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Gators beat Buckeyes 41-14 for BCS title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070109/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_bcs_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070109/capt.bcs16301090533.bcs_championship_football_bcs163.jpg?x=130&y=117&sig=k7FYD3IhBuBJdcF5Efun4A--" align="left" height="117" width="130" alt="Florida quarterback Chris Leak (12) holds the Championship Trophy after defeating Ohio State 41-14 at the BCS national championship football game in Glendale, Ariz., on Monday, Jan. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - A runaway. Turns out Florida was too good to be on the same field as Ohio State, and that Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and the Buckeyes were the ones who weren't worthy after all. Coach Urban Meyer's once-beaten Gators dominated the undefeated No. 1 Buckeyes and streaked to college football's national championship, 41-14 on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gators make history with duel titles
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070109/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_bcs_florida"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070109/capt.bcs17301090558.aptopix_bcs_championship_football_bcs173.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=ME5u.DZ._kyeZDoRp1Zerg--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="The Florida Gators gather for a team photo after their 41-14 defeat of Ohio State at the BCS national championship football game in Glendale, Ariz., on Monday, Jan. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Call it the Gator Slam. The Florida Gators became the first program to hold football and men's basketball titles at the same time Monday night with a 41-14 victory over top-ranked Ohio State.</p><br clear="all"/>
Heisman jinx gets Smith in title game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070109/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_bcs_ohio_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070109/capt.bcs17801090614.bcs_championship_football_bcs178.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=CfqOITO66Zm6u7CNABDdew--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith looks on as head coach Jim Tressel speaks during the post game news conference after a 41-14 loss to Florida at the BCS national championship football game in Glendale, Ariz., on Monday, Jan. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith swore he didn't believe in any Heisman jinx. He might feel differently now.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gwynn, Ripken will fall short of perfect
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070109/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_hall_of_fame"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070108/capt.ny16001082134.baseball_hall_of_fame__ny160.jpg?x=130&y=75&sig=p1tjGaeSp81Ram5yArI5qQ--" align="left" height="75" width="130" alt="From left are Tony Gwynn, shown in a 1999 file photo; Mark McGwire, shown in a 2001 file photo; and Cal Ripken Jr. shown in a 1999 file photo. Baseball's newest Hall of Fame class is announced Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, with Ripken and Gwynn certain to be elected in their first year of eligibility. McGwire figures to stand little chance, his candidacy stained by accusations of steroid use. (AP Photo/File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. will fall short of becoming the first unanimous Hall of Fame picks, and Mark McGwire doesn't figure to be anywhere close to the necessary 75 percent when 2007 voting is released Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
L.T., Taylor and Bailey named All-Pro
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070109/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_all_pro_team"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070105/capt.ny15201051725.nfl_offensive_player_tomlinson_football_ny152.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=B8_t3MMt1zXxgOpykOaTRQ--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson carries the ball during their football game against the Denver Broncos, in San Diego, Calif. Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006. 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. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Champ Bailey capped superb seasons by unanimously making The Associated Press NFL All-Pro team announced Monday. Tomlinson, San Diego's record-setting running back, also won the AP Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards. Miami end Taylor was the Defensive Player of the Year.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jets' Martin reiterates he may be done
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070109/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_jets_martin"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070108/capt.nyeb10301081912.jets_football_nyeb103.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=1lE54YawPGUscLYounZCEg--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="New York Jets' Curtis Martin talks to reporters at the Jets training facility in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Jan. 8, 2007. The New England Patriots ended the Jets season Sunday with a 37-16 victory. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - While the New York Jets cleaned out their lockers following a surprisingly successful season, Curtis Martin acknowledged he might have emptied his for the last time.</p><br clear="all"/>
Camby too much for depleted Bucks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070109/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bucks_nuggets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070109/capt.dxa10701090305.bucks_nuggets_basketball_dxa107.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=c7IPxlBgWfZnp6pb_Gsd0A--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="Denver Nuggets forward Marcus Camby, front, tries to work the ball inside for a shot past Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut, of Australia, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Monday, Jan. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Denver Nuggets finally found a team as depleted as they are. Marcus Camby returned from a one-game absence after aggravating his broken right ring finger and had 19 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots in Denver's 104-92 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Big Unit has physical, deal nearly done
