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NEWS FROM 2006-03-01
Schmidt: Rose Sunk by Lack of Remorse
AP - Mike Schmidt thinks Pete Rose's lack of remorse caused baseball commissioner Bud Selig not to reinstate the career hits leader.
Upshaw Calls NFL Labor Talks 'Deadlocked'
AP - NFL labor talks broke off Tuesday three days before the start of free agency, leaving teams and players in a quandary about negotiating new contracts.
Vanderbilt's Cutler a Hot Topic for NFL
AP - Jay Cutler will be leaving Vanderbilt with much more than an excellent education.
Boston College Earns First-Round ACC Bye
AP - Boston College will get a day off as a reward for salvaging its inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference season.
Canucks Tie Flames for Northwest Lead
AP - Crippled by an injury-riddled defense and a jet-lagged offense, the Vancouver Canucks showed their resiliency. Markus Naslund and Anson Carter scored second-period goals nine seconds apart to lead the Canucks to a 2-1 win over Calgary on Tuesday night, moving Vancouver into a tie with the Flames atop the Northwest Division.
Texans Release Safety Coleman
AP - The Houston Texans released safety Marcus Coleman, quarterback Tony Banks and running back Tony Hollings on Tuesday.
Bryant's 28 Helps Lakers Beat Magic
AP - Kobe Bryant seemed to pace himself until the Los Angeles Lakers needed him in their victory over the Orlando Magic.
For Dodgers' Lowe, It's Starting Over
AP - Derek Lowe was having a difficult time focusing upon arrival at the Los Angeles Dodgers' clubhouse.
Convey Making Name for Himself in England
AP - Bobby Convey finally got to play in England on the basis of three videos. Now he's on the highlight packages as Reading heads for the Premier League for the first time.
Thornton Powers Sharks Past Red Wings
AP - Joe Thornton knew the San Jose Sharks caught Detroit on the right night. He'd like to see Red Wings at full strength — in the playoffs. Thornton had a goal and three assists and Jonathan Cheechoo also scored one of San Jose's franchise-record five power play goals as the Sharks beat the short-handed Red Wings 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Houston has no problem
INDIANAPOLIS – With lots of options with the top pick, the Texans came away as the combine's big winner.
NFL labor talks break off (AP)
NFL labor talks broke off three days before the start of free agency, leaving teams and players in a quandary about negotiating new contracts. Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, spent the last three days meeting in New York and Washington with commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
Former Falcons OL Clardige dies at 27 (AP)
Former Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Travis Claridge, who played for Hamilton of the Canadian Football League last year, died Tuesday after being found unconscious at his home in Las Vegas, according to the CFL team. The 27-year-old Claridge died after being taken to a hospital, the team announced.
Vandy's Cutler is talk of the NFL Draft (AP)
Jay Cutler will be leaving Vanderbilt with much more than an excellent education. He is the current hot topic of the NFL draft, shooting so far up the charts after a strong performance at the combine that some analysts now consider him the top quarterback available -- ahead of even Matt Leinart and Vince Young.
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.
QB Pennington wants to stay with Jets (AP)
Chad Pennington wants to stay with the New York Jets and hopes to come to an agreement with the team on a renegotiated contract. Pennington said Tuesday on a conference call from Bradenton, Fla., where he is rehabbing his injured right shoulder, that the biggest issue was finding "middle ground." "I'm an optimist," the quarterback said.
Moulds rejects Bills' offer to redo deal (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 Eller charged with DUI (AP)
NFL Hall of Famer Carl Eller was charged Tuesday with drunken driving, and a prosecutor said the former Minnesota Viking likely faces probation and community service if convicted. A Minnesota State Patrol trooper clocked Eller driving at 97 mph in a 55-mph zone and reported him driving erratically on Interstate 394 in Golden Valley early Sunday, the criminal complaint said.
Miami forecast: Heat wave
With Shaquille O'Neal rounding into playoff form, the Heat have officially joined the NBA's elite.
Former Suns GM Colangelo joins Raptors (AP)
Bryan Colangelo joined the Toronto Raptors as its president and general manager Tuesday, ready to leave his imprint on a new team after splitting with a club that didn't offer him a contract extension. Colangelo was introduced a day after he resigned as general manager and president of the Phoenix Suns -- a team in which his father, Jerry Colangelo, is chairman and chief executive.
Two Bulls injured in win over Wolves (AP)
Malik Allen crashed to the court and stayed there for several nerve-racking minutes before being taken to the hospital. Then, there was Chris Duhon lying face down underneath the Minnesota Timberwolves basket, a bruised jaw ending his night. The Chicago Bulls kept at it, though. Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 30 points and tied a career high with 13 rebounds Tuesday night in a costly 111-100...
Bulls' Allen in hospital, Duhon hurt too (AP)
Chicago Bulls forward Malik Allen had at least a sprained neck and was undergoing more tests at a hospital to determine the extent of his injuries, trainer Fred Tedeschi said after Tuesday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Allen was injured when he rotated to guard a driving Rashad McCants 20 seconds into the second quarter.
Kobe's helps Lakers put Magic away late (AP)
Kobe Bryant seemed to pace himself until the Los Angeles Lakers needed him in their victory over the Orlando Magic. Bryant took only six shots in the first half, but started putting the ball up late in the game when the Magic staged a mild threat, and he scored the Lakers' final 10 points in Tuesday night's 102-87 victory.
