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Sharapova advances at Australian open (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070116/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_australian_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070116/capt.mel14901160338.australia_tennis_open_mel149.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=IRiKrTI2bL2E1UeATl2i6Q--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Russia's Maria Sharapova blows a kiss to the crowd after winning her first round match against France's Camille Pin at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. Sharapova won in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 9-7. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)" border="0" /></a>AP - Top-seeded Maria Sharapova avoided a stunning third-set collapse, overcoming the searing heat and her own mistakes to beat Camille Pin 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 on Tuesday in the first round of the Australian Open.</p><br clear="all"/>

The Marty Watch begins for Chargers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070116/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_chargers_wrapup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070114/capt.came10401142200.patriots_chargers_football_came104.jpg?x=130&y=128&sig=MwQhR0uwVZIAG3TrQYe4qw--" align="left" height="128" width="130" alt="From left to right, San Diego Chargers' Stephen Cooper, San Diego Chargers' Matt Wilhelm and coach Marty Schottenheimer watch from the sidelines before their game against the New England Patriots in their AFC Divisional playoff game in San Diego, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Marty Schottenheimer got a vote of confidence Monday from LaDainian Tomlinson. Unfortunately for Schottenheimer, the league MVP isn't going to be deciding whether he remains as coach of the San Diego Chargers following their shocking ouster well short of the Super Bowl.</p><br clear="all"/>

MLS may move to bring Beckham in sooner (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070116/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_waiting_for_beckham"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070115/capt.pw80201151043.spain_soccer_beckham_pw802.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=1q2Z9qKvnX2QnB2xf0Jnow--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Real Madrid's David Beckham stands on the training field during a training session in Madrid, Monday, Jan. 15, 2007. Real Madrid's coach Fabio Capello has said that Beckham won't play again for Real Madrid after announcing his departure at the end of the season for the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS. (AP Photo/Paul White)" border="0" /></a>AP - Now that Real Madrid says it won't use David Beckham anymore, Major League Soccer could move to buy out the remaining months on his contract and bring the star midfielder to the United States in time for the start of the league's season in April.</p><br clear="all"/>

Webber coming home to sign with Pistons (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070116/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_pistons_webber"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070116/capt.dtp10801160027.pistons_webber_basketball_dtp108.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=jSpgzXqdfmDOzKNWoVNVNA--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Chris Webber sits with his father, Mayce, right, during the Detroit Pistons basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The five-time all-star, waived by the Philadelphia 76ers last week, will sign with the Pistons. 'Joining the Pistons will allow me the opportunity to play the game I love in my hometown of Detroit surrounded by my family,' Webber said in a statement Monday. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chris Webber is ready to go home. "Joining the Pistons will allow me the opportunity to play the game I love in my hometown of Detroit surrounded by my family," Webber said Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Lakers beat Heat 124-118 in overtime (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070116/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_heat_lakers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070116/capt.las10301160442.heat_lakers_basketball_las103.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=Z.IlEThG7WFlWiabPJrNSA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade shoots a jump shot while being defended by Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant during the first half in an NBA basketball game on Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe Bryant scored six of his 25 points in overtime, Brian Cook also had 25 including the go-ahead 3-pointer, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami 124-118 on Monday night to snap the Heat's season-high four-game winning streak.</p><br clear="all"/>

Reese hired as Giants GM (Reuters)
Reuters - Jerry Reese became just the third black general manager in the history of the National Football League on Monday when the New York Giants hired him as their new GM.

