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NEWS FROM 2007-01-13
Teen makes PGA cut - and it isn't Wie
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070113/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_sony_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070113/capt.hier12301130427.aptopix_sony_open_golf_hier123.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=QdXxI92cQtM7qdyeCrFKIw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="16-year-old Tadd Fujikawa of Honolulu, reacts after making an eagle putt on the 18th green of Waialae Country Club during the second round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event in Honolulu, Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. Fujikawa shot a four-under-par 66 for total three-under-par. Fujikawa is the youngest person to make the cut on the PGA Tour in 50 years.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tadd Fujikawa keeps stealing the spotlight from Hawaii's other teenage golf star. A day after Michelle Wie gave it a good run at Canoe Brook last summer in her bid to become the first woman to qualify for the U.S. Open, Fujikawa made it to Winged Foot by winning the sectional qualifier in Hawaii.</p><br clear="all"/>
Duke lacrosse prosecutor asks off case
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070113/ap_on_sp_co_ne/duke_lacrosse"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070113/capt.ncgb10401130017.duke_lacrosse_ncgb104.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=2yXIAiqkGA6d5Wr2DH7mDQ--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong speaks at a news conference at the Durham County Judicial Building Friday, July 28, 2006 in Durham, N.C. Facing ethics charges that could lead to his disbarment, Nifong, the embattled district attorney in the Duke lacrosse sexual assault case has asked the state attorney general's office to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the case. District Attorney Mike Nifong sent a letter Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, to requesting the special prosecutor, said Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for the attorney general. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)" border="0" /></a>AP - As he aggressively pursued sexual assault charges against three Duke lacrosse players for nearly 10 months, Mike Nifong never wavered publicly in his commitment to take the oft-sensationalized case to trial.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sweeney eager to get past Bonds incident
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070113/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_giants_sweeney_bonds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070113/capt.fx11301130259.giants_sweeney_bonds_baseball_fx113.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=pqPmRA7Zswb0GpN_lJp20Q--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Mark Sweeney makes comments to reporters about teammate Barry Bonds in Scottsdale, Ariz., March 8, 2006. Sweeney said Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, he was shocked to learn that Bonds apparently mentioned his name in connection with the slugger's failed amphetamines test last summer. 'There was nothing I had for him to take or for me to give to him,' Sweeney told The Associated Press in a phone interview. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mark Sweeney wasn't about to sit back and ignore a situation dealing with his name in the same sentence as amphetamines and Barry Bonds. He wanted his message out: There were never any amphetamines in his locker for Bonds to take.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham says his focus is playing soccer
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070113/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_beckham_galaxy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070112/capt.jj82201121641.spain_soccer_jj822.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=IKwZz3TonfJE1SUjn8FcDA--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="A young boy passes a picture of England's Real Madrid player David Beckham hanging inside the fan shop at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium, Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. Beckham has conquered the rest of the world as the most recognized soccer player around, now, he's beginning his march across America after announcing a five-year deal to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Galaxy didn't say exactly what they'll pay him, but floated a figure of $250 million in salary and commercial endorsements over the length of his contract. In other words, his move could be worth $1 million a week. Beckham will become the biggest star to play U.S. professional soccer since Pele and Franz Beckenbauer were in the now-defunct North American Soccer League in the 1970s. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham's focus will be on the Los Angeles pitch, not the Hollywood glitz. Forgetting for the moment that Beckham's wife, Victoria, is a former Spice Girl, that they rank Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes among their best friends, and that one of Los Angeles' premier talent agencies negotiated his new contract with the MLS' Galaxy, Beckham is trying to concentrate on soccer.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sonics' Ray Allen has career night
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070113/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070113/capt.warw10601130641.jazz_supersonics_basketball_warw106.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=zT8YFPB79Zkmc5QmQlTv.w--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Seattle SuperSonics Ray Allen, center, drives to the basket as Utah Jazz's Matt Harpring, left, and Carlos Boozer, right, defend in the second half of an NBA basketball in Seattle on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. Allen scored a career-high 54 points as Seattle won 122-114 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ron Wurzer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ray Allen, Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant were at their best when their teams needed them the most.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gonzalez agrees to five-year Chiefs extension
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070113/sp_nm/nfl_gonzalez_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070113/2007_01_12t222314_450x298_us_nfl_gonzalez.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=p5phY8XtR71nBh4QEyXt5g--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez celebrates after Gonzalez caught a pass for a touch down in Cleveland, December 3, 2006. The all-star tight end has agreed in principle to a five-year contract extension, the Kansas City Chiefs said on Friday. (Ron Kuntz/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - All-star tight end Tony Gonzalez has
agreed in principle to a five-year contract extension, the
Kansas City Chiefs said on Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nowitzki leads Mavericks to overtime win over Pacers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070113/sp_nm/nba_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070113/2007_01_13t033537_234x450_us_nba.jpg?x=67&y=130&sig=jV_LuW.JWjINd_Aere_VNA--" align="left" height="130" width="67" alt="Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki reacts to making a shot during the third quarter of NBA play against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis January 12, 2007. (Brent Smith/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Dirk Nowitzki scored a personal
season-high 43 points to help the Dallas Mavericks come from
behind to defeat the Indiana Pacers 115-113 in overtime on
Mauer, Morneau head arbitration filings
AP - Batting champions Joe Mauer and Freddy Sanchez and AL MVP Justin Morneau were among 106 players who filed Friday for salary arbitration, set to get big raises for next season.
