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NEWS FROM 2007-01-29
Barbaro is euthanized
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070129/ap_on_sp_ot/rac_barbaro"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070129/capt.ny12101291816.barbaro_death_ny121.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=gX31fS_7vpucZ7lYIo_IGg--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Barbaro, jockey Edgar Prado up, wins the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., in this May 6, 2006 file photo. Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, after complications from his breakdown at the Preakness last May. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized Monday after complications from his gruesome breakdown at last year's Preakness, ending an eight-month ordeal that prompted an outpouring of support across the country.</p><br clear="all"/>
Curt Schilling says he won't retire
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070129/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_red_sox_schilling"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070129/capt.bx10101291745.red_sox_schilling_bx101.jpg?x=130&y=114&sig=XTljOnyvcAbjGv2ox.I.Vg--" align="left" height="114" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox's Curt Schilling pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in this file photo taken in Boston, Saturday, June 24, 2006. Schilling said Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, that he will not retire at the end of the 2007 season as previously indicated and plans to pitch in 2008. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Boston Red Sox star Curt Schilling said Monday he will not retire at the end of the 2007 season as previously indicated and plans to pitch in 2008.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sharapova goes to No. 1 despite loss
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070129/ap_on_sp_te_ne/ten_sharapova_japan"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070129/capt.ksx10701291153.japan_pan_pacific_tennis_ksx107.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=Q0b.833hj9xP4x7YRKD5kA--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, center, applauds with Ai Sugiyama of Japan, left, and Martina Hingis of Switzerland, right, Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 during a joint presser in Tokyo by players of Toray Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament that starts Tuesday. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maria Sharapova returned to No. 1 in the rankings Monday, and intends to stay there awhile. The Russian overtook Belgium's Justin Henin-Hardenne in the rankings despite a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Serena Williams in Saturday's final of the Australian Open. Sharapova is playing this week in the $1.3 million Pan Pacific Open, a tournament she won in 2005.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pete Sampras to play on over-30 tour
AP - Pete Sampras will play tournament tennis for the first time since 2002, competing on a tour for players over 30, The Associated Press has learned.
Judge blocks Berkeley sports center
AP - A judge blocked construction of a $125 million sports center at the University of California, Berkeley, that has been vigorously opposed by neighbors and city officials.
Bears arrive in Miami
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070129/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_super_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070129/capt.flad10901290114.super_bowl_bears_arrive_flad109.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=_NqT6Wf.kP2VuUfynJn_vw--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Chicago Bears Mike Brown, left, Patrick Mannelly, center, and Brian Urlacher arrive at Miami International Airport in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Touchdown, Bears. The NFC champions arrived by charter plane to begin Super Bowl preparations, beating AFC champion Indianapolis to Miami by more than 24 hours.</p><br clear="all"/>
Suns win 17th straight; Spurs top Lakers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070129/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070128/capt.ohmd11201282107.suns_cavaliers_basketball_ohmd112.jpg?x=110&y=130&sig=LH_71EoOfETtzMu4yPGD7A--" align="left" height="130" width="110" alt="Phoenix Suns' Shawn Marion (31) shoots between Cleveland Cavaliers' Drew Gooden, left, and Donyell Marshall during the fourth quarter of the Suns' 115-100 win in an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AP - LeBron James walked off the court thoroughly impressed by the Phoenix Suns' dominant display of speed and offense.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rockies weigh dealing Helton to Boston
AP - Todd Helton's long run in Denver could end soon. The Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox have been in trade discussions involving Helton for several weeks and those talks apparently are heating up. The team's most recognizable player, Helton has long been a fan favorite in Denver, but he has been beset by injuries and illness the last two seasons, and his power numbers have nose-dived.
