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NEWS FROM 2007-01-19
Roddick, Serena advance at Aussie Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070119/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_australian_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070119/capt.mel21501191142.australia_tennis_open_mel215.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=f7gfpsnQBkejPcdMrEqSog--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Andy Roddick of the U.S. returns a forehand during his third round match against Russian Marat Safin at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne Friday, Jan. 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)" border="0" /></a>AP - In a classic match worthy of a final, fifth-seeded Andy Roddick outlasted Marat Safin 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2) Friday to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.</p><br clear="all"/>
Howard leads Mavericks past Lakers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070119/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070119/capt.dna10701190555.lakers_mavericks_basketball_dna107.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=I4SMz38OlPTNSmCRO.H0Pw--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Dallas Mavericks guard Josh Howard (5) rebounds the ball next to Los Angeles Lakers forward Vladimir Radmanovic (10), of Serbia-Montenegro, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007. The Mavericks won 114-95. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Dallas Mavericks have reached the midpoint of their regular season with the NBA's best record.</p><br clear="all"/>
UCLA, Oregon survive, Arizona goes down
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070119/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_college_bkb_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070119/capt.ula10801190553.arizona_st_ucla_basketball_ula108.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=xz2eODumEGvqPm8GmOp7CA--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="UCLA's Darren Collison reacts after scoring a basket and drawing a foul as Arizona State's Jerren Shipp looks on during the second half of their NCAA basketball game against, Thursday night, Jan. 18, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - One ranked team lost on the road and two others had to work hard to avoid being upset at home.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bruins win 9th straight against Penguins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070119/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070119/capt.mack10701190314.penguins_bruins_hockey____mack107.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=tydKDAIK5dPhwOQqpTE.9A--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Boston Bruins center Phil Kessel (81) pokes the puck past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for a sudden-death, game-winning goal during a shootout following an overtime period during their NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007. The Bruins won 5-4.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Phil Kessel and Chris Mason helped the Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators beat teams they've dominated for a while.</p><br clear="all"/>
Colts hope to bring title home to Indy
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070119/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_afc_championship_indy_s_quest"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070118/capt.inmc10901181925.afc_championship_football_inmc109.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=w1rpiIWzr6h2IdEbMwN4aQ--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning jogs as the team practiced at the Colts practice facility in Indianapolis, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007. The Colts face the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship football game. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - They hand out trophies like candy in Indianapolis — for the Indy 500, the Brickyard 400, at an NCAA Final Four every few years and at scads of world championships and Olympic trials they've hosted over the years.</p><br clear="all"/>
Special teams could decide NFC champion
AP - When Robbie Gould stares at the goal posts before attempting a crucial kick, he's as cool as the winter temperature at Soldier Field. No stress, no strain, not even if a trip to the Super Bowl is dependent on his leg.
Pacers getting ready to add new faces
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070119/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_new_look_pacers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070119/capt.aaa10301190140.pacers_heat_basketball_aaa103.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=mzQcE59n9VWqjtRlt6bBtA--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Indiana Pacers' Jermaine O'Neal (7) prepares to shoot over Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem (40) in the first quarter of a basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jermaine O'Neal calls Al Harrington his "little brother," which explains why he spent some time last summer lobbying the Indiana Pacers to reunite them.</p><br clear="all"/>
Baseball owners get warning on steroids
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070119/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_owners"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070118/capt.azrs10301182017.owners_baseball_azrs103.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=4b7mmV8uyIgQV2cJAk8zQQ--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Baseball commissioner Bud Selig acknowledges the media at baseball's quarterly owners meetings, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)" border="0" /></a>AP - Baseball owners heard a clear warning from former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell on Thursday. Mitchell, who is investigating steroid use in the sport, said the chances of government involvement will "significantly increase" if they don't cooperate with him.</p><br clear="all"/>
Radosavljevic named Chivas USA coach
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070118/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_chivas_usa_radosavljevic"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070118/capt.canu10201180003.chivas_usa_radosavljevic_soccer_canu102.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=VfdglGTMVhc3Eh7nLWAcuA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Preki Radosavljevic, Major League Soccer's only two-time Most Valuable Player, poses during a news conference Wednesday Jan. 17, 2007 in Carson, Calif. Radosavljevic was hired to replace Bob Bradley as coach of Chivas USA.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)" border="0" /></a>AP - Preki Radosavljevic, Major League Soccer's only two-time Most Valuable Player, was hired Wednesday to replace Bob Bradley as coach of Chivas USA.</p><br clear="all"/>
Surging Sharks win 7th in 8 games
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070119/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_coyotes_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070119/capt.sja10701190524.coyotes_sharks_hockey_sja107.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=z_GlOfEzhdF4SC7mmO7BxQ--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="San Jose Sharks goalie Vesa Toskala, of Finland, stops a shot on goal against the Phoenix Coyotes in the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ryane Clowe couldn't allow his father to make that 13-hour flight from Newfoundland to San Jose without giving him a game to remember. Clowe and Patrick Marleau each had a goal and two assists, and the Sharks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2 Thursday night for their seventh victory in eight games.</p><br clear="all"/>
Josh Peter: Symbiotic relationship
Vick's water bottle seized at airport (AP)
For the third time in nine months, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Vick reluctantly surrendered a water bottle to security at Miami International Airport that smelled like marijuana and contained a substance in a hidden compartment. He was not arrested and was allowed to board an AirTran flight that landed in Atlanta before noon Wednesday.
