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NEWS FROM 2007-02-09
Selig noncommittal on following Bonds
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070209/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_selig_bonds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070208/capt.cadv10402082329.selig_cadv104.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=XP_7VchaHRbjCjbbSX6OTQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig addresses the gathering of media and sports figures at the Fox Sports Network annual Baseball Luncheon on Treasure Island, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds might get a telephone call from baseball commissioner Bud Selig instead of a handshake if the San Francisco Giants slugger breaks Hank Aaron's home run record. Selig wouldn't say Thursday whether he would attend any Giants games if and when Bonds closes in on the mark.</p><br clear="all"/>
Phillips to replace Parcells in Dallas
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070209/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cowboys_phillips"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070209/capt.txrh10402090000.cowboys_phillips_football_txrh104.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=.jqqd.ZxNAc3f4acmPGjMA--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Wade Phillips makes a point after being named head coach of the Dallas Cowboys during a news conference at the Cowboys headquarters in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Twice during his introduction of Wade Phillips as Dallas Cowboys coach, Jerry Jones had to stop and gather himself. The decision was that emotional for the team owner.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bears' Tank Johnson pleads guilty
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070209/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_bears_johnson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070208/capt.ny15802082256.bears_johnson_football_ny158.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=k8JAIK1G9a3X6e14sP9NKg--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Chicago Bears' Tank Johnson arrives for court on allegations that he violated his probation on a 2005 gun charge, Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, in Skokie, Ill. Bears defensive lineman Johnson pleaded guilty Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, to violating probation in the case. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bears defensive lineman Terry "Tank" Johnson pleaded guilty Thursday to violating probation in a 2005 gun case.</p><br clear="all"/>
Webber helps Pistons continue hot streak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070209/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_lakers_pistons"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070209/capt.dtp10902090417.lakers_pistons_basketball_dtp109.jpg?x=130&y=114&sig=eTacHChMHMj_yjMxP4IKlw--" align="left" height="114" width="130" alt="Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton (32) and center Chris Webber (84) celebrate after a scoring run in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in a basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Hamilton scored 16 points and Webber scored 18 and pulled in 11 rebounds in a 93-78 win. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chris Webber has fit into his new team seamlessly, making passes and shots. The five-time All-Star still is not satisfied. Webber had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers 93-78 on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Junior wants majority ownership of DEI
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070208/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_daytona_earnhardt"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070208/capt.fltr10102082252.nascar_earnhardt_auto_racing_fltr101.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=f7Ha8pL_jHKWqDoyhVHg7Q--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. ponders a question during NASCAR Media Day Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants more than a piece of his father's company. He wants his stepmother to give him majority ownership, a negotiating demand that might force him to part ways with Dale Earnhardt Inc. after this season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Schottenheimer has new vacancy to fill
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070209/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_chargers_coaches"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070209/capt.txrh10302082359.cowboys_phillips_football_txrh103.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=gR1BTOs71QvGvG4KLBGMcQ--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Wade Phillips, right, takes the podium after being introduced as the new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys during a news conference at the Cowboys headquarters in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nearly a month after they melted down in the playoffs, the San Diego Chargers are looking at another big loss.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lakers struggle yet again in Detroit
Reuters - The Detroit Pistons maintained their
home-court hoodoo over the Los Angeles Lakers with a 93-78 win
Cardinals' Pujols becomes U.S. citizen
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070209/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_citizen_pujols"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070208/capt.ny15702082128.cardinals_citizen_pujols_baseball_ny157.jpg?x=113&y=130&sig=MYHniugmJ7_L3.9fBS.cyw--" align="left" height="130" width="113" alt="** FILE *8 St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols jokes with New York Mets' Jose Reyes during batting practice before Game 5 of the National League Championship Series in this Oct. 17, 2006 file photo, in St. Louis. The St. Louis Cardinals' star became a U.S. citizen Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007 during a ceremony at the Eagleton Courthouse in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Albert Pujols has won an NL MVP award, a Gold Glove and a World Series. He added a perfect 100 on his U.S. citizenship test to his resume this week.</p><br clear="all"/>
Utah approves money for soccer stadium
AP - Hoping to keep a team in Major League Soccer's smallest market, the Utah House endorsed a $35 million plan Thursday that pays for a parking garage and land for a stadium in Sandy, ending days of debate over whether the project deserves public aid.
Skrastins' big night ends with a loss
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070209/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_thrashers_avalanche"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070209/capt.cojd10702090320.thrashers_avalanche_hockey_cojd107.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=RkwLObA5Tjdyn729K6H3Cg--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Colorado Avalanche defenseman Karlis Skrastins, from Latvia, moves the puck down ice while appearing in his 487th-consecutive game as a defenseman, breaking Tim Horton's NHL record of 486 games during the first period of a hockey game against the Atlanta Thrashers in Denver, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007.(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Karlis Skrastins will have mixed memories of his historic night. He'll remember the Colorado Avalanche's 6-3 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night for more than just breaking Tim Horton's durability record for a defenseman.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cowboys hire Wade Phillips as new coach (AP)
Twice during his introduction of Wade Phillips as Dallas Cowboys coach, Jerry Jones had to stop and gather himself. The decision was that emotional for the team owner. "We needed to get it right," Jones said, pausing as tears welled up in his eyes. "In my mind, we got it right." Phillips was hired Thursday, providing Dallas with an experienced replacement for Bill Parcells and someone well-versed in...
