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NEWS FROM 2007-01-11
Report: Bonds failed amphetamine test
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070111/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_bonds_amphetamines"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20061228/capt.sge.dvn14.281206132506.photo00.photo.default-512x335.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=REHsdatOb3vIXzcYo1KJAQ--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="A US appeals court in San Francisco ruled that results of Major League Baseball drug tests conducted in 2003 can be used in the government's ongoing steroids probe. The test results could provide evidence as to whether any of the star players who testified to a grand jury in the BALCO steroid scandal - including San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds, seen here in October 2006, - committed perjury.(AFP/Getty Images/File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds failed a test for amphetamines last season and originally blamed it on a teammate, the Daily News reported Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jayhawks top Cowboys in Top 10 showdown
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070111/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_oklahoma_st_kansas"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070111/capt.ksow10701110335.oklahoma_st_kansas_basketball_ksow107.jpg?x=78&y=130&sig=AWYV9A_k.YhCdkwJjFWLFQ--" align="left" height="130" width="78" alt="Kansas guard Brandon Rush (25) scores during the first half of their college basketball game against Oklahoma State in Lawrence, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)" border="0" /></a>AP - Packed house, ranked opponent, and the ball in the low post all night long. Sasha Kaun had waited all season for a game like this.</p><br clear="all"/>
Barbaro suffers significant setback
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070111/ap_on_sp_ot/rac_barbaro_setback"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070110/capt.pagw10701101926.barbaro_setback_horse_racing_pagw107.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=.qoeG2SwUOoQeBdnpHchHg--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Fresh baskets of apples and carrots are displayed inside the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center for Large Animals in Kennett Square, Pa., on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007. Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, being treated at the facility, suffered a significant setback in his recovery from laminitis, with damaged tissue removed from his left hind hoof Tuesday night. (AP Photo/George Widman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Every time the outlook was grim for Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner pulled through like a champ. Time will tell if he can do it again.</p><br clear="all"/>
USC's Jarrett will enter NFL draft
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070110/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_usc_jarrett"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070110/capt.carf10101102313.usc_jarrett_football_carf101.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=2jtI0lWicxffoeEE_PSL8g--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="A tearful Dwayne Jarrett, left, a star receiver with Southern California's football team, announces his decision to make himself available for the NFL draft, as his mother Camille Jarrett stands nearby Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dwayne Jarrett, the leading receiver in school history, announced Wednesday he will skip his senior season at Southern California to enter the NFL draft.</p><br clear="all"/>
LSU quarterback Russell going pro
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070111/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_lsu_russell"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070110/capt.laab11001102315.lsu_russell_football_laab110.jpg?x=123&y=130&sig=mG2okDE1OASTXvpQ6JlCsw--" align="left" height="130" width="123" alt="Louisiana State University football quarterback JaMarcus Russell talks about his intention to enter the NFL draft and skip his senior year of college at a press conference in Baton Rouge, La. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)" border="0" /></a>AP - LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell said Wednesday he'll skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tagliabue among Hall of Fame nominees
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070111/sp_nm/nfl_hall_nominees_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070111/2007_01_11t035719_450x332_us_nfl_hall_nominees.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=_tt7wMLuRtru1CHdR0AV_g--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue smiles as he answers questions during a special league meeting to select a new commissioner in Northbrook, Illinois, in this August 7, 2006 file photo. Tagliabue was among 17 finalists named for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for 2007 on Wednesday. (John Gress/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue
was among 17 finalists named for induction into the Pro
Football Hall of Fame for 2007 on Wednesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Howard's huge double-double lifts Magic
