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Colts return to frigid Indy and rally
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070206/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_super_bowl_colts_parade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070206/capt.nad10602060106.super_bowl_colts_parade_football_nad106.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=y5T1wbmHPCdYC3r58OaSvw--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy acknowledges fans at a Super Bowl Rally at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis on Monday, Feb. 5, 2007. The Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-19 in Super Bowl XLI. (AP Photo/Tom Strickland)" border="0" /></a>AP - The RCA Dome never felt so good to the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts. After a rain-soaked victory in Miami the night before and then a frigid, bone-numbing homecoming parade through the streets of downtown Indianapolis on Monday night, the Colts finally arrived at the stadium for a raucous celebration with their fans.</p><br clear="all"/>
Law wins: No. 6 Texas A&M beats Texas
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070206/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_texas_texas_a_m"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070206/capt.txpz10602060455.texas_a_m_texas_basketball_txpz106.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=m_cN16O7GoWAiYIKBnULZg--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="Texas A&M's Acie Law IV pumps his fist in the final minute of the game as the Texas A&M beat Texas 100-82 during their basketball game Monday, Feb. 5, 2007 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Paul Zoeller)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sure, freshman Kevin Durant is one of the best players in the country. Turns out Texas A&M has three youngsters who deserve some attention, too.</p><br clear="all"/>
Trading Places: Warriors beat Pacers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070206/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_warriors_pacers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070206/capt.naf10402060247.warriors_pacers_basketball_naf104.jpg?x=69&y=130&sig=w3uBWpe.PUNzVrQ7bOAyrg--" align="left" height="130" width="69" alt="Golden State Warriors Stephen Jackson, right, shoots in front of Indiana Pacers guard Darrell Armstrong in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 5, 2007. The Warriors won 113-98. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)" border="0" /></a>AP - Indiana fans booed Stephen Jackson all game long. Perhaps they shouldn't have — it made him feel right at home.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Wings bail out Hasek; beat Rangers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070206/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_red_wings_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070206/capt.nyma10602060246.red_wings_rangers_hockey_nyma106.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=4mnA.olUYqMcfWB4vGq9gw--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Detroit Red Wings' goalie Dominik Hasek, of The Czech Republic defends the net against a shot by New York Rangers' Jed Ormeyer (41) during the second period of the NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 5, 2007 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dominik Hasek flashed a smile and cracked some jokes even though he had just endured the worst period of an otherwise stellar season. When your teammates bail you out with three goals in the third period, there is every reason to be happy.</p><br clear="all"/>
Boston marks Sampras' return to tennis
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070206/ap_on_sp_te_ne/ten_seniors_sampras"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070206/capt.ny15402060429.seniors_sampras_tennis_ny154.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=oxQzRzKvUWtd.tkD1aSwQg--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="Pete Sampras, of the USA, returns to Andre Agassi, of the USA, during the men's final at the US Open in a Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002 photo in New York. The last time Pete Sampras played competitive tennis in Boston, his doubles team notched the only victory for the United States in the Davis Cup quarterfinals against Australia in 1999. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The last time Pete Sampras played competitive tennis in Boston, his doubles team notched the only victory for the United States in the Davis Cup quarterfinals against Australia in 1999.</p><br clear="all"/>
Indianapolis welcomes Super Bowl champs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070206/sp_nm/nfl_super_celebration_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070206/2007_02_05t002006_450x306_us_nfl_super_celebration.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=hPSzmC1wFjvgWSWpyS_NdA--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts Jason David holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears to win the NFL's Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami, Florida, February 4, 2007. (Mike Blake/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - More than 50,000 people packed the
RCA Dome on Monday to cheer the Indianapolis Colts as the Super
Bowl winners brought home the city's first major professional
sports championship in more than 30 years.</p><br clear="all"/>
Artest, Kings swat Hornets 105-99
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070206/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_hornets_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070206/capt.sca10102060421.hornets_kings_basketball_sca101.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=qM8WyIWeVPFjnIE82di5iw--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="New Orleans Hornets forward Hilton Armstrong, bottom, battles Sacramento Kings forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Feb. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Sacramento Kings are winning again at home, while the New Orleans Hornets lost again Monday night in an arena where they haven't won in more than 10 years.</p><br clear="all"/>
Former 20-game winner Helling retires
AP - Rick Helling is retiring from baseball after pitching in the major leagues for 12 years, highlighted by a 20-win season.
