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NEWS FROM 2007-02-26
Buckeyes beat Badgers in 49-48 thriller
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070226/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_wisconsin_ohio_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070225/capt.ohjl10802252335.wisconsin_ohio_st_basketball_ohjl108.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=4Nf7Utgu5cWHidbEyL3usA--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Ohio State's Mike Conley, center, shoots the winning basket against Wisconsin during the second half on an NCAA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Wisconsin 49-48. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Conley Jr. stepped out of Greg Oden's lengthy shadow at just the right time. Conley drove the lane and made a runner with 4 seconds left to give No. 2 Ohio State a 49-48 victory over top-ranked Wisconsin on Sunday, clinching the Buckeyes' second consecutive Big Ten title. The game marked the first time Big Ten teams have met in a 1 vs. 2 game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Terps' rally stuns No. 5 Tar Heels 89-87
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070226/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_north_carolina_maryland"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070226/capt.mdgb10802260127.north_carolina_maryland_basketball_mdgb108.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=fcrOFoeOuhkwUOeDEvuuzw--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="The Maryland basketball team celebrates with fans after defeating North Carolina in a college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007 in College Park, Md. Maryland won 89-87.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Down by 12 points against No. 5 North Carolina with just over 7 minutes left, Maryland never abandoned hope of a comeback. Perhaps it's because the Terrapins had already overcome so much this season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Stenson captures Match Play Championship
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070226/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_match_play"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070226/capt.azli13702260003.match_play_golf_azli137.jpg?x=130&y=116&sig=zKF65P0rhD4hnSN75wC98A--" align="left" height="116" width="130" alt="Henrik Stenson holds the Walter Hagen Cup after winning the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., Saturday Feb. 24, 2007. Stenson beat Geoff Ogilvy 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final. (AP Photo/Paul Conners)" border="0" /></a>AP - The longest week of his career was behind him. The blue World Golf Championship trophy was at his side. Henrik Stenson soaked it all in by slowly lowering his head on the table and closing his eyes. "I'm too tired to be happy," he said.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kenseth bounces back with California win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070226/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_california"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070226/capt.camw11402260101.nascar_california_auto_racing_camw114.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=YeZOL3pKvErqBKTimKWcvQ--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="Driver Matt Kenseth celebrates after wining the NASCAR Auto Club 500 in Fontana, Calif. on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)" border="0" /></a>AP - With crew chief Robbie Reiser back home in North Carolina on a NASCAR-enforced absence from the racetrack, Matt Kenseth and the rest of the No. 17 team just tried to remember the lessons he has taught them over the years.</p><br clear="all"/>
Suns continue roughing up the East
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070226/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_suns_hawks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070226/capt.gags10102260031.suns_hawks_basketball_gags101.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=eeYD2bsbHkBMml.T4BEd1Q--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Phoenix Suns center Amare Stoudemire (1) goes up against Atlanta Hawks forward Shelden Williams (33) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Phoenix Suns are two wins away from an unprecedented sweep of their regular-season tour of the Eastern Conference. Amare Stoudemire is playing as if he's planning on more road success against the East in the postseason.</p><br clear="all"/>
Feeley agrees contract extension with Eagles
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070226/sp_nm/nfl_feeley_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070226/2007_02_25t211811_450x312_us_nfl_feeley.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=OvJ3yE7KZq86olHmT2A.nQ--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Eagles back-up quarterback A.J. Feeley (14) throws a pass under pressure from the Atlanta Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking (R) during fourth quarter NFL action in Philadelphia, December 31, 2006. Feeley has agreed a three-year contract extension with the Eagles, the team said on Sunday. (Tim Shaffer/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Back-up quarterback A.J. Feeley has
agreed a three-year contract extension with the Philadelphia
Eagles, the team said on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Suns wins 13th in a row against the East
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070226/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070226/capt.gags10102260031.suns_hawks_basketball_gags101.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=eeYD2bsbHkBMml.T4BEd1Q--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Phoenix Suns center Amare Stoudemire (1) goes up against Atlanta Hawks forward Shelden Williams (33) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Suns are perfect in the East, where the Nets and Heat are trying to keep playoff hopes alive despite losing records.</p><br clear="all"/>
Roberts hopes to take pressure off Bonds
AP - The way Dave Roberts sees it, the San Francisco Giants have to do more than just watch Barry Bonds.