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070111/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_magic_warriors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070111/capt.cagn10101110427.magic_warriors_basketball_cagn101.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=QbvLfIuaQNOIUdz5YvgY7g--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard drives against Golden State Warriors' Adonal Foyle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dwight Howard's teammate told him he needed two more points for the first 30-point game of his career. Howard then hit two free throws in four tries over the final minute, much to the delight of Keith Bogans.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mulder, Cards agree to $13 million deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070111/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_cardinals_mulder"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070111/capt.ny17201110002.cardinals_mulder_baseball_ny172.jpg?x=122&y=130&sig=MM56MTlWtVvM5wkqXkPwWg--" align="left" height="130" width="122" alt="St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Mark Mulder throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in this June 15, 2006 file photo in Pittsburgh. Mulder is staying with the Cardinals, agreeing Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007 to US$13 million, two-year contract. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)" border="0" /></a>AP - On his way home after the St. Louis Cardinals' World Series parade, Mark Mulder told manager Tony La Russa that he wanted the team and the town to see him at his best.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wycombe draws Chelsea 1-1 in League Cup
<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_english_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070110/capt.lon81401102301.britain_soccer_league_cup_lon814.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=u8Ywevmzs7zDBi4SrWLw5Q--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Wycombe Wanderers' Jermaine Easter (centre) is mobbed by team-mates after scoring the equalizer against Chelsea during their English League Cup semi-final first leg soccer match at Adams Park stadium in High Wycombe, southern England, Wednesday Jan. 10, 2007. The game ended 1-1. (AP Photo / Rebecca Naden)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jermaine Easter's goal in the 77th minute salvaged a 1-1 draw for League Two side Wycombe against Chelsea in a first-leg semifinal of the English League Cup on Wednesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bergeron, Stoll lead Oilers past Sharks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070111/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_oilers_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070111/capt.cata10601110526.oilers_sharks_hockey_cata106.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=_9Sc57CJn_CCkD4B4u9LmA--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="San Jose Sharks' Jonathan Cheechoo, right, and Edmonton Oilers' Shawn Horcoff battle for the puck against the boards during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/ Tony Avelar)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Edmonton Oilers know the Sharks' power play can't dominate a game if it can't get on the ice. Marc-Andre Bergeron and Jarret Stoll each had a power-play goal and an assist in the first period, and the Oilers rode nearly two periods of penalty-free play to a 3-2 victory over San Jose on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jason Cole: Dolphins interview pair of N.Y. assistants
Jets O.C. Brian Schottenheimer and Giants D.C. Tim Lewis interviewed for the Dolphins' head coaching vacancy on Wednesday.
Giants give Coughlin one-year extension (AP)
Tom Coughlin was given a one-year reprieve to turn the New York Giants into a legitimate contender. While the team's owners didn't give him an ultimatum, their message was clear. "I think he knows we need to do better, that our expectations are much higher," co-owner John Mara said in a conference call Wednesday.
Tagliabue, Thomas among Hall finalists (AP)
Recently retired NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and former Buffalo Bills star running back Thurman Thomas are among 17 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2007. Also making the cut is Bruce Matthews, one of the game's most venerable blockers who played every position on the offensive line for the Oilers/Titans from 1983-2001.
S Harrison out again for Patriots (AP)
New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison will miss his second straight playoff game Sunday with a knee injury. Harrison, hurt in the last regular-season game, was the only Patriots player listed as "out" for the divisional playoff against the San Diego Chargers. The only player added to the list as questionable is fullback Heath Evans with an injured shin.
Steelers closing in on hiring coach (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers may be close to choosing Bill Cowher's successor. With assistant coaches Russ Grimm and Ken Whisenhunt the front-runners, the Steelers wrapped up their fourth interview in four days by meeting Wednesday with Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin. If the Steelers have any more interviews scheduled, they aren't saying.
WR Jackson expected to play vs. Bears (AP)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Darrell Jackson was in a good mood Wednesday. His Florida Gators won the national championship and his injured left toe was feeling better. "It feels a whole lot better with these Gator shoes on," Jackson said. Seattle's leading receiver is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC playoff game at Chicago, but is expected to play.
