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NEWS FROM 2007-01-22
Bears, Colts set for historic Super Bowl
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070122/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_super_bowl_lookahead"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070122/capt.nad15501220338.afc_championship_football_nad155.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=4c6q68DZfTNo4_1GSBMkUQ--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Indianspolis Colts coach Tony Dungy celebrates as the Colts beat the New England Patriots, 38-34, to win the AFC Championship football game Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, in Indianapolis. The Colts advance to the Super Bowl to face the NFC champion Chicago Bears. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy advanced to the Super Bowl with their teams on Sunday and gave the NFL a historic moment that was 41 years in the making.</p><br clear="all"/>
Manning rallies Colts into Super Bowl
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070122/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_afc_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070122/capt.nad15401220338.afc_championship_football_nad154.jpg?x=130&y=108&sig=RZmYrcHssiT0xV1bc97dOg--" align="left" height="108" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) celebrates running back Joseph Addai's three-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)" border="0" /></a>AP - The demons can relocate to some other team's locker room. Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy are Super Bowl material now. Manning led the Colts from 18 points down in the second quarter, and on a game-winning 80-yard drive late in the fourth, for a wildly entertaining 38-34 victory Sunday over the New England Patriots in the AFC title game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Defense helps Bears shuffle off to Miami
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070122/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_nfc_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070121/capt.cxa24601212351.saints_bears_football_cxa246.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=eFOj05RMhrEwb0YeAHZy8w--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) holds the George Halas Trophy after the Bears beat the New Orleans Saints 39-14 to win the NFC championship Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Chicago Bears know how to make a Super Bowl memorable. They're making this one historic long before it's played. Dissed all season long, Rex Grossman and Co. are heading to the big game for the first time since 1985 after rolling over the New Orleans Saints 39-14 Sunday, and Da Coach leading them there makes it all the more special.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gonzalez beats Blake at Australian Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070122/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_australian_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070122/capt.xmel13801220628.australia_tennis_open_xmel138.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=WwdL9kbKmyAH5bH6o8lznw--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Chile's Fernando Gonzalez reacts after his fourth round match against James Blake of the U.S., at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007. Gonzalez won in straight sets 7-5 6-4 7-6.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)" border="0" /></a>AP - James Blake refused to make excuses. He played well; Fernando Gonzalez was simply too good. The 10th-seeded Gonzalez ended No. 5 Blake's hopes of reaching the Australian Open quarterfinals, carving out a 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory Monday in a display of high-quality tennis.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mavs beat Heat in NBA finals rematch
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070122/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070121/capt.aaa10801212235.mavericks_heat_basketball_aaa108.jpg?x=130&y=113&sig=XnTkOwwI0Gqq2g8JXVR7XQ--" align="left" height="113" width="130" alt="Dallas Mavericks' Josh Howard, center, collides with Miami Heat's James Posey after Antoine Walker, left, fouled Howard in the second half of the Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007 basketball game in Miami. The Mavericks won 99-93. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)" border="0" /></a>AP - Just like in last year's NBA finals, the Dallas Mavericks couldn't find anyone capable of truly stopping Dwyane Wade from scoring. Yet this time, it didn't really matter.</p><br clear="all"/>
Colts ride past rivals to reach Super Bowl
Reuters - Indianapolis Colts coach Tony
Dungy and quarterback Peyton Manning were reveling in the
prospect of a trip to the Super Bowl on Sunday, after the team
registered a long overdue victory over the New England
Roy helps Blazers preserve win vs. Bucks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070122/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bucks_trail_blazers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070122/capt.pda10301220332.bucks_trail_blazers_basketball_pda103.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=LpuDqeDAKkZzGJL6OkGDPw--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="Milwaukee Bucks' Andrew Bogut, left, and Earl Boykins (11) defend as Portland Trail Blazers' Zach Randolph (50) looks to pass in the first quarter of a basketball game Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Had this been last season, when the Portland Trail Blazers finished with the league's worst record, they might not have been able to hold off the Milwaukee Bucks. That was before the Blazers got rookie Brandon Roy.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cubs, Floyd closing in on contract
AP - Cliff Floyd and the Chicago Cubs are nearing agreement on a one-year contract, a deal that may include an option for 2008 that the outfielder can control.