Basketball: Arenas scores 51 to bring NBA Wizards win over Jazz (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070116/sp_afp/basketnbawizardsjazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070116/capt.sge.iln82.160107060607.photo00.photo.default-512x341.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=1JIoip3A.ZxPvfyn651BLA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Gilbert Arenas scored 51 points, the last of them on a game-winning 3-pointer at the final buzzer, to lift the Washington Wizards past Utah 114-111. Arenas produced his third career 50-point game, all of them in the past month, by scoring 12 points in the final 2:05 to bring the Wizards their eighth home victory in a row.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Chris McGrath)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Gilbert Arenas has scored 51 points, the last of them on a game-winning 3-pointer at the final buzzer, to lift the Washington Wizards past Utah 114-111 in a National Basketball Association game.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sammy Sosa works out for Rangers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070116/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_rangers_sosa"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070116/capt.ny16501160330.rangers_sosa_baseball_ny165.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=SFd8oBmcgi7lsTDR_7nA3A--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Baltimore Orioles' Sammy Sosa points skyward after hitting a solo home run off in this June 18, 2005 file photo in Baltimore. Sosa worked out Monday, Jan. 15, 2007 for the Texas Rangers, the team he began his career with, before meeting general manager Jon Daniels and other club officials. (AP Photo/Matthew S. Gunby, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sammy Sosa worked out again Monday for the Texas Rangers, the team he began his career with, before meeting general manager Jon Daniels and other club officials.</p><br clear="all"/>

Soccer in U.S. won't be easy for Beckham (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070115/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070115/capt.pw80201151043.spain_soccer_beckham_pw802.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=1q2Z9qKvnX2QnB2xf0Jnow--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Real Madrid's David Beckham stands on the training field during a training session in Madrid, Monday, Jan. 15, 2007. Real Madrid's coach Fabio Capello has said that Beckham won't play again for Real Madrid after announcing his departure at the end of the season for the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS. (AP Photo/Paul White)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham's move to the Los Angeles Galaxy means he'll be neighbors with movie star friend Tom Cruise. Good idea.</p><br clear="all"/>

Vaunted power play lifts Sharks over Avs (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070116/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_avalanche_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070116/capt.sja10301160449.avalanche_sharks_hockey_sja103.jpg?x=130&y=122&sig=457_HuSOKv87YgQ0vBc84w--" align="left" height="122" width="130" alt="Colorado Avalanche right wing Ian Laperriere, right, is chased by San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton in the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Monday, Jan. 15, 2007.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Patrick Marleau can cite plenty of reasons the San Jose Sharks' power play is so overpowering: quick skating, precise passing, ever-growing confidence.</p><br clear="all"/>

Charles Robinson: Imperfect storm


Once-maligned Colts defense to face Pats (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts' resurgent defense shut down two of the NFL's top runners to reach the AFC championship game. When the Colts play longtime adversary New England on Sunday, they will face a different test against the league's most resilient postseason quarterback. Tom Brady already owns three Super Bowl rings and masterfully rallied the Patriots (14-4) to a 24-21 victory at San Diego on...

Giants name Jerry Reese general manager (AP)
The New York Giants hired Jerry Reese as their general manager Monday, making him only the third black GM in NFL history. Reese, who served as the team's director of player personnel the last four years, was considered the favorite among the Giants' in-house candidates to replace Ernie Accorsi, who held the post for nine seasons before retiring.

Hasselbeck played with broken fingers (AP)
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck revealed Monday that he played the final eight games of Seattle's season with broken fingers on his non-passing hand. Hasselbeck said he sustained non-displaced fractures of two fingers on his left hand during a win against Green Bay on Nov. 27. That was his first game back following a four-week absence from a sprained knee.

Gould, Davis help Bears reach title game (AP)
Robbie Gould was working in construction, and when the call came from the Chicago Bears, one thought crossed his mind: A friend is pulling a prank. Rashied Davis was toiling in the Arena Football League for four years and even worked at Best Buy, while hoping to land in the NFL someday. Well, Sunday was his day.

Panthers fire off. coordinator Henning (AP)
The Carolina Panthers fired offensive coordinator Dan Henning and two other assistants Monday, two weeks after finishing a disappointing 8-8 season. Offensive line coach Mike Maser and secondary coach Rod Perry were also let go, the first major moves by the Panthers after they failed to make the playoffs despite preseason Super Bowl hopes.