Dolphins interview Martz, two others (AP)
The Miami Dolphins' tour of coaches made stops to visit three more candidates Wednesday, including Detroit offensive coordinator Mike Martz. Owner Wayne Huizenga's private plane flew to Michigan from the Northeast, where the Dolphins interviewed New York Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis and New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
Cardinals to interview Sherman again (AP)
The Arizona Cardinals are bringing Mike Sherman back for a second interview for their coaching vacancy on Thursday. At least two others are expected to have second sessions, but their names were not revealed when the team announced Wednesday it would meet again with Sherman. The Cardinals are believed to be waiting to see what happens in Pittsburgh, where Steelers assistants Ken Whisenhunt and Russ...
Broncos fire another defensive coach (AP)
The Denver Broncos fired defensive line/tackles coach Andre Patterson on Wednesday, one day after dismissing defensive coordinator Larry Coyer. The moves came after Denver's defense wilted and the team limped to a 9-7 record despite a strong start. Team spokesman Jim Saccomano declined to discuss why Patterson was let go.
Man held in Williams case frustrated (AP)
A man held for questioning in the fatal drive-by shooting of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams has grown frustrated by his arrest, his attorney said Wednesday. Willie Clark, 23, was arrested Friday and was being held for an alleged parole violation unrelated to Williams' slaying. Clark's attorney, Michael Andre, declined to say whether Clark has been questioned by police.
Dan Wetzel: Amare's D the key
Webber accepts buyout from 76ers (AP)
Chris Webber followed Allen Iverson out the door in Philadelphia. Two disgruntled All-Stars are gone and can't be blamed anymore for the 76ers' woeful season. Philadelphia completed the paperwork to buy out the remaining 1 1/2 seasons on Webber's contract Wednesday, ending two disappointing years for the former All-Star who did not want to be part of the franchise's rebuilding process.
Howard's 30 points, 25 boards lift Magic (AP)
Dwight Howard's teammate told him he needed two more points for the first 30-point game of his career. Howard then hit two free throws in four tries over the final minute, much to the delight of Keith Bogans. Howard had a career-high 30 points and a season-high 25 rebounds and the Orlando Magic won their fifth straight game, 91-76 over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night to snap a...
Nuggets get Smith back, lose to Spurs (AP)
Allen Iverson snapped out of his shooting funk thanks to the return of J.R. Smith, yet a porous Denver defense kept him from celebrating. Tony Parker scored 26 points and Tim Duncan had 19 to help the San Antonio Spurs stave off the Nuggets 92-83 Wednesday night. "Moral victories don't mean anything to me at this point," Iverson said.
Mutombo second on all-time blocks list (AP)
Dikembe Mutombo swatted the shot by the kid half his age, then wagged his index finger to the crowd's delight. Mutombo stuffed another shot by Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum 3 minutes later to move past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and into second place on the all-time blocks list. The 40-year-old Mutombo had five blocks in all and matched a season high with 19 rebounds in the Houston Rockets'...
Mavs continue to roll, top Blazers 99-74 (AP)
Although both Portland and Dallas were playing for the second straight night, the Mavericks had a lot more energy than the Trail Blazers. Jason Terry scored 20 points and Josh Howard added 17 to lead Dallas to a 99-74 victory over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. "You're fatigued, you're tired, but that's life in the NBA," Terry said.
Bulls contain Arenas, Wizards still win (AP)
Gilbert Arenas was slowed again by Chicago in what turned out to be a Washington win, then was asked how it felt not to have to be Superman every night. "The supporting cast did a great job," Arenas said, holding back laughter. Then a loud voice drenched with sarcasm shot over from two lockers down: "Yeah, Wonder Woman was terrific tonight!" The postgame humor, and the in-game support, came from...
Clippers win on Maggette's late basket (AP)
All these narrow wins by the Minnesota Timberwolves were bound to balance out sometime. The Los Angeles Clippers were the beneficiaries, even calling it their best victory this season. Corey Maggette came back from a brief injury absence to score 21 points, sinking the winning shot from the corner with less than 5 seconds left Wednesday night in the Clippers' 92-91 win over the Timberwolves.