Is Beckham the new $250 million man?
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070113/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_beckham_s_bucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070112/capt.la10401121925.beckham_galaxy_soccer_la104.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=SUazwkUlN5xjYOh9t3QMbQ--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Soccer great David Beckham appears during a video teleconference Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, in the Marina Del Rey area of Los Angeles. Beckham has conquered the rest of the world as the most recognized soccer player around, now, he's beginning his march across America after announcing a five-year deal to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Beckham will become the biggest star to play U.S. professional soccer since Pele and Franz Beckenbauer were in the now-defunct North American Soccer League in the 1970s. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham is big. But is he really $250 million large? Bigger at the bank than Shaq or Kobe or A-Rod?</p><br clear="all"/>
Predators roll to 4th straight victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070113/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070113/capt.tnmh10101130219.blue_jackets_predators_hockey_tnmh101.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=oTpypGQFQ8HMQSPZfNosVg--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Nashville Predators center Jerred Smithson (25) clears the puck away from Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Anson Carter, center, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. At left is Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun, of the Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Nashville Predators grabbed an early lead and then finished off the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was exactly what goaltender Tomas Vokoun wanted to see from his teammates.</p><br clear="all"/>
Charles Robinson: Surreal experience
Reports: T.O. has surgery on ring finger (AP)
Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens had surgery in Miami to repair a torn tendon in his right ring finger, two newspapers reported Friday. "The doctor is very optimistic," Owens told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I am happy I had the surgery. I am happy with the news he gave me that I will return to 100 percent." The Dallas Morning News also reported that Owens had surgery.
Chiefs, Gonzalez agree on five-year deal (AP)
Tony Gonzalez has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs that keeps him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL. The eight-time Pro Bowler, just two touchdown catches short of the league record for his position, will receive about $17 million in guaranteed money, a person close to the negotiations told The Associated Press.
Ravens want to keep Manning on sideline (AP)
Just like every other team that faces the Indianapolis Colts, the Baltimore Ravens' top priority is containing Peyton Manning. To reach that goal, the Ravens will depend as much on their offense as their top-ranked defense in Saturday's second-round AFC playoff game. "Any time you play the Colts and Peyton Manning, the old adage is true: It's hard to score when you're not on the field," Ravens...
Saints' Payton tries to top Eagles again (AP)
Sean Payton grew up rooting for the sports teams in Philadelphia, and got his first NFL coaching job with the Eagles. Since leaving Philadelphia, though, Payton has become quite a nemesis for Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson. The two match wits again Saturday night when Payton leads the New Orleans Saints (10-6) against the Eagles (11-6) in an NFC second-round playoff game.
Rob Ryan interviews for Raiders job (AP)
Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan interviewed Friday for the team's head coaching vacancy. Ryan followed former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel and Southern California quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian to interview to replace the fired Art Shell. Ryan is the only defensive coach to interview so far.
Bears defense looks to return to form (AP)
Alex Brown smiled and rolled his eyes in disgust. He wasn't worried about possible endorsement deals or the legacy these Chicago Bears will leave behind. No, the only thing on his mind was the Super Bowl. More immediately, correcting the flaws on defense. The other stuff can wait. "What we're doing right now, what every team is shooting for right now, there's nothing bigger than this scenario.
Seahawks WR Jackson misses practice (AP)
Darrell Jackson's on-and-off status now seems closer to "off." The Seahawks' leading receiver unexpectedly missed practice again Friday, just before the team boarded an afternoon flight to Chicago for Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game against the Bears. Coach Mike Holmgren said Jackson's availability will be a game-time decision.