'Marty Watch' starts after Chargers loss (AP)
Marty Schottenheimer got a vote of confidence Monday from LaDainian Tomlinson. Unfortunately for Schottenheimer, the league MVP isn't going to be deciding whether he remains as coach of the San Diego Chargers following their shocking ouster well short of the Super Bowl. Tomlinson and defensive end Luis Castillo defended Schottenheimer, whose job could be in jeopardy after the Chargers' bumbling...

Jets' Schottenheimer won't join Dolphins (AP)
New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer withdrew from consideration for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job Monday, further reducing their once-long list of candidates. Former Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora Jr. visited the Dolphins' complex for a second interview Monday. The only other candidate known to have met twice with team officials is Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey.

Ravens make Neuheisel off. coordinator (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens promoted Rick Neuheisel to offensive coordinator Monday, although coach Brian Billick said he'll continue to call the plays next season. Billick fired Jim Fassel as offensive coordinator on Oct. 17 and manned the position himself, a move that rejuvenated both the head coach and the Ravens' attack.

Grimm emerges as Steelers' front-runner (AP)
Assistant head coach Russ Grimm has emerged as the front-runner for the Pittsburgh Steelers' coaching job, a search that was narrowed to three finalists Monday after offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt left for Arizona. The Steelers identified Grimm, a Pittsburgh assistant for six years, and defensive coordinators Mike Tomlin of the Minnesota Vikings and Ron Rivera of the Chicago Bears as the...

Adrian Wojnarowski: Kidd wants to go for gold


Stoudemire, Suns win 10th straight game (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies have a long way to go before they can match the Phoenix Suns in an uptempo game. The Suns -- the league's highest-scoring team -- outran the Grizzlies in the second half as Amare Stoudemire scored a season-high 42 points to lead Phoenix to a 137-122 victory over Memphis on Monday night.

Bryant powers Lakers to OT win over Heat (AP)
Consistency has been an issue for Brian Cook this season. So when he made two 3-pointers in the first 63 seconds against Miami, it gave his confidence a boost. Cook, who brought a 7.0-point scoring average into the game, scored 25 including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami 124-118 on Monday night to snap the Heat's season-high four-game winning streak.

Webber to sign with hometown Pistons (AP)
Chris Webber is ready to go home. "Joining the Pistons will allow me the opportunity to play the game I love in my hometown of Detroit surrounded by my family," Webber said Monday. The five-time All-Star will sign with Detroit, returning to the area where he grew up and starred in college at Michigan.

Arenas scores 51, hits winner at buzzer (AP)
The MVP chants are growing louder in Washington. Gilbert Arenas made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cap a 51-point performance in the Washington Wizards' 114-111 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday. Arenas left the court to a chorus of "M-V-P! M-V-P!" "MVP? That trophy is given out at the end of the year," Arenas said.

Minus Wallace and Duhon, Bulls top Spurs (AP)
Kirk Hinrich was back to his old self. Hinrich had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Ben Gordon added 20 points to lead the short-handed Chicago Bulls past the San Antonio Spurs 99-87 Monday afternoon. Tim Duncan had 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Spurs, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Manu Ginobili scored 22 for San Antonio.

Blount's 3 helps Wolves by Pistons in OT (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves have gone from being a team with a losing record to one that's tough to beat -- especially in overtime -- in the new year. Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 14 rebounds, Ricky Davis scored 21 and Mark Blount made a key 3-pointer to give Minnesota a 94-90 overtime win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

Crawford's surge lifts Knicks past Kings (AP)
On the day Jamal Crawford was demoted, his reputation in New York still went up. Crawford, back in a reserve role, scored eight of his 10 points in the final 1:07 as the Knicks handed the Sacramento Kings their season-high sixth straight loss, 102-97 Monday. Knicks coach Isiah Thomas put Quentin Richardson back into the starting lineup before the game and returned Crawford to the bench.

Moore's 19 off bench help Nets by Pacers (AP)
After spending the last nine years collecting frequent-flier miles and more than a few rejection slips, Mikki Moore has found a niche with the New Jersey Nets. The 7-foot journeyman stepped into the lineup when Nenad Krstic was lost for the season with a knee injury last month and has begun to pay regular dividends.