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"/>
At 19, Crosby goes to 1st All-Star game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070121/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_all_star_crosby_s_game"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070121/capt.ny15101212015.all_star_crosby_s_game_hockey_ny151.jpg?x=130&y=108&sig=xybPmYESGXZoJTILtRk4SA--" align="left" height="108" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby celebrates a goal he assisted on during the third period of Pittsburgh's 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins in Boston in a Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005 photo. For 20 years, the NHL All-Star game often was about Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux or both. Now, in the first All-Star game in three years, it is Sidney Crosby, at age 19, just like Gretzky and Lemieux in their All-Star debuts, who has become the sport's signature star. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Perhaps it is a surprise only that it has happened to Sidney Crosby this quickly, this impressively.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jason Cole: Long journey to Miami
Manning rallies Colts into Super Bowl (AP)
The demons can relocate to some other team's locker room. Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy are Super Bowl material now. Manning led the Colts from 18 points down in the second quarter, and on a game-winning 80-yard drive late in the fourth, for a wildly entertaining 38-34 victory Sunday over the New England Patriots in the AFC title game.
Bears reach first Super Bowl in 21 years (AP)
The Chicago Bears know how to make a Super Bowl memorable. They're making this one historic long before it's played. Dissed all season long, Rex Grossman and Co. are heading to the big game for the first time since 1985 after rolling over the New Orleans Saints 39-14 Sunday, and Da Coach leading them there makes it all the more special.
Colts early favorite for Super Bowl 41 (AP)
After rallying for a spectacular win and the AFC championship, Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are big favorites to win the Super Bowl over the Chicago Bears. Manning's Colts are as much 7-point favorites with most Las Vegas bookmakers after a 38-34 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Sources: Tomlin to become Steelers coach (AP)
Mike Tomlin is proof the NFL's Rooney Rule is working out exactly like it was intended. Tomlin was a not-widely-known Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant coach less than two years ago and was a college assistant as late as 2000. On Monday, the Steelers are expected to introduce Tomlin as only their third coach in 38 years and the first black head coach in their 74-year history.
Report: Vick wasn't carrying marijuana (AP)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick wasn't carrying marijuana when stopped by security last week at Miami International Airport, ESPN reported Sunday. Citing anonymous NFL sources, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Vick wasn't carrying marijuana or any other illegal substance. The ESPN report also cited an anonymous Falcons source, who said the team expects to hear something formal by Monday.
Mora named Seahawks assistant head coach (AP)
Jim Mora is headed back to the Pacific Northwest, but Tyrone Willingham need not worry. Mora isn't landing his self-stated "dream job" at the University of Washington. Instead, he's joining Mike Holmgren's staff, agreeing Sunday to become an assistant head coach for the Seattle Seahawks' less than three weeks after being fired as coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
Grossman comes through in biggest game (AP)
As a jubilant Rex Grossman celebrated the biggest win of his life, he found time to share an embrace with the man who stood behind him all season. Coach Lovie Smith wouldn't budge. He stuck with his often-criticized young quarterback -- despite some erratic performances and loud cries for a change. "I just kind of hugged him and told him I loved him," Smith said after the Bears earned their first...
Comeback falls short for Pats' Brady (AP)
His dark suit jacket draped over his right arm, Tom Brady spotted his parents outside his locker room -- the losing one. The comeback king who had just been dethroned walked slowly toward them. Galynn Brady gave her son a consoling kiss. The elder Tom Brady hugged his namesake, a fatherly gesture to soothe his son's agony.
