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Magowan sends letter to fans about Bonds (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070203/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_giants_bonds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070131/capt.cadd10101312327.giants_bonds_contract_baseball_cadd101.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=KAIcnBxxtPIoo0FcoRduUA--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Baseball player Barry Bonds demonstrates Bling Software Inc. platform technology on his cell phone at the DEMO conference in Palm Desert, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007. Bonds' contract with the San Francisco Giants isn't final just yet. After the commissioner's office rejected Bonds' $15.8 million, one-year deal because it contained a personal-appearance provision, the team sent revised documents to his agent, Jeff Borris. Baseball's Uniform Player Contract states a player ''agrees to cooperate with the club in any and all reasonable promotional activities.'' Bonds' contract had additional language that the commissioner's office rejected. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)" border="0" /></a>AP - Giants owner Peter Magowan sent a letter to about 27,000 season-ticket holders this week explaining why the club decided to re-sign free agent slugger Barry Bonds for another season.</p><br clear="all"/>

Celtics hit new low, and so does Kidd (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070203/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070203/capt.doa10102030233.nets_magic_basketball_doa101.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=ePCDKjzGGMx8x0xc7r.nJQ--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd, center, passes the ball to a teammaate after getting a loose ball between Orlando Magic guards Jameer Nelson, left, and Keith Bogans during the first half of their basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Boston Celtics have never been this bad, this long. And for one night, Jason Kidd was lousy, too.</p><br clear="all"/>

Packers QB Favre to return for 17th year (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070202/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_packers_favre"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070202/capt.ny15302021746.packers_favre_football_ny153.jpg?x=127&y=130&sig=y_aDR2P2bP2p0BqScPQgHA--" align="left" height="130" width="127" alt="Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre drops back to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings on in this Dec. 21, 2006 photo, in Green Bay, Wis. Favre will return for his 17th NFL season, undeterred by his injuries and hoping to lead the Green Bay Packers back to the playoffs. 'I am so excited about coming back,' the 37-year-old quarterback said Friday on Web site of the Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss. 'We have a good nucleus of young players. We were 8-8 last year, and that's encouraging. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - With subzero temperatures descending and a hated division rival playing in the Super Bowl, Green Bay Packers fans received an unexpected jolt of good news Friday. Brett Favre is back.</p><br clear="all"/>

NFL suffering from serious image issues (AP)
AP - Stadiums were filled to capacity. TV ratings were high. In most ways, this was another great season for the NFL. Except for this: America's favorite league took some serious hits to its image.

Former Falcons CB Ray Buchanan arrested (AP)
AP - Ray Buchanan made headlines as a player the last time the Super Bowl came to South Florida, and he has drawn attention again merely by arriving at the airport.

Titans' owner interviews 2 GM finalists (AP)
AP - Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams narrowed his search for a new general manager, interviewing two finalists Friday from the Seattle Seahawks.

Deng carries Bulls past slumping Sonics (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070203/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bulls_supersonics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070203/capt.wajb10402030453.bulls_supersonics_basketball_wajb104.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=mdmy9Dh3cSHgD_EZPFHn7Q--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="Chicago Bulls' Ben Gordon, of England, heads upcourt after grabbing a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, in Seattle. Seattle's Earl Watson is at right. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)" border="0" /></a>AP - There were 208 points and 76 baskets. After all, this is the NBA. Yet all anyone wanted to talk about afterward was defense. Luol Deng had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Andres Nocioni supplied the pivotal scoring down the stretch and Kirk Hinrich wowed Seattle's Ray Allen with relentless defense that the Chicago Bears could use later this weekend in the Bulls' 107-101 victory over the struggling Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Yanks' Pavano says he's ready to return (AP)
AP - Carl Pavano says he's healthy and ready to pitch again in the major leagues.

Soccer riot leaves police officer dead (AP)
AP - A police officer was killed Friday when fans rioted at a Serie A game between Sicilian sides Catania and Palermo, prompting the Italian soccer federation to postpone all league matches this weekend and cancel next week's national team exhibition game against Romania.

