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NEWS FROM 2007-02-07
AP: Paul Hamm to return to gymnastics
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070207/ap_on_sp_ot/gym_hamm_s_return"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070207/capt.ny15602070242.hamms_return_gymnastics_ny156.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=Czb4CY8biO6NVrt0fqCleg--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Paul Hamm, of the United States, competes on the rings during the men's gymnastics individual all-around final at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, in this Aug. 18, 2004 file photo. Hamm has decided to return to competitive gymnastics, hoping for a less tumultuous path to the all-around title at the Beijing Olympics than the one he took in Athens. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Olympic champion Paul Hamm has decided to return to competitive gymnastics, hoping for a less tumultuous path to the all-around title at the Beijing Olympics than the one he took in Athens.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dynamic duo lifts No. 3 Buckeyes to win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070207/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_michigan_ohio_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070207/capt.ohtg10202070219.michigan_ohio_st_basketball_ohtg102.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=iWPeLZPIMBuxvqwVma8naQ--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="Ohio State's Mike Conley Jr (1) shoots over Michigan's Ron Coleman (24) and Courtney Sims (44) during the second half of a basketball game Tuesday, Feb 6, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Just like their high school days, when Greg Oden wasn't on the floor then Mike Conley Jr. took over. Conley Jr. scored a career-high 23 points and when Oden was around he created havoc at the defensive end to lead No. 3 Ohio State past Michigan 76-63 on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beware the Penguins: Predators fall 4-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070207/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_predators_penguins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070207/capt.pagp10402070237.predators_penguins_hockey_pagp104.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=q7jb3ccuk9z.3kEvBS5yxw--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malikin (71) of Russia, works in the corner against Nashville Predators' Scott Hartnell (17) during second period of NHL hockey action at Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Pittsburgh Penguins were eager to take on the Nashville Predators and see how they matched up against the NHL's top team. If they keep playing like this, opponents might have to start comparing themselves to the new-and-very-improved Penguins.</p><br clear="all"/>
Without pension, NASCAR stars forgotten
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070207/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_forgotten_drivers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070206/capt.scmc10402061856.nascar_forgotten_drivers_scmc104.jpg?x=130&y=77&sig=pkIaafewl0Efo7eCDtBiTw--" align="left" height="77" width="130" alt="Busch Series championship driver, Sam Ard, drives short trips to the store for his wife and when he goes his dog 'Putt Putt' is always with him, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, in Pamplico, S.C. Unlike veterans of other sports, Sam Ard has no pension to fall back on. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)" border="0" /></a>AP - The living room of Sam Ard's brown doublewide trailer speaks to his short but successful NASCAR career.</p><br clear="all"/>
A-Rod sidesteps question on opting out
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070207/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_arod"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070206/capt.nyjz10502062143.yankees_arod_baseball_nyjz105.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=4PZss_kA9s6juGLNjQvmuw--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez reacts to a reporter's question after an autograph session for a children's book he authored in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez sidestepped whether he plans to opt out of his record contract with the New York Yankees and become a free agent following this season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Redskins' Jansen signs new contract
AP - Washington Redskins right tackle Jon Jansen signed a five-year, $23 million contract extension Tuesday.
Patterson has Magic seeing 'Redd' in win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070207/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_magic_bucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070207/capt.wimg10702070307.magic_bucks_basketball_wimg107.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=W1x4YyOVF9xgr1u3LaGDRg--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Milwaukee Bucks forward Ruben Patterson (23) talks to referee Dick Bavetta during a break in the action in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ruben Patterson thinks he's more of a young guy than a veteran leader. But with his best friend, Michael Redd, still watching from the sideline, Patterson scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Orlando Magic 116-111 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.</p><br clear="all"/>
Byrnes gets $4.6 million from D'backs
AP - The Arizona Diamondbacks and outfielder Eric Byrnes agreed to a $4,575,000, one-year contract Tuesday, avoiding arbitration.
David Beckham to hit every MLS market
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070207/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_schedule"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070204/capt.jj80402041921.spain_soccer_jj804.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=DdSiLCdURdjHq6g5.IqgPQ--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Real Madrid player David Beckham, right, watches with his mother as his team plays during their Spanish League soccer match against Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham will visit every Major League Soccer city after his U.S. arrival in mid-July, and television viewers will see lots of him.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sakic wins it in overtime for the Avs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070207/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_panthers_avalanche"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070207/capt.dxa10802070454.panthers_avalanche_hockey_dxa108.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=YppejNfu78xNEpXKQGQlAw--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Colordo Avalanche defenseman Brett Clark celebrates with Joe Sakic, center, and Paul Stastny after Sakic scored the winning goal in overtime of the Avalanche's 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers in an NHL hockey game in Denver on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joe Sakic scored a power-play goal 25 seconds into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche rallied past the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Tuesday night.</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.
Bears' Rivera interviews with Cowboys (AP)
Waiting two hours on a Chicago runway, Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera wondered if icy weather really was delaying his flight to a job interview in Dallas. "There was a vicious rumor going around Chicago didn't want me to leave so they weren't going to let the plane go," Rivera said, laughing.
