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Sharapova, Clijsters advances to semis (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070124/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_australian_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070124/capt.mel14301240402.australia_tennis_open_mel143.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=Y7WBZUmmppxVG2YlGMP9fA--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Belgium's Kim Clijsters in action during her quarterfinal match against Switzerland's Martina Hingis at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kim Clijsters had another quarterfinal win over Martina Hingis despite a rash of unforced errors, and moved into the Australian Open semifinals against top-seeded Maria Sharapova.</p><br clear="all"/>

Suns beat Wizards for 14th straight win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070124/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070124/capt.vzn10501240233.suns_wizards_basketball_vzn105.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=YwYncgvXxaMZ1CcKvtkgXQ--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas, right, works against pressure from Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, in Washington. The Suns won, 127-105. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)" border="0" /></a>AP - Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns keep winning &#151; even when they face a first-place team on the road.</p><br clear="all"/>

Barber leads Auburn past No. 12 Alabama (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070124/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_college_bkb_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070124/capt.alrc11101240447.alabama_auburn_basketball_alrc111.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=bB3zQbRHAAgKjL6K0IgxTg--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Auburn's Korvotney Barber puts up a shot against Alabama during the first half of a college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007 in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 81-57. (AP Photo/Todd J. Van Emst)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jermareo Davidson hardly recognized the Auburn team that was swiping the ball, streaking to the basket and otherwise having its way with No. 12 Alabama.</p><br clear="all"/>

Colts understand it's time start working (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070124/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_colts_back_to_work"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070123/capt.ny15001232046.super_bowl_beas_colts_clark_football__ny150.jpg?x=111&y=130&sig=PCAybjCrG9GeTQLRTi8edw--" align="left" height="130" width="111" alt="Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark turns up field after catching a pass against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship football game Sunday Jan, 21, 2007 Indianapolis. The Colts take on the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI on Sunday, Feb. 4, in Miami. (Photo/Darron Cummings)" border="0" /></a>AP - Now the Indianapolis Colts must get back to work.</p><br clear="all"/>

Figure skating: Nagasu no longer unknown (AP)
AP - Before Mirai Nagasu left for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, her coach gave the 13-year-old a little pep talk.

Former Bears coach Ditka warns of Manning (Reuters)
Reuters - Mike Ditka, who coached the Chicago Bears to their last NFL title 21 years ago, says his old team should be wary of Indianapolis Colts passer Peyton Manning when they meet in the Super Bowl.

Clippers beat injury-depleted Bucks (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070124/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bucks_clippers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070124/capt.las10401240503.bucks_clippers_basketball_las104.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=TpcZ3nmffK1udT1hHX8clg--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Milwaukee Bucks' Ruben Patterson, right, attempts to shoot over the defense of Los Angeles Clippers' Elton Brand during the first quarter of the basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Clippers took no mercy on the wounded Milwaukee Bucks.</p><br clear="all"/>

Yankee old timers urge A-Rod to step up (Reuters)
Reuters - New York Yankee veterans agreed on Tuesday that the Bronx Bombers needed Alex Rodriguez to rise to the occasion in the postseason to help them return to World Series glory in 2007.

DeMerit beats Friedel as Watford wins (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070123/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_british_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070123/capt.bsd11301232153.britain_soccer_bsd113.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=0rgtu5dqdXxzNoBE23JfPw--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Blackburn Rovers South African striker Benedict McCarthy, left, battles for the ball with Watford's Jay Demerit, during their English Premier League soccer match at Vicarage Road, Watford, England. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jay DeMerit beat fellow American Brad Friedel in the 70th minute for the go-ahead goal, leading last-place Watford over Blackburn 2-1 Tuesday night in England's Premier League.</p><br clear="all"/>

Column: Will fans find NHL All-Star game? (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070124/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_jim_litke012407"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070124/capt.dna12401240335.all_star_skills_competition_hockey_dna124.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=O3YXeseEdReETPCIIjvLmQ--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres' forward Daniel Briere (48) gets the puck past Dallas Stars' goaltender Marty Turco (35) in the Super Skills Shootout at the NHL All-Star hockey game in Dallas, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Good luck finding the NHL All-Star game on TV.</p><br clear="all"/>

Jason Cole: What's next?