Wade rallies Heat by SuperSonics 107-103 (AP)
Dwyane Wade's fourth quarter performance was proof that four games off was the remedy the All-Star needed to regain his explosiveness. Content to get others involved in the first half, Wade scored 14 of his 29 points in the final 8 minutes of Miami's 107-103 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday night.
Banged-up Bobcats defeat Pistons 102-96 (AP)
The Charlotte Bobcats proved good teams can't just show up against them and win. Again. Raymond Felton had 18 points and seven assists to lead six double-digit scorers for the banged-up Bobcats in a 103-96 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Charlotte, which has one of the NBA's worst records, has just 10 wins this year and two of those victories have come over Pistons, who have the...
Miller, Sabres keep Blackhawks reeling (AP)
The high-scoring Buffalo Sabres can win when their offense has a slow night. Their defense and goaltending is pretty good, too. Ryan Miller made 34 saves and Jochen Hecht and Maxim Afinogenov scored to lead the Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the slumping Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Miller wasn't heavily tested by sputtering Chicago, which lost its fourth straight.
Oilers' quick start sinks Sharks 3-2 (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers know the Sharks' power play can't dominate a game if it can't get on the ice. Marc-Andre Bergeron and Jarret Stoll each had a power-play goal and an assist in the first period, and the Oilers rode nearly two periods of penalty-free play to a 3-2 victory over San Jose on Wednesday night.
Jokinen's hat trick powers Panthers (AP)
Olli Jokinen seems to save his best games for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jokinen scored three goals to help the Florida Panthers to a 5-2 victory Wednesday night. He has eight goals in six games against Pittsburgh during the last two seasons. "It's funny how some guys feel really good against certain teams," Penguins forward Mark Recchi said.
Drake, Blues upend Devils 3-2 (AP)
The suddenly surging St. Louis Blues are even winning on the road. Dallas Drake scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period, Manny Legace made 24 saves and the Blues beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 Wednesday night for their second victory in as many nights on the road. On Tuesday, the Blues captured a 4-3 shootout victory in Columbus.
Crosby, three Sabres All-Star starters (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.
Forsberg expected to return Thursday (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers captain Peter Forsberg is expected back in the lineup Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens. Forsberg, who missed four games with a groin injury, skated in practice Wednesday and announced he's ready to go. "Everything's fine," he said. "And hopefully I'll be in the lineup for a while." Forsberg has spent the last few days trying, again, to perfect a skate boot for his...
Leafs claim C Travis Green off waivers (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed center Travis Green off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. Green had one goal and one assist in seven games for Anaheim this season. It's Green's second stint in Toronto. He had 23 goals and 35 assists with the Leafs from 2001-03. He had 10 goals and 12 assists in 82 games with Boston last season.
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, beat 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 shootout (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.
Jerry Bonkowski: Together again
Biffle bounces back from scary offseason accident (AP)
Greg Biffle was cruising around Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 204 mph when his tire exploded, sending him crashing into the wall. Knocked unconscious, he dislocated his right shoulder and briefly had blurred vision.
Auto industry executives introduced to new racing series powered by hydrogen (AP)
The Hydrogen Electric Racing Federation was unveiled Wednesday, the first step toward on-track competition for hydrogen electric fuel cell-powered racing. HERF plans on beginning that on-track competition, dubbed the "Hydrogen 500," beginning in 2009, with additional races, including international events in 2010 and 2011.
Sainz wins stage 5 of Dakar Rally, keeps lead (AP)
Carlos Sainz won the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally on Wednesday to keep the overall lead. The Spanish driver completed the 201.5-mile stage from Ouarzazate to Tan-Tan in Morocco in 3 hours, 36 minutes, 39 seconds. Sainz finished 30 seconds ahead of former Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel of France, who drove a Mitsubishi.
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.
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.