Fans could be barred from Italian soccer
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070205/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_italy_violence"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070205/capt.alt10802051914.italy_soccer_security_alt108.jpg?x=130&y=63&sig=kExNTxbECw7sPK2_xy3cdg--" align="left" height="63" width="130" alt="From left, Italian Interior Minister Giuliano Amato, Sport and Policies for the young Giovanna Melandri, Government undersecretary Enrico Letta, CONI Italian National Olympic Committee President Gianni Petrucci, Justice Minister undersecretary Luigi Scotti and FGCI Italian soccer federation commissioner Luca Pancalliat meet the journalists in Rome's Chigi, palace Premier office, Monday, Feb. 5, 2007. Soccer fans will not be allowed into stadiums in Italy unless security measures are met, the interior minister said. On Friday, riots broke out during and after a Serie A match in Sicily, killing a police officer. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)" border="0" /></a>AP - Soccer fans won't be allowed into stadiums in Italy unless security measures are met, a decision that comes days after rioting at a game in Sicily in which a police officer was killed.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rangers acquire Sean Avery from Kings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070206/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_kings_rangers_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070204/capt.flmc10802040342.rangers_lightning_hockey_flmc108.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=Y8J.Vu5f87DS9Q1bdsAGHQ--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Tampa Bay Lightning's Dan Boyle (22), avoids the check of New York Rangers' Jason Ward during the firs period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sean Avery, the NHL's most-penalized player the past two seasons, was traded to the New York Rangers on Monday night in a deal that sent checking forward Jason Ward to the Los Angeles Kings.</p><br clear="all"/>
Will soft-spoken Tony Dungy's Super Bowl victory signal a shift in the way things are handled on NFL sidelines? Our panel of experts examines.
Colts parade through frigid Indianapolis (AP)
The RCA Dome never felt so good to the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts. After a rain-soaked victory in Miami the night before and then a frigid, bone-numbing homecoming parade through the streets of downtown Indianapolis on Monday night, the Colts finally arrived at the stadium for a raucous celebration with their fans.
Super Bowl audience second-largest ever (AP)
Peyton Manning had a lot of witnesses to his soggy super win, with the estimated 93.2 million viewers representing the second most-watched Super Bowl broadcast ever. Only the 1996 Super Bowl between Dallas and Pittsburgh, which had 94.1 million viewers, had a bigger audience, according to Nielsen Media Research on Monday.
Urlacher out of Pro Bowl with toe injury (AP)
Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher suffered a toe injury in the Super Bowl and will not play in Saturday's Pro Bowl. Antonio Pierce of the New York Giants will replace the Bears middle linebacker on the NFC team, the Giants said in a statement. "I am too excited to even think about it," Pierce said of his first Pro Bowl selection in six NFL seasons.
Bengals CB Joseph pleads not guilty (AP)
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph pleaded not guilty Monday to possession of marijuana. Joseph was scheduled for another hearing on Feb. 22 in Boone County District Court. The first-round draft pick made his first court appearance since his arrest Jan. 22 on the misdemeanor charge. He was the ninth Bengals player arrested in a nine-month span.
Colts already planning for next season (AP)
Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy got their first real taste of being a champion -- from an invitation to the White House to the all-night parties to the requisite morning-show interviews. President Bush called Colts owner Jim Irsay on Monday to congratulate him on the team's Super Bowl victory. Then, in a separate phone call, Bush congratulated the quarterback and the coach, said Scott Stanzel, deputy...
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.
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...
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.
Bears unable to 'finish' this time (AP)
Those large "Finish" banners hanging in their Super Bowl hotel were hard to miss. The Chicago Bears saw them OK, they just couldn't follow the advice. Getting to the Super Bowl and losing may be the emptiest feeling of all. "When you say, `Super Bowl or bust,' it takes a little bit out of it not to finish it," linebacker Lance Briggs said.
Dealt a better hand
Indiana, not Golden State, got the best of the teams' eight-player trade, which has propelled the Pacers into the rankings' top 10.
Suns lose Nash but beat ailing Nuggets (AP)
Steve Nash was too hurt to go back out and too embarrassed to stand for the beating the Denver Nuggets were putting on his Phoenix Suns. Nash's red-faced halftime pep talk inspired the Suns, who overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to beat the depleted Nuggets 113-108 Monday night, despite the league's MVP sitting out the second half.
