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NEWS FROM 2007-02-20
Dungy returning to Colts next season
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070220/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_colts_dungy_stays"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070220/capt.389c34937fad45e0a021048fff8faf14.colts_dungy_stay_football_nyol538.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=sE68xCkM0BLsqkRtfObpQQ--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy talks at the team practice facility in Indianapolis, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007. Dungy made it clear Monday that he will return to the Indianapolis Colts sideline next season, quashing any talk that he might step down after becoming the first black coach to win a Super Bowl ring. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Dungy is coming back for another season with the Super Bowl champs. Dungy made it clear Monday that he will return to the Indianapolis Colts sideline, quashing any talk that he might step down after becoming the first black coach to win a Super Bowl ring.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chargers hire Norv Turner as head coach
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070220/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_chargers_turner"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070219/capt.cash10502192240.chargers_turner_cash105.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=ONNV30eINYuSx9Wn6tgNPQ--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Norv Turner speaks to members of the media during a news conference announcing Turner as the San Diego Chargers new head coach, Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, in San Diego. Turner got his third shot at an NFL head coaching job when he was hired Monday by the San Diego Chargers, a week after the surprise firing of Marty Schottenheimer. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)" border="0" /></a>AP - Considered by some to be the safe pick to take over the San Diego Chargers, Norv Turner at least is starting in much better position than he did in his previous two NFL head coaching jobs.</p><br clear="all"/>
No. 10 Pitt wins without star big man
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070220/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_college_bkb_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070220/capt.era10802200424.pittsburgh_seton_hall_basketball_era108.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=6EFZ8eYFQFQnSfvs75XJcQ--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Pittsburgh's Aaron Gray greets teammates as they return to the bench at a timeout during second half NCAA basketball against Seton Hall Monday night, Feb. 19, 2007 in East Rutherford, N.J. Pittsburgh won 71-68. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pittsburgh got the balanced effort it needed with leading scorer and rebounder Aaron Gray sitting out for the first time this season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Penguins' 16-game point streak snapped
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070220/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070219/capt.uni10802192113c.correction_penguins_islanders_hockey_uni108.jpg?x=130&y=80&sig=hz.9ndrHMjkYAfd4ngwb8w--" align="left" height="80" width="130" alt="New York Islanders' Chris Simon (12) puts the puck past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury as josef Melicar, second from right, and Islanders Randy Robitaille, second from left, look on during the second period of their hockey game, Monday, Feb. 19, 2007 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Pittsburgh Penguins knew they'd be beaten again, they just didn't expect it this way.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tiger's streak on the line at Match Play
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070220/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_match_play"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070220/capt.azrf10202200000.match_play_golf_azrf102.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=1fmGO2b6yom9RE8Opbjjww--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Tiger Woods chips onto the first green during the first day of practice rounds at the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championship Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at The Gallery at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiger Woods ran into one player and got two reminders. He was zipping along The Gallery during a practice round Monday, his first look at a new course for the Accenture Match Play Championship where he will try to win his eighth straight PGA Tour event.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ron Rivera moves on to help Chargers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070220/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_bears_rivera"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070219/capt.cx10202192249.bears_rivera_football_cx102.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=rGZyQyE3f.qcBMJQX3fK1g--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator Ron Rivera answers questions during a press conference at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill., in a Jan. 18, 2007, file photo. The Bears announced Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, that Rivera would not return to the team next season. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera was out of a job, but not for long. Just hours after the Bears announced Monday he wouldn't be retained, the San Diego Chargers gave him a two-year contract to coach their linebackers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Payton, Cassell cleared in Toronto assault
AP - Gary Payton, Sam Cassell and Jason Caffey were cleared of assaulting a male exotic dancer and his stripper fiance during a confrontation outside a downtown Toronto strip club in 2003.
