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NEWS FROM 2006-03-02
Seminoles Beat No. 1 Duke in Wild Finish
AP - Alexander Johnson wasn't around for the finish of Florida State's one-point overtime loss to Duke earlier this season. On Wednesday night, most of the Duke players weren't near the court when the Seminoles beat the top-ranked Blue Devils 79-74.
Iverson Out; Arenas, Billups, Bosh In
AP - Allen Iverson is looking forward to spending the summer at home with his family rather than in Japan with Team USA.
NFL Labor Talks Going Down to Wire
AP - NFL owners will try Thursday to find labor peace before the start of free agency, hoping to avoid the mass dumping of veterans for salary-cap reasons.
Will Baseball Tournament Be a Classic?
AP - So, if need be, would Bernie Williams take out Derek Jeter at second base in the World Baseball Classic? "Better get down, buddy!" Jeter yelled playfully at his New York Yankees teammate on Wednesday, one day before they turn in their pinstripes and head to their national teams.
Nuggets Send Pistons to Rare Road Loss
AP - The Detroit Pistons were trying to figure out what went wrong in a rare road loss.
Veterans dumped ahead of free agency, salary talks stall
Reuters - Carolina Panthers running back Stephen
Davis, Buffalo Bills safety Lawyer Milloy and Miami Dolphins
cornerback Sam Madison were among leading players dumped by NFL
teams on Wednesday ahead of the start of free agency.
Clippers Hold Hornets to 16 Points in Half
AP - Next month will mark six years since Sports Illustrated mocked the Los Angeles Clippers in a feature story that labeled them as the worst franchise in sports history, and put three alleged Clipper fans on the cover with paper bags over their heads. This week, the magazine finally got around to praising the Clippers for their turnaround — four months into their best season in 30 years. Now the bags are off, and so are the gloves.
Barry Bonds series on deck for ESPN slot
Reuters - Now on the verge of
possibly breaking the career home run record of Henry Aaron,
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds will be the focus of
an ESPN documentary series.
Mexico Defeats Ghana 1-0 in Exhibition
AP - Mexico defeated Ghana 1-0 in an exhibition game Wednesday night on Guillermo Franco's goal in the 75th minute.
Olympic Champions Lead Red Wings to Win
AP - The Detroit Red Wings' five Swedish Olympic players wasted little time getting back up to speed after their gold-medal celebration. Swedish stars Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg scored in a 46-second span in the first period and Chris Osgood made 24 saves in the Red Wings' 2-0 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Wednesday night.
Mock draft makeover
Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart are still expected to go 1-2, but Vince Young has been replaced at No. 3.
Owners to make last-ditch try for deal (AP)
NFL owners will try to find labor peace before the start of free agency, hoping to avoid the mass dumping of veterans for salary-cap reasons. The owners were scheduled to meet in New York Thursday, looking to reach an agreement with the players' union that could add $10 million to $15 million to a 2006 salary cap that currently is $94.5 million.
Steelers evacuate theater in bomb scare (AP)
Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers were evacuated from a movie theater Wednesday night after of a bomb threat interrupted a private screening of a new DVD of last month's Super Bowl victory, police said. Authorities evacuated the Loews Cineplex at The Waterfront in Homestead after the threat was received from an anonymous caller to 911, Homestead Police Chief Chris Deasy said.
Panthers release Buckner, Davis, Smart (AP)
The Carolina Panthers trimmed about $4 million off the salary cap Wednesday by releasing defensive tackle Brentson Buckner, running back Stephen Davis and kick returner Rod Smart. The Panthers are still about $3 million over a salary cap that is projected to be about $95 million, pending developments in the ongoing labor talks between the NFL and the players union.
Broncos waive Pryce, Anderson, Putzier (AP)
The Denver Broncos waived running back Mike Anderson, defensive end Trevor Pryce and tight end Jeb Putzier Wednesday, clearing at least $10.6 million from their payroll before the start of free agency later this week. The move could mean Denver begins next season looking very different from the team that lost in the AFC Championship game to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Simms agrees to one-year deal with Bucs (AP)
Quarterback Chris Simms agreed to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday. The signing comes two days before Simms would have become a restricted free agent and allows the Bucs to keep the quarterback who started the last 10 games in the 2005 season after Brian Griese went down with a knee injury.
LB Brackett to stay with Colts (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts agreed Wednesday to a multiyear deal with free-agent linebacker Gary Brackett and offered new contracts to tight end Ben Utecht and offensive guard Ryan Lilja. Brackett, who led the team in tackles last season, was to become a restricted free agent Friday. But his agent said Brackett agreed on a new contract with the Colts, ahead of Thursday's deadline for the team to offer...
Phillips ordered to stand trial (AP)
Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips was ordered to stand trial on assault charges for allegedly driving a car into three teenagers who argued with him following a pickup football game. After a two-day preliminary hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Samuel Mayerson ruled Wednesday that there was enough evidence to hold Phillips on seven counts of assault to commit great bodily injury.
Joe's no longer ordinary
Joe Johnson is starting to show why the Hawks paid so much money to lure him from Phoenix.
Hornets score record-low 16 in 2nd half (AP)
Next month will mark six years since Sports Illustrated mocked the Los Angeles Clippers in a feature story that labeled them as the worst franchise in sports history, and put three alleged Clipper fans on the cover with paper bags over their heads. This week, the magazine finally got around to praising the Clippers for their turnaround -- four months into their best season in 30 years.
Iverson not invited to U.S. tryouts (AP)
Allen Iverson is looking forward to spending the summer at home with his family rather than in Japan with Team USA. The Philadelphia 76ers star said Wednesday that he isn't upset about not being one of the players invited to try out for the U.S. basketball team that will compete at the world championships this summer.
