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NEWS FROM 2007-02-02
Johnson says Belichick ignored condition
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070202/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_patriots_johnson_concussions"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070202/capt.ny15102020600.patriots_johnson_concussions_football_ny151.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=KhXj75Vw0dUTdUQVvHTtOw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="New England Patriots' middle linebacker Ted Johnson appears in this 1999 file photo. Johnson, who played 10 years in the NFL, said he began to deteriorate in August 2002 with a concussion during an exhibition game against the New York Giants. (AP Photo/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Former New England Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson said coach Bill Belichick subjected him to hard hits in practice while he was recovering from a concussion — against the advice of the team's top trainer.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wade's huge 4th quarter topples Cavs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070202/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cavaliers_heat"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070202/capt.aaa10702020304.cavaliers_heat_basketball_aaa107.jpg?x=130&y=123&sig=DH8GuPeSN.OznZqSXJHIow--" align="left" height="123" width="130" alt="Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Larry Hughes (32) in the first quarter of a basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)" border="0" /></a>AP - With less than eight minutes remaining, the Miami Heat were in a 12-point hole and their superstar guard had already established a franchise record for most turnovers in a game. "I knew it had to get better," Dwyane Wade said. And it did.</p><br clear="all"/>
Eagles coach's sons under investigation
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070202/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_eagles_reid_s_sons"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070201/capt.px10202011941.reid_sons_investigated_px102.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=_3r2fK0oE8bDWT4OeuyK1Q--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, right, reacts to the crowd as he and his sons Garrett, left, and Britt, center, walk off the field after the Eagles beat the New York Giants 24-21 to become the NFC East division champions Dec. 30, 2001, in Philadelphia. Britt Reid, 21, was accused of pulling a gun on a motorist following a traffic dispute, and Garrett Reid, 24, was found to have drug paraphernalia in his car following a crash, authorities said Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007. Neither brother was immediately charged with a crime.(AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Two of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid's sons are under investigation, one for suspicion of pointing a gun at a motorist, the other for a car accident just hours later, after which police said he admitted using heroin.</p><br clear="all"/>
Stoudemire comes up big against Spurs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070202/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_suns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070202/capt.pnu10102020359.spurs_suns_basketball_pnu101.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=yy.6OJG2UX1W5sXXKVm0fA--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, top, shoots over Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)" border="0" /></a>AP - All-Star Amare Stoudemire had 24 points and 23 rebounds, Leandro Barbosa scored 25 points and the Phoenix Suns rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-87 Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Stars win 2nd in San Jose in 3 days
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070202/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stars_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070202/capt.cata10802020533.stars_sharks_hockey_cata108.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=N01sRrb5l7Bfx16D_VyXkw--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco (35) stops a goal attempted by San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) in the second period of their NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joel Lundqvist and Stu Barnes scored early goals, and the Dallas Stars played sterling defense in their second road victory over the San Jose Sharks in three days, 4-2 Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jets cleared of tampering charges
AP - The Jets were cleared by the NFL on Thursday of tampering charges filed by the New England Patriots in connection with New York's talks with holdout wide receiver Deion Branch.
Guard Jones returns to Miami Heat from Grizzlies
Reuters - Free agent guard Eddie Jones returned to
the Miami Heat on Thursday, two days after being waived by the
Giants catcher Mike Matheny retires
AP - Mike Matheny's decision to retire was made for him. His doctor refused to clear the longtime catcher to play in 2007 after a concussion sidelined him for the final four months of last season.
Tom Hicks joins bid to buy Liverpool
AP - Tom Hicks, owner of the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers, is close to adding England's Liverpool soccer club to his list of sports holdings.
