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NEWS FROM 2007-02-17
Mickelson grabs share of Nissan lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070217/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_nissan_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070216/capt.cars11502162329.nissan_open_golf_cars115.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=UxRTa67LfxEgoIOfyTq.8w--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Phil Mickelson makes his approach shot on the seventh fairway in the second round of the Nissan Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Friday, Feb. 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)" border="0" /></a>AP - Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington spent Friday afternoon on opposite sides of Riviera as they played vastly different styles. All they had in common when the second round ended was a share of the lead at the Nissan Open.</p><br clear="all"/>
Scottie Pippen planning NBA comeback
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070217/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_pippen_comeback"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070217/capt.ksd10202170106.nba_all_starr_game_pippen_comeback_basketball_ksd102.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=sSfj.tHSYF6AkbSr_Q7cUw--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Former NBA star Scottie Pippen speaks to the media during a news conference for NBA All Star weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., Friday, Feb.16, 2007. With most of the league's stars and decision-makers gathering at the weekend festivities in Las Vegas, the 41-year-old Pippen announced he's hoping for a late-season return to a contending team, nearly 2 years after he left the league. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Scottie Pippen is tired of retirement. He wants to return to the NBA for a chance to win his seventh championship ring.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sprague hands Toyota its 1st Daytona win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070217/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_daytona_trucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070217/capt.dbr31202170346.nascar_daytona_trucks_auto_racing_dbr312.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=bEW0QyxSx71TCE5QI4CLew--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="NASCAR trucks driver Jack Sprague (60) edges Travis Kvapil (6) and Johnny Benson (23) to win the NASCAR trucks race Friday night Feb. 16, 2007, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jack Sprague expected Toyota to win at Daytona. He never imagined he would be the one leading the charge to Victory Lane.</p><br clear="all"/>
Penguins jump all over Brodeur, Devils
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070217/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070217/capt.era10102170138.penguins_devils_hockey_era101.jpg?x=118&y=130&sig=HGTE0yo_1OL5p0Gkq6aylQ--" align="left" height="130" width="118" alt="Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, left, makes a save as he is screened by New Jersey Devils' John Madden, right, during first-period NHL hockey Friday night, Feb. 16, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - On a night when there were two shutouts in the other three games, the Pittsburgh Penguins wasted little time in making sure the top active goalie in that category didn't add to his total.</p><br clear="all"/>
Teen Morgan Pressel shares SBS Open lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070217/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_lpga_tour"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070216/capt.xhu10702162324.lpga_tour_golf_xhu107.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=qAoK5psuaRsrHYBURF1x4Q--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Morgan Pressel makes a tee shot on the first hole during the second round of the SBS Open at theTurtie Bay resort in Kahuku, Hawaii, Friday, February 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman)" border="0" /></a>AP - The last time they were this close, they were packed 10 deep in a Ford Taurus and headed to the mall. Morgan Pressel moved a step closer to becoming the youngest player in LPGA Tour history to win a 54-hole event, shooting a 4-under 68 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead in the season-opening SBS Open.</p><br clear="all"/>
Eagles coach's son surrenders to police
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070217/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_reid_sons_investigated"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070216/capt.pams10402161730.reid_sons_investigated_pams104.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=7.P2hxxbNSMrhGXMClELSA--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Garrett Reid, 23, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, leaves the Plymouth Township police station in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. after surrendering to police for 14 misdemeanor and summary offenses Friday, Feb 16, 2007. Reid was released on $25,000 unsecured bail following the hearing on charges stemming from a traffic accident, including assault, heroin possession and driving under the influence. (AP Photo/Mark Stehle)" border="0" /></a>AP - The oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid has entered a drug-treatment program amid charges he injured a woman in a traffic accident while under the influence of heroin.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hardaway's gay bashing draws ire of NBA stars
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070217/sp_afp/basketnbaallstarhardaway"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070217/capt.sge.tgt89.170207062109.photo00.photo.default-341x512.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=qIC820wh3BVGEdYXsQehjw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="In this 08 April 2001 file photo, Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway, celebrates after sinking a 3-point shot. Hardaway, who spent 13 seasons in the NBA, was removed from league-related appearances 15 February 2007, one day after an anti-gay tirade on a local radio program. Hardaway's anti-gay comments have drawn criticism from players assembled to compete in the 56th annual All-Star Game in Las Vegas.(AFP/File/Rhona Wise)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Former five-time all-star Tim Hardaway's anti-gay comments have drawn criticism from players assembled to compete in the 56th annual All-Star Game in Las Vegas.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tigers line up for PFP; Foulke retires
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070217/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070216/capt.ny16602162115.indians_foulke_retires_baseball_ny166.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=mVYpyqg3IMbFo7jDAsOsyw--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="Boston Red Sox pitcher Keith Foulke, center, and first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, left, celebrate after St. Louis Cardinals' Edgar Renteria (3) grounded out to end the ninth inning and give Boston a 4-0 win and a sweep of the World Series, in this Oct. 27, 2004 file photo, in St. Louis. Foulke, whose toss to first base for the final out ended an 86-year World Series title drought for the Boston Red Sox, retired Friday just as he was about to begin a two-man competition with Joe Borowski to be Cleveland's closer. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Detroit Tigers drew quite a crowd for pitchers' fielding practice on the first day of spring training. After bumbling away the World Series last fall, they weren't surprised.</p><br clear="all"/>
D.C. United signs Perkins to extension
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.
