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NEWS FROM 2007-01-06
Brown returning to 76ers as executive VP
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070106/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn76ers_brown"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070106/capt.ny16501060546.76ers_brown_basketball_ny165.jpg?x=129&y=130&sig=xW32YHAof0VWKtPiiuuVXg--" align="left" height="130" width="129" alt="Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown smiles as he enters a news conference to announce a trade between the 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001. Brown is returning to the 76ers as an executive vice president, nearly six years after leading the team to the NBA finals.(AP Photo/Chris Gardner,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Exit Allen Iverson. Enter Larry Brown. And so it goes with the Philadelphia 76ers, who rehired Brown for their front office nearly three weeks after trading away the player who tormented him during much of his six years as their coach.</p><br clear="all"/>
Singh takes 1-shot lead at Mercedes-Benz
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070106/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_mercedes_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070106/capt.hier11701060356.mercedes_championship_golf_hier117.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=DRxzML2bwxqpmVgNZAMd3Q--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Vijay Singh, of the Fiji Islands, gestures after making par on the 18th green of the Plantation Course during the second round of the Mercedes Benz Championship PGA Tour event in Kapalua, Hawaii, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. Singh leads the tournament after shooting a three-under-par 69 to finish at total eight-under-par.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Vijay Singh had one bad swing Friday, but it wasn't enough for him to lose the lead in the rain, whipping wind and eventual sunshine at the Mercedes-Benz Championship.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mavericks rally to 13th straight win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070106/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_mavericks_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070106/capt.saa10401060234.mavericks_spurs_basketball_saa104.jpg?x=110&y=130&sig=FuK9ST43qzyXdgtdeO8YlA--" align="left" height="130" width="110" alt="Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, of Germany, drives with ball as San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry (5) defends during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks won a game that Manu Ginobili said the Spurs needed but "just couldn't take." San Antonio is getting used to that feeling when Dallas comes to town. Nowitzki scored a season-high 36 points to lead the Mavs to their 13th straight victory, 90-85 over the Spurs on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Man to be questioned in Williams slaying
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070106/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_broncos_williams_killed_arrest"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070104/capt.codz10301041835.broncos_williams_killed_football_codz103.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=X.NUXpsqAxuUilmYK3CXMQ--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Sonny Jackson, spokesperson for the Denver Police Department, talks about the location of a vehicle the police impounded early Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, they believe might have been used in a New Year's Day drive-by shooting that killed Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams. Passers-by spotted the vehicle parked south of Denver International Airport and called police at about 6:30 a.m., Jackson said. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Police arrested a 23-year-old man Friday and plan to question him about the shooting death of Denver Broncos player Darrent Williams. Willie Clark was arrested for a parole violation after his name surfaced in the investigation, police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nash, Suns defeat depleted Heat 108-80
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070106/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_heat_suns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070106/capt.pna10501060500.heat_suns_basketball_pna105.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=BnociNI.abXEiFxlUrjV9A--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, left, drives past Miami Heat forward Jason Kapono (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Phoenix Suns had to do little more than go through the motions to beat what's left of the Miami Heat.</p><br clear="all"/>
Family, friends gather for slain Bronco
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070106/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_broncos_williams_killed"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070106/capt.wxs12701060241.broncos_williams_killed_wxs127.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=_aEUPjdJddSXwwD2SAvjGw--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Easter Williams, top center, views the casket of her grandson Darrent Williams, the Denver Broncos cornerback who was killed New Year's Day in a drive-by shooting in Denver, during a memorial service Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at Great Commission Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tom Pennington, Pool)" border="0" /></a>AP - Darrent Williams' family and friends gathered Friday to remember the charismatic Denver Broncos cornerback who escaped the tough streets but never forgot his roots.</p><br clear="all"/>
Knicks rout Sonics to close 5-game swing
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070106/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_knicks_supersonics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070106/capt.wajb10401060441.knicks_supersonics_basketball_wajb104.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=orHhTSODlFHPF95oVabXeA--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="New York Knicks' Eddy Curry hangs onto the rim after dunking a basket against Seattle SuperSonics' Johan Petro, of France, in NBA basketball action in the half Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)" border="0" /></a>AP - Eddy Curry made all nine of his shots and had 27 points, Stephon Marbury scored 28 and the New York Knicks routed the Seattle SuperSonics 111-93 on Friday night. The Knicks were chuckling about this one by halftime and laughing hysterically in the final minutes as fans in the emptying arena chanted for New York's Jerome James, a former Sonic.</p><br clear="all"/>
Reitsma, Mariners agree to $2.05M deal
AP - Chris Reitsma is coming off a rare arm injury, similar to the one Kenny Rogers had. No, not the Detroit Tigers pitcher.