Canucks survive late flurry by Oilers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070202/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_oilers_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070202/capt.rxl10702020509.canucks_oilers_hockey_rxl107.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=f8Z38xtxDNTBBDB4kSkLkw--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks' Henrik Sedin (33) celebrates with his brother and teammate Daniel Sedin and Lukas Krajicek after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of NHL action in Vancouver, Canada, Thursday, February 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Richard Lam,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Markus Naslund's goal with 1:57 left helped the Vancouver Canucks survive a wild four-goal flurry in the final three minutes and beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sharing the spotlight
Bears try to emerge from shadow of '85 (AP)
Recognition comes at unexpected moments, like this one on a Hertz shuttle at the Cleveland airport five years ago. Gary Fencik was wearing a suit, looking more like a businessman than a Monster of the Midway, when some guy struck up a conversation on the way to the terminal. "Hey, I just wanted to let you know I enjoyed the way you played," the man said.
Ex-Pats LB: Coach made me practice hurt (AP)
Former New England Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson said coach Bill Belichick subjected him to hard hits in practice while he was recovering from a concussion -- against the advice of the team's top trainer. Johnson, who helped the Patriots win three Super Bowl titles before retiring two years ago, told The New York Times that a collision with another player during that 2002 practice led to another...
Bears' Rivera in running for Cowboys job (AP)
Ron Rivera's ready when the day arrives. Being a head coach in the NFL is the logical next step. When and where? He's not really sure, even though his name has surfaced for yet another vacancy, this time in Dallas. The Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator, in some ways, has been the victim of his own success.
Police investigating Andy Reid's sons (AP)
Two of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid's sons are under investigation -- one for suspicion of pointing a gun at a motorist, the other for a car accident just hours later, after which police said he admitted using heroin. Britt Reid was questioned by police after a man matching his description in a sport-utility vehicle registered to Andy Reid and his wife brandished a weapon at another driver...
Giants-Miami in London for 2007 season (AP)
The Miami Dolphins will host the New York Giants in a regular-season game in London later this year. A person familiar with the NFL's decision told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Dolphins will move a home game overseas. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement will not be made until after commissioner Roger Goodell's Super Bowl news conference Friday.
Bears work on specifics during practice (AP)
The Chicago Bears worked on third-down plays, their two-minute offense and special teams responsibilities Thursday during practice for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts. The 1-hour, 45-minute session at the University of Miami saw the Bears dressed in shells and shorts. Coach Lovie Smith said the spirited workout mirrored what the team normally does on that day.
Marino watches Manning at Colts practice (AP)
Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino watched one of his friends, Peyton Manning, get back to work Thursday. What he saw was another flawless performance. Manning went through a second straight near-perfect practice at the Miami Dolphins' practice facility as the Indianapolis Colts prepared to face Chicago in the Super Bowl.
NFL clears Jets of tampering charges (AP)
The Jets were cleared by the NFL on Thursday of tampering charges filed by the New England Patriots in connection with New York's talks with holdout wide receiver Deion Branch. The Patriots had given Branch permission to discuss only terms of a contract and not what a team would offer them in a trade.
Cowboys won't name coach until next week (AP)
The Dallas Cowboys won't name Bill Parcells' replacement until after the Super Bowl. In his first public comments since Parcells retired Jan. 22, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Wednesday he wouldn't have a decision on a new coach until next week. Jones has already interviewed eight candidates, and might add to that list.
Steve Nash and Jason Kidd are two no-brainer selections for the NBA All-Star teams' seven-man benches.
Suns bounce back, rally by Spurs 103-87 (AP)
All-Star Amare Stoudemire had 24 points and 23 rebounds, Leandro Barbosa scored 25 points and the Phoenix Suns rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-87 Thursday night. Phoenix, which had its 17-game winning streak snapped by Minnesota on Monday, has won 10 straight at home and 18 of 19 overall. Boris Diaw scored 16 and Steve Nash added 13 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who won for the...
Anthony snubbed for All-Star game (AP)
One bad night may have overshadowed all the good Carmelo Anthony has done this season. The NBA's leading scorer was not among the seven reserves announced Thursday night for the Western Conference team that will play in the NBA All-Star game. Denver teammate Allen Iverson was chosen, extending his streak of consecutive All-Star appearances to eight.
