agent March 3. "He's extremely happy that coach (Tony) Dungy and Bill Polian expressed that they wanted to have him back and we...

Much ado about nothing
Deals went down before the NBA's much-hyped trade deadline, but none was big enough to alter the balance of power.

Pierce's 39 help Celtics top Lakers (AP)
Now that the Boston Celtics are through playing in February, Paul Pierce can reflect on perhaps the finest month of his eight-year NBA career. Pierce scored 39 points, including the deciding free throw with 3.2 seconds remaining, and also had seven rebounds, four assists and two steals Sunday, leading the Boston Celtics to a 112-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ben Wallace helps Pistons top Cavs 90-78 (AP)
Ben Wallace doesn't get MVP consideration or hit dramatic shots like his All-Star teammates. But none of the Detroit Pistons have any doubt about which player is at the heart of their 46-9 start. Sunday, Wallace had 11 points and 19 rebounds as the Pistons beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 90-78. "They might as well take the Defensive Player of the Year award and send it to Ben," Pistons coach Flip...

Nets lose Carter, fall 101-91 to Pacers (AP)
Peja Stojakovic's reputation as a scorer is well established, while new teammate Fred Jones has only recently started to carve out a name for himself. Together, the two are turning into a potent one-two punch for Indiana. Stojakovic and Jones scored 22 points apiece and the Pacers beat the New Jersey Nets 101-91 Sunday night to snap a six-game road losing streak.

Wolves win despite Garnett's ejection (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Memphis Grizzlies in the fourth quarter without Kevin Garnett. Now, they have to wait and see if the NBA decides to keep the former MVP on the sidelines even longer. Ricky Davis scored a season-high 35 points to help the Timberwolves overcome Garnett's ejection and defeat the Grizzlies 105-99 on Sunday.

West lifts Hornets past Blazers 88-75 (AP)
New Orleans coach Byron Scott told his team at the half that they would need to get serious to beat the Portland Trail Blazers. David West got the message, scoring 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Hornets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 88-75 on Sunday night. The Hornets used a 12-4 run in the fourth quarter to extend a one-point lead to 75-66 with 5:59 left.

Yao, McGrady power Rockets past Magic (AP)
Tracy McGrady was outshined in his second Orlando homecoming. Yao Ming had 29 points and 11 rebounds and McGrady added 19 points, nine boards and five assists to help the Houston Rockets beat the Orlando Magic 89-84 on Sunday. It was McGrady's second regular-season game in Orlando after the Magic traded him a year and a half ago, and the superstar was booed each time he touched the ball.

Mavs rally for 14th straight home win (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks are starting to make a habit of this -- falling way behind before surging back. This time, they were down 24 points in the second half. And Dirk Nowitzki bailed them out again. "We have to find our sense of urgency a little bit earlier," Nowitzki said Saturday after a 115-113 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Arenas scores 46, Wizards rout Knicks (AP)
Gilbert Arenas has a mission for the second half of the season. Arenas scored 46 points, including 33 in the first half, and the Washington Wizards beat the New York Knicks 110-89 Saturday night for their ninth straight home win. "I don't need to say anything, I really don't," Arenas said of originally being snubbed for the All-Star game.

Marion powers Suns past Bobcats 136-121 (AP)
Raja Bell was not involved in many high-scoring games in his first five seasons in the NBA. In his first season with the Phoenix Suns, he has played in both the highest-scoring regulation and overtime games in the league this year. On Saturday night, he took part in the regulation high as the Suns, the league's highest-scoring team, rallied past the Charlotte Bobcats 136-121.

Drawn and quartered
TURIN, Italy – There was never a sense of urgency for Team USA hockey, so a quarterfinal exit shouldn't be a surprise.

Sweden defeats Finland 3-2 to win gold (AP)
Sweden's trio of hockey stars somehow found each other amid the joyous flag-waving and flower-tossing by their Olympic teammates, and shared one final hug. This was the last time Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin and Nicklas Lidstrom would be together, and they knew it. That they combined for the winning goal only begins to illustrate what they have meant to their country, their team, their sport.

Czechs beat Russia 3-0, win bronze medal (AP)
Right result, wrong game for the Czech Republic. The Czechs beat Russia 3-0 in the Olympic men's tournament Saturday night and didn't even try to hide their disappointment. It was one day too soon, for the bronze medal instead of the gold. "Playing for the bronze medal is hard, very hard," Czech goalie Tomas Vokoun said.

Jagr injured in bronze medal game (AP)
NHL scoring leader Jaromir Jagr left the second period of the Czech Republic's 3-0 win over Russia on Saturday night with a minor groin injury and didn't return as his nation wrapped up the Olympic bronze medal. Jagr headed back to the locker room after being injured. He was on the bench in the third but didn't play.

Flyers' Gagne could miss two weeks (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers forward Simon Gagne could miss up to two weeks with a bone bruise in his right knee. An MRI on Saturday confirmed the injury, which Gagne suffered while playing for Canada in the Olympics. Gagne had to be helped off the ice after he was upended by Russia's Darius Kasparaitis in the first period of the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Modano backs off criticism of USA Hockey (AP)
Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano has apologized for the tone of recent criticisms of USA Hockey, saying the "timing was bad" and that he wants to help the organization in the future. Modano blasted coaches and administrators after the United States lost to Finland 4-3 in the quarterfinals of the Turin Olympics and finished 1-4-1.

No-gold Canada rethinks future plans (AP)
All that talent. All that money. All that nothingness. Canada, the land that invented hockey but somehow can't seem to win at it regularly, sent what it thought was its best-ever Olympic men's team to Turin. Oh, it made history for sure, but in entirely the wrong way. O Canada? No, in these games the bottom line was: Russia 2, Canada 0.

Lamoriello to remain as Devils coach (AP)
Lou Lamoriello will remain as coach of the New Jersey Devils for the rest of the season. Lamoriello, also the team's president and general manager, informed players of his decision to remain behind the bench at practice Wednesday. He said the decision was made during the weekend after talks with Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek.

Hasek not sure when he'll return to Sens (AP)
Ottawa Senators goalie Dominik Hasek said there's "very little chance" he'll be able to play when the NHL resumes March 1 and isn't sure when he'll return from a groin injury that forced him to withdraw from the Olympics. "Of course I'm worried, I'll be honest," the 41-year-old said Tuesday as he met with reporters for the first time since returning from the Turin Games.

Neck injury ends Isles F Colley's career (AP)
Islanders forward Kevin Colley will end his hockey career after breaking his neck in a headfirst crash into the boards last month. Colley, who played only 16 games in his first NHL season, told teammates at practice Friday that his career was over. He broke the fifth cervical vertebrae, but suffered no paralysis, while attempting a check on Washington's Jamie Heward on Jan.

California Observations
Jack Roush continues to dominate at California as NASCAR readies for the road to Mexico.

Kenseth wins California race (AP)
Greg Biffle was the class of the field, and Tony Stewart had a car capable of winning.

Cranky Stewart spars with media at California Speedway (SportsTicker)
FONTANA, California (Ticker) - Just two weeks into the NASCAR season, defending champion Tony Stewart is back to his old, hot-tempered self.

Matt Kenseth wins Auto Club 500 at California Speedway (SportsTicker)

Another strong run for Johnson (AP)
Racing without his veteran crew chief and friend, Jimmie Johnson is off to a fast start in NASCAR's Nextel Cup series.

Biffle wins Stater Brothers 300 (SportsTicker)

Gamble fails for Edwards; Biffle wins (AP)
A gamble by Carl Edwards on fresh tires late in the NASCAR Busch Series race at California Speedway fell short, allowing Roush Racing teammate Greg Biffle to run off to an easy victory Saturday.

Martin wins NCTS Racetickets.com 200 (SportsTicker)

Martin gets second straight truck win (AP)
The rest of NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series is probably already dreading Mark Martin joining the series full-time with his own team in 2007.

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