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NEWS FROM 2007-01-10
McGwire strikes out; Gwynn, Ripken in
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070110/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_hall_of_fame"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070110/capt.mdcg11301092310.hall_of_fame_ripken_baseball_mdcg113.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=CPN8xi.IMa8lZ5fPjLxlKw--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Former Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, second from right, and his family from left, daughter Rachel, wife Kelly, and son Ryan listen to a question during a news conference after being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007 in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Chris Gardner)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mark McGwire's Hall of Fame bid was met with a rejection as emphatic as his upper-deck home runs. While the door to Cooperstown swung open for Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn on Tuesday, McGwire was picked by less than a quarter of voters — a result that raises doubts about whether Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa or other sluggers from baseball's Steroids Era will ever gain entry.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kidd, Stackhouse spark their team's to win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070110/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070110/capt.era10701100329.raptors_nets_basketball___era107.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=mU7V4075YQQVoxsdoxwC_Q--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd reacts during second quarter NBA basketball against the Toronto Raptors Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Nets beat the Raptors, 101-86. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jason Kidd kept his focus. Jerry Stackhouse lost his cool. Two very different ways to spark teams to victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wisconsin hangs on for another big win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070110/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_college_bkb_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070110/capt.wimg10601100450.ohio_st_wisconsin_basketball_wimg106.jpg?x=121&y=130&sig=8wkyVZTxtu_CHypKePXRxg--" align="left" height="130" width="121" alt="Wisconsin's Kammron Taylor (23) puts up a shot with Ohio State's Daequan Cook (31) defending during the second half of a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, in Madison, Wis. Taylor was the game's leading scorer with 25. Wisconsin won 72-69. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ohio State became just another ranked team from the Big Ten to find out how tough it is to win at Wisconsin.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kessel plays 1st NHL game since dianosis
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070110/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070110/capt.otth101100339.bruins_senators_hockey_otth1.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=tyZkQ8pbjU93peMoN7yv8Q--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Boston Bruins' Phil Kessel warms up before his first NHL game less than a month after undergoing cancer surgery against the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa, Canada, Tuesday Jan 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Tom Hanson, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Phil Kessel was happy to be back on the ice.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sidney and slew of Sabres are All-Stars
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070110/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_all_star_starters"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070110/capt.tpa10201100147.penguins_lightning_hockey_tpa102.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=sNh8lNTQ2_OUrBWsbZRxTw--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, left, gets congratulations from teammates, including Brooks Orpik (44) after scoring a first-period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL hockey game Tuesday night, Jan. 9, 2007, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - It'll be Sid the Kid and the Sabres in the NHL All-Star game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pats seek better performance Vs. L.T.
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070110/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_patriots_tomlinson_rematch"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070109/capt.nydd20101091912.patriots_chargers_football_nydd201.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=YiVAJzEooZs84uNxcJx3nQ--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick looks on from the sidelines in the second quarter of an a AFC wild-card playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — LaDainian Tomlinson ran at will against the New England Patriots when San Diego beat them by 24 points last season, their worst loss in 41 games. They'll try again to stop him in Sunday's playoff game. Problem is, he's even better now. And so is his team.</p><br clear="all"/>
James is king of Sacramento after win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070110/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cavaliers_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070110/capt.sca10101100436.cavaliers_kings_basketball_sca101.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=y1iKbknSU5P4BjF7VlXa.Q--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) attempts to drive past Sacramento Kings' Brad Miller (52) late in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Thearon Henderson)" border="0" /></a>AP - LeBron James' three quick 3-pointers were a dramatic flourish on 13 commanding minutes as the Cleveland Cavaliers turned a 17-point deficit into a comfortable lead.</p><br clear="all"/>