Bears DT Johnson will play in Super Bowl (AP)
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson departs the Cook County Courthouse where a judge cleared Johnson to travel with his team to Super Bowl XLI  in Skokie, Ill., Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007. The Bears take on the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI on Sunday, Feb. 4, in Miami.

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson will play in the Super Bowl -- with court approval and a warning from a judge to stay out of trouble. Cook County Judge John Moran granted a defense request Tuesday to allow Johnson to leave the state as he awaits trial on gun possession charges. The Bears will play the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl in Miami on Feb.


Reid denies McNabb is upset with Eagles (AP)
Less than a week after he canceled Donovan McNabb's news conference, coach Andy Reid dismissed reports that his star quarterback is unhappy with the organization. "I think that people are making a lot of things up here that aren't true," Reid said in a conference call Tuesday. "That's how it works. I just hate to see people making things up that aren't really true." One report, citing unidentified...

Raiders name USC's Kiffin, 31, coach (AP)
Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis takes his seat as he prepares to introduce Lane Kiffin as the team's new head coach in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007.

After four miserable seasons, Al Davis knew the Oakland Raiders needed a fresh start. He couldn't have found a new coach much more fresh than Lane Kiffin. The Raiders officially hired the 31-year-old Kiffin on Tuesday, putting the former Southern California offensive coordinator in charge of restoring glory to a three-time Super Bowl champion that fell to the NFL's worst record last year.


Grimm settles for Cards' assistant job (AP)
Russ Grimm was hired as the Arizona Cardinals' assistant head coach and offensive line coach Tuesday, two weeks after he interviewed for the head coaching position. Grimm's hiring comes two days after erroneous reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers had chosen him to replace retired coach Bill Cowher. Grimm wanted the Steelers job, but said he was happy to reunite with Cardinals head coach Ken...

Cowboys owner Jones again seeking coach (AP)
Jerry Jones once said any of 500 coaches could have won a Super Bowl with the talent he'd assembled for the Dallas Cowboys. Since uttering that memorable line, he's gone through Barry Switzer, Chan Gailey, Dave Campo and Bill Parcells. That leaves 496 candidates to choose from this time around. Jones was thrown into another coaching search when Parcells retired Monday.

Foot injury keeps Rivers out of Pro Bowl (AP)
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers won't play in the Pro Bowl because of a foot injury. Chargers spokesman Bill Johnston said Tuesday that Rivers sprained his right foot against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 31 and aggravated it in the Chargers' 24-21 playoff loss to New England. The team decided it's best if Rivers stays off the foot, Johnston said.

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 like being underdogs against Colts (AP)
Adewale Ogunleye is returning to the city where he kicked off his career. And how he's got a chance to win the Super Bowl. "For me it brings it full circle," the Chicago Bears defensive end said. "Going back to Miami is big because that's where I started in this league, and it's going to be a little surreal." Ogunleye was traded from the Dolphins to the Bears during the preseason in 2004.

Gibbs reveals grandson has leukemia (AP)
Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs has disclosed that his 2-year-old grandson has leukemia. "We got the news on Taylor, and it really devastated our whole family," Gibbs said Tuesday on his Web site, www.joegibbsonline.com. Gibbs said that Taylor Gibbs was diagnosed two weeks ago. Taylor is the son of J.D.

Steve Kerr: Don't blame Dwane
Dwane Casey's coaching wasn't the problem in Minnesota. The problem lies in the Wolves' front office.

Suns win 14th straight, rip Wizards (AP)
Phoenix Suns' Shawn Marion dunks against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, in Washington. The Suns won 127-105.

The Phoenix Suns wannabes have quite a ways to go before they can be mistaken for the real thing. Steve Nash and the Suns made Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards look more like pretenders than contenders Tuesday night, putting the East's top-scoring team in its place with a 127-105 thumping. "I did hear that they wanted to be the Phoenix Suns of the East," said Amare Stoudemire, who had 15...