Column: A-Rod & Jeter, Jung and restless
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070220/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_on_baseball_a_rod_and_jeter"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070219/capt.flrb11302192010.yankees_spring_baseball_flrb113.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=aMd5mCk69wqmzYsZJ7zB6w--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez plays catch the team's minor league complex. Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter no longer have sleepovers. Perhaps this means they've grown up.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bellamy's new twist to soccer violence
AP - Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy added a new twist to the problem of soccer violence last week when he attacked a teammate. Yes, a teammate.
Bruins ride wild 2nd to beat Flyers 6-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070220/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_bruins_flyers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070220/capt.pxc10102200108.bruins_flyers_hockey_pxc101.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=mqIpYSg0ke8OwuAsJzgK_g--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Boston Bruins' Marco Sturm, right, scores on Philadelphia Flyers' Antero Nittymaki of Finland in the first period of their NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 19, 2006, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph, Jr.)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Boston Bruins are getting scoring from some unexpected sources. Petr Tenkrat netted two goals during a wild second period and helped the Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Turner of the corner?
With a wealth of talent and Norv Turner's offensive acumen, the Chargers and their owner believe they can win it all.
Chargers hire Norv Turner as coach (AP)
Considered by some to be the safe pick to take over the San Diego Chargers, Norv Turner at least is starting in much better position than he did in his previous two NFL head coaching jobs. Turner was given a four-year contract Monday to take over a team that went an NFL-best 14-2 before melting down in the playoffs and then in the front office.
Rivera named Chargers linebackers coach (AP)
Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera was out of a job, but not for long. Just hours after the Bears announced Monday he wouldn't be retained, the San Diego Chargers gave him a two-year contract to coach their linebackers. Rivera, who has talked with eight NFL teams about their head coaching positions over the last two seasons, had a three-year contract with the Bears that was set to expire next...
Colts make DE Freeney franchise player (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts made defensive end Dwight Freeney their franchise player on Monday, keeping him with the Super Bowl champions for at least one more season while they work on a long-term contract. Freeney, a first-round draft pick in 2002, missed the Pro Bowl this year for the first time since his rookie season.
Dungy to return in 2007 as Colts coach (AP)
Tony Dungy is coming back for another season with the Super Bowl champs. Dungy made it clear Monday that he will return to the Indianapolis Colts sideline, quashing any talk that he might step down after becoming the first black coach to win a Super Bowl ring. "Obviously, you want to come back. You want to defend the title.
Publicist: Actress expecting Brady baby (AP)
Actress Bridget Moynahan, former girlfriend of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, is pregnant and Brady is the father, Moynahan's publicist said Monday. The glamorous pair split up late last year after a three-year relationship. Brady, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, has since been seen with lingerie model Gisele Bundchen, and media outlets have reported the two are dating.
Panthers release veteran DE Al Wallace (AP)
The Carolina Panthers made their first move of the offseason to clear salary cap space by releasing veteran defensive end Al Wallace on Monday. Wallace was a key reserve in 2006, but was scheduled to count almost $2 million against the salary cap next season. Releasing him clears more than $1 million in cap space and will keep the Panthers from paying him an offseason roster bonus.
Bears name Luke Butkus assistant coach (AP)
The Chicago Bears hired Luke Butkus as their assistant offensive line coach Monday. He is the nephew of Dick Butkus, the former Hall of Fame middle linebacker with the team. Butkus, who went to training camp with the Bears in 2002 before he waived, has been a graduate assistant at the University of Oregon the last two years.
Suns' Nash hopes to play Tuesday (AP)
After testing his sore right shoulder in practice on Monday, Phoenix point guard Steve Nash said he hopes to return to the lineup when the Suns visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. "I didn't feel any setbacks, and hopefully if it feels good tomorrow morning and again tomorrow night, I'll give it a shot," Nash said Monday.
