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NEWS FROM 2007-02-13
'Martyball' era ends in San Diego
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070213/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_chargers_schottenheimer_fired"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070213/capt.ny15502130229.chargers_schottenheimer_football_ny155.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=InLL1tsUod3.RyBPYMrcDQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="San Diego Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer shouts instructions at his players during football practice in this Jan. 10, 2007 file photo in San Diego. The Chargers fired Schottenheimer on Monday, Feb. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Marty Schottenheimer performed well enough to go 14-2 last season despite what team president Dean Spanos called a "dysfunctional situation" between the coach and his general manager.</p><br clear="all"/>
Time Warner reaches deal to sell Braves
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070213/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_braves_sale"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070213/capt.ny15602130436.braves_sale_baseball_ny156.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=tAFyrwfLUSgF92PS9LXLfg--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Fans fill the stands as the Atlanta Braves play an exhibition game against the New York Yankess, the first baseball game ever played at Turner Field in Atlanta, in this March 29, 1997 file photo. Time Warner Inc. finalized an agreement Monday, Feb. 12, 2007 to sell the Atlanta Braves to Liberty Media Corp. after more than a year of negotiations.(AP Photo/Ric Feld, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Time Warner Inc. finalized an agreement Monday to sell the Atlanta Braves to Liberty Media Corp. after more than a year of negotiations.</p><br clear="all"/>
Eagles' Reid to take leave of absence
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070213/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_eagles_reid_leave"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070212/capt.px10602121724.eagles_reid_leave_of_absence_football_px106.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=T9hjGREWhFW0Qc9JqLdlEA--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, left, hugs his son, Britt, after the Eagles defeated the Dallas Cowboys 38-24 in their football game Oct. 8, 2006, in Philadelphia. Reid will take a temporary leave of absence through the middle of March to deal with family issues, team officials announced Monday, Feb. 12, 2007. Reid's decision comes less than two weeks after two of his sons, Garrett and Britt, got into separate legal trouble on the same day. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andy Reid is facing a crisis far tougher than a quarterback controversy or a disruptive player. The Philadelphia Eagles coach will leave the team for a month to deal with developments that have rocked his family the past two weeks — one son tested positive for heroin, another was arraigned on drug and weapons charges.</p><br clear="all"/>
Amaechi's out, and in the media mix
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070213/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_amaechi_interview"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070212/capt.nysw10102122141.amaechi_interview_basketball_nysw101.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=_7r51ODpCkaQkQHA5YohsQ--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Former NBA player John Amaechi poses for a picture in New York, Monday, Feb. 12, 2007. Amaechi's book, 'Man in the Middle', which chronicles his childhood, NBA career and his secret life as a gay man, will be available to the public on Feb. 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)" border="0" /></a>AP - Five days after becoming the first NBA player to acknowledge his homosexuality, former center John Amaechi said the spotlight has been chaotic.</p><br clear="all"/>
Matsuzaka arrives at spring training
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070213/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_red_sox_matsuzaka"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070213/capt.flcs10902130037.red_sox_matsuzaka_baseball_flcs109.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=dW8GbV.MRTLp7INkjIMNkQ--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka speaks to reporters as he arrives at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla., Monday, Feb. 12, 2007 to attend spring training camp in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dice-K arrived at spring training. And so did crowds of reporters, photographers and television crews who flocked to Florida to chronicle the $103 million Japanese ace's landing. That didn't count the handful of puzzled passers-by who wondered what all the fuss was about Monday at Tampa International Airport. It's all about Daisuke Matsuzaka.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chargers fire coach Schottenheimer
Reuters - The San Diego Chargers sacked coach
Marty Schottenheimer on Monday after he led the team to an NFL
best 14-2 record last season but failed to deliver a Super
Nuggets on right side of wild night
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070213/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_warriors_nuggets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070213/capt.dxa10602130440.warriors_nuggets_basketball_dxa106.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=CWqRQ82mJcsdxZ6vTeRTcA--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Denver Nuggets forward Nene, right, of Brazil, dunks the ball for a basket over Golden State Warriors center Andris Biedrins, of Latvia, in the third quarter of the Nuggets' 123-111 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Monday, Feb. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Once again at the Pepsi Center, the defense was dismal, the shots were wild and crazy and the crowd had seen enough to stream for the exits midway through the fourth quarter. For once, Denver coach George Karl could laugh it all off.</p><br clear="all"/>
Orioles' Benson tears rotator cuff
AP - Orioles pitcher Kris Benson has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and will probably miss the entire 2007 season.
