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NEWS FROM 2007-01-03
Louisville dreams big after Orange Bowl
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070103/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_orange_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070103/capt.mds11301030548.orange_bowl_football_mds113.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=fugxo7s3wUaWwxaqU14W8Q--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm is seen at the end of the Orange Bowl football game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, in Miami. Louisville defeated Wake Forest 24-13. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)" border="0" /></a>AP - Never mind the turnovers and the sloppy first three quarters. Soon after the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals won the Orange Bowl, they had their sights on bigger things. "Right now, coming back and trying to win a national title looks very appealing," junior quarterback Brian Brohm said.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ryans named AP Defensive Rookie of Year
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070103/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_defensive_rookie"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070103/capt.ny10901030700.nfl_defensive_rookie_ny109.jpg?x=70&y=130&sig=56NzYTucZc_0qh.YKSok8g--" align="left" height="130" width="70" alt="In a file photo Houston Texans' DeMeco Ryans (59) runs onto the field as he is introduced before the start of their NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006 in Houston. Ryans has been selected as The Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - DeMeco Ryans came into the NFL as Houston's second choice to bolster its defense. He leaves his first pro year as The Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year.</p><br clear="all"/>
A.I. has no answer for Sixers in loss
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070103/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn76ers_nuggets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070103/capt.dxa12001030503.76ers_nuggets_basketball_dxa120.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=ccf2Qp5q9gyET9AjDnqtrA--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson reacts after getting hit on the way to the basket in the fourth quarter of the Philadelphia 76ers' 108-97 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Allen Iverson took plenty of shots at his former team, before, during and after the game. It didn't add up to a win, though. Kyle Korver scored 26 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Denver Nuggets 108-97 Tuesday night in Iverson's first game against his former team.</p><br clear="all"/>
Oden, OSU beat his home state Hoosiers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070103/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_indiana_ohio_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070103/capt.ohjl10501030331.indiana_ohio_st_basketball_ohjl105.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=9G0JIW36ai2rsZr5uAsa3Q--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Ohio State's Greg Oden, right, posts up against Indiana's D.J. White during the second half of an NCAA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Indiana 74-67. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)" border="0" /></a>AP - If Greg Oden was worried about playing his home state Hoosiers, it sure didn't show. The freshman center scored a career-high 21 points, teammate Othello Hunter had 14 and both provided key defensive stops down the stretch to help No. 6 Ohio State beat Indiana 74-67 on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sugar Bowl's sweet return to Big Easy
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070103/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_sugar_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070103/capt.lacb10201030059.sugar_bowl_football_lacb102.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=dc5X1_eqKpr5Qc5BPiYbBA--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="LSU fans surround a Notre Dame fan as they cheer from their hotel balconies overlooking Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. Notre Dame plays LSU on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - The day before the Sugar Bowl, it seemed like ol' times in the heart of the French Quarter.</p><br clear="all"/>
Colts have edge on Chiefs in playoffs
AP - If experience counts for much in the NFL playoffs, the Kansas City Chiefs could be in trouble.
76ers win first meeting against Iverson
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070103/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070103/capt.dxa12001030503.76ers_nuggets_basketball_dxa120.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=ccf2Qp5q9gyET9AjDnqtrA--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson reacts after getting hit on the way to the basket in the fourth quarter of the Philadelphia 76ers' 108-97 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Philadelphia 76ers responded to Allen Iverson's verbal shots by beating their former superstar on the court.</p><br clear="all"/>
Huff, Orioles agree to $20M, 3-year deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070101/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_orioles_huff"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061231/capt.ny15012312103.orioles_huff_baseball_ny150.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=UJlzRmbWOa.iwtqiFZF0lA--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="Houston Astros' Aubrey Huff hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in National League baseball Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, in Houston. Huff has reached a preliminary agreement on a three-year, $20 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who hope the versatile free agent can add punch to a lineup that ranked 11th in the AL in home runs last season.(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Aubrey Huff has reached a preliminary agreement on a three-year, $20 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who hope the versatile free agent can add punch to a lineup that ranked 11th in the AL in home runs last season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chelsea ties Aston Villa 0-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070102/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_english_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070102/capt.bsd11301022206.britain_soccer_bsd113.jpg?x=110&y=130&sig=I1_Y_qdFLJRNw4dkrDxORQ--" align="left" height="130" width="110" alt="Chelsea's Ghanian midfielder, Michael Essien, right, battles for the ball with Aston Villa's Wilfred Bouma, centre, and midfielder Gavin McCann, during their English Premier League soccer match at Villa Park, Birmingham, England. Tuesday, Jan. 02, 2007. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chelsea failed to gain ground on Premier League leader Manchester United on Tuesday, settling for a 0-0 tie at Aston Villa on Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Burrows scores rare goal as Canucks win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070103/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_canucks_flames"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070103/capt.jmc10301030328.canucks_flames_hockey_jmc103.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=PNrvuGdqbv..Zlkh8gte1g--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks, from left, Lukas Krajicek, Brendan Morrison, and Taylor Pyatt, celebrate Morrison's goal as Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla, right, skates past during first period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, Jeff McIntosh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Burrows' first goal in 48 games was a memorable one. Burrows scored on a beautiful individual effort Tuesday night and the Vancouver Canucks held off the Calgary Flames 3-2 for their season-best fourth consecutive victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Charles Robinson: Burden of proof
Ryans wins AP Defensive Rookie of Year (AP)
DeMeco Ryans came into the NFL as Houston's second choice to bolster its defense. He leaves his first pro year as The Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year. The linebacker, chosen at the top of the second round of last April's draft -- 32 spots after the Texans made defensive end Mario Williams the first overall selection -- was a runaway winner of the award announced Wednesday.