Hamm, Garciaparra help cancer fight
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070128/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mia___nomar"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070128/capt.cabk10201282321.mia_and_nomar_cabk102.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=m3Jv0i52H48C.DLK04iYhg--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Dodger baseball player Nomar Garciaparra, along with his wife soccer player, Mia Hamm, introduce Anthony Arroyo, 8, of Fresno, Calif., during a bone marrow drive at Garciaparra's former high school, St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007. Arroyo is a former patient at Children's Hospital Los Angeles where he received a marrow tansplant. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)" border="0" /></a>AP - Some six months pregnant with twins, Mia Hamm deftly switched the soccer ball from her right foot to her left, then rolled it behind her to keep an eager young defender from taking it away.</p><br clear="all"/>
Blackhawks, Flyers end losing streaks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070129/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070128/capt.cxa10901282320.flames_blackhawks_hockey_cxa109.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=tu52XAMS5SznwjOYn.ZtOQ--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp, left, battles for the puck with Calgary Flames' Eric Godard during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Chicago Blackhawks used a rare power-play goal to snap their 10-game losing streak. Philadelphia goalie Antero Niittymaki ended an even longer personal drought while helping the Flyers end a nine-game skid.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jason Cole: Safety concerns
Bears arrive in Miami for Super Bowl (AP)
Touchdown, Bears. The NFC champions arrived by charter plane to begin Super Bowl preparations, beating AFC champion Indianapolis to Miami by more than 24 hours. With the game still six days away, the Colts have plenty of time to catch up. But Bears coach Lovie Smith was glad to be the first team in town, especially when a balmy breeze greeted him as he stepped off the plane Sunday.
Norv Turner interviews for Cowboys job (AP)
Norv Turner got the best out of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin when he was the Dallas Cowboys' offensive coordinator. He thinks he can do the same with Tony Romo, Terrell Owens and the rest of the club as their next head coach. Turner interviewed for the job Sunday, becoming the seventh -- and likely final -- candidate being considered by owner Jerry Jones.
RB Bush fined $5,000 for taunting Bears (AP)
Reggie Bush was fined $5,000 by the NFL for taunting during his 88-yard touchdown reception in New Orleans' NFC championship game loss at Chicago last week. Although the rookie running was not penalized for pointing back at Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher or for somersaulting into the end zone, he subsequently received the league's standard punishment for taunting.
Bengals WR Henry released from jail (AP)
Bengals receiver Chris Henry was released from jail Saturday after completing a two-day sentence for letting minors drink alcohol in a hotel room he had rented. Henry's guilty plea and two-day sentence settled the last of his four court cases. He has been arrested four times in the last 14 months. As part of his two most recent convictions, Henry must avoid using alcohol and drugs.
Chargers promote Shelmon to coordinator (AP)
The Chargers promoted Clarence Shelmon from running backs coach to offensive coordinator on Friday. He replaces Cam Cameron, who was hired as Miami's head coach a week earlier. Terms of the contract weren't available. Shelmon said he couldn't comment because coach Marty Schottenheimer bars his assistants from speaking with the media.
Wayne thinks Manning's thumb looks fine (AP)
Reggie Wayne doesn't see any problem with Peyton Manning's bruised right thumb. Wayne, a Pro Bowl receiver, said Thursday that he noticed nothing wrong with Manning's throws in practice aside from a few errant passes that are typical. "He threw the ball fine," Wayne said. "He threw a couple of wobblers, but that's normal.
Witten among three added to Pro Bowl (AP)
Tight end Jason Witten and defensive tackles John Henderson and Pat Williams were selected Friday as injury replacements for the Pro Bowl. Witten, sixth in the NFL among tight ends with with 64 catches for 754 yards for Dallas, replaced Jeremy Shockey of the New York Giants. Jacksonville's Henderson replaced New England's Richard Seymour, and Minnesota's Williams is filling in for Chicago's Tommie...
Franco Harris: Tomlin hiring is progress (AP)
Franco Harris remembers the day it would have been a big deal that the Pittsburgh Steelers hired a black coach. When Harris reported to the Steelers as a rookie running back from Penn State in 1972, black assistant coaches were uncommon in the NFL. Starting quarterbacks and middle linebackers were almost exclusively white.
Jaguars hire Mike Shula as QBs coach (AP)
Former Alabama coach Mike Shula was hired as the quarterbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday. Coach Jack Del Rio and Shula reached a deal at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., and the team expected a contract to be signed early next week. Shula went 26-23 in four years at Alabama, but was 0-8 against Southeastern Conference West rivals LSU and Auburn.
Steve Kerr: The Clipper question
Suns win 17th in a row, defeat Cavs (AP)
Now more than halfway to a once-thought-untouchable record, the Phoenix Suns aren't focused on their winning streak. Steve Nash simply won't allow it. Nash scored 23 points and kept Phoenix's high-energy offense purring with 15 assists as the Suns extended their winning streak to 17 games -- the NBA's longest in seven years -- by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-100 on Sunday.
