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Steinbrenner's successor arrested (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070216/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_swindal_arrested"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070215/capt.ny15602152259.yankees_swindal_arrested_baeball_ny156.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=Dsi4pL1qL_2aXEHVs.drPw--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="In this photo released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's office on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, Stephen Swindal is shown. New York Yankees general partner Steve Swindal was arrested early Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, for suspicion of driving under the influence. Swindal, owner George Steinbrenner's designated successor to run the team, was arrested by the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Police at 4:26 a.m., according to a copy of the charge report posted on the Pinellas County Sherriff's Office's Web site. He was booked for a misdemeanor and released at 9:53 a.m. on $250 bond. (AP Photo/Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)" border="0" /></a>AP - George Steinbrenner's son-in-law and designated successor to run the New York Yankees was arrested early Thursday on a charge of driving under the influence. Yankees general partner Steve Swindal was arrested by the St. Petersburg Police at 4:26 a.m., according to a copy of the charge report posted on the Pinellas County Sherriff's Office's Web site.</p><br clear="all"/>

Attorney guilty of BALCO testimony leak (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070216/ap_on_sp_ot/athletes_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070216/capt.cajc10102160120.athletes_steroids_cajc101.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=bSAG92xGBtv2KUdzC23ZWg--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Troy Ellerman, right, walks with an unidentified woman out of the federal courthouse in San Francisco, Thursday, Feb.15, 2007. Ellerman pleaded guilty Thursday to obstructing justice by leaking secret grand jury documents to two reporters covering the government's probe of steroids in sports. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - A Colorado lawyer pleaded guilty Thursday to obstructing justice by leaking secret grand jury documents to two reporters covering the government's probe of steroids in sports.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bonds finally signs contract with Giants (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070216/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_giants_bonds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070215/capt.ny15502152056.giants_bonds_baseball_ny155.jpg?x=125&y=130&sig=aCgq13HiFi1CqMXJN5VEyw--" align="left" height="130" width="125" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds smiles after walking against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game, in this June 16, 2006 file photo, in Seattle. Bonds finally signed his $15.8 million, one-year contract Thursday, Feb. 15, 2006, and the slugger is scheduled to report to spring training Monday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds finally signed his $15.8 million, one-year deal and it was approved Thursday by the commissioner's office, ending more than two months of wrangling between the slugger and the San Francisco Giants over contract language.</p><br clear="all"/>

Jeff Gordon's car fails inspection (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070216/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_daytona_qualifying"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070215/capt.dbr31202152307.nascar_daytona_500_qualifying_auto_racing_dbr312.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=P5wIyWYHbiCqsYoA9t.uog--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Jeff Gordon, center, celebrates with his crew after winning the second 150-mile Daytona 500 qualifying race Thursday afternoon Feb. 15, 2007, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - Just when it looked like racing would snatch the spotlight from the cheaters at Daytona, Jeff Gordon's winning car failed inspection. Gordon, who won the second of Thursday's two 150-mile qualifying races, now will start the Daytona 500 in 42nd place.</p><br clear="all"/>

Padraig Harrington grabs Nissan lead (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070216/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_nissan_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070215/capt.camw10402152025.nissan_open_golf_camw104.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=AdhrbDoP.so30D.I79kQag--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Padraig Harrington, of Ireland, follows through on a shot out of the bunker during the first round of the Nissan Open golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)" border="0" /></a>AP - Padraig Harrington is a newcomer to the Nissan Open, still not sure when to hit the brakes and when to fire at the flags. He chose the latter Thursday and zoomed past Phil Mickelson and everyone else at Riviera with an 8-under 63.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ryan, Turner interview for Chargers' job (AP)
AP - Flashing a Super Bowl ring, which is a strange sight around here, Rex Ryan spoke about how he'd love to win an NFL championship with the San Diego Chargers.

Mavericks extend winning streak to 9 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070216/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_mavericks_rockets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070216/capt.htr10702160427.mavericks_rockets_basketball_htr107.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=D.hW9f06QnWYSJDMdWLbcQ--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Dallas Mavericks' Jason Terry (31) is defended by Houston Rockets' Chuck Hayes in the second half in NBA basketball Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, in Houston. The Mavericks won 80-77. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dallas coach Avery Johnson thought Jason Terry might have been a bit distracted through most of Thursday night's game against Houston. But the Mavericks point guard was able to get it together just in time to make the winning shot in a 80-77 victory over the Rockets, Dallas' ninth consecutive win.</p><br clear="all"/>

Frank Torre needs kidney transplant (AP)
AP - Former major leaguer Frank Torre needs a kidney transplant because of medication he's taken since receiving a new heart more than a decade ago.

