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Irvin, Thomas elected to Hall of Fame
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070204/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_hall_of_fame"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070203/capt.ny15602031952.hall_of_fame_football_ny156.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=LUUjvAE6sFA15_93UBD2vA--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin (88) celebrates a first quarter touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in this Dec. 6, 1993 file photo, in Irving, Texas. Irvin was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Michael Irvin wrapped his arms around Thurman Thomas in the kind of hug that new Hall of Famers share. Somewhere, Paul Tagliabue could only envy their emotional display.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wolfpack hold on to stun No. 3 UNC
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070204/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_north_carolina_nc_state"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070203/capt.ncsd10702032341.north_carolina_north_carolina_state__ncsd107.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=UwI42HoYesXEKPnTVFMb.w--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="North Carolina State's Gavin Grant (11) celebrates as NC State clinches their 83-79 win over No. 3 North Carolina at a basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sidney Lowe always knew how to beat North Carolina as a player. The first-year coach proved he can also top the Tar Heels from the sideline.</p><br clear="all"/>
Okur basket helps Jazz beat Suns 108-105
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070204/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_jazz_suns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070204/capt.pna10602040521.aptopix_jazz_suns_basketball_pna106.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=CR.a6BZG82kGCZvb42TCzw--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, right, of Russia, drives past Phoenix Suns guard James Jones, left, during the 4th quarter in their NBA basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, in Phoenix. The Jazz defeated the Suns, 108-105. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mehmet Okur scored 18 of his 28 points in the second half, including a decisive 19-footer with 5.1 seconds remaining, and the Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns 108-105 Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mavericks run home win streak to 15
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070204/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_timberwolves_mavericks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070204/capt.dna10602040438.timberwolves_mavericks_basketball_dna106.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=c6ubHlCpE5HOLtxvoKe52g--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="Dallas Mavericks guard Josh Howard (5) dribbles away from a stunned Minnesota Timberwolves Marko Jaric (55), of Serbia, Kevin Garnett (21) and Ricky Davis in the final seconds of the fourth quarter of their basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007. The Mavericks won, 94-93. (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - Josh Howard didn't let an All-Star snub and missing two games affect him. As for his slight lapse of judgment at the very end, that's easily forgiven by the Dallas Mavericks.</p><br clear="all"/>
Top-ranked Gators run win streak to 14
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070204/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_tennessee_florida"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070203/capt.flps10402032115.tennessee_florida_basketball__flps104.jpg?x=73&y=130&sig=3e6SE9fVS2P_InoXlT88hw--" align="left" height="130" width="73" alt="Florida's Al Horford (42) stuffs the ball as Tennessee's Jordan Howell (15) watches in the first half of college basketball play in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Al Horford returned to Florida this season in hopes of repeating as national champions, improving his game and getting better prepared for the NBA. He already has accomplished two of the three.</p><br clear="all"/>
Manning leads Colts' high-powered offense in Super Bowl
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070204/sp_nm/nfl_super_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070204/2007_02_03t223029_450x358_us_nfl_super.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=vyW_2ya_hmiYNjPcpZW0xg--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning runs during team practice in Davie, Florida February 1, 2007. The Colts will take on the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI on February 4., in Miami, Florida. (Marc Serota/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Peyton Manning will lead the high-powered
offense of the Indianapolis Colts against the Chicago Bears'
swarming defense when the two teams square off in Super Bowl
XLI on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bulls ride Gordon past Trail Blazers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070204/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bulls_trail_blazers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070204/capt.pda10202040425.bulls_trail_blazers_basketball_pda102.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=FiXN5S67mpa9iJdy0U7HdA--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="Chicago Bulls' Ben Gordon (7), of England, drives against Portland Trail Blazers' Jarrett Jack (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Chicago Bulls started slowly. Ben Gordon wouldn't let them finish the same way. Gordon scored 15 of his 33 points in the final quarter and the Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers 88-86 Saturday night, winning on the road for the second night in a row.</p><br clear="all"/>
Giants send letter to fans about Bonds
<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"/>
Italian soccer responds to riot death
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070203/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_italy_violence"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070203/capt.rom10502031548.italy_soccer_violence_rom105.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=68mZqj33hwPaFxIXEugIbw--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="CONI Italian national Olympic committee president Gianni Petrucci talks to journalists in Rome, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007. The Italian soccer federation has threatened to suspend games indefinitely after the death of a police officer in riots at a Serie A match. The officer was killed and more than 70 people were injured Friday when fans rioted at a game between Sicilian sides Catania and Palermo, prompting the federation to postpone all league matches this weekend and cancel a friendly between world champions Italy and Romania on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Calzuola)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Italian soccer federation threatened to suspend games indefinitely after a police officer was killed and more than 70 people were injured when fans rioted at a soccer match.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ritchie goal helps Flames beat Canucks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070204/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_canucks_flames"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070204/capt.lmd10802040607.canucks_flames_hockey_lmd108.jpg?x=111&y=130&sig=ckji8z8SESyPm1bA6mi_ZA--" align="left" height="130" width="111" alt="Calgary Flames' Byron Ritchie, right, slides on his knees and is congratulated by teammateMatthew Lombardi, left, after Ritchie scored Calgary's third goal against the Vancouver Canucks during third-period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Canada, on Saturday, February 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Larry MacDougal,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Byron Ritchie justified his return to Calgary's lineup with a tie-breaking goal Saturday night and the Flames took over first place in the Northwest Division with a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.</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.
