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NEWS FROM 2007-02-10
2 new All-Stars emerge; Howard delights
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070210/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070210/capt.doa10902100259.spurs_magic_basketball_doa109.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=hXY5eb3TGlGpOewnAiU3fA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard scores on a last-second dunk against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 9, 2007. The Magic won 106-104. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carmelo Anthony and Josh Howard looked like worthy All-Stars. Dwight Howard might have stamped himself as the favorite in the slam dunk contest.</p><br clear="all"/>
Former Yankees OF Hank Bauer dies at 84
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070210/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_obit_bauer"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070209/capt.ny16202092042.obit_bauer_baseball_ny162.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=Fj3jl9a.5baRkOelNIkumg--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Baltimore Orioles manager Hank Bauer looks on during spring training in this March 28, 1968 file photo in Florida. Bauer, the tough ex-Marine who set a World Series record with a 17-game hitting streak for the New York Yankees and later managed the Baltimore Orioles to the 1966 title, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2007. He was 84. (AP Photo)" border="0" /></a>AP - Hank Bauer, the hard-nosed ex-Marine who returned to baseball after being wounded during World War II and went on to become a cornerstone of the New York Yankees dynasty of the 1950s, died Friday. He was 84. Bauer died of cancer in Shawnee Mission, Kan., said the Baltimore Orioles. Bauer managed the 1966 Orioles to their first World Series title.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mickelson, Furyk give Pebble a 1-2 punch
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070210/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_pebble_beach"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070209/capt.cams10702092248.pebble_beach_golf_cams107.jpg?x=130&y=129&sig=Be0uAlLG2jfgdftxnL0U6Q--" align="left" height="129" width="130" alt="Phil Mickelson smiles as he prepares to tee off on the fifth tee during the second round of the Pebble Beach National Pro Am at the Pebble Beach golf links in Pebble Beach, Calif., Friday, Feb. 9, 2007.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Phil Mickelson is so enthused about how well he is hitting the ball that he was looking forward to tough, windy conditions along the ocean Friday at Pebble Beach. He didn't get what he wanted, and had few complaints. Mickelson only had to cope with the cold and rain — but not much wind — and that helped him sail to a 5-under 67 and a share of the lead with Jim Furyk at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rangers shutout Lightning 5-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070210/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070210/capt.nyma10902100327.lightning__rangers_hockey_nyma109.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=p5DqKjbYUOCLjM2FIdSKUA--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="New York Rangers' Colton Orr, left,fights with Tampa Bay Lightning's Andre Roy during the second period of the NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jaromir Jagr cracked himself up when reciting the perfect analogy for goals by hard-hitters Colton Orr and Ryan Hollweg. "I would have compared it to when a big fat guy scores a touchdown in football," the New York Rangers' captain said. "Everyone loves it. I want to see a big guy dancing. Don't tell them. They're going to want to beat me up now."</p><br clear="all"/>
Williams won't accept minor league deal
AP - Bernie Williams doesn't plan to accept the Yankees' offer to attend spring training on a minor league contract, the outfielder told several reporters Friday night before playing guitar at a benefit concert.
Jones back atop Cowboys' hierarchy
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070210/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cowboys_jerry_s_team"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070209/capt.txrh10602090032.cowboys_phillips_football_txrh106.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=FblEVco3axL_ZGY72zz2Kw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="New Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips, left, and team owner Jerry Jones tour the locker room at the team's practice facility in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jerry Jones insists Wade Phillips will have as much input into personnel decisions for the Dallas Cowboys as Bill Parcells had. It even says so in his contract, Jones added.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ellis sparks Warriors past Bulls in OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070210/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bulls_warriors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070210/capt.cagn10202100418.bulls_warriors_basketball_cagn102.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=fVYl6Nz_Y0xXdbQesibNAQ--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Chicago Bulls' P.J. Brown goes up for a shot as Golden State Warriors' Andris Biedrins, of Latvia, guards during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Stephen Jackson stayed calm at one end, then forced Ben Gordon to rush on the other. Jackson made two clutch free throws in overtime, then jumped out at Gordon as the Chicago star was attempting the winning shot, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 123-121 victory over the Bulls on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
John Smoltz getting divorce
AP - Braves pitcher John Smoltz is getting a divorce. The agency that represents Smoltz, Career Sports & Entertainment, said Friday that the pitcher and his wife, Dyan, had mutually agreed to split after some 16 years of marriage.