Bush gives Saints hope for future (AP)
High-stepping and somersaulting his way to the end zone, Reggie Bush gave New Orleans a reason to celebrate the Saints' future, if not their present. Saints fans will want to forget New Orleans' loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday in the NFC Championship, but Bush's spectacular 88-yard touchdown catch will be a fond and enduring memory.
Steve Kerr: Star power
Marion, Suns storm to 13th straight win (AP)
Without Kevin Garnett and Ricky Davis, the Minnesota Timberwolves had no chance against the streaking Phoenix Suns. Shawn Marion had 17 points and 20 rebounds, then sat out the fourth quarter as the Suns won their 13th in a row with a 131-102 rout of the depleted Timberwolves on Sunday night. "Incredible," the Suns' Steve Nash said.
Mavs defeat Heat in NBA finals rematch (AP)
Jerry Stackhouse regained his scoring touch at the right time for the Dallas Mavericks, helping them finally stave off a comeback attempt by the Miami Heat. Stackhouse -- slowly working his way back after spraining his left ankle last month -- scored 16 of his 23 points in the final quarter as the Mavericks held on to beat Miami 99-93 on Sunday in the first matchup between the teams since last...
'Melo's suspension ends, suspense begins (AP)
Carmelo Anthony's suspension is over. Let the suspense begin. The day after the NBA's leading scorer was banned for 15 games for fighting, the Denver Nuggets acquired seven-time All-Star Allen Iverson, who was the league's second-leading scorer at the time. Can two high-scoring superstars coexist? Sure, Iverson said, insisting he's carried the load for so long in his career that he's ready to serve...
Nets' Jefferson to undergo ankle surgery (AP)
New Jersey Nets forward Richard Jefferson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle Monday. The team gave no timetable for his return. Jefferson had been bothered by ankle pain since before the start of the season, and left a game against Miami on Nov. 10 after landing on the foot of Miami's Shaquille O'Neal.
Duncan, Barry lead Spurs past 76ers (AP)
The Spurs dominated early and hit all the big shots at the end. Not even a sour stretch in the second half kept them from beating the 76ers. Tim Duncan had 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Brent Barry scored 23 points to lead San Antonio to a 99-85 win over Philadelphia on Sunday night. Robert Horry and Manu Ginobili each scored 12 points for the Spurs, who never trailed and shook off a second-half...
Rookie Roy carries Blazers past Bucks (AP)
Had this been last season, when the Portland Trail Blazers finished with the league's worst record, they might not have been able to hold off the Milwaukee Bucks. That was before the Blazers got rookie Brandon Roy. Roy had a career-high 28 points, including a late jumper that helped preserve the Portland's 99-95 victory over the short-handed Bucks on Sunday night.
Artest jeered in Detroit, Kings lose (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 wins 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.
Heat rookie G Hite charged with DUI (AP)
Heat rookie Robert Hite was charged with driving under the influence early Sunday, and missed Miami's game against Dallas. According to the Miami Beach Police report, which was first obtained by Miami television station WSVN, an officer detected a "strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath" after the player was stopped for speeding.
At 19, Crosby is NHL's biggest star (AP)
Perhaps it is a surprise only that it has happened to Sidney Crosby this quickly, this impressively. Crosby has been viewed as hockey's next great talent, one who might be good enough to rival Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, since he was setting scoring records at age 13. Now, as Crosby readies for his first All-Star game at age 19 Wednesday in Dallas -- yes, the same age No.
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 becomes Stars' career 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.
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.
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.
Legace helps Blues defeat 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.
Stephane Peterhansel wins Dakar Rally (AP)
French driver Stephane Peterhansel won the 2007 Dakar Rally on Sunday, claiming his third trophy in one of the world's most punishing and dangerous races. Peterhansel, who also has six motorcycle victories in the tough transcontinental competition, secured the win after finishing a final Atlantic Ocean beach stretch of the 5,411-mile race from Europe to Africa.
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.