Lions GM Millen: 'I'll never quit' (AP)
Detroit Lions president Matt Millen told a small group of reporters Tuesday he's received indications from ownership that he'll be back to run the franchise in 2007. Millen said Lions owner William Clay Ford told him to keep doing his job. Detroit is an NFL-worst 24-72 since Millen took control of football operations in 2001.
Police seek help to get Williams' killer (AP)
It was supposed to be a day of checking in equipment and meeting with coaches for performance evaluations. Instead, the Denver Broncos players showed up to their training facility to lean on each other Tuesday as the team grieved for cornerback Darrent Williams, who was killed in a drive-by shooting early Monday -- hours after the Broncos were eliminated from playoff contention.
QB Koy Detmer returns to Eagles (AP)
Quarterback Koy Detmer's holding skills on field goals are so valuable the Philadelphia Eagles couldn't enter the playoffs without him. The veteran returned to the Eagles on Tuesday to provide insurance behind starter Jeff Garcia and backup A.J. Feeley. More important, Detmer likely will replace punter Dirk Johnson as the holder for kicker David Akers.
Parcells: Romo too overconfident (AP)
Now we know why Bill Parcells was holding back praise for Tony Romo when the quarterback was rolling. All those mistakes the coach said eventually would catch up to Romo are starting to bite him and the Dallas Cowboys. Romo fumbled four times, losing two, and threw an interception in a season-ending loss to Detroit.
Jaguars fire five assistant coaches (AP)
Jacksonville's quarterbacks and receivers showed little progress. Special teams showed glaring weaknesses. And coach Jack Del Rio showed no more patience. Del Rio fired five assistants Tuesday, two days after the team lost its third consecutive game and missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years.
Lions fire def. coordinator Henderson (AP)
The Detroit Lions fired defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson and offensive line coach Larry Beightol on Tuesday, two days after finishing a 3-13 season. Lions coach Rod Marinelli announced the decisions at his final weekly press conference of the season. "Donnie Henderson is very close to me, and it was a very difficult decision," Marinelli said.
Schottenheimer not off hot seat yet (AP)
As his San Diego Chargers rest up for a playoff run they hope will end with the franchise's first Super Bowl victory, it remains to be seen if that's how far coach Marty Schottenheimer needs to advance in order to keep his job. While Philip Rivers' sore right foot and LaDainian Tomlinson's freshness after a sensational, record-setting season are the main concerns for the Chargers entering the...
Steelers coach Hoak done after 45 years (AP)
Dick Hoak took handoffs from Bobby Layne, broke in Franco Harris as a rookie assistant coach and mentored Jerome Bettis and Willie Parker. Few other NFL assistants have seen or done as much. Or won as much. Hoak ended an unprecedented 45 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers by retiring Tuesday as running backs coach, completing the longest continuous tenure by an NFL assistant coach with any team.
Steve Kerr: Same ranking, next year
Nuggets' Iverson tossed in loss to 76ers (AP)
Allen Iverson took plenty of shots at his former team, before, during and after the game. It didn't add up to a win, though. Kyle Korver scored 26 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Denver Nuggets 108-97 Tuesday night in Iverson's first game against his former team. "It was weird to see him wearing a white jersey and we're wearing black," Korver said.