Canucks rally past Blackhawks 2-1 in SO
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070217/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_canucks_blackhawks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070217/capt.cxa10102170240.canucks_blackhawks_hockey_cxa101.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=jQ1AxQMFu53_csSQJgd0kA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks' Alex Burrows, left, tries to control the puck against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Patrick Lalime during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roberto Luongo once again gave the Vancouver Canucks a chance to win on Friday night. They eventually cashed in and moved into first place in the Northwest Division.</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.
Reid's son surrenders on drug charges (AP)
The oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid has entered a drug-treatment program amid charges he injured a woman in a traffic accident while under the influence of heroin. Garrett Reid, 23, a community-college student who lives at his parents' home in Villanova, was arraigned Friday on the misdemeanor assault, drug possession and other charges.
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.
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 sophomore showman
Phil Jackson, Mullin lead Hall finalists (AP)
Phil Jackson, Chris Mullin and Dick Vitale led the list of 15 finalists for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame announced during the NBA's All-Star weekend Friday. They were joined by former players Adrian Dantley and Richie Guerin; coaches Roy Williams, Eddie Sutton and Bob Hurley Sr.; owner Bill Davidson; and the 1966 Texas Western NCAA championship team.
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...
James has 38, Cavs beat slumping Lakers (AP)
After a couple of mediocre shooting games, LeBron James was at his All-Star best Thursday night. The key was being aggressive. James scored 38 points, six teammates reached double figures, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Los Angeles 114-108 to extend the Lakers' losing streak to five games, matching the longest of coach Phil Jackson's career.
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.
Bobcats' Morrison feels pressure at home (AP)
Adam Morrison headed to Las Vegas on Thursday to take part in All-Star weekend festivities as the second-leading rookie scorer in the NBA. He might be leading the league if not for those home games. Morrison prefers playing on the road instead of dealing with the Charlotte Bobcats fans who expect big things from the No.
76ers not as bad as some fans might want (AP)
The only thing fans want the Philadelphia 76ers to win these days is the draft lottery. The playoffs are far out of reach for the third-worst team in the NBA, so winning games won't do anything except lower the number of available ping pong balls. Tune in talk radio, read a message board or a blog, or listen to the few fans still showing up at the Wachovia Center and the point is clear: Lose.
Sonics rout short-handed Suns 114-90 (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.
Flyers deal C Forsberg to Predators (AP)
Peter Forsberg will make his debut Saturday with the Nashville Predators on home ice, rather than Friday in St. Louis. Traded to Nashville from Philadelphia on Thursday, a chance remained that the star center would join his new team against the Blues. Instead, he'll make his first appearance with the Predators when they play host to Minnesota.
Sakic scores 600th as Avs top Flames 7-5 (AP)
Joe Sakic's 600th goal came with little drama. That's OK, by Sakic. As long as it came with a victory. Sakic scored twice, his second -- and No. 600 in his career -- into an empty net, and added three assists to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 7-5 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. Sakic became the 17th player in NHL history to score 600 goals.
Selanne, Ducks rally past Coyotes in OT (AP)
Teemu Selanne sensed a lack of urgency in his Anaheim Ducks teammates. Then they got frustrated. And then they rallied. Selanne scored his second goal on a power play with 3:07 left in overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks erased a three-goal deficit to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-4 on Thursday night. "When it was 4-1 I was thinking, 'What's going on?
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 leads Sabres past Oilers in OT (AP)
The wins continue piling up for Daniel Briere and the Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo Sabres. And so do the injuries. Briere scored 62 seconds into overtime to seal a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night in a game the Sabres lost flashy forward Maxim Afinogenov and rookie Jiri Novotny.
Lecavalier, Lightning continue surge (AP)
The surging Tampa Bay Lightning picked up an important extra point. Vincent Lecavalier scored two goals and Martin St. Louis had the lone shootout goal, leading Tampa Bay past the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Thursday night. The Lightning, who appeared earlier this season in jeopardy of missing the playoffs just three years after winning the Stanley Cup, have won 14 of 17 and are one point behind the...
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's age and experience are evident in the graying stubble on his face and in his tenacity during tense times. Sometimes little aches and pains also remind the veteran of 16 NHL seasons that he is 35, but they aren't enough to knock him out. 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...
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...
Weber helps Predators beat Sharks 5-0 (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.
Gordon trying to make history at Daytona (AP)
Jeff Gordon came to Daytona with a solid shot at tying Dale Earnhardt's mark of 76 career victories.
Toyota looking for acceptance on and off track (AP)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Amid the flag-waving, domestic beer-drinking atmosphere at Daytona International Speedway, Toyota has taken to the track.
Sprague gives Toyota first Daytona win (AP)
Jack Sprague created two milestones with one move.
Almirola wins second Busch pole (AP)
Aric Almirola outran Jason Leffler on Friday to grab his second NASCAR Busch Series pole in his 10th attempt -- and this time he'll race, too.
Stewart ready to add Daytona 500 to his resume (AP)
As Tony Stewart sat in front of a TV watching the Indianapolis Colts celebrate their Super Bowl victory, he thought about the burden lifted from quarterback Peyton Manning.
Childress cars searching for speed (AP)
Richard Childress Racing's resurgence was the talk of Daytona Speedweeks last year.
Sprague wins NCTS season opener at Daytona (PA SportsTicker)
Gordon's car fails inspection (AP)
Jeff Gordon was relaxed, smiling and enjoying a postrace news conference when someone dropped a bomb: