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NEWS FROM 2007-02-05
Colts tame Bears for Super Bowl victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070205/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_super_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070205/capt.sb39202050347.super_bowl_football_sb392.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=5MQrKrQIGDMOC9oNzSYGWg--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts' Tarik Glenn (78) celebrates with teammates after the Colts' 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Dungy, beaming and sporting an NFL champions cap, waded through the mob on the soggy field until he found his quarterback, Peyton Manning. And there they stood in the rain, the winning Super Bowl coach and the MVP, finally savoring a moment that was a long time coming.</p><br clear="all"/>
Manning the MVP of his biggest victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070205/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_super_bowl_manning_mvp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070205/capt.sb36102050322.super_bowl_football_sb361.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=7KbwHzUOcC83Pk_6Sf1P7A--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, right, embraces coach Tony Dungy following the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. The Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - Peyton Manning grabbed the Lombardi Trophy with a choke hold, hoisted it in the air with one hand and barely cracked a smile. His career-long journey toward a title finally over, Manning was already preparing for life as a champion.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tony Dungy bests protege Lovie Smith
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070205/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_super_bowl_coaches"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070205/capt.sb36302050325.super_bowl_football_sb363.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=dsIUyBVPxXx2IqqcafVZwA--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, right, hugs Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith after the Colts' 29-17 win in the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Merely by stepping on the field Sunday, Tony Dungy made cultural history. A few hours later, he won the Super Bowl, too. Not bad for a day's work. Long saddled with a reputation as a coach who couldn't win the big one, Dungy shook that label when his Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17.</p><br clear="all"/>
U.S. troops in Baghdad watch Super Bowl
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070205/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/super_bowl_iraq"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070205/capt.sge.pbl28.050207110939.photo02.photo.default-512x347.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=W.BOqle9dg.IbFHBHedjNQ--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="A US soldier patrols the southern Afghan town of Qlat. Bush will present the Democratic-led Congress a budget for the next fiscal year that includes huge funding requests for conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan amid heated debate over his war strategy.(AFP/File/Shah Marai)" border="0" /></a>AP - U.S. troops in Iraq tuned out of the war and tuned in to the Super Bowl — staying up late to watch the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears and for just a few moments remind themselves of home.</p><br clear="all"/>
Billups leads Pistons past Cavs 90-78
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070205/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070204/capt.ohtd10602042232.pistons_cavaliers_basketball_ohtd106.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=WX8RsPcolfUiImKU2eb8_g--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Detroit Pistons' Chauncey Billups (1) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers' Larry Hughes (32) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007, in Cleveland. Billups scored a team-high 18 points in the Pistons' 90-78 win. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - From the opening tip to the final horn, the Detroit Pistons controlled the crowd, tempo — and the Cleveland Cavaliers.</p><br clear="all"/>
COLUMN: Dungy always continued to fight
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070205/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_jim_litke020507"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070205/capt.sb38002050337.super_bowl_football_sb380.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=.K.jm1dWrK4sEktP5bXnQg--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy hugs Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith at the end of the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. The Colts defeated the Bears 29-17. (AP Photo/David Duprey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Shortcuts never interested Tony Dungy. Sacrifice, though, well that was another story.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pistons win 5th straight over rival Cavs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070205/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_pistons_cavaliers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070204/capt.ohtd10202042054.pistons_cavaliers_basketball_ohtd102.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=7LluHUm7Yu8nJVQGAwxDCQ--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Detroit Pistons' Carlos Delfino (20), from Argentina, passes to a teammate under pressure from Cleveland Cavaliers' Donyell Marshall (24) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rasheed Wallace stepped out of the shower area and reset the track on the portable stereo in Detroit's locker room. Seconds later, he swayed to the booming beat and began to rap. "Afraid of none of you cowards," he shouted, spitting out lyrics along with hip hop star Nas.</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"/>
CONI responds to deadly soccer rioting
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070204/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_italy_violence"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070204/capt.ppc10102041542.italy_soccer_violence_ppc101.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=dDh105HrPepfJ0Pxg18DYw--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="The body of the Italian police officer Filippo Raciti is carried by his colleagues to Catania's police barracks, Sicily, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007 . Raciti, 38, was killed when fans rioted Friday night at a soccer match between Sicilian sides Catania and Palermo. The Italian soccer federation postponed all league matches this weekend and canceled a friendly between world champion Italy and Romania on Wednesday, and said the suspension of games could be extended. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)" border="0" /></a>AP - Stadiums with inadequate security should be banned from hosting games next season, the Italian Olympic Committee said Sunday following the death of a policeman in rioting at a Serie A match.</p><br clear="all"/>
Former Blues owner Wolfson dead at 88
AP - Robert L. Wolfson, who helped bring the NHL to St. Louis and was a part-owner during the Blues' early success in the late 1960s, has died. He was 88.
Cut off at the pass
Colts defeat Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl (AP)
Tony Dungy, beaming and sporting an NFL champions cap, waded through the mob on the soggy field until he found his quarterback, Peyton Manning. And there they stood in the rain, the winning Super Bowl coach and the MVP, finally savoring a moment that was a long time coming. A wet and wild night of Super Bowl firsts brought Dungy, Manning and the Indianapolis Colts to the top of the NFL with a 29-17...