Lions WR Roy Williams added to Pro Bowl (AP)
Detroit Lions receiver Roy Williams has been added to the 2007 NFC Pro Bowl squad, replacing Torry Holt of the St. Louis Rams. Williams finished the season with an NFC-leading 1,310 receiving yards and 82 receptions, both career highs. His 16 yards-per-catch average was tops among wide receivers with 65 or more receptions.
Chargers may make Oceanside new home (AP)
The San Diego Chargers might one day play in a stadium built on a public golf course nicknamed Goat Hill because of its steep terrain. Team president Dean Spanos sent a letter Friday to Mayor Jim Wood saying the team would like to discuss the possibility of building a stadium in this city in northern San Diego County.
Steve Kerr: May the best man win
Allen's career-high 54 lift Sonics in OT (AP)
Ray Allen hit deep 3-pointers, flat-footed jumpers and scored on tough drives. He was also perfect from the free-throw line. Allen scored a career-high 54 points to lead Seattle to a 122-114 overtime win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night, snapping the SuperSonics' six-game losing streak. Allen's performance was second-best in franchise history to Fred Brown's 58-point outburst against Golden State...
Nowitzki's 43 lift Mavs by Pacers in OT (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks had an answer for every run by the Indiana Pacers. Despite trailing by double digits in the first half, and six points late in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks rallied to force overtime before beating the Pacers 115-113 on Friday night. "We've been in a lot of close games, that's what got us to the finals last year," said Nowitzki, who scored a season-high 43...
Lakers edge Magic despite ailing Bryant (AP)
Kobe Bryant wasn't as much of a force in the first three quarters as he was in the fourth for the Los Angeles Lakers. The game plan worked perfectly. Once he was able to get his teammates involved in the scoring and spread out the floor, Bryant took over and scored 16 of his 28 points in the final 6:44 to lead the Lakers to a 109-106 victory over Orlando on Friday night.
Garnett, Timberwolves hold off Grizzlies (AP)
The Timberwolves said defense and controlling the tempo were the keys to beating the Grizzlies. Kevin Garnett had 28 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, Ricky Davis added 27 points and seven assists, and Minnesota weathered Memphis' late rally to defeat the Grizzlies 116-110 on Friday night. The 116 points were a season-high for Minnesota, but down the stretch the Timberwolves made stops against...
Heat finally win three straight games (AP)
The Miami Heat are nearly "15 Strong" once again. That was a scary number for the rest of the NBA last season, when they rode coach Pat Riley's mantra of togetherness and tenacity to their first championship. It's proving tough to beat again this season -- particularly when their opponents only have eight healthy players in uniform.
Battier helps Rockets hold off Nuggets (AP)
With Tracy McGrady drawing all the attention, Shane Battier all too willingly knocked down the open shots. Battier scored 25 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets held off the Denver Nuggets 90-86 on Friday night. As the Nuggets watched every move made by McGrady, Battier quietly went unnoticed.
Johnson, Smith lead Hawks past Pistons (AP)
Josh Smith expected to be out longer. The Atlanta Hawks are sure glad he recovered quickly from a hernia operation. Smith returned to the court Friday night after missing 2 1/2 weeks and made a crucial 3-pointer with 10.7 seconds left, helping the Hawks hold on for a 99-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Okafor helps Bobcats cool off Knicks (AP)
In their best half of basketball this season, there was really only one thing the Charlotte Bobcats did wrong. Matt Carroll couldn't get out of the way. Emeka Okafor had 20 points and a career-high 10 blocked shots, Derek Anderson scored 29 points, and the Bobcats snapped the New York Knicks' three-game winning streak with a 126-110 victory Friday night.
Hornets frustrate Arenas, Wizards 104-97 (AP)
Out of the league at the beginning of the season, Devin Brown was looking forward to facing a premier point guard like Gilbert Arenas. When he got his chance, Brown turned in his best performance since the New Orleans Hornets gave him a second chance in the NBA. Brown had a season-high 19 points and career-best nine assists to back a 22-point performance from Desmond Mason as the Hornets held off...
Gomez, Brylin lift Devils past Thrashers (AP)
Scott Gomez and the New Jersey Devils finally found a way to beat the Atlanta Thrashers. Gomez and Sergei Brylin scored power-play goals 28 seconds apart in the third period to lead the Devils to a 2-1 win that snapped New Jersey's six-game losing streak against the Southeast Division-leading Thrashers.
