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NEWS FROM 2007-02-25
Broncos running back Damien Nash dies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070225/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_broncos_nash_dies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070225/capt.ny15602250443.obit_broncos_nash_football_ny156.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=NJ8mEJAJWYdZmXFwv4wMWQ--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Former Missouri starting running back Damien Nash talks with teammates Nov. 6, 2004, during their game with Kansas State in Columbia, Mo. The Denver Broncos have confirmed that Broncos running back Nash has died after a charity basketball game in St. Louis, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Broncos running back Damien Nash collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in suburban St. Louis on Saturday, less than two months after the slaying of teammate Darrent Williams.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mavs run club-record home streak to 19
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070225/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nuggets_mavericks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070225/capt.dna10302250337.nuggets_mavericks_basketball_dna103.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=UOolhJ6RAZsINw8igU1Bgg--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, attempts a shot over Denver Nuggets center Marcus Camby in the first half of a basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dirk Nowitzki fell two assists short of his first triple-double and the Mavericks stretched their club-record home winning streak to 19 games with their second-highest point total of 2007. Still, the post-game topic in the Dallas locker room was defense.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ogilvy streaks into Match Play final
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070225/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_match_play"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070224/capt.azli12502242109.match_play_golf_azli125.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=ZtTUqffjUqHe916Z4m8sUA--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Geoff Ogilvy, of Australia, pounds his drive on the second hole during his semi-final match against Chad Campbell at the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. Saturday Feb. 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt York)" border="0" /></a>AP - The streak is alive at the Accenture Match Play Championship. And it belongs to Geoff Ogilvy.</p><br clear="all"/>
Struggling LSU upsets No. 3 Florida
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070225/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_florida_lsu"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070225/capt.labf10502250013.florida__lsu__basketball_labf105.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=xYgDr2vdIhFfEl.O_E_aog--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Louisiana State's Glen Davis, right, reacts with teammate Greg Terrebonne, left, after an LSU dunk and a big lead over Florida during the first half of their college basketball game Saturday Feb. 24, 2007, in Baton Rouge, La.. Davis, normally a starter, has been injured and unable to play for the last several games. LSU upset No. 3 Florida 66-56. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)" border="0" /></a>AP - It took a seemingly impossible challenge to bring out the best in an LSU team that had squandered so much potential this season. Missing leading scorer and rebounder Glen "Big Baby" Davis, the struggling Tigers got 18 points from Terry Martin, 17 from Garrett Temple and stellar defense from everyone to pull off an impressive 66-56 upset over No. 3 Florida on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
No. 4 UCLA closes unbeaten home season
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070225/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_stanford_ucla"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070223/capt.ula10802230558.aptopix_california_ucla_basketball_ula108.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=4_n_IE7Ug89h4sbw6E.ZGQ--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="UCLA's Alfred Aboya dunks the ball during the second half of their NCAA basketball game against Cal, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 85-75. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Only Arron Afflalo knows whether he has played his final home game at UCLA, and he isn't telling. Afflalo scored 20 points, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 11 and the fourth-ranked Bruins defeated Stanford 75-61 to close out their first undefeated home season in 32 years Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Broncos running back Nash dies at age 24
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070225/sp_nm/nfl_nash_death_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070225/2007_02_25t010843_450x322_us_nfl_nash_death.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=jtq6mFauZisv_YfSaGgX3A--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Denver Broncos running back Damien Nash (C) eludes San Diego Chargers safety Clinton Hart (R) in the second quarter of their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado November 19, 2006. Nash died suddenly on Saturday, the National Football League team said in a statement. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Denver Broncos running back Damien
Nash died suddenly on Saturday, the National Football League
team said in a statement.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jazz hang on to beat struggling Celtics
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070225/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_celtics_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070225/capt.slcc10202250308.celtics_jazz_basketball_slcc102.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=5NyWn4ngBAfZeiTS4pxT_Q--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Utah Jazz center Jarron Collins heads to the basket around Boston Celtics forward Al Jefferson (7) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - With two starters out because of injuries and two others playing while they recover, the Utah Jazz are relying more on their less experienced players. The young Jazz got a lesson Saturday night in how to build a big lead, blow it and then build it back up again in a 105-87 win over the struggling Boston Celtics.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mariners' Lowe to have 2nd surgery
AP - Seattle Mariners reliever Mark Lowe will have arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow next week, pushing back his potential return to June or later.
