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NEWS FROM 2007-02-18
UNC beats BC to grab share of ACC lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070218/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_north_carolina_boston_college"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070218/capt.mass10102180259.north_carolina_boston_college_basketball_mass101.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=RvOICQyuSa8RFwciIaHZvQ--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) takes the ball to the hoop over the outstretched arms of Boston College forward Shamari Spears during first half action of their NCAA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)" border="0" /></a>AP - North Carolina bounced back with another big win on the road and took Boston College's spot atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. Tyler Hansbrough had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead fourth-ranked North Carolina to a 77-72 victory over No. 21 Boston College on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Green, Kapono win dunk, 3-point contests
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070218/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_all_star_saturday"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070218/capt.ksd10402180508.aptopix_all_star_game_basketball_ksd104.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=RGPi3c9ePiAL.IvVYtc5Qw--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="Gerald Green, from the Boston Celtics, jumps over last year's slam dunk champion, Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks, during the slam dunk contest during NBA All-Star weekend in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007. Green won the contest. (AP Photo/ Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Boston's Gerald Green capped All-Star Saturday with an acrobatic leap over a table to win the dunk contest, and Miami's Jason Kapono fell just short of an event record while winning the 3-Point Shootout.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lefty's stumble opens field at Nissan
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070218/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_nissan_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070217/capt.cars10702171924.nissan_open_golf_cars107.jpg?x=130&y=117&sig=fjCZvUIxjxjw.LKWoJ7MAA--" align="left" height="117" width="130" alt="Phil Mickelson drives on the second tee in the third round of the Nissan Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rich Beem saw his 7-iron plunge into the cup for a hole-in-one and gave Riviera a celebration to remember. He scooted up the back of the red sports car behind the 14th tee and splayed his body on the roof, hugging his new prize.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vanderbilt snaps Florida's streak at 17
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070218/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_florida_vanderbilt"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070217/capt.tnmh11602172042.aptopic_florida_vanderbilt_basketball_tnmh116.jpg?x=130&y=113&sig=yWzLtK8SG5FdL4nepYPP5g--" align="left" height="113" width="130" alt="Vanderbilt's Shan Foster, center, celebrates with fans after Vanderbilt upset Florida, 83-70, in a college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007 in Nashville, Tenn. Foster and Derrick Byars both led Vanderbilt with 24 points. (AP Photo/Neil Brake)" border="0" /></a>AP - Forget all that talk about the top-ranked Florida Gators rolling through the Southeastern Conference undefeated. Derrick Byars and Shan Foster each scored 24 points, and Vanderbilt snapped the nation's longest winning streak by upsetting the Gators 83-70 after they finally fell into a hole they couldn't dig themselves out of Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Creamer wins season-opening SBS Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070218/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_lpga_tour"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070218/capt.xhu20202180312.lpga_tour_golf_xhu202.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=fpBaNxI4Uldi1_rXeQwd2w--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Paula Creamer holds up the trophy after winning the SBS Open at the Turtle Bay resort in Kahuku, Hawaii, Saturday, February. 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Paula Creamer put a frustrating second season on the LPGA Tour behind her in a hurry in the season-opening SBS Open. The 20-year-old Creamer won her third LPGA Tour title and first in 19 months Saturday, handling the whipping wind to hold off Julieta Granada by a stroke.</p><br clear="all"/>
McNabb shows support for Reid, Garcia
AP - Donovan McNabb is throwing his support behind Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid and backup quarterback Jeff Garcia.
Green dethrones defending champ to win NBA dunk contest
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070218/sp_afp/basketnbaallstarskills"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070218/capt.sge.tlk88.180207060233.photo00.photo.default-332x512.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=ffhmQFUlAaPhXQ0YrzyR6A--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="Gerald Green of the Boston Celtics (top) jumps over Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks to win the slam dunk contest of the NBA All Star Game, in Las Vegas.(AFP/File/Gabriel Bouys)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Boston Celtic swingman Gerald Green posted the top three scoring dunks to win the Slam Dunk Contest as part of the National Basketball Association festivities leading to Sunday's All-Star Game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Varitek must click with Japanese star
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070218/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_red_sox_varitek"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070217/capt.flcs11002172309.red_sox_spring_baseball_flcs110.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=DZ_AsJKTZJfDB8YApoONtg--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, right, speaks to Japanese reporters during a news conference at spring training baseball camp in Fort Myers, Fla, Saturday, Feb, 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)" border="0" /></a>AP - It didn't take long for Jason Varitek to see a Japanese pitcher excel with the Red Sox. Boston's catcher was behind the plate on April 4, 2001, when Hideo Nomo threw a no-hitter in his first start for the team, a 3-0 victory in Baltimore that ended with Nomo wrapping his arms around Varitek after the final out.</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.