Italian riot death suspect denies charge
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070210/ap_on_sp_so_ne/italy_soccer_violence"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070209/capt.cat10202091350.italy_soccer_violence_cat102.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=Snnk4ObSS2NdrdpB53L6HQ--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="The father(name not available) of a 17-year-old youth under investigation for the killing of a police officer during riots last week speaks at a press conference in Catania, Sicily, Friday, Feb. 9, 2007. Police officer Filippo Raciti was killed during the riots outside the Angelo Massimino stadium last week. A 17-year-old youth is under investigation for the killing of Raciti. (AP Photo/TanoPress, Pecoraro)" border="0" /></a>AP - A 17-year-old Italian detained in the death of a policeman at a Sicilian soccer match took part in rioting at the stadium but did not kill anyone, his lawyer said Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Roloson leads Oilers past Blackhawks 2-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070210/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_blackhawks_oilers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070210/capt.edm10802100508.blackhawks_oilers_hockey_edm108.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=MHGIXXOpd1QPjHktyLsdNA--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="Edmonton Oilers' Dwayne Roloson makes a save during the third period of NHL action against the Chicago Blackhawks at Rexall in Edmonton, Canada, Friday, February 9, 2007. Edmonton beat Chicago, 2-1. (AP Photo/Jimmy Jeong,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - For one night, Dwayne Roloson and the Edmonton Oilers concentrated on having fun instead of trying not to lose. It paid off when Roloson stopped 32 shots to lead the Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
All in the family
Phillips happy to have T.O. on Cowboys (AP)
Wade Phillips hates being asked how he's going to handle Terrell Owens -- or any other player. "First of all, I don't handle players," he said every time that word came up. "I work with them." Phillips takes over as coach of the Dallas Cowboys with a long reputation as someone players like working with.
Young not on vacation at Pro Bowl (AP)
Vince Young didn't see this trip to Hawaii as a vacation. The Tennessee quarterback figured a rookie should never stop learning, even at the Pro Bowl. So Young mined his fellow stars for any vein of information during the week leading up to Saturday's game at Aloha Stadium. He got solid coaching advice from the AFC's Bill Belichick, while Peyton Manning spoke with him about resilience.
Goodell likes Pro Bowl in Hawaii (AP)
Although Roger Goodell is still a rookie NFL commissioner, he's a Pro Bowl veteran. Just look at the palm trees on his Hawaiian shirt. Goodell arrived in Honolulu on Thursday night, just in time to take an abbreviated working vacation from his first year in charge of the league. After a quarter-century in various jobs that brought him to previous Pro Bowls, he's no stranger to Aloha Stadium and the...
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.
Niners thrilled to keep Norv 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.
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.
Pierce back, Celtics skid reaches 17 (AP)
It was too much to expect that having Paul Pierce back on the floor would get the Celtics back on track. Vince Carter scored 21 points, Jason Kidd had 13 points and nine assists, and the New Jersey Nets spoiled Pierce's return with a 92-78 victory over Boston on Friday night, extending the Celtics' franchise-record losing streak to 17.
Johnson, Hawks defeat Nash-less Suns (AP)
Steve Nash didn't play Friday night. Joe Johnson did. Boy, he did. Against a Phoenix team he helped reach the Western Conference finals two years ago, Johnson scored 17 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter Friday night to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 120-111 victory over the Nash-less Suns. Johnson, who got his wish to be traded to Atlanta after the 2004-05 season, sank a pair of late 3-pointers,...
Anthony, Howard added to West All-Stars (AP)
Carmelo Anthony is going to the All-Star game after all. The NBA's leading scorer was picked by commissioner David Stern on Friday as an injury replacement and will make his first All-Star game appearance on Feb. 18 in Las Vegas. Anthony said he was not bothered being named as an injury replacement. "It's still the All-Star game, it still feels great, and I'm going to make the best out of it." Stern...
All-Star Anthony powers Nuggets to win (AP)
The Denver Nuggets were short-handed because of injuries and the Indiana Pacers were because of ejections. In the end, the Nuggets beat the Pacers 102-95 on Friday night with the players and coaches who were left. Denver starters Allen Iverson and Marcus Camby sat out with injuries, and Indiana coach Rick Carlisle and point guard Darrell Armstrong were ejected in the second half.
Mavericks win 17th straight at home (AP)
Hours after being chosen for the All-Star game, Josh Howard showed that he deserves to be there. Howard celebrated his first selection with 22 points and seven rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to their team-record 17th straight home victory, 95-74 over the Houston Rockets. Howard was added to the Western Conference team earlier in the day by commissioner David Stern as an injury replacement...
Raptors win fifth straight, beat Lakers (AP)
Kobe Bryant thinks Chris Bosh is an MVP candidate. Bosh had 29 points and 11 rebounds, Bryant missed a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds and the Raptors won their season-high fifth straight, 96-92 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Fans chanted "MVP! MVP!" when Bosh went to the line late in the game.
Cavs snap Heat's five-game win streak (AP)
With a straight face, LeBron James insisted he wasn't trying to prove a point or silence any critics. That's not how it looked, though. James ended a mini-scoring slump with 29 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers did a better job containing Miami's Dwyane Wade on Friday night in a 103-79 victory, snapping the Heat's five-game winning streak.
