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NEWS FROM 2007-01-14
Who needs Mardi Gras? Saints march on
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070114/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_eagles_saints"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070114/capt.nua15101140448.aptopix_eagles_saints_football_nua151.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=A4S_UkLedNF.oZcig_6lzA--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) reacts at the end of a 27-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in their NFC divisional playoff football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Who needs Mardi Gras when you're one game from the Super Bowl? Deuce McAllister and rookie sensation Reggie Bush gave this battered city a reason to throw itself a party, carrying the New Orleans Saints where they've never been before — one game from the Super Bowl.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vinatieri delivers; Colts in title game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070114/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_colts_ravens"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070113/capt.baf11801132332.colts_ravens_footballl_baf118.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=kU43KjwwXp9rJbxVf2AxXw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri reacts to his third quarter field goal during the AFC divisional playoff football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)" border="0" /></a>AP - Peyton Manning couldn't get Indianapolis into the end zone and, for once, it didn't matter. That's because Adam Vinatieri provided the Colts with all the offense they needed to advance to the AFC championship game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Column: Manning pulls one out on bad day
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070114/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_on_football_manning_wins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070113/capt.baf11501132316.colts_ravens_footballl_baf115.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=V1c7sRjVmV3i1uxPmMQzOg--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, right, hands off to Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai during the second quarter of the AFC divisional playoff football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)" border="0" /></a>AP - Once again, Peyton Manning had a so-so playoff game. Less than so-so if you count the two interceptions the Baltimore Ravens should have had but dropped. Who cares? Certainly not Manning. He and the Indianapolis Colts are on the way to the AFC championship game after beating Baltimore 15-6 on Saturday in a game with no touchdowns.</p><br clear="all"/>
Column: Saints make New Orleans smile
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070114/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nancy_armour011307"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070114/capt.nua11201140136.eagles_saints_football_nua112.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=LyhIPrS9L8qLVOQ8h6vqMQ--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="New Orleans resident Suzanne Klein holds a sign during the NFC divisional playoff football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)" border="0" /></a>AP - The streets were awash in black and gold, and it's safe to say the French never dreamed of some of the ways New Orleans Saints fans were displaying the fleur de lis.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hokies turning into elite teams killer
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070114/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_n_carolina_virginia_tech"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070113/capt.vash10201132238.n_carolina_va_tech_basketball_vash102.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=oxf1RjOlDdYOrbJkg0eLyw--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) gets fouled by Virginia Tech guard Cheick Diakite (34) as he takes a shot during college basketball action in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)" border="0" /></a>AP - First Duke, now North Carolina. Virginia Tech beat them both in eight days, riding the play of senior guards Zabian Dowdell and Jamon Gordon and an unheralded cast of role players.</p><br clear="all"/>
Saints march into NFC title game behind McAllister
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070114/sp_nm/nfl_saints_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070114/2007_01_14t013148_440x450_us_nfl_saints.jpg?x=127&y=130&sig=Ku2sFlYeBZxtbjAqjwECIw--" align="left" height="130" width="127" alt="Philadelphia Eagles defenders Sheldon Brown (L) and Lito Sheppard (tackling from behind) pursue New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister (C) in the first quarter of their NFC Divisional NFL playoff football game in New Orleans, January 13, 2007. (Hans Deryk/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The New Orleans Saints marched into
the NFC championship game for the first time with a 27-24
come-from-behind victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on
Garnett tops 10,000 rebounds in Timberwolves's win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070114/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 - Kevin Garnett scored 32 points and
pulled down his 10,000th career rebound as the Minnesota
Timberwolves bolted past the New Jersey Nets for a 109-98 home
win on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
McGwire 'not in control' of Hall vote
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070114/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_hall_of_fame_mcgwire"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070110/capt.ny15501101959.on_baseball_mcgwire_ny155.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=92aJsshR3uE0yd0qt0naqQ--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="St. Louis Cardinals Mark McGwire follows the flight of a fly ball in the second inning of their Grapefruit League season-opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., in this March 2, 2001 file photo. While the door to Cooperstown swung open for Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn on Tuesday, McGwire was denied baseball's highest honor, picked by less than a quarter of voters. (AP Photo/Roberto Borea)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mark McGwire had little to say about being left out of Cooperstown in his first public comments since the Hall of Fame announcement.</p><br clear="all"/>
Club America defeats UANL Tigres in SO
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070114/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_interliga_tournament"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070114/capt.cajl11401140709.club_america_tigres_soccer_cajl114.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=140FU9YQvGuN4qHY5iUm6w--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Club America of Mexico City goalie Guillermo Ochoa celebrates after blocking a penalty kick by UANL Tigres of Monterey during overtime in an InterLiga soccer tournament final Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, in Carson, Calif. Club America won 4-2 after double overtime on penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made two saves in the shootout to lead Club America of Mexico City to a 4-2 victory over UANL Tigres of Monterey on Saturday night in the second game of a double-header at the Interliga tournament.</p><br clear="all"/>
Phaneuf helps Flames beat Oilers 3-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070114/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_oilers_flames"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070114/capt.jmc10901140553.oilers_flames_hockey_jmc109.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=bbKo16kCAN0YMtU8KXf9wA--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf, center, celebrates scoring the winning goal with teammate Andrew Ference, as Edmonton Oilers' Jarrett Stoll, left, skates away during third period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Canada, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. The Flames beat the Oilers, 3-1.(AP Photo/Jeff McIntosh,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dion Phaneuf usually likes to take his shots from the point. The Calgary defenseman tried something different against Edmonton, and it paid off.</p><br clear="all"/>
Josh Peter: Hammer time!
