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NEWS FROM 2007-02-15
Celts end franchise-record losing streak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070215/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bucks_celtics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070215/capt.mamd10602150311.bucks_celtics_basketball_mamd106.jpg?x=130&y=129&sig=sh3G9Z0dIKvqPytiraUjxQ--" align="left" height="129" width="130" alt="Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Maurice Williams (25) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, in Boston. The Celtics won, 117-97, breaking their 18-game losing streak. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Al Jefferson was happily watching the final seconds of garbage time from the Boston bench when Delonte West gave him a piece of advice.</p><br clear="all"/>
Waltrip's crew chief, director suspended
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070215/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ne/car_nascar_daytona_cheating"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070214/capt.dbr11302142033.nascar_daytona_500_auto_racing_dbr113.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=8HXngPdKJw6IaTXWZRHLBA--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, right, watches as his crew works on his Toyota during practice Wednesday Feb. 14, 2007, for Sunday's running of the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Daytona 500 is a wreck before it even gets started. A cheating scandal that had already brought down four teams now has ensnared another — that of two-time winner Michael Waltrip — tarnishing NASCAR's signature race and Toyota's highly anticipated debut.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jazz edge Cavaliers 99-98
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070215/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cavaliers_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070215/capt.slcc10702150452.cavaliers_jazz_basketball_slcc107.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=9V4XRGuq9QvfPh_mByNy0g--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams (8) is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Donyell Marshall (24) during the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, in Salt Lake City. Williams had 12 assists and scored 33 points to tie the game high for the night. The Jazz beat the Cavaliers 99-98. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gordan Giricek smothered LeBron James throughout the fourth quarter and helped hold the Cleveland star to four points in the final period. However, it was Giricek's final defensive play in Utah's 99-98 win Wednesday night that bothered the Cavaliers the most.</p><br clear="all"/>
Duke gets back on winning track
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070215/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_duke_boston_college"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070215/capt.maea10702150415.duke_boston_college_basketball_maea107.jpg?x=110&y=130&sig=TKe6TfbnEUDq26LPoTfX3A--" align="left" height="130" width="110" alt="Boston College's Sean Marshall (23) is fouled by Duke's David McClure as he drives baseline to the hoop during the second half of their ACC basketball game in Boston Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007. Duke beat Boston College, 78-70. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski finally had a reason to smile after his team ended its longest losing streak in 11 years.</p><br clear="all"/>
SuperSonics clobber Suns 114-90
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070215/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_suns_supersonics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070215/capt.wajf10802150534.suns_supersonics_basketball_wajf108.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=TH5EvfaplN6eynuZunR2mg--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="Seattle SuperSonics' Ray Allen drives to the basket past Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire during the fourth quarter of their basketball game in Seattle, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nick Collison doesn't necessarily agree, but a year ago Seattle coach Bob Hill didn't feel comfortable with Collison on the court against Phoenix.</p><br clear="all"/>
Singletary interviews for Chargers job
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070215/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_chargers_singletary"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070213/capt.ny15202131151.chargers_schottenheimer_fired_football_ny152.jpg?x=130&y=128&sig=U6OXoV3nXOCeQb9g0fZrMQ--" align="left" height="128" width="130" alt="From left to right, San Diego Chargers' Stephen Cooper, teammate Matt Wilhelm and coach Marty Schottenheimer watch from the sidelines before their game against the New England Patriots in an AFC Divisional football playoff game in San Diego, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007. 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/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - The San Diego Chargers began their coaching search so quickly that the first candidate to be interviewed ran into the guy he hopes to replace.</p><br clear="all"/>
Warriors trounce Knicks 120-101
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070215/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_knicks_warriors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070215/capt.oas10902150556.knicks_warriors_basketball_oas109.jpg?x=66&y=130&sig=YLVgWOyeJH5cRsorwySP_g--" align="left" height="130" width="66" alt="Golden State Warriors' Stephen Jackson, right, shoots over New York Knicks' Renaldo Backman, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - After spending far too much time traveling across the country to face his legal problems recently, Stephen Jackson isn't going anywhere during the All-Star break.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Sox owner buys half of NASCAR team
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070215/sp_nm/redsox_nascar_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070215/2007_02_14t205557_450x318_us_redsox_nascar.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=mH1FGyoYdR2X_b24iVIIZA--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry speaks to reporters during a press conference at Fenway Park in Boston, November 2, 2005. Henry will buy half of the top team on the NASCAR racing circuit, Roush Racing, in the first investment by a major league baseball team in the country's fastest-growing sport. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Boston Red Sox's principal owner
will buy half of the top team on the NASCAR racing circuit,
Roush Racing, in the first investment by a major league
baseball team in the country's fastest-growing sport.</p><br clear="all"/>
German soccer team may walk off field
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.