Chelsea triumphs in English Cup final
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070225/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070225/capt.lmd10702251847.britain_league_cup_chelsea_arsenal_soccer_lmd107.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=P_lO9lq_afcp_.CFxKizdA--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Chelsea's Frank Lampard lifts the trophy after winning the League Cup soccer final against Arsenal at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Sunday Feb. 25, 2007. Also pictured are, from left, Arjen Robben of Netherlands, Ashley Cole and goalkeeper Peter Cech, right, of Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Alex Livesey-Pool)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chelsea won the League Cup final with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday, getting two goals from Didier Drogba and overcoming a frightening head injury to captain John Terry.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tkachuk traded by Blues before loss
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070226/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070225/capt.ny15002252231.tkachuk_traded_hockey_ny150.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=l4sHSR50m7C5BgZIuNwTGA--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="St. Louis Blues' Keith Tkachuk looks at the scoreboard while waiting for a face off in the third period of the Blues' 4-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, April 8, 2006. The Atlanta Thrashers GM acquired star forward Tkachuk from the Blues on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Keith Tkachuk is gone from St. Louis, and Bill Guerin might soon follow him out the door.</p><br clear="all"/>
Garcia likely out in Philly
The Eagles took another step toward parting company with backup quarterback Jeff Garcia when they re-signed A.J. Feeley.
Broncos RB Damien Nash dies at 24 (AP)
Damien Nash had just come home from a charity basketball game he'd organized in his brother's honor when he collapsed in front of his wife and 7-month-old girl. The Denver Broncos' running back died Saturday and the cause remained unclear Sunday, but his grieving mother knows what she must do. After one son's death and a heart ailment that caused another son to require a transplant last year, Kim...
Eagles QB Feeley gets 3-year extension (AP)
A.J. Feeley's desire to stay in Philadelphia outweighed his hope to be a starting quarterback. Feeley and the Eagles agreed on a three-year contract extension Sunday, nearly eliminating the chance that Jeff Garcia will return next season. "I love Philadelphia. I love the city. I love the organization," Feeley said.
Landry looks to continue sibling rivalry (AP)
LaRon Landry vividly recalls those fierce competitions with his two older brothers. Perhaps it would start with a pickup basketball game and carry over to football practice. Whatever the challenge, Landry welcomed it -- even if he occasionally got beaten up. "We were always competitive and that started way before high school," Landry recalled Sunday.
Combine not leaving Indy anytime soon (AP)
The NFL's scouting combine isn't going anywhere soon. Jeff Foster, president of National Football Scouting which puts together the annual testing session, said Sunday the event would return to the RCA Dome next year and organizers plan to open negotiations with the city to move into Lucas Oil Stadium in 2009.
Chiefs DE Allen wants to be traded (AP)
Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen wants out of Kansas City. He formally requested a trade after contract negotiations broke down over the weekend in Indianapolis, Allen's agent, Ken Harris, said in a phone interview Sunday. The Kansas City Star reported that the team rejected the request, and Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson told the newspaper that the club plans to tender Allen on March 1, the...
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.
Wade to get second opinion on shoulder (AP)
Heat guard Dwyane Wade will seek a second opinion early this week before deciding whether to rehabilitate his dislocated left shoulder or have season-ending surgery to repair the joint. "The sooner the better," Miami coach and president Pat Riley said Sunday before the Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 86-81, only their second win in nine games without Wade this season.
Artest a no-show as Pacers fall to Kings (AP)
Kevin Martin found the perfect cure for his offensive struggles -- Indiana's suddenly porous defense. Martin scored 35 points to help the Sacramento Kings beat the Indiana Pacers 110-93 without Ron Artest on Sunday night. Artest was a no-show against his former team for personal reasons, a team spokesman said without elaborating.
Webber's putback gets Pistons by Bulls (AP)
Ben Wallace got the reaction he wanted, not the result. Chris Webber made a putback with 2.2 seconds left and matched a season high with 21 points to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 95-93 win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. In his first game at The Palace since leaving to play for Chicago, Wallace wanted anything but an apathetic reception from the crowd that adored him the previous six seasons.