Man U takes 9-point Premier League lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070224/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070224/capt.lon80502241555.britain_soccer_lon805.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=qaC3b5UZxptlgNeke1PSUQ--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the late winning goal with teammate Wayne Rooney, rear, during the English Premiership League soccer match at Craven Cottage, west London, Saturday Feb. 24, 2007. Manchester United won the match 2-1. (AP Photo/PA, Rebecca Naden)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manchester United won 2-1 at Fulham on Cristiano Ronaldo's 88th-minute goal Saturday, moving nine points ahead of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. Brian McBride opened the scoring at home for Fulham, and Ryan Giggs tied the score for United midway through the first half. Ronaldo then sent a deflected shot into the net.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kings ended 7-game home losing streak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070225/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_avalanche_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070225/capt.las10102250448.avalanche_kings_hockey_las101.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=Uc3_hJmqnkBQIFM.BgOS6g--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar, left, of Slovenia, moves the puck past Colorado Avalanche's Ian Laperriere in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Francis Specker)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Los Angeles Kings stole a vital point from the Colorado Avalanche, who can't afford to squander many more if they expect to make the playoffs.</p><br clear="all"/>
No love for Lovie
Broncos RB Damien Nash dies at 24 (AP)
Broncos running back Damien Nash collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in suburban St. Louis on Saturday, less than two months after the slaying of teammate Darrent Williams. "We have been informed of the passing of Damien Nash," team spokesman Jim Saccomano said Saturday night. "We are attempting to get more details.
Falcons DE Kerney becomes free agent (AP)
Atlanta Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney voided his contract, and potentially lucrative free-agent options could make it difficult for the team to re-sign their top pass rusher. Kerney opted out of the final two years of his contract to explore his options as an unrestricted free agent, the team confirmed Saturday.
Tomlinson 'devastated' by father's death (AP)
LaDainian Tomlinson, the NFL's MVP, is "devastated" by the death of his father, who was killed when a pickup truck flipped on a highway. Oliver Tomlinson, 71, was killed Friday afternoon in the rollover, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The driver, Ronald McClain was taken by ambulance to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, where he died.
T.O. needs more surgery on finger (AP)
Terrell Owens needs more surgery on his injured right ring finger and might not be 100 percent until training camp. Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips confirmed that the wide receiver needs a second procedure on the finger that required surgery last month after getting injured during the 2006 season.
Smith, Leak to again prove themselves (AP)
For quarterbacks Troy Smith and Chris Leak, standing tall at the NFL combine is proving to be a big challenge. With the Heisman Trophy safely tucked away in Ohio and the national championship trophy encased in Florida, the two quarterbacks who shared the grand stage at last month's title game are trying to prove the so-called experts wrong again.
Petrino expects better passing from Vick (AP)
Bobby Petrino expects better passing and more consistency from quarterback Michael Vick next season -- not another 1,000-yard rushing season. Speaking to reporters Saturday at the NFL's annual scouting combine, the new Atlanta Falcons coach said he has analyzed Vick's throws from 2006 and reached one conclusion.
Rams' Fearsome Foursome DL Lundy dies (AP)
Lamar Lundy, a member of the Fearsome Foursome defensive line for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s, died Saturday. He was 71. He died after a long illness in his hometown, the Community Family Funeral Home said. Lundy spent his entire 13-year career with the Rams (1957-69). He teamed with Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones -- both Pro Football Hall of Famers -- and Roosevelt Grier to form a mighty...
Mavericks extend home win streak to 19 (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki fell two assists short of his first triple-double and the Mavericks stretched their club-record home winning streak to 19 games with their second-highest point total of 2007. Still, the post-game topic in the Dallas locker room was defense. Nowitzki had 31 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists as the Mavericks won their 11th in a row overall with a 115-95 victory over the Denver...
Wade still weighing his options (AP)
Dwyane Wade is still weighing his options. The Miami Heat don't have the same luxury. If Wade has surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder, last season's NBA finals MVP won't return this season. If Wade chooses rehabilitation and rest, he may return in six weeks, perhaps with 10 games or so left.
Spurs win fifth straight, rout Sonics (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs believe they may have solved their problems with inconsistency. Tony Parker scored 21 points and Robert Horry added 17 to lead the Spurs to their fifth straight win, 102-71 over the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday night. "We have had a hard time being consistent," Parker said. "We've played hard for a half or a quarter.
Cavs' Ilgauskas likely to play at Miami (AP)
Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who missed the last four games to tend to family health problems, practiced on Saturday and is expected to play at Miami on Sunday, the team said. Ilgauskas hasn't played since Feb. 11. He is averaging 11.7 points and 8.2 rebounds. Sasha Pavlovic, who has become a key player for the Cavs off the bench, will miss his second straight game because of flu-like...
Bosh, Raptors top injury-plagued Bobcats (AP)
Chris Bosh believes he would have had a big second half even if Emeka Okafor didn't go down with an injury. However, going up against backups Jake Voskuhl and Ryan Hollins certainly helped. Bosh scored all 24 of his points in the second half and added 11 rebounds to help the Toronto Raptors beat the injury-depleted Charlotte Bobcats 93-76 on Saturday night.
Brand powers Clippers past Warriors (AP)
Elton Brand rejected the notion -- rather forcefully -- that the Golden State Warriors were going to beat out the Los Angeles Clippers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Brand tied a career high with eight blocked shots, scored 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, leading the Clippers to a 103-90 victory over the Warriors on Saturday.