Canucks catch Wild 3-2 in overtime
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070215/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_canucks_wild"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070215/capt.mnah11102150307.canucks_wild_hockey_mnah111.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=JpBdrXw8R5FibSdibOWqUg--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks left wing Taylor Pyatt (9) watches as a shot by teammate Markus Naslund (not pictured) make it over the leg of Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom (32) , of Finland, for a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Vancouver Canucks are quite ready to refer to teammate Sami Salo as "Mr. Overtime."</p><br clear="all"/>
Agent Caravantes fined by NFLPA
Singletary interviews with Chargers (AP)
The San Diego Chargers began their coaching search so quickly that the first candidate to be interviewed ran into the guy he hopes to replace. Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary, the assistant head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, met with team executives Wednesday, less than 48 hours after Marty Schottenheimer was fired.
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...
Sherman, John Garrett join Cowboys staff (AP)
Ray Sherman and John Garrett were hired Wednesday as assistants to new Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips. Sherman, who had been with eight other NFL teams dating to 1988, will be the receivers coach. Garrett, the brother of offensive assistant Jason Garrett, will coach tight ends. Sherman spent the last two seasons coaching receivers at Tennessee and before that was with Green Bay.
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...
Vegas viewer's guide
Celtics snap 18-game skid, rout Bucks (AP)
Al Jefferson was happily watching the final seconds of garbage time from the Boston bench when Delonte West gave him a piece of advice. "We've got nothing to celebrate," Jefferson recalled after Boston ended its franchise-record losing streak at 18 games by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 117-97. "We should feel good about it.
Tim Hardaway says he 'hates gay people' (AP)
Retired Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway said Wednesday that he hates gay people, but later said he regretted the remarks. "You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people," he said while a guest on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket. "I'm homophobic.
Spurs end Pistons' seven-game win streak (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs had every excuse to put forth a lackluster performance Wednesday night -- and didn't need to use any of them. Tim Duncan scored 23 points and Francisco Elson added 12 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as the road-weary Spurs snapped Detroit's seven-game winning streak with a 90-81 victory.
Sonics easily defeat short-handed Suns (AP)
Nick Collison doesn't necessarily agree, but a year ago Seattle coach Bob Hill didn't feel comfortable with Collison on the court against Phoenix. Collison wasn't quick, aggressive or athletic enough to keep up with the Suns. That's why Collison's performances against Phoenix are such a shock to Hill.
Johnson's surge gets Hawks by Clippers (AP)
After learning he was an NBA All-Star for the first time, Joe Johnson played like one. Johnson scored six of his 27 points in the final 19 seconds and the Atlanta Hawks rallied to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-93 Wednesday night. Johnson was picked by commissioner David Stern to replace Jason Kidd, who has a back injury.
Bosh, Raptors rip injury-plagued Nets (AP)
Chris Bosh wasn't about to let the Toronto Raptors head into the All-Star break with a loss to an injury-plagued team chasing them in the standings. Bosh had 25 points and the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors added to their lead over New Jersey by beating the Nets 120-109 Wednesday night. Morris Peterson added 18 points and five others reached double figures in scoring for the Raptors, who shot 59...
Arenas struggles again in Wizards win (AP)
Gilbert Arenas' bold-talking, high-scoring first half of the season ended with a whimper. Arenas struggled with his shot -- again -- scoring 22 points on 8-for-26 shooting, and the Washington Wizards broke open a close game in the fourth quarter and held on for a 92-85 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Williams rallies Jazz past Cavs 99-98 (AP)
Gordan Giricek smothered LeBron James throughout the fourth quarter and helped hold the Cleveland star to four points in the final period. However, it was Giricek's final defensive play in Utah's 99-98 win Wednesday night that bothered the Cavaliers the most. Giricek collided with Sasha Pavlovic before Pavlovic got off a 37-foot shot that missed at the buzzer.
Jackson powers Warriors over Knicks (AP)
After spending far too much time traveling across the country to face his legal problems recently, Stephen Jackson isn't going anywhere during the All-Star break. So when his fellow Golden State Warriors appeared determined to start their vacations early, Jackson kept them around long enough to hold off the New York Knicks.
Predators move back atop NHL standings (AP)
The Nashville Predators gave a glimpse Wednesday night of what they can do when they don't hurt themselves. Shea Weber scored two goals and Tomas Vokoun stopped 22 shots as the Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 5-0. The victory moved them back on top of the NHL standings with 81 points, one ahead of idle Buffalo.