Reid's son faces drug, weapons charges (AP)
The 21-year-old son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was charged Tuesday with drug and weapon offenses stemming from an incident in which he is accused of pointing a gun at another motorist. Britt Reid was arraigned on nine counts including making terroristic threats, possession of a controlled substance and a felony charge of carrying a firearm without a license.
Bears' Briggs to miss Pro Bowl (AP)
Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs was dropped from the NFC's Pro Bowl roster Tuesday because of a left foot injury, the third Bears defensive star to relinquish his spot because of injuries. Briggs will be replaced by Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks, who'll make his 10th straight Pro Bowl appearance after winning the MVP award in last season's game.
Legal sports books win big on Super Bowl (AP)
Nevada's legal sports books won big on Super Bowl bets as gamblers made a near-record $93.1 million in wagers. Figures released Tuesday by the state Gaming Control Board showed the state's 176 licensed books won $12.9 million -- for a 13.9 percent win percentage -- Sunday in the Indianapolis Colts' 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears.
Colts parade through frigid Indianapolis (AP)
About 40,000 Indianapolis fans showed up to thank the Colts for their Super Bowl run and all the players wanted to do was praise their boisterous supporters. A frenzied crowd descended on downtown Indianapolis and filed into the RCA Dome for a homecoming rally Monday night to celebrate the Colts' 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in the NFL championship.
Redskins RT Jansen gets 5 years, $23M (AP)
Washington Redskins right tackle Jon Jansen signed a five-year, $23 million contract extension Tuesday. Jansen is the team's longest tenured player and had two years left on his previous contract, but he agreed to a new deal that includes more than $10 million in bonus money. It also gives the Redskins some salary cap relief for the free agency signing period, which begins March 2.
Cards name Rutledge quarterbacks coach (AP)
Jeff Rutledge was hired as Arizona's quarterbacks coach on Tuesday, one of four more assistants hired by new Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt. Freddie Kitchens was hired as tight ends coach, Mike Miller as offensive assistant and Matt Raich as defensive quality control coach. Whisenhunt also will retain assistant defensive backs coach Rick Courtright from departed coach Dennis Green's staff, and...
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.
Feuds subside for AFC Pro Bowlers (AP)
LaDainian Tomlinson now thinks Bill Belichick has nothing but class, and Belichick says the feeling is mutual. Meanwhile, Jason Taylor has no problem starting alongside Shawne Merriman at the Pro Bowl -- but it's still unclear whether Merriman is less than thrilled to play with the Miami star who said the steroid-tainted San Diego linebacker shouldn't be allowed to play in Hawaii.
Pete Maravich's sweet musical moves from the '60s and '70s are still being copied by aspiring artists of today.
Suns PG Nash to sit out Tuesday (AP)
All-Star point guard Steve Nash will miss the Phoenix Suns' game at Portland on Tuesday night because of inflammation in his right shoulder. The NBA's two-time defending MVP didn't play in the second half of the Suns' 113-108 victory in Denver on Monday night. That didn't stop him from lecturing his teammates after a lethargic first half.
Pistons hand Celtics 15th straight loss (AP)
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers knows that his team would struggle to beat anyone in the NBA at the moment. Trying to beat the Detroit Pistons with newly acquired Chris Webber was nearly impossible. Webber had 17 points and six assists as the Pistons put on a passing clinic for three quarters while handing the Celtics their 15th straight loss, 109-102 on Tuesday night.
Marbury rallies Knicks past Clippers (AP)
The New York Knicks spent the first half looking like the team they have been for too long: inconsistent on offense and ineffective on defense. Then suddenly, they turned into the team they think they can become. Stephon Marbury scored 12 of his 15 points in an early second-half run that overwhelmed the Clippers and turned the game around, sending New York to a 102-90 victory over Los Angeles on...
McGrady scores 33, Rockets top Grizzlies (AP)
The Houston Rockets continue to adapt quite nicely to the absence of Yao Ming. Tracy McGrady scored 33 points and had eight assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 98-90 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. The key was a strong defensive effort and other players picking up for Yao, who has missed 21 games since suffering a fractured right leg against the Clippers on Dec.
Bucks end four-game slide, beat Magic (AP)
Ruben Patterson thinks he's more of a young guy than a veteran leader. But with his best friend, Michael Redd, still watching from the sideline, Patterson scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Orlando Magic 116-111 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
Foot injury sidelines Bulls F Nocioni (AP)
The Chicago Bulls will likely be without Andres Nocioni until after the All-Star break. Coach Scott Skiles says the third-year forward needs seven to 10 days of rest to recover from plantar fasciitis in his right foot. The Bulls have three games left on a seven-game trip. Nocioni -- who is averaging 15 points and six rebounds a game -- will stay with the team on the trip.
Money comment costs Bulls' Thomas $10K (AP)
The Chicago Bulls fined forward Tyrus Thomas $10,000 on Tuesday, one day after the rookie said he only was interested in the prize money at the NBA's slam dunk contest. He later apologized "for any negative feelings that may have been caused by my comments." The first Bulls player since Scottie Pippen in 1990 to participate in the event, Thomas was quoted in Tuesday's editions of the Chicago...