Big Unit returns to Arizona
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070110/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_diamondbacks_johnson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070109/capt.azpc10401092117.diamondbacks_johnson_baseball_azpc104.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=1atZmZ74P0_AxZze2jevfA--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson smiles as he displays his jersey during a news conference after signing a contract to play his second stint with the team Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Arizona Diamondbacks parted with popular veterans Luis Gonzalez and Craig Counsell to make room for prospects.</p><br clear="all"/>
Baptista scores 4 as Arsenal wins 6-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070110/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070109/capt.lon80701092212.britain_soccer_league_cup_lon807.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=igTu4fxN5fmYvbHIrBbfOQ--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Arsenal's Julio Baptista celebrates scoring his first goal during the Carling Cup Semi-Final match against Liverpool at Anfield, Liverpool, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. Arsenal won 6 - 3. (AP Photo / Martin Rickett, pa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Julio Baptista scored four times and missed a penalty as Arsenal's third-string side won 6-3 at Liverpool on Tuesday to reach the English League Cup semifinals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabres score All-Star hat-trick
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070110/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_all_star_sabres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070110/capt.nydd20401100306.all_star_starters_hockey_nydd204.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=Y8w1EKknN3sVDwpVCvWsAw--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres' Daniel Briere (48), Ryan Miller (30), and Brian Campbell pose for photos during a news conference at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. The Sabres are the first team to place three players in an All-Star starting lineup since fan balloting began in 1986. (AP Photo/David Duprey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Move over, Sid. Ryan Miller and the "No-Name" Buffalo Sabres are ready to crash your NHL All-Star party.</p><br clear="all"/>
Charles Robinson: Miami-bound Bears?
Broncos fire defensive coordinator Coyer (AP)
Larry Coyer didn't know what to say after he was fired as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. So he sent out a personally typed-up statement Tuesday. That way the always talkative Coyer wouldn't accidentally let something slip out of anger. "I have the highest regard for him (Mike Shanahan) and have no choice but to accept his decision and do so with as much dignity and grace as I can...
Johnson pleads not guilty to gun charges (AP)
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor weapons charges Tuesday after a police raid on his home last month. Johnson, dressed in a suit and tie, did not speak during the Lake County court hearing before Judge Theodore Potkonjak. Defense attorney Tom Briscoe entered the plea for him.
Steelers, Whisenhunt meet for 3 hours (AP)
Ken Whisenhunt has met with four NFL teams since last week. He doesn't hide which job he wants. The Steelers' offensive coordinator was interviewed by team officials for three hours Tuesday, and it was evident he doesn't want to leave Pittsburgh to be an NFL head coach unless there's no other option. "This is the place I want to be," Whisenhunt said.
Grimm interviews for Cardinals job (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers assistant Russ Grimm was interviewed Tuesday as the final candidate to replace the fired Dennis Green as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Grimm, the assistant head coach and offensive line coach of the Steelers, didn't arrive until the afternoon and hadn't completed his interview when he took a break to talk to reporters.
Petrino quickly hires coordinators (AP)
Bobby Petrino wasted no time in finding his defensive and offensive coordinators. A day after being introduced as Atlanta's head coach, Petrino reached agreements Tuesday with Dallas defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Cincinnati receivers coach Hue Jackson to be his right-hand men with the Falcons.
Owens reportedly fires publicist (AP)
Terrell Owens apparently had his reasons for firing his publicist. Owens has fired Kim Etheredge, his publicist since 2005, according to several media reports this week. Etheredge was the person who called 911 from Owens' home on Sept. 26 to report that the Cowboys receiver was having an allergic reaction to an accidental overdose of pain medication.
Colts expect S Sanders, RB Addai to play (AP)
Colts safety Bob Sanders, still recovering from a knee injury, practiced Tuesday and is expected to play in Indianapolis' playoff game at Baltimore on Saturday. Running back Joseph Addai didn't practice because of a chest injury, but it appears he'll also play. If Sanders, who made last season's Pro Bowl team, does play, it would mark the first time since mid-September he has been available in...
Saints WR Horn questionable vs. Eagles (AP)
Four-time Pro Bowl receiver Joe Horn sat out significant portions of the New Orleans Saints' practice Tuesday, still bothered by the groin injury that caused him to miss the last four games of the regular season. Saints coach Sean Payton said Horn, who had a pair of big touchdown catches in the victory over Philadelphia earlier this season, is questionable for the rematch Saturday night in the...
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.
