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NEWS FROM 2007-01-23
Raiders hire young Kiffin as head coach
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070123/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_raiders_kiffin"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070123/capt.ny16601230417.raiders_kiffin_football_ny166.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=qjSCboHhRAH.ixolyttkFQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Southern California offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin answers questions at a news conference in this Jan. 1, 2006 file photo in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Oakland Raiders have hired Kiffin as their coach Monday, Jan 22. 2007, making the 31-year-old the NFL's youngest head coach. (AP Photo/Phil McCarten, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Oakland Raiders hired Lane Kiffin on Monday night, making the 31-year-old Southern California offensive coordinator the youngest NFL head coach in decades.</p><br clear="all"/>
Serena makes Australian Open semis
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070123/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_australian_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070123/capt.mel13301230413.australia_tennis_open_mel133.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=nxb4.Yt.YlPjA0mL0vYLLg--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Serena Williams of the U.S., follows through on a return during her quarterfinal match against Israel's Shahar Peer at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Serena Williams relied on her greatest attribute to reach the Australian Open semifinals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kobe's 42 leads Lakers past Warriors
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070123/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_warriors_lakers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070123/capt.las10901230621.warriors_lakers_basketball_las109.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=ayIH4hAuF0o4DeHialhHpA--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, right, tries to maintain control of the ball as Golden State Warriors' Al Harrington defends during the Lakers' 108-103 victory in an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)" border="0" /></a>AP - Happy anniversary, Kobe Bryant. A year to the day after his startling 81-point performance, Bryant scored 42, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Golden State Warriors 108-103 on Monday night despite a season-high 24 turnovers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Carmelo leads Nuggets past Grizzlies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070123/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_grizzlies_nuggets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070123/capt.dxa10501230254.grizzlies_nuggets_basketball_dxa105.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=Wpyi9QUNxIAN7oSntTTuTw--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, left, works the ball inside for his first shot after serving a 15-game suspension for fighting against Memphis Grizzlies forward Mike Miller in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Monday, Jan. 22, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Allen Iverson raced downcourt and floated an alley-oop lob that Carmelo Anthony shoved one-handed through the hoop for an arena-rattling jam, one that seemed to holler to all their doubters, "Take that!"</p><br clear="all"/>
Mehmet Okur leads Jazz past Timberwolves
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070123/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_timberwolves_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070123/capt.slcc10501230441.timberwolves_jazz_basketball_slcc105.jpg?x=130&y=77&sig=e9m1hiQWszRfq8FzVKA9mw--" align="left" height="77" width="130" alt="Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur (13), of Turkey, is fouled by Minnesota Timberwolves center Mark Blount (30) during the third quarter of their NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, in Salt Lake City. Okur had a team-high 28 points. The Jazz beat the Timberwolves 106-91. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer made every possession count down the stretch, just the way Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan preaches.</p><br clear="all"/>
Parcells retires from Cowboys, coaching
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070123/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_parcells_retires"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070122/capt.ny15901221910.cowboys_parcells_retires_football_ny159.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=AzxJMj4N6RS.CX2EjweiZg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells listens to a questions during the teams opening news conference before training camp in this July 28, 2006 file photo, in Oxnard, Calif. Parcells retired from coaching Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, leaving the Dallas Cowboys after four seasons and ending a stellar career that featured three Super Bowl appearances and two championships (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bill Parcells could have returned to the Dallas Cowboys for one more shot at becoming the first coach to lead three teams into the Super Bowl.</p><br clear="all"/>
Anthony, Iverson enjoy solid first game together
Reuters - Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson made
their much-anticipated debut as team mates and immediately made
an impact, leading the Denver Nuggets to a 115-98 home win over
the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.
Duchscherer OKs 1-year deal with A's
AP - Relief pitcher Justin Duchscherer and the Oakland Athletics avoided arbitration, agreeing Monday to a $1,187,500, one-year contract.
Real Madrid: Beckham won't leave early
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070122/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_real_madrid_beckham"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070118/capt.pw80801182123.spain_soccer_beckham_pw808.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=_r3sD1p3Qe4W5IM_4Zn65g--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Real Madrid's David Beckham watches the fifth round, second leg Copa del Rey soccer match against Betis, from a VIP box high up in the stands at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Thursday Jan. 18, 2007. Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello said last Saturday that Beckham would no longer play for Madrid now he has committed to Los Angeles Galaxy and would only be able to train, though on Wednesday he suggested that he may remove the bar to David Beckham playing for the team. (AP Photo/Paul White)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham will not leave Real Madrid before the end of the season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Old guard gives way to new NHL All-Stars
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070123/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_all_star_game"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070123/capt.dna13401230034.nhl_all_star_game_hockey_dna134.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=rXuiniGsTMavZlkzENr.vA--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal responds to a question at the NHL All-Star media availability in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Martin Brodeur is used to coming to All-Star games to catch up with friends, guys he knows from Team Canada and previous midseason gatherings.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jason Cole: What's next?
