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NEWS FROM 2007-02-23
Miami struggles without Wade in lineup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070223/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkc_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070223/capt.dna10802230554.heat_mavericks_basketball_dna108.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=_nri64Wm7L.R_qXDfrn2dw--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="Dallas Mavericks center Erick Dampier, left, attempts a shot over Miami Heat forward Dorell Wright, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007. The Mavericks won 112-100. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - If Thursday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks is any indicator, it may be a hard road for the Miami Heat without Dwyane Wade. One night after Wade dislocated his left shoulder, the Mavericks jumped out to a 23-point halftime lead on the way to a 112-100 victory over the defending NBA champs.</p><br clear="all"/>
Former NBA star Dennis Johnson dies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070223/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_obit_johnson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070222/capt.ny15902222223.obit_johnson_basketball_ny159.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=vetnShUNxn0_CejvA6NgYA--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Boston Celtics' Dennis Johnson, right, drives the lane against the Los Angeles Lakers' Earvin 'Magic' Johnson in this Dec. 12, 1986 file photo in Boston. Johnson, the star NBA guard who was part of three championship teams, died Thursday after collapsing at the end of practice in Austin, Texas. He was 52. Johnson, coach of the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League, died at a hospital, D-League spokesman Kent Partridge said. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dennis Johnson was a favorite in Boston where he played on two NBA championship teams. He was respected in Texas as coach and mentor to players aspiring to reach the levels he did. Former teammates and opponents remembered him as someone who gave everything to the game he loved. Johnson died Thursday, collapsing after his developmental team's practice. He was 52.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ugly scene erupts on the ice in Buffalo
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070223/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070223/capt.nydd11002230402.senators_sabres__hockey___nydd110.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=cjEvofqjPbEJ_5JDMlaKwg--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Buffalo Sabres' Andrew Peters starts a fight with Ottawa Senators' Dany Heatley (15) of Germany during the second period of their NHL hockey game at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007. The Sabres won 6-5.(AP Photo/David Duprey)" border="0" /></a>AP - There was blood and bedlam on the ice in Buffalo. The goalies were throwing punches at each other, coaches were arguing and a player was heading to the locker room with a nasty gash on his forehead. Emotions were running high between the Sabres and Ottawa Senators, and that was long before the teams went to a shootout Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
No. 23 Oregon beats another Top-10 team
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070223/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_college_bkb_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070223/capt.ordr10702230612.washington_st_oregon_basketball_ordr107.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=MuLQXeTE0Tei63ngpaxE_Q--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Oregon gaurd Tajuan Porter, left, controls the ball as Washington State guard Derrick Low reaches in during second thalf college basketball action in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007. Porter scored 21 points as No. 23 Oregon beat No. 9 Washington State, 64-59.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Oregon has made a habit of beating top-10 teams this season. The 23rd-ranked Ducks latest victory over a highly-ranked opponent couldn't have come at a better time, with losses in six of their last eight games and their NCAA tournament hopes fading.</p><br clear="all"/>
Boise State's Petersen gets new contract
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070223/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_boise_state_petersen"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070223/capt.83b780a52d634161a5027284f322e836.boise_state_petersen_nyol577.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=y3ZVdj9ll3umv0hU7NQMPw--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Boise State head coach Chris Petersen looks on from the sidelines during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma, Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz. Petersen was awarded with a new five-year, $4.25 million contract Thursday following the Broncos' 13-0 season and Fiesta Bowl victory. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Boise State coach Chris Petersen will be a millionaire if he leads the Broncos to another undefeated season. Not bad for someone with just one season as a head coach.</p><br clear="all"/>
Police seize $81,000 from 'Pacman'
