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NEWS FROM 2007-02-22
Heat loses to Rockets; Wade injured
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070222/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_heat_rockets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070222/capt.htr10602220452c.correction_heat_rockets_wade_injured_basketball_htr106.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=uMY2UcKUCsf9M914_Kn3OQ--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Miami Heat' Dwyane Wade is helped from the floor by trainer Ron Culp as coach Pat Riley looks on in the second half of NBA basketball action against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007 in Houston. Wade left the court in a wheelchair and was taken to a hospital. The Rockets won 112-102. Wade had 27 points. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Just when the Miami Heat were getting back on track, they may have lost the person they can least afford to be without. Dwyane Wade dislocated his left shoulder late in Miami's 112-102 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, though the extent of his injury is not yet known.</p><br clear="all"/>
Suns sink Celtics 118-108
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070222/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_celtics_suns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070222/capt.azrd11202220424.celtics_suns_basketball_azrd112.jpg?x=130&y=127&sig=5lLYcyIcaAyP..L.6fBsxg--" align="left" height="127" width="130" alt="Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, left, dribbles at the top of the key against Boston Celtics' Delonte West (13) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Roy Dabner)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Phoenix Suns were far from their best Wednesday night, just good enough to get past the Boston Celtics.</p><br clear="all"/>
Streaking Spurs tame Hawks 103-96
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070222/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_hawks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070222/capt.gags10602220300.spurs_hawks_basketball_gags106.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=HTfGV.10pcRPKHvgigIptg--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, right, of Argentina, drives against Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia, left, of Georgia, during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, in Atlanta. Ginobili had 40 points for the night and led the Spurs to a 103-96 win. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manu Ginobili is thriving as the San Antonio Spurs' sixth man. Ginobili scored a season-high 40 points, including 24 straight for San Antonio in the first half, and Tim Duncan had 30 to help the Spurs beat the Atlanta Hawks 103-96 on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
No. 2 Ohio State holds off Penn State
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070222/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_penn_st_ohio_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070222/capt.ohjl10802220336.penn_st_ohio_st_basketball_ohjl108.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=p7zaZuf9WGqNYG_hXV0I6w--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Ohio State's Greg Oden, right, grabs a rebound away from Penn State's Geary Claxton during the second half on an NCAA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Penn State 68-60. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)" border="0" /></a>AP - There's something about last-place Penn State that brings out the worst in No. 2 Ohio State.</p><br clear="all"/>
No. 3 Florida spanks S. Carolina 63-49
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070222/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_scarolina_florida"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070222/capt.flps10302220159.south_carolina_florida_basketball__flps103.jpg?x=76&y=130&sig=3iiK92nsHGM8yjqdteQutg--" align="left" height="130" width="76" alt="Florida's Al Horford (42) goes for the basket as South Carolina's Devan Downey, right, tries to block the shot in the first half of basketball play in Gainesville, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Florida Gators are getting pretty good at these net-cutting ceremonies.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ravens reward coach Billick with contract extension
Reuters - The Baltimore Ravens rewarded
coach Brian Billick for capturing the AFC North crown with a
four-year contract extension, the team said on Wednesday.
Heat superstar Wade hurt in loss NBA to Rockets
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070222/sp_afp/basketnbaheatwade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070222/capt.sge.uqi24.220207084610.photo00.photo.default-341x512.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=biiezop6K_opIAyO.2tB5A--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Miami Heat dribbles the ball past Dikembe Mutumbo #55 of the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The Rockets won 112-102(AFP/Getty Images/Bill Baptist)" border="0" /></a>AFP - The early departure of injured superstar Dwyane Wade marred the anticipated return of coach Pat Riley to the Miami Heat sidelines on Wednesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Manny's absense a mystery to Red Sox
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070222/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070221/capt.flbmo10702212128.red_sox_spring_baseball_flbmo107.jpg?x=130&y=113&sig=_gpB.Uou5MCHgLrTZs3QXA--" align="left" height="113" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, left, and third baseman Mike Lowell take part in conditioning runs at spring training baseball in Fort Myers, Fla. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Brita Meng Outzen)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manny Ramirez will arrive late to Red Sox camp — again. Now the question is, why?</p><br clear="all"/>
Man U, Madrid win Champions League games
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070220/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_champions_roundup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070220/capt.mjs10902202138.france_soccer_champions_league__mjs109.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=xDDYr6hwBjnxdEVdEnpxjw--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="Manchester's United's Ryan Giggs, left, celebrates after scoring against Lille during their Champions League, first round, first leg soccer match Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 in Lens, France. (AP Photo/Jon Super)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manchester United's beat Lille 1-0 on Tuesday on a disputed goal in a Champions League game marred by crowd problems. Real Madrid, meanwhile, helped ease the pressure on its coach by beating Bayern Munich 3-2.</p><br clear="all"/>
Avs' Stastny turning in memorable season
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070222/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_avalanche_stastny"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070221/capt.dxa10302210302.flames_avalanche_hockey_dxa103.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=1i.ETUbwIe8lN_KBMFtwPA--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny, center, is congratulated by defenseman Ossi Vaananen, right, of Finland, as defenseman Breet Clark follows at left in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames in Denver on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Peter Stastny didn't mean to be rude by leaving the dinner party so abruptly Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
The combine question
Peyton redoes deal, saves Colts cap room (AP)
Peyton Manning has agreed to restructure his contract with the Indianapolis Colts to save the team nearly $8 million in salary cap space. The Super Bowl MVP was to receive a $10 million roster bonus during the offseason but by converting the money into a regular signing bonus, the Colts can prorate that amount over the remaining four years of his deal.
