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NEWS FROM 2007-01-17
Boggan outduels Durant; Cowboys win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070117/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_texas_oklahoma_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070117/capt.okbs10101170533c.correction_texas_oklahoma_st_basketball_okbs101.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=zLgeiLKW2cZDGjxkhnRt3w--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Oklahoma State forward Mario Boggan (4) dunks against Texas, while teammate Marcus Dove (5) watches, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mario Boggan turned to Texas phenom Kevin Durant in the third overtime, smiled and told him, "Let's go, Showtime." The fantastic finish that followed will go down in Oklahoma State history.</p><br clear="all"/>
Federer advances to third round at Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070117/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_australian_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070117/capt.xmel10601170227.australia_tennis_open_xmel106.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=tqObJO_j146HZVnbkkxBRg--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="Switzerland's Roger Federer makes a forehand return during his second round match against Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roger Federer made sure he did not repeat his lapses from his opening match in Wednesday's second-round win over Jonas Bjorkman at the Australian Open.</p><br clear="all"/>
London to host 1st NFL game in Europe
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070117/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_london"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070116/capt.ny17901162312.nfl_london_football_ny179.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=92FAQNzhql0zVwMVm8_zBg--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Roger Goodell talks to the media after being selected to succeed Paul Tagliabue as the NFL's commissioner in this Aug. 8, 2006 file photo at an NFL meeting in Northbrook Ill. London will hold the NFL's first regular-season game outside North America this year, the start of a campaign to take American football to a global audience, the league announced Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - London will hold the NFL's first regular-season game outside North America this year, the start of a campaign to take American football to a global audience.</p><br clear="all"/>
Popular NASCAR personality Parsons dies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070117/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_obit_parsons"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070116/capt.ny15201161636.nascar_obit_parsons_ny152.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=zdIuKppJ4tMohzNyG4hpQw--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Benny Parsons is introduced before the start of the NASCAR Busch Nicorette 300 auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., in this March 18, 2006 file photo. Parsons, a former taxi driver turned NASCAR champion, died Tuesday Jan. 16, 2007 in Charlotte, N.C. from complications stemming from his short battle with lung cancer, his son Keith said. He was 65. (AP Photo/John Amis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Benny Parsons made a career of beating the odds, rising up from a childhood of poverty in the North Carolina foothills to a job as a Detroit cabbie, and eventually, becoming a NASCAR champion. When he was diagnosed with lung cancer, Parsons had every reason to believe he would beat that, too. But despite a battle that saw "BP" carrying an oxygen tank around the race track, Parsons couldn't win this fight.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ali turns 65 with a mind that's clear
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070117/ap_on_sp_bo_ne/box_ali_turns65"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070117/capt.ny16701170023.ali_turns_65_boxing_ny167.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=p9suewdmGHVkYVa0v68qgg--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Spray flies from the head of challenger Joe Frazier, left, as heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali connects with a right in the ninth round of their title fight in Manila, Philippines, Oct. 1, 1975. Ali won the fight on a decision to retain the title. (AP Photo/Mitsunori Chigita, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - The images are unsettling at best, upsetting at worst. The world, after all, remembers what he once was. Muhammad Ali trembles and has to be wheeled to a ringside spot to watch his daughter fight in New York. A frail Ali needs to be supported by basketball player Dwyane Wade at the Orange Bowl in Miami. The voice that once bellowed that he was "The Greatest" is but a whisper now, and he communicates mostly with facial expressions.</p><br clear="all"/>
Saints coach keeps season in perspective
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070117/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_saints_payton"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070115/capt.lawh10901152056.saints_payton_football_lawh109.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=wGcovumTAiCWnZRXGS8SfA--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="New Orleans Saints football coach Sean Payton reacts as the Saints score in the fourth quarter against the Philidelphia Eagles in the NFC divisional playoff football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. The Saints defeated the Eagles 27-24 and now face the Chicago Bears for the NFC Championship. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sean Payton barely cracked a smile as he incited bursts of laughter around him. The subject was the New Orleans Saints' lack of playoff experience, and how they overcame that to beat Philadelphia in an NFC second-round playoff game last Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mavs overcome 45 by T-Mac; beat Rockets