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070223/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_jones"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070223/capt.ns10102230048.titans_jones_football_ns101.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=Iwayb49aiuNLuAT9i6lORg--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones is shown during football training camp in Clarksville, Tenn., on Aug. 4, 2006. More than $81,000 in cash belonging to Jones was seized by Las Vegas police who say the money sparked a weekend melee and a triple shooting at a strip club early Monday morning, Feb. 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - More than $81,000 in cash belonging to Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was seized by police, who say the money sparked a weekend melee and a triple shooting at a strip club.</p><br clear="all"/>
All the big names stay put at deadline
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070223/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nba_trade_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070221/capt.warw10902210612.grizzlies_supersonics_basketball_warw109.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=yjMK6Kh.8S45I1w.dzFDmQ--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Memphis Grizzlies, Pau Gasol, right, from Spain, drives on Seattle SuperSonics Johan Petro, left, from France in the second half of a NBA basketball game in Seattle on Tuesday, Feb 20, 2007. Seattle won 121-105. (AP Photo/Ron Wurzer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Trade deadline day in the NBA was all talk, almost no action.</p><br clear="all"/>
Schilling plans to file for free agency
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070223/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070222/capt.flsr10302221751.red_sox_spring_baseball_flsr103.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=i5ifcxKnglOLCV49xt.1ew--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling walks off the field following live batting practice at baseball spring training at the team's minor league training complex, in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)" border="0" /></a>AP - Curt Schilling plans to test the free-agent market, Daisuke Matsuzaka pushed his pitch count past 100 and Manny Ramirez intends to skip that Atlantic City car show.</p><br clear="all"/>
Howard happy with transfer to Everton
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070222/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_howard_transfer"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070222/capt.ny16402222304.everton_howard_soccer_ny164.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=iVt2yM.JuLoKIVy_7pcmpg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="NO INTERNET/MOBILE USAGE WITHOUT FAPL LICENCE - SEE IPTC SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FIELD FOR DETAILS**" border="0" /></a>AP - Tim Howard is happy to have found a home with Everton, one that puts him in position to compete for the starting job on the U.S. national team as the 2010 World Cup approaches.</p><br clear="all"/>
Canucks ice Kings, win 6th straight game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070223/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_canucks_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070223/capt.cama10802230532.canucks_kings_hockey_cama108.jpg?x=130&y=114&sig=LYqaeeS43RPWbYyRFekTTw--" align="left" height="114" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks center Trevor Linden, left, takes the puck away from Los Angeles Kings defenseman Brent Sopel in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - Roberto Luongo has been the best penalty killer on the Canucks with the NHL's highest success rate against the power play. Luongo made 31 saves, defenseman Kevin Bieksa scored the go-ahead goal with 3:54 left in the third period, and the Vancouver thwarted seven of eight Los Angeles power plays to best the Kings 3-2 on Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rating the offensive tackles
Joe Thomas, Levi Brown and Tony Ugoh could all be drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft.
Pacman's $81K seized, sparked melee? (AP)
More than $81,000 in cash belonging to Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was seized by police, who say the money sparked a weekend melee and a triple shooting at a strip club. Jones was showering more than 40 strippers onstage early Monday with cash "intended as a visual effect," a search warrant said.
Agent: Negotiations with Lovie stalled (AP)
Lovie Smith's negotiations for a new contract are at a stalemate, according to his agent, who created a stir by saying the coach who led the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl could become a free agent after the 2007 season. Agent Frank Bauer did not immediately respond to e-mail requests Thursday, but he told ESPN on Wednesday night that barring an unforeseen breakthrough a deal would not get done.
Winslow had microfracture knee surgery (AP)
Kellen Winslow has to make another comeback. The Browns' talented tight end underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee last month, a more extensive procedure than was initially revealed and one that will require a longer recovery. Winslow, who tied a team record for receptions last season despite missing nearly two seasons with injuries and being slowed by a bad knee, remains on crutches...
Raiders cut ties with QB Aaron Brooks (AP)
The Oakland Raiders cut ties with Aaron Brooks on Thursday, declining to pick up the option on the quarterback's contract after one difficult season. Brooks, who would have been due a $5 million roster bonus if he had stayed on the roster, failed to win any of his eight starts with the Raiders. The QB, who signed with Oakland after six seasons with the New Orleans Saints, will now look to join his...