Vikes hire Colts' Frazier to run defense (AP)
Surrendering control of the defense worked well for Brad Childress in his first season as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. So he will do that again in 2007. Leslie Frazier became the first assistant to leave Super Bowl champion Indianapolis on Thursday when he accepted the job as defensive coordinator of the Vikings.
Bears DL Tank Johnson pleads guilty (AP)
Bears defensive lineman Terry "Tank" Johnson pleaded guilty Thursday to violating probation in a 2005 gun case. Cook County Judge John Moran denied a request to lift the player's home confinement, but said Johnson could leave his house to attend practices. Moran delayed sentencing until March 15 so that a presentencing investigation can be done.
Chargers deal with Phillips' departure (AP)
Nearly a month after they melted down in the playoffs, the San Diego Chargers are looking at another big loss. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was hired as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, following offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and two other assistants out of town for better jobs.
Broncos mourn slain Williams at Pro Bowl (AP)
Champ Bailey and John Lynch had the same idea for their latest trip to the Pro Bowl: They both wanted to wear No. 27 in honor of slain Broncos teammate Darrent Williams. Williams died from a gunshot wound to the neck on New Year's Eve when his stretch limousine was repeatedly shot while driving away from a Denver nightclub.
Bills CB Clements to test free agency (AP)
Cornerback Nate Clements, a key to the Bills' defense, plans to test free agency next month. His agent, Todd France, told The Associated Press on Thursday it's in his client's best interest to pursue free agency once the period opens March 2. France added that Clements is open to re-signing with the Bills if the team makes a competitive offer.
49ers thrilled to keep Turner (AP)
Norv Turner won't be the Dallas Cowboys' next head coach after all. That's great news for everybody with the San Francisco 49ers, and even Turner doesn't seem too disappointed to be staying home. The Cowboys hired Wade Phillips on Thursday, about 10 days after Turner emerged as the apparent front-runner to replace Bill Parcells.
Reid's son was on heroin at car crash (AP)
The 23-year-old son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid tested positive for heroin after he caused a traffic accident last week that left another motorist injured, police said Thursday. Garrett Reid, the oldest son of the Eagles coach, told authorities he used heroin on Jan. 30 before he ran a red light in suburban Philadelphia, striking a car driven by a 55-year-old woman, police said.
Bears shake up coaching staff (AP)
The NFC champion Bears shook up their coaching staff Thursday, saying defensive line coach Don Johnson and assistant offensive line coach Harold Goodwin won't return and that another assistant has left to take a college job. Offensive quality control coach Mike Bajakian also accepted the offensive coordinator job at Central Michigan after three seasons in Chicago.
Readers vehemently disagreed with a certain basketball analyst's list of All-Star reserves.
Webber leads Pistons to 5th straight win (AP)
Chris Webber has fit into his new team seamlessly, making passes and shots. The five-time All-Star still is not satisfied. Webber had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers 93-78 on Thursday night. The Pistons have won five straight -- building a two-game lead for the best record in the Eastern Conference -- and are 9-2 with Webber in the starting lineup.
Nash injury not likely long-term problem (AP)
Steve Nash might sit out Friday's game against Atlanta because of a sore right shoulder, although he and Suns coach Mike D'Antoni believe the injury poses no long-term problems. The league's two-time defending MVP did not practice Thursday and was noncommittal on whether he would go against the Hawks.
Mason, Hornets down Bucks in 2OT (AP)
Considering his team's recent success, coach Byron Scott suggested it wouldn't be a bad idea if the New Orleans Hornets went to overtime in each of their remaining 32 games. Desmond Mason scored 24 points and David West shrugged off a bruised hand to add 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds as New Orleans beat the Milwaukee Bucks 109-101 in double-overtime Thursday night.
Kwame Brown likely out through February (AP)
Lakers center Kwame Brown, sidelined since spraining his left ankle Dec. 31, won't return to action any time soon. An MRI conducted by specialist David Porter in Indianapolis confirmed the Lakers' previous diagnosis of a severe sprain and bone bruise, team spokesman John Black said Thursday before a game against the Pistons.
Jazz uncertain about Boozer's return (AP)
Utah forward Carlos Boozer's broken leg is healing, but perhaps not quickly enough for him to play in his first All-Star game, the Jazz said. Jazz vice president for basketball operations Kevin O'Connor on Thursday said tests showed the fracture below Boozer's left knee is getting better. His status for the All-Star game Feb.