Beckham unlikely to return to England
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070212/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070210/capt.do81702102233.spain_soccer_do817.jpg?x=78&y=130&sig=w7bLs8kFLIm0P9tIgpTWBA--" align="left" height="130" width="78" alt="Real Madrid player David Beckham plays with the ball during his Spanish League soccer match against the Real Sociedad at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007. (AP PHOTO/Alvaro Barrientos)" border="0" /></a>AP - If David Beckham can score on his surprise return to Real Madrid's lineup, why not a recall for England? His move to the Los Angeles Galaxy is months away, and England is in trouble in qualifying for the 2008 European Championship.</p><br clear="all"/>
Primeau provides inspiration; Flyers win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070213/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_red_wings_flyers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070213/capt.pagw10402130150.red_wings_flyers_hockey_pagw104.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=qzS8RPsgsXQ_I2YT8m.nMg--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Former Philadelphia Flyers Keith Primeau, forced to retire last September due to post-concussion syndrome, waves to fans during ceremonies honoring him before the start of the hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, in Philadelphia. At right is a painting of Primeau, which was presented to him. (AP Photo/George Widman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Keith Primeau moved his former teammates and the fans with an emotional pregame speech. Then Peter Forsberg showed why he's so coveted around the league. And with the sellout crowd rocking for the Flyers and screaming derogatory chants at the Detroit Red Wings, and goals scored at a rapid rate, it all felt like old times in Philadelphia.</p><br clear="all"/>
Marty odd man out
The Chargers fired coach Marty Schottenheimer on Monday, citing a dysfunctional relationship within the organization.
Schottenheimer fired by Chargers (AP)
Marty Schottenheimer performed well enough to go 14-2 last season despite what team president Dean Spanos called a "dysfunctional situation" between the coach and his general manager. The relationship got so bad in the last month that Spanos fired Schottenheimer on Monday night, another shocking development for a team that thought it was Super Bowl-worthy but lost its playoff opener.
Eagles' Reid takes leave of absence (AP)
Andy Reid is facing a crisis far tougher than a quarterback controversy or a disruptive player. The Philadelphia Eagles coach will leave the team for a month to deal with developments that have rocked his family the past two weeks -- one son tested positive for heroin, another was arraigned on drug and weapons charges.
Giants cut Arrington, Emmons, Petitgout (AP)
The New York Giants released linebacker LaVar Arrington and two other starters Monday in the first major shake-up under new general manager Jerry Reese. New York also cut linebacker Carlos Emmons and offensive tackle Luke Petitgout, both of whom were slowed by injuries over the last two seasons. The release of Arrington ended a brief and unsatisfying tenure with the Giants for the former Pro...
Tiki Barber to join NBC in dual role (AP)
Tiki Barber will work for NBC next year after spending most of the 2006 NFL season entertaining bids from various networks for jobs in both news and sports. The New York Giants' Pro Bowl running back will be introduced Tuesday at a network news conference, according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not directly involved in the contract.
Seahawks happy with Hasselbeck's rehab (AP)
Matt Hasselbeck's potentially long, dark offseason keeps getting brighter. Seattle Seahawks president of football operations Tim Ruskell said the team is pleased with the progress its 2006 Super Bowl and Pro Bowl quarterback is making from shoulder surgery last month. After the Jan. 18 surgery that successfully reattached the torn labrum cartilage in Hasselbeck's left, non-throwing shoulder, Ruskell...
