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NEWS FROM 2007-01-20
Hingis, Sharapova advance at Aussie Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070120/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_australian_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070120/capt.mel13401200344.australia_tennis_open_mel134.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=3AvOaHlDmqVrYJQcOYc7Gg--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Switzerland's Martina Hingis serves while playing Japan's Aiko Nakamura in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007. Hingis won in straight sets 6-2 6-1. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)" border="0" /></a>AP - It was just like old times for Martina Hingis. The former retiree easily moved past an opponent lacking the power that dominates tennis today, getting plenty of opportunities Saturday to hone her game as she reached the fourth round of the Australian Open.</p><br clear="all"/>
Suns make it a dozen; Nets tip Knicks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070120/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070120/capt.azrd10301200437.trail_blazers_suns_basketball_azrd103.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=VNqesNJvhFQU2I82irrlQg--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa, left, of Brazil, splits Portland Trail Blazers defenders LaMarcus Aldridge and Zach Randolph, right, to lay in two points during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Roy Dabner)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Suns made it 12 in a row, the Nets made it tough on themselves against the Knicks and the Pistons made it to double overtime and won thanks to Chauncey Billups.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dolphins hire Cam Cameron as head coach
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070120/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_dolphins_coach"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070118/capt.cacp10101180242.dolphins_coach_cameron_football_cacp101.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=_CafmHAgZSSMnXoUrkwodA--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron stands on the sidelines during the AFC divisional round playoff football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007 in San Diego. Cameron arrived in Miami on Wednesday for a second interview with the Miami Dolphins, a person familiar with the team's search said. Cameron, 45, first interviewed with the Dolphins shortly after coach Nick Saban left for Alabama on Jan. 3. (AP Photo/Chris Park)" border="0" /></a>AP - New Miami Dolphins coach Cam Cameron has learned from fine coaches, including former bosses Marty Schottenheimer and Bo Schembechler, plus Bob Knight, whom he played basketball for at Indiana. Yet perhaps his best lesson came from an opposing coach.</p><br clear="all"/>
NASCAR community honors Benny Parsons
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070119/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_parsons_memorial"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070116/capt.ny15401161644.daytona_500_ny154.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=Z2nygXPyuJC6BNtwl9b6nQ--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Benny Parsons holds his trophy high in victory lane after winning the Daytona 500 race at the Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., in this Feb. 16, 1975 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/BL)" border="0" /></a>AP - Benny Parsons was remembered by the NASCAR community Friday for everything from his gift of gab, voracious appetite, love of golf and skill on the race track.</p><br clear="all"/>
Colts feed off Dungy's low-key style
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070120/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_afc_championship_colts"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070119/capt.indc11101192144.afc_championship_patriots_colts_football__indc111.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=UK424Au1EriQSpxZ0vhtYA--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy responds to a question during a news conference in Indianapolis, Friday, Jan. 19, 2007. The Colts face the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship football game. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Dungy hears the constant debate about whether he's too nice to win a Super Bowl — maybe even too nice to reach one. Forget perceptions, Dungy doesn't buy it. "If you win, then the label seems to be good. If you lose, the same label can be bad," the Colts' coach said Friday. "I've never really worried too much about that, as long as you're winning."</p><br clear="all"/>
Column: Belichick is the model NFL coach
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070120/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nancy_armour011907"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070119/capt.ny16101191826.afc_championship_patriots_colts_football_ny161.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=4USoa6YYidEvEA1zs26NRA--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick looks on from the sidelines in the second quarter of an a AFC wild-card playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007. The Patriots take on the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - There are plenty of reasons Bill Belichick is the last guy you would want held up as the model NFL coach.</p><br clear="all"/>
Camby, Nuggets offset LeBron's big game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070120/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cavaliers_nuggets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070120/capt.dxa10301200410.cavaliers_nuggets_basketball_dxa103.jpg?x=80&y=130&sig=.AU2bVYSKYLfPxUgZhBjIg--" align="left" height="130" width="80" alt="Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson goes up for a shot past Cleveland Cavaliers forward Drew Gooden, left, and guard Eric Snow, rear, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver, Friday, Jan. 19, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Marcus Camby figured his night was over. Big lead, fourth quarter, road game in Houston the next night. Camby was all set to kick back and watch the final quarter of the Denver Nuggets' 110-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Samardzija gives up football, joins Cubs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070120/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_cubs_samardzija"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070119/capt.ny17101192155.cubs_samardzija_baseball_ny171.jpg?x=119&y=130&sig=rWarTdkW3a1OnOjmfRcFVw--" align="left" height="130" width="119" alt="Notre Dame pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws a pitch during action in this March 31, 2006 file photo in South Bend, Ind. Samardzija decided to give up football and stay with baseball. The former Notre Dame receiver, projected as a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, agreed Friday to a $10 million, five-year contract to pitch for the Chicago Cubs. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeff Samardzija decided to give up football and stay with baseball. The former Notre Dame receiver, projected as a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, agreed Friday to a $10 million, five-year contract to pitch for the Chicago Cubs.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bradley to coach 1st game for US soccer
AP - Humbled by a quick exit from last year's World Cup and using a young roster and an interim coach, the U.S. soccer team plays its first game looking ahead to the 2010 tournament in South Africa when it meets Denmark on Saturday.
