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NEWS FROM 2007-01-30
Sad day for racing: Barbaro euthanized
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070130/ap_on_sp_ot/rac_barbaro"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070129/capt.pamr11201292242.barbaro_death_pamr112.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=luQIsDS2ilRPkiLmIz.w9A--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Chief surgeon Dr. Dean Richardson makes remarks as Barbaro's co-owner Gretchen Jackson looks on at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center for Large Animals in Kennett Square Pa, Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 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. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)" border="0" /></a>AP - So many people felt a stake in Barbaro's recovery. They imagined his pain, grimaced each time he faltered, took heart as each day passed and he was still alive, making painfully slow progress.</p><br clear="all"/>
Suns hit roadblock as Wolves end streak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070130/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_suns_timberwolves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070130/capt.mnjm10301300214.suns_timberwolves_basketball_mnjm103.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=gvIC0N8SmGC6wnc4vXBtCw--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett slam dunks in first quarter against the Phoenix Suns in an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - The hard-driving Phoenix Suns had been blowing through the NBA in January, piling up points, highlights and victories at breakneck speed. They finished the month just one win away from perfection after crashing into a 6-foot-11 road block named Kevin Garnett.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds, Giants finally complete deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070130/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_giants_bonds_contract"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070130/capt.cajc10401300228.giants_bonds_contract_baseball___cajc104.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=YMbcA2E6_XxIjOonLNqdWw--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds right, walks to his car with Giants' Executive Vice President Larry Baer at AT&T Park after finishing a physical in San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 29, 2007. Bonds and the Giants have finalized a one-year contract, a baseball official said.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds is back with his hometown team, his body feels great and he's ready to chase down Hank Aaron — no matter how long it takes.</p><br clear="all"/>
Colts finally arrive for Super Bowl
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070130/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_super_bowl_colts"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070130/capt.flmc11101300242.super_bowl_football_flmc111.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=PT0X81jNpX2jmRbKL8AEAA--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy answers questions at the team hotel in Ft. Lauderdale , Fla. Monday, Jan. 29, 2007. The Colts face the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI in Miami Feb. 4. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts are in Florida to win a Super Bowl. The partying can begin next week.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dryden's No. 29 retired by Canadiens
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070130/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_canadiens_dryden_jersey"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070130/capt.pch10701300120.canadiens_dryden_hockey_pch107.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=gEAdgbyWqp0tUdC4Y2W8HQ--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Ken Dryden waves as he introduced at the Bell Centre as his jersey is retired during a pre-game ceremony Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 in Montreal. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ken Dryden struck the pose he made so famous in the crease one more time as the Montreal Canadiens bestowed their biggest honor upon him.</p><br clear="all"/>
Super Bowl security a massive effort
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070130/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_super_bowl_security"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070129/capt.fljr11301291923.super_bowl_bears_football_fljr113.jpg?x=130&y=77&sig=yQiV5k_leufx6SvVNhTGZg--" align="left" height="77" width="130" alt="The Chicago Bears arrive for their first practice at the University of Miami under heavy security Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 in Coral Gables, Fla. The Bears will take on the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI Sunday, Feb. 4, in Miami. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gavin moved quickly around the spacious convention center, searching for a hidden bomb. Near a glass box containing a fire extinguisher, he sniffed the air and abruptly sat down. Inside was a pound of live high explosives, wrapped in black plastic.</p><br clear="all"/>
Basketball: T-wolves snap Suns' NBA win streak at 17 games
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070130/sp_afp/basketnbasunstimberwolves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070130/capt.sge.nbn62.300107083343.photo00.photo.default-512x370.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=P2oVl385fbnApkmcv.aVwA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Kevin Garnett and Mike James of the of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Garnett scored 44 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped Phoenix's 17-game National Basketball Association win streak, defeating the Suns 121-112.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Harry How)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Kevin Garnett scored 44 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped Phoenix's club-record 17-game National Basketball Association win streak, defeating the Suns 121-112 here Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
NY Yankees swing for first base in China
Reuters - The New York Yankees will send coaches,
scouts and marketing personnel to China and train Chinese
players at facilities overseas in a bid to boost baseball in
the world's biggest market, top executives said on Tuesday.
Salt Lake mayor nixes soccer stadium
AP - Calling it an "unsafe investment," the Salt Lake County major said Monday that he won't support $30 million in taxes for a soccer stadium, a major blow to Real Salt Lake's plan to move to the suburbs.