Iverson's 40 power 76ers past Rockets (AP)
Even though Allen Iverson scored 40 points, the Philadelphia 76ers knew it took a team effort to rally past the Houston Rockets. Iverson had 12 points in the fourth quarter, but he had plenty of help in Philadelphia's 106-101 on Wednesday night. "This was a heck of a win for us," coach Maurice Cheeks said.
Nuggets dominate boards as Pistons fall (AP)
The Detroit Pistons were trying to figure out what went wrong in a rare road loss. Kenyon Martin had 28 points and 12 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony added 25 points to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Pistons 98-87 on Wednesday night. "I was trying to provide a lift for us and give us some energy, but it wouldn't come," said Denver native Chauncey Billups, who led the Pistons with 27 points.
Suns shoot 57 percent, win 8th straight (AP)
Amare Stoudemire need not rush back to the Phoenix lineup. The Suns are thriving without their star center, who has yet to play this season after undergoing knee surgery. Shawn Marion had 29 points and 18 rebounds, and Phoenix beat Milwaukee 123-110 Wednesday night to extend the NBA's longest active win streak to eight games.
Heat defeat Celtics for 7th straight win (AP)
After struggling through three quarters, Antoine Walker came through when it mattered most against his old team. Dwyane Wade had 24 points and eight assists, Walker scored all of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to seven with a 103-96 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
Kings send Cavs to fifth straight loss (AP)
The second-half collapse that doomed the Cleveland Cavaliers last season is threatening to repeat itself. Kenny Thomas scored 22 points and Mike Bibby added 16 Wednesday night to lead the Sacramento Kings over Cleveland 97-90, the Cavaliers' fifth straight loss. Cleveland's slump is similar to last season's, when the Cavs won their first game after the All-Star break but then lost six straight.
Gasol shot lifts Grizzlies over Knicks (AP)
Given everything that has gone wrong for the New York Knicks, they had to figure a last-second shot would go against them. Pau Gasol hit a 15-foot baseline jumper with 2.7 seconds remaining Wednesday night to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 101-99 victory over the Knicks. "The way our luck has been going, I'm not surprised," said New York guard Stephon Marbury, who was defending Gasol.
Harrison leads Pacers despite bad ankle (AP)
After moonlighting with middle-age hacks the night before, David Harrison played through a gimpy ankle to give the undermanned Indiana Pacers a lift. Harrison, who sprained his left ankle in the second quarter, scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth to lead the Pacers to a 99-93 win over Washington on Wednesday night.
Gold medalists lift Red Wings over Ducks (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings' five Swedish Olympic players wasted little time getting back up to speed after their gold-medal celebration. Swedish stars Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg scored in a 46-second span in the first period and Chris Osgood made 24 saves in the Red Wings' 2-0 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Wednesday night.
Devils beat Flyers in shootout (AP)
For someone who is hardly a big fan of the NHL's new shootout tiebeaker, Martin Brodeur has certainly warmed to the task nicely. Brodeur improved to 6-1 in shootouts this season Wednesday night, stopping all three Philadelphia shots in New Jersey's 2-1 victory. Viktor Kozlov scored in regulation and had the only goal the Devils would need in the shootout as Brodeur stopped Mike Richards, Petr...
Ward's two goals lift 'Canes over Bruins (AP)
A two-week break for the Winter Olympics did nothing to change the Carolina Hurricanes' third-period magic. Aaron Ward scored two goals -- including the go-ahead score late in the third -- to help the Hurricanes rally for a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night, giving Carolina its seventh win when trailing entering the final period.
Senators hang on, edge Penguins 4-3 (AP)
The Ottawa Senators won't get any medals for this tighter-than-necessary victory over the last-place Pittsburgh Penguins. All that Daniel Alfredsson cared about was they won't get a loss, either. Alfredsson and Dany Heatley scored their 35th goals of the season and the Senators built a four-goal lead before holding on to beat the Penguins 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Lehtonen, Larsen power Thrashers (AP)
Atlanta Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen needed some action to get warmed up against the Buffalo Sabres. Lehtonen made 34 saves, including 25 in the final two periods, and Brad Larsen scored two goals in Atlanta's 4-2 victory over the Sabres on Wednesday night in the first game for both teams since the Olympic break.
Anderson, Blackhawks shut out Predators (AP)
Craig Anderson was quick to praise his Chicago teammates after his first shutout of the season and second in his NHL career. Anderson made 20 saves, and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien scored in his first NHL game to lead the Blackhawks to a 3-0 victory over Nashville on Wednesday night. "We played unbelievable," Anderson said.
Sanford, Young lead Blues past Oilers (AP)
Long out of playoff contention, the St. Louis Blues are trying to take some teams with them. Curtis Sanford made 35 saves, and Scott Young scored two goals in the Blues' 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night. Keith Tkachuk and Jay McClement also scored for St. Louis, 6-1-1 in its last eight games and 17-31-9 overall.
Crosby won't rip Canada for Olympic snub (AP)
Sidney Crosby's only regret about the Olympics is he won't be able to play in them for another four years, not that he was passed over for the just-concluded Winter Games. The Penguins' rookie star declined again Wednesday to criticize Team Canada officials for bypassing him despite the Canadians' poor showing in Turin, Italy, where they failed to reach the semifinals four years after winning the...
Sharks score five PP goals, rout 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 move into tie atop Northwest (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.
FONTANA, Calif. – California Speedway: Nice place to race, but do people want to watch there?
Report: NASCAR Hall of Fame headed to Charlotte (AP)
Atlanta and Daytona Beach still feel good about their chances to land NASCAR's Hall of Fame, even though a report from Charlotte says that city has already locked up a deal to build the shrine to stock car racing.
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.