Nowitzki, Mavs run win streak to 11 (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks came out of the halftime break determined to get some easier shots on offense and to play better defense on Seattle guard Ray Allen. They accomplished both objectives to stretch their winning streak to 11 games. Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, and Josh Howard added 21 points and nine rebounds in the Mavericks' 112-88 victory against the SuperSonics on...
Barbosa rallies Suns past Bulls, 97-96 (AP)
Leandro Barbosa couldn't remember making a shot like this -- not in the NBA, anyway. But he took the pass from Boris Diaw, buried the 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left and the Phoenix Suns pulled out a 97-96 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. "They (showed) a lot of confidence in me; this was my biggest shot since playing for Brazil," said Barbosa, a member of the Brazilian national...
Artest's 39 points power Kings by Knicks (AP)
Ron Artest always seems to have a surprise in store for the Sacramento Kings. His mysterious knee problems last month were unexpected, and his inconsistent play has turned every night into an adventure. When Artest produced the highest-scoring game of his career just three days after being shut out, the Kings finally got a pleasant surprise from their center of attention.
LeBron, Cavaliers shut down Spurs 82-78 (AP)
For three quarters, defenses dominated. In the final one, chaos ruled. LeBron James scored 19 points, Larry Hughes added 18 -- 13 in the fourth -- and the Cleveland Cavaliers smothered and frustrated San Antonio from end to end during a rugged 82-78 win over the Spurs on Tuesday night. Hughes hit three 3-pointers in the fourth and Damon Jones scored eight points in the final 1:35 as the Cavs, who...
Shaq could return Jan. 15 vs. Lakers (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal, recovering from knee surgery, could return to the lineup Jan. 15 against the Los Angeles Lakers when the Miami Heat complete a six-game road trip. The 34-year-old center will accompany the Heat on their Western swing beginning Friday, coach Pat Riley said. O'Neal hasn't practiced since tearing cartilage in his left knee Nov.
Lakers C Kwame Brown out several weeks (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown expects to be out several weeks because of a severely sprained left ankle. He was injured Sunday night and joins Chris Mihm and Lamar Odom on the sidelines. Lakers spokesman John Black said Tuesday that Brown will be reassessed in 10 days to two weeks. "We'll give a target date when he's re-evaluated," he said.
Nelson, Magic turn back Clippers 91-86 (AP)
The Orlando Magic solved their big problem in time to beat the Los Angeles Clippers. Jameer Nelson scored a season-high 29 points and the Magic clamped down on the Clippers' big men in the second half of a 91-86 win Tuesday night. After getting battered by Elton Brand, Tim Thomas and Chris Kaman in the first half, the Magic limited the Clippers' post players to just eight points and six rebounds in...
Davis, Barnes lead Warriors past Hornets (AP)
Baron Davis used ice on his right foot, left knee and back after Golden State's game with New Orleans. His right arm? That seemed fine. Davis, who played all 48 minutes, put up 25 shots Tuesday night, scoring 29 points as the Warriors beat the Hornets 97-89. Matt Barnes also scored 29 as the Warriors won despite shooting just 39.5 percent from the field.
Red Wings honor Yzerman, beat Ducks 2-1 (AP)
Steve Yzerman's jersey was hoisted to the rafters and the Detroit Red Wings pulled into a first-place tie with Nashville in the Central Division. It was a good night in Hockeytown. Henrik Zetterberg scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Detroit held on for a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night after Yzerman's No.
Penguins' Crosby first to 60 points (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes were one of the few NHL teams that was having success in slowing down Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby. They must have known that couldn't last. Crosby scored twice and set up another goal to become the first NHL player with 60 points this season, and the Penguins relied on Crosby's playmaking and Marc-Andre Fleury's strong goaltending to beat Carolina 3-0 Tuesday night.
Surging Flyers hold off Islanders, 3-2 (AP)
The ingredients existed for another Philadelphia Flyers loss: an early departure for captain Peter Forsberg and a quick evaporation of a late lead. Maybe a month or even a week ago, the Flyers would've wilted. Not this time. The Flyers shook off yet another injury to Forsberg and then held off the hard-charging New York Islanders for a 3-2 victory Tuesday night that gave them a season-best third...
