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Russell outplays Quinn as LSU wins Sugar (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070104/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_sugar_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070104/capt.nua18301040553.sugar_bowl_football_nua183.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=.eMGpa4Ua6wpDQIpd4KhUg--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="LSU head coach Les Miles, right, reacts with quarterback JaMarcus Russell in the closing moments of their 41-14 win over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - JaMarcus Russell thoroughly outplayed Brady Quinn and made a compelling case that the mammoth quarterback's next pass should come in the NFL. As for Notre Dame, it was a familiar meltdown at bowl time. The Sugar Bowl returned to New Orleans with a Cajun-style party put on by No. 4 LSU, which dominated college football's most storied program in a 41-14 rout Wednesday night that had the Superdome rockin'.</p><br clear="all"/>

Saban hoping to turn the Tide at Alabama (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070104/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_alabama_coach"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070103/capt.alrc10501032232.alabama_coach_football_alrc105.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=tAprIvjZn2pIzEfeUdzQ8w--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="New Alabama football coach Nick Saban shakes hands with fans after getting off a plane, Wed. Jan. 3, 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Seeking to rebuild a championship football program, Alabama lured Saban away from the Miami Dolphins with a deal that reportedly would make him the highest paid coach in college football. (AP Photo/Michelle Williams)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nick Saban landed to chants of "Roll Tide," then stepped off the airplane and made the long trek across the tarmac to greet throngs of screaming Alabama fans.</p><br clear="all"/>

Heat coach Riley takes leave of absence (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070104/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_heat_riley_leave"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070103/capt.aaa10301032132.heat_riley_leave_basketball_aaa103.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=L4hpCfhxI0ttMzhvIEy9Hg--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Miami Heat coach Pat Riley announced during a news conference he will take an indefinite leave of absence due to ongoing hip and knee problems in Miami Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pat Riley is taking a break from a season that has left him limping and in pain. The Miami Heat coach began an indefinite leave of absence Wednesday because of hip and knee problems, choosing assistant Ron Rothstein to fill his spot on an interim basis.</p><br clear="all"/>

Company claims '98 baseballs were juiced (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070104/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_juiced_baseballs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070104/capt.7cff4b0c253c4ab1a5fd9897d41d7dea.juiced_baseballs__nyol570.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=UWFbKJBOsA7W7ISbOLwPxg--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="In this Sept. 27, 1998 file photo, Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire smiles as he rounds the bases after hitting his 70th home run of the season against Montreal in St. Louis. Universal Medical Systems Inc., a company that uses computer imaging, claims baseballs had a larger rubberized core and a synthetic rubber ring in 1998, including the ball McGwire hit for his 70th homer. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - A company that uses computer imaging claims baseballs had a larger rubberized core and a synthetic rubber ring in 1998, including the ball Mark McGwire hit for his 70th homer.</p><br clear="all"/>

FSU fan Hammonds lifts No. 23 Clemson (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070104/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_clemson_florida_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070104/capt.flpc20701040235.clemson_florida_st_basketball_flpc207.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=dFLTc6CCv2KtBjE6654ULg--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Clemson's Cliff Hammonds looks to pass the ball during the second half of a college basketball game against Florida State, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, in Tallahassee, Fla. Hammonds sank the winning basket as time expired to give Clemson the 68-66 win.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)" border="0" /></a>AP - Cliff Hammonds grew up about a half hour away from the Florida State campus, a fan of the Seminole football and basketball teams. He definitely was ready for Clemson's matchup with the Seminoles on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Police focus on SUV in Williams' slaying (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070104/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_broncos_williams_killed"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070103/capt.cojd10201032036.broncos_williams_killed_football_cojd102.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=47IUOcZ1XjJ14uElQ105yw--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="Denver Broncos defensive end Courtney Brown hangs his head as he leaves a memorial for murdered teammate Darrent Williams at the Denver Broncos headquarters in Denver, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007. Williams was killed in what police are calling a drive by shooting early Monday morning, Jan. 1, 2007, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Police have zeroed in on an SUV they believe might have been used in the drive-by slaying of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, who was eulogized in a private memorial at team headquarters Wednesday.</p><br clear="all"/>

