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NEWS FROM 2007-01-15
Brady rallies Pats into AFC title game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070115/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_patriots_chargers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070115/capt.came12301150242.patriots_chargers_football_came123.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=XA_pB_Fq.TsQxpGqZQHIYg--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady directs his team against the San Diego Chargers in their AFC Divisional playoff football game in San Diego, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tom Brady, as cool as ever, delivered every time the San Diego Chargers gave him another chance. Already a three-time Super Bowl winner, his shot at a fourth is very much alive after the New England Patriots shocked league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson and the Chargers on Sunday, winning 24-21 to advance to the AFC championship game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gould kicks Bears into NFC title game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070115/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_seahawks_bears"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070114/capt.cxa15401142144.seahawks_bears_football_cxa154.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=PxXWZF1JapbEmeqRi7fZsQ--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould (9) and holder Brad Maynard (4) react after Gould kicked a 49-yard field goal to defeat the Seattle Seahawks 27-24 in overtime in the NFC divisional playoff football game in Chicago, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Two swings of the foot by Robbie Gould were all the Chicago Bears needed to offset any shortcomings in Rex Grossman's arm. And the Chicago Bears got their first playoff win since 1995, moving them one step from the Super Bowl.</p><br clear="all"/>
Federer, Mauresmo advance at Aussie Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070115/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_australian_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070115/capt.mel14201150309.australia_tennis_open_mel142.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=X6AcJ.ZNpF867IFW7IQpSg--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Switzerland's Roger Federer makes a forehand return during his first round match against Germany's Bjorn Phau at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Monday, Jan. 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roger Federer made it look difficult for a change, starting his bid for a 10th Grand Slam championship and successful Australian Open title defense by dropping serve three times in the first set.</p><br clear="all"/>
Goydos wins Sony to end 11-year drought
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070115/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_sony_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070115/capt.hier11801150349.sony_open_golf_hier118.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=5WgWVCZuGftp86YvqUBrRQ--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Paul Goydos, of Dove Canyon, Calif., holds up his trophy on the 18th green of Waialae Country Club after winning the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event in Honolulu, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007. Goydos won the event after shooting a 3-under-par 67 to finish at total 14-under-par.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Paul Goydos had gone 11 years and 256 tournaments since his last victory, so long ago that some players were using wooden clubs, Greg Norman was No. 1 in the world and Tiger Woods was still an amateur.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cardinals hire Ken Whisenhunt as coach
AP - Ken Whisenhunt helped the Pittsburgh Steelers and their young quarterback win a Super Bowl. Now he will take over for the Arizona Cardinals, where another youngster is at the controls of the offense, but the franchise has made losing a way of life for a long, long time.
Column: Grossman's split personality
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070115/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_jim_litke011407"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070114/capt.cxa14101142104.seahawks_bears_football_cxa141.jpg?x=69&y=130&sig=801XFYWhdE8AoyfeMvHOFg--" align="left" height="130" width="69" alt="Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman (8) throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter of the NFC divisional playoff football game in Chicago, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - After almost 500 throws during the regular season, half that many in practice each and every week, and three dozen more against the Seahawks late Sunday afternoon Bears quarterback Rex Grossman finally let one fly that kept a city from tossing him into the lake.</p><br clear="all"/>
Blake lifts Nuggets against former mates
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070115/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nuggets_trail_blazers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070115/capt.pda10701150457.nuggets_trail_blazers_basketball_pda107.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=0C.tFz2DAJpcleNRw4jt.g--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Portland Trail Blazers Dan Dickau, left, defends as Denver Nuggets Steve Blake (25) drives to the basket in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at the Rose Garden, in Portland, Ore. The Nuggets defeated the Trail Blazers 109-93. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Playing in just his second game with the Denver Nuggets, Steve Blake showed the Portland Trail Blazers what they've been missing. Blake, traded to Milwaukee in the offseason and acquired by Denver from the Bucks last week, had a career-high 25 points against his former team Sunday night, in Denver's 109-93 victory over Portland.</p><br clear="all"/>
Overbay, Jays agree to $24M, 4-year deal
AP - First baseman Lyle Overbay and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $24 million, four-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a team official said Sunday.
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"/>
Demitra helps Wild rally past Blackhawks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070115/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_wild_blackhawks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070115/capt.ilcht10101150440.wild_blackhawks_hockey_ilcht101.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=02MFIUoHONi6zeiFYZEZ8A--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="Minnesota Wild's Brent Burns (8) chases Chicago Blackhawks' Jeff Hamilton (51) in the first period of their hockey game in Chicago on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Terrence Antonio James.) OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS," border="0" /></a>AP - The Minnesota Wild are suddenly unbeatable on the road. Pavol Demitra scored the only shootout goal, and the Wild rallied to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Sunday night for their third straight victory overall and on the road.</p><br clear="all"/>
Charles Robinson: Imperfect storm
Brady, Pats rally to stun Chargers 24-21 (AP)
Tom Brady, as cool as ever, delivered every time the San Diego Chargers gave him another chance. Already a three-time Super Bowl winner, his shot at a fourth is very much alive after the New England Patriots shocked league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson and the Chargers on Sunday, winning 24-21 to advance to the AFC championship game.
