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NEWS FROM 2007-01-31
Giants get termination rights with Bonds
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070131/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 gave the San Francisco Giants the right to terminate his $15.8 million, one-year contract if he is indicted.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jordan talks smack after Wizards win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070131/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_pistons_wizards"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070127/capt.dtp10801270314.wizards_pistons_basketball_dtp108.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=KmX0Z1zw.JY3e6bTR5J89g--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas (0) drives on Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even a knee injury to Antawn Jamison couldn't mask the significance of a victory over the Detroit Pistons, a Washington Wizards win so big that even coach Eddie Jordan threw trash-talking caution to the wind — at least for a second.</p><br clear="all"/>
Getting inside a great receiver's mind
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070131/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_super_bowl_harrison"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070130/capt.mds14101301852.super_bowl_football_mds141.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=_sIqeUk1lStREuBcMe99cA--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison talks to reporters during Media Day for Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007. The Indianapolis Colts will face the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl in Miami on Sunday, Feb. 4. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tick, tock, tick, tock. For 3,600 seconds Tuesday, reclusive Colts receiver Marvin Harrison sat patiently and fielded questions he wouldn't think of availing himself for on a normal day. But this is the Super Bowl, and this was media day. And only under auspices as grand as these would one of the NFL's best receivers consent to talk.</p><br clear="all"/>
Thrashers horde points by beating Devils
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070131/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_devils_thrashers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070131/capt.gaja10201310307.devils_thrashers_hockey_gaja102.jpg?x=130&y=77&sig=WYkddBm1lOteDJqL3H0NTw--" align="left" height="77" width="130" alt="Atlanta Thrashers right wing Marian Hossa (18), of Slovakia, puts a shot past New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur during a shootout in their hockey game in Atlanta Tuesday, January 30, 2006. Atlanta won 5-4.(AP Photo/John Amis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Facing a fellow division leader, the Atlanta Thrashers couldn't afford to let even a point get away. Marian Hossa delivered the decisive goal in a shootout as the Atlanta Thrashers edged the New Jersey Devils 5-4 on Tuesday night after blowing a two-goal lead.</p><br clear="all"/>
Barbaro's surgeon has empty feeling
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070131/ap_on_sp_ot/rac_barbaro_day_after"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070130/capt.pamr10501301922.barbaro_day_after_horse_racing_pamr105.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=I_WW.wR1sOlChKZMMD5cXQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Chief surgeon Dr. Dean Richardson makes remarks at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center for Large Animals in Kennett Square Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007. Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized Monday, Jan. 29, 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 - For the last eight months, one of Dean Richardson's first stops on his morning rounds was Barbaro's ICU stall. Richardson looked into the colt's bright eyes, made sure he was comfortable and formed an emotional bond with the Kentucky Derby winner that maybe only owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson equaled. One day after Barbaro was euthanized, the morning rounds felt terribly empty.</p><br clear="all"/>
Singletary interviews for Cowboys job
AP - Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary has been a motivational speaker, written four books and co-founded a company that provides leadership training since his playing career ended. On Tuesday, he made his pitch to be head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
Croshere, Mavs win 14th straight at home
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070131/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_supersonics_mavericks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070131/capt.dna10501310414.supersonics_mavericks_basketball_dna105.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=n4gRS3XLlj.tWgrPMuo3lA--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Dallas Mavericks' Austin Croshere (44) watches his 3-point shot score as Seattle SuperSonics' Earl Watson (25) looks on during the fourth quarter of their basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007. Croshere scored a career-high 34 points in the Mavericks' 122-102 win. (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dirk Nowitzki was off his game and Josh Howard was out for the birth of his first child, so Austin Croshere had to pick up the slack for the Dallas Mavericks.</p><br clear="all"/>
Black likes his No. 5 starter in Wells
AP - New Padres manager Bud Black ran into his No. 5 starter — David Wells — on Tuesday at Petco Park and liked what he saw.
AC Milan acquires soccer great Ronaldo
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070131/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_ac_milan_ronaldo"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070130/capt.xap20101302020.italy_soccer_ac_milan_ronaldo_xap201.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=T3HdhcpwGTKBikMqP6S2nA--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Soccer player Ronaldo arrives at a hotel in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, after he joined AC Milan from Real Madrid. The 30-year-old Brazil striker joined Milan until 2008, the same length as the remainder of his contract at Madrid, the Italian team said. The clubs reportedly agreed to a euro7.5 million (US$9.73 million) transfer fee. (AP Photo/Alberto Pellaschiar)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ronaldo's farewell to Real Madrid didn't include any fond words for coach Fabio Capello. The World Cup's all-time leading scorer left Madrid for AC Milan on Tuesday, returning to Italy's Serie A for a reported $9.73 million transfer fee. The 30-year-old Brazil striker will join Milan until 2008 — the same length as the remainder of his contract at Madrid.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wild finally break away, beat Blues 5-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070131/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_wild_blues"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070131/capt.motg10201310206.wild_blues_hockey_motg102.jpg?x=73&y=130&sig=7YMPPfytW3uGJh9JtZ2XuA--" align="left" height="130" width="73" alt="Minnesota Wild's Pierre-Marc Bouchard celebrates his goal in the first period of a hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Minnesota Wild came up empty on three breakaways, and still won going away.</p><br clear="all"/>
James C. Black: Super special
Media day features long Harrison query (AP)
Tick, tock, tick, tock. For 3,600 seconds Tuesday, reclusive Colts receiver Marvin Harrison sat patiently and fielded questions he wouldn't think of availing himself for on a normal day. But this is the Super Bowl, and this was media day. And only under auspices as grand as these would one of the NFL's best receivers consent to talk.