Canadiens salute Dryden, beat Sens
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070130/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_senators_canadiens"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070130/capt.pch11201300138.canadiens_dryden_hockey_pch112.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=n9nvkylgBf8hiqcEtNIR2A--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Ken Dryden is helped by Canadiens Saku Koivu, left, and Cristobal Huet raising the banner at the Bell Centre as his jersey is retired during a pre-game ceremony Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 in Montreal. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Despite a shaky start, the Montreal Canadiens got superb goaltending on a night they honored one of their greatest netminders.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jason Cole: Break the silence?
Colts finally arrive for Super Bowl (AP)
Tony Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts are in Florida to win a Super Bowl. The partying can begin next week. The Colts arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Monday, a day later than the Chicago Bears and most other recent Super Bowl teams, because they wanted to make this a business as usual week amid the torrent of the usual circus-like environment.
Dungy overcomes tragedy to chase ring (AP)
After his brother died in an auto accident last September, Reggie Wayne returned to the Indianapolis Colts to find Tony Dungy waiting to console him -- as only a man who has been through his own personal tragedies can do. "I was at the lowest point," Wayne recalled last week. "Just to hear it from someone who has been through it helps you a lot.
Bears' Grossman accustomed to criticism (AP)
Rex Grossman's baseball cap was on backwards and there was some beard stubble on his face. Less than a week before the Super Bowl, the Chicago Bears quarterback was relaxed and at ease. "I'm having a blast," he said Monday. Grossman was thoughtful as he answered questions during a press conference. After all, there's practically nothing he hasn't been asked this season.
Cowboys to interview Mike Singletary (AP)
Add Mike Singletary to the list of candidates to become coach of the Dallas Cowboys. The Hall of Fame linebacker will interview Tuesday with team owner Jerry Jones. He'll become the eighth candidate considered to replace Bill Parcells. Best known for his ferocious play with the Chicago Bears, Singletary is a Houston native who played college football at Baylor.
Raiders name Knapp offensive coordinator (AP)
The Raiders hired former Atlanta offensive coordinator Greg Knapp to fill the same job in Oakland, giving first-year coach Lane Kiffin an experienced coordinator to ease his transition from college to the NFL. Knapp spent the previous three seasons with the Falcons before being let go when coach Jim Mora was fired after the season and replaced by Bobby Petrino.
Chris Palmer hired as Giants QBs coach (AP)
Former Cleveland Browns coach Chris Palmer was hired as quarterbacks coach of the New York Giants, taking over the job of making Eli Manning a more consistent player. "I had Chris speak with Eli the other day and they talked for about 20-25 minutes," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said in announcing the hiring Monday.
Broncos hire two new assistant coaches (AP)
The Denver Broncos hired Joe Baker as their linebackers coach and Scott O'Brien as their special teams coach Monday. O'Brien replaces Ronnie Bradford, who was demoted to assistant defensive backs coach after four years in charge of the Broncos' special teams, which faltered badly this past season. Baker has been an NFL assistant for 11 seasons, most recently with St.
Cardinals add Carthon, Anderson to staff (AP)
Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt hired Maurice Carthon as his running backs coach and Richie Anderson as his tight ends coach Monday. Anderson, who played for 13 seasons as a fullback with the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, was an assistant wide receivers/tight ends coach with the Jets last season.
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.
Steve Kerr: Solar flare
With 17 straight victories, the streaking Suns shot over Dallas and into the rankings' top spot.
Garnett's 44 help end Suns' streak at 17 (AP)
The hard-driving Phoenix Suns had been blowing through the NBA in January, piling up points, highlights and victories at breakneck speed. They finished the month just one win away from perfection after crashing into a 6-foot-11 road block named Kevin Garnett. Garnett almost single-handedly snapped the Suns' 17-game winning streak, scoring 44 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in Minnesota's 121-112...
Nets beat Jazz on Carter's 3 at buzzer (AP)
With a five-game road trip finally about to end, Vince Carter had a choice between trying to extend it another few minutes or take a shot at ending it from 35 feet away. Carter opted against the overtime and beat the buzzer and the Utah Jazz with a 3-pointer that gave New Jersey a 116-115 win Monday, ending a trip that started miserably with consecutive wins.
LeBron says he could miss a few games (AP)
The most famous big toe in town needs pampering, and LeBron James just might give it some. The All-Star forward said Monday he'll consider sitting out Cleveland's next few games to rest his sore right toe, which he injured on a recent road trip and aggravated during Sunday's game against Phoenix. After missing Friday's game at Philadelphia, James returned and scored 30 points in 42 minutes against...