Finley's 3 lifts Spurs over Lakers in OT (AP)
Michael Finley was often the No. 1 option in his 8 1/2 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks. It's a different story in San Antonio, where he comes off the bench and is well down the list. But Finley got the ball with the game on the line Sunday as the Los Angeles Lakers swarmed Tim Duncan, and his 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in overtime gave the cold-shooting Spurs an improbable 96-94 victory.
Pistons' Saunders earns 500th career win (AP)
Chris Webber doesn't play like Ben Wallace. He doesn't even play like the young Chris Webber. That doesn't mean he isn't helping the Detroit Pistons. Webber joined his hometown team earlier this month and the move has rejuvenated Rasheed Wallace and the rest of the Pistons. Webber and Wallace combined for 37 points, 20 rebounds and eight blocks Sunday to help coach Flip Saunders pick up his 500th...
Bulls' Wallace has no structural damage (AP)
An MRI on the left knee of Chicago Bulls center Ben Wallace on Sunday revealed no structural damage after a collision with Miami's Udonis Haslem. Wallace was helped off the floor with just over 5 minutes left in Saturday's 100-97 victory after Haslem's head hit his knee. Wallace, who had 15 rebounds, is listed as day to day.
Wizards stay hot, roll by slumping Celts (AP)
Antawn Jamison knew the Washington Wizards were primed for a letdown, especially coming off their biggest win of the season and facing the slumping Boston Celtics. "Our Achilles' heel is that we'll fare well against the pretty good teams in the league -- we'll beat Dallas one day, then lose to the Bobcats," Jamison said.
Clippers cruise to 98-76 over Sonics (AP)
With Sam Cassell knocking down 3-pointers and Elton Brand controlling the inside, the Los Angeles Clippers had a very easy, relaxed Sunday night. Cassell scored 21 points in just 19 minutes, and Brand added 22 as the Clippers routed the Seattle SuperSonics 98-76. Cassell was so good -- hitting all five of his 3-point attempts -- that the 37-year-old veteran rested the entire second and fourth...
Williams' 30 points get Bucks by Knicks (AP)
With the Milwaukee Bucks leading by two with 28 seconds left, Mo Williams didn't want to give the charging New York Knicks another chance. "I told myself, "I'm going to take the shot and if I do miss it, they aren't going to have a lot of time left," Williams said. "I had to set it up right." Williams had 30 points, including an awkward, 20-foot jumper with 3.1 seconds left, and 10 assists to lift...
Shaq chases down hit-and-run driver (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal put his police skills to use early Sunday. O'Neal, the Miami Heat's All-Star center and a reserve officer with the Miami Beach Police Department, followed a driver who allegedly crashed into his Cadillac Escalade and tried to flee the scene, the team said. O'Neal and bodyguard Jerome Crawford followed the driver for about five minutes.
Lakers' Walton out with sprained ankle (AP)
Just when the Los Angeles Lakers get an injured starter back, another goes out. Luke Walton, who likely will miss at least a week with a sprained right ankle, said Sunday it had improved significantly. "Today's the first day I can put pressure on it," Walton said before the Lakers played the San Antonio Spurs.
Surging Canucks win, gain Northwest lead (AP)
Roberto Luongo likes to stay busy in goal. San Jose's biggest mistake may have been obliging him early. Luongo made 32 of his 38 saves in the first two periods, keeping Vancouver in the game before two quick goals sparked the Canucks to a 3-1 win over the Sharks on Sunday night. "They were throwing everything at the net, but at the same time that sometimes gets me in a groove and makes me feel...
All-Star viewership plunges 76 percent (AP)
TV watchers didn't exactly warm up to the NHL's midweek All-Star game, which experienced a 76 percent drop in household viewership from the previous All-Star game in 2004. Wednesday night's game in Dallas drew a 0.7 Nielsen rating on Versus, the cable channel formerly known as OLN. The game was viewed in an estimated 474,298 households and by 672,948 viewers, down from the 1,985,000 households that...
Giguere returns, helps Ducks past Stars (AP)
Jean-Sebastien Giguere refused to blame the Anaheim Ducks' recent skid on injuries to himself and defensemen Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin. Now that they're all back, there are no excuses. Andy McDonald scored twice and Teemu Selanne had a goal and an assist, leading the Ducks to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Wings end three-game skid, beat Avs 3-1 (AP)
Dominik Hasek had an easy game one day before his 42nd birthday. Hasek stopped 11 shots to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak. "That was my lowest amount of shots in a long time," Hasek said. Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom each had a goal and an assist and Kirk Maltby also scored for the Red Wings.