Shaq powers Heat by Bobcats 113-93 (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal's improved play is leading the Miami Heat to one of their better stretches of the season. O'Neal had his best scoring performance since returning from knee surgery and Dwyane Wade scored 27 points as the Heat won their fourth straight with a 113-93 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.
Jackson leads Warriors over Pacers (AP)
Indiana fans booed Stephen Jackson all game long. Perhaps they shouldn't have -- it made him feel right at home. Jackson often was booed as a Pacer for various off-the-court offenses, and he got more of the same when he returned to Conseco Fieldhouse with Golden State. He shrugged it off and scored a season-high 36 points as the Warriors beat Indiana 113-98 on Monday night.
Butler's 38 power Wizards past Sonics (AP)
No one should be surprised Caron Butler came through with a career-high 38 points on a night Gilbert Arenas was off and Antawn Jamison was out. Butler is, after all, having his best season and headed to the All-Star game. Andray Blatche, Calvin Booth and Brendan Haywood playing key roles for the Washington Wizards, too?
Kobe rallies Lakers by Hawks in fourth (AP)
The roar during pregame introductions revealed that many in a rare Atlanta sellout came to see Kobe Bryant. The applause for the Los Angeles Lakers' star continued after the game -- in the Hawks' locker room. Bryant, mostly quiet through three quarters, scored nine straight fourth-quarter points to lead Los Angeles to a 90-83 victory over Atlanta on Monday night.
Iguodala lifts Sixers past Nets in OT (AP)
New Jersey has become painfully familiar with watching other teams beat them in the final minutes. This time, it was Andre Iguodala and Philadelphia's turn. Iguodala had 23 points, a career-high 15 assists, and seven rebounds in the 76ers' 100-98 overtime victory over New Jersey on Monday night, the Nets' second OT loss in two days.
McGrady, Rockets rip Wolves 105-77 (AP)
Tracy McGrady does not dunk as much as he once did. He picked the perfect time to try one on Monday night, sparking the Houston Rockets to a 105-77 rout of the Minnesota Timberwolves. McGrady scored 16 of his 32 points in the third quarter, but his slam off a rebound late in the first period was the shot that had even Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy applauding.
Okur carries Jazz to rare sweep of Bulls (AP)
Playing with five fouls, Mehmet Okur had to be careful on defense for most of the fourth quarter. On offense, he came through again and led the Utah Jazz to their first sweep of the Chicago Bulls in five years. Okur scored 12 of Utah's final 14 points in a 100-95 victory over the Bulls on Monday, making the Jazz 3-1 since they lost leading scorer and rebounder Carlos Boozer for up to a month.
Artest sparks Kings past Hornets (AP)
The Sacramento Kings are winning again at home, while the New Orleans Hornets lost again Monday night in an arena where they haven't won in more than 10 years. Ron Artest scored 20 points and tied a career high with nine assists, leading the revived Kings to a 105-99 victory over the Hornets for their third straight win.
Gary Bettman's reign as NHL commissioner will enter its 15th year on Thursday. His misguided marketing continues to mar the game.
Red Wings rally in third to top Rangers (AP)
Dominik Hasek flashed a smile and cracked some jokes even though he had just endured the worst period of an otherwise stellar season. When your teammates bail you out with three goals in the third period, there is every reason to be happy. The 42-year-old Hasek gave up three goals on seven shots in a shaky first period, but Henrik Zetterberg capped the Red Wings' big finish by scoring the decisive...
Rangers get outspoken Avery from Kings (AP)
Sean Avery, the NHL's most-penalized player the past two seasons, was traded to the New York Rangers on Monday night in a deal that sent checking forward Jason Ward to the Los Angeles Kings. Avery had 10 goals, 18 assists and 116 penalty minutes in 55 games this season with the Kings, who also acquired the rights to unsigned forwards Marc-Andre Cliche and Jan Marek.
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...
Offseason caps: Burton, Gordon
A pair of Jeffs look to return to the Chase and again compete for a championship.
Mears gets Daytona 500-winning crew chief (AP)
Casey Mears got a new crew chief Monday, just four days before NASCAR begins preparations for the season-opening Daytona 500.
Johnson looks to pull off rare NASCAR repeat (AP)
Jimmie Johnson was the clear favorite to win last season's Nextel Cup championship, an easy pick after coming so very close so many times before.
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.