KG, Wolves snap Spurs in overtime (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070104/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_timberwolves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070104/capt.mnah10201040239.spurs_timberwolves_basketball_mnah102.jpg?x=78&y=130&sig=.gjj4fFMYfhff7T1eGjWqA--" align="left" height="130" width="78" alt="Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett (21) hangs from the rim and lands on San Antonio Spurs forward Fabricio Oberto of Argentina after dunking during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)" border="0" /></a>AP - This time the Timberwolves held on. Mark Blount scored 28 points, Kevin Garnett had 27 points and 17 rebounds, and Minnesota beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-101 in overtime Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Zito thrilled to be staying in Bay Area (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070103/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_giants_zito"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070103/capt.cajc10401032021.giants_zito_baseball_cajc104.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=15gs_aofoLQq7SiFidspLQ--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="New San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito holds up his new jersey as he is introduced at a news conference in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - The day the San Francisco Giants introduced Barry Zito, the former Oakland A's ace drove right past the ballpark where his big league career began.</p><br clear="all"/>

Chelsea ties Aston Villa 0-0 (AP)
<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"/>

Kesler's shootout goal lifts Canucks (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070104/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stars_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070104/capt.vcrx10101040423.stars_canucks_hockey_vcrx101.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=qy8_b.R7orHWAB9A9Wq54Q--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Dallas Stars' Jaroslav Modry, left, runs into Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler during first period of NHL hockey action in Vancouver Wednesday Jan. 3, 2007.(AP PHOTO/CP, Chuck Stoody)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ryan Kesler scored the deciding goal in a shootout, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Charles Robinson: Making the grade
Super Bowl contenders Baltimore and San Diego earned "A's," but how did the rest of the teams fare this season?

Saban leaves Dolphins for Alabama (AP)
New Alabama football coach Nick Saban shakes hands with fans on the University of Alabama campus, Wednesday Jan. 3, 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Seeking to rebuild a championship football program, Alabama lured Saban away from the Miami Dolphins with a deal that reportedly would make him the highest paid coach in college football.

Nick Saban landed to chants of "Roll Tide," then stepped off the airplane and made the long trek across the tarmac to greet throngs of screaming Alabama fans. That feverish reception Wednesday kicked off a "new era" for the Crimson Tide under a coach they're hoping will finally restore the program to championship heights.


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Young named AP Offensive Rookie of Year (AP)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young speaks at a press conference Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 at his Houston home. Young was voted the runaway winner of the AP Offensive Rookie of Year award. He was the catalyst in Tennessee's rally from 0-5 to 8-8, at times looking unstoppable.

Vince Young looks as if he'll make the NFL his personal playground, too. The dynamic quarterback for the Tennessee Titans won The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Award on Wednesday. He did it in the same fashion he turned around the Titans' season -- running away from the rest of the field.


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Patriots S Harrison to miss playoff game (AP)
Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss (89) tries to escape the grasp of New England Patriots' Rodney Harrison during the first quarter of an NFL pre-season football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006.  After missing six games with a shoulder injury,  Harrison is back to bolster a strong New England Patriots defense that still has one important problem- allowing big plays.

All the Patriots were back at practice Wednesday except for one important player. Not having Rodney Harrison there is becoming painfully familiar. Even worse for New England, it won't have its hard-hitting safety for Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the New York Jets. "It's always a big blow for a guy like that that brings so much intensity and leadership to the team," cornerback Asante...


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Parcells won't confirm return in 2007 (AP)
Bill Parcells already has a plan for what he's going to do after the season. But he wouldn't say Wednesday whether he will return next season to finish his contract with the Dallas Cowboys. The coach said he and owner Jerry Jones "have an understanding as to what's going to happen" and a timetable for it.

Whisenhunt to interview for Falcons job (AP)
Owner Arthur Blank and general manager Rich McKay are expected to interview Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt for the Atlanta Falcons' head coaching vacancy on Thursday. Blank fired Jim Mora, who went 26-22 in the last three seasons, on Monday. The Steelers gave permission to Whisenhunt and Steelers offensive line coach Russ Grimm to discuss job openings with other NFL teams searching...

Shockey may play Sunday vs. Eagles (AP)
Jeremy Shockey's swollen left ankle has improved considerably and there is a good chance the Pro Bowl tight end will play for the New York Giants on Sunday in the NFC wild card game against the Philadelphia Eagles. "I want to play every Sunday," Shockey said Wednesday. "I felt bad I couldn't play last week.

Police focus on SUV in Williams killing (AP)
Denver Broncos safety Nick Ferguson hangs his head as he leaves a memorial for murdered teammate Darrent Williams at the Denver Broncos headquarters in Denver, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007. Williams was killed in what police are calling a drive by shooting early Monday morning, Jan. 1, 2007, in Denver.

Police have zeroed in on an SUV they believe might have been used in the drive-by slaying of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, who was eulogized in a private memorial at team headquarters Wednesday. Police spokeswoman Virginia Quinones said officers were focusing on a 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe, which might have been used in the killing early Monday.


