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Book Says Barry Bonds Used Steroids (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds walks to the dugout after running laps in the outfield during a  spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, Ariz., Monday March 15, 2004.  According to 'Game of Shadows,' a book written by two San Francisco Chronicle reporters, Bonds used a vast array of performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids and human growth hormone, for at least five seasons beginning in 1998. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)AP - Barry Bonds' alleged steroid use is the story of spring training again, no matter how hard he and the San Francisco Giants try to keep the focus on his pursuit of the home run record.


Minnesota, Baseball Mourning for Puckett (AP)
Team USA players from left, Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr., and  Derek Jeter pause for a moment of silence for Kirby Puckett prior to the start of their World Baseball Classic game against Team Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix, Tuesday, March 7, 2006. Puckett died Monday.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)AP - In the middle of a steadily growing memorial to Kirby Puckett, outside the Metrodome and right alongside a street named for the beloved Hall of Famer, one cardboard sign stood out.


Long Ball, Pitching Lift U.S. to WBC Win (AP)
Team USA first baseman Derrek Lee launches a solo home run off Team Mexico pitcher Rodrigo Lopez during the fourth inning of their Round 1 World Baseball Classic game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Tuesday, March 7, 2006. Also watching on the plays is Team Mexico catcher Geronimo Gil and home plate umpire Chris Guccione. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)AP - One after another, the American pitchers were untouchable. A pair of big blows provided all the help they needed.


Brand's 30 Helps Clippers Top Spurs (AP)
Los Angeles Clippers' Elton Brand, left, drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)AP - Elton Brand had 30 points and nine rebounds, Sam Cassell added 15 points and 11 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers capitalized on Tim Duncan's foul trouble to beat San Antonio 98-85 Tuesday night and snap the Spurs' seven-game winning streak.


NFL Owners End Meeting Without Labor Deal (AP)
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, left, speaks to an unidentified man outside the NFL football owners meeting Tuesday, March 7, 2006, in a hotel at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas. (AP Photo/D.J. Peters)AP - The NFL was still without labor peace after team owners met for most of Tuesday without reaching any agreements.


Brown Signs Extension With Broncos (AP)
AP - Broncos defensive end Courtney Brown signed a contract extension through the 2009 season on Tuesday.

Houston's Yao fires Rockets to third straight win (Reuters)
Reuters - Houston's Yao Ming scored 30 points and hauled down 13 rebounds to help the Rockets overcome the absence of Tracy McGrady and defeat the Timberwolves 93-87 in National Basketball Association play in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Blog: Puckett Turned Grown Men Into Kids (AP)
The Hall of Fame plaque of Kirby Puckett is adorned with flowers at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Tuesday, March 7, 2006.  Puckett died Monday, March 6, 2006, after suffering a stroke.  (AP Photo/Tim Roske)AP - As spring training gets into full swing, AP sportswriters will be filing period behind-the-scenes reports from Grapefruit and Cactus league sites:


Barcelona, Juventus, Villarreal Advance (AP)
Barcelona player Ronaldinho from Brazil celebrates his goal during his first knockout round second leg Champions League soccer match against Chelsea in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, March 7, 2006. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with Barcelona progressing 3-2 on aggregate. (AP Photo/Tomohiko Suzui)AP - FC Barcelona, Juventus and Villarreal qualified for the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Tuesday. Chelsea didn't.


Mighty Ducks Edge Sharks 5-4 in Overtime (AP)
Anaheim Mighty Ducks, from left, Samuel Pahlsson, of Sweden; Sandis Ozolinsh, of Latvia; Ruslan Salei, of Belarus, and Jonathan Hedstrom, of Sweden, celebrate the game-winning goal credited to Ozolinsh that went past San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, of Kazakhstan, far right, in overtime of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., on Tuesday, March 7, 2006. Anaheim5-4.(AP Photo/Francis Specker)AP - Former San Jose defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh was credited with a goal 58 seconds into overtime in the Anaheim Mighty Ducks' 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.


Gentler Hurricanes
Miami's pro day included a lot of potential draft picks but lacked the first-round punch of some recent years.

NFL owners meeting ends, no agreement (AP)
Dan Rooney said it was one of the best speeches he ever heard Paul Tagliabue give. So did Roger Goodell, the NFL's chief operating officer. So while the NFL commissioner didn't openly urge the 32 team owners to approve the final offer by the NFL Players Association and extend the labor contract, the message of his history lesson was clear: Let's not go back to the bad old days of strikes or the...

Alexander signs $62M deal with Seahawks (AP)
The criticism followed Shaun Alexander. He didn't run hard between the tackles. He avoided hits. He wouldn't block blitzing linebackers or catch passes out of the backfield. Seahawks president Tim Ruskell heard it all, but never let it influence his opinion of the Pro Bowl running back. Ruskell wanted to see Alexander for himself during the 2005 season and determine his future value to the Seahawks.

