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NEWS FROM 2007-01-21
No brawl this time around for Artest
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070121/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_kings_pistons"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070121/capt.dtp10701210203.kings_pistons_basketball_dtp107.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=JECWlm7GkYJxFjr4duCZMA--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest, left, talks with NBA official Bill Kennedy (55) after being whistled for a foul in the first half in their basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ron Artest played imaginary catch with "friends" in the stands, making gestures like he was tossing a ball underhanded in different directions before his first game at The Palace since the brawl. The fans simply responded with boos and jeers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Serena Williams advances at Aussie Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070121/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_australian_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070121/capt.xmel18101210805.australia_tennis_open_xmel181.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=bwOJ3zv1feAjaGUZl1EYqw--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her fourth round match against Serbia's Jelena Jankovic at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007.Williams won in straight sets 6-3 6-2. (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo and No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova dropped out in shocking upsets Sunday, clearing the way for Serena Williams to make an unlikely run to the Australian Open final.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nuggets win, now await Melo's return
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070121/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nuggets_rockets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070121/capt.htr10201210300.nuggets_rockets_basketball_htr102.jpg?x=70&y=130&sig=zQ.c.N9XoUA6RX1ab.qSzg--" align="left" height="130" width="70" alt="Denver Nuggets' Allen Iverson (3), center, passes the ball under pressure from Houston Rockets' Dikembe Mutombo, left, and Tracy McGrady in the first half in NBA basketball Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, in Houston. AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Denver Nuggets have survived long enough without Carmelo Anthony. Now, they can't wait to see how their risky "experiment" works.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cavaliers defeat Warriors 106-104 in OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070121/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cavaliers_warriors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070121/capt.oas10201210452.cavaliers_warriors_basketball_oas102.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=zeEUCzgMtR7tEJc4v_853g--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) dunks during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Thearon Henderson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The fate of the Cleveland Cavaliers' road trip and the new Golden State Warriors' debut all hung on one last overtime 3-point shot by Stephen Jackson. It rattled in and out at the buzzer, sending LeBron James home with an improbable victory — but the Warriors' exhilarated new players felt a bit like winners as well.</p><br clear="all"/>
Steelers say coaching search is not over
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070121/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_steelers_coaching_search"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070118/capt.ilmg11101182120.bears_football_ilmg111.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=gC6mxcTRZz5I5e2adsR9.w--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator Ron Rivera answers questions during a press conference Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007 at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill. Rivera and the Bears meet the New Orleans Saints Sunday in the NFC Championship game at Soldier Field in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Pittsburgh Steelers will wait until at least Monday to announce their new coach, and might interview Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera that day for a second time if the Bears lose the NFC championship game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Patriots' Harrison out of AFC title game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070121/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_patriots_harrison"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070119/capt.mass10301191900.afc_championship_patriots_colts_football_mass103.jpg?x=65&y=130&sig=xDPbvAFX0o1YfFZYKAZFQg--" align="left" height="130" width="65" alt="New England Patriots saftey Rodney Harrison (37) stretches before football practice begins at the team's training facility in Foxborough, Mass., Friday morning, Jan. 19, 2007. The Patriots take on the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New England Patriots downgraded safety Rodney Harrison from doubtful to out Saturday for the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sloan moves into 4th on victories list
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070121/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_jazz_bulls"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070121/capt.cxa10701210241.jazz_bulls_basketball_cxa107.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=eokKwx13Qy.YTJVM.TKX.w--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan directs his team during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against Chicago Bulls in Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Utah coach Jerry Sloan was more interested in talking about his latest victory than his latest milestone. He isn't the type to wax poetic, so moving into fourth place on the NBA's career wins list didn't mean much to him. Winning the game Saturday night did.</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"/>
U.S. beats Denmark in Bradley's 1st game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070121/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_denmark_us"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070120/capt.camt10101202312.denmark_usa_soccer_camt101.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=7a3c2UrJvrdAz8ELAGIeUA--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="USA's Ricardo Clark, left, dives for the ball as Denmark's Simon Busk Poulsen takes it during the first half of their soccer match, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Two newcomers and a resurgent veteran gave coach Bob Bradley a victory in his debut with the U.S. national team.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nagy, Roche help Coyotes beat Kings 3-2
AP - A gritty come-from behind road victory over the Los Angeles Kings was worth the wait for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Dan Wetzel: Simple stuff
Saints, Bears in Super Bowl droughts (AP)
Two decades and forever. That's the time span between trips to the Super Bowl for the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. While various players from each side have been to the NFL's biggest game with other teams, these are two organizations mired in, well, Super droughts. The last time the Bears played for the league title, it was in January 1986, and the stars were named Payton, Singletary,...