D.C. United signs Perkins to extension (AP)
AP - D.C. United signed Troy Perkins to a four-year contract extension Thursday, rewarding him for a breakout season in which he was selected as MLS' goalkeeper of the year.

Ducks rally from 3 down to beat Coyotes (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070216/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_ducks_coyotes"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070216/capt.pnj10802160527.ducks_coyotes_hockey_pnj108.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=6MONmEfg4s3vEJCibdxEoA--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks right winger Teemu Selanne, center, of Finland, is congratulated by teammates Chris Kunitz, left, and Andy McDonald, right, after Selanne scored against the Phoenix Coyotes in the first period of a hockey game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz. Selanne's second goal of the game proved to be the game-winner as the Ducks defeated the Coyotes 5-4 in overtime.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Teemu Selanne sensed a lack of urgency in his Anaheim Ducks teammates. Then they got frustrated. And then they rallied.</p><br clear="all"/>

Rating the quarterbacks
JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn lead a top-heavy QB class that includes a potential starter from the Pac-10.

Cowher joins CBS as studio analyst (AP)
Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher will be an analyst for CBS on the network's "The NFL Today" studio show next season. Cowher resigned as the Steelers' coach last month following 15 seasons, and less than a year after winning the Super Bowl. He plans to spend more time with his family at their new home in Raleigh, N.C., but said working on the Sunday program allows him to keep his ties...

Jones expects T.O. to return to Cowboys (AP)
While Jerry Jones expects Terrell Owens to still be with the Dallas Cowboys next season, the team owner stopped short of guaranteeing that Thursday night. Jones said he was enthusiastic about Owens' phone call to Wade Phillips, the new coach who made a point last week during his introductory news conference to refer to the receiver by name.

Bengals put franchise tag on DE Smith (AP)
Defensive end Justin Smith, who has led Cincinnati's line in tackles in each of the last five seasons, was designated as the Bengals' franchise player Thursday. Smith would have become an unrestricted free agent March 2 if he doesn't reach a contract agreement with the Bengals before then. The franchise tag means the Bengals could keep Smith by matching any offer sheet he signed with another team.

Rex Ryan interviews with Chargers (AP)
Flashing a Super Bowl ring, which is a strange sight around here, Rex Ryan spoke about how he'd love to win an NFL championship with the San Diego Chargers. "That would be something that we'd be targeting. We'd like to get several of those," Ryan said after emerging from his interview with Chargers executives on Thursday.

Reid's son charged with drug violations (AP)
A second son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was charged with drug violations Thursday, just days after the coach took a leave of absence to deal with family matters. Garrett Reid, 23, of Villanova, was charged with 14 misdemeanor offenses stemming from a high-speed traffic accident in suburban Philadelphia on Jan.

Retired players sue NFL Player's Union (AP)
Two former NFL players are accusing the league's union of inadequately representing them and the 3,500 retired players in licensing deals and allege the player's association may owe millions of dollars in licensing fees. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, former players Bernard Parrish and Herb Adderley say the NFL Players Union's arm that handles licensing arrangements has done...

Giants OT Bob Whitfield retires (AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Bob Whitfield announced his retirement on Thursday, ending a 15-year career with three teams that was highlighted by a Pro Bowl selection and a Super Bowl start. "I always had a lot of fun," Whitfield said. "Even in the rough and tumble times, it was always a good feeling.

The honest truth
Tim Hardaway's shameful homophobic comments will ironically do some good by creating more discussion on the acceptance of an openly gay athlete.

Hardaway banished from All-Star weekend (AP)
The NBA banished Tim Hardaway from All-Star weekend in Las Vegas because of his anti-gay remarks. Hardaway, who played in five All-Star games during the 1990s, was already in Las Vegas to make a series of public appearances this week on behalf of the league. But after Hardaway said, "I hate gay people" during a radio interview, commissioner David Stern stepped in.

