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NEWS FROM 2006-02-28
Gonzaga Completes Undefeated WCC Season
AP - Gonzaga has won six straight West Coast Conference regular-season titles. Now the Bulldogs get to host the league's tournament for the first time.
Spurs, Mavericks Prepare for Showdown
AP - The San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks will have a few days to prepare for their Western Conference showdown.
Baseball Hall of Fame Elects First Woman
AP - Effa Manley became the first woman elected to the baseball Hall of Fame when the former Newark Eagles co-owner was among 17 people from the Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues chosen Monday by a special committee.
Troy Percival Leaves Tigers Camp
AP - Troy Percival left the Detroit Tigers' training camp and could be headed for retirement.
NHL Set to Return From Olympic Break
AP - Mats Sundin partied in Sweden with the rest of his Olympic teammates at a gold-medal celebration in Stockholm on Monday.
Bucs Re-Sign CB Juran Bolden
AP - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed cornerback Juran Bolden Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
AP - Orlando at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. EST). Kobe Bryant looks to bounce back after scoring only three points in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 112-111 loss to Boston on Sunday.
Red Sox's Canadian OF Feels at Home
AP - Adam Stern grew up playing baseball in hockey country. He was a warm-weather athlete in Canada, a land of winter sports. The Boston Red Sox outfielder shot pucks on ponds with his buddies. He also skied the Alps and even aspires to compete in the bobsled at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver if his career in baseball fizzles.
Thirty of 32 World Cup Teams Play This Week
AP - Thirty of the 32 World Cup teams play in exhibition games this week, with the United States meeting Poland in Kaiserslautern, Germany,
AP - Vancouver at Calgary (9 p.m. EST). The Canucks, who trail the Flames by two points for the Northwest Division lead, lost two defensemen to injuries at the Olympics.
Best of the bunch
INDIANAPOLIS – A.J. Hawk leads a deep linebacker class that figures to make an immediate impact.
Young's reported Wonderlic score wrong? (AP)
Texans general manager Charley Casserly disputed reports that Vince Young got a poor score on the Wonderlic test. Young reportedly got a six on the 50 question test, which grades intelligence and speed of thought. If that were the case, the Texas quarterback would have gotten one of the worst scores in history.
Bills WR Moulds will not redo contract (AP)
Eric Moulds rejected the Buffalo Bills' offer Monday for restructuring his hefty contract, a decision that could lead the team to release its veteran star receiver by as early as this week. "Based on what they're proposing, I guess it's not encouraging," Moulds' agent Harry Henderson told The Associated Press by telephone following a meeting with team officials.
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.
Miami forecast: Heat wave
With Shaquille O'Neal rounding into playoff form, the Heat have officially joined the NBA's elite.
Rasheed helps Pistons sweep Cavaliers (AP)
Rasheed Wallace helped Detroit to back-to-back wins over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and had a few laughs at their expense. Wallace scored 24 points and Richard Hamilton added 22 to lead the Pistons to an 84-72 win Monday night, their sixth straight. Wallace made four 3-pointers a night after he split open Zydrunas Ilgauskas' head with an elbow during Detroit's 90-78 home win.
Finley sparks hot-shooting Spurs in rout (AP)
Michael Finley used the lowly New York Knicks as a warmup for this week's big game against his old team. Finley made all eight of his shots, including a season-high five 3-pointers, and the San Antonio Spurs used a decisive run in the third quarter to beat the Knicks 121-93 on Monday night. He finished with 22 points in 22 minutes, and the game's wide margin gave him plenty of time to rest up for a...
Mavs extend home winning streak to 15 (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks were concerned when top scorer and rebounder Dirk Nowitzki limped to the locker room after spraining his ankle in the first minute of the third quarter. Nowitzki eased his teammates' fears when he returned to score 11 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and the Mavericks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 104-92 on Monday night for their 19th victory in their last 20 games.
Suns GM Colangelo set to join Raptors (AP)
Phoenix Suns president and general manager Bryan Colangelo swung a midseason deal: He's switching teams. Colangelo resigned Monday and is expected to join the Toronto Raptors as president and general manager Tuesday. He'll replace Rob Babcock, fired Jan. 26 by the Raptors. Colangelo was the NBA's 2005 executive of the year after the Suns' retooled roster won a league-high 62 games.
