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NEWS FROM 2007-02-24
Video review helps Knicks defeat Bucks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070224/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070224/capt.nyma11402240417.bucks_knicks_basketball_nyma114.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=7icI0Cspb2e2cWi.b8kWQg--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Milwaukee Bucks' Andrew Bogut (6) is blocked by New York Knicks' Channing Frye (7) and Jared Jefffies during the fourth quarter of NBA basketball action Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks defeated the Bucks, 95-93. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Video replay helped the New York Knicks get a victory, and almost cost the Memphis Grizzlies one. Channing Frye made two free throws after a video review put 0.8 seconds back on the clock, and New York beat Milwaukee 95-93 on Friday night, handing the Bucks their season-high seventh straight loss.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tiger's streak ends in stunning fashion
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070224/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_match_play"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070223/capt.azli12402232150.aptopix_match_play_golf_azli124.jpg?x=130&y=116&sig=eEleYOIJXDdLViAI49EMhQ--" align="left" height="116" width="130" alt="Tiger Woods reacts after missing a birdie putt on the sixth hole during his third round match against Nick O'Hern at the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., Friday Feb. 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt York)" border="0" /></a>AP - A winning streak that carried an asterisk ended because of a ball mark. Tiger Woods stared only at the 4-foot path from his ball to the cup, a birdie putt on the first extra hole that would allow him to escape with an improbable comeback Friday against Nick O'Hern in the Accenture Match Play Championship and take another step toward his eighth consecutive PGA Tour victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Prammanasudh holds lead at Fields Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070224/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_lpga_tour"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070224/capt.himg12002240033.lpga_tour_golf_himg120.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=OI4KfLRRct7us2upceCERQ--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Stacy Prammanasudh watches her shot from the 16th tee during the second round of the LPGA Tour's Fields Open golf tournament Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, in Kapolei, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)" border="0" /></a>AP - Stacy Prammanasudh had a full day's rest and only 18 holes left to play but can't feel too comfortable with two teenagers chasing history. Prammanasudh shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the suspended second round of the Fields Open.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jeff Gordon takes pole for California
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070224/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_qualifying"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070224/capt.cama11302240226.nascar_california_auto_racing_cama113.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=Z53ao8GLlAwKaMY.ZClrPg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Jeff Gordon waves to fans after running the fastest lap during qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Auto Club 500 in Fontana, Calif., Friday, Feb. 23, 2007. Gordon will be on pole for the race Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeff Gordon won the pole, Brian Vickers finally got Team Red Bull into a race and Michael Waltrip failed to make the lineup on a topsy-turvy qualifying day at California Speedway. Gordon turned a fast lap of 185.735 mph Friday to grab the 57th pole of his career.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sammy Sosa arrives in Rangers camp
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070224/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070223/capt.azth11002232244.rangers_sosa_baseball_azth110.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=XKfnXtQMJsxl29viMWQdfQ--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Texas Rangers' Sammy Sosa waits to take batting practice during his first day of spring training workouts Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, in Surprise, Ariz. Sosa signed a minor league contract with the Rangers in January. (AP Photo/Tom Hood)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sammy Sosa is hoping to slam his way back into baseball. Two years after being among several players who testified before a congressional committee looking into steroid use in professional baseball, the 38-year-old Sosa is trying to make a comeback and has a minor league contract with his original team — the Texas Rangers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tomlinson's father dies in auto wreck
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070224/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_obit_tomlinson_s_father"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070224/capt.dn10202240054.obit_tomlinson_s_father_football_dn102.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=V6zvCToKwetlwR2TGZssMA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Oliver Tomlinson Sr., 71, father of San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, is shown in his home in Lott, Texas, on Jan. 5, 2007. Tomlinson died in a pickup truck accident in Asa, Texas, Friday, Feb. 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Benjamin Sklar)" border="0" /></a>AP - The father of NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson was killed Friday when the pickup truck in which he was riding flipped on a highway.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jazz withstand 30-point nights by Anthony, Iverson
Reuters - The Utah Jazz powered past Northwest
Division rival Denver after Deron Williams scored 26 points and
handed out 14 assists in a 114-104 road win on Friday.