Titans finally hire Reinfeldt as new GM (AP)
Bud Adams prefers sticking with people he knows for important jobs. The Tennessee Titans owner did just that Monday, picking a safety from his franchise's old Houston days as his first new general manager since 1994. Mike Reinfeldt started 102 consecutive games for the then-Houston Oilers between 1976 and 1983 and lost to Pittsburgh in the AFC championship game in the 1978 and 1979 seasons -- when...
Brees dislocates left 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.
Deja vu in Detroit?
There's something eerily familiar about the Pistons' emergence in the East as a title contender.
Injured Nash pulls out of All-Star game (AP)
Steve Nash withdrew from Sunday's All-Star game because of lingering inflammation in his right shoulder. The league's two-time defending MVP has missed the last 3 1/2 games because of the injury. The Phoenix Suns said Monday he won't play at Seattle on Wednesday night, the club's last game before the All-Star break.
Pistons win seventh in row, top Clippers (AP)
The Detroit Pistons got the Los Angeles Clippers at the right time, and they knew it. Chris Webber had 19 points and nine rebounds and the Pistons beat the short-handed Clippers 92-74 Monday night for their seventh straight victory. The Clippers staggered in for their last stop on a seven-game trip and fell to 8-19 on the road.
Warriors' Davis to have knee surgery (AP)
Golden State guard Baron Davis will undergo surgery on his left knee Tuesday, coach Don Nelson said. "He is not with the team. He will have surgery tomorrow," Nelson said before the Warriors' game against the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. "The surgery is to clean out some debris in his left knee. We won't know the length of time he'll be out until they go in there," Nelson said.
Riley to return after All-Star break (AP)
Pat Riley will resume coaching the Miami Heat following the All-Star break, an official within the NBA said Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Riley has not formally announced his plans. Riley is expected to announce his return at a news conference Wednesday morning in Miami.
Jazz rout Hawks for fifth straight win (AP)
For once, the Utah Jazz didn't have to rely on Mehmet Okur making a clutch shot at the end. Okur was resting as the rest of the Jazz finished a 102-76 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. Okur is still recovering from a stomach bug and didn't play in the fourth quarter, but still scored 19 points.
Anthony, Smith lead Nuggets by Warriors (AP)
Once again at the Pepsi Center, the defense was dismal, the shots were wild and crazy and the crowd had seen enough to stream for the exits midway through the fourth quarter. For once, Denver coach George Karl could laugh it all off. Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith scored 28 points apiece and the Nuggets beat the Golden State Warriors 123-111 Monday night in the duo's best combined performance since...
Man who hit Jackson with car convicted (AP)
A man who hit former Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson with a car during a fight outside a strip club last fall was convicted Monday in a ruling by a judge. Deon Willford waived his right to a jury trial, allowing Marion Superior Court Judge Patricia Gifford to render a verdict. She found the 23-year-old man guilty of felony battery and failure to stop at a scene of an accident, a misdemeanor.
Amaechi overwhelmed by news coverage (AP)
Five days after becoming the first NBA player to acknowledge his homosexuality, former center John Amaechi said the spotlight has been chaotic. Amaechi, whose "Man in the Middle" memoir will be released Wednesday, said he has been deluged with phone calls and e-mails from friends and supporters. But Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who coached Amaechi in Orlando, has been the only one from the...
Last-second shot runs Celts' skid to 18 (AP)
The losses keep piling up for the Boston Celtics, one after another to bring them to one of the low points in the proud franchise's championship-laden history. And the Celtics dipped even lower on Sunday, not just because they lost their franchise-record 18th straight game, but because of how they lost it and to whom.
Stars acquire Nagy from Coyotes (AP)
Phoenix Coyotes leading scorer Ladislav Nagy was traded Monday to the Dallas Stars for left wing Mathias Tjarnqvist and a first-round draft pick in June. Nagy had 41 points (eight goals, 33 assists) in 55 games for Phoenix. The 27-year-old Nagy is in seventh NHL season, having played in Phoenix since being traded there from the St.