Ravens LB Lewis withdraws from Pro Bowl (AP)
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis withdrew from the Pro Bowl because of a hand injury he sustained in a playoff loss to Indianapolis. Lewis' place on the AFC roster will be filled by teammate Bart Scott, who was an alternate and will be making his first appearance in the game in Honolulu. Lewis was a first alternate who replaced injured linebacker Al Wilson of the Denver Broncos.
Cowboys interview Mike Singletary (AP)
Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary has been a motivational speaker, written four books and co-founded a company that provides leadership training since his playing career ended. On Tuesday, he made his pitch to be head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Singletary was the eighth -- and most likely last -- candidate to be interviewed by Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones about replacing...
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.
Browns TE Winslow undergoes knee surgery (AP)
Browns tight end Kellen Winslow underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove scar tissue and repair cartilage damage in his right knee. Winslow, who injured the knee in a May 2005 motorcycle accident, was released from the Cleveland Clinic and is expected to make a full recovery. Team physician Dr.
Troy Smith wants Browns to draft him (AP)
Usually the one avoiding pressure, Troy Smith is putting the heat on the Cleveland Browns. Ohio State's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback is lobbying his hometown team to select him in April's NFL draft, and he isn't missing any chance to remind the Browns that he'll be available to them soon. Smith was named the area's outstanding collegiate athlete at Monday night's Greater Cleveland Sports...
Autopsy: Gunshot to neck killed Williams (AP)
Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams died from a gunshot to his neck early New Year's Day, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday. The Denver medical examiner's report said the 23-year-old Williams was pronounced dead about 2:35 a.m. after he was shot while riding in a limousine. The report showed Williams' blood-alcohol level was 0.05 percent.
Kiel cited for urinating in public (AP)
Chargers strong safety Terrence Kiel was cited for urinating in public last month, his second run-in with the law in less than three months and the eighth by a San Diego player since April. Maria Velasquez, spokeswoman for City Attorney Mike Aguirre, confirmed that Kiel was cited and released by police outside a nightclub in the Gaslamp Quarter at 1:50 a.m.
Indy to announce bid for 2011 Super Bowl (AP)
As the Colts chase a Super Bowl title, Indianapolis is pursuing another prize: the chance to host the NFL's title game. Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, Gov. Mitch Daniels and other business and community leaders planned a news conference Wednesday to discuss the city's proposed bid for the 2011 Super Bowl.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Boston's empty 'tank'
The sad Celtics seem to be going back to Danny Ainge's old master plan: losing games and hopefully winning the lottery.
Jamison injured but Wizards beat Pistons (AP)
Even a knee injury to Antawn Jamison couldn't mask the significance of a victory over the Detroit Pistons, a Washington Wizards win so big that even coach Eddie Jordan threw trash-talking caution to the wind -- at least for a second. "That team is a very good team. Are we done with them?" Jordan asked.
Lakers lose as Kobe serves suspension (AP)
Even with Kobe Bryant banned from the arena, the New York Knicks knew not to expect an easy game. The Los Angeles Lakers certainly didn't give them one. The Knicks held off a late rally Tuesday night, handing the Lakers their season-high third straight loss with a 99-94 victory. Bryant was suspended one game without pay earlier Tuesday for hitting San Antonio's Manu Ginobili in the face late in the...
Pavlovic shines, Cavs win without LeBron (AP)
LeBron James rested his smarting toe, and Sasha Pavlovic made sure the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't stub theirs. Pavlovic scored a career-high 24 points filling in for his injured teammate and the Cavaliers rolled without their superstar, pounding the Golden State Warriors 124-97 on Tuesday night. James missed his second game in a less than a week with a sprained right big toe, an injury that isn't...
Wade, Heat rout Bucks without Shaq (AP)
Having done enough damage in the first three quarters, Dwyane Wade got to sit out the fourth against the Milwaukee Bucks. Wade scored 28 points on 12-for-17 shooting from the field, and watched the final period from the bench as the Miami Heat beat the Bucks 110-80 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Croshere, Mavs win 14th straight at home (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki was off his game and Josh Howard was out for the birth of his first child, so Austin Croshere had to pick up the slack for the Dallas Mavericks. Croshere had a career-high 34 points and seven rebounds as the Mavericks beat the Seattle SuperSonics 122-102 on Tuesday night, stretching their home winning streak to 14 games.