Larsen, Berra see perfect game broadcast
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070224/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_perfect_viewing"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070224/capt.njtl10102240123.perfect_viewing_baseball_njtl101.jpg?x=124&y=130&sig=BSbG7lRXngLjqZloTzBG7Q--" align="left" height="130" width="124" alt="New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen, left, and catcher Yogi Berra get together before viewing the perfect game of the 1956 World Series in Montclair, N.J., on Friday, Feb. 23, 2007. A sports film collector revealed last year that he had acquired a kinescope of the television broadcast that featured all but the first inning of Game 5 between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Yankees. The recording was shown for the first time to an audience that included Larsen, Berra and Bob Wolff, who did the original radio broadcast. (AP Photo/Tim Larsen)" border="0" /></a>AP - More than 50 years after etching his name in baseball's record books, Don Larsen finally got to see himself do it.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham's deal worth $27.5M for 5 years
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070224/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_beckham"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070220/capt.jj81602202154.spain_soccer_champions_league_jj816.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=SRG8wdpL3401j0pFbs7mEQ--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Real Madrid player David Beckham reacts during his Champions League first knockout round, first-leg soccer match against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007. Real Madrid won the match 3-2. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Beckham's playing contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy is worth about $27.5 million in base salary over five seasons, according to a person familiar with Major League Soccer agreements.</p><br clear="all"/>
NHL division leaders take their lumps
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070224/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070224/capt.mijm10102240141.oilers_red_wings_hockey_mijm101.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=VeV6EX2CZNgIiFdePI5uMg--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Smyth (94) makes this shot against Detroit Red Wings' goalie Dominik Hasek (39) of Czech Republic, during the first period of their NHL hockey game on Friday, Feb. 23, 200, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)" border="0" /></a>AP - It was a tough night for NHL division leaders. Detroit, Tampa Bay and Anaheim all lost Friday night to teams trying to improve their postseason chances.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dillon likely done playing for Patriots (AP)
Corey Dillon, who is 14th on the NFL's career rushing list, is likely to be playing for a team other than New England next season. . Dillon's agent, Steve Feldman, told The Associated Press on Friday that his client will ask the Patriots for his release and that the team is likely to grant it by March 2, the start of free agency.
Tomlinson's dad killed in auto accident (AP)
The father of NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson was killed Friday when the pickup truck in which he was riding flipped on a highway. Oliver Tomlinson was killed at about 1:30 p.m. in the one-vehicle rollover, said Charlie Morgan, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman. Tomlinson was 71. The driver, Ronald C.
Pacman's tenure with Titans to end? (AP)
Adam "Pacman" Jones, entangled in a triple shooting at a Las Vegas strip club, might not be on the Tennessee Titans' roster next season. Mike Reinfeldt, the team's new general manager, was asked at the NFL Combine about Jones' status after reports of the cornerback's involvement in the mayhem. He replied: "I would assume there is that potential." The Titans have declined to comment on Monday's...
Quinn says he should be first draft pick (AP)
Brady Quinn isn't ready to admit defeat in the race to be the top pick in the NFL draft. Seven weeks since JaMarcus Russell shot up the draft chart after beating Quinn in the Sugar Bowl, Quinn delivered his first major rebuttal in the competition to be selected first overall in April. "I'd tell them I'm the most prepared collegiate player in the draft," Quinn said Friday at the annual NFL scouting...
Colts want RB Rhodes to explain arrest (AP)
Colts coach Tony Dungy and team president Bill Polian are disappointed in Dominic Rhodes and want to hear the running back's explanation of what happened early Tuesday when he was arrested on a charge of drunken driving. "We'll sit down with Dom and talk through it. It's very, very disappointing," Dungy said Friday at the NFL's annual scouting combine.