Steve Kerr: Cavs and have-nots
The Cavaliers jumped into the rankings' top five, giving the weak East a potential NBA title contender.
Marion, Nash help Suns to 7th straight (AP)
Even on a so-so night, the Phoenix Suns had enough to wear down the Seattle SuperSonics. Shawn Marion had 29 points and 15 rebounds, Steve Nash added 27 points and 11 assists, and the Suns beat the fading Sonics 113-102 on Tuesday night for their seventh consecutive victory. "Not great basketball," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said, "but we did our job and lived for another day." The Suns overcame...
Nowitzki, Mavs turn back Jazz 108-105 (AP)
Jerry Stackhouse got thrown out and Dirk Nowitzki got zoned in. Stackhouse was ejected at the end of the third quarter for his second flagrant foul, but Nowitzki stepped up with a season-high 38 points, including two free throws with 10.2 seconds remaining, to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz 108-105 on Tuesday night.
LeBron rallies surging Cavs past Kings (AP)
LeBron James' three quick 3-pointers were a dramatic flourish on 13 commanding minutes as the Cleveland Cavaliers turned a 17-point deficit into a comfortable lead. When one of their best stretches in an outstanding season was over, the Cavs had made a 42-12 run -- and they were much more proud of the 12 than the 42.
Prince, Murray power Pistons past 76ers (AP)
Larry Brown would have loved this if he was still coaching Detroit instead of watching from a 76ers' luxury suite while his new team lost again. Chauncey Billups was hurt and Rasheed Wallace was on the bench. So with precise passing and unselfishness that has defined the Pistons, it was Tayshaun Prince's turn to carry them.
Grizzlies have big 3rd quarter in win (AP)
The Los Angeles Lakers followed up a victory over the NBA's best team by getting blown out by the worst. Pau Gasol had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Mike Miller scored 14 of his 25 points in a record-setting third quarter, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Lakers 128-118 on Tuesday night. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Los Angeles, which was coming off a 101-98 victory over the...
Duncan leads Spurs past Blazers 98-84 (AP)
It was a decidedly routine night for the San Antonio Spurs at home on Tuesday. But after some of their recent games, no news was good news. "Point-wise we're doing a pretty good job. Tonight we did a pretty good job," said Tim Duncan, who had 16 points in the Spurs' 98-84 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Kidd steady on-court despite tumult off (AP)
While his personal life may be in turmoil, Jason Kidd remains the steady hand that makes the New Jersey Nets go. Just hours after filing for divorce from his wife of 10 years, Kidd turned in another solid performance. He had 10 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds to lead the Nets to a 101-86 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night in a matchup of the top teams in the weak Atlantic...
Nets' Kidd files for divorce (AP)
New Jersey Nets star Jason Kidd filed for divorce from his wife of 10 years Tuesday, accusing her of "extreme cruelty" throughout their marriage. In the dissolution papers, filed in state Superior Court in Bergen County, Kidd accuses Joumana Kidd of physically and mentally abusing him, threatening to make false domestic violence complaints against him to police, and of interfering with his...
Hornets G Jackson has five cracked ribs (AP)
New Orleans Hornets backup guard Bobby Jackson has five cracked ribs -- not one as first thought -- stemming from an injury in a November game. A CT scan Tuesday revealed the additional injuries, and his status remains day to day. General manager Jeff Bower said the scan eliminates the possibility of an injury to something other than the ribs.
Crosby, three Sabres head All-Stars (AP)
It'll be Sid the Kid and the Sabres in the NHL All-Star game. Pittsburgh Penguins phenom Sidney Crosby topped all vote-getters and will join three Buffalo Sabres in the starting lineup for the Eastern Conference in hockey's midseason classic later this month in Dallas. Crosby, at 19 years, 5 months, is the youngest player ever elected by fans.
