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NEWS FROM 2007-02-11
Late field goal lifts AFC over NFC 31-28
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070211/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_pro_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070211/capt.hirs10102110035.pro_bowl_football_hirs101.jpg?x=79&y=130&sig=4kK73uoH6wEhGxGJ8hBB1g--" align="left" height="130" width="79" alt="Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning passes for the AFC in the first quarter of the Pro Bowl football game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even while the star-studded AFC cruised to a comfortable lead in the Pro Bowl, Carson Palmer could sense a wacky finish lurking just beyond everybody's control. "With this much talent, anybody could change the game at any time," the Cincinnati quarterback said. "You've got to expect something crazy to happen, because it will."</p><br clear="all"/>
No. 1 Florida holds on to beat Kentucky
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070211/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_florida_kentucky"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070211/capt.kyer10902110439.florida_kentucky_basketball_kyer109.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=tHq9H7hXOd4kuWazHR7o8g--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Florida's Corey Brewer points to the crowd after his team defeated Kentucky, 64-61, in their basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)" border="0" /></a>AP - Last year, Florida ran through the NCAA tournament. This season, the Gators are dominating the Southeastern Conference. Top-ranked Florida (23-2, 16-0) won its 16th straight overall, 64-61 on Saturday night, and fifth in a row against No. 20 Kentucky — the program that has been the league standard bearer.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gonzaga players suspended after arrest
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070211/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_gonzaga_players_arrested"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070210/capt.ny15002101917.gonzaga_players_arrested_basketball_ny150.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=a0gQcp_u4ljlmTzUfsngLg--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Gonzaga's Josh Heytvelt slams the ball through the hoop against San Diego during a college basketball game at McCarthy Center in Spokane, Wash., in this Jan. 29, 2007 file photo. Gonzaga basketball players Josh Heytvelt and Theo Davis were arrested after police found marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms in their car during a traffic stop. Cheney Police Cmdr. Rick Campbell said the two players were booked into the Spokane County Jail on Friday night for investigation of drug possession. Campbell said the amount of marijuana was only enough for a misdemeanor, but possession of mushrooms is a felony. (AP Photo/Amanda Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gonzaga basketball players Josh Heytvelt and Theo Davis were suspended from the team following their arrest in which police said marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms were found in their car.</p><br clear="all"/>
West Virginia holds on to stun UCLA
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070210/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_ucla_wvirginia"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070210/capt.wvjg10502102118.ucla_west_virginia_basketball_wvjg105.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=S1Sdg.mpwRqTlrIaV_uDXA--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="UCLA's Russell Westbrook, left, and Darren Collison, right, cover their faces during the final seconds of a 70-65 loss to West Virginia Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007 in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)" border="0" /></a>AP - The new guys at West Virginia can now brag about doing the same thing last year's NCAA tournament team did — beating UCLA. Alex Ruoff scored 18 points and the Mountaineers made up for a lack of experience by taking a big lead and holding on for a 70-65 win over No. 2 UCLA on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jagr reaches 1,500 points as Rangers win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070211/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_rangers_capitals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070211/capt.vzn11402110317.rangers_capitals_hockey_vzn114.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=SXhchzvPTHQGncWIUSJxDg--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="New York Rangers' Petr Prucha (25) and Jaromir Jagr, second from left, both of the Czech Republic, celebrate a goal by Michal Rozsival (3), also of the Czech Republic, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, in Washington. Jagr had an assist on the goal. The Rangers won 5-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)" border="0" /></a>AP - On a night in which he was booed every time he touched the puck, Jaromir Jagr appreciated the irony of reaching a significant milestone against his former team. Jagr became the 12th player in NHL history to score 1,500 points, earning three assists to help the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kaeding kick earns AFC Pro Bowl win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070211/sp_nm/nfl_pro_bowl_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070211/2007_02_11t012656_450x313_us_nfl_pro_bowl.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=sOSvGCTw047qMGiQcn8z2g--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="AFC cornerback LaDainian Tomlinson (21) of the San Diego Chargers moves the ball down the field during the third quarter of the NFL Pro Bowl against the NFC in Honolulu, Hawaii, February 10, 2007. (Hugh Gentry/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Nate Kaeding's 21-yard field goal in
the dying seconds gave the AFC a 31-28 win over the NFC in the
annual Pro Bowl game on Saturday in Hawaii.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pistons roll over Raptors for sixth straight win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070211/sp_nm/nba1_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070211/2007_02_11t014051_450x373_us_nba1.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=aeTvgD38juCVEcyOa.MuiQ--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace (R) is pressured by Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh during the second half of their NBA game in Auburn Hills, Michigan February 10, 2007. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Rasheed Wallace scored a season-high 28
points to lead the streaking Detroit Pistons to a sixth
straight victory with a 98-92 win over the Toronto Raptors at
The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Williams won't accept minor league deal
AP - Bernie Williams plans to decline the New York Yankees' offer to attend spring training on a minor league contract, the outfielder told reporters Friday night before playing guitar at a benefit concert.