Ducks edge past Kings 3-2 in SO
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070218/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_ducks_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070218/capt.las10602180639.ducks_kings_hockey_las106.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=qOxq99PPO.Z9omn9ZBZFwQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Anaheim Ducks' Corey Perry celebrates after scoring the winning goal past Los Angeles Kings goalie Mathieu Garon in a shoot out in their NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007. The Ducks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Corey Perry knew what he wanted to do before he took center ice against Mathieu Garon. Then he went out and scored. Perry sent the puck through Garon's legs in a shootout, helping the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks edge the last-place Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rating the running backs
Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch are a step ahead of this year's class of top running backs.
Mike Zimmer interviews for Chargers job (AP)
The San Diego Chargers have gone 5-for-5 in interviewing head coaching candidates who've won a Super Bowl ring as either a player or assistant coach. The latest is a former Tuna helper, Mike Zimmer, who met with Chargers executives on Saturday as they continued to search for a replacement for the fired Marty Schottenheimer.
McNabb supports Reid, backup QB Garcia (AP)
Donovan McNabb is throwing his support behind Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid and backup quarterback Jeff Garcia. McNabb, rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee, said he hopes everything turns out well for Reid, who is taking a one-month leave of absence to deal with his sons' legal problems.
Bears make LB Briggs franchise player (AP)
In an attempt to keep together their Super Bowl defense, the Chicago Bears designated linebacker Lance Briggs their franchise player Friday. Briggs would have become an unrestricted free agent March 2 if he didn't reach a contract agreement with the Bears before then. The franchise tag means Chicago can keep Briggs by matching any offer sheet he might sign with another team.
Patriots put franchise tag on CB Samuel (AP)
The New England Patriots designated Asante Samuel as their franchise player Friday in a move that would keep the cornerback with the team for at least one more season. The 26-year-old has played in 59 regular-season and 11 playoff games with New England since being drafted in 2003, and would have been an unrestricted free agent if the Patriots hadn't designated him as their franchise player.
Cardinals let OT Davis become free agent (AP)
The Arizona Cardinals told Leonard Davis that they won't name him a franchise or transition player, clearing the offensive tackle to become an unrestricted free agent. The move, announced in a team news release, was not a surprise because the Cardinals have long felt that Davis would not be worth the huge investment required either to re-sign him or name him a franchise player.
Reid's son arraigned for assault, drugs (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.
Bills unlikely to re-sign CB Clements (AP)
The Buffalo Bills will maintain a modest approach to free agency this offseason, all but eliminating their chances of re-signing star cornerback Nate Clements. Following meetings with team owner Ralph Wilson earlier this week, general manager Marv Levy said Friday that the Bills have budgeted about $30 million to spend on acquiring players when the NFL's free agency period opens March 2.
Celtics' Green wins dunk contest (AP)
Boston's Gerald Green capped All-Star Saturday with an acrobatic leap over a table to win the dunk contest, and Miami's Jason Kapono fell just short of an event record while winning the 3-Point Shootout. Green, the Celtics' 21-year-old swingman, performed his two most memorable dunks in the first round before that lengthy final leap over a 3-foot table bearing the All-Star game logo for a windmill...
NBA brings 'biggest event' to hit Vegas (AP)
Even a city that spares no expense for a good time has never seen anything like this. The NBA All-Star game on Sunday may be meaningless, and after three nights of parties might be sloppy. But try telling that to people paying top dollar for a chance to see it. "This is the biggest event that ever hit Las Vegas," said Gavin Maloof, whose family owns the Sacramento Kings and the Palms, where the...
Stern chats about pension plan, gambling (AP)
David Stern proudly discussed a new pension plan for former NBA players and spoke hopefully about the futures of teams in struggling markets. As for those gambling questions, the commissioner seems pretty sick of them. Stern was occasionally testy during his annual All-Star news conference Saturday, perhaps fed up with having to discuss, defend and explain the league's stance on betting during his...
Lee, sophomores win NBA rookie challenge (AP)
David Lee still sports the remnants of a black eye, sustained in a recent game while trying to prevent a dunk. He found things much easier Friday night. The NBA's leading shooter had a field day in a game with no defense, going 14-for-14 from the field and scoring 30 points to lead the sophomores to a 155-114 victory over the rookies in the rookie challenge.
Four teams chosen for NBA Europe Live (AP)
Andrea Bargnani can play in front of his home fans. So can Pau Gasol -- if he's not traded first. Toronto and Memphis were two of the four teams chosen Saturday to participate in the NBA Europe Live in October. Boston and Minnesota will also head overseas for training camp and exhibition games against Euroleague opponents in the second year of the tour.
2003 vs. 1996 draft debate picks up (AP)
When Chris Bosh edged Jermaine O'Neal for the Eastern Conference's second starting forward spot, it provided some bragging rights in what is turning into a pretty good rivalry. Which was the better draft, 2003 or 1996? Both sides seem to agree that for now, the older guys get the nod. Kobe Bryant said there was "no question" about that.
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.
Pippen, 41, wants to return to NBA (AP)
Scottie Pippen is tired of retirement. He wants to return to the NBA for a chance to win his seventh championship ring. With most of the league's stars and decision-makers gathering at the All-Star weekend festivities in Las Vegas, the 41-year-old Pippen announced he's hoping for a late-season return to a contending team -- preferably in a warm-weather city -- nearly 2 1/2 years after he left the...