Hasselbeck undergoes shoulder surgery (AP)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had surgery Thursday to repair torn cartilage in his non-throwing shoulder, and the team expects him to be fully recovered by training camp. The Seahawks said Thursday night that the surgery to repair a 3-year-old torn labrum in his left shoulder "went well" and that last season's Super Bowl and Pro Bowl passer "should be ready for training camp at...
Patriots S Harrison practices (AP)
Patriots safety Rodney Harrison participated in the opening of practice Thursday after missing the start Wednesday with an injured right knee. He still was listed as doubtful for the AFC championship game Sunday. New England made no changes from Wednesday's injury report, which included three players as questionable with the flu -- wide receiver Troy Brown, offensive tackle Ryan O'Callaghan and...
Parcells keeping Cowboys waiting on 2007 (AP)
Nearly two weeks after the Dallas Cowboys' season ended, Bill Parcells still hasn't decided whether he wants to keep coaching. Jerry Jones has told Parcells to take all the time he wants. At least, until the Feb. 1 deadline that's in his contract. Fans aren't as patient. Their need for an answer, one way or another, grows each day.
Giants make Gilbride off. coordinator (AP)
The New York Giants made Kevin Gilbride their offensive coordinator on Thursday, an expected move after he replaced John Hufnagel in the week leading up to the team's final regular-season game. Gilbride, a former offensive coordinator with the Houston Oilers, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Buffalo and a head coach with San Diego, had been the Giants' quarterbacks coach since 2004.
Waters' suicide tied to brain damage (AP)
Brain damage caused on the football field ultimately led to the suicide of former NFL defensive back Andre Waters, according to a forensic pathologist who studied Waters' brain tissue. Bennet Omalu of the University of Pittsburgh told The New York Times that Waters' brain tissue resembled that of an 85-year-old man and that there were characteristics of early stage Alzheimer's.
LB Daryl Smith signs $25M deal with Jags (AP)
The Jacksonville Jaguars locked up another key defensive starter Thursday, signing linebacker Daryl Smith to a five-year contract extension worth about $25 million. Smith, a second-round draft pick from Georgia Tech in 2004, has started every game the past two seasons and led the team with 170 tackles last year while filling in for injured middle linebacker Mike Peterson.
Cameron appears close to Dolphins job (AP)
The Miami Dolphins hope to complete their two-week search for a coach by Saturday, and the front-runner appears to be San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. The former Indiana coach kept his hotel room near the Dolphins' complex Thursday night after a second day of interviewing with team officials.
Schottenheimer to return to Chargers (AP)
Marty Schottenheimer might be down to one last chance to get the San Diego Chargers to the Super Bowl. Three days after the talented Chargers melted down in a stunning 24-21 playoff loss to New England, team president Dean Spanos decided Wednesday that bringing Schottenheimer back for the final year of his contract gives San Diego its best chance to win.
Steve Kerr: MVP prognostication
Steve Nash is one of six players who can win the NBA's MVP award, but a former teammate will deny him a third straight.