Saints beat Eagles, reach NFC title game (AP)
Who needs Mardi Gras when you're one game from the Super Bowl? Deuce McAllister and rookie sensation Reggie Bush gave this battered city a reason to throw itself a party, carrying the New Orleans Saints where they've never been before -- one game from the Super Bowl. To constant chants of "DEUCE!" or "REG-GIE!
Vinatieri, Colts grind down Ravens 15-6 (AP)
Peyton Manning couldn't get Indianapolis into the end zone and, for once, it didn't matter. That's because Adam Vinatieri provided the Colts with all the offense they needed to advance to the AFC championship game. Signed during the offseason specifically for his playoff experience, Vinatieri kicked five field goals Saturday to put his name in the NFL record book and carry Indianapolis past the...
L.T.'s Chargers take on Brady's Patriots (AP)
The San Diego Chargers have beaten the New England Patriots in September and October without any problem. Now they need to do it in January, when the Patriots really shine. The Patriots visit the Chargers on Sunday in the divisional round, and the numbers don't lie -- it should be a pretty good game. San Diego has been supercharged by NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, who rewrote the league's...
Bears hope to avoid another early exit (AP)
An impossible to miss, mysterious sign was planted near the driveway to the Chicago Bears' practice complex this week, imploring a team desperate for a playoff victory: "Play Angry." Getting mad won't necessarily secure a victory Sunday for the Chicago Bears on what should be a frosty and perhaps snowy Soldier Field.
Commissioner Goodell praises Saints fans (AP)
Roger Goodell picked up the vibe immediately. The NFL commissioner stopped by Saturday just to get a taste of the atmosphere inside the Louisiana Superdome for the Saints' second-round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Verdict: definitely jumpin'. Especially after the Saints won, 27-24. "I've think they've taken it to another level.
Colts defense answers challenge again (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts took a page right out of the Baltimore Ravens' playbook. The Colts' defense answered every Ravens challenge, and proved more stout and more opportunistic than the league's best-ranked unit in a game of field goals that sent Indianapolis into next week's AFC championship game with a 15-6 win at Baltimore on Saturday.
Steelers interview Georgia Tech's Gailey (AP)
Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey, a Steelers assistant for four seasons in the 1990s, met with the team for three hours Saturday as the search for Bill Cowher's replacement entered its second week. "It's a great opportunity. This is such a great organization -- it has been through the years and will continue to be," said Gailey, the fifth candidate to interview for the job.
Strahan ordered to pay ex-wife $15.3M (AP)
New York Giants star Michael Strahan was ordered to pay his ex-wife $15.3 million -- more than half his net worth -- in keeping with the couple's prenuptial agreement. Under the agreement, Jean Strahan was entitled to 50 percent of their joint marital assets and 20 percent of his yearly income from each year they were married.
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.
Steve Kerr: May the best man win
Diaw, Suns extend winning streak to nine (AP)
Boris Diaw did not get the one rebound he needed for a triple-double, and he couldn't have cared less. That's the way these Phoenix Suns are. "All I was chasing was a `W,"' he said. The Frenchman had 19 points and 11 assists to help the Suns win their ninth in a row, 107-101 over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
Bulls roll to 111-66 win over Grizzlies (AP)
The Chicago Bulls built a lead that was impossible to blow. Ben Gordon scored 24 points and Luol Deng added 18 as the Bulls beat the Memphis Grizzlies 111-66 on Saturday night. The Bulls had their easiest victory of the season despite missing starters Andres Nocioni and Ben Wallace. Nocioni was suspended for one game by the NBA for elbowing New Jersey's center Mikki Moore on Thursday and Wallace...
McGrady's 37 lift Rockets by Kings in OT (AP)
After two very subpar games, it wasn't surprising that Tracy McGrady didn't experience a third Saturday night. One of the NBA's most dangerous scorers, McGrady had 37 points and nine assists to help the Houston Rockets defeat the slumping Sacramento Kings 115-111 in overtime. Rafer Alston opened the overtime with a 3-pointer, and Houston never trailed in handing the Kings their third overtime loss...
Heat make 42 free throws to beat Jazz (AP)
The Miami Heat are playing well enough that Shaq can take his time recovering from knee surgery. No rush on Riles, either. The Heat extended their longest winning streak of the season to four games with a 119-110 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday, getting within two games of .500 with one game left on a long Western Conference road trip.
LeBron scores 28 as Cavs beat Clippers (AP)
The Cleveland Cavaliers are approaching the midway point of their season with the best record in the Eastern Conference. LeBron James doesn't feel any pressure. James scored 28 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 20, leading the Cavaliers to a 104-92 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.