Cowboys' Parcells retires from coaching (AP)
Bill Parcells could have returned to the Dallas Cowboys for one more shot at becoming the first coach to lead three teams into the Super Bowl. He could have come back to try ending the longest playoff drought in the franchise's proud history. Or he could have come back to finish what he started in developing quarterback Tony Romo and a 3-4 defense.
Raiders name Trojans' Lane Kiffin coach (AP)
The Oakland Raiders hired Lane Kiffin on Monday night, making the 31-year-old Southern California offensive coordinator the youngest NFL head coach in decades. Kiffin, the son of Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, earned the job with a strong interview Monday after the Raiders failed to reach a deal last week with 32-year-old Steve Sarkisian, Kiffin's fellow assistant to Pete Carroll...
X-rays on Manning's thumb show no break (AP)
Peyton Manning's injured right thumb gave the Colts a scare Monday. Fortunately, for Indianapolis, that's all it was. Manning bruised the thumb on his throwing hand late in the AFC championship game, but X-rays found no broken bones and he's expected to start against Chicago in the Super Bowl, Colts owner Jim Irsay told The Associated Press on Monday night.
Bears' Smith celebrates -- in his own way (AP)
Yeah, Lovie Smith celebrated all right. In his own way -- just like he's coached the Chicago Bears. "Me going out and doing the town? I don't know if I know how to do that," Smith said Monday, the day after the Bears earned their first trip to the Super Bowl in 21 years and sent a city already in a tizzy into a two-week party.
Tomlin Steelers' first black head coach (AP)
Mike Tomlin didn't realistically expect to become the Pittsburgh Steelers' coach so early in his career, with so little experience as an NFL coordinator and at such a young age. He knew it, too, although the 34-year-old Vikings defensive coordinator was excited when the Steelers called two weeks ago and offered an interview.
Falcons' Vick cleared of wrongdoing (AP)
Michael Vick was cleared by police Monday of any wrongdoing at a Miami airport, four days after the Falcons general manager said the star quarterback had "let a lot of people down." Vick's water bottle was seized by security at Miami International Airport last Wednesday. Police said it smelled of marijuana and had a hidden compartment that contained a "small amount of dark particulate." Lab tests...
Bengals' Joseph arrested on drug charge (AP)
The Bengals' top draft pick is the first challenge to coach Marvin Lewis' new get-tough policy with his misbehaving players. Cornerback Johnathan Joseph was arrested early Monday and charged with possession of marijuana. Joseph was the ninth Cincinnati player arrested in the last nine months, but the first since Lewis announced three weeks ago that he was taking a harder line on player misconduct.
Steelers deny offering Grimm job first (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney strongly denied the team told assistant head coach Russ Grimm he would be Bill Cowher's successor, then changed its mind and hired Mike Tomlin. Tomlin, the former Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator, didn't learn he was the Steelers' choice until team president Art Rooney II phoned him Sunday afternoon.
Giants name Spagnuolo def. coordinator (AP)
The New York Giants looked to one of their division rivals to help shore up their porous defense. Steve Spagnuolo, the Philadelphia Eagles' linebackers coach the past three seasons, was hired by the Giants on Monday to be their defensive coordinator. Spagnuolo will replace Tim Lewis, who was fired this month after three seasons with the Giants.
Steve Kerr: Separation anxiety
'Melo, Iverson power Nuggets to win (AP)
Allen Iverson raced downcourt and floated an alley-oop lob that Carmelo Anthony shoved one-handed through the hoop for an arena-rattling jam, one that seemed to holler to all their doubters, "Take that!" "We just wanted to show the whole world we could play together," Anthony said after the duo's triumphant debut Monday night.
Kobe's 42 help Lakers down Warriors (AP)
Happy anniversary, Kobe Bryant. A year to the day after his startling 81-point performance, Bryant scored 42, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Golden State Warriors 108-103 on Monday night despite a season-high 24 turnovers. Bryant said Jan. 22 will always be a special date for him, but probably more so as the years go on.