Gould lifts Bears over Seahawks in OT (AP)
Two swings of the foot by Robbie Gould were all the Chicago Bears needed to offset any shortcomings in Rex Grossman's arm. And the Chicago Bears got their first playoff win since 1995, moving them one step from the Super Bowl. Gould, working construction 16 months ago, cleared a path for the Bears with his strong leg Sunday, kicking a 49-yard field goal in overtime for a 27-24 victory over the...
Cardinals hire Whisenhunt as coach (AP)
Ken Whisenhunt helped the Pittsburgh Steelers and their young quarterback win a Super Bowl. Now he will take over for the Arizona Cardinals, where another youngster is at the controls of the offense, but the franchise has made losing a way of life for a long, long time. The Cardinals hired Whisenhunt, Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator, on Sunday to replace head coach Dennis Green, who was fired...
Source: Mora Jr., Dolphins to meet again (AP)
Former Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora Jr. has been invited to a second interview with the Miami Dolphins, who also plan to meet again with Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey and New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, a person familiar with the team's search said Sunday. The person requested anonymity because the Dolphins have declined to identify candidates.
Schottenheimer loses in playoffs again (AP)
No "Martyball" in the Super Bowl again this year. San Diego coach Marty Schottenheimer absorbed his sixth consecutive playoff loss Sunday when the New England Patriots rallied for a 24-21 win over the Chargers. Not even league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson and Pro Bowl quarterback Phillip Rivers could prevent Schottenheimer's dreadful postseason record from sinking to 5-13 -- with Cleveland, Kansas City...
Dungy: Colts mixing toughness, finesse (AP)
Tony Dungy couldn't help but smile when asked about the Colts' toughness in the closing minutes of their playoff victory over the Ravens. All season, Dungy's Colts have been criticized for being just a finesse team. But Indianapolis clinched the 15-6 win Saturday in Baltimore with a smash-mouth, 13-play, 47-yard drive that included 11 runs and took more than 7 minutes off the clock.
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!
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.
Steve Kerr: May the best man win
Howard's layup with 0.9 left lifts Mavs (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks felt fortunate to get the victory. Dirk Nowitzki had 38 points and Josh Howard made the go-ahead layup with 0.9 seconds left to give the Dallas Mavericks a 97-96 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Toronto's Morris Peterson was told not to switch off Howard and cover Nowitzki during a timeout before the decisive play.
Iverson, Blake lead Nuggets over Blazers (AP)
Playing in just his second game with the Denver Nuggets, Steve Blake showed the Portland Trail Blazers what they've been missing. Blake, traded to Milwaukee in the offseason and acquired by Denver from the Bucks last week, had a career-high 25 points against his former team Sunday night, in Denver's 109-93 victory over Portland.
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.
James 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.
Wild rally past Blackhawks in shootout (AP)
The Minnesota Wild are suddenly unbeatable on the road. Pavol Demitra scored the only shootout goal, and the Wild rallied to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Sunday night for their third straight victory overall and on the road. Before starting its current streak with a win at Vancouver on Thursday night, Minnesota had dropped 11 consecutive games on the road.
Stars place Zubov on IR after surgery (AP)
Defenseman Sergei Zubov is expected to miss the Dallas Stars' next three games after having surgery on his elbow. The Stars announced Sunday they placed Zubov, right wing Matthew Barnaby and goaltender Mike Smith on injured reserve. Barnaby and Smith are recovering from concussions and are both expected to miss a week.
Brodeur heads to All-Star game, Jagr out (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 beat 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 gets Avalanche past 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 goal lifts Devils over 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 lead Sharks by 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.
Jerry Bonkowski: Offseason caps: Schrader, R. Gordon, Yeley
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '07 Cup field as February's season-opening Daytona 500 approaches.
De Villiers wins eighth stage of Dakar Rally, keeps lead (AP)
Giniel de Villiers of South Africa won the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday and maintained his overall lead. He finished the 366-mile trek across the desert from Atar to Tichit in 7 hours, 31 minutes, 52 seconds. He was 6:35 ahead of French driver Stephane Peterhansel and 9:11 in front of defending champion Luc Alphand.
NASCAR, country music raise money for kids' camp, hall of fame (AP)
NASCAR and country music. Cars and guitars. Gasoline fumes and heartbreak.
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.