Howard's late dunk lifts Magic by Spurs (AP)
The first game-winning basket of Dwight Howard's career was so impressive, even the losers were amazed by it. Howard leaped high over Tim Duncan to grab a long inbounds pass from Hedo Turkoglu with one hand and dunk it with 0.2 seconds left, giving the Orlando Magic a 106-104 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
Warriors outlast Bulls on Ellis' OT hoop (AP)
Stephen Jackson stayed calm at one end, then forced Ben Gordon to rush on the other. Jackson made two clutch free throws in overtime, then jumped out at Gordon as the Chicago star was attempting the winning shot, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 123-121 victory over the Bulls on Friday night. Jackson scored 23 points and helped overcome the loss of the injured Baron Davis with eight assists.
Gary Bettman's reign as NHL commissioner will enter its 15th year on Thursday. His misguided marketing continues to mar the game.
Orr, Hollweg lift Rangers past Lightning (AP)
Colton Orr handled his postgame victory lap as though he'd never taken one before. Truth is, he hadn't. Orr, whose hands are used to punching more than shooting, netted his first NHL goal Friday night and sent the New York Rangers on the way to a 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound bruiser seemed as surprised as anyone when his sweeping backhander from the left-circle...
Devils closing in on Sabres in East (AP)
Unlike a year ago, the New Jersey Devils aren't waiting until the end of the season to make a playoff run. They're rolling right now, with wins in 15 of 20 games, and points in all but two. With two months left in the regular season, the Devils lead the Atlantic Division by nine points over second-place Pittsburgh, and they have pulled within four points of Buffalo in the race for the top spot in...
Horcoff, Oilers edge Blackhawks 2-1 (AP)
For one night, Dwayne Roloson and the Edmonton Oilers concentrated on having fun instead of trying not to lose. It paid off when Roloson stopped 32 shots to lead the Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night. The win was the fourth in six games for Edmonton, which moved ahead of idle Colorado into ninth place in the Western Conference, six points out of a playoff spot.
Hurricanes get C Vasicek back from Preds (AP)
The Nashville Predators swapped centers Friday with the Carolina Hurricanes, sending back Josef Vasicek for Eric Belanger. In July, the Predators traded Scott Walker to Carolina to get Vasicek, adding size at center behind Jason Arnott. But the 26-year-old Vasicek had only 13 points in 38 games and was having trouble working his way onto the ice.
Rangers get Dupuis from Wild for Hall (AP)
The New York Rangers acquired forward Pascal Dupuis from the Minnesota Wild for forward Adam Hall on Friday, completing their second trade in five days as they try to get back in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Rangers, who entered Friday night's home game against Tampa Bay in 11th place in the East, are seven points out of a playoff spot.
'Canes place Stillman on injured reserve (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes recalled left wing Ryan Bayda on Friday to replace winger Cory Stillman, who was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. Stillman left during the second period of Carolina's 2-1 win Tuesday over the Montreal Canadiens. The 26-year-old Bayda has been recalled from Albany twice this season, and has a goal and an assist in six games with the Hurricanes.
Sabres LW Gaustad out with ankle injury (AP)
Buffalo Sabres left wing Paul Gaustad will miss at least one game because of a deep gash across his left ankle. Coach Lindy Ruff on Friday ruled Gaustad out for Saturday when the Eastern Conference-leading Sabres host Calgary. Ruff said Gaustad's ankle is still swollen and he will have tests to make sure there is no further damage to the bone or nerves.
Canucks recall centers Moran, Reid (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks recalled centers Brad Moran and Brandon Reid from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League on Friday. Already missing center Ryan Kesler for at least the rest of the regular season after recent hip surgery, the Canucks also expect forward Jan Bulis to miss their game Saturday against Atlanta with a bruised shoulder.
Wings shut out for first time since 2004 (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.
Moment of truth
Senior citizen Hylton seeks spot in Daytona 500 (PA SportsTicker)
James Hylton considered approaching NASCAR officials and asking if he could put flashers on the back of his Chevrolet Monte Carlo at Daytona International Speedway.
2 Toyotas to hit track in Bud Shootout (AP)
As Kasey Kahne navigated through traffic Friday at Daytona International Speedway, he couldn't quite recognize all the competition.
Roush Racing completes deal with Red Sox owner (AP)
A group of investors led by Boston Red Sox owner John Henry has completed a deal to buy a 50 percent stake in the Roush Racing NASCAR team, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday.
Said out to make name on ovals (AP)
Boris Said is known as much for his shock of curly black hair and impish sense of humor as he is for his racing prowess.
Toyota entry into NASCAR sparks US auto "war" (AFP)
Japanese automaker Toyota will compete Saturday in its first top-level National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) event, prompting some US-backed rivals to declare war.
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.