Irvin among six new Hall of Famers (AP)
Michael Irvin wrapped his arms around Thurman Thomas in the kind of hug that new Hall of Famers share. Somewhere, Paul Tagliabue could only envy their emotional display. "That embrace Thurman and I had, we talked earlier, we were falling apart on the phone," Irvin said. "We don't sound like cool people that played a tough game right now." The former Dallas Cowboys receiver with the off-field woes...
Super Bowl forecast: wet and windy (AP)
The Super Bowl may be wetter -- and windier -- than players and fans might like. Brisk winds of 10 mph to 20 mph and a temperatures in the mid- to upper-60s are forecast for Sunday along with scattered showers throughout the day. "It's going to make it feel cooler than it will actually turn out to be," Dan Dixon, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said Saturday.
Colts hoping CB Harper will be ready (AP)
Despite an injured ankle, cornerback Nick Harper participated in the Indianapolis Colts' final walk-through practice Saturday, and the team is hopeful he'll be ready for the Super Bowl. Harper's status will be decided around game time Sunday, Colts coach Tony Dungy said, adding that the cornerback "feels very confident that he's going to be able to go." "It was encouraging for him to at least take...
Bears stick to routine in final practice (AP)
The Chicago Bears held their final workout Saturday before the Super Bowl, going through a 17-minute walkthrough at Dolphin Stadium, the site of Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Bears used the brief workout to get a feel for the surroundings. "We've gotten everything out of the way," coach Lovie Smith said.
Packers' Favre to return for 17th season (AP)
With quarterback Brett Favre committed to another season in Green Bay and the Packers' salary cap situation in good shape, it must be time to go out and sign free-agent playmakers to make one last playoff charge. Right, Ted Thompson? "Whoever the quarterback is, whether it's Brett or whoever it might be, we're going to try to get better," the Packers general manager said.
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...
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...
Chargers' Foley says career may be over (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.
Former Falcons CB Buchanan arrested (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. The former Atlanta Falcons cornerback was arrested Thursday on three counts of writing checks without sufficient funds from Nevada, a Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.
The Flash factor
Okur, Jazz continue mastery of Suns (AP)
Mehmet Okur and the Utah Jazz apparently know something about the Phoenix Suns that the rest of the NBA does not. Okur scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half, including a decisive 19-footer with 5.1 seconds remaining, and the Jazz beat Phoenix 108-105 Saturday night for their third win over the Suns this season.
Kobe gets revenge as Lakers top Wizards (AP)
The big rematch with Kobe Bryant turned out to be too big for Gilbert Arenas, who psyched himself out before the game even started. Departing from his usual happy-go-lucky routine, Arenas donned his headphones 90 minutes before tipoff and had the edgy nervousness of a kid waiting in a lobby for a job interview.
Wade caps special day as Heat top Bucks (AP)
Dwyane Wade heard raucous chants of "MVP," had a mountain of memorabilia to sign and saw his picture hanging high above the court. Little wonder he's so comfortable in Milwaukee. Wade capped his special weekend with another brilliant performance in the Bradley Center with 32 points and 11 assists, and Jason Kapono added a career-high 28 points to lead the Miami Heat over the Milwaukee Bucks 117-98...
Mavs extend home win streak to 15 (AP)
Josh Howard didn't let an All-Star snub and missing two games affect him. As for his slight lapse of judgment at the very end, that's easily forgiven by the Dallas Mavericks. Holding the ball after a wild scramble under Minnesota's basket in the closing seconds, Howard threw the ball to the other end of the court.
Kings beat Nuggets at Arco Arena again (AP)
Stepping in as the Sacramento Kings' coach Saturday night for Eric Musselman, Scott Brooks did one thing he could never accomplish in similar situations with Denver: Win. Brooks coached the Kings to a victory over Denver, where he was an assistant the previous three seasons under George Karl. Kevin Martin scored 28 points and Brooks took home a souvenir game ball signed by the Kings after a 94-87...