Celts' franchise-record skid reaches 16 (AP)
Paul Pierce didn't get a chance yet to read the inspirational book Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck left for him. The Boston captain was in the hospital with an elbow infection that derailed his return from a bad foot, and the book remained in his locker. Wally Szczerbiak left the book behind when he went to get his ankle taped after a 91-79 loss to the Miami Heat extended Boston's franchise-record...
Artest hit with fees to recover dogs (AP)
Dogs owned by Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest have spent a total of 77 nights at the pound since July because of poor care by their owner, costing the NBA star $1,942 in boarding and impound fees, county records show. Placer County animal control officers have gone to Artest's five-acre estate seven times in that period in response to callers' complaints about dogs being loose or not being...
Arenas, Dirk in All-Star 3-point contest (AP)
Gilbert Arenas will get another shot at Dirk Nowitzki in the 3-point contest. The NBA announced the entire six-player field Thursday, though Arenas had already leaked the news that he would participate in the All-Star Saturday event last week on his nba.com blog. Nowitzki won the event last year in Houston, beating Arenas 18-16 in the final.
Amaechi comes out publicly as being gay (AP)
No more whispers. A day after former center John Amaechi became the first NBA player to publicly come out, everybody's talking about Amaechi and the idea of gay players in the NBA. Amaechi, who spent five seasons with four teams, acknowledged his sexuality Wednesday, making him the sixth professional male athlete from one of the four major U.S.
Gary Bettman's reign as NHL commissioner will enter its 15th year on Thursday. His misguided marketing continues to mar the game.
Devils' Brodeur shuts down Islanders 2-0 (AP)
The way Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils are playing, Terry Sawchuk's career shutout record might soon be within reach. Martin Brodeur posted his NHL-best 10th shutout of the season and the 90th of his career on Thursday night, stopping 25 shots to lead the stingy Devils to a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders.
Wings lose first shutout in three years (AP)
St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray commended his two goalies on their rare shutout of the Red Wings. Detroit coach Mike Babcock wasn't as impressed. Bill Guerin scored and Manny Legace and Curtis Sanford combined to stop 23 shots for St. Louis and shut out Detroit for the first time in 176 games in the Blues' 1-0 victory Thursday night.
Predators earn eighth straight home win (AP)
Whitney's hat trick powers Hurricanes (AP)
Peter Laviolette's in-between period tirade surely registered with Ray Whitney. Whitney had three goals and two assists to lift the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. "They weren't pretty goals, but when we are playing well, they're the kind of goals this teams gets," Whitney said.
Skrastins sets record but Avalanche lose (AP)
Karlis Skrastins will have mixed memories of his historic night. He'll remember the Colorado Avalanche's 6-3 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night for more than just breaking Tim Horton's durability record for a defenseman. Garnet Exelby's first goal of the season glanced off Skrastins and went right past goalie Jose Theodore, who was pulled after allowing three goals on 11 shots in the...
Crosby's SO goal lifts Pens over Flyers (AP)
On a rare scoreless night for the NHL's scoring leader, Sidney Crosby's final shot made the difference. Held without a point during regulation, Crosby had the only goal in a shootout to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins over Philadelphia 5-4 on Thursday night, extending the Flyers' franchise-worst home-losing streak to 13 games.
Backstrom helps Wild beat Panthers 4-2 (AP)
For the first time in the Minnesota Wild's six-year existence, the team started a season with a true No. 1 goaltender. If Niklas Backstrom keeps playing this well in relief of the injured Manny Fernandez, the Wild may be forced to go back to the platoon system that worked so well in the past. Backstrom made 41 saves, and Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in the third period to stave off the...
Sens top Habs, take second in Northeast (AP)
With playoff races on the horizon, the Ottawa Senators can't afford to savor even the biggest wins. Dany Heatley scored his team-high 32nd goal early in the second period and Peter Schaefer scored during a power play later in the period, leading Ottawa to a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
Zubrus gives Caps much-needed win (AP)
A game of inches? How about a game of just one inch? That was about the distance of the winning shot for the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. Dainius Zubrus got his stick on a puck that lay tantalizingly close to the goal line, poking in a rebound 2:28 into overtime in a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Offseason capsule: Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick won the Busch title last year. Can he get it done in Cup this time around?
Hamlin looking for repeat at Budweiser Shootout (PA SportsTicker)
After breakthrough title season, Johnson looking to repeat (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Pension fund tricky issue for drivers, NASCAR (AP)
Brian Vickers hopes he'll never need a pension.
Earnhardt Jr. wants majority ownership of DEI (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Car of Tomorrow and numbers game present challenges for Cup teams. (AP)
In a normal year, most of the talk heading into the season-opening Daytona 500 would be about a few key driver changes and maybe a technical rule change.
NASCAR extends agreement with Goodyear (PA SportsTicker)
DEI signs Earnhardt -- Jeffrey Earnhardt (AP)
As Dale Earnhardt Jr. continued contract extension negotiations with DEI, the company came to terms with another driver named Earnhardt.