Wade compensates for TOs as Heat win (AP)
With less than eight minutes remaining, the Miami Heat were in a 12-point hole and their superstar guard had already established a franchise record for most turnovers in a game. "I knew it had to get better," Dwyane Wade said. And it did. Wade had 41 points -- including a team-record 24 points in the final quarter -- as Miami pulled off a big rally to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-89 in a game...
Wizards F Jamison out 3-6 weeks (AP)
Wizards forward Antawn Jamison will be sidelined three-to-six weeks with a sprained left knee. Jamison was injured when he banged knees with teammate DeShawn Stevenson in the first quarter of Tuesday's win over Detroit. Jamison, who underwent an MRI on Thursday, won't require surgery and will begin rehabilitation immediately.
Kings' Musselman suspended two games (AP)
Sacramento Kings coach Eric Musselman was suspended two games without pay by the NBA on Thursday for driving under the influence. Musselman was pulled over Oct. 21 while driving after an exhibition game. He registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent, above the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to the arrest report.
Former Spurs star Robertson arrested (AP)
Former Spurs star Alvin Robertson, twice sentenced to jail time for incidents involving former girlfriends, has been arrested on six warrants, including an alleged violation of a protective order. The 44-year-old Robertson, a three-time NBA All-Star with San Antonio in the 1980s, was picked up Wednesday after an officer on routine patrol got a hit for a warrant and pulled over a vehicle Robertson...
Eddie Jones signs deal to return to Heat (AP)
Eddie Jones missed being part of the Miami Heat's first NBA championship. He will, however, play a role in the title defense. The 35-year-old guard, one of Miami's most popular players from 2000 through 2005, signed a contract Thursday to return to the Heat. The deal came two days after Jones was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies, who acquired him from Miami as part of a 13-player, five-team trade in...
Kobe has 43, L.A. runs Celts' skid to 13 (AP)
In Gary Vitti's 23 years as the Los Angeles trainer, a tenure that dates to the great Celtics-Lakers rivalry of the 1980s, he has heard his share of chants from the Boston fans. "Beat L.A.," usually. But cheering for a Lakers player: This was a first. Kobe Bryant returned from his one-game suspension and scored 43 points, helping the Lakers beat the Celtics 111-98 Wednesday night and winning over...
Iverson-less Nuggets fall to Blazers (AP)
Brandon Roy finally went to Jarrett Jack in the corner, and it paid off for the Blazers. Jack had told Roy several times that he was going to be in the corner during Portland's 100-91 victory over the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night. "He kept telling me he was open but when I looked for him, it was like I was kind of open, too," Roy said.
Gary Bettman's reign as NHL commissioner will enter its 15th year on Thursday. His misguided marketing continues to mar the game.
Stars again defeat Sharks on road (AP)
Joel Lundqvist and Stu Barnes scored early goals, and the Dallas Stars played sterling defense in their second road victory over the San Jose Sharks in three days, 4-2 Thursday night. Krys Barch scored his first NHL goal in the third period after sitting out most of the second for fighting, and Jere Lehtinen also scored as the Stars swept their miniseries with the Sharks to pull within three...
Sabres continue domination of Bruins (AP)
Chris Drury fired a pass from behind the net midway through the second period, hoping to set up Brian Campbell. Instead, the puck ricocheted off Brad Stuart's leg and into the net. Watch out NHL, the puck is bouncing the Buffalo Sabres' way again. Drury scored twice and Martin Biron made 33 saves to lead Buffalo to a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
Flyers' home losing streak reaches 12 (AP)
A pair of veteran backliners made the difference on a night a low-scoring rookie defenseman turned into a passing specialist. Brad Lukowich scored with 49.5 seconds left in overtime and the New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia 6-5 on Thursday night, extending the Flyers' franchise-worst, home-losing streak to 12 games.