Foote helps Blue Jackets beat Red Wings
AP - Maybe the Columbus Blue Jackets should have more team meetings. Coming off a shutout loss at Nashville the night before and having lost five of their last six, the Blue Jackets outhustled Detroit 3-1 Friday night to end the Red Wings' five-game winning streak.
Jason Cole: Seize the moment
Dolphins hire Cam Cameron as coach (AP)
New Miami Dolphins coach Cam Cameron has learned from fine coaches, including former bosses Marty Schottenheimer and Bo Schembechler, plus Bob Knight, whom he played basketball for at Indiana. Yet perhaps his best lesson came from an opposing coach. He was around Iowa's Hayden Fry one day when the longtime Hawkeyes' coach was asked about his offensive philosophy.
Sarkisian withdraws from Raiders search (AP)
Southern California assistant head coach Steve Sarkisian withdrew from the Oakland Raiders' coaching race Friday, just days after apparently emerging as the favorite to succeed Art Shell. Sarkisian, a former Raiders assistant who also coaches quarterbacks for the Rose Bowl champion Trojans, was the first coach to interview for the job after Shell was fired Jan.
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...
Panthers name Tim Lewis secondary coach (AP)
The Carolina Panthers hired former New York Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis as their new secondary coach Friday. Lewis, who was fired by the Giants last week, replaces Rod Perry, one of three Panthers' coaches fired Monday. Lewis was the first assistant hired when Tom Coughlin took over the Giants in 2004.
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.
Injured 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.
Steve Kerr: Star power
Nash powers Suns to 12th straight win (AP)
Just winning isn't enough right now for the Phoenix Suns. They made it 12 in a row with a 106-101 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night, and left the court dissatisfied. "We were very lucky to win tonight," Steve Nash said. "They had a lot of 3s go in and out. We made some difficult shots at the end.
Two ejected as Pistons top Wolves in 2OT (AP)
Antonio McDyess and Kevin Garnett added some tension to an already-tight game, leaving their fired-up teammates to finish the drama. Chauncey Billups and the Pistons were a little bit better than the Timberwolves down the stretch. Billups scored 25 points and made a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of the first extra period to spark Detroit past Minnesota 104-98 in double overtime on Friday...
Nuggets overcome LeBron's triple-double (AP)
Marcus Camby figured his night was over. Big lead, fourth quarter, road game in Houston the next night. Camby was all set to kick back and watch the final quarter of the Denver Nuggets' 110-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. But when Cleveland sliced Denver's 25-point lead to 13 with 7:23 remaining in the game, Camby was sent back in.
Wizards rip Magic to widen division lead (AP)
The Orlando Magic had a chance to snap a three-game losing streak and regain the Southeast Division lead all at once. Instead they got hammered by one of the worst road teams in the conference -- and the best team in the division. Gilbert Arenas scored 30 points and Antawn Jamison had 31 points and a season-high 16 rebounds to lift Washington over the Magic 114-93 Friday, widening the Wizards' new...
Artest set for return to Detroit (AP)
Carmelo Anthony was supposed to be back on the court Saturday, but a postponed game extended his suspension another two days. So now he can watch another highly anticipated return of a brawler: Ron Artest, back at Detroit. "It's going to be crazy," Anthony said. "They might boo him (like) crazy out there.
Okur, Boozer lift Jazz by Raptors (AP)
Andre Kirilenko now says he's happy about his role in Utah's offense -- and Jarron Collins was the Jazz's unhappy player on Friday night. Mehmet Okur scored 27 points and Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 19 rebounds to lead Utah to a 102-94 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Deron Williams added 16 points and eight assists for the Jazz, who have won two straight following a four-game losing skid.
Nets escape MSG with win over Knicks (AP)
What looked like a blowout for New Jersey turned into a thriller. No matter. Jason Kidd and the Nets almost always beat the Knicks one way or another. Clifford Robinson tipped in a missed shot with 2.8 seconds remaining, giving New Jersey a 101-100 victory over New York on Friday night in a game the Nets controlled most of the way and almost let get away.