Kidd's wife claims infidelity, abuse (AP)
Jason Kidd's estranged wife has charged that the New Jersey Nets' star physically abused her and cheated on her throughout their 10-year marriage. In responding to divorce papers Jason Kidd filed last month, Joumana Kidd asserted that her husband's "numerous liaisons and perpetual physical and emotional abuse" led to the breakdown of their marriage.
Predators lose in Forsberg's debut (AP)
Peter Forsberg is creating the buzz around town that the Nashville Predators wanted when they traded for the former NHL MVP. Winning with the star center will have to wait a couple more days. Marian Gaborik broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal at 11:59 of the third period, and the Minnesota Wild ruined Forsberg's Nashville debut with a 4-1 victory over the Predators on Saturday night.
On-ice collision hospitalizes Shanahan (AP)
Brendan Shanahan was hospitalized Saturday after a hard collision with Philadelphia's Mike Knuble that left the New York Rangers' forward unconscious on his back for several minutes. Shanahan skated toward the bench as Knuble came the other way. Neither player saw the other and they slammed shoulder-to-shoulder.
Devils' Brodeur blanks Islanders again (AP)
Martin Brodeur isn't content with just beating the New York Islanders, he's not even willing to let them score. Brodeur stopped 26 shots in his NHL-best 11th shutout of the season and third against the Islanders in leading the New Jersey Devils to a 2-0 victory Saturday night. He has allowed just one goal in three games this season at Nassau Coliseum, Miroslav Satan's tally with 0.7 seconds left in...
Brind'Amour nets 400th goal, 'Canes win (AP)
Rod Brind'Amour felt the same way about his latest NHL milestone as he did after reaching previous ones. Brind'Amour scored his second power-play goal of the game, and the 400th of his career, late in the second period to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-3 win over the struggling Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Tenkrat lifts Bruins over Sabres in SO (AP)
Two games into a critical six-game road trip, Boston Bruins coach Dave Lewis is pleased to find out his team still has plenty of fight in it. Petr Tenkrat scored the lone shootout goal and Tim Thomas stopped all eight shootout attempts in lifting the Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
Panthers end 11-game OT losing streak (AP)
Nathan Horton scored 29 seconds into overtime to lift the Florida Panthers to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. Horton picked up a loose puck in front of the crease and poked the puck over the pads of Johan Holmqvist. Ruslan Salei, Stephen Weiss, Bryan Allen and Ville Peltonen also scored for Florida, and Ed Belfour had 16 saves.
Zetterberg powers Red Wings by Coyotes (AP)
Henrik Zetterberg believes he benefited by being in the right place at the right time. Zetterberg had his first career hat trick, part of a four-point night, to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. Zetterberg's goals all came on power plays as the 26-year-old reached 30 goals for the second straight season and helped the Red Wings sweep the...
Huselius, Flames rip Avalanche 5-2 (AP)
Kristian Huselius was determined to make up for a bad game. Huselius scored twice and neatly set up Dion Phaneuf's tiebreaking goal as the Calgary Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 Saturday night. After being benched for parts of Thursday's 7-5 loss to the Avalanche, Huselius responded with the kind of dazzling offensive display that had almost become routine during a recent 15-game scoring...
Sundin, Pohl help Leafs hold off Oilers (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs gained sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after being inspired by a ceremony honoring their last Stanley Cup victory 40 years ago. Mats Sundin and John Pohl and each scored twice and the Maple Leafs held on for a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.
McAmmond, Senators rally past Thrashers (AP)
Dean McAmmond upstaged his high-scoring linemates, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley. McAmmond scored with 4:20 left in regulation to cap a third-period comeback and lift the Ottawa Senators to their fourth straight victory, a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday. McAmmond was put on a line with Spezza and Heatley to provide defensive support.
Changing of the guard
Harvick gets first Daytona victory (AP)
Kevin Harvick has been to Daytona's Victory Lane before -- just not as a driver.
Dale Jr. deals with "The Magnitude of Me" (PA SportsTicker)
When it comes to star quality, no one can top Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Roush racers adjust to new surroundings, hope for comeback in 2007 (PA SportsTicker)
Jack Roush's fall from the top has been fast and long.
Stewart cooler, calmer heading into Daytona 500 (PA SportsTicker)
Tony Stewart has displayed an inner calm and confidence that does not fit his hot-tempered nature.
Waltrip still seeking answers in Daytona cheating scandal (AP)
Michael Waltrip spent the last week hoping someone would take responsibility for the fuel additive that led to NASCAR sanctions and prompted Toyota to reevaluate its relationship with the two-time Daytona 500 winner.
Untested Montoya ready for Daytona 500 debut (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya led 18 laps in an exhibition race at Daytona, and that was a bad thing.
NASCAR hopes to overcome controversy at Daytona 500 (PA SportsTicker)
Defending Daytona champion Johnson working in new crew member (AP)
Running in a frantic 43-car pack at 200 mph at Daytona International Speedway, drivers put their lives in the hands of their spotters.