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Documents: Johnson raid found 550 rounds (AP)
Chicago Bear Tank Johnson arrives for court Friday on allegations that he violated his probation on a 2005 gun charge, Friday, Dec. 22, 2006 in Skokie, Ill., just over a week after he was arrested on misdemeanor weapons charges.

Police seized about 550 rounds of ammunition from the home of Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson during a raid last month, according to new court documents. The ammunition was discovered in Johnson's kitchen, basement, garage and bedroom. Police also found six guns, marijuana and unlabeled pills believed to be the prescription painkiller hydrocodone, the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald...


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Steelers want Cowher to decide next week (AP)
Bill Cowher was back in his new North Carolina home on Wednesday, weighing whether to resign as the Pittsburgh Steelers' coach, return for one more season or negotiate a contract extension. The Steelers are giving Cowher until early next week to make up his mind -- possibly because he likely would have resigned if he had been pressured to make a call this week.

Adrian Wojnarowski: Final timeout?
Pat Riley's leave of absence from the Heat's bench signals an ending for a tired, old coach.

Heat coach Riley takes leave of absence (AP)
Miami Heat coach Pat Riley announced during a news conference he will take an indefinite leave of absence due to ongoing hip and knee problems in Miami Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007.

Pat Riley is taking a break from a season that has left him limping and in pain. The Miami Heat coach began an indefinite leave of absence Wednesday because of hip and knee problems, choosing assistant Ron Rothstein to fill his spot on an interim basis. Riley will have surgery Friday to remove floating chips his right knee.


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Arenas' buzzer-beater lifts Wizards (AP)
Washington Wizards' GIlbert Arenas peers out from his jersey during a break in the action against the Milwaukee Bucks in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, in Washington. Arenas hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer, capping a 32-point game and giving the Wizards a 108-105 victory.

Gilbert Arenas got the ball with the score tied and 6 seconds to play. He dribbled downcourt, read Charlie Bell's retreating feet, stopped and stroked a perfect jumper 32 feet from the basket. "Once I let it go, I'm like, 'That's in,"' Arenas said. "I don't even need to look at this one." He didn't. He turned with a snarl and a strut, strolling away with his back to the basket as if it were another...


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Nash carries Suns past Raptors, 100-98 (AP)
Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash (13) and Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon (8) tumble during a collision during first half basketball action in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday Jan. 3, 2007.

Steve Nash struggled for most of his first game in Canada this season before showing in the fourth quarter why he is a two-time MVP. Nash scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 100-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. Nash was only 1-for-7 from the field through three quarters, but he recovered in the fourth.


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Heat five games under .500 after loss (AP)
Miami Heat guard Robert Hite (22) goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Clippers forward Quinton Ross (13) during the fourth quarter of basketball Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007  in Miami. Hite had a career-high 16 points for the Heat as the Clippers defeated the Heat 110-95.

For the Miami Heat, this may have been rock bottom. On a day when coach Pat Riley deactivated two forwards whose body fat readings aren't within team parameters, then began an indefinite leave of absence because of knee and hip problems, the defending NBA champions continued their free-fall. Elton Brand scored 28 points and Chris Kaman added 20 as the Los Angeles Clippers easily beat Miami 110-95...


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Grizzlies set mark, top Warriors 144-135 (AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes (22) reels in a pass over Memphis Grizzlies' Stromile Swift (4) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, in Memphis, Tenn. Barnes scored a career-high 36 points, but the Grizzlies won 144-135.

As long as the Memphis Grizzlies want to run, interim coach Tony Barone isn't going to bog them down with too many set plays. The racehorse Grizzlies used a season-high 33 points from Mike Miller, and Pau Gasol's 24 points and 13 rebounds Wednesday night to beat the Golden State Warriors 144-135. "We got tired halfway through the third quarter," Barone said.


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James, Cavaliers hold off Celtics (AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers' Zydrunas Ilgauskas (11) reacts as he goes up for a shot against Boston Celtics' Delonte West, left, and Al Jefferson (7) during first quarter basketball, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 in Boston.

LeBron James just loves playing against the Boston Celtics. James scored 32 points, Zydrunas Ilgauskas had a season-high 27 points to go along with 11 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Celtics 107-104 Wednesday night. Cleveland won for the fifth time in six games and has beaten the Celtics seven straight times.


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Curry, Knicks end road woes with win (AP)
New York Knicks Stephon Marbury (3) shoots as Portland Trail Blazers Zach Randolph (50) defends in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at the Rose Garden, in Portland, Ore.

Eddy Curry had 27 points, including six dunks, and the New York Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak on their West Coast trip with a 99-81 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. Curry also had 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who wrap up their trip Friday in Seattle. Jamal Crawford added 25 points.