Riley set to return to Heat sidelines (AP)
Eager to begin his latest coaching comeback, Pat Riley arrived for work Monday at 8 a.m. and was surprised to find the Miami Heat offices deserted. "I didn't realize it was President's Day," he said. Ah, the old tunnel vision is still there, and Riley hopes to use it to lead a second-half surge by the NBA's defending champions.
NBA back to work after show in Las Vegas (AP)
Time for Allen Iverson, Pat Riley, Steve Nash and the rest of the NBA to get back to work. Jason Kidd, too, though even he wasn't sure how much longer he'll be doing it in New Jersey. The show is over in Las Vegas, where the NBA capped its weekend of All-Star festivities with the West's victory over the East on Sunday night.
Hardaway apologizes again for remarks (AP)
Former NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway apologized again Sunday for his anti-gay remarks, telling a Miami television station that he "didn't mean" to say what he said in a South Florida radio interview last week. Hardaway, in an interview at his home with CBS affiliate WFOR, acknowledged he made a major mistake by saying "I hate gay people" when asked how he would react to having a gay teammate.
Second All-Star MVP sweeter for Bryant (AP)
The first time Kobe Bryant won this award, he got booed in his hometown of Philadelphia. He picked up his second Most Valuable Player trophy from the NBA All-Star game much closer to his West Coast home -- and the Los Angeles Lakers' guard got nothing but love in a city that adores its showmen. Bryant had 31 points and six assists in the Western Conference's 153-132 victory Sunday night, leading a...
Jordan: Bobcats will spend to add talent (AP)
Charlotte Bobcats part-owner Michael Jordan says he's disappointed with his team's record this season and vows that management will "spend what it takes" to attract top talent in the offseason. In a letter to be mailed to season ticket holders this week, Jordan went into detail about the state of the team for the first time since he bought a minority stake last June and was given final say in all...
Payton, Cassell cleared of charges (AP)
Gary Payton, Sam Cassell and Jason Caffey were cleared of assaulting a male exotic dancer and his stripper fiance during a confrontation outside a downtown Toronto strip club in 2003. Justice William Bassel ruled Monday that although Payton likely sparked a dispute with foul language and taunts, he is "not on trial for his vulgar ...
LeBron pairs with Microsoft on Web site (AP)
LeBron James couldn't leave Las Vegas without making one last creative move -- off the court. Cleveland's All-Star forward capped a glitzy few days of party hopping and hoops by teaming with Microsoft Corp.'s MSN to launch lebron.msn.com, a storybook style Web site about his life designed for kids and teens.
Suns' Stoudemire shines in West's win (AP)
Amare Stoudemire said he would be in this All-Star game. Anybody who saw him play last season wouldn't have taken that bet. Stoudemire was one of the dominant players on the floor Sunday night, finishing with 29 points and nine rebounds in the West's 153-132 victory over the East. Not bad for a player who played only three games during the 2005-06 season.
Islanders snap Pens' point streak at 16 (AP)
Suddenly, the Pittsburgh Penguins' standard of success has risen as quickly as their place in the Eastern Conference standings. Just 26.8 seconds away from another productive outing, Pittsburgh allowed Mike Sillinger's winning goal that gave the New York Islanders a 6-5 comeback victory and snapped the Penguins' point streak at 16 games Monday.
Predators retake West lead, beat Coyotes (AP)
The chemistry between forward Peter Forsberg and his new Nashville Predators linemates is showing progress, it just needs more work. The Predators, who snapped a two-game losing streak, leapfrogged idle Detroit into first place in the Central Division and the Western Conference by beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 Monday night.
Sabres RW Kotalik out over a month (AP)
Buffalo Sabres forward Ales Kotalik will miss the next 4-6 weeks because of a right knee injury. Kotalik hurt the knee colliding with Boston defenseman Andrew Ference five minutes into the second period in Buffalo's 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins on Saturday. Kotalik's name is added to a growing list of banged-up Sabres.