Jags to go with Leftwich as starting QB (AP)
The Jacksonville Jaguars have settled on a starting quarterback for next season, and coach Jack Del Rio didn't have to go to free agency or the draft to find him. Del Rio said Thursday that Byron Leftwich will return to his starting role, ending speculation about what the Jaguars would do at the position.
Saints give DE Grant franchise tag (AP)
The New Orleans Saints designated defensive end Charles Grant as their franchise player Thursday, preventing the five-year veteran from becoming an unrestricted free agent. Grant and his agent have said in recent days that they opposed such a move but expected it to happen. Grant had been seeking a multiyear contract extension or permission to test the free-agent market.
Colts taking Lombardi Trophy on tour (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts are taking their Super Bowl championship trophy on a 50-stop tour over the next month. The tour will cover the state and include two stops in Kentucky and one in Danville, Ill. Coach Tony Dungy said Thursday that the team thought it was important to give fans a chance to touch the Lombardi Trophy and have their photo taken with it.
Mavs cruise past Wade-less Heat, 112-100 (AP)
With Dwyane Wade out of the lineup, the Dallas Mavericks took all the suspense out of their NBA finals rematch with the Miami Heat. Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and 11 rebounds and the Mavericks took advantage of Wade's absence to beat the Heat 112-100 on Thursday night for their 10th straight victory.
Ex-NBA star Dennis Johnson dies at 52 (AP)
Dennis Johnson was a favorite in Boston where he played on two NBA championship teams. He was respected in Texas as coach and mentor to players aspiring to reach the levels he did. Former teammates and opponents remembered him Thursday as someone who gave everything to the game he loved. Johnson died Thursday, collapsing after his developmental team's practice.
Arenas scores 43, Wizards hold off Kings (AP)
With 0.7 on the clock and the Sacramento Kings trailing the Washington Wizards by three, Brad Miller threw a splendid 80-foot pass to John Salmons. Salmons made the catch, moved his right foot behind the 3-point arc and fired. Good! The Kings rushed onto the floor in wild celebration. But the officials ruled it a 2-point basket, setting up the real moment of drama: the video review.
Wade considering season-ending surgery (AP)
Dwyane Wade is considering season-ending surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder, which would be the biggest loss yet for the Miami Heat during their rocky reign as NBA champions. The All-Star guard was hurt in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's 112-102 loss at Houston. Wade flew home early Thursday in a private plane and was examined at a hospital by team physician Dr.
Nets don't trade Carter or ailing Kidd (AP)
Jason Kidd remained with the New Jersey Nets as the NBA trade deadline passed Thursday amid concerns about his health. The team confirmed reports on Thursday that Kidd has a cracked rib in addition to the back injury that forced him to miss two games and the NBA All-Star game. Nets coach Lawrence Frank defended the team's decision not to publicize the rib injury, saying it didn't force Kidd to miss...
Wallace leads Bulls past Cavaliers (AP)
Ben Wallace's hair was as uncontrollable as ever. For one of the few times since he changed teams, so was he. Wallace scored 14 points with 19 rebounds, a season-high seven blocks and two huge free throws in the final minutes to lead the Chicago Bulls to an 84-78 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.
Tinsley, Daniels free after surrendering (AP)
Indiana Pacers players Jamaal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels were free Thursday after being booked on charges in a Feb. 6 bar fight, with their attorneys insisting their clients did nothing wrong that night. Both men surrendered to police shortly after they played in the Pacers' 136-129 double-overtime victory against Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
Sonics to stay in Seattle for 2007-08 (AP)
Even if a new arena proposal doesn't win the support of lawmakers, the Seattle SuperSonics will remain in the Pacific Northwest for at least one more season. The Sonics won't file paperwork with the NBA to potentially relocate the franchise by the NBA's March 1 deadline, team spokesman Tom Savage confirmed Thursday night.