Lovie Smith confident deal will get done (AP)
All Lovie Smith wants is a fair deal to coach the Chicago Bears. He thinks he'll get one, but how long it takes is an entirely different question. In Smith's first public comments since his agent, Frank Bauer, said the two sides were at a stalemate in negotiations, Smith said he expected to get a more lucrative deal after his contract runs out next season.
Unitas auction brings in more than $165K (AP)
A helmet worn by Johnny Unitas in the 1960s sold for $54,050, and the quarterback's first contract with the Baltimore Colts drew a bid of $29,900 at an auction of sports memorabilia Friday night. There were 10 items associated with Unitas up for auction. An anonymous bidder purchased all of them for a total of $165,370, including a 15 percent buyer's fee.
Deng, Hinrich power Bulls by Wizards (AP)
Luol Deng's happy to be sticking around with the Chicago Bulls. Now that the trade deadline has come and gone and there are no more rumors to deal with, he can just go out and play basketball. "The fact that it's over, I think that's good. The best thing about it is people stop talking about it," Deng said Friday night after matching his career high with 32 points to lead the Bulls over Gilbert...
Lakers end six-game skid, rout Celtics (AP)
Kobe Bryant appeared well on his way to his fourth 50-point game of the season -- or at least his fourth straight 40-point effort against the Boston Celtics -- until coach Phil Jackson invoked the mercy rule on the NBA's worst team. Bryant scored 22 of his 38 points in the first quarter and added nine assists, while the Los Angeles Lakers routed the hapless Celtics 122-96 to end a six-game losing...
Jazz extend Northwest lead, beat Nuggets (AP)
George Karl, who recently backed away from his declaration that the Northwest Division race was over, refused to concede the crown to the Utah Jazz on Friday night. His team pretty much did so on the court. The Jazz, seeking their first division title since 2000, beat the Nuggets for the sixth straight time and increased their lead over second-place Denver to a whopping 9 1/2 games with a 114-104...
Pistons win as Magic go cold in fourth (AP)
His Detroit Pistons down five points in the third quarter, coach Flip Saunders was livid. Saunders' screaming and wild gestures several feet onto the court earned him a technical foul, but it gave the Pistons the jolt they needed to pull out a 94-89 win against the Orlando Magic on Friday night. "I think that kind of sparked us, sparked our team and put it into second gear for us," Tayshaun Prince...
Sprewell barred from seeing children (AP)
Former NBA star Latrell Sprewell, accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of their children, may communicate with his children only by phone, e-mail or text message. Harrison Town Judge Marc Lust extended an order of protection Friday keeping Sprewell -- best known for choking Golden State Warriors coach P.J.
Marion, Barbosa lead Suns past Wolves (AP)
The Phoenix Suns are back to their high-octane offense now that Steve Nash is healthy again. Shawn Marion scored 27 points, Leandro Barbosa added 24 and Amare Stoudemire had 23 to help the Suns beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-104 on Friday night. Nash had nine points and 15 assists in his third game back after missing four starts with right shoulder inflammation.
Bosh leads Raptors in romp over Pacers (AP)
The Toronto Raptors were determined to rebound from a disappointing loss against one Eastern Conference playoff team with a victory against another. Chris Bosh had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Raptors to a 110-88 rout over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. Jorge Garbajosa added 16 points for the Raptors, who allowed Wednesday's game against Cleveland to slip away.
Hornets move into eighth spot in West (AP)
Tyson Chandler keeps finding ways to put his 7-foot-1 body in the right spot -- and now he's putting the New Orleans Hornets back in the thick of the playoff race. Even though the Hornets shot 37.1 percent, Chandler's 19 rebounds -- 10 on the offensive end -- helped New Orleans hold on for a 98-97 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night.
Kidd's triple-double helps Nets end skid (AP)
Jason Kidd and Vince Carter showed why trading them would have been a bad idea. Kidd got his 84th career triple-double Friday night and the New Jersey Nets ended a three-game losing streak with a 109-96 win over the Kings. Kidd had 22 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists despite playing with a cracked rib that the Nets revealed on Thursday.