Blackhawks stop losing streak at 10 (AP)
The Chicago Blackhawks' NHL-worst power play finally came through. Denis Arkhipov's second goal of the game, on the power play at 2:53 of overtime, lifted the Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday and snapped Chicago's 10-game losing streak. "It's a big win for us," Arkhipov said.
Flyers end nine-game losing streak (AP)
Antero Niittymaki is looking forward to his next game against the Atlanta Thrashers. Jeff Carter scored two goals, including the game-winner with 1:02 remaining, as the Philadelphia Flyers snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday. It was also Philadelphia goalie Niittymaki's first win since a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Nov.
Hall of Famer Worsley remembered (AP)
Gump Worsley looked a bit out of place in goal during his 21-year NHL career -- until they dropped the puck. Then, the roly-poly maskless man in the net was at his nimble best. Worsley, who died Friday at 77 after suffering a heart attack last Monday, used his 5-foot-7, 180-pound frame to forge a Hall of Fame career and help the Montreal Canadiens win four Stanley Cups in a five-year span.
Sabres lose season-high third straight (AP)
The New York Islanders caught the Buffalo Sabres at the right time. Randy Robitaille scored with 3:09 left in regulation to help rally New York to a 5-3 victory over Buffalo on Saturday night. Robitaille picked off a clearing attempt on the left side and launched a 45-foot slap shot that got past a screened Ryan Miller to give the Islanders their first win at home since Dec.
Predators win 14th in a row from Blues (AP)
The Nashville Predators can do no wrong against the St. Louis Blues. Martin Erat and Steve Sullivan scored two goals apiece to lead the Predators to a 6-3 victory over the Blues on Saturday night. Nashville beat St. Louis for the sixth time this season -- and 14th straight overall -- with the first five victories this season coming by one goal, including three in overtime.
Crosby, Recchi power Pens over Coyotes (AP)
Another game, another highlight for Sidney Crosby. Crosby scored on a backhand shot as he fell to the ice and added three assists, and Mark Recchi also had a goal and three assist, to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. With the Penguins holding a two-goal lead early in the third, Crosby gained control of the puck near the inside of the edge of...
Bob Margolis: Rolex 24 at Daytona observations
Montoya, Duran and Pruett grab Daytona 24-hour win (AFP)
Former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia joined American Scott Pruett and Mexico's Salvador Duran in winning the 45th running of the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Edwards to run in season-opening NCTS race at Daytona (PA SportsTicker)
Carl Edwards apparently is not satisfied with simply running a double-duty schedule.
Montoya leads team to Daytona endurance victory (AP)
The only thing that bothered Juan Pablo Montoya on the way to a victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway was having to get out of the car. Montoya shared one of Chip Ganassi Racing's Lexus Riley Daytona Prototypes with road racing veteran Scott Pruett and Daytona rookie Salvador Duran.
Johnson having great time in endurance race. (AP)
Jimmie Johnson is a serious racer, but he has found it hard to stop smiling since getting to Daytona International Speedway this week. For Johnson, this weekend's Rolex 24 sports car endurance race is a busman's holiday, a chance to do something a little different and just enjoy himself in a race car.
Actor Nicolas Cage named Daytona 500 Grand Marshal (PA SportsTicker)
At least for one day, Nicolas Cage will take his act from the big screen to the asphalt.
Texas Motor Speedway alleviates 'Dale's Dip' (AP)
Texas Motor Speedway completed a project Friday to alleviate "Dale's Dip" -- a 200-foot section of track between Turns 1 and 2 that got its name after complaints by NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. last fall. The process to "pump up" the surface below the track and raise targeted areas was expected to take only two days, but wasn't finished until Friday.
NASCAR hopes to dial up compromise in sponsorship dispute (AP)
A sponsorship dispute is pitting one of NASCAR's most respected team owners against one of its biggest revenue sources, leaving officials hustling to work out a compromise two weeks before the start of the season.
NASCAR breaks ground on Hall of Fame (AP)
With dozens of famous drivers, car owners and crew chiefs on hand, NASCAR broke ground on its long-awaited Hall of Fame on Thursday, promising to properly honor its rich history.