Arrington buys freedom from Redskins (AP)
LaVar Arrington played for five defensive coordinators in his first five years without a playoff game to show for it. He endured a lingering contract dispute with the owner. He didn't like the way the team handled his knee injury. Then he got benched. A three-time Pro Bowl linebacker can only take so much, even if he had pledged himself forever to the team and had moved his family to the area.

Rams release WR Isaac Bruce (AP)
Wide receiver Isaac Bruce is a free agent for the first time in his career after the St. Louis Rams released him with the hopes of eventually bringing him back. The team cut its longest-tenured player Sunday night. The sides weren't talking Monday, but the Rams remained optimistic about an agreement that would bring Bruce back for a 13th season.

Bucs LB Brooks reworks contract (AP)
Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Brooks is staying with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after restructuring his contract to give the NFC South champions some salary cap relief. The nine-time Pro Bowl selection said Monday he would like to retire as with the Buccaneers and hopes the restructured deal that freed about $5 million in cap space will help make that happen.

Broncos' Courtney Brown signs extension (AP)
Broncos defensive end Courtney Brown signed a contract extension through the 2009 season on Tuesday. The 28-year-old lineman joined Denver as a free agent last year after five seasons with the Cleveland Browns. "Courtney came to our team last season and helped solidify a defensive front that clearly became a strength of our football team," general manager Ted Sundquist said.

Cowboys sign two WR's to extensions (AP)
The Dallas Cowboys signed receivers Terrance Copper and Patrick Crayton to one-year contract extensions Tuesday. Copper and Crayton, both going into their third seasons, signed $385,000 tenders for 2006. Crayton missed five games last season because of an ankle injury. He finished with 22 catches for 341 yards and two touchdowns, and returned 23 punts for a 7.2 average.

Detroit's latest recall
The Pistons haven't been running smoothly of late, forcing them to give back the rankings' top spot.

Clippers snap Spurs' 7-game win streak (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers are no longer pushovers for the elite teams in the NBA, including the San Antonio Spurs. Elton Brand had 30 points and nine rebounds, Sam Cassell added 15 points and 11 assists, and the Clippers capitalized on Tim Duncan's foul trouble to beat the defending champions 98-85 Tuesday night and snap the Spurs' seven-game winning streak.

Pierce beats buzzer, Wizards in OT (AP)
Paul Pierce knew he was going to take the last shot. Once again the Celtics' forward delivered, hitting a fade-away 22-footer at the buzzer in overtime to give the Celtics a 116-115 win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. "I just knew I wanted the ball to take the last shot regardless, whether they double-teamed or triple-teamed," Pierce said.

Knicks top Pacers for 2nd straight win (AP)
It was a sweet homecoming for Jalen Rose. Rose, who played six seasons for Indiana, scored 21 points Tuesday night in his first game back as a member of the New York Knicks. Jamal Crawford added 16 points as the Knicks beat the Pacers 107-92. "Obviously you want to come back and play well," said Rose, enjoying the Knicks' first two-game winning streak since he joined the team last month.

Yao's 30 help Rockets win without T-Mac (AP)
With Yao Ming emerging as an offensive force, the Houston Rockets didn't need Tracy McGrady on Tuesday night. Yao topped 20 points for the eighth straight game, scoring 30 points and grabbing 13 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 93-87 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. With McGrady on the bench again with back problems, Yao dominated the paint and Stromile Swift added 11 points and nine...

Mavericks need rally to beat Blazers (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks are in a such funk right now that they're actually looking forward to their first road trip in five weeks. At least, that was their mood Tuesday night following a 93-87 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers that started so badly that Mavs coach Avery Johnson said he was too frustrated to talk to them at halftime.

Bulls hand Nets fifth loss in six games (AP)
Andres Nocioni provided Chicago with more than just energy off the bench. Nocioni scored a career-high 24 points and Kirk Hinrich added 22 points and nine assists to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 95-87 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night. Nocioni, who is normally used to give the Bulls a defensive presence and help with rebounding, handled the scoring duties on Tuesday night, by scoring...

Fans ready for NBA game in New Orleans (AP)
Tom Warren knows that, compared to the lives and property Hurricane Katrina destroyed, a professional sports team is a small loss. Still, having the big leagues back in town seems important. "It's one more thing that's ours that we're getting back," said Warren, a 56-year-old construction worker. "We need all that stuff back, because that's normal." The Hornets' first game in New Orleans since the...

LeBron held to 17 but Cavs beat Raptors (AP)
LeBron James wasn't doing all it by himself for a change. He had help -- on the floor, and in the boxscore. James failed to lead Cleveland in scoring for the first time in 24 games as Flip Murray had 24 points to pace the Cavaliers to their third straight win, a 106-99 struggle over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Damon Jones interviewed in sex case (AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Damon Jones has been interviewed by police after an Arizona woman reported a possible sexual offense. Jones, who signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Cavs last summer, denied wrongdoing before Tuesday night's game against Toronto. "I am fully aware of the false accusations that have been made against me," Jones said.