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070117/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_rockets_mavericks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070117/capt.dna10601170408.rockets_mavericks_basketball_dna106.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=XMKB3TzBstutufZ8K9f_Ig--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Houston Rockets guard Tracy McGrady (1) is pressured by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, of Germany, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, in Dallas. Dallas won 109-96. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Houston Rockets were willing to take their chances riding the shooting of Tracy McGrady. The Dallas Mavericks didn't need to rely on any one player. Their team approach worked just fine.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cubs' Zambrano asks for $15.5 million
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070117/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_baseball_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070117/capt.ny18001170005.baseball_rdp_ny180.jpg?x=130&y=120&sig=YdGKbWr.xArP9dye5Xu5jw--" align="left" height="120" width="130" alt="Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of their baseball game in this April 3, 2006 file photo in Cincinnati. Zambrano asked for a raise to US$15.5 million in salary arbitration Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano asked for a raise to $15.5 million while batting champions Joe Mauer and Freddy Sanchez also sought big hikes in salary arbitration Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Real Madrid belittles Beckham on way out
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070116/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_real_madrid_beckham"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070116/capt.th10301161834.spain_soccer__real_madrid_beckham_th103.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=C0.vPptq3hbm4JIYexdoOA--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Ramon Calderon speaks after winning the Real Madrid presidential elections in Madrid, in this Sunday, July 2, 2006 file photo. David Beckham was belittled by Real Madrid's president Tuesday Jan. 16, 2007 as a Hollywood movie-star hopeful spurned by most of the world's top soccer teams. Team president Ramon Calderon, in comments expected to further sour relations between Beckham and the Spanish club, said the English midfielder joined the Los Angeles Galaxy because there were no other takers. (AP Photo/Paul White)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham was belittled by Real Madrid's president Tuesday as a Hollywood movie-star hopeful spurned by most of the world's top soccer teams.</p><br clear="all"/>
Devils seizing control of Atlantic early
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070117/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_rangers_devils"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070117/capt.era10101170148.rangers_devils_hockey_era101.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=SiiQhgSfJiVy6G5U4jIkyQ--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur makes a save as New York Rangers' Blair Betts, right, looks for a rebound during first period NHL hockey Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Unlike a year ago, the New Jersey Devils aren't waiting until the final game to take control in the Atlantic Division.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jason Cole: Inside job
If the Chargers fire Marty Schottenheimer, they should promote within instead of going after someone outside of the organization.
London to host regular-season NFL game (AP)
London will hold the NFL's first regular-season game outside North America this year, the start of a campaign to take American football to a global audience. "There's great history of NFL football in London, and British fans have been great fans of football over the years," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday.
Vinatieri can kick Pats out of playoffs (AP)
This is Adam Vinatieri's favorite time of year. Each playoff week, the two-time Super Bowl hero seems to reinforce his reputation as the NFL's best clutch kicker. Give Vinatieri an opportunity to win a postseason game, and he's money. Now, in the AFC title game, Indianapolis' biggest offseason addition might get a chance to boot his former team, New England, right out of the playoffs.
Pats S Harrison mum on possible return (AP)
Patriots safety Rodney Harrison remained coy about a possible return for Sunday's AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts after missing New England's first two playoff games with a knee injury. "We'll see," Harrison said Tuesday night after watching Boston College beat Miami 82-63 in basketball.
Giants introduce Jerry Reese as new GM (AP)
Jerry Reese says it was fitting the New York Giants tapped him for their general manager's job on the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. "Not to sound cliched, but I really feel like it's my time to carry the torch," Reese said Tuesday as the team formally introduced him a day after he was picked.
Cardinals introduce new coach Whisenhunt (AP)
Ken Whisenhunt has a degree in civil engineering. That background ought to come in handy as he tries to rebuild the Arizona Cardinals, who have had one winning season in 19 years in the desert. The Cardinals have resisted many efforts to turn them into a winner. But Whisenhunt, who joins the club after three years as Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator, thinks the team has the tools to become a...