Davis, Hendricks among United buyers
AP - A group that includes Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks and former Duke basketball player Brian Davis is buying four-time MLS champion D.C. United's operating rights.
Streaking Canucks win 6th straight
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070106/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_oilers_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070106/capt.vcrx10501060504.oilers_canucks_hockey_vcrx105.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=Lw1h_nq6UJx_nlAoB3fVuw--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks Matt Cooke left, celebrates his second period goal with teammate Jan Bulis during NHL action against the Edmonton Oilers in Vancouver, Canada, Friday January 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Stoody,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Vancouver Canucks are enjoying their newfound confidence. Matt Cooke's second goal of the game, scored 84 seconds into overtime, gave the Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night and a season-high, six-game winning streak.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cris Carter: Forecasting the playoffs
Find out which guys will play the most important roles and which teams will win conference title games and who wins Super Bowl XLI.
Cowher resigns as Steelers coach (AP)
His was the best known jaw in the NFL, a jutting block of granite that perfectly reflected his toughness and passion for winning. What no one seemed to know about Bill Cowher was that finally winning the Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers not only calmed his competitiveness, but sent him off on a football sabbatical with a look he rarely flashed before: a smile of satisfaction.
Man in custody over Williams' slaying (AP)
Police arrested a 23-year-old man Friday and plan to question him about the shooting death of Denver Broncos player Darrent Williams. Willie Clark was arrested for a parole violation after his name surfaced in the investigation, police spokesman Sonny Jackson said. "We're not calling him a suspect at this time," Jackson said.
L.T. named AP Offensive Player of Year (AP)
With a bushel full of records and an MVP award already in his 2006 collection, LaDainian Tomlinson added The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year to his resume Friday. Could there have been any doubt after L.T. made everything look EZ in sparking the San Diego Chargers to the NFL's best record (14-2)?
Reese resigns as GM of Titans (AP)
An unlikely playoff run and the development of a star rookie quarterback wasn't enough to save Titans general manger Floyd Reese's job. After 13 seasons on the job, Reese resigned Friday, a month before his contract was set to expire. "I had hopes of signing a contract extension and staying with the Titans for many more years, but it became apparent to me over the last several months that that...
Mora, Dolphins meet about coaching job (AP)
The Miami Dolphins' list of coaching candidates is becoming longer than a Nick Saban speech. Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora, believed to be the first candidate to interview for the vacancy, met Friday with the Dolphins. They received permission to talk to Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey, a former offensive coordinator in Miami.
Giants try to leave struggles behind (AP)
A year ago, the New York Giants entered the playoffs with Super Bowl aspirations that evaporated in a dreadful first-round loss to Carolina. The thorough nature of the 23-0 thrashing cast doubt on all that had come before it: the NFC East title, Eli Manning's progress as an NFL quarterback, a defense that had dominated entire games.
Steelers' next hire could be in-house (AP)
The last three times the Pittsburgh Steelers chose a new head coach, they went outside the organization to hire an NFL assistant coach. Bill Austin's hiring in 1966 didn't work out so well, producing only 11 wins in three seasons. Chuck Noll (1969, 209 wins) and Bill Cowher (1992, 161 wins) turned out a little better.
Wilfork could return for Pats on Sunday (AP)
If Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork knows whether his 325 pounds will be clogging up the middle against Jets runners on Sunday, he's not saying. Wilfork practiced all week and on Friday stretched with his teammates before trotting to another area for the start of drills with his right ankle wrapped.