Flames, Red Wings extend winning streaks (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070203/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070203/capt.lmd10702030418.blue_jackets_flames_hockey_lmd107.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=pJaWoVsCfIcpP_znnI4Ncg--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Calgary Flames' Jarome Iginla, center, ends up between Columbus Blue Jackets' Adam Foote, second from left, and Jody Shelley (45) during a scuffle during second-period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Canada,on Friday February 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Larry MacDougal,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Detroit and Calgary extended their home winning streaks Friday night, getting it done with special teams.</p><br clear="all"/>

The first top 50
Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson tops the initial list of the NFL draft's top 50 prospects.

Packers' Favre to return for 17th season (AP)
Maybe he was having too much fun with a young team on the rebound, or couldn't resist going after a few more of Dan Marino's records. Or perhaps, in keeping with Groundhog Day tradition, he poked his head out the front door of his ranch in Mississippi and saw his shadow. Whatever the reasons, Brett Favre will be back for another season with the Green Bay Packers.

Bears stick to routine in final practice (AP)
Coach Lovie Smith kept his promise of maintaining a routine Friday as the Chicago Bears held their final practice at the University of Miami in preparation for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts. Before the 75-minute practice, the Bears had a 15-minute walkthrough. "Everything you've seen this week was exactly what we do every (week)," Smith said.

Colts add two starters to injury report (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts added defensive end Robert Mathis and cornerback Jason David, both starters, to the injury report Friday after their last full practice before the Super Bowl. Mathis left practice early because of back spasms and was listed as probable. David, who has battled a nagging abdomen injury this season, sat out the entire practice and was listed as probable.

Chad Johnson questioned in police probe (AP)
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson was questioned by Miami police regarding an investigation into the shooting death of a man. Johnson, a Miami native, spoke with detectives Monday at police headquarters, according to The Miami Herald. "Chad has confirmed to the club that he cooperated with the Miami Police earlier this week as part of an investigation," the team said in a statement...

Johnson: Belichick ignored my concussion (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...

Goodell wants players to avoid trouble (AP)
Stadiums were filled to capacity. TV ratings were high. In most ways, this was another great season for the NFL. Except for this: America's favorite league took some serious hits to its image. The drive-by shooting death of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, the arrest of nine Cincinnati Bengals, the specter of performance-enhancing drugs, the untold toll of concussions -- all generated tragic and...

Chargers' Foley says he may retire (AP)
Five months after he was shot by an off-duty policeman, Chargers linebacker Steve Foley thinks his career may be over. "I don't want to count anything out or rule myself out, but it's a reality that I won't be able to play again, period," Foley said by phone Friday from Miami, where he was visiting friends during Super Bowl week.

Marino pulling for Manning in Super Bowl (AP)
Super Bowl-bound for the first time, Peyton Manning welcomed the advice of Dan Marino. They share a bond as two of the NFL's most prolific passers, their record-breaking achievements tainted only by their failure to win a title. That could change Sunday for Manning, when he and the Indianapolis Colts play the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl.

Grossman could make critics disappear (AP)
There's a way Rex Grossman can finally silence his critics, the ones who've hounded him this season and pounded him with questions all week leading up to the Super Bowl. Win the game. Do something only one other Chicago Bears quarterback has done. Whatever is said about Jim McMahon's quirkiness -- he likes to golf in his bare feet, among other things -- one description stands above the others: He...

The Flash factor

Celtics lose club-record 14th straight (AP)
For most of the NBA's 60 years, Celtic pride has been about winning: 16 championships and three other appearances in the finals, forming a tradition of success that was the hallmark of the league. Now, more than 20 years since their last title, almost a month since their last victory, pride is all they have left.