James Lofton interviews with Raiders (AP)
San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach James Lofton interviewed Tuesday for a second straight year for the Oakland Raiders' head coaching vacancy and has emerged as a possible favorite for the job. Lofton, a Hall of Fame receiver, met with Oakland owner Al Davis and other team executives to discuss replacing the fired Art Shell as coach.
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.
Mike Shula in running for Dolphins' job (AP)
The latest candidate to emerge for the Miami Dolphins' coaching job has a big edge in name recognition: He's a Shula. Mike Shula interviewed for the job Saturday and is one of at least five candidates still under consideration, the Dolphins said Tuesday. Shula's dad, Don, coached the Dolphins for 26 years, holds the NFL record with 347 victories and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Petrino keeps three Falcons assistants (AP)
New Falcons coach Bobby Petrino unveiled most of his coaching staff Tuesday, bringing along his brother from Louisville and keeping three assistants who worked under former coach Jim Mora. Quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave, running backs coach Ollie Wilson and secondary coach Emmitt Thomas were retained by Petrino, who was lured away from Louisville less than a week after Mora was fired.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Hurricane Joumana
Mavericks overcome T-Mac's 45 in win (AP)
The Houston Rockets were willing to take their chances riding the shooting of Tracy McGrady. The Dallas Mavericks didn't need to rely on any one player. Their team approach worked just fine. Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard played their usual starring roles and Devean George made the biggest plays off the bench, slowing McGrady in the second half and hitting the consecutive 3-pointers that sent the...
Pistons ink Webber for veteran's minimum (AP)
The Detroit Pistons hope Chris Webber can do for them what Rasheed Wallace did in 2004, come on board midseason and spark a run to an NBA championship. Webber does, too, because winning a title would fill the biggest void on his resume. "I'm excited to be home in Detroit, but I'm more excited about being on this team," Webber said Tuesday after signing with his hometown team.
Allen gets help as Sonics top Cavaliers (AP)
Ray Allen scored 22 points and dished out 11 assists, but Nick Collison, Chris Wilcox and rookie Mickael Gelabale made the big plays in the closing moments of the Seattle SuperSonics' 101-96 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Allen struggled to follow up his career-high 54-point performance against Utah last Friday.
Pargo, Hornets down Magic in OT (AP)
On a night filled with poor shooting, the New Orleans Hornets were fortunate to have Jannero Pargo on their bench. Pargo scored a season-high 25 points, 21 of them after halftime as the Hornets scraped past the Orlando Magic 84-78 in overtime Tuesday night. Pargo was 10-of-18 from the field, made three of his four 3-pointers and sank both his free throws.
Wizards' Arenas does drama -- not OT (AP)
The game's tied, 11 seconds left, the Washington Wizards call timeout, and Gilbert Arenas looks at his teammates in the huddle. He delivers a simple message: "I don't do overtime." He does, however, do drama. Plenty of NBA players hit the occasional buzzer-beater, the type of shot that provides momentum at the end of a quarter or victory at the end of a game.
Bryant lifts 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.
Suns F Thomas out 4-6 weeks (AP)
Phoenix Suns center Kurt Thomas will be sidelined four to six weeks with an elbow injury, the team said Tuesday. Thomas, who comes off the bench, hyperextended his left elbow in the first quarter of Monday's game at Memphis. He was examined in Phoenix and will wear a brace on his elbow to help it heal.
Amare's 42 help Suns win 10th straight (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.
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.
Devils' Brodeur shuts out Rangers (AP)
Unlike a year ago, the New Jersey Devils aren't waiting until the final game to take control in the Atlantic Division. Martin Brodeur stopped 26 shots for his NHL-best eighth shutout of the season, defenseman Brad Lukowich scored a rare goal and the Devils opened a 10-point lead in the division with a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
Hossa's hat trick powers Thrashers (AP)
While Yutaka Fukufuji kept making history, Marian Hossa gladly settled for another hat trick. Hossa scored three goals for the second time this season, leading the Atlanta Thrashers to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night and ruining the first start for Fukufuji. Already the first Japanese-born player in the NHL, Fukufuji was lifted less than two minutes into the second period...