Milan stadium fan ban partially lifted
AP - A spectator ban for the San Siro stadium, home to Serie A teams AC Milan and Inter Milan, was partially lifted following an inspection by government officials on Saturday.
Canucks surge past Thrashers 3-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070211/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_thrashers_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070211/capt.rxl10602110522.thrashers_canucks_hockey__rxl106.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=zoPUXblTeVdjDjl6N5yXoA--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="Vancouver Canucks' Jeff Cowan (20) watches his shot sail over Atlanta Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen during the second period of NHL action in Vancouver, Canada, Saturday, February 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Richard Lam,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Vancouver Canucks played a near-perfect game for 54 minutes against the Atlanta Thrashers, then held on for the final six.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kaeding's FG lifts AFC to Pro Bowl win (AP)
Even while the star-studded AFC cruised to a comfortable lead in the Pro Bowl, Carson Palmer could sense a wacky finish lurking just beyond everybody's control. "With this much talent, anybody could change the game at any time," the Cincinnati quarterback said. "You've got to expect something crazy to happen, because it will." Palmer's hunch proved correct in the improbable final minutes -- but...
Saints' Brees injures elbow in Pro Bowl (AP)
Drew Brees lived every player's Pro Bowl nightmare Saturday, dislocating his left elbow on his second series as the NFC's starting quarterback. The All-Pro quarterback's injury seems unlikely to affect next season, but the threat of injury exists in any football game -- even a low-key, halfhearted affair such as the NFL's all-star game.
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.
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.
Wallace, Pistons win sixth straight game (AP)
Flip Saunders knows Rasheed Wallace walks a fine line. Wallace can be one of the league's best players, as well as one of its most emotional and physical. Or he can be maddeningly frustrating, making silly fouls and causing his team points. "It's a catch-22 with Sheed," the Detroit Pistons coach said. "He gets fired up like he did tonight, and he's unstoppable, and I'm not just talking about...
'Melo, Nuggets win again without Iverson (AP)
The Denver Nuggets had an eventful two-game road trip. They swept both games, Carmelo Anthony was named an All-Star, coach George Karl cracked one liners and the Nuggets saw a bizarre fourth-quarter strategy employed by the desperate Bucks. Anthony scored 29 points, and Nene had 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Nuggets held on to beat Milwaukee 109-102 on Saturday night to improve to 12-10 away...
Carter, Williams lead Nets past Magic (AP)
The New Jersey Nets have long sought a productive backup for All-Star point guard Jason Kidd. Marcus Williams appears to have ended that search. Williams provided 12 clutch points off the bench and Vince Carter scored 32 points to lead the Nets to a 93-78 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
Okur, Jazz rally past Knicks in OT (AP)
Mehmet Okur sat exhausted in his locker, too tired to relish scoring 29 points and leading Utah to its fourth straight win. Okur hadn't eaten for more than a day because of a stomach bug, and had just played more than 43 minutes in helping lead the Jazz back from a 10-point deficit and beat the New York Knicks 104-102 on Saturday night.
Kings rout Sonics for fifth straight win (AP)
The Sacramento Kings lost a former All-Star and, instead of sulking, they showed off their depth. Seattle got a former All-Star back, but even Rashard Lewis' return couldn't cure the SuperSonics' struggles. Kevin Martin scored 26 points, 14 coming during a big second quarter that led the Kings to a 114-93 win over the Sonics on Saturday night.
Wizards suspend Thomas for Haywood fight (AP)
The running feud between Etan Thomas and Brendan Haywood escalated with another exchange of blows, leading to a two-game suspension for Thomas and leaving the Washington Wizards thin along the frontcourt. Thomas was suspended for throwing a punch at Haywood during practice Friday. Thomas was retaliating for what he believed was an intentional elbow.
Paul, Hornets pick up third straight win (AP)
After needing extra time to get their last two wins, Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets disposed of their latest foe a little bit earlier. Paul had 23 points and 11 assists, David West added 22 points and the two teamed up to lead an early third-quarter surge as the Hornets pulled away for a 114-99 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.
Rockets make quick work of Bobcats (AP)
Juwan Howard was impressed the Houston Rockets were able to shake off a bad start and forget a tough loss from the day before to beat the Charlotte Bobcats. Getting the decisive 104-83 win Saturday night after trailing by 11 points early is a sign of maturity, said Howard, who scored 16 points. And on the subject of maturity, the team also got a boost from its 40-year-old center Dikembe Mutombo.