Whisenhunt interviews with Cardinals (AP)
Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt interviewed for the Arizona Cardinals coaching job Friday, but his mind seemed to be on that new opening with the Steelers. "I'm hopeful that I will get an interview with Pittsburgh," Whisenhunt deadpanned when asked what other jobs were in the offing. He interviewed for the head coaching job in Atlanta on Thursday.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Arenas for the people
Brown returning to 76ers as executive VP (AP)
Exit Iverson. Enter Brown. And so it goes with the Philadelphia 76ers, who rehired Larry Brown for their front office nearly three weeks after trading away the player who tormented him during much of his six years as their coach -- Allen Iverson. The 76ers said early Saturday that Brown returned as an executive vice president.
Nowitzki's 36 power Mavericks past Spurs (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks won a game that Manu Ginobili said the Spurs needed but "just couldn't take." San Antonio is getting used to that feeling when Dallas comes to town. Nowitzki scored a season-high 36 points to lead the Mavs to their 13th straight victory, 90-85 over the Spurs on Friday night.
Lakers win despite off night from Kobe (AP)
Smush Parker led five players in double figures with 23 points and the Los Angeles Lakers led virtually all the way in beating the Denver Nuggets 123-104 Friday night. It was the Lakers' eighth consecutive victory over Denver at Staples Center, where they are 13-1 all-time against the Nuggets. Kobe Bryant wasn't among the Lakers in double figures in coach Phil Jackson's 899th career victory.
Iverson fined $25,000 for ref remarks (AP)
Allen Iverson was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Friday for his remarks about referee Steve Javie following Denver's loss Tuesday to Philadelphia. Iverson was ejected late in that game, his first against his former team, after picking up his second technical foul with 1:44 remaining. The NBA penalized Iverson for "verbal abuse of a game official" and for postgame criticism of an official.
Suns roll past undermanned Heat 108-80 (AP)
The Phoenix Suns had to do little more than go through the motions to beat what's left of the Miami Heat. Steve Nash scored 22 points, Amare Stoudemire added 20 and the Suns won their fifth consecutive game Friday night with a 108-80 victory over the severely depleted Heat. Miami lost its fifth straight, the last four without All-Star Dwyane Wade, sidelined with a sprained right wrist.
McGrady's 44 points lift surging Rockets (AP)
Tracy McGrady seemed particularly inspired by Dikembe Mutombo's pregame pep talk to the Houston Rockets on Friday night. McGrady scored a season-high 44 points, topping 30 points for the fourth consecutive game, and the Rockets beat the Utah Jazz 100-86 for their fifth straight victory. McGrady hit 14 of 31 shots and went 13-for-16 from the free-throw line, reaching 40 points for the 39th time in...
Carter, Kidd rally Nets past Bulls (AP)
Jason Kidd knew time was on the New Jersey Nets' side, even when Chicago was scoring the first 18 points of the game. In the end, Kidd and Vince Carter combined to score 10 straight points down the stretch, and New Jersey rallied to beat the Bulls 91-86 on Friday night. "This is a veteran ballclub," Kidd said.
Garnett's OT buzzer-beater lifts Wolves (AP)
With 3.3 seconds on the clock and the game tied in overtime, Kevin Garnett had one thing on his mind -- slow down. After missing the potential game-winner at the end of regulation, Garnett hit a 15-footer with Samuel Dalembert's hand in his face as the buzzer sounded in overtime to lift the Timberwolves to a 104-102 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
LeBron struggles but Gooden lifts Cavs (AP)
LeBron James' final assist of the night was in the locker room, shooing the horde of reporters toward Drew Gooden first. With James struggling, Gooden scored a season-high 31 points and matched a season high with 16 rebounds to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to a come-from-behind 95-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
Pens hand Sabres second straight loss (AP)
Winning in Buffalo was big for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Beating the Eastern Conference-leading Sabres was even better. Evgeni Malkin, Ryan Whitney and Jordan Staal each had a goal and assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves in the Pittsburgh's 4-2 victory over Buffalo on Friday night. The Penguins won in Buffalo for the first time since November 2003 and snapped the Sabres' five-game winning...