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070109/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_diamondbacks_johnson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070104/capt.ny16301042159.yankees_johnson_baseball_ny163.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=cRjh3DPKZg8LZd07l3dDKg--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="New York Yankees starter Randy Johnson pitches in the first inning of Game 3 of the ALDS baseball game in Detroit, in this Oct. 6, 2006, file photo. The Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks reached a tentative agreement Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, on a trade that would send Randy Johnson to Arizona, a move that allows the Big Unit's agents to get him a contract extension. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Randy Johnson took his physical Monday, and the Arizona Diamondbacks scheduled a Tuesday news conference as their deal to reacquire the Big Unit from the New York Yankees neared completion.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ex-Duke players join in United purchase
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070108/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_dc_united_sale"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070108/capt.dcjm10101082025.mls_united_sale_soccer_dcjm101.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=VABmtZHByd2HsXGccjUpfA--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Victor B. MacFarlane, front left, the new majority owner of D.C. United soccer team, jokes with one of the co-owners Brian K. Davis, next to Christian Laettner, far right, after a news conference announcing D.C. United's new ownership in Washington Monday Jan. 8, 2007. At rear left is D.C. United President Kevin Payne. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Former Duke co-captains Brian Davis and Christian Laettner wore black and red soccer scarves instead of basketball jerseys Monday as MLS unveiled a new, minority-led ownership group that is paying a league-record $33 million for the operating rights to D.C. United.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hejda's 1st NHL goal defeats Kings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070109/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_oilers_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070109/capt.cama10901090623.oilers_kings_hockey_cama109.jpg?x=117&y=130&sig=z6NXbNZyvCkkofU7EtimtA--" align="left" height="130" width="117" alt="Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jan Hejda, of the Czech Republic, celebrates his first-ever NHL goal, the game winner against the Los Angeles Kings in overtime of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Calif., Monday, Jan. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jan Hejda scored his first NHL goal 1:14 into overtime, lifting the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Charles Robinson: Preaching the gospel
L.T., Taylor, Bailey lead All-Pro Team (AP)
LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Champ Bailey capped superb seasons by unanimously making The Associated Press NFL All-Pro team announced Monday. Tomlinson, San Diego's record-setting running back, also won the AP Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards. Miami end Taylor was the Defensive Player of the Year.
Seahawks WR Jackson may play vs. Bears (AP)
Seattle Seahawks leading receiver Darrell Jackson just might play Sunday against the Chicago Bears after all. Although Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren worried about Jackson's turf toe ligament strain Monday morning during his weekly KIRO radio show in Seattle, by afternoon Jackson had convinced his coach he could play in the NFC divisional playoff game at Chicago.
Eagles CB Sheppard won't play vs. Saints (AP)
Eagles Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard will miss Saturday's second-round playoff game against New Orleans with a dislocated right elbow. Sheppard was injured going for a tackle on a running play in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 23-20 victory over the New York Giants. He was replaced by Rod Hood. William James, who was inactive against the Giants, will take Sheppard's roster spot and join Hood,...
Petrino hired to bring balance to Vick (AP)
Bobby Petrino will have an impact on Michael Vick and the Falcons. Just ask team owner Arthur Blank. Blank sees Petrino, who was hired away from the University of Louisville, "as a difference-maker." "Bobby knows how to motivate," Blank said Monday. "He knows how to teach. He knows how to get the best out of his athletes.
Barber leaving, Coughlin may be gone too (AP)
Tiki Barber is walking away from the New York Giants and into retirement on his own terms. Tom Coughlin, though, may not be as lucky after an inconsistent season and a second straight loss in the opening round of the playoffs put his coaching job in jeopardy. Despite losing 23-20 to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday on a last-second field goal by David Akers, Barber had a bright smile on his face.
Steelers may hire new coach from within (AP)
Russ Grimm on Monday. Ken Whisenhunt on Tuesday. Does that mean the Pittsburgh Steelers might be ready to choose their next head coach by as soon as Wednesday? With the two Pittsburgh assistants being among the most-interviewed candidates for the four current NFL coaching vacancies, the Steelers are giving every sign they may not need to go outside their own staff to find Bill Cowher's successor.
Chargers reserve TE arrested for DUI (AP)
Chargers third-string tight end Ryan Krause was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence during the weekend, the seventh run-in with the law by a team member this season. Krause was arrested early Saturday and later released on bail. Coach Marty Schottenheimer said he spoke with Krause on Monday.
Bears prepare for rematch with Seahawks (AP)
No reminders needed for the Chicago Bears. What they accomplished in the regular season can dissolve quickly in the playoffs. The carry-over can be minimal and the experience of learning that lesson painful. Like a year ago when the Bears swarmed Jake Delhomme in the regular season, sacking the Carolina quarterback eight times with two interceptions in a 13-3 win.