Howard, Nowitzki help Mavs rout Lakers (AP)
Jason Terry missed the shot underneath, and still made something good happen for the Dallas Mavericks. Terry grabbed his own rebound and swiped the ball in one motion to Dirk Nowitzki at the top of the key for a 3-pointer. That was one of his season-high 13 assists and it helped put the Mavericks ahead to stay early in the second quarter.
Shaq to miss at least two more games (AP)
The Shaquille O'Neal comeback watch will continue for at least a few more days. O'Neal, who's recovering from surgery to repair torn left knee cartilage, will miss at least two more games before returning to the Miami Heat lineup, interim coach Ron Rothstein said. He missed Miami's home game Thursday night against Indiana and will not play when the Heat visits Philadelphia on Friday.
Wade helps Heat hold off Pacers 104-101 (AP)
They wasted most of a 16-point lead in the final eight minutes, a performance that would ordinarily leave the Miami Heat angry and frustrated. This time, though, the only postgame emotion in the Heat locker room was relief. "We got lackadaiscal, but we won a game," Dwyane Wade said. "That's all we care about." Wade scored 33 points, including a game-saving layup with 4.3 seconds left, plus added...
Mavs' Harris misses game with illness (AP)
Mavericks starting guard Devin Harris missed Dallas' game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night because of illness. Devean George, who spent his first seven NBA seasons with the Lakers before signing a free-agent deal with Dallas last offseason, started in Harris' spot. Coach Avery Johnson said Harris had a "really high" temperature.
Nets' new arena: The Barclays Center (AP)
A British bank hoping to expand its U.S. profile will spend as much as $400 million over the next 20 years to put its name on the New Jersey Nets' planned Brooklyn arena. Nets owner Bruce Ratner announced Thursday the 18,000-seat stadium designed by architect Frank Gehry will be called The Barclays Center when it opens later this decade.
Jazz spoil Webber's Pistons debut (AP)
Chris Webber's debut and Chauncey Billups' comeback were spoiled by a team the Detroit Pistons can't seem to beat. Deron Williams scored a career-high 31 points, had 10 assists and made a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to help the Utah Jazz hold off Detroit for a 100-99 victory Wednesday night. The Pistons had a chance to win after a timeout with 5.1 seconds left, but Billups missed a 3-pointer...
Suns beat Rockets for 11th straight win (AP)
The Phoenix Suns figured they'd have an easy time with the Houston Rockets, especially once they learned Tracy McGrady was out with a back injury. But the Suns struggled most of the game and didn't secure their 11th straight victory until the final minutes. Steve Nash had 21 points and 14 assists as Phoenix overcame an early 15-point deficit to beat the Rockets 100-91 Wednesday night.
Randolph, Blazers rip road-weary Cavs (AP)
Rookie Brandon Roy said Portland's plan against Cleveland was easy: Keep LeBron James from making his shots. "When he's making his jump shots, he's almost unbeatable," said Roy, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the Blazers' 94-76 victory over the road-weary Cavaliers on Wednesday night. "Tonight he wasn't making those shots," Roy added.
Bulls post rare win in Milwaukee, 99-90 (AP)
For three quarters, the Milwaukee Bucks goaded Chicago into playing up-tempo and out of control. Andres Nocioni, Ben Gordon and Luol Deng stopped the sloppy show. Nocioni scored 21 points, Gordon added 20 and Deng had 19 to lead the Bulls to their third straight victory, 99-90 over Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
Kessel powers Bruins by Penguins in SO (AP)
Phil Kessel stole the spotlight from Sidney Crosby's first game in Boston this season. In his sixth game back after missing nearly a month following surgery for testicular cancer, Kessel scored a winning goal in the shootout to lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-4 victory over Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.
Mason sets Predators' shutout record (AP)
The Nashville Predators might have a hard time figuring out which goalie to use with Tomas Vokoun back and Chris Mason playing his best. Mason made 33 saves for a career-high and franchise-record fifth shutout this season, and David Legwand and Paul Kariya each had a goal and an assist as the Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 Thursday night.
Luongo lifts Canucks by Senators, 2-1 (AP)
Roberto Luongo came up with all the saves the Vancouver Canucks needed to win, especially when their offense spent the entire third period in their own zone. Luongo made 34 saves, Rory Fitzpatrick scored his first goal of the season and Vancouver beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Thursday night. Taylor Pyatt had a goal and an assist in the second period for the Canucks, who won their third straight...