Tenkrat powers Bruins over Flyers 6-3 (AP)
The Boston Bruins are getting scoring from some unexpected sources. Petr Tenkrat netted two goals during a wild second period and helped the Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Monday night. Marco Sturm, P.J. Axelsson, Brandon Bochenski, and Marc Savard also scored for the Bruins, who have won four of five.
Oilers put Pisani on IR with concussion (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers placed forward Fernando Pisani on injured reserve Monday while he recovers from a concussion. The Oilers recalled defenseman Tom Gilbert and winger Jean-Francois Jacques from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. Pisani missed the first three games of a seven-game road trip after suffering a concussion in a win over Atlanta on Feb.
Rangers beat Blackhawks without Shanahan (AP)
Brendan Shanahan made his mark on the latest New York Rangers' win without even lacing up a skate. A simple hello in the dressing room when none of his teammates expected to see him lit the fuse Sunday and provided a lift in a 2-1 victory Sunday over the Chicago Blackhawks. "It didn't hurt, that's for sure," coach Tom Renney said of Shanahan's impromptu visit.
Canucks defeat Avs, take Northwest lead (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche at their own game. Henrik Sedin scored the tiebreaking goal 1:31 into the third period, Brendan Morrison added his second of the game on a power play 2:20 later, and the normally stingy Canucks beat the Avalanche 5-4 on Sunday night. "Colorado is a great offensive team and they like to run and gun and we got caught up in that a bit tonight," said...
Ribeiro, Lehtinen lead Stars past Sharks (AP)
The Dallas Stars keep gaining ground in the Pacific Division. Mike Ribeiro and Jere Lehtinen each scored two goals, Darryl Sydor added three assists and Marty Turco made 17 saves as the Stars beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Sunday. The Stars have 72 points, one behind the second-place Sharks and six behind first-place Anaheim in the Pacific before the Ducks' game against the Los Angeles Kings on...
Rookie G Halak helps Canadiens end slide (AP)
A rookie goalie making his first career NHL start proved to be just what the struggling Montreal Canadiens needed. Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots, Michael Ryder and Saku Koivu each had a goal and an assist, and Montreal beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Sunday night to end a season-worst six-game losing streak.
Blues defeat Wild for third straight win (AP)
Rookie David Backes has become a scoring machine for a St. Louis Blues team that needs all the help it can get. After mustering one goal in his first 22 games, Backes has scored two goals twice in his last three contests. The 6-3, 200-pound forward was a presence in front of the net in a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.
WWD: Daytona 500
A spectacular last-corner battle between Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin made this race one to remember.
NASCAR writes its own 'Ricky Bobby' ending (AP)
The first 150 laps of the Daytona 500 was like watching drivers circle the lot at the grocery store politely waiting for parking spots to open up. Then the sun went down, a full moon popped up and everybody started behaving like the Wolfman -- suddenly in a hurry and only too eager to mix it up. The last 50 laps featured five wrecks, all involving multiple cars, and small wonder.
Eventful Speedweeks shows NASCAR needs new rule book (AP)
It was a split-second decision that NASCAR could get neither right nor wrong.
Reborn Harvick proves his metal (AP)
During the weeks leading up to the Daytona 500, Richard Childress kept telling his race team he had a feeling they were going to win NASCAR's biggest event.
Martin nearly gets elusive Daytona 500 win (AP)
Mark Martin went part time and nearly won big time.
Crash-filled race takes out top contenders (AP)
The old saying is as true for Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. today as it was when NASCAR raced on the beach: To finish first, you must first finish.
Daytona 500 Notebook for Sunday, February 18 (PA SportsTicker)
Juan Pablo Montoya arrived in Daytona with nearly unprecedented fanfare for a NASCAR Nextel Cup rookie.
Harvick's win evokes bittersweet memories for Childress (PA SportsTicker)
Perhaps Kevin Harvick's victory in Sunday's Daytona 500 will finally give team owner Richard Childress a sense of closure.
Harvick survives wild finish to win Daytona 500 (PA SportsTicker)