New-look Sonics hold off Hornets (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics began a 25-game run with their new roster on Tuesday night in a positive manner. Ray Allen scored 33 points and the Sonics held off a major fourth-quarter rally for a 114-104 win over the New Orleans Hornets. Playing its first game with newly acquired players Earl Watson, Chris Wilcox and Mike Wilks all available, Seattle won for just the third time in the last 13 games.
Stern: NBA wants Blazers in Portland (AP)
NBA Commissioner David Stern said Tuesday the league wants to find a way to help the Trail Blazers stop losing money in order to keep the team in Portland. Owner Paul Allen made team finances public last week, estimating the Trail Blazers could lose $100 million over the next three years. Lance Conn, the head of Allen's investment firm, Vulcan Capital, blamed what he called the worst arena lease in...
Maggette to resume full-contact practice (AP)
Corey Maggette was cleared to resume full-contact practice with the Los Angeles Clippers after examination by the team physician Tuesday. Maggette has missed 38 games since separating a ligament in his left foot during a game with Miami on Dec. 5. No timetable was set for Maggette to return to action. He averaged 21.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in 13 games this season, The Clippers also listed center...
Claxton out for Tuesday, Wednesday games (AP)
Hornets guard Speedy Claxton missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle Tuesday night against Seattle, and coach Byron Scott said Claxton would not play Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Clippers. Claxton hasn't played since Feb. 21 at Indiana, when he scored six points in 25 minutes.
SuperSonics waive G Brunson (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics waived reserve guard Rick Brunson on Tuesday after acquiring guards Earl Watson and Mike Wilks before the trade deadline. Brunson signed as a free agent in the offseason to serve as a backup to Luke Ridnour, but struggled with foot injuries and played in just four games. Brunson missed nearly three months after tearing the fascia in his left foot in late November.
Sharks net five PP goals, rout Red Wings (AP)
Joe Thornton knew the San Jose Sharks caught Detroit on the right night. He'd like to see Red Wings at full strength -- in the playoffs. Thornton had a goal and three assists and Jonathan Cheechoo also scored one of San Jose's franchise-record five power play goals as the Sharks beat the short-handed Red Wings 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Canucks win, move into first-place tie (AP)
Crippled by an injury-riddled defense and a jet-lagged offense, the Vancouver Canucks showed their resiliency. Markus Naslund and Anson Carter scored second-period goals nine seconds apart to lead the Canucks to a 2-1 win over Calgary on Tuesday night, moving Vancouver into a tie with the Flames atop the Northwest Division.
Panthers dominate Lightning 8-2 (AP)
The Florida Panthers started their drive for the postseason in grand fashion. Chris Gratton, Olli Jokinen and Joe Nieuwendyk each had two goals to help the Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 8-2 on Tuesday night. Florida is eight points behind eighth-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference. "It was amazing," Jokinen said.
Avalanche G Aebischer beats Wild again (AP)
Beating the Minnesota Wild has become almost routine to David Aebischer. Aebischer stopped 33 shots and continued his mastery of Minnesota as the Colorado Avalanche won 4-2 on Tuesday night. "I have played pretty well against them," said the Colorado goalie. "It just seems like the guys play well in front of me and I make the saves I have to make." Aebischer improved to 4-0 against the Wild this...
Higgins powers Habs past Islanders 5-3 (AP)
Christopher Higgins had a big game for the Montreal Canadiens at the expense of his hometown team. The Long Island native scored two goals to help the Canadiens beat the New York Islanders 5-3 on Tuesday night in the first game for both teams since the Olympic break. "I'm really, really happy that I'm able to play in front of my family and friends," Higgins said.
Lemieux leaves hospital after treatment (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux left a hospital Tuesday, one day after undergoing a medical procedure to help control his irregular heartbeat. The 40-year-old Lemieux had a procedure known as cardiac ablation. A catheter was inserted through a blood vessel and was used to destroy a small section of heart tissue that was causing the abnormal electrical impulses that disrupt the heart's...
Caps end four-game skid, top Leafs (AP)
Darcy Tucker was not happy that the Washington Capitals were laughing at his Toronto Maple Leafs. Matt Pettinger scored twice and the Capitals ended a four-game losing streak by beating the struggling Maple Leafs 5-3 on Tuesday night. Rookie sensation Alex Ovechkin, Brian Willsie and Ben Clymer also scored for the Capitals, who improved to 3-1 against Toronto.
Guerin backs Modano's Olympic criticisms (AP)
Mike Modano, maligned for blasting USA Hockey after a disappointing finish at the Turin Games, has at least one supporter in Olympic and Dallas Stars teammate Bill Guerin. Modano was widely criticized for speaking out after the U.S. lost to Finland and finished 1-4-1 in the Olympics. He said USA Hockey failed to take care of travel and accreditation needs of players' families, suggesting that the...
Concussion knocks Primeau out for season (AP)
Keith Primeau promised his wife he wouldn't break down while talking about the premature end of his season because of lingering symptoms from a concussion four months ago. He had good reason to keep his word. His wife, Lisa, threatened to come into the news conference from a nearby room and smack him on the head if he became too emotional.
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.
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)