Manning named Super Bowl MVP (AP)
Peyton Manning grabbed the Lombardi Trophy with a choke hold, hoisted it in the air with one hand and barely cracked a smile. His career-long journey toward a title finally over, Manning was already preparing for life as a champion. "It's all happening pretty fast right now," he said after being voted the Super Bowl MVP in the Colts' 29-17 victory over Chicago on Sunday night.
Coach Dungy defeats protege Smith (AP)
Merely by stepping on the field Sunday, Tony Dungy made cultural history. A few hours later, he won the Super Bowl, too. Not bad for a day's work. Long saddled with a reputation as a coach who couldn't win the big one, Dungy shook that label when his Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17. The biggest win of Dungy's career came against his close friend and protege, Bears coach Lovie Smith.
Addai, Rhodes help Colts run to victory (AP)
Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes split carries all season, so it was fitting they shared the credit Sunday. With Addai playing the role of setup man and Rhodes emerging as the finisher, the Indianapolis Colts' tag-team of running backs gave Peyton Manning enough balance in rainy Miami to finally bring home the Lombardi Trophy with a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl.
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...
Grossman struggles in Bears' loss (AP)
Rex Grossman's pass floated to the sideline, hung in the rainy air way too long and in an instant the Chicago Bears' chances for a victory in the Super Bowl were dashed. Kelvin Hayden jumped in front of Muhsin Muhammad and returned the interception 56 yards for a TD. The Indianapolis Colts had pounced on Grossman's biggest mistake of the season -- arguably the most crucial of his career -- for a...
Vinatieri gets fourth Super Bowl ring (AP)
A few days ago, someone asked Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri to describe what the buildup to the Super Bowl is like. "It's a three-ring circus," Vinatieri said. Well, now it's a four-ring circus. Vinatieri's first season with the Colts ended with a Super Bowl championship, his fourth to go along with three others from his days with the New England Patriots.
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...
The Flash factor
Lue lifts Hawks over Nets at OT buzzer (AP)
The way the Hawks mobbed Tyronn Lue at halfcourt after his game-winning shot in overtime, one might have thought Atlanta won a title instead of stretching a road winning streak to three games. You have to start somewhere. Lue hit a 23-foot jumper at the buzzer to lift the Hawks to a 101-99 overtime victory against the New Jersey Nets on Sunday, posting their first three-game road winning streak...
Pistons pound Cavaliers 90-78 (AP)
Rasheed Wallace stepped out of the shower area and reset the track on the portable stereo in Detroit's locker room. Seconds later, he swayed to the booming beat and began to rap. "Afraid of none of you cowards," he shouted, spitting out lyrics along with hip hop star Nas. Wallace might as well have been singing about the Pistons.
Jazz top Suns for third time this season (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.
Bosh powers Raptors by Clippers 122-110 (AP)
Balanced scoring helped the Toronto Raptors gain ground atop the Atlantic Division standings. Chris Bosh had 27 points as six players reached double figures for the Raptors, who had a season-high point total in a 122-110 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Clippers. Morris Peterson added 18 points for the Raptors (25-23), who have won three straight.
Bryant, Lakers get revenge on 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...
Kings continue home mastery of Nuggets (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...
Mavericks 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.
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.
Gary Bettman's reign as NHL commissioner will enter its 15th year on Thursday. His misguided marketing continues to mar the game.
Canadiens snap Pens' six-game win streak (AP)
Sheldon Souray scored the winning goal, then dished out the credit to teammate Tomas Plekanec. Souray scored 2:01 into overtime and the Montreal Canadiens snapped the Pittsburgh Penguins' six-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory on Sunday. Plekanec scored twice in regulation before setting up Souray in overtime during a 2-on-1.
Semin's SO goal lifts Caps over Isles (AP)
The Washington Capitals won't win many games in which Alex Ovechkin is limited to a single shot in regulation, and they never fare well when extended to a shootout. None of that mattered Sunday against the New York Islanders. Alexander Semin scored the lone goal in a shootout, Olie Kolzig had 31 saves, and Washington snapped a three-game skid with a 2-1 victory.
Islanders' Martinek suffers broken leg (AP)
New York Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek broke his left leg and will be out four-to-six weeks, the team said Sunday. Martinek, who recently returned from a broken foot that sidelined him for nine games, was injured again Saturday in the Islanders' 4-2 victory at Montreal. The fifth-year player came off the ice on a stretcher in the first period after he was checked into the boards behind the...
Former Blues part-owner Wolfson dies (AP)
Robert L. Wolfson, who helped bring the NHL to St. Louis and was a part-owner during the Blues' early success in the late 1960s, has died. He was 88. Wolfson, who lived in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton, died Friday at a hospital, Rindskopf Roth Funeral Chapel said Sunday. Wolfson, Sidney Salomon Jr. and Sid Salomon III obtained an NHL franchise for the city in 1966.
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.
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.
Kings roll past 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...
Flurry in third lifts Devils over 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.
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)
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.