Mavs top Magic for eighth straight win (AP)
Orlando Magic guard Keyon Dooling (5) gets a shot off between Dallas Mavericks center DeSagana Diop, left, of Senegal, and Josh Howard in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007. Dallas won, 111-95.

It took Dirk Nowitzki more than 60 games last season to reach 26 double-doubles. He topped that mark in 2007 on Tuesday night after only 43 outings. Nowitzki's defending Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks are also ahead of schedule, beating the Orlando Magic 111-95 for their 35th win of the season.


Timberwolves fire coach Casey (AP)
Kevin McHale thought long and hard about firing Dwane Casey on several occasions this season. Every time he was about to pull the trigger, the Minnesota Timberwolves would reel off several victories in a row, leading McHale to believe that they were on the right track. After the latest roller coaster ride -- a 7-1 start to 2007 followed by four straight losses -- McHale decided he could wait no...

Blake's 3s get Nuggets past SuperSonics (AP)
Injured Denver Nuggets forward Eduardo Najera, of Mexico, sits on the bench during an NBA basketball game against the Seattle SuperSonics Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007 at KeyArena in Seattle. The Nuggets beat the Sonics 117-112.

An equipment manager informed Allen Iverson that he was going to deflate the game ball and stuff it into the star guard's bag to commemorate his 20,000th NBA point. "Thanks, buddy. Appreciate that, buddy," Iverson said late Tuesday night, using his nickname for the many folks he doesn't yet know after four weeks with the Denver Nuggets.


Korver helps Sixers hold off Hornets (AP)
New Orleans Hornets' David West (30) watches Philadelphia 76ers' Andre Iguodala (9) dunk in the second  half of their basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007 in Philadelphia. The 76ers won, 102-96.

Kyle Korver and Andre Miller gave the Philadelphia 76ers exactly what they were looking for -- a fast start to the second half of the season. Korver scored 25 points, Miller had 17 points and 11 assists, and five Sixers scored in double figures as Philadelphia raced to an early lead and held on for a 102-96 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.


Deng, Hinrich lead Bulls past Hawks (AP)
Chicago Bulls' Kirk Hinrich, right, makes a pass around Atlanta Hawks' Joe Johnson during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007. The Bulls won 94-86.

With Dallas and Miami next on the schedule and a seven-game road trip looming in February, P.J. Brown and his Bulls teammates know they need to pick up their play. Luol Deng scored 18 points and Kirk Hinrich added 12 points and 12 assists to lead Chicago to a 94-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.


Clippers defeat injury-riddled Bucks (AP)
Milwaukee Bucks' Earl Boykins, right, looses control of the ball under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers' Elton Brand during the fourth quarter of a basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007. The Clippers won, 115-96.

The Clippers took no mercy on the wounded Milwaukee Bucks. "We're not going to feel sorry for any other opponent," Los Angeles' Elton Brand said Tuesday night after he had 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 115-96 rout of injury-depleted Milwaukee. "They were missing a few key guys, but no one felt sorry for us when we had Sam (Cassell) out and (Chris) Kaman out." Milwaukee's Michael...


Lakers' Odom appears ready for return (AP)
Lamar Odom flew through the air, caught Jordan Farmar's perfect lob pass and stuffed it through the basket. The play elicited no response because it occurred during a scrimmage Tuesday. But it was a positive sign for the Los Angeles Lakers. "He looked great, he looked really good. I didn't know what to expect," Kobe Bryant said following Odom's first practice with the Lakers since he sprained a...

Knicks' Marbury could miss game vs. Suns (AP)
The New York Knicks could be without starting point guard Stephon Marbury on Wednesday night when they host the Phoenix Suns. Marbury was unable to finish either of the last two games because of soreness in his left knee. He did little more than shoot at practice Tuesday and said he would wait another day before making a decision.

Crosby, Ovechkin -- the new dynamic duo? (AP)
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle (15) reaches for the puck at the NHL Eastern Conference All-Star workout in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007.

Sidney Crosby was surrounded on the ice by the rest of the best players in the NHL. And the teenage All-Star still stood out among them all. Get used to it. In the preamble to his first All-Star game appearance, Crosby scored on two of his three shots in the individual shootout -- the final event -- to give the Eastern Conference a win over the West in the skills competition Tuesday night.