Marion extends Suns' win streak to seven (AP)
Shawn Marion was surprised to learn his 30-point performance marked the first time he'd reached the mark in three straight games in his NBA career. "Really? That's crazy, I thought I did that before," he said. Marion scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half and also had 18 rebounds to help the Phoenix Suns win their seventh straight, 111-94 over the Houston Rockets.
Wade carries Heat to sixth straight win (AP)
Miami Heat coach Pat Riley said he talked to his team for 90 minutes at practice Sunday, and for an hour the next morning at a shootaround. Then, before Monday night's game against Toronto, Riley walked into the locker room with tape over his mouth. "I did not say anything," he said. "I think they got the message." Warding off a possible letdown against a sub-.500 opponent, the Heat extended their...
Garnett fined $5,000 for ball toss (AP)
Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett was fined $5,000 by the NBA on Monday for throwing a basketball into the stands in a win over Memphis. Garnett accidentally hit a fan when he tossed the ball away in the third quarter Sunday. He was reacting in frustration after being called for an offensive foul, and was ejected from the game.
Kings roll to 10th straight home win (AP)
The Sacramento Kings remembered their embarrassing home loss to Portland earlier in the season. They wouldn't let it happen again. Brad Miller had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to help Sacramento beat Portland 115-91 on Monday night. It was the 10th straight home win for the Kings, who avenged a 105-92 loss Dec.
Gasol's career-high 39 lift Grizzlies (AP)
Pau Gasol outscored Washington star Gilbert Arenas and the Memphis Grizzlies had a big second half to snap a three-game losing streak. Gasol scored a career-high 39 points and the Grizzlies shot 70.9 percent from the field in the second half and 58.8 percent overall in their 108-98 victory over the Wizards on Monday night.
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.
NHL returns Tuesday after Olympic break (AP)
Mats Sundin partied in Sweden with the rest of his Olympic teammates at a gold-medal celebration in Stockholm on Monday. Come Tuesday, Sundin has to go back to his real job as Toronto Maple Leafs captain. So do the rest of the NHL Olympians who played in Turin, Italy. After a two-week break for the Winter Olympics, the regular season resumes Tuesday night with six games: Montreal at the New York...
Lemieux undergoes procedure for heart (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux had a medical procedure designed to provide a long-term fix to his irregular heartbeat, the team said Monday. The 40-year-old Lemieux retired last month, saying he could no longer play the game at a high level. He found out in early December he had atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can cause his pulse to flutter wildly.
Concussion knocks Primeau out for season (AP)
Flyers captain Keith Primeau will sit out the rest of the regular season nearly four months after suffering another concussion, a person in the NHL with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Primeau was going to make an official announcement Tuesday at the Flyers practice facility in New Jersey.
Sharks sign G Toskala to extension (AP)
The San Jose Sharks signed goalie Vesa Toskala to a two-year contract extension Monday. Toskala, 8-5-2 with a 3.12 goals-against average, would have become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. "The bottom line is we're here to win hockey games," general manager Doug Wilson said. "I'll put our goaltending up against any team in the league.
Swedish hockey stars honored at home (AP)
Thousands of flag-waving fans welcomed Sweden's Olympic hockey champions with roaring cheers Monday as the players returned home for a hastily arranged gold-medal celebration. Smiling broadly under gold-colored helmets, Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin and the other Swedish players sang the national anthem along with the elated crowd packing a downtown square in Stockholm.
Canucks replace injured D Salo, Ohlund (AP)
Looking to replace injured defensemen Sami Salo and Mattias Ohlund, the Vancouver Canucks recalled Tomas Mojzis and Sven Butenschon from Manitoba of the AHL on Monday. Salo and Ohlund, two of Vancouver's top three defenders, were hurt at the Olympics in Turin, Italy, last week. Sweden's Ohlund injured his ribs and left shoulder sliding into the end boards during a quarterfinal win over Switzerland.
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.
FONTANA, Calif. – California Speedway: Nice place to race, but do people want to watch there?
Race for NASCAR Hall of Fame not exactly wide open (AP)
The race for the rights to NASCAR's Hall of Fame is in its closing laps, and chairman Brian France remains insistent that three cities are still in contention.
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)