Coyotes win seventh straight, beat Stars (AP)
Three weeks ago, the Phoenix Coyotes were sitting eight games under .500 and going nowhere in the Western Conference standings. Now they're the league's hottest team. Ed Jovanovski and Shane Doan scored power-play goals during a span of 2:21 in the second period and the Coyotes extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
Sens spoil Kessel's return, rip Bruins (AP)
Phil Kessel made a triumphant return from cancer, even if the Ottawa Senators prevented his comeback from being a victorious one. Daniel Alfredsson scored 12:25 into the third and Ottawa spoiled Kessel's return to Boston's lineup with five goals in the final period for a 5-2 comeback victory over the Bruins on Tuesday night.
Red Wings end slide, top Avs in SO (AP)
Detroit winger Henrik Zetterberg has moves that are drawing comparisons to Peter Forsberg. The 26-year-old used them against Forsberg's former team, scoring twice in regulation and adding the winning shot in the shootout to lift the Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.
Sullivan, Vokoun lift Predators in OT (AP)
The Nashville Predators have no pity for the ailing Anaheim Ducks, not when they're so busy chasing the Western Conference's best team. Steve Sullivan scored with 1:48 left in overtime, and the Predators beat Anaheim 5-4 on Tuesday night for their third straight victory and 11th in 14 games. The Ducks lost for the fifth time in six games, but still lead Nashville in the West by four points.
Flames hand Wild 11th straight road loss (AP)
Byron Ritchie continued his remarkable impression of Jarome Iginla. Ritchie scored his fourth goal in the last three games, Miikka Kiprusoff made 26 saves for his 100th career win, and the Calgary Flames beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 Tuesday night. After scoring just three times in the season's first 33 games, Ritchie has caught fire of late thriving on the increased ice time he's received with...
Isles snap six-game skid, top Rangers (AP)
It's clear the Islanders can handle the Rangers, now New York's second citizens need to figure out the rest of the NHL. Mike Sillinger scored his second goal of the game 27 seconds after Viktor Kozlov snapped a third-period tie, and the Islanders broke a six-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Capitals sweep season series from Flyers (AP)
Alex Ovechkin learned before the opening faceoff that he would be a starter in this month's All-Star game. Did the news give him an extra bit of oomph? "Just a little jump," Ovechkin said. "Not a big jump, but a little jump." Ovechkin turned that "little jump" into two goals and an assist Tuesday night in a 6-2 victory that gave the Washington Capitals the franchise's first season sweep of the...
St. Louis helps Lightning top Pens again (AP)
Sidney Crosby became an All-Star and scored a highlight-reel goal. The only thing missing was a Pittsburgh Penguins' victory. Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Penguins 3-2 on Tuesday night. Late in third period, it was announced that Crosby, at 19 years, 5 months, became the youngest player elected by fans to the All-Star game.
Blues rally, beat Blue Jackets in SO (AP)
Manny Legace and the St. Louis Blues woke up just in time. Legace stopped Frederik Modin in a shootout and the Blues rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Tuesday night. Modin tried to score on a backhand, but Legace slid in front of the shot to stop it. "I was just trying to wait him out as much as possible," Legace said.
Jerry Bonkowski: Together again
Rudd just what Yates needed (AP)
Ricky Rudd might end up being exactly what Robert Yates needed to save his struggling race team.
Sponsorship woes delay IROC start (AP)
The all-star International Race of Champions will not run at Daytona next month, because series officials have not secured sponsorship. IROC pits 12 drivers from different auto-racing disciplines in equally prepared cars. The four-race series usually begins at Daytona International Speedway the Friday before NASCAR's season-opening Daytona 500.
Motorcyclist killed in crash at Dakar Rally (AP)
South African motorcyclist Elmer Symons died Tuesday in a crash during the Dakar Rally, a grueling race that has been marked for years by deaths in the African desert. The 29-year-old rider was killed during the fourth stage from Er Rachidia to Ouarzazate in Morocco, when he crashed about 88 miles into the 251-mile leg, race organizers said.
South African motorcyclist dies at Dakar Rally (AP)
Motorcyclist Elmer Symons died Tuesday in a crash at the Dakar Rally, race organizers said. The 29-year-old South African was killed on the fourth stage from Er Rachidia to Ouarzazate in Morocco. Organizers said Symons crashed about 88 miles into the stage. A medical team rushed to his aid by helicopter, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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.
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.