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Virginia Tech owns Tobacco Road of late (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070214/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_virginia_tech_north_carolina"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070214/capt.ncsd10102140205.virginia_tech_north_carolina_basketball_ncsd101.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=sQ8J5kLcABWm8BaI1cl3YQ--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough (50) gets tangled as Virginia Tech's Coleman Collins, left, brings down a rebound during the first half of a college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Virginia Tech topped North Carolina for the second time, after previously upsetting Duke. Maybe the Hokies should push for an extension of Tobacco Road.</p><br clear="all"/>

Crew chiefs suspended for Daytona 500 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070214/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_daytona_cheating"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070213/capt.ny12302132151.nascar_daytona_cheating_ny123.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=1NFZGFjNuMeZxm_juW6OZw--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="NASCAR driver Scott Riggs climbs into his car before going out on the track for practice for the Budweiser Shootout auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. in this Friday, Feb. 9, 2007 file photo. NASCAR took its strongest stance against cheating Tuesday, suspending the crew chiefs for Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler and docking all four drivers points before the season-opening Daytona 500. (AP Photo/John Raoux, FILE)" border="0" /></a>AP - NASCAR vowed last summer to crack down on cheaters, pledging to toughen penalties in a sport where bending the rules is as common as banging bumpers. Officials made good on that promise Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>

English springer spaniel becomes top dog (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070214/ap_on_sp_ot/dog_show"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070214/capt.nysw21202140451.aptopix_westminster_dog_show_nysw212.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=yamvNfFasuiIQhzPUI622A--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="An English springer spaniel named Ch Felicity's Diamond Jim, also known as James, poses for pictures with his handler Kelly Fitzgerald after winning best in show at the 131st Westminster dog show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)" border="0" /></a>AP - An English springer spaniel with a preference for chicken-and-garlic treats prevented America's top dog event from turning into "The Cosby Show."</p><br clear="all"/>

Knight trusts and Texas Tech pulls upset (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070214/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_texas_tech_texas_a_m"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070214/capt.txpz10902140415.texas_a_m_texas_tech_txpz109.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=ZzlAI8TiCablfXICchcMSg--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Texas Tech's Jarrius Jackson (22) celebrates making the game-winning shot against Texas A&M in the final second of their basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas. Texas Tech defeated Texas A&M 77-75. (AP Photo/Paul Zoeller)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even the imperious Bob Knight knows when to step aside and let his team take control. Knight chose not to take a timeout with 6 seconds left, the game tied and his Red Raiders with the ball. And it paid off.</p><br clear="all"/>

Heat back at .500 in night of comebacks (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070214/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_trail_blazers_heat"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070214/capt.aaa10502140151.trail_blazers_heat_basketball_aaa105.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=KDEKwrvUSbsBW4D51pLlOw--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Portland Trail Blazers guard Jarrett Jack drives past Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade during the first quarter of their basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)" border="0" /></a>AP - For the Miami Heat, this was a night of comebacks. First, coach Pat Riley said he'll return after missing six weeks because of knee and hip surgeries. Then Dwyane Wade shook off a bruised left shoulder and outscored Portland by himself in the final quarter.</p><br clear="all"/>

Chargers to interview 4 for coaching job (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070214/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_chargers_coaching_search"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070213/capt.ny15102131150.chargers_schottenheimer_fired_football_ny151.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=GLIaTiFfdBCVajnOixUGEw--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="San Diego Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer is shown on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, in Cincinnati. Schottenheimer, who has 200 regular-season wins and no Super Bowl appearances, was fired as San Diego Chargers coach on Monday Feb.. 12, 2007, a month after being told his job was safe despite another January collapse.(AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Chargers received permission Tuesday to interview four candidates to replace fired head coach Marty Schottenheimer, including one-time San Diego offensive coordinator Norv Turner.</p><br clear="all"/>

Nowitzki never ceases to amaze Mavericks (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070214/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_mavericks_bucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070214/capt.wimg10602140403.aptopix_mavericks_bucks_basketball_wimg106.jpg?x=70&y=130&sig=gu9.WwnCmztQfmXqXl5.iw--" align="left" height="130" width="70" alt="5'5' Milwaukee Bucks guard Earl Boykins runs into a screen by 7'0' Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, of Germany, during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, in Milwaukee. The Mavericks won 99-93. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dallas coach Avery Johnson admits even he's stunned sometimes by the Mavericks' cornerstone player.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cubs ace Zambrano gives team ultimatum (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070214/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_cubs_zambrano"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070213/capt.ny15302131944.cubs_zambrano_baseball_ny153.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=X1nQqRJkk0_jwyEtGC.9Mg--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano reacts after the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in the Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006 in Chicago. Chicago Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano has a new message for the team: sign him to a new contract before the season starts or he'll leave and become a free agent after it's over. 'I'm ready to sign and I would do my job anyway with the Cubs this year,' Zambrano said in an interview with WGN-TV that was reported Tuesday Feb. 13, 2007 by the Chicago Tribune. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chicago Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano has a new message for the team: sign him to a new contract before the season starts or he'll leave and become a free agent after it's over.</p><br clear="all"/>