'Patriots mystique' vs. Manning, Colts (AP)
Tony Dungy calls it "the Patriots Mystique" and acknowledges it's something he and the Indianapolis Colts have to overcome to get to their first Super Bowl. That has to be something Bill Belichick loves. One reason New England has won three NFL titles in the past five seasons is because it gets into the heads of opponents -- none more so than Peyton Manning and the Colts.
Pats S Harrison to miss AFC championship (AP)
The New England Patriots downgraded safety Rodney Harrison from doubtful to out Saturday for the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. Harrison will miss Sunday's game at Indianapolis after straining his right knee in the Patriots' last regular-season game, a 40-23 win over Tennessee, when he was blocked by wide receiver Bobby Wade.
Steelers say coaching search not over (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers will wait until at least Monday to announce their new coach, and might interview Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera that day for a second time if the Bears lose the NFC championship game. The Steelers declined Saturday to confirm they have chosen a coach to replace Bill Cowher, who resigned less than a year after leading the team to its first Super Bowl victory in 26...
Browns hire Chudzinski to run offense (AP)
Rob Chudzinski was hired Saturday as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator, returning to the team to take over a unit that ranked near the bottom in the NFL in nearly every category the past two seasons. Chudzinski was Cleveland's tight ends coach in 2004 under Butch Davis. He coached San Diego's tight ends the past two seasons.
Dolphins hire Cam Cameron as coach (AP)
Cam Cameron's first coaching victory, of sorts, came against Bob Knight. Cameron played basketball for Knight at Indiana, where he also was quarterback in the early 1980s. One day, as Knight put Michael Jordan and the 1984 U.S. Olympic team through practice, Cameron said he wanted to be a coach. Knight, now the coach at Texas Tech, had other plans.
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.
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.
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...
Steve Kerr: Star power
Artest jeered, Kings routed by Pistons (AP)
Ron Artest played imaginary catch with "friends" in the stands, making gestures like he was tossing a ball underhanded in different directions before his first game at The Palace since the brawl. The fans simply responded with boos and jeers. That sure beat his last game in suburban Detroit, when he was hit by a thrown cup and responded by charging into the stands to spark one of the worst brawls...
Jazz help Sloan move up win list (AP)
Utah coach Jerry Sloan was more interested in talking about his latest victory than his latest milestone. He isn't the type to wax poetic, so moving into fourth place on the NBA's career wins list didn't mean much to him. Winning the game Saturday night did. Mehmet Okur scored 21 points and Carlos Boozer added 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Jazz to a 95-85 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Bobcats roll after Smith gets ejected (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks thought they were headed in the right direction, riding a three-game winning streak and starting to get healthy. Two straight losses to the Charlotte Bobcats and Josh Smith's obscene gestures have dampened the optimism. Matt Carroll scored 22 points and Charlotte shot a team-record 65 percent in a 104-85 victory over Atlanta on Saturday night.
Nuggets win final game without 'Melo (AP)
The Denver Nuggets have survived long enough without Carmelo Anthony. Now, they can't wait to see how their risky "experiment" works. Allen Iverson banked in a running 3-pointer in overtime and scored 36 points to rally Denver to a 121-113 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night in the Nuggets' final game without Anthony.
Cavs rally past new-look Warriors in OT (AP)
The fate of the Cleveland Cavaliers' road trip and the new Golden State Warriors' debut all hung on one last overtime 3-point shot by Stephen Jackson. It rattled in and out at the buzzer, sending LeBron James home with an improbable victory -- but the Warriors' exhilarated new players felt a bit like winners as well.
Mavs set to visit Heat in finals rematch (AP)
It's been seven months since the Miami Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA finals. Seven long months, to be exact. "Seems forever ago," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. And while those glorious memories from winning the NBA finals might seem a bit hazy to the Heat these days, given that they're 19-21 and mired in third place in the Southeast Division, the Mavericks certainly remember the image of...
House rallies Nets to .500 mark (AP)
Eddie House has a typical mentality for a shooting guard: If the shots don't fall, keep putting them up until they do. After hitting only one shot in three quarters, House scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth and the New Jersey Nets held Dwight Howard to a season-low one point in a 101-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
Wizards run home winning streak to 10 (AP)
With tired legs and a comfortable lead against a short-handed opponent, the Washington Wizards starting playing horrible basketball. Missed free throws. Careless fouls. Bad defense. Soon the 21-point lead was gone, and the Boston Celtics had forced overtime. In the extra period, there was more excruciating stuff.