Senators win fifth straight, beat Caps (AP)
The Ottawa Senators are quickly and quietly re-establishing their reputation as one of the NHL's dominant teams. Mike Comrie scored twice and Daniel Alfredsson had a short-handed goal and an assist as Ottawa extended its winning streak to a season-high five games with a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
Canucks, Luongo shut out slumping Habs (AP)
After overcoming a rough night at the hospital, Roberto Luongo turned in a typically stellar performance at the rink. In a return to his hometown, Luongo made 30 saves to post his third shutout of the season. That was enough to lead the Vancouver Canucks to their fifth consecutive road victory Tuesday night, 4-0 over the slumping Montreal Canadiens.
Blues cruise to 6-2 win over Ducks (AP)
Eric Brewer had a goal and two assists, Radek Dvorak had three assists, and the steadily improving St. Louis Blues breezed to a 6-2 victory over the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. Petr Cajanek had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who got a short-handed goal from Jamal Mayers to cap a four-goal second period.
Crosby, Christensen lead Pens past Isles (AP)
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins started slowly and then finished with a bang. Crosby scored twice in the third period and the Penguins surged to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. "Sid's the type of player who can control a game whenever he wants to," teammate Erik Christensen said.
Oilers hold off Wild, end division skid (AP)
After finally figuring out how to win on the road, the Minnesota Wild have lost their touch at home. Joffrey Lupul and Marc-Andre Bergeron both scored power-play goals, giving the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night and sending the Wild to their third consecutive home loss. Very out of the ordinary for the Wild, who led the NHL in home wins for much of the season's first...
Leafs bounce back, beat Lightning 4-2 (AP)
Andrew Raycroft redeemed himself by shutting down a streaking team. Rebounding from a poor performance in a five-goal loss to Vancouver, the Toronto goalie stopped 21 shots Tuesday night to beat Tampa Bay 4-2 and end the Lightning's season-high five-game winning streak. "Was he ever good. I'm sure he needed it," Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice said.
Williams lifts 'Canes by Panthers in OT (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes are making a habit of rallying against the Florida Panthers. Five days after overcoming a three-goal deficit in the third period, the Hurricanes beat the Panthers 3-2 in overtime Tuesday night after tying the score with 6:26 left in the third. "Good hockey teams find ways to win and they get that character that they're never too far out of it," said Erik Cole, who scored the...
Sabres' Hecht out through All-Star break (AP)
Buffalo Sabres forward Jochen Hecht was expected to miss the last three games before the All-Star break with what coach Lindy Ruff called a lower body injury. Ruff would not disclose the nature of the injury, which the left wing sustained in the third period of Buffalo's 3-2 shootout loss at Boston on Monday.
Jerry Bonkowski: Speed translates
Auto Racing: Champ-car adds Dutch, Belgian races to 2007 season (AFP)
Champ-car will return to Europe for the first time since 2003, the open-wheel racing series will stage races in September in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Montoya: Schumacher a "nobody" in States (AP)
Michael Schumacher apparently can't understand why Juan Pablo Montoya would leave Formula One for NASCAR.
Benny Parsons, NASCAR champion in 1973, dies at 65 (AP)
Benny Parsons made a career of beating the odds, rising up from a childhood of poverty in the North Carolina foothills to a job as a Detroit cabbie, and eventually, becoming a NASCAR champion.
Former NASCAR champion Parsons dies of lung cancer (SportsTicker)
Former NASCAR champion and popular broadcaster Benny Parsons died Tuesday of complications stemming from his battle with lung cancer. He was 65.
Al Attiyah wins 10th stage of Dakar Rally (AP)
BMW driver Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah won the 10th stage of the Dakar rally on Tuesday. The Qatari driver completed the 227-mile route beginning and ending in the desert oasis of Nema in 3 hours, 49 minutes, 48 seconds. Hiroshi Masuoka of Japan, driving a Mitsubishi, was second, 28 seconds behind Al Attiyah.
Former NASCAR champion Parsons dies of cancer (AFP)
Former US stock car champion Benny Parsons, who won 21 races and 20 poles in 18 seasons, died of complications from lung cancer. He was 65.
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.
NASCAR, country music raise money for kids' camp, hall of fame (AP)
NASCAR and country music. Cars and guitars. Gasoline fumes and heartbreak.