Kings G Cloutier out after hip surgery (AP)
Los Angeles goalie Dan Cloutier underwent hip surgery in Colorado and will be out indefinitely, the Kings said Friday. Cloutier, acquired from the Vancouver Canucks last summer and given a two-year, $6.2 million contract extension, had a torn labrum in his hip repaired. He hasn't played since Dec. 23 when the Kings lost 7-0 to Nashville.
Gaborik's two goals lift Wild to win (AP)
Marian Gaborik has found his form. The Minnesota star posted his second straight two-goal game and the Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Friday night, earning their second consecutive road win. Brian Rolston and Keith Carney also scored for Minnesota, which moved into a second-place tie with Vancouver in the Northwest Division, one point behind Calgary.
Vokoun helps Predators win 4th in a row (AP)
The Nashville Predators have Tomas Vokoun back in goal, and they're determined to give him as much help as possible. Shea Weber had a goal and an assist, Vokoun stopped 22 shots in his second game back from a torn tendon in his left thumb, and the Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0 Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
Selanne has hat trick, Ducks rip Stars (AP)
Usually, two goals are enough to satisfy Teemu Selanne. But Thursday night was different for the Anaheim Ducks' top scorer. Selanne's had his 19th career three-goal game and Andy McDonald registered four assists to send the Ducks to a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Earlier on Thursday, Selanne had a phone converstion with a close friend in Finland.
Caps sign G Johnson to 2-year extension (AP)
Brent Johnson signed a two-year contract extension on Friday with the Washington Capitals that will pay the backup goalie $1.625 million. Playing behind starter Olie Kolzig, the 29-year-old Johnson is 4-5-3 with a 3.50 goals-against average this season for the Capitals (19-18-7). The Capitals claimed Johnson off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks in October 2005, and he played in 26 games for...
Sharks recall rookie D Matt Carle (AP)
The San Jose Sharks recalled defenseman Matt Carle from their AHL affiliate Friday after a 10-day demotion. The Sharks put enforcer Scott Parker on the injured list to make room for Carle, who leads all San Jose defensemen with 21 points. He's fourth among NHL rookies with 18 assists. Carle, who won the Hobey Baker award as the NCAA's top player last season, had two assists in three games with the...
'Canes score six in third, beat Panthers (AP)
Two periods had passed, and the befuddled Carolina Hurricanes were in deep trouble. They trailed the Florida Panthers by three goals, benched their star goalie and could only hope for a late miracle. "The whole team was in here (during the second intermission) and we knew what we had to do," center Chad LaRose said.
Wings end Coyotes' seven-game win streak (AP)
Tomas Holmstrom helped the Detroit Red Wings finish their road trip with a second straight win. Holmstrom scored three goals and had an assist to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-1 on Thursday night. "We played hard and waited for openings," said Mike Babcock, the Detroit coach. "We're a veteran team, and we should be a patient team.
Marleau sets franchise mark, Sharks win (AP)
Patrick Marleau now owns the San Jose Sharks record for career goals. It isn't a very lofty total at the moment, but he has a long way to go. Marleau's 207th goal eclipsed Owen Nolan's total and helped beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 on Thursday night. Nolan played in 115 fewer games for the Sharks than Marleau, who was the second overall pick in the 1997 behind current linemate Joe Thornton.
Jerry Bonkowski: Offseason caps: Schrader, R. Gordon, Yeley
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '07 Cup field as February's season-opening Daytona 500 approaches.
NASCAR, country music raise money for kids' camp, hall of fame (AP)
NASCAR and country music. Cars and guitars. Gasoline fumes and heartbreak.
Volkswagen's Giniel de Villiers wins seventh stage (AP)
Giniel de Villiers won the Dakar Rally's seventh stage Friday, taking the overall lead. The Volkswagen driver completed the 337-mile stage in 4 hours, 0 minutes, 46 seconds, traveling from Zouerat to Atar, Mauritania. Former world rally champion Carlos Sainz relinquished the lead when he finished third, 4:50 behind de Villiers.
Vatican newspaper criticizes Dakar Rally following latest death (AP)
The Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano criticized the Dakar Rally as "a bloody race of irresponsibility" after a motorcyclist died in a crash. Elmer Symons died Tuesday, the latest in a string of casualties that have plagued the race. The newspaper, which has criticized the race for years, said in Thursday editions that Symons was its 54th victim.
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.
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.