Dolphins may be courting USC's Carroll (AP)
Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga's travel itinerary suggests he's trying to lure Southern California coach Pete Carroll back to the NFL. Carroll has been on vacation in Costa Rica, and a Huizenga-owned plane flew there Sunday, then returned to Fort Lauderdale, according to flight records. The same plane was used to take Dolphins officials to Pittsburgh, Chicago, San Diego, Jacksonville and...
Steve Kerr: Cavs and have-nots
The Cavaliers jumped into the rankings' top five, giving the weak East a potential NBA title contender.
Nuggets defeat shorthanded Bucks, 104-92 (AP)
The Denver Nuggets finally found a team as depleted as they are. Marcus Camby returned from a one-game absence after aggravating his broken right ring finger and had 19 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots in Denver's 104-92 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. The Bucks were without injured guard Michael Redd and lost his backcourt mate Mo Williams during the game.
McGrady rallies Rockets past Bulls 84-77 (AP)
Tracy McGrady was tired, tight, and couldn't shake his defender. He was feeling much better by the time the fourth quarter started. "I knew I was going to take over," McGrady said. McGrady scored 15 of his 31 points in the final period, hitting the go-ahead jumper to lift the Houston Rockets to an 84-77 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
Cassell returns, Clippers top Hornets (AP)
Elton Brand can sympathize with what the New Orleans Hornets are going through. He's just glad his Clippers teammates were the ones that got back from their injuries first. Sam Cassell scored 31 points, Cuttino Mobley added 20 and Los Angeles started to look healthy again in a 100-90 win Monday night against the Hornets.
Brown has no interest in coaching 76ers (AP)
Larry Brown wants his grade-school kids to unpack their suitcases, get used to one house and graduate from a suburban Philadelphia school district. Brown's had it with moving his family. He's enjoyed dropping off his two children off at school and picking them up later in the day. The Brown family even went on their first Christmas vacation.
Lakers snap Mavs' 13-game winning streak (AP)
Despite his limited playing time and a sub-par shooting percentage, Sasha Vujacic says he's never lacking in confidence. And that's a good thing, since a shooter must have that kind of mentality. Vujacic had his best game in three NBA seasons Sunday night, scoring a career-high 16 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 28.5 seconds left, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Dallas 101-98 to snap...
Wade returns, leads Heat past Blazers (AP)
Although Dwyane Wade said he was sluggish after his four-game layoff, he didn't really show it. Wade returned from a wrist injury and scored 33 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 93-90 victory Sunday night over the Portland Trail Blazers. Wade, who had 25 points in the first half, helped Miami rally from a 16-point deficit and snap a five-game losing streak.
Garnett gets Wolves past Rockets in OT (AP)
Mark Blount is making it tougher for Minnesota's opponents to focus on Kevin Garnett. The 7-foot Blount continued his recent strong play with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Timberwolves' 103-99 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday. Garnett still led the way with 26 points and 13 rebounds, but Blount's 6-for-12 shooting performance -- including his second 3-pointer of the season --...
Ginobili's 34 points lift Spurs to win (AP)
No Tony Parker, no sweat, Tim Duncan said with a straight face. Parker missed his first game of the season with a right hip strain, but Manu Ginobili scored a season-high 34 points, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 110-96 Sunday. The Spurs snapped their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Bosh, Ford lead Raptors past Wizards (AP)
It was a game of perspective exercises. Gilbert Arenas pegged Washington's loss on the early game time. Chris Bosh credited Toronto's win to having a full team for the first time in almost a month. "I don't think we've ever played well on 1 o'clock games," Arenas said after Bosh had 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Raptors to a 116-111 victory over the Wizards on Sunday.
Hejda lift Oilers past Kings in OT, 2-1 (AP)
Jan Hejda scored his first NHL goal 1:14 into overtime, lifting the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. Jarret Stoll had a power-play goal in regulation, and Dwayne Roloson made 34 saves for the Oilers in the only game on the league's schedule. It was Hejda's 14th game in the NHL.
Avs' Liles out a month with broken foot (AP)
Colorado Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles will miss up to a month with a broken left foot. Liles was injured in the first period of the Avs' game at Minnesota on Saturday night. Liles' 10 goals is fourth-most among NHL defensemen. He's tied for 12th in scoring with 29 points and is the first defenseman to score 10 or more goals in each of his first three NHL seasons since Steve Duchesne from...
Coyotes acquire C Adams from Hurricanes (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes on Monday acquired center Kevyn Adams from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. Adams served as an alternate captain and skated in all 25 postseason games for last year's Stanley Cup champions. He scored a career-high 15 goals while playing in all 82 regular season games in 2005-06.