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McGrady tops 30 again as Rockets win (AP)
Houston Rockets' Rafer Alston, left,  goes up for a shot as Seattle SuperSonics' Damien Wilkins, right, defends during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007  in Houston. The Rockets beat the SuperSonics 103-96.

So far, the Houston Rockets are finding ways to win without Yao Ming. Tracy McGrady scored 31 points, topping 30 for the third straight game, and Juwan Howard added 18 as the Rockets beat the Seattle SuperSonics 103-96 on Wednesday night. McGrady also had seven assists and Dikembe Mutombo grabbed 14 rebounds as the Rockets won their fourth straight game.


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Boozer, Jazz outlast road-weary Sixers (AP)
Utah Jazz forward Matt Harpring (15), rear, reaches around Philadelphia 76ers guard Andre Iguodala (9) to slap the ball out of his hands during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz beat the 76ers 98-87.

Whether it was the old ball or the new year, the Utah Jazz needed a half to adjust. The Jazz rallied after shooting 34 percent in the first half by going 20-for-38 in the second and beat the travel-weary Philadelphia 76ers 98-87 Wednesday night. Carlos Boozer scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half and Matt Harpring had 12 of his 20 in the third quarter as the Jazz started to go inside on the...


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Heatley powers Senators by Sabres, 6-3 (AP)
Buffalo Sabres center Paul Gaustad (28) is punched in the face by Ottawa Senators winger Chris Neil during third period NHL hockey action in Ottawa Wednesday Jan. 3, 2007. Ottawa defeated Buffalo 6-3.

Dany Heatley has been looking for a break since the Ottawa Senators lost playmaker Jason Spezza. Things finally turned around during a big night on home ice. Heatley scored three goals and tied an Ottawa record with four points in the second period, leading the Senators to a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.


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Lemieux, Pens owners meet with KC reps (AP)
Mario Lemieux and other members of the Penguins' ownership group met with Kansas City officials on Wednesday, increasing speculation that the team might leave Pittsburgh. Michael Roth, a spokesman for Los Angeles-based Anschutz Entertainment Group, which will operate the new Sprint Center, issued a statement Wednesday confirming that meetings were scheduled with the ownership group of the...

Kesler's SO goal lifts Canucks to win (AP)
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo looks up after being beaten for a goal by Dallas Stars' Loui Eriksson during the second period of NHL hockey action in Vancouver Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 in Vancouver.

Ryan Kesler scored the deciding goal in a shootout, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night. It took six rounds of the tiebreaker to settle this one, and Kesler ended it with a backhander past goalie Marty Turco. Stu Barnes had an opportunity to send it into another round but his effort was stopped by Roberto Luongo.


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Senators acquire Comrie from Coyotes (AP)
The Ottawa Senators acquired center Mike Comrie from the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday for suspended Russian prospect Alexei Kaigorodov. Comrie is earning $3 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent July 1. He has 20 points (seven goals) in 24 games with the Coyotes this season. "He should add some offense to this group," Senators coach Bryan Murray said.

Sharks' Bell pleads not guilty to DUI (AP)
San Jose Sharks forward Mark Bell pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three felony charges stemming from an accident over the Labor Day weekend. Bell was charged last month with felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence. According to the Santa Clara County district attorney's office, Bell's blood-alcohol level was higher than 0.15 when he rear-ended a pickup truck in an early-morning accident...

Red Wings honor Yzerman, beat Ducks 2-1 (AP)
Anaheim Ducks' Teemu Selanne of Finland (8) and Detroit Red Wings' Mikael Samuelsson of Sweden, sandwich the puck between their sticks during the third period of their NHL hockey game on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007 in Detroit. The Red Wings won 2-1.

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.


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Penguins' Crosby first to 60 points (AP)
Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal (12) clears a rebound off a shot by his brother Pittsburgh Penguins' Jordan Staal (11) during third period NHL hockey action at Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. The Penguins shutout the Hurricanes 3-0.

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.


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Surging Flyers hold off Islanders, 3-2 (AP)
New York Islanders goalie Mike Dunham blocks a shot from Philadelphia Flyers Mike Knuble during the third period of their hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

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...


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Avs-Flames game rescheduled for April 8 (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche will make up a home game against Calgary, postponed last month by a blizzard, on April 8. The Avalanche and Flames were scheduled to play on Dec. 21, but a storm that dumped more than 2 feet of snow on the area forced the game to be called off. An NBA game between the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns was postponed due to the blizzard a night earlier.

Jerry Bonkowski: Trading Paint: Rolling with Rudd
The mailbag is back, and Ricky Rudd fans are raring to go.

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.

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