Caps G Kolzig out at least three weeks (AP)
Washington Capitals goaltender Olie Kolzig hurt his knee Monday and will miss at least three weeks. The veteran goaltender was injured during a drill at practice, a major blow to the Capitals' slim hopes of making a run at the playoffs. Kolzig, 19-19-5 with a 3.06 goals-against average, is one of the few veteran standouts on a rebuilding team.
Flyers score five in third, beat Wings (AP)
Keith Primeau moved his former teammates and the fans with an emotional pregame speech. Then Peter Forsberg showed why he's so coveted around the league. And with the sellout crowd rocking for the Flyers and screaming derogatory chants at the Detroit Red Wings, and goals scored at a rapid rate, it all felt like old times in Philadelphia.
Sens G Emery suspended three games (AP)
Ottawa goalie Ray Emery was suspended three games by the NHL on Monday for slashing Montreal forward Maxim Lapierre. Emery swung his stick and hit Lapierre in the face during the second period of the Senators' 5-3 win Saturday night over the Canadiens. Emery got a minor penalty on the play. Lapierre, who was wearing a visor, was not hurt.
Flyers ink Kapanen to two-year extension (AP)
Right wing Sami Kapanen and the Philadelphia Flyers agreed on Monday to a two-year extension through the 2008-09 season. Kapanen has seven goals and 14 points for the Flyers in 51 games this season. "I'm happy to stay here and happy we got it done," Kapanen said. "I believe this team is rebuilding in the right direction and we'll be back and contending next year." The 33-year-old Kapanen held off...
Staal surprises Pens, and big brother (AP)
Eric Staal led the NHL in playoff scoring for Stanley Cup champion Carolina last season and, at age 22, is one of the league's best young players. By the end of this season, he might not be the leading scorer in his family. Jordan Staal, the 18-year-old who went into the Pittsburgh Penguins' training camp not expecting to make the team, is enjoying a breakout season even as more-publicized teammate...
Caps give Brashear one-year extension (AP)
Enforcer Donald Brashear signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract extension with the Washington Capitals on Monday. The 35-year-old left wing joined the Capitals as a free agent last summer, adding toughness to team that is rebuilding around rising star Alex Ovechkin. Brashear ranks fourth in the NHL penalty minutes with 125.
Stars set season high for goals, top Avs (AP)
Even without All-Star goalie Marty Turco finishing games, the Dallas Stars are winning and making up ground in the Pacific Division. Jeff Halpern had a goal and two assists in a 7-5 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, when the Stars set a season high for goals and were involved in a 12-goal game for the first time in more than nine years.
Surging Lightning defeat Devils 4-1 (AP)
John Tortorella and the Tampa Bay Lightning found a very unlikely hero in beating the New Jersey Devils -- Nick Tarnasky. Tarnasky had his first career game-winning goal and combined with Vincent Lecavalier to score in a 48-second span late in a three-goal second period in a 4-1 win on Sunday. "It's nice get a game winner," said Tarnasky, a role player who took seven shifts spanning less than 4...
Want to stop cheating? Send a driver home (AP)
Suspending a crew chief for the Daytona 500 hasn't seemed to deter teams from cheating. Maybe it's time to throw out the driver, too.
Former open-wheel driver faces big challenge in NASCAR (AP)
Don't spend too much time comparing NASCAR rookies and former open-wheel drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and A.J. Allmendinger.
Crew chief Knaus learns from his mistakes (PA SportsTicker)
After sitting out last year's Daytona 500 and three other races due to a cheating suspension, Chad Knaus has learned his lesson as the crew chief for defending champion Jimmie Johnson.
Yates puts both cars on front row for Daytona 500; Montoya fourth (AP)
It seemed certain at times last season that Robert Yates Racing was going to close its doors.
Michael Waltrip's Toyota impounded at Daytona (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Toyotas underwhelming in Daytona pole qualifying (AP)
Oh, what a failing.
Confident Montoya has quiet qualifying day (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya has seen it all before, although one big difference is that his current car has a roof.
Unknown Gilliland, returning Rudd gives Yates sweep of front row (PA SportsTicker)