Power rankings
Who has time to bemoan North America's failures in Turin when so many NHL teams are in the playoff hunt?

Jokinen, Stars continue shootout mastery (AP)
Jussi Jokinen and the Dallas Stars are perfect in shootouts -- and the Finnish rookie is pretty good on penalty shots, too. Jokinen and Sergei Zubov scored in a shootout to give the Stars their ninth victory without a loss in the NHL's new tiebreaker, 4-3 over the Edmonton on Tuesday night. Jokinen, 9-for-9 in shootouts, also scored on a second-period penalty shot with the Stars on a power play...

Report: Geoffrion diagnosed with cancer (AP)
Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion was diagnosed with stomach cancer during recent surgery in Atlanta, the Montreal Gazette reported Wednesday. Geoffrion plans to be in Montreal on Saturday when the Canadiens retire his No. 5. Rejean Houle, the Canadiens' Alumni Association president, recently spoke to Geoffrion about attending the ceremony before the Canadiens-Rangers game.

Moore files suit against Bertuzzi (AP)
Steve Moore filed court papers Tuesday against Todd Bertuzzi, alleging assault and battery and giving the former Avalanche player the option to bring another lawsuit against the Canucks forward. The writ of summons was filed in British Columbia Supreme Court the day before Moore's chance to sue Bertuzzi expired.

Islanders down Devils in shootout again (AP)
Miroslav Satan had Martin Brodeur shaking his head in a shootout -- again. Satan and Trent Hunter beat Brodeur in the tiebreaker for the second time in six days, lifting the New York Islanders to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. In eight shootouts, Satan has scored six times -- including three against Brodeur.

Legwand's two goals give Predators win (AP)
When David Legwand scores, the Nashville Predators win. Legwand scored two goals Tuesday night to lead the Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. Heading into the game, Legwand had scored only three times in 29 games this season, but all three were game-winners. "Obviously you want to score every game," said Legwand, who ended a 10-game goal drought.

Comrie's two goals power Coyotes (AP)
Curtis Joseph thinks the Phoenix Coyotes are still in the Western Conference playoff race. And they sure looked like a contender Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory over the conference-leading Detroit Red Wings. "If we play like this more often, I really like our postseason chances," Joseph said. "Every time people start to count us out, we rally and show what kind of team we can be.

Visnovsky OT goal lifts Kings past Wild (AP)
Two shots by Lubomir Visnovsky might ultimately keep the Minnesota Wild out of the playoffs. Visnovsky scored 1:21 into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings their fifth straight victory, 3-2 over Minnesota on Tuesday night. Jeremy Roenick and Tom Kostopoulos also scored for the Kings, who have won all five games in the streak by one goal.

Hecht leads Sabres to third straight win (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres are making a habit out of beating the Boston Bruins this season -- but it hasn't been easy. Jochen Hecht broke a tie late in the second period, and Daniel Briere had two assists in Buffalo's 3-2 comeback victory over the Bruins on Tuesday night. The Sabres swept the home-and-home series to improve to 5-0 against Boston this season, with the last four one-goal games.

Ozolinsh ''scores'' OT winner for Ducks (AP)
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks earned a full two points in the standings with one of the strangest goals of the season. Former San Jose defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh was credited with the goal 58 seconds into overtime in the Mighty Ducks' 5-4 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday night, but that was a mere technicality.

Easy call
The Hall of Fame is heading to Charlotte. For NASCAR, it was an obvious choice.

Charlotte wins race for NASCAR Hall of Fame (AP)
NASCAR's first Hall of Fame will be built in downtown Charlotte, within miles of the garages and sprawling mansions that make the region an epicenter of the sport.

Charlotte lands NASCAR Hall of Fame (SportsTicker)
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) - The first NASCAR Hall of Fame will be located where many of its teams are - in Charlotte.

In the Pits: What to do about 'Buschwackers'? (AP)
When Denny Hamlin crossed the finish line in Mexico City, he won a Busch Series race for the first time.

Hamlin wins NASCAR's Busch Series' second race outside U.S. (AP)
Denny Hamlin appeared to be right at home on the curve-happy road course in Mexico's capital.

Pruett, hometown star Diaz win Grand Am in Mexico City (AP)
Pole sitter Scott Pruett and hometown driver Luis Diaz turned in a near-flawless performance Saturday for a victory in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. A crash on lap 73 led to a fight between Chris Bingham and JC France. Bingham, in the No. 40 Pontiac, tried to pass France's No. 59 Porsche on the inside, triggering contact that sent both cars into the wall around the eighth and final...

Mishap aboard horse leaves Mexican driver Jourdain with minor leg injury (AP)
Second-year Busch Series driver Michel Jourdain Jr. has raced stock cars, semi-truck prototypes and touring cars and made a name for himself in open-wheel competition.

Harvick happy heading back to Mexico (AP)
Kevin Harvick is sold on stock car racing in Mexico. The NASCAR Nextel Cup star, who finished second to Martin...

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

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