Canucks win in OT, tie for division lead (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks are quite ready to refer to teammate Sami Salo as "Mr. Overtime." The defenseman isn't sure the name fits yet. Salo's goal 4:20 into overtime -- his third extra-session goal of the season -- lifted the streaking Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. Vancouver, 15-3-3 since Christmas, also got goals from Daniel Sedin and Markus Naslund to move into a first-place tie with...
Gerber, Senators defeat Panthers 4-0 (AP)
Martin Gerber stepped up in his latest stint as the Ottawa Senators' starting goalie, even if it was by default. Gerber made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season and 10 Ottawa players scored points in the Senators' 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night. Making a rare start in place of suspended goalie Ray Emery, Gerber got his first shutout in 21 games with Ottawa this...
Three-goal third gets Red Wings by Stars (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings didn't let the embarrassment from their previous loss linger. Henrik Zetterberg notched the go-ahead goal with 4:36 left, after setting up the tying score a little over four minutes earlier, and the Red Wings rallied for a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night. Detroit was routed by the Philadelphia Flyers -- the NHL's worst team -- 6-1 on Monday night, and...
Penguins' point streak reaches 14 games (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins haven't been on a streak like this in 10 years. The surprise is they keep winning games and gathering points without Sidney Crosby scoring goals. Evgeni Malkin tied the game late in the third period after Pittsburgh wasted a multiple-goal lead for the third game in a row, then teamed with Erik Christensen to score in the shootout as the Penguins rallied to beat the Chicago...
Devils win eighth straight over Habs (AP)
Getting a couple of two-man advantages from the Montreal Canadiens was all the New Jersey Devils needed to get their power play going. Defenseman Brian Rafalski scored twice with New Jersey up two men and the Devils tallied three times on the power play in a 5-2 win over Montreal on Wednesday night, sending the Canadiens to a season-high fifth straight loss.
Coyotes, Doan agree to five-year deal (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes have agreed to a five-year contract with captain Shane Doan, who joined the franchise when it still was in Winnipeg. The agreement was completed Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the contract who asked not to be identified because the deal had not been officially announced.
Rookie Backes lifts Blues by Jackets 4-2 (AP)
Manny Legace didn't know where the puck went, and the officials didn't see enough on tape to determine that it was a goal. St. Louis rookie David Backes had his first two-goal game in the NHL, leading the Blues past the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Wednesday night. But what could have been a go-ahead goal for Columbus was disallowed after a video review.
Rangers place G Weekes on injured list (AP)
Rangers backup goalie Kevin Weekes was placed on the injured list Wednesday because of a muscle strain in his leg sustained a day earlier in practice. The injury occurred at Weekes' most inactive time of the season. He hasn't played since Jan. 11 and appeared in only two games since losing three straight between Dec.
Kings, C Armstrong agree to extension (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings agreed to a two-year contract extension with center Derek Armstrong on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not announced. He has nine goals, a career-high 30 assists and 50 penalty minutes in 54 games this season. Armstrong leads the team with a plus-16 rating, and has six points in his last five games.
Waltrip's crew chief thrown out for illegal substance (AP)
The Daytona 500 is supposed to be a NASCAR celebration. A cheating scandal has made it a mockery.
Waltrip in hot water with NASCAR and Toyota (AFP)
NASCAR newcomers Toyota has voiced dismay as Michael Waltrip Racing was slapped with hefty penalties by the hugely popular stock car racing series in a cheating scandal.
Owners peeved with severity of penalties to crew chiefs (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Toyota officials embarrassed by Waltrip Racing's actions (PA SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) Jim Aust called it "Toyota's Worst Nightmare."
NASCAR nails Waltrip Racing with huge penalties (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
NASCAR czar says funny cars no laughing matter (AP)
There is no such thing as a good time to get caught cheating. But the weekend before the season opens, with the boss scheduled to deliver his state-of-the-sport speech and his handlers practically begging for a test case to make them look tough, might be the worst time of all. Four NASCAR teams learned that the hard way Tuesday, a fifth on Wednesday.
Henry, Roush partnering to pursue more championships (AP)
When Boston Red Sox majority owner John Henry and NASCAR team owner Jack Roush began talking about a partnership more than three years ago, both teams were notorious for falling painfully short of winning championships.
Drivers, owners baffled by NASCAR's cheating crackdown (AP)
Driver Matt Kenseth and car owner Jack Roush expressed outrage Wednesday over NASCAR's decision to dock the team 50 championship points before the season-opener Daytona 500.