Kings C Miller out with foot injury (AP)
The Sacramento Kings will be without center Brad Miller until after the All-Star break after pain from a partially torn fascia in his left foot flared up. Miller was bothered of late by the foot and had an MRI done in Sacramento on Friday. He went through shootaround on Saturday, but doctors determined rest would be the best treatment.
Gary Bettman's reign as NHL commissioner will enter its 15th year on Thursday. His misguided marketing continues to mar the game.
Jagr scores 1,500th point, Rangers win (AP)
On a night in which he was booed every time he touched the puck, Jaromir Jagr appreciated the irony of reaching a significant milestone against his former team. Jagr became the 12th player in NHL history to score 1,500 points, earning three assists to help the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 Saturday night.
Bruins deal D Stuart to Flames (AP)
The Boston Bruins traded defenseman Brad Stuart and forward Wayne Primeau to the Calgary Flames for defenseman Andrew Ference and forward Chuck Kobasew on Saturday night. Stuart, a key player in last season's trade that sent former Bruins captain Joe Thornton to San Jose, had been mentioned in recent trade talk because of his upcoming free-agent status.
Canucks forge three-way tie in Northwest (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks played a near-perfect game for 54 minutes against the Atlanta Thrashers, then held on for the final six. Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison scored 10 seconds apart in the second period, and Roberto Luongo made six of his 27 saves in the last five minutes to lift the Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Thrashers on Saturday night.
Flyers end team-record 13-game home skid (AP)
Simon Gagne and the Philadelphia Flyers finally got the good fortune they were desperately seeking. Gagne scored his second goal of the game on a power play 27 seconds into overtime as the Flyers snapped a team-record, 13-game home losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
Staal powers Penguins by Leafs in OT (AP)
Jordan Staal capped a tight game with his first career hat trick in a city he dreamed about playing in. Staal scored his third goal of the game at 3:54 of overtime to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Staal has seven goals in the last five games for the Penguins, who have points in 13 straight games (11-0-2) for the first time since a...
Sabres lose Gaustad, Spacek to injury (AP)
It's one major injury after another for the Buffalo Sabres. Shortly after general manager Darcy Regier announced Saturday that forward Paul Gaustad was to miss the rest of the season with a sliced tendon in his left leg, Sabres defenseman Jaroslav Spacek broke his left hand blocking a shot during a 3-2 shootout win over Calgary.
Sens finish home-and-home sweep of Habs (AP)
Predictably, the mood in the Ottawa Senators' dressing room was good after a second straight win over Montreal. The same couldn't be said for the beaten Canadiens. Daniel Alfredsson set up Wade Redden during a power play in the second period and assisted on Mike Fisher's goal early in the third as Ottawa recovered from blowing an early lead for a 5-3 win over Montreal on Saturday night.
Kings halt Preds' record home win streak (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings are a team going nowhere this season. That doesn't mean they can't have some fun along the way. The Kings, with the worst record in the Western Conference, beat the Nashville Predators, the best team in the West 4-1 Saturday night. The Kings, who own the NHL's worst road record (8-18-2), are 2-0-3 in their last five games.
Leafs rookie Newbury leaves on stretcher (AP)
Maple Leafs rookie Kris Newbury was taken off the ice on a stretcher late in the third period after a fight with Pittsburgh's Ronald Petrovicky on Saturday night. The Toronto forward took several punches to the head before falling to the ice. He stayed motionless for several minutes before taken being off.
Stewart wins the Budweiser Shootout (PA SportsTicker)
Stewart wins Shootout to solidify contender status for Daytona 500 (AP)
Tony Stewart again drove his way into Victory Lane at Daytona.
DEI answers Earnhardt's call for team ownership (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Gerhart wins Daytona again; Crocker falters (AP)
History will have to wait. Pole-winner Erin Crocker's bid to become the first woman to win an ARCA event and a race at Daytona International Speedway came up far short Saturday while Bobby Gerhart drove off with his fifth victory in the season-opening race. Crocker, who drives for NASCAR Nextel Cup team owner Ray Evernham, stayed with the leaders until about 25 laps remained in the 80-lap event.
NASCAR drivers set to kick off season at Daytona 500 qualifying (PA SportsTicker)
Old-timer Hylton has work cut out for him (AP)
James Hylton certainly drives faster than most 72-year-olds, but he'll have to go a lot faster to make the Daytona 500.
Rebounding Yates plans to hand team to son at end of season (AP)
If everything goes according to Robert Yates' plan, his NASCAR team will rebound from a gut-wrenching season, and he will retire at the end of the year, handing the team over to son Doug.
Confusing Daytona qualifying format adds to pressure (AP)
The qualifying format for the Daytona 500 is unique, confusing and a source of tremendous pressure for the drivers who have to race their way into NASCAR's biggest event.