Sakic, Shanahan named All-Star captains (AP)
Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche and Brendan Shanahan of the New York Rangers will be the captains in the NHL All-Star game Wednesday night. Sakic, the West captain, will be playing in his 12th All-Star game and his fourth as a starter. He was the MVP of the 2004 game, which is the last one because of the lockout in 2005 and an Olympics break last year.
Smyth leads Oilers past slumping Ducks (AP)
Denied a chance to boo Chris Pronger again, Ryan Smyth gave Edmonton Oilers fans something to cheer about. Smyth had two goals and an assist as Edmonton beat Anaheim 4-1 Thursday night for the Oilers' first win in three games against the injury-riddled and struggling Ducks this season. "It was a very important win for this team," Smyth said.
Blues' Murray wins in return to L.A. (AP)
Andy Murray still cares deeply about the players he coached when he was with the Los Angeles Kings. The resurgent St. Louis Blues feel just as intensely about him. Dallas Drake scored twice in a 2:32 span of the first period and the Blues gave Murray a satisfying 3-1 victory over the Kings on Thursday night in his return to Staples Center.
Richards carries Lightning past Devils (AP)
Brad Richards took care of the New Jersey Devils on a night Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis were held largely in check. Richards scored both goals in regulation and had the only tally in the shootout to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Devils on Thursday night. Richards, second up for Tampa Bay in the shootout, whipped a forehand shot over Martin Brodeur for the...
Marleau, Sharks rip Coyotes, 5-2 (AP)
Ryane Clowe couldn't allow his father to make that 13-hour flight from Newfoundland to San Jose without giving him a game to remember. Clowe and Patrick Marleau each had a goal and two assists, and the Sharks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2 Thursday night for their seventh victory in eight games. Clowe redirected a pass from Joe Thornton midway through the second period, scoring yet another goal...
Huet, Canadiens defeat Thrashers, 4-1 (AP)
Cristobal Huet played like an All-Star after being called out in his last start, blocking nearly everything the Atlanta Thrashers shot his way. Huet, who will play in his first All-Star game next week at Dallas, made 44 saves and the Montreal Canadiens finally scored after two straight shutouts for a 4-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night.
Isles hand Flyers seventh straight loss (AP)
The New York Islanders found the perfect time to snap their losing streak. Mike Sillinger and Andy Hilbert scored 1:18 apart early in the third period to help the Islanders beat Philadelphia 4-2 Thursday night to snap a three game losing streak and hand the Flyers their seventh straight loss. "We've struggled as of late with third period," Sillinger said.
Bob Margolis: Offseason caps: Sorenson, Jarrett, Sadler
Reed Sorenson and Elliott Sadler could make strides in '07, but DJ might be in for a long year.
Teresa Earnhardt wants Junior at DEI (AP)
Teresa Earnhardt is willing to discuss a larger role at Dale Earnhardt Inc. with stepson Dale Earnhardt Jr. as part of the ongoing contract negotiations to keep him at his late father's company.
Sainz wins 12th stage of Dakar Rally (AP)
Carlos Sainz of Spain won the 12th stage of the Dakar Rally on Thursday with the race crossing the southern Mauritanian desert and entering Mali for the first time. Sainz finished the 160-mile trek in 2 hours, 58 minutes, 56 seconds in his Volkswagen. Carlos Sousa of Portugal, also in a Volkswagen, was second, 3:53 behind.
Busch breaks 190 mph in NASCAR "Car of Tomorrow" at Daytona (SportsTicker)
Kurt Busch proved that NASCAR's "Car of Tomorrow" can be more than effective Wednesday.
Mellow Montoya enjoying smooth NASCAR ride (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya wasn't fazed by the fiery crash that ended his Nextel Cup debut. And if Ryan Newman wrecked him on purpose, Montoya doesn't care.
Benny Parsons, NASCAR champion in 1973, dies at 65 (AP)
Greg Biffle believes that without help from Benny Parsons, he never would have reached NASCAR's highest level. Michael Waltrip credits Parsons for giving him the courage to propose to his wife in Victory Lane.
Montoya: Schumacher a "nobody" in States (AP)
Michael Schumacher apparently can't understand why Juan Pablo Montoya would leave Formula One for NASCAR.
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.
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.