Sixers blow lead, defeat Heat in OT (AP)
Dwyane Wade was one free throw away in the final ticks of regulation from adding another loss to Philadelphia's dismal season. Instead, he made two baskets from the line when he needed three and, for once, the 76ers were the team that gutted out a thrilling victory. Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller each had 16 points and nine assists and the Sixers held on after blowing a 17-point lead to beat the...
Parker, Duncan help Spurs beat Hornets (AP)
The Spurs did just enough to snap their mini-losing streak. Tony Parker scored 23 points and Tim Duncan had 12 points and 16 rebounds for San Antonio in a 99-86 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night. "We didn't play brilliant, that sharp. We made many mistakes during the game, but we made some progress," said Manu Ginobili, who had 19 points as the Spurs broke a two-game losing...
Kotalik's SO goal rallies Sabres to win (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres had just ended a tough stretch. Thanks to Ales Kotalik's decisive shootout goal, they didn't start a new one. Maxim Afinogenov also scored in the shootout after Chris Drury forced extra time by scoring with 39.1 seconds left in regulation in a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.
Fernandez, Wild defeat Blackhawks 3-0 (AP)
Marian Gaborik is back on track, and so are the Minnesota Wild. Gaborik scored twice and Manny Fernandez stopped 24 shots for his second shutout this season to lead the Wild to a 3-0 victory over the slumping Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night. Stephane Veilleux also scored as the Wild handed the Blackhawks their eighth consecutive loss.
Flames win sixth straight over Ducks (AP)
Back at home, the Calgary Flames returned to their winning ways. Dion Phaneuf and Alex Tanguay scored in the first period and the Calgary Flames held on for a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. Stephane Yelle scored the eventual game-winner near the midpoint of the second period to push Calgary's lead to 3-0.
Jovanovski, McDonald on All-Star team (AP)
Defenseman Ed Jovanovski of the Phoenix Coyotes and center Andy McDonald of the Anaheim Ducks have been added to the Western Conference All-Star team. Jovanovski replaces injured Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer and McDonald takes the place of Detroit Red Wings winger Henrik Zetterberg. The 30-year-old Jovanovski will be appearing in his fourth All-Star game.
Norrena, Blue Jackets top Red Wings (AP)
Everything pointed to another long night for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Coming off a 4-0 shutout loss at Nashville the night before and having lost five of their last six, the Blue Jackets outhustled and outskated Detroit 3-1 on Friday night to end the Red Wings' five-game winning streak. Dan Fritsche, Alexander Svitov and Adam Foote scored goals and Fredrik Norrena made 41 saves to lead the way.
Oilers place D Staios on injured reserve (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers placed defenseman Steve Staios on injured reserve Friday and recalled forward Zack Stortini from Hamilton of the AHL. Staios, 33, has missed the last four games due to a knee injury. He has one goal, 12 assists and 73 penalty minutes in 40 games this season. This is Stortini's second stint with the Oilers this season.
Penguins arena deal could come soon (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins couldn't strike a deal for a new arena during a late-night negotiating session Thursday with Gov. Ed Rendell and local leaders, but a gubernatorial aide said an agreement could be reached soon. The Penguins' Mellon Arena lease expires at the end of the season, and the team has all but threatened to move to Kansas City, Mo., unless an agreement to build a new arena can be...
Blue Jackets demote F Motzko, D Novak (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets assigned forward Joe Motzko and defenseman Filip Novak to Syracuse of the AHL on Friday night. The moves were announced shortly after Columbus' 3-1 victory over Detroit. Motzko had a goal in seven games with the Blue Jackets this season, getting his first career NHL score at Chicago on Jan.
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.
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...
Jerry Bonkowski: Trading Paint: Junior this, Junior that
Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans are fired up over his battle with team owner Teresa Earnhardt.
Ol' BP remembered as "everybody's buddy" (AP)
Benny Parsons was remembered by the NASCAR community Friday for everything from his gift of gab, voracious appetite, love of golf and skill on the race track.
Sainz wins 13th stage of Dakar Rally (AP)
Carlos Sainz won the 13th stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday as the race entered its final stretches in the West African nation of Senegal. Sainz finished the 160-mile route from Kayes, Mali, to Tambacounda in 2 hours, 30 minutes, 22 seconds, 26 seconds ahead of Mitsubishi driver Stephane Peterhansel.
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.
Busch breaks 190 mph in NASCAR "Car of Tomorrow" at Daytona (PA 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 (PA SportsTicker)
Former NASCAR champion and popular broadcaster Benny Parsons died Tuesday of complications stemming from his battle with lung cancer. He was 65.