Boykins scores 30, Bogut 27 as Bucks win (AP)
Earl Boykins and Andrew Bogut clicked in a hurry. Boykins, in his second game with Milwaukee, scored 30 points and Bogut added a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the banged-up Bucks over the Charlotte Bobcats 99-91 Monday afternoon. The Bucks, minus four starters, snapped a five-game losing streak behind the 5-foot-5 Boykins, acquired from Denver last week.

Red Wings' Hasek shuts out Canadiens (AP)
Dominik Hasek had every right to be motivated by an All-Star snub. He insisted he wasn't. Hasek made 23 saves to earn his sixth shutout this season and 74th career in the Detroit Red Wings' 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night. Jiri Hudler, and Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit, which won its fourth straight.

Legwand, Erat lead Preds to 6th in a row (AP)
After seven NHL seasons, David Legwand is producing exactly how the Nashville Predators hoped when they made him the first draft pick in team history. Legwand, the No. 2 choice in the 1998 draft, has shed the pressure that comes with such status and is putting together his best year yet. The 26-year-old center scored a goal and assisted on two others as Nashville beat the Calgary Flames 5-3 Monday...

Marleau leads Sharks past Avalanche 3-1 (AP)
Patrick Marleau can cite plenty of reasons the San Jose Sharks' power play is so overpowering: quick skating, precise passing, ever-growing confidence. "Of course, it really helps to have Joe Thornton on the power play, too," the San Jose captain said. Marleau had a goal and two assists, and the Sharks' vaunted power play produced every score in a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday...

Prospal leads Lightning by Islanders 4-3 (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning are finding some comfort on the road. Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards each had a goal and an assist as Tampa Bay beat the New York Islanders 4-3 on Monday for its fifth straight win. The Lightning have won the first two games on their road trip after splitting a four-game trip earlier this month.

Sturm's SO goal lifts Bruins over Sabres (AP)
Sabres goalie Ryan Miller made perhaps the save of the season on Monday. Unfortunately for Buffalo, it came in a loss. Marco Sturm scored the lone shootout goal against Miller and Boston beat the Sabres 3-2, snapping the Bruins' three-game losing streak. Miller made 35 saves for the Sabres, including an exceptional diving stick stop on Paul Mara late in the second period.

Banged-up Stars end skid, beat Kings 3-1 (AP)
Even though they've struggled lately, the Dallas Stars still know how to beat the Los Angeles Kings. Stu Barnes and Niklas Hagman scored power-play goals, Marty Turco stopped 20 shots and the injury-depleted Stars snapped a three-game skid with a 3-1 victory over the Kings on Monday. Dallas is 6-0 against Los Angeles this season, outscoring the Kings 23-11.

Coyotes end Blues' three-game win streak (AP)
Two teams that went from bad to a whole lot better in recent weeks squared off on Monday. Advantage to Phoenix by a whisker. Ladislav Nagy scored the deciding goal in a shootout to give the Coyotes a 5-4 victory over St. Louis, snapping the Blues' three-game winning streak. The Coyotes salvaged the finale of a three-game homestand after returning to Arizona on a seven-game winning streak.

Streaking Wild top Blackhawks 4-3 in SO (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.

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.

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...

Bob Margolis: Offseason caps: Green, Nemechek, Blaney, McMurray
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '07 Cup field as February's season-opening Daytona 500 approaches.

At 72, Hylton plans comeback at Daytona 500 (AP)
Long after the big-budget NASCAR teams pulled into the Daytona garage, a bright yellow hauler -- sans the logos and pricey paint scheme -- navigated its way through the gate.

Schlesser wins ninth stage of Dakar Rally, Peterhansel takes lead (AP)
Jean-Louis Schlesser of France won the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally on Monday, while Stephane Peterhansel took the overall lead. Schlesser, driving a Schles-Ford-Raid, finished the 307-mile trek from Tichit to Nema in 5 hours, 32 minutes, 3 seconds. He was 13 seconds ahead of defending champion Luc Alphand and 4:14 ahead of Peterhansel, who both drove a Mitsubishi.

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.

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