Dolphins sign Holliday for $20M, 4 years (AP)
Defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday has signed a $20 million, four-year contract to stay with the Miami Dolphins. The deal includes a signing bonus of nearly $7 million. Holliday would have been an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and re-signing him was a priority, new Miami coach Cam Cameron said Wednesday.
DUI hearing for Colts' Rhodes postponed (AP)
Colts running back Dominic Rhodes's initial court appearance on a drunken driving charge was postponed to Monday after prosecutors did not receive paperwork from the arresting officer. The officer did not turn in completed documents as expected Wednesday morning, said David Wyser, chief trial deputy for the Marion County prosecutor's office.
Lions put franchise tag on DT Redding (AP)
The Detroit Lions put the franchise tag on defensive tackle Cory Redding, team president Matt Millen said Wednesday in Indianapolis at the NFL's scouting combine. The move prevents Redding from becoming an unrestricted free agent next month. Redding emerged as a dominant player for the Lions last year when defensive tackle Shaun Rogers was out of the lineup.
Cincy's Thurman pleads no contest to DUI (AP)
Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman pleaded no contest Wednesday to driving drunk last September and said he was undergoing treatment for alcohol abuse. Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge John Burlew imposed a 90-day jail sentence but said Thurman did not have to start serving it yet. Another court hearing was set for June 5, at which the judge said he planned to reduce the sentence if Thurman, 23,...
Jets release veteran RB Barlow (AP)
Kevan Barlow's tenure as the successor to Curtis Martin lasted a season. The New York Jets released the veteran running back Wednesday after the least-productive season of Barlow's career. He ran for a career-low 370 yards -- third on the team -- and averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. Barlow was acquired from San Francisco last August to jump-start a running game that was without an injured Martin.
NFL scouts looking for impact rookies (AP)
Rich McKay likes what he sees among today's NFL rookies. Sure, they're bigger, faster, stronger, even brasher. But they're also better prepared to make a quick impact. Once considered a veteran-dominated league, the NFL has gradually been transformed by increasingly talented rookie classes into a league more affected by today's younger players.
Trade deadline news
The NBA's trading deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. EST. Here's the latest talk around the league.
Wade injured as Heat fall to Rockets (AP)
Just when the Miami Heat were getting back on track, they may have lost the person they can least afford to be without. Dwyane Wade dislocated his left shoulder late in Miami's 112-102 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, though the extent of his injury is not yet known. With Shaquille O'Neal finally healthy and Pat Riley back on the bench, the Heat seemed poised to shake off their early...
Ginobili's 40 power Spurs past Hawks (AP)
Manu Ginobili is thriving as the San Antonio Spurs' sixth man. Ginobili scored a season-high 40 points, including 24 straight for San Antonio in the first half, and Tim Duncan had 30 to help the Spurs beat the Atlanta Hawks 103-96 on Wednesday night. "I've had some good stretches in my career," Ginobili said.
Pacers outlast Bucks despite indictments (AP)
The Indiana Pacers are used to overcoming off-court distractions. Despite the news that Marquis Daniels and Jamaal Tinsley had been charged for their roles in a Feb. 6 bar fight in Indianapolis, the Pacers managed to outlast the Milwaukee Bucks 136-129 in double overtime Wednesday night. Daniels and Tinsley, who were expected to turn themselves into police on Thursday, both played key roles in the...
Barbosa helps Suns hold off Celtics (AP)
The Phoenix Suns were far from their best Wednesday night, just good enough to get past the Boston Celtics. Leandro Barbosa scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and the Suns held off the pesky Celtics 118-108. Amare Stoudemire had 32 points and 12 rebounds, but scored only two points in the fourth quarter as the Suns struggled to avoid a fourth consecutive home loss.
Blazers hand Lakers sixth straight loss (AP)
Phil Jackson wasn't particularly concerned with his personal losing streak. He was far more frustrated by the way the Lakers are playing. Jarrett Jack scored 30 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Los Angeles 112-108 Wednesday night to give the Lakers their sixth loss in a row and Jackson the longest losing streak of his coaching career.
Surging Pistons rout Magic 110-88 (AP)
The Detroit Pistons were in danger of letting another weaker team stay close. Chauncey Billups talked them out of it. Spurred on by Billups' pep talk, the Pistons put together a second-quarter rally and cruised to a 110-88 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. The Pistons have won nine of 10, while Orlando has lost six straight on the road.