Heat use 27-0 run to rout Knicks 101-83 (AP)
Jason Kapono hit from outside, and Jason Williams led the fast break. Even third-string center Michael Doleac played a part in the Miami Heat's biggest scoring spurt ever. Dwyane Wade? Shaquille O'Neal? All they contributed was applause from the bench. Playing without their two All-Stars, the Heat scored a franchise-record 27 consecutive points Monday night and beat the New York Knicks 101-83.
Bibby rallies Kings past Nets 88-87 (AP)
Mike Bibby's three awful quarters were similar to most of his performances during this tough season. His seven brilliant minutes were more like the player Bibby used to be -- and the player he hopes to be again for the Sacramento Kings. Bibby scored the Kings' last 15 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 10.3 seconds to play, and Sacramento dramatically erased a 20-point deficit for an 88-87...
Wizards look to end another Suns streak (AP)
For the record, Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas doesn't consider Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Suns as Part II of the Vendetta Tour. "No, I already did what I said I was going to do to them," Arenas said. "The next team is Portland. One down, one to go." Arenas dropped 54 points on the Suns in an overtime victory at Phoenix last month, his way of unleashing his frustrations...
Duncan stays perfect against Celtics (AP)
Tim Duncan thought his latest victory over Boston should have been easier. Duncan remained unbeaten against the Celtics, finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds to help the San Antonio Spurs hold on for a 93-89 victory Monday night. Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker each scored 15 points and Michael Finley had 12 for the Spurs, who have won 18 straight against the Celtics and nine in a row in...
Magic snap five-game skid, top Cavaliers (AP)
Once their coach busted his clipboard, the Orlando Magic figured it was time to break their losing streak. Grant Hill scored 22 points, Dwight Howard added 18 and the Magic responded to coach Brian Hill's sideline tirade with a 90-79 win over the sleep-deprived Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. As his team huddled for a timeout in the second quarter, Hill destroyed his plastic chalkboard.
Okur powers Jazz past Timberwolves (AP)
Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer made every possession count down the stretch, just the way Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan preaches. "We had a real good finish because I thought we executed pretty well," said Sloan, who saw his team convert seven of its last eight possessions while beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-91 on Monday night.
O'Neal, Armstrong help Pacers end skid (AP)
Darrell Armstrong just got some extra incentive to ditch his retirement plans. The 38-year-old point guard came to the Indiana Pacers in a trade last summer planning to play for one final season before pursuing a coaching career. But in his second start of the season, he had 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to help the Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls 98-91 on Monday night.
New faces headline NHL All-Star game (AP)
Martin Brodeur is used to coming to All-Star games to catch up with friends, guys he knows from Team Canada and previous midseason gatherings. On Monday, he might as well have worn one of those "Hello, my name is ..." badges. The All-Star festivities feature so many new players that the days leading up to Wednesday night's game are more get-to-know-you sessions than reunions -- even if first-timers...
Players like new streamlined uniforms (AP)
Detroit Red Wings veteran defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom certainly likes the NHL's new sleeker and streamlined uniforms. "Especially when I heard that I'm going to be faster," the 15-year veteran and ninth-time All-Star said Monday. "That's something I need now that I'm getting older." After more than two years of testing and designing -- and nearly 100 different versions -- the NHL and Reebok...
Nieuwendyk among 11 players honored (AP)
Joe Nieuwendyk said goodbye to hockey in December, when chronic back problems forced him to end his 20-year NHL career. He got to share that sentiment Monday with Dallas Stars fans attending All-Star game festivities. Nieuwendyk was one of 11 NHL players recognized during the league's salute to a "Generation of Stars" that also included Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, 19-time All-Star Ray Bourque and...
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.
Federal judge dismisses NHLPA lawsuit (AP)
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Detroit Red Wings star Chris Chelios and other members of the NHL Players' Association in an attempt to oust the union's executive director. U.S. District Judge Suzanne B. Conlon ruled Monday in favor the NHLPA, agreeing with the union that Ontario, not Illinois, was the proper place for the suit.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Jerry Bonkowski: Chasing change
NASCAR to place emphasis on winning, widen Chase field to 12 (AP)
Kasey Kahne won a series-high five races during NASCAR's regular season, yet barely qualified for the championship chase because of a points system that has long rewarded consistency over winning.
Motorcycle star Carmichael ready to transition to stocks (AP)
Unlike Juan Pablo Montoya, who has moved to NASCAR from a successful open-wheel career with a wave of publicity, motorcycle superstar Ricky Carmichael is getting little attention, and that's just fine with him.
NASCAR's Chase expanded to 12 drivers with points adjustments (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR's Chase for the Championship will include two more drivers and give more value to winning races, the circuit announced Monday.
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.