Red Wings' 13-game home run ends in SO (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers spoiled the Detroit Red Wings' party again. Ryan Smyth scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 win Friday night that snapped Detroit's 13-game home winning streak. Smyth, Raffi Torres, and Marty Reasoner had goals for Edmonton in regulation and Dwayne Roloson stopped 27 shots for the Oilers, who upset the Red Wings in six games in the first round...
Sabres, Senators meet again Saturday (AP)
Andrew Peters and the Buffalo Sabres weren't in the mood for forgiving or forgetting Friday, just a day after taking part in a wild brawl with the Ottawa Senators. No one was anticipating Round 2 when the Northeast Division rivals meet at Ottawa on Saturday. But Peters, a forward, was still upset over Chris Neil's blindside hit that left Sabres co-captain Chris Drury bloodied and woozy, and sparked...
Hit puts Sabres F Drury out indefinitely (AP)
Sabres co-captain Chris Drury is out indefinitely with a suspected concussion from a blindside hit that sparked a brawl in Buffalo's game against Ottawa. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Friday the team has not yet determined the severity of the injury, but noted that Drury was experiencing concussionlike symptoms.
Stars tighten Pacific race, top Ducks (AP)
The Dallas Stars have two hot goaltenders, and they'll need both rookie Mike Smith and starter Marty Turco to stay that way down the stretch if they hope to win a second straight Pacific Division title. Smith stopped 24 shots, Jussi Jokinen and rookie Krys Barch each had a goal and an assist, and the Stars tightened the division race with a 4-1 victory over the slumping Anaheim Ducks on Friday...
Boyes, surging Bruins rip Lightning 6-2 (AP)
Lightning coach John Tortorella took the blame for a one-sided loss. He also had some harsh words for the officials. Brad Boyes had two goals and Tim Thomas made 24 saves, leading the surging Boston Bruins past Tampa Bay 6-2 Friday night. The Southeast Division-leading Lightning not only lost for just the fifth time in 21 games, enforcer Andre Roy was given an automatic three-game suspension for...
'Canes acquire F Carter from Columbus (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes acquired right wing Anson Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday for a 2008 draft pick, giving the defending Stanley Cup champions a scoring threat to replace a pair of injured forwards. Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford had explored several trade possibilities this week to replace left wingers Cory Stillman and Erik Cole and bolster the Hurricanes' push to...
Sharks' trade for Korolyuk called off (AP)
The San Jose Sharks called off their trade with New Jersey to reacquire Alex Korolyuk when he refused to return from his native Russia to the NHL. The Sharks traded their rights to Korolyuk to the Devils before this season, even though he was playing for Chekhov Vityaz, where he has spent most of the last three years.
Leafs D Kubina likely out two weeks (AP)
Maple Leafs defenseman Pavel Kubina is expected to be out two weeks with a broken finger. He was hurt during the second period of Thursday night's road game against the New York Islanders. Kubina, who signed a four-year, $20 million contract in the offseason, has five goals and 10 assists in 45 games.
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...
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...
Back on track
Drivers put Daytona in the rearview mirror this weekend as NASCAR finds some normalcy in California.
Skinner capitalizes late to win San Bernardino 200 (PA SportsTicker)
Skinner wins; Martin disappointed again. (AP)
Mark Martin lost another heartbreaker Friday night.
Gordon wins pole for Sunday's Auto Club 500 (PA SportsTicker)
Gordon wins California pole (AP)
Jeff Gordon won the pole, Brian Vickers finally got Team Red Bull into a race and Michael Waltrip failed to make the lineup on a topsy-turvy qualifying day at California Speedway.
Maturing Busch a favorite at California (AP)
Age is no longer an issue for Kyle Busch.
First race for unleaded fuel presents challenges (AP)
Sunday's race, the first Nextel Cup event run with unleaded fuel, will be a big test for engine builders.
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.
NASCAR's top stars begin season behind (AP)
Some of NASCAR's biggest stars left Daytona International Speedway in big holes. Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart,...