Garnett leads Wolves past Nets 109-98 (AP)
Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves have been scratching and clawing their way to victories. Their latest one came easy, by their standards. Kevin Garnett scored 32 points and surpassed 10,000 rebounds for his career in Minnesota's 109-98 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night. "We're on a big roll," said Garnett, who also had 14 rebounds to become the 32nd player in NBA history...
Wizards' Jordan ejected in loss to Spurs (AP)
Wizards coach Eddie Jordan acknowledged that he lost his cool Saturday night. To say the least. Jordan was ejected in the third quarter of Washington's 93-80 loss to the San Antonio Spurs after going onto the court to yell at the officials. "I lost my composure, and I probably shouldn't have," Jordan said.
Pistons beat short-handed Celtics 81-73 (AP)
Flip Saunders winced as he described the way his Detroit Pistons are playing. "I usually go to the dentist once a year," the Pistons coach said after Saturday's 81-73 victory over Boston. "This is like having a root canal every night." Richard Hamilton scored 22 points and the Pistons ended an embarrassing two-game losing streak by beating the short-handed Celtics.
Kidd's wife gets own restraining order (AP)
The wife of New Jersey Nets star Jason Kidd has filed her own domestic-violence restraining order, less than a week after the point guard accused her of beating him and extreme cruelty. "There was a lot, a lot of physical violence," Joumana Kidd's attorney, Raoul Felder, said in Saturday's New York Post.
Brodeur on All-Star team, Jagr left off (AP)
Martin Brodeur is headed back to the NHL All-Star game. Banged-up forwards Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla are not. Brodeur, taking aim at many career goaltending records, was one of 30 players selected Saturday for hockey's midseason classic to be held this month in Dallas. The backbone of New Jersey's defense for more than a decade, Brodeur is an All-Star for the ninth time.
Fukufuji makes NHL debut, but Kings lose (AP)
Though it was a crowd-pleaser, St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray would like his next win to come with a little less excitement. A rare near-capacity crowd saw the Blues come out on top in a seesaw battle for a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. The 17,868 fans also saw Kings goalie Yutaka Fukufuji of Japan make his NHL debut and ate for free for most of the contest.
Surging Canucks rout Maple Leafs 6-1 (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks enjoyed embarrassing the Toronto Maple Leafs at home in front of a national audience. Daniel Sedin, Mattias Ohlund, Trevor Linden, Taylor Pyatt and Sami Salo scored power-play goals to lead the Canucks to a 6-1 victory Saturday night. It was the second game of CBC's "Hockey Day in Canada." "There was a lot of media attention coming into this game, `Hockey Night in Canada,' the...
Phaneuf, Flames push win streak to five (AP)
Dion Phaneuf usually likes to take his shots from the point. The Calgary defenseman tried something different against Edmonton, and it paid off. Phaneuf scored the tiebreaking power-play goal on a one-timer from the slot at 11:29 of the third period, leading the Flames to a 3-1 victory over the Oilers on Saturday night.
Smithson, Preds win fifth straight game (AP)
The Nashville Predators jumped to a quick lead and then goalie Chris Mason took over. Jerred Smithson had his first career two-goal game and Mason stopped 39 shots as the Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 Saturday night for their fifth straight win. "It was shocking," Smithson said of Nashville's three-goal first period outburst.
Hejduk, Avalanche top Ducks in SO (AP)
Even an injured Anaheim Ducks team was a tough test for Peter Budaj and the Colorado Avalanche. Budaj made 38 saves before shutting down three Anaheim skaters in the shootout to help lift the Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Ducks on Saturday night. Milan Hedjuk beat goalie Anaheim goalie Ilya Bryzaglov with a backhand shot in the fourth round of the shootout to win it for Colorado.
Gomez's OT winner lifts Devils by Isles (AP)
After going scoreless for nearly the 59 minutes, there were three goals in less than 5 minutes and the New Jersey Devils came away with the extra point. Scott Gomez scored with 1:20 left in overtime to lift the Devils to a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night in a game that featured a wild finish in regulation.
Clowe, Toskala power Sharks past Coyotes (AP)
Ryane Clowe keeps rolling and carrying the San Jose Sharks along with him. Clowe had two goals and an assist, Vesa Toskala made 29 saves and the Sharks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 Saturday night. "He's got good hands but more importantly he's working away from the puck and that's why we're giving him the opportunity," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said of Clowe.
Richards, Lightning edge Sabres 3-2 (AP)
Tampa Bay goalie Marc Denis wasn't going to let one bad goal rattle him. The Lightning didn't appear shaken either. Denis made 32 saves and Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal 7 minutes into the third period, in the Lightning's 3-2 win over the suddenly sloppy Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. The difference was Denis, who showed poise and provided his teammates confidence by making 16 saves...
Ortmeyer's penalty shot lifts Rangers (AP)
When Jed Ortmeyer was awarded a late penalty shot, Jaromir Jagr and the rest of the New York Rangers wondered if they could decline it. "I was thinking we were going to take a power play," Jagr said with a laugh. Ortmeyer, known more for blocking pucks than shooting them, made the most of his chance and scored a key goal in the Rangers' 3-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
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.