Pacers hand Celtics 12th straight loss (AP)
The Boston Celtics went to Indiana guaranteeing their three-week losing streak would end and went home with more disappointment. The Pacers beat the Celtics 103-96 on Tuesday night to give Boston its 12th straight loss. Boston guard Delonte West made the guarantee in a story published Tuesday in the Boston Globe and Indiana forward Jermaine O'Neal took exception.
Eddie Jones waived, could rejoin Heat (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies waived guard Eddie Jones on Tuesday after agreeing to a buyout of his contract. Jones didn't play in Monday night's victory over Sacramento, and The Commercial Appeal reported Tuesday that he had agreed to a buyout. Jerry West, the team's president of basketball operations, announced in a statement that the guard had been waived.
Hornets' Paul returns to practice (AP)
New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul returned to practice for the first time in a month Tuesday to test his sprained right ankle. Paul, the NBA's rookie of the year last season, has been sidelined since severely spraining the ankle when he came down on the foot of Seattle's Johan Petro in a game on Dec.
Garnett has 44, Suns' streak ends 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...
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.
Briere has hat trick, Sabres rout Bruins (AP)
Daniel Briere's hat trick and a visit from the slumping Boston Bruins were more than enough to bring the Buffalo Sabres out of their funk. Briere netted his second career three-goal game, and Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek added a goal and an assist each to give the Sabres a 7-1 victory over the Bruins on Tuesday night.
Conroy leads Flames by Kings after trade (AP)
Craig Conroy scored twice against his former team in his first game with his new club, leading the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. The Flames acquired Conroy from the Kings on Monday in a trade for Jamie Lundmark and two draft picks. The sold-out crowd didn't wait long to welcome Conroy back to Calgary, applauding when he took the ice for pregame warmups and...
Avs snap Predators' four-game win streak (AP)
Peter Budaj leaned back in his locker and ran his fingers through his sweaty hair. "I felt good," the Colorado Avalanche goalie said after a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. Predators coach Barry Trotz would use something a little stronger than good. "He made some outstanding saves," Trotz said.
Stars activate Modano from IR (AP)
The Dallas Stars activated center Mike Modano from injured reserve Tuesday, and he was expected to play in the team's game at San Jose after being sidelined for nearly two months. Modano, who missed 23 games since Dec. 4 with a hip and groin injury, skated hard during practice Monday and said he felt good after the workout.
Hossa lifts Thrashers over Devils in SO (AP)
Facing a fellow division leader, the Atlanta Thrashers couldn't afford to let even a point get away. Marian Hossa delivered the decisive goal in a shootout as the Atlanta Thrashers edged the New Jersey Devils 5-4 on Tuesday night after blowing a two-goal lead. "That was two huge points for us," said Ilya Kovalchuk, who scored two goals.
Zetterberg, Red Wings rally past Isles (AP)
Once the Detroit Red Wings erased their big deficit, finishing off the New York Islanders came easy. Henrik Zetterberg capped Detroit's rally by scoring at 2:57 of overtime and giving the Red Wings a 4-3 win over the Islanders on Tuesday night. Detroit, which hasn't been shut out this season, trailed 3-0 at the start of the third period but quickly erased that deficit and set the stage for...
Surging Pens, Fleury shut out Panthers (AP)
These Pittsburgh Penguins must be for real. They're even beating the Florida Panthers. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots, and the Penguins ended a nearly five-year home losing streak against the Panthers by winning 3-0 Tuesday night. And they did it without any goals from Sidney Crosby or Mark Recchi.
Antropov's third-period goals lift Leafs (AP)
Nik Antropov is out to prove the Toronto Maple Leafs can score -- and win -- without their injured stars. Antropov scored two goals in the third period to lead Toronto to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. "You can see the last few games, everybody was kind of scoring -- young guys take it on their shoulders, and older guys step up and everybody played equal," Antropov...
Lecavalier, Lightning edge Flyers in SO (AP)
Vincent Lecavalier's new shooting style paid off in an overtime victory for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lecavalier scored in regulation and then added a goal in the tiebreaker as the Lightning extended Philadelphia's franchise-worst home losing streak to 11 with a 4-3 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday night.
Jerry Bonkowski: Offseason caps: Mears, Biffle, Edwards, Stewart
One driver could be the season's surprise while three others look to return to form.
Speeds go up at NASCAR test in Las Vegas. (AP)
The best word to describe the reconfigured 1.5-mile track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is fast.
Cal Ripken to drive Daytona 500 pace car (PA SportsTicker)
Cal Ripken, who displayed remarkable drive during his Hall of Fame baseball career, will drive the pace car at next month's Daytona 500.
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.