German soccer team may walk off field (AP)
AP - The players and coach of German soccer team FC Lokomotive Leipzig threatened Tuesday to walk off the field if hooligans that rampaged over the weekend show up at one of their matches.

Sharks make coach queasy, but still win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070214/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sharks_blues"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070214/capt.motg10702140357.sharks_blues_hockey_motg107.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=hwH8U65MPM9.hFfF4nZ7Lw--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="St. Louis Blues Keith Tkachuk avoids San Jose Sharks Patrick Rissmiller as he slips the puck past goaltender Vesa Toskala, of Finland, in the third period of their hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007 in St. Louis. The Sharks held on to beat the Blues 6-5.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even as the San Jose Sharks built a four-goal lead, coach Ron Wilson never felt comfortable.</p><br clear="all"/>

Marty odd man out
The Chargers fired coach Marty Schottenheimer on Monday, citing a dysfunctional relationship within the organization.

Turner among four to talk with Chargers (AP)
The Chargers received permission Tuesday to interview four candidates to replace fired head coach Marty Schottenheimer, including one-time San Diego offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner was offensive coordinator with the Chargers in 2001. He's currently the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.

Giants release return specialist Morton (AP)
New general manager Jerry Reese cut another veteran from the New York Giants on Tuesday, releasing return specialist Chad Morton. The release of Morton came a day after Reese cut three veteran starters: linebacker LaVar Arrington, offensive tackle Luke Petitgout and linebacker Carlos Emmons. Morton played two years with the Giants, averaging 9.2 yards on punt returns and 21.6 yards on kickoff...

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.

Tiki Barber joins NBC in dual role (AP)
Former NFL running back and new "Today" show correspondent Tiki Barber said his offseason work at Fox News Channel made him recognize he had a passion for a career outside of sports. Barber also said his problems with New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin had "started to take its toll on me." The just-retired NFL running back was formally introduced as an NBC Universal employee Tuesday.

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.

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Duncan, Spurs rout Kidd-less Nets 107-82 (AP)
Beating the New Jersey Nets has never been a problem for the San Antonio Spurs. With Jason Kidd and two other starters out of the lineup, this time it wasn't even much of a game. Tim Duncan scored seven of his 21 points in a 20-0 San Antonio spurt to start the second quarter and the Spurs ran away from the injury-ravaged Nets 107-82 on Tuesday night.

Mavs rally from 16 down to beat Bucks (AP)
Dallas coach Avery Johnson admits even he's stunned sometimes by the Mavericks' cornerstone player. "Dirk Nowitzki is incredible. Man, sometimes, I get caught watching him, he's so good," Johnson said. Nowitzki had another brilliant performance with 38 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and the Mavs overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-93 Tuesday night for their...

Wade overcomes shoulder bruise, Heat win (AP)
For the Miami Heat, this was a night of comebacks. First, coach Pat Riley said he'll return after missing six weeks because of knee and hip surgeries. Then Dwyane Wade shook off a bruised left shoulder and outscored Portland by himself in the final quarter. Now, the Heat's long trip back to .500 is complete, too.

Bosh's FTs help Raptors hold off Bulls (AP)
Chris Bosh sank two free throws with 2.1 seconds left and the Toronto Raptors blew a 12-point fourth-quarter lead before recovering to beat the Chicago Bulls 112-111 Tuesday night. The victory was the 28th for Toronto, giving the Raptors one more win than all of last season. Bosh finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who ended a 15-game losing streak against the Bulls stretching...

Artest scores 39 but Rockets top Kings (AP)
After misfiring for three quarters, Tracy McGrady found his shooting touch just in time to save the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. McGrady scored 12 of his 28 points in the last 4 minutes of regulation and the Rockets overcame Ron Artest's big night beat the Sacramento Kings 109-104 in overtime. McGrady also had 12 assists to help offset Artest, who matched a career high with 39 points.

Arenas says he and coach Jordan are OK (AP)
Gilbert Arenas says all is well between him and his coach, calling the spat with Eddie Jordan a "little bump" for the Wizards. Arenas criticized Jordan following Sunday's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. The All-Star guard said the coach's overemphasis on defense contributed to Washington's fourth loss in five games.