Flyers' Forsberg injures groin in win (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers captain Peter Forsberg is out again, this time sidelined by a right groin injury. The oft-injured center has had no luck with his health for much of this season. His latest recurring ailment knocked him out of Tuesday night's 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders following the first period.
Wild stay hot at home, rip Thrashers 5-1 (AP)
A new year brought back an old feeling for Jacques Lemaire. "I really felt that we had a good team tonight," the Minnesota Wild coach said after his team beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-1 on Tuesday night. "I said the guys are really playing well, determined, responsible -- which maybe at the start of the season I felt like that.
Late flurry powers Blackhawks over Blues (AP)
Andy Murray's start as coach of the St. Louis Blues has been a big success. Except when he's facing the Chicago Blackhawks. Nikolai Khabibulin made 38 saves and the Blackhawks erased a third-period deficit with a three-goal flurry in a 4-1 victory Tuesday night. Last month, they spoiled Murray's debut in St.
Oilers top Panthers for 1,000th win (AP)
Ryan Smyth and the Edmonton Oilers each reached a satisfying milestone. Smyth scored his 20th goal of the season and Edmonton snapped a four-game losing streak with the 1,000th victory in franchise history, a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. Fernando Pisani, Raffi Torres and Ales Hemsky also scored for the Oilers, who were the third-fastest team to reach the milestone.
Hossa helps Rangers end road slide (AP)
Henrik Lundqvist bounced up in celebration after stopping Devils rookie Travis Zajac in the eighth round of the shootout Tuesday night. The goalie was pumped up after clinching the New York Rangers' 3-2 win over New Jersey. "We just wanted to win so bad," Lundqvist said. "We needed this. We know we're a good team.
Shars demote D Carle, RW Bernier (AP)
The San Jose Sharks assigned right wing Steve Bernier and defenseman Matt Carle to their AHL affiliate in Worcester on Tuesday, a surprising demotion for two of their top young regulars. Bernier and Carle hadn't missed a game this season until both were healthy scratches in San Jose's 4-2 win over Dallas on Sunday -- one day after an 8-0 loss at Phoenix, the Sharks' worst defeat in eight years.
Burrows gets Canucks by Flames, 3-2 (AP)
Alex Burrows' first goal in 48 games was a memorable one. Burrows scored on a beautiful individual effort Tuesday night and the Vancouver Canucks held off the Calgary Flames 3-2 for their season-best fourth consecutive victory. Trevor Linden and Brendan Morrison also scored for Vancouver, which has won all four games in the streak against Northwest Division opponents.
Jerry Bonkowski: Offseason caps: Smith, Said, Bliss, Wallace
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '07 Cup field as February's season-opening Daytona 500 approaches.
Auto Racing 2006: Johnson, Hornish win big but quietly (SportsTicker)
For a sport known for its outspoken, colorful characters, the champions of the two major racing series in the United States let their actions do the talking.
Supermodel Niki Taylor marries NASCAR driver Burney Lamar in wedding ceremony in California (AP)
Supermodel Niki Taylor and NASCAR driver Burney Lamar have tied the knot, Taylor's spokeswoman confirmed Friday. The couple were married Wednesday before 60 guests at the Grande Colonial Hotel in the La Jolla area of San Diego, publicist Lesley Burbridge-Bates told The Associated Press. The bride wore a Vera Wang Couture dress.
Plan for Washington track lacks legislative support (AP)
Yates team pulls Rudd out of retirement (AP)
Robert Yates is bringing Ricky Rudd out of retirement to keep his sinking race team afloat, signing him Thursday to drive the full Nextel Cup schedule in 2007.
Rudd comes out of retirement to rejoin Yates Racing (SportsTicker)
HACKETTSTOWN, New Jersey (Ticker) - Robert Yates Racing filled a new spot with an old friend.
Marcos Ambrose to drive in up to 10 Nextel Cup races in 2007 (SportsTicker)
Australian Marcos Ambrose has joined the foreign invasion of NASCAR.
Anheuser-Busch to end NASCAR sponsorship in 2007 (AP)
Anheuser-Busch will end its title sponsorship of NASCAR's No. 2 series after the 2007 season.
Ekstrom defeats Loeb to win Race of Champions (AP)
Mattias Ekstrom beat three-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb Saturday to win the Race of Champions at Stade de France. Loeb raced for the first time since breaking his arm in September and reached the final for the third straight year. The Frenchman won last year and lost to Finland's Heikki Kovalainen in 2004.