Gordon rallies Bulls past Trail Blazers (AP)
The Chicago Bulls started slowly. Ben Gordon wouldn't let them finish the same way. Gordon scored 15 of his 33 points in the final quarter and the Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers 88-86 Saturday night, winning on the road for the second night in a row. Zach Randolph had 27 points and seven rebounds to lead the Blazers, who had a four-game home winning streak stopped.
O'Neal, Tinsley power Pacers to victory (AP)
The Indiana Pacers' inside dominance spelled trouble for the Memphis Grizzlies. Jermaine O'Neal had 25 points and 17 rebounds, Jamaal Tinsley also scored 25 points, and the Pacers beat the Grizzlies 116-110 on Saturday night. Ike Diogu added a season-high 19 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to help the Pacers win for the sixth time in seven games.
Felton, Wallace lead Bobcats to win (AP)
An elbow to the head from a 'good friend' wasn't enough to end Raymond Felton's night. Felton scored 12 of his 22 points after running into Al Harrington's elbow early in the second half, and Gerald Wallace added 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 98-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
Curry, Knicks post 94-86 win over Magic (AP)
The New York Knicks have been talking about Eddy Curry as an All-Star-caliber player, and now the Orlando Magic are, too. Curry, passed over when the All-Star reserves were announced last week, was definitely the star against the Magic, scoring 27 points, most of them on brute force alone, to lead New York to a 94-86 victory Saturday night.
Gary Bettman's reign as NHL commissioner will enter its 15th year on Thursday. His misguided marketing continues to mar the game.
Flames take Northwest lead, beat Canucks (AP)
Byron Ritchie fought, scored, won face offs, did anything to prove to Calgary coach Jim Playfair that he belongs in the Flames' lineup. After being benched Friday night against Columbus, Ritchie scored the go-ahead goal and the Flames took over first place in the Northwest Division with a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
Crosby, Ovechkin shut out, Pens win 2-0 (AP)
Sidney Crosby's linescore had all zeroes, and that usually means a loss for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's strong play against Alexander Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals meant it didn't. Scoring stars Crosby and Ovechkin were shut out in an unexpected defensive duel, with Pittsburgh's Ronald Petrovicky scoring the pivotal goal and Fleury making 30 saves as the...
Preds top Ducks to increase West lead (AP)
The Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks have been fighting for supremacy in the Western Conference for most of the season. The Predators continued to pad their lead in the West, shutting down the Ducks 3-0 Saturday night. It was the Predators' second straight win over Anaheim and their first regulation win against the Ducks since Oct.
Burke helps Kings defeat Panthers 7-0 (AP)
The unexpected happened when the NHL's worst road team visited one of the league's best home teams. Sean Burke made 40 saves for his 38th career shutout, and Alexander Frolov and Michael Cammalleri each scored twice to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the Florida Panthers 7-0 on Saturday night. Konstantin Pushkarev, Dustin Brown and Jamie Lundmark also scored for Los Angeles, which had dropped seven...
Devils use late flurry to top Sabres (AP)
John Madden figured the breaks evened out for the New Jersey Devils. Don't tell that to Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. Madden, Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise scored in a 2:31 span early in the third period to lead the Devils to a 3-2 victory Saturday night, pulling New Jersey to within four points of Buffalo for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Blues end three-game skid, blank Stars (AP)
St. Louis coach Andy Murray decided giving Manny Legace time off would send the wrong message. Murray started his top goalie one night after he gave up five goals in the Blues' third consecutive loss and it proved a good move. Legace made 22 saves for his fourth shutout this season and 17th overall, leading the St.
Leafs match longest win streak of season (AP)
Mats Sundin steered coach Paul Maurice in the right direction as the Toronto Maple Leafs started to go deep in their shootout list. John Pohl scored on Toronto's fifth attempt and the Maple Leafs matched their longest winning streak of the season with a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Gaborik, Backstrom lift Wild by Coyotes (AP)
From little things come big results. The Minnesota Wild converted a strong defense and an opportunistic offense into a slim margin of victory Saturday night. Marian Gaborik scored early in the second period, and Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots for his second shutout of the season in Minnesota's 1-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.
Bruins need OT to end five-game skid (AP)
The Boston Bruins found an effective way to end their lengthy losing streak by facing a team that's stuck in a similar slump. Zdeno Chara scored a power-play goal with 3:11 left in overtime and the Bruins snapped a five-game slide with a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. "I'm hoping this is a corner we can build on," Boston coach Dave Lewis 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.
Goodyear signs 5-year extension with NASCAR (AP)
Champ car drops Denver race (AFP)
The Champ-car Grand Prix of Denver, which had been a fixture on the open-wheel racing series for the past five seasons, has been dropped from the 2007 and 2008 schedule, officials said.
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.