Allen, Okur join West All-Stars (AP)
Seattle's Ray Allen and Utah's Mehmet Okur were chosen Tuesday by commissioner David Stern as injury replacements for the All-Star game. With Steve Nash (shoulder) and Allen Iverson (ankle) both pulling out of Sunday's game in Las Vegas, the Western Conference was in need of a guard. Allen is seventh in the league with 26.9 points per game.

Nash not ruling out longer absence (AP)
Steve Nash hopes to return to the lineup when the Phoenix Suns visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 20, their first game after the NBA All-Star break. However, the reigning two-time NBA MVP would not rule out a longer absence if his inflamed right shoulder continues to bother him. "We'd love to play after the All-Star break, but that would be determined (by) whether it strengthens and the pain...

Sonics pick Seattle suburb for new arena (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics have chosen suburban Renton as the site for a proposed new $500 million multipurpose arena. Sonics owner Clay Bennett and King County Executive Ron Sims announced the choice Tuesday to state lawmakers. "At this time the city of Renton is the most viable location for this new facility," Bennett said at a state senate committee hearing on proposed bills that would authorize...

Belfour ties for eighth on shutout list (AP)
After following in Tony Esposito's footsteps in Chicago, Ed Belfour was happy to catch up with the legendary goalie in Montreal. Belfour made 29 saves for his first shutout in nearly three years and Jay Bouwmeester scored late in the second period to lift the Florida Panthers to a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

DiPietro, Isles end long skid in Toronto (AP)
Rick DiPietro stellar play in goal allowed the New York Islanders to tie the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference standings. DiPietro made 39 saves, and Viktor Kozlov and Frans Nielsen scored in the shootout to lead the Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Trent Hunter and Miroslav Satan scored in regulation for the Islanders, who are tied with Toronto for...

Budaj helps Avalanche blank Ducks (AP)
Peter Budaj stopped 39 shots in posting his second shutout of the season and Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-0 on Tuesday night. The Ducks, who came into the game with the second-best mark in the Western Conference, have now lost three straight games.

Thomas, Bruins defeat Oilers 3-0 (AP)
Brandon Bochenski is making a good impression on his new teammates. The forward scored for the fourth time in four games since he was traded to Boston, and Marco Sturm added another goal 62 seconds later in the first period on Tuesday night to lead the Bruins to a 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Lecavalier powers Lightning by Coyotes (AP)
The Great One is impressed by Vincent Lecavalier. Lecavalier had two goals and an assist, and Brad Richards scored a tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3 on Tuesday night. "He's just a tremendous talent," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said.

Cheechoo, Thornton get Sharks by Blues (AP)
Even as the San Jose Sharks built a four-goal lead, coach Ron Wilson never felt comfortable. "It was almost too easy," Wilson said after the Sharks held on for a 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. "I kept saying to the team, 'You got to put these guys away. They won't go away.' All the games I've watched on TV where they've managed to fall behind by two or three, they've managed...

Leg injury hinders Connolly's comeback (AP)
Tim Connolly will miss at least a week of workouts because of a leg stress fracture, the latest setback for the Buffalo center who's missed nine months with concussion-related headaches. Coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday that tests revealed a broken bone below Connolly's knee. The player complained of soreness since he began practicing with the team 10 days ago.

Walker lifts Hurricanes past Kings 2-1 (AP)
Considering their position in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Carolina Hurricanes know they can't let any points get away if they want to defend their Stanley Cup title. On Tuesday night, that meant avoiding a letdown against the Western Conference's last-place team. Scott Walker scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and David Tanabe had two assists to lead the Hurricanes past the...

With Kolzig out, Caps recall G Cassivi (AP)
With Olie Kolzig out with a knee injury, the Washington Capitals recalled goalie Frederic Cassivi from Hershey of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. Kolzig was injured during practice Monday and will be sidelined at least three weeks. Brent Johnson becomes the starter during Kolzig's absence. Cassivi backed up Kolzig for two games earlier this month while Johnson was injured, but did not play.

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.

Marbles: Nothing new

Daytona cheating scandal: crew chiefs suspended, drivers docked points (AP)
NASCAR vowed last summer to crack down on cheaters, pledging to toughen penalties in a sport where bending the rules is as common as banging bumpers.

Toyota's Waltrip awaits fate as NASCAR gets tough (AFP)
Japanese automaker Toyota's debut in US stock car racing could be a disgraceful one as driver-owner Michael Waltrip awaits his fate following a record-setting set of punishments.

Four crew chiefs suspended by NASCAR (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

NASCAR to escalate penalties for cheating (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

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.

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