Blazers, Raptors swap Dixon, Fred Jones (AP)
The Portland Trail Blazers traded guard Juan Dixon to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday for guard Fred Jones and future considerations. Jones, who went to the University of Oregon and lives in Portland during the offseason, is averaging 7.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 39 games. He has made nine starts.
Sabres edge Sens in fight-filled game (AP)
Goaltender Martin Biron couldn't be more proud with how his Buffalo Sabres responded after co-captain Chris Drury was blindsided and knocked woozy by Ottawa's Chris Neil. First, the Sabres got back at the Senators during a wild second-period melee -- a brawl that involved all 12 skaters on the ice, including Biron taking on Ottawa goalie Ray Emery.
Lightning move atop Southeast Division (AP)
A growing rivalry between Southeast Division rivals Tampa Bay and Atlanta is beginning to favor the Lightning. With first place in the division on the line, Martin St. Louis scored with 1:16 left in overtime Thursday night to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-4 victory over the Thrashers. The Thrashers, aiming for their first playoff appearance, lost leads of 2-0 and 3-1 while falling a point behind the...
Devils sweep home-and-home vs. Rangers (AP)
The New Jersey Devils accomplished plenty in their home-and-home sweep of the rival New York Rangers. The Atlantic Division leaders stayed in striking range of the top spot in the Eastern Conference and pushed the Rangers closer to an early summer vacation. Jamie Langenbrunner scored the decisive goal in the shootout after Zach Parise got New Jersey even in the third period, and the Devils beat the...
Flames' road skid hits seven games (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes went from desperation to celebration in a matter of minutes. Shane Doan scored 54 seconds into overtime to lift Phoenix past the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Thursday night and snap the Coyotes' six-game losing streak. Doan's goal capped a furious five minutes for the Coyotes. Steven Reinprecht sent it into overtime with a goal with 4:50 remaining and Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff...
Luongo, Canucks notch sixth straight win (AP)
Roberto Luongo has been the best penalty killer on the team with the NHL's highest success rate against the power play. Luongo made 31 saves, defenseman Kevin Bieksa scored the go-ahead goal with 3:54 left in the third period, and the Vancouver Canucks thwarted seven of eight Los Angeles power plays to best the Kings 3-2 on Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.
Armstrong pushes Penguins to OT win (AP)
Pittsburgh goalie Jocelyn Thibault made his coach's decision look good. Making only his fourth start since Dec. 21, Thibault outdueled veteran Ed Belfour to help the Penguins slip past Florida for a 2-1 victory. Colby Armstrong beat Belfour at 2:39 of overtime to win it with a wrist shot to the short side when he skated in on a 2-on-1 after taking a pass from Maxime Talbot.
Canadiens rally to SO win over Predators (AP)
A two-goal deficit was not too much for the Montreal Canadiens to overcome. It just took them a few tries. Montreal fell behind by two less than four minutes after the opening faceoff Tuesday night and trailed by that margin two other times before the Canadiens rallied for a 6-5 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators.
Islanders rally to top Maple Leafs in SO (AP)
The New York Islanders have no easy ones during their seven-game homestand. That includes a game against the team they started the night tied with: the Toronto Maple Leafs. After coming back from a two-goal deficit, Randy Robitaille capped the comeback by scoring the only goal of the shootout to lead the Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
Roloson, Oilers end 4-game skid (AP)
It was nearly a must-win game for the struggling Edmonton Oilers. Dwayne Roloson made 28 saves for his 22nd career shutout, and Edmonton snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. Shawn Horcoff had his first two-goal game of the season for the Oilers, who entered the game having dropped to 10th place and eight points out of the last...
WWD: Daytona 500
A spectacular last-corner battle between Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin made this race one to remember.
Petty, Waltrip try to sell track plan to WA lawmakers (AP)
Former NASCAR star Darrell Waltrip thinks Washington state is so pretty, he might be willing to build a racetrack here by himself.
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.
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.