Sprewell named in $200M palimony suit (AP)
The mother of four of former NBA star Latrell Sprewell's children sued him for $200 million Monday, alleging Sprewell broke their long-term cohabitation deal and roughed her up last month in their Westchester County home. Candace Cabbil brought the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, saying Sprewell recently ended the arrangement that developed after they met in 1989 when both attended the...
Rockets use strong defense to beat 76ers (AP)
The Houston Rockets have relied mostly on their stingy defense since Yao Ming broke his right leg last month. They added some sharp passing on Monday night and routed the Philadelphia 76ers. Tracy McGrady scored 25 points before sitting out the fourth quarter and Rafer Alston had nine of Houston's season-high 31 assists in the Rockets' 105-84 victory.
Bobcats hand Nuggets third straight loss (AP)
Gerald Wallace put a big hurt on Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson. Wallace had 25 points, 13 rebounds and one very big block in the final minute as the Charlotte Bobcats handed the Denver Nuggets their third straight loss, 105-101 Monday night. Iverson (31 points) and Anthony (25) bounced back from a poor shooting night against New Jersey on Saturday night, when they were a combined 11-for-33.
Grizzlies dominate after half, top Kings (AP)
If Pau Gasol is to become the subject of potential deals before next month's trade deadline, he sure is boosting his market value. The Memphis Grizzlies' All-Star forward scored a season-high 34 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a franchise-record eight shots to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 124-117 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.
Johnson's 34 points lift Hawks by Magic (AP)
Joe Johnson's 13th 30-point game, and third in three wins this season against Orlando, left Atlanta coach Mike Woodson wondering how good his leading scorer would be if he played with the same point guard all the time. Johnson scored 22 of his 34 points in the second half to help the Hawks answer a third-quarter challenge and beat the Magic 93-83 on Monday night.
West, Pargo lead Hornets past Blazers (AP)
Jannero Pargo was the Hornets' closer. Pargo scored 12 consecutive points in the fourth quarter for New Orleans and David West had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the Hornets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 103-91 on Monday night. "We had a great team effort throughout the whole game. I just came in in the fourth quarter and I just got into a great rhythm," said Pargo, the backup point guard who...
Dan Wetzel: Unhappy anniversary
Gary Bettman's reign as NHL commissioner will enter its 15th year on Thursday. His misguided marketing continues to mar the game.
Habs retire Dryden's jersey, beat Sens (AP)
Ken Dryden struck the pose he made so famous in the crease one more time as the Montreal Canadiens bestowed their biggest honor upon him. The 6-foot-4 goalie showed the look: hands crossed in front of his face, resting his arms on the goal stick. "Watching, waiting, not doing anything," Dryden said to the sold-out Bell Centre crowd of 21,273 on Monday night.
Prucha helps Rangers rout Bruins 6-1 (AP)
Brendan Shanahan and the New York Rangers are showing an intensity they will need to get back into the playoffs. Shanahan scored on a penalty shot, Petr Prucha had two goals and assisted on another, and linemates Matt Cullen and Jed Ortmeyer also had three points Monday night in the Rangers' 6-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.
Stars' Modano close to returning (AP)
Mike Modano is close to returning to the Dallas Stars lineup for the first time in more than a month. He might even be back Tuesday night. Modano, who has missed 23 games since Dec. 4 with a hip/groin injury, skated hard again during practice Monday in San Jose, where the Stars play against the Shark in their next two games.
Kings deal Conroy to Flames for Lundmark (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings traded center Craig Conroy to the Calgary Flames on Monday for center Jamie Lundmark, a fourth-round pick in this year's NHL entry draft and a second-round selection in the 2008 draft. The 36-year-old Conroy had five goals and 11 assists in 52 games with the Kings this season. He has 145 goals and 277 assists in 739 regular-season games with the Kings, Flames, St.
Penguins start strong in second half (AP)
Maybe this is the breakthrough the Pittsburgh Penguins have awaited since they began rebuilding five years ago. As February approaches -- usually the time they're deciding which veterans to dump at the trading deadline -- the Penguins are an on-the-rise team rather than a fast-fading one. They've won five of six and, in winning their last three games, have outscored Toronto, Dallas and Phoenix by a...
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.
Jerry Bonkowski: Offseason caps: Mears, Biffle, Edwards, Stewart
One driver could be the season's surprise while three others look to return to form.
Kahne fastest on first day of Vegas Test. (AP)
It didn't take Kasey Kahne long to decide he likes the reconfigured 1.5-mile oval at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Expectations rise for Montoya after Rolex win (AP)
When Juan Pablo Montoya grabbed his first major victory since fleeing Formula One, it solidified just what a special talent the Colombian is.
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.