Bruins recall rookie LW Kessel (AP)
The Boston Bruins recalled rookie Phil Kessel on Sunday from the AHL nearly a month after he underwent surgery for testicular cancer. Kessel learned he had cancer shortly before playing in a Dec. 9 game against New Jersey. He underwent surgery three days later to remove his right testicle. He played two games last week for Providence of the AHL, scoring in a 2-1 loss Saturday to the Manchester...
Canucks go to SO, win seventh straight (AP)
Olli Jokinen knew enough about Roberto Luongo from their six seasons together as teammates to be certain the Vancouver Canucks' netminder wasn't going to let a few soft third-period goals ruin his confidence. And he was right. Luongo stopped six Florida shots in overtime and five of six in a shootout as Vancouver defeated the Panthers 4-3 on Sunday night.
Devils' Brodeur beats Canadiens 3-0 (AP)
For the second day in a row, the surging New Jersey Devils were solid from their superstar goalie on out to cap a very successful weekend in Canada. Martin Brodeur made 28 saves for his NHL-leading seventh shutout of the season and Brian Gionta scored twice, lifting New Jersey to a 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.
Heatley leads Senators past Flyers 6-1 (AP)
Dany Heatley appears to be adapting well to playing without injured Ottawa Senators linemate Jason Spezza. With Spezza sidelined Sunday for the eighth straight game because of a knee injury, Heatley didn't miss a beat against the Philadelphia Flyers. Heatley had two goals and an assist, and linemate Daniel Alfredsson added a goal and two assists in the Ottawa Senators' 6-1 victory over the...
Coyotes win sixth in a row, top 'Hawks (AP)
Jeremy Roenick made his possible Chicago swan song memorable. Roenick, who began his career with the Blackhawks, had a goal and an assist Sunday to help Phoenix win its season-high sixth straight, 4-2 over Chicago. Michael Zigomanis, Fredrik Sjostrom and Oleg Saprykin also scored for Phoenix, which hasn't lost in regulation in its last eight, going 7-0-1.
Ducks end four-game slide, top Wings 4-2 (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks didn't suffer any hangover from their most embarrassing loss of the season. Coach Randy Carlyle wouldn't let them. Bjorn Melin scored in his NHL debut and the Ducks also got goals from Travis Moen and Ryan Getzlaf to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Sunday night, ending a four-game losing streak.
Lightning win 10th straight over Pens (AP)
Sidney Crosby scored an unorthodox goal while sliding toward the net face first. Maybe that's why Martin St. Louis tried to do something different himself on the shot that ended up counting the most. St. Louis put an odd-angle backhander between Marc-Andre Fleury's pads for the only successful shot in the shootout and the Tampa Bay Lightning shook off Crosby's acrobatic goal to beat the Pittsburgh...
Jerry Bonkowski: Shifting gears?
Hamilton remembered as honest racer who thrived on competition (AP)
Bobby Hamilton parked the car after practice in 2001, headed to the truck and started changing clothes. His crew chief followed him, wanting to know if he needed to change anything before the Talladega 500.
Johnson back on track after breaking wrist (AP)
Climbing on top of a moving golf cart was probably not the brightest idea Jimmie Johnson has ever had.
Junior's future at DEI in limbo as battle with stepmother continues (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s battle with his stepmother heated up Monday when NASCAR's most popular driver said his future with the family company could hinge on their rocky relationship.
De Villiers takes first African stage of Dakar Rally (AP)
Giniel de Villiers won the third stage of the Dakar Rally on Monday, while Carlos Sainz took the overall lead. De Villiers, a South African driving a Volkswagen, finished in 2 hours, 46 minutes, 12 seconds on the 156-mile timed section of the 402-mile trek from Nador to Er Rachidia. Sainz, also driving a Volkswagen, was 25 seconds behind.
Bobby Hamilton, longtime NASCAR driver, dies of cancer (AP)
Bobby Hamilton paid his early bills driving a wrecker, got his NASCAR break driving a car used in ``Days of Thunder'' and won the 2004 Craftsman Truck championship in his own truck.
Driver Hamilton dies at 49 (SportsTicker)
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) - Bobby Hamilton, the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship, died on Sunday. He was 49.
Boris Said is king of the mountain again (AP)
Who rules? Boris rules.
Gordon 13th after first day of Dakar Rally (AP)
Robby Gordon is the only NASCAR driver competing in the Dakar Rally, an off-road road race from Portugal to Dakar that covers 4,918 miles. In 2005, he became the first American to win a stage of the grueling event. This year's edition, the 29th, has a record number of competitors, with 525 teams and 42 nationalities represented, including 250 motorcycles, 187 cars and 88 trucks.