Morrison rallies Bobcats past Wolves (AP)
Rookie Adam Morrison finally found his shooting touch, just in time for the Charlotte Bobcats to send the Minnesota Timberwolves to another frustrating loss. Morrison scored 26 points -- all in the second half -- to help the Bobcats rally from a 17-point deficit and beat the Timberwolves 100-95 on Wednesday night.
Varejao's putback dunk lifts Cavs (AP)
Anderson Varejao's dunk over Chris Bosh upstaged LeBron James and put some distance between Cleveland and Toronto in the standings. James scored 29 points, and Varejao slammed home teammate Sasha Pavlovic's missed shot with 16 seconds left to lift the Cavaliers to an 86-85 victory over the Raptors on Wednesday night.
Hornets beat Nets despite Carter's 46 (AP)
Vince Carter gave a glimpse of what New Jersey will miss if it trades him, while Jason Kidd seemed to make his own case for a change of scenery. Carter scored a season-high 46 points, but Kidd shot 2-for-14 in what might have been his final game with the Nets in a 111-107 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
Red Wings win 13th straight home game (AP)
Dominik Hasek held off the Chicago Blackhawks until Henrik Zetterberg got going. Zetterberg scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:22 left and added an empty-netter to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Detroit got its 13th consecutive home win, moving within one of the franchise record set in 1964-65.
Sharks end skid, beat Capitals in SO (AP)
Despite a three-game losing streak and a power play that has been struggling lately, the San Jose Sharks didn't panic when they fell behind by two goals against the struggling Washington Capitals. Joe Pavelski and Jonathan Cheechoo scored in the shootout to lift San Jose to a 3-2 victory Wednesday night, giving the Sharks their 10th straight win against the Capitals.
Rangers put Shanahan on injured reserve (AP)
The New York Rangers placed veteran forward Brendan Shanahan on injured reserve Wednesday and recalled forward Brad Isbister from Hartford of the American Hockey League. Shanahan has missed two games since suffering a concussion last Saturday after colliding with Philadelphia Flyers forward Mike Knuble.
Carolina LW Cole out at least two weeks (AP)
Carolina left wing Erik Cole is expected to miss at least two weeks with a hip injury. The team announced on its Web site Wednesday that Cole could miss up to four weeks after tearing a muscle near his hip. Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford, who is attending the NHL GMs' meeting in Naples, Fla., said he didn't know how Cole was injured.
Flyers' Knuble has facial surgery (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers forward Mike Knuble had two plates inserted in his face during surgery Wednesday to fix his broken right cheekbone and right orbital bone. Knuble was injured Saturday when he collided with New York Rangers veteran forward Brendan Shanahan. Shanahan suffered a concussion and went on injured reserve.
Sens' Murray gets 600th career victory (AP)
Bryan Murray almost had to wait for another night to join an exclusive coaching fraternity. Former Oilers Dean McAmmond and Mike Comrie scored in the shootout, and Mike Fisher had a goal and assist in regulation, to lead the Senators to a 4-3 win Tuesday night over Edmonton for Murray's 600th career win.
Sabres regain best record in NHL (AP)
For the first time in more than two weeks, the Buffalo Sabres didn't need dramatics to win. Having played six consecutive one-goal games, including three shootouts, the Sabres got a goal and two assists from Daniel Briere and connected three times on power plays to put away the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Stastny chasing father's franchise mark (AP)
Peter Stastny didn't mean to be rude by leaving the dinner party so abruptly Tuesday night. But time got away from the Hockey Hall of Famer and he had to rush home to watch his son, Paul, a rookie forward with the Colorado Avalanche, attempt to make team history. The father turned on the television in his St.
Wild avoid season-series sweep by Stars (AP)
When the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars get together, 65 minutes is rarely enough. The teams went to shootout for the third time in four games this season, with Minnesota earning the 2-1 victory on Tuesday night to avoid a sweep by the Stars and climb within two points of sixth-place Dallas in the Western Conference.
Sabourin helps Canucks beat Ducks in OT (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks won another close game thanks to the brilliant work of rookie goalie Dany Sabourin and an untimely penalty against the Anaheim Ducks. Sabourin stopped 38 shots for his first NHL victory, Daniel Sedin scored on a power play 2:19 into overtime, and the Canucks beat Anaheim 3-2 Tuesday night in a matchup of division leaders.
WWD: Daytona 500
A spectacular last-corner battle between Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin made this race one to remember.
Petty, Waltrip talk with Washington lawmakers about track plan (AP)
Former NASCAR stars Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip and current driver Greg Biffle are tying to persuade state lawmakers to support a $368 million race track proposed for Washington state.
GM executive, others urge NASCAR to explore renewable fuels (AP)
While working for General Motors in Brazil in the 1990s, Brent Dewar got a firsthand look at the country's successful switch from an oil-based economy to ethanol.
Johnson "torn" over Daytona 500 finish (AP)
After watching the replay of the final lap of the Daytona 500, NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson said Tuesday he's ``torn'' over the way the race ended.
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.
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.
Martin nearly gets elusive Daytona 500 win (AP)
Mark Martin went part time and nearly won big time.