Lafleur's son charged with sex assault (AP)
Former Montreal Canadiens star Guy Lafleur's 22-year-old son was charged Thursday with sexual assault involving a minor. Mark Lafleur was charged with sexual assault, assault with a weapon, uttering threats and false imprisonment. A bail hearing is scheduled for Monday. "They're devastated," Lafleur's lawyer, Jean-Pierre Rancourt, said of his client's famous hockey family.
Canucks survive late flurry, beat Oilers (AP)
Markus Naslund's goal with 1:57 left helped the Vancouver Canucks survive a wild four-goal flurry in the final three minutes and beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 on Thursday night. Marc Chouinard put the Canucks ahead 3-1 on a two-man breakaway seven minutes into the third, but Toby Peterson closed the gap by jamming a puck under goalie Roberto Luongo with 2:44 left.
Malkin carries Penguins by Habs in SO (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins were introduced to playoff-style hockey by the Montreal Canadiens. The youthful Penguins like the way they responded against an opponent that looked to be trying to intimidate them from the start. The Penguins squandered a two-goal lead late in the third period, but Evgeni Malkin won the shootout by deftly faking out David Aebischer with an inside-out move as Pittsburgh beat...
Holmqvist keeps Lightning hot on road (AP)
Johan Holmqvist didn't need four goals from his Tampa Bay teammates. As sharp as he was, one was plenty. Holmqvist made 31 saves in his first NHL shutout, and the Lightning extended their franchise-record road-winning streak to seven by routing the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 on Thursday night. "The only thing I worry about is my game," Holmqvist said.
Coyotes rally past West-leading Preds (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes enjoyed every bit of an unexpected victory. Struggling to get into playoff contention in the Western Conference, the Coyotes celebrated a big win over the Nashville Predators -- the NHL's top team. Yanic Perreault broke a third-period tie with 5:29 left, lifting the Coyotes to a 3-2 victory Thursday night.
Wild waste three one-goal leads, top Avs (AP)
The eyes of Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire lit up as he talked about the health of Marian Gaborik. "He's back," Lemaire said. "He's all the way back." Gaborik scored two goals -- and teammate Mikko Koivu added another two -- to help the Wild to a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.
Offseason caps: Ky. Busch, Martin, Kahne
Two drivers should return to the Chase while another could finally find his way back to victory lane.
Brazilian sets Indy testing pace at famed Daytona oval (AFP)
Brazil's Tony Kanaan set the practice pace after the conclusion of a two-day Indy-car testing session here at a modified road course at the famed Daytona International Speedway.
Allmendinger prepared for bumpy road in NASCAR (AP)
A.J. Allmendinger has had a roller-coaster two weeks, from the high of getting married at a five-star Florida resort to the low of crashing a pair of race cars in Las Vegas.
Unlike rivals, Tony Stewart stayed out of the headlines during NASCAR's offseason (AP)
Tony Stewart didn't crash a race car, fall from a golf cart or announce pending fatherhood during the offseason.
Former Cup driver Millikan injured in Roush hauler accident (AP)
Former NASCAR driver Joe Millikan was one of two Roush Racing employees injured when their hauler started a chain-reaction accident near a border patrol checkpoint.
Truck hauling NASCAR car involved in multi-vehicle crash in West Texas (AP)
A Roush Racing car hauler crashed into a motor home, setting off a chain-reaction accident involving other vehicles on a far West Texas highway Wednesday.
NASCAR changes qualifying provisional (AP)
NASCAR changed its Nextel Cup past champions provisional Wednesday to limit it to only six uses per season.
Movie 'Dale' captures life of Earnhardt (AP)
Nearly six years after his death, Dale Earnhardt's family is finally in total agreement about something: The biography ``Dale'' definitively captures the life of NASCAR's seven-time champion.