Terry rallies Mavs to ninth straight win (AP)
Dallas coach Avery Johnson thought Jason Terry might have been a bit distracted through most of Thursday night's game against Houston. But the Mavericks point guard was able to get it together just in time to make the winning shot in a 80-77 victory over the Rockets, Dallas' ninth consecutive win. Terry was just 1-of-9 before hitting the go-ahead jumper with 1:09 remaining and then sinking two free...

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.

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.

Williams' 33 lift Jazz by 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.

Arenas struggles again but 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.

New All-Star Johnson lifts Hawks to win (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's 25 help Raptors up lead over 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...

Flyers deal C Forsberg to Nashville (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers finally traded Peter Forsberg, sending the star center to the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators on Thursday night for forward Scottie Upshall, defenseman Ryan Parent and two draft picks. Forsberg, slowed this season by chronic right foot problems, can become an unrestricted a free agent at the end of the season, and the Flyers decided to get some value for the...

Flyers lose first game without Forsberg (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs could tell the Peter Forsberg trade distracted the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers traded their captain before the game and then lost 4-2 to Toronto on Thursday night. Mats Sundin had a goal and an assist to help the Maple Leafs snap a three-game losing streak. Forsberg was pulled from the ice in pre-game warmups and traded to the Nashville Predators for right wing Scottie...

Briere lifts Sabres past Oilers in OT (AP)
Daniel Briere scored 62 seconds into overtime to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. Maxim Afinogenov also scored for the Sabres, who rallied from a 1-0 deficit to win their fourth straight. Ryan Miller made 27 saves as Buffalo won its sixth straight home game, the team's longest streak since winning seven straight early into the 1999-2000 season.

Lecavalier, Lightning continue surge (AP)
Vincent Lecavalier scored two goals and Martin St. Louis had the lone shootout goal, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Thursday night. Lecavalier has a career-high 39 goals, three shy of Brian Bradley's team record set during the 1992-93 season. Lecavalier has scored a goal in 15 of 19 games.

Rachunek, Nylander lead Rangers to win (AP)
The power play is clicking for the New York Rangers, who hope they're playing their best at the right time. Karel Rachunek and Michael Nylander each scored a power-play goal and added an assist for the Rangers in a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night. The Rangers scored three power-play goals in their third consecutive victory and are three points out of the last playoff spot...

Sillinger helps Islanders top Bruins 4-1 (AP)
Mike Sillinger scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period to lift the New York Islanders to a key 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. Sillinger, who got the only assist on Jeff Tambellini's first goal of the season in the opening period, shook off an injury and scored his 19th at 10:56.

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...

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...

With new deal, Coyotes' Doan optimistic (AP)
If team captain Shane Doan finishes his new five-year, $22.5 million contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, he could be one of the few professional athletes to spend his entire career in the same organization. It's a franchise, though, with scant success throughout his 12 years with the team. After peppering team officials with questions at a long dinner Monday, Doan said he came away satisfied that...

High stakes

Hamilton's truck team racing to keep his memory alive (AP)
Bobby Hamilton Sr.'s name is still painted above the truck window, a constant reminder of the impact the late owner/driver had on his race team.

New Red Bull team goes 0-for-Daytona (AP)
Team Red Bull heard a big, fat ``ole'' on Thursday, whiffing on its first attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500.

Gordon's car fails inspection (AP)
Just when it looked like racing would snatch the spotlight from the cheaters at Daytona, Jeff Gordon's winning car failed inspection.

Waltrip begins rebuilding process by racing into Daytona 500 (AP)
Michael Waltrip cheated, apologized and then vindicated himself the only way he knew how: He drove his way into the Daytona 500.

Embarrassed Waltrip apologizes for Daytona cheating (AP)
Michael Waltrip apologized Thursday for his team's role in NASCAR's biggest cheating scandal, saying he was so embarrassed he almost pulled out of Daytona 500 preparations.

Sprague wins pole for Chevy Silverado HD 250 (PA SportsTicker)

Gordon wins second Gatorade duel at Daytona (PA SportsTicker)

Blown tire drops Montoya from first to last (AFP)
Former Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya went from first to last in a 60-lap qualifying race due to a blown tire but will still be a starter in Sunday's Daytona 500.

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