Crosby lifts East in skills competition (AP)
About the only part of the game in which Sidney Crosby has struggled this season is shootouts -- until the teenage superstar was on the same ice with the rest of the NHL's best players. Crosby, the 19-year-old forward from Pittsburgh, scored on two of his three shots in the final individual shootout to deliver a victory for the Eastern Conference in the NHL All-Star skills competition Tuesday...

Devils' Parise shines in YoungStars game (AP)
NHL Young Stars Eastern Conference center Zach Parise (9), of the New Jersey Devils, skates with the puck in the second period at the NHL Young Stars hockey game  in Dallas, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007.

New Jersey forward Zach Parise had two goals and four assists to lead the Eastern Conference to a 9-8 victory over the Western Conference in the YoungStars game Tuesday night. Parise, a first-round pick by the Devils in 2003, was selected the MVP. Boston's Phil Kessel scored his third goal four minutes into the third period, assisted by Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal and Parise to give the East a 9-4...


NHL unbalanced schedule not changing yet (AP)
National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman smiles as he listens to a reporters question during a press conference in Dallas, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007.

The NHL is sticking to its unbalanced schedule for now, falling one vote short Tuesday of making changes to the post-lockout schedule which limits teams to one visit every three years to some cities. Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league will instead complete the three-year cycle which goes through the 2007-08 season before making any changes to the schedule.


Rendell may ask NHL to keep Pens in Pa. (AP)
Gov. Ed Rendell said Tuesday that should arena negotiations with the Pittsburgh Penguins break down and the team decide to move, the state might ask the National Hockey League to intercede. Rendell, responding to Penguins owner Mario Lemieux's comments that last week's arena talks had taken a step backward, said the latest proposal is so good that he can't imagine that the NHL would allow the...

Guerin returns to Dallas as an All-Star (AP)
St. Louis Blues forward Bill Guerin is playing in his third straight All-Star game, though the 15-season veteran knows that streak is intact only because there wasn't a midseason showcase last year. In his third and final season with Dallas, when there wasn't an NHL All-Star game because of the Olympics, Guerin had only 40 points (13 goals and 27 assists) in 70 games.

NHL All-Stars welcome home U.S. troops (AP)
Army Spc. Cody Anderson expected a routine layover Tuesday when he and about 100 military members stopped in Texas at the start of a two-week break from duties in Iraq. Instead, Anderson saw former Michigan State goalie and current Buffalo Sabres All-Star Ryan Miller waiting for him in a reception line.

Players like new streamlined uniforms (AP)
National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman addresses the media as he helps introduce the new NHL uniform , seen in red and blue, during a press conference in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007.

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...


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.

Leafs F Wellwood to miss eight weeks (AP)
Forward Kyle Wellwood underwent successful hernia surgery and is expected to be out of the Toronto Maple Leafs' lineup for eight weeks, the team announced Tuesday. The 23-year-old Wellwood hasn't played since Dec. 19 with what was originally diagnosed as a groin injury. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound has registered nine goals and 22 assists in 35 games this season.

Jerry Bonkowski: "Deadbeat owner"

Earnhardt defends stepmother in wake of criticism (AP)
After a rival driver called Teresa Earnhardt a ``deadbeat owner,'' Dale Earnhardt Jr. was put in the uncomfortable position of sticking up for the stepmother he's often at odds with.

NASCAR revamps All-Star race (AP)
NASCAR made another slight adjustment Tuesday, revamping the format of its annual All-Star event to add at least one more driver.

Michael Waltrip enjoying new role (AP)
Michael Waltrip understands he must share his years of experience if his latest venture is to succeed.

NASCAR driver Truex charged with disorderly intoxication (AP)
Two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr. apologized Tuesday for being charged last week with disorderly intoxication. A Volusia County Beach Patrol officer saw Truex urinating on his car in a parking garage early last Friday, according to a police report. Capt. Rich Gardner, who said he smelled alcohol on Truex's breath, repeatedly asked Truex to place his hands behind his back so he...

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.

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.

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