With Shaq back, Heat get closer to .500 (AP)
When Shaquille O'Neal returned to Miami's lineup after recovering from knee surgery, he was asked when the struggling Heat needed to regain their championship form. O'Neal got right to the point. "Not next month. Not next week. Not tomorrow," O'Neal said. "Now." So far, he's getting his wish. Things are not exactly wonderful for the Heat these days, not with the team still two games below .500 (23-25)...
Wolves lethargic under interim Wittman (AP)
The struggling Minnesota Timberwolves might lead the league in lethargic losses. The latest example came in Monday night's 105-77 defeat at Houston. There was no shame in losing to the Rockets, but a 50-30 halftime deficit was enough to prompt interim coach Randy Wittman to bench guards Ricky Davis and Mike James for the start of the second half.
Gary Bettman's reign as NHL commissioner will enter its 15th year on Thursday. His misguided marketing continues to mar the game.
Sather to Messier: I'm not stepping down (AP)
New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather said Tuesday that he is not ready to surrender his job to Mark Messier, the man who delivered a long-awaited Stanley Cup to the Rangers. Messier caught many in the Rangers' organization off guard Monday by telling the Toronto Sun that he planned to talk to Sather about taking his job when he left the team.
Gionta, Brodeur star in SO for Devils (AP)
After generating little offense in regulation and overtime, the New Jersey Devils got the bare minimum in shootout. That was enough against the struggling New York Rangers. Brian Gionta scored the lone shootout goal and Martin Brodeur stopped all three New York attempts to lead the to a 3-2 win over the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Briere lifts Sabres over Thrashers in SO (AP)
Daniel Briere took care of the scoring. Ryan Miller thwarted two of the league's most dangerous players in the shootout. Briere had two goals in regulation and another in the shootout, leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night. "He's kind of the main guy for them," Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen said.
Recchi powers Penguins past Predators (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins were eager to take on the Nashville Predators and see how they matched up against the NHL's top team. If they keep playing like this, opponents might have to start comparing themselves to the new-and-very-improved Penguins. Mark Recchi scored and set up rookie Evgeni Malkin for the go-ahead goal, and the Penguins beat the Predators 4-1 Tuesday night behind another strong...
Ovechkin held scoreless again, Caps lose (AP)
Alex Ovechkin called it the worst game of his career. Not so much because the reigning rookie of the year only took two shots and went scoreless for a third consecutive outing, his longest NHL drought -- although that clearly bothered him. What really disappointed Ovechkin about his Washington Capitals' 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night was the penalty he was assessed in the...
Joseph, Coyotes blank Blue Jackets (AP)
Not even a winter storm that delayed the start of the game could stop the Phoenix Coyotes. Curtis Joseph made 28 saves for his 50th career shutout as the Coyotes beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 Wednesday night. Steve Reinprecht, Shane Doan and Mike Zigomanis scored for Phoenix, which had lost three of its last four overall, but has won nine of its last 12 road games.
Sakic rallies Avs by Panthers in OT (AP)
Joe Sakic scored a power-play goal 25 seconds into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche rallied past the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Tuesday night. Sakic got open in front and Paul Stastny hit him with a pass from behind the net. Stastny tied the score with 36.7 seconds remaining and the Avalanche skating 6-on-3.
Leafs win fifth straight, top Blues 2-1 (AP)
Watching from the other end of the rink, St. Louis Blues goalie Manny Legace thought he witnessed the save of the year. Andrew Raycroft wasn't arguing. Alex Steen snapped a tie late in the second period and Raycroft's spectacular stop on Bill Guerin made it stand up in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2-1 victory Tuesday night.
Stars snap Wild's three-game win streak (AP)
A goalie change and a change in attitude sparked the Dallas Stars to a come-from-behind victory. Rookie goalie Mike Smith stopped all 15 shots he faced after taking over for starter Marty Turco, and the Stars rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Minnesota 4-2 on Tuesday night, snapping the Wild's three-game winning streak.
Offseason caps: Burton, Gordon
A pair of Jeffs look to return to the Chase and again compete for a championship.
Major sports leagues' pension plans (AP)
An overview of major sports leagues' pension plans:
With no pension plan, NASCAR's first stars are easily forgotten (AP)
The living room of Sam Ard's brown doublewide trailer speaks to his short but successful NASCAR career. Trophies surround the fireplace and crowd its mantel. Plaques and pictures dot the living room walls.
NASCAR drivers on their own to plan for 'worst-case scenario' (AP)
In a world of million-dollar motorhomes, private jets and McMansions on nearby Lake Norman, it's hard to argue NASCAR drivers are underpaid.
Three years after accident, Nadeau longs to race again (AP)
Jerry Nadeau isn't looking for sympathy, and he's not interested in charity. What he wants is another shot at a NASCAR career.
Stewart quietly helping drivers in need (AP)
Tony Stewart is one of several top drivers who say they would contribute money from their own pockets if NASCAR officials established a fund to help retired drivers.
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)