Knicks finally win close one (AP)
Not again, the New York Knicks thought as Danny Granger's shot went up. No way could they possibly lose in the closing seconds for the third straight game. Finally, luck fell their way. Granger shot an airball on a 3-pointer from the right wing as time expired, and New York held on for a 108-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
Recchi, Malkin power Penguins in rout (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins had made it a goal to hold one of the Eastern Conference's eight playoff spots by the All-Star break. With an emphatic win in their final game before the five-day league layoff, the Penguins achieved just that. Mark Recchi scored three consecutive power-play goals and Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists to lead the Penguins to an 8-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on...
Kings honor Robitaille, lose to Coyotes (AP)
A gritty come-from behind road victory over the Los Angeles Kings was worth the wait for the Phoenix Coyotes. Ladislav Nagy and Travis Roche scored in the third period and Josh Gratton scored his first of the season, leading the Coyotes to a 3-2 victory Saturday night and extending the Kings' losing streak to seven games.
Turco now Stars' all-time wins leader (AP)
Dallas goalie Marty Turco had to work hard for his milestone win, which capped a momentous week for the Stars to take into the All-Star break. Stu Barnes scored in the ninth round of the shootout, beating the Minnesota Wild 2-1 and making Turco the Stars' all-time leader in victories on Saturday night.
Preds extend Blackhawks' skid to nine (AP)
David Legwand would have a tough time topping his performance Saturday night. David Legwand scored three goals and assisted on another and the Nashville Predators beat Chicago 6-3 to send the Blackhawks into the All-Star break with a nine-game losing streak. Legwand completed his first career hat trick with an empty-net goal that also gave him the franchise lead with 97, passing Scott Walker.
Flames take share of Northwest lead (AP)
Calgary headed into the All-Star break a first-place team after beating the rival Oilers. Not that grabbing a share of the Northwest Division lead mattered all that much to the Flames. "It's where you are at the end of the season that matters," forward Marcus Nilson said after Calgary defeated Edmonton 4-0 on Saturday night.
Legace, Blues beat Sharks, 1-0 (AP)
Manny Legace wasn't thinking shutout. That didn't stop him from blanking one of the NHL's best teams. Legace saved 31 shots as the St. Louis Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks 1-0 on Saturday night. It was Legace's third shutout of the season and 16th of his career. "I feel way better when we get a win then when I get a shutout," Legace said.
Ryder rallies Canadiens past Sabres, 4-3 (AP)
Alexander Perezhogin built up enough nerve to make a few rare comments in English after his big play helped send the Montreal Canadiens into the All-Star break on an upswing. Perezhogin set up Michael Ryder's go-ahead goal with 2:53 remaining in regulation and Montreal beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Saturday night, despite blowing a three-goal lead.
Heatley, Emery lead Senators by Bruins (AP)
The Ottawa Senators seem to have solved the Boston Bruins. Dany Heatley scored his team-leading 29th and 30th goals, and Ray Emery stopped 18 shots for his fourth shutout to lead the Senators to 3-0 victory over the Bruins on Saturday night. Chris Phillips also scored for Ottawa, winners of five straight road games and six of seven overall.
Avalanche end seven-game skid vs. Wings (AP)
It wasn't that long ago that Peter Budaj was playing in the minors and had everyone in the Colorado Avalanche organization believing that someday he would become a No. 1 goalie. Now that he's gained confidence to go with those abilities, Budaj has reached that projection. Budaj kept Colorado in it with 27 saves and Andrew Brunette scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, helping the...
Gionta's late goal, SO score lift Devils (AP)
Brian Gionta came up big once again for the New Jersey Devils. Gionta scored the tying goal with 20.8 seconds remaining in regulation and had the only goal in the shootout to lead Devils to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. With goalie Martin Brodeur on the bench for an extra attacker, the Devils threw everything at Antero Niittymaki and the Flyers in the closing seconds.
Bob Margolis: Offseason caps: Labonte, Riggs, Truex, Newman
A couple of these drivers are trying to break into victory lane, while a couple of others want to find their way back.
Motorcyclist dies during Dakar Rally (AP)
A French motorcyclist died during the next-to-last stage of the Dakar Rally on Saturday, the second death of this year's grueling event across Europe and Africa Eric Aubijoux, a 42-year-old Yamaha rider, had a heart attack, rally director Etienne Lavigne said. Aubijoux had completed the stage and was finishing an untimed section near Dakar.
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.
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.