Cooke lifts Canucks over Oilers in OT (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks are enjoying their newfound confidence. Matt Cooke's second goal of the game, scored 84 seconds into overtime, gave the Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night and a season-high, six-game winning streak. The Canucks squandered a late lead when the Oilers forced overtime with Petr Sykora's goal that came with less than three minutes left in regulation.
Flames' Iginla out with sprained knee (AP)
Calgary Flames star Jarome Iginla will be sidelined for at least a week after spraining a ligament in his left knee. "It's always tough getting injured, but it's part of hockey and a lot of guys go through it," Iginla said Friday. "Thankfully over my career, I haven't had that many. I'll deal with this one and try to get back as soon as I can." Iginla was injured Thursday night when his leg was...
Coyotes rally for OT win over Thrashers (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes are still below .500 and still 12th in the Western Conference, but they hope a three-goal rally against the Atlanta Thrashers might be the start of something big. "We showed some character," said Yanic Perreault, who scored 2:29 into overtime to give the Coyotes a 5-4 win over the Southeast Division-leading Thrashers on Friday night.
Kariya, Predators rout Blackhawks (AP)
Paul Kariya and the Nashville Predators found their offense and broke out against the Chicago Blackhawks. Kariya had a goal and three assists, and Scott Hartnell scored twice in the Predators' 8-3 victory over the Blackhawks on Friday night. It was Nashville's highest-scoring game since a 9-4 win over Calgary last March 18.
Arnason, Sakic lift Avalanche to win (AP)
Paul Stastny gave the Colorado Avalanche a glimpse of the fine career they expect him to have. Stastny had a goal and two assists, and Joe Sakic scored on the power play in the Avalanche's 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night. "Everybody experiences stretches, whether it be a scoring drought or maybe not having the same energy all the time," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said...
Bruins C Kessel begins rehab stint (AP)
Boston Bruins rookie Phil Kessel started a brief conditioning stint in the AHL on Friday night, one month after surgery to treat testicular cancer. Kessel saw action on three lines and played on special teams during the Providence Bruins' 2-1 loss to Worcester. "I felt good, my body felt fine," said Kessel, the No.
Newark arena named the Prudential Center (AP)
The New Jersey Devils' new arena in downtown Newark will be called the Prudential Center, team owner Jeff Vanderbeek said Friday. Officials from the hockey team and Prudential Financial Inc. will announce the details at a news conference Monday. Vanderbeek declined to comment on the cost of the naming rights, but had said earlier that the deal would have Prudential pay the Devils about $5 million...
Marleau helps Sharks beat Red Wings 9-4 (AP)
The San Jose Sharks were three goals down, and their starting goalie had been lifted. Then Josh Gorges took a shot that was sailing wide -- and it somehow caught the top end of Dominik Hasek's stick and caromed into the net. One bizarre bounce triggered an avalanche of goals -- nine straight, to be exact -- on a revitalizing, record-setting night for the Sharks and Patrick Marleau, their steady...
Steen, Maple Leafs rip Bruins 10-2 (AP)
The Boston Bruins were ashamed after they were manhandled by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins lost their third straight game, losing 10-2 Thursday night, and have been outscored 20-3 in the last three contests. They have allowed 28 goals in the last five games. "We are embarrassed. It was almost like we gave up," Bruins defenseman Brad Stuart said.
Bob Margolis: Offseason caps: Gilliland, Mayfield, Waltrip
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '07 Cup field as February's season-opening Daytona 500 approaches.
Boris Said tops bobsled qualifying (AP)
Boris Said shrugged and smiled. It was good to be king of the mountain again.
NASCAR's Parsons hospitalized in intensive care unit (AP)
Former NASCAR champion Benny Parsons remained in intensive care Friday at Carolinas Medical Center after entering the hospital nearly two weeks ago because of complications stemming from lung cancer.
Former NASCAR champion Benny Parsons hospitalized (SportsTicker)
Former NASCAR champion and popular broadcaster Benny Parsons is hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit of the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
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.