Short-handed Jazz easily handle Celtics (AP)
With two starters out because of injuries and two others playing while they recover, the Utah Jazz are relying more on their less experienced players. The young Jazz got a lesson Saturday night in how to build a big lead, blow it and then build it back up again in a 105-87 win over the struggling Boston Celtics.
Bucks beat 76ers to snap seven-game skid (AP)
Late in the fourth quarter, Milwaukee's go-to guys were sitting on the bench, and they couldn't have been happier. Michael Redd and Mo Williams scored 26 points each as the Bucks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 109-90 on Saturday night to snap a seven-game losing streak. "It's good to sit out the last 5 minutes of a game," Williams said.
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...
Sens top Sabres in brawl rematch 6-5 (AP)
Jason Spezza and the Ottawa Senators particularly enjoyed their latest win. Spezza scored his second goal of the night on a power play with 4:07 remaining and Ottawa beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-5 Saturday in a rematch of their fight-filled game two days earlier. "It was definitely satisfying," Spezza said.
Forsberg lifts Preds by Red Wings in OT (AP)
Peter Forsberg's first goal for the Nashville Predators was a memorable one. Forsberg scored at 2:11 of overtime Saturday night, giving the Predators a 4-3 victory over Detroit and pushing them past the Red Wings into first place in the Central Division. "The team played great," Forsberg said. "There was a great atmosphere in the building." Acquired from Philadelphia less than two weeks ago, the...
NHL fines Sabres coach Ruff $10,000 (AP)
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was fined $10,000 by the NHL for his role in the brawl between Buffalo and the Ottawa Senators. The teams fought Thursday night, and the fine was announced hours before the teams met again Saturday night in Ottawa. NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell was expected to attend. Angered by Chris Neil's elbow to Sabres forward Chris Drury, Ruff sent out tough guys Andrew Peters,...
Sabres owner wants hits to head reviewed (AP)
Sabres owner Tom Golisano urged the NHL to review its policy on violent hits to the head after the league chose not to punish Ottawa's Chris Neil for blindsiding and knocking out Buffalo co-captain Chris Drury. In a letter addressed to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Saturday, Golisano wrote, "I am deeply concerned with the standard the NHL has adopted that seems to allow violent hits to the...
Rangers' Shanahan expects to play again (AP)
Brendan Shanahan expects to play again this season even though he's still feeling the effects of his first career concussion. Shanahan spoke to reporters Saturday night before his New York Rangers teammates lost 3-2 to Columbus. He made his first public comments since a violent collision with Philadelphia's Mike Knuble left him unconscious on the Madison Square Garden ice one week earlier.
Iginla powers Flames past Sharks 7-4 (AP)
Jarome Iginla scored twice and added two assists Saturday night, leading the Calgary Flames to a 7-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Daymond Langkow also scored twice for the Flames, who tied Minnesota for second place in the Northwest Division -- three points behind Vancouver. Dion Phaneuf, Matthew Lombardi and Marcus Nilson had the other goals for Calgary in a back-and-forth game.
Jackets damage Rangers' playoff hopes (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets' lone win against the Atlantic Division came against the team that could least afford the loss. Jason Chimera and Rick Nash scored short-handed goals in the second period Saturday night to lift the lowly Blue Jackets to a 3-2 victory over the Rangers that put another crimp in New York's fading playoff hopes.
Thrashers acquire D Zhitnik from Flyers (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers acquired defenseman Alexei Zhitnik from the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night for former first-round draft pick Braydon Coburn. Zhitnik, an All-Star in 1999 and 2002, has five goals and 19 assists in 61 games with the Flyers and New York Islanders this season. Philadelphia acquired him in a Dec.
Kings end seven-game home skid in SO (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings stole a vital point from the Colorado Avalanche, who can't afford to squander many more if they expect to make the playoffs. Rob Blake tied the game with 4 seconds left in regulation, Dustin Brown scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of a shootout and the Kings ended a seven-game home losing streak with a 6-5 victory Saturday night.
Caps beat Devils to end five-game slide (AP)
The Washington Capitals set a trap and the New Jersey Devils fell into it. Alexander Semin had a goal and an assist and Brent Johnson made 29 saves Saturday as the Capitals ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Devils. Taking a page from the Devils book, the Capitals played a very patient defensive game.
Kenseth prevails again at Stater Bros. 300 (PA SportsTicker)
Kenseth gets fourth Busch win at California (AP)
Matt Kenseth took control in the closing laps Saturday night at California Speedway, driving off with his fourth NASCAR Busch Series victory in 12 tries on the 2-mile oval.
California could be NASCAR's true starter (AP)
For many Nextel Cup drivers, the real season begins Sunday at California Speedway.
Rookie Ragan off to surprising start. (AP)
Lost for many in the wild, crash-filled end of last Sunday's Daytona 500 was the fifth-place finish by rookie David Ragan in only his third NASCAR Nextel Cup start.
Gordon wins pole for NASCAR Nextel Cup Auto Club 500 (PA SportsTicker)
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 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.