Magic hold Kidd scoreless, rip Nets (AP)
Even after the Orlando Magic's best offensive game of the season, the talk in the winner's locker room wasn't about shooting and scoring. The Magic had their highest point total and shot a season-best 62.5 percent in a 119-86 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night. The 33-point margin of victory was their biggest this season, but the Magic insisted it wasn't offense that created the rout.

Lakers lose fourth straight at Indiana (AP)
Danny Granger was looking forward to facing Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Granger scored 14 points, but it was his defense on Bryant that stood out as the Indiana Pacers beat the Lakers 95-84 on Friday night. The second-year forward helped hold Bryant to 22 points on 7-of-25 shooting from the field as the Pacers rallied in the fourth quarter to win for the fifth time in their last six...

'Melo, Nuggets stop skid with OT win (AP)
Carmelo Anthony isn't sure what has to do to prove he's All-Star worthy. Friday night was a good start. Anthony overcame a sluggish start, nerves from a morning fender bender on an icy road, and a deep disappointment from his latest All-Star snub to score 33 points in the Denver Nuggets' 114-107 defeat of the Portland Trail Blazers.

LeBron leads Cavaliers past Bobcats (AP)
They wore their standard shorts and tank tops. The Cleveland Cavaliers, though, might as well have been sporting pinstriped suits, palming Blackberrys and rushing to a meeting. On Friday night, they were all business. LeBron James scored 18 points, 13 after halftime, and Drew Gooden added 16 as Cleveland bounced back from a rough night in South Florida by beating the banged-up Charlotte Bobcats...

Deng, Nocioni help Bulls hold off Sonics (AP)
There were 208 points and 76 baskets. After all, this is the NBA. Yet all anyone wanted to talk about afterward was defense. Luol Deng had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Andres Nocioni supplied the pivotal scoring down the stretch and Kirk Hinrich wowed Seattle's Ray Allen with relentless defense that the Chicago Bears could use later this weekend in the Bulls' 107-101 victory over the struggling...

Reserves lift Pistons over Bucks 96-86 (AP)
Normally, the Detroit Pistons have too many big men. Friday, they almost didn't have enough. With several post players unavailable, Detroit needed key efforts from little-used reserves Nazr Mohammed and Jason Maxiell to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 96-86. Detroit's problems started before the game, when Dale Davis was put on the inactive list for missing the morning shootaround.

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.

Marquette set to retire Wade's jersey (AP)
It's a big weekend for Dwyane Wade. His beloved Chicago Bears are in the Super Bowl on Sunday, facing the Indianapolis Colts. His son, Zaire, turns 5 that same day and the doting dad plans to surprise him with a trip to the game. And before all that, the Miami Heat star will receive a big honor: His Marquette jersey is being retired.

Unhappy anniversary
Gary Bettman's reign as NHL commissioner will enter its 15th year on Thursday. His misguided marketing continues to mar the game.

Iginla returns, Flames rout Blue Jackets (AP)
While Calgary captain Jarome Iginla picked up where he left off in his return to the lineup Friday, the Flames also enjoyed a big night from an unlikely source. Iginla and defenseman Robyn Regehr each had a goal and two assists in the Flames' 6-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was Regehr's first goal in 62 games, and he added two assists in a 3:13 span in the first period in helping the...

Red Wings extend home win streak to 10 (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings won the special teams battle and the game on Friday night. Kris Draper's short-handed goal with 6:29 left broke a tie, and Tomas Holmstrom had two goals and an assist to lift Detroit to a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues. Henrik Zetterberg added a goal and three assists, and Dan Cleary got the other goal for Detroit, which won its 10th straight at home.

Stars again defeat Sharks on road (AP)
The Dallas Stars discovered there's nothing like a nice long trip to the Bay Area to get anybody recharged for work. Joel Lundqvist and Stu Barnes scored early goals, and the Stars played sterling defense in a 4-2 victory over San Jose on Thursday night -- their second road win over the Sharks in three days.

Sabres continue dominance 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 late goal went from insurance tally to necessity. Naslund scored with 1:57 left, helping Vancouver 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...

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.

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.

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