Stoudemire's 43 lift Suns past Hawks (AP)
The Phoenix Suns are two wins away from an unprecedented sweep of their regular-season tour of the Eastern Conference. Amare Stoudemire is playing as if he's planning on more road success against the East in the postseason. Stoudemire scored a season-high 43 points and the Phoenix Suns improved to 13-0 in road games against the Eastern Conference, beating the Atlanta Hawks 115-106 on Sunday night.
Dennis Johnson remembered at memorial (AP)
Former NBA players remembered Dennis Johnson for his athletic ability and his infectious smile Sunday during a memorial service where there was far more laughter than tears. "In my lifetime I have never met such a dynamic person," former Boston Celtics teammate Cedric Maxwell told the crowd of nearly 200 people gathered in the David Chapel Baptist Church.
Carter rallies Nets over Knicks 101-92 (AP)
Vince Carter gave the Nets a shot in the arm when they needed it. Carter scored 40 points, his second outing in the last three in which he scored 40 or more, to lead the Nets to a 101-92 come-from-behind victory over the New York Knicks Sunday night. The win moved New Jersey (27-30) two games ahead of their rivals in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings.
Heat top Cavs for first win without Wade (AP)
For the first time in a few days, Dwyane Wade had something to enjoy. Shaquille O'Neal had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Miami held Cleveland to 36 percent shooting in beating the Cavaliers 86-81 Sunday -- the Heat's first win since Wade dislocated his left shoulder last week. Jason Kapono added 17 points and 11 rebounds for his second career double-double, and Alonzo Mourning scored 15 points in...
Evans, Kobe lead Lakers past Warriors (AP)
Maurice Evans and his Los Angeles teammates could sense a surrender. The Golden State Warriors were ready to give up on this game as soon as the Lakers gave them a reason. So Evans scored 11 of his career-high 26 points while Los Angeles took a 20-point lead in the second quarter, and Kobe Bryant also had 26 in the Lakers' seventh straight win over the Golden State Warriors, 102-85 Sunday night.
McGrady rallies Rockets past Magic (AP)
Tracy McGrady gave Orlando Magic fans trip down memory lane they would probably rather forget. McGrady scored 34 points with six assists Sunday and just about single-handedly carried the Houston Rockets to a 97-93 victory over the Magic. It was vintage McGrady, who did pretty much the same thing for Orlando during the four seasons he played for the Magic before being traded to Houston in 2004.
Blues trade F Tkachuk to Thrashers (AP)
The St. Louis Blues traded forward Keith Tkachuk to the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday, getting forward Glen Metropolit, a first-round draft pick in 2007 and two other picks in return. It was the second trade for Atlanta in two days. The Thrashers acquired defenseman Alexei Zhitnik from the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night for former first-round draft pick Braydon Coburn.
Sinking Thrashers looking to win now (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers are no longer worrying about the future. They don't want to wait 'til next year anymore. It's time to make the playoffs. With their second deal in two days, the slumping Thrashers acquired rugged forward Keith Tkachuk from the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, giving up right wing Glen Metropolit, a first-round pick in 2007 and two other draft choices.
Surging Lightning rip Penguins 5-1 (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning responded quickly to a one-sided loss. Brad Richards had a goal and three assists, Martin St. Louis matched a career-high with his 38th goal and Vincent Lecavalier added his 41st, leading the Southeast Division-leading Lightning past the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Sunday night.
Rookie Radulov lifts Predators to SO win (AP)
The NHL-leading Nashville Predators were reminded that they'll have to lock down leads if they want to go far in the playoffs. Alexander Radulov scored the only shootout goal and Chris Mason stopped Rick Nash on the final shot of the tiebreaker, lifting the Predators to a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.
Scott Niedermayer gets Ducks by Avs 5-3 (AP)
Redemption was quick for Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer, whose untimely interference penalty led to a game-tying power-play goal for the Colorado Avalanche with 5:07 left in the third period. Niedermayer regained the lead for Anaheim with 3:23 left and set up a power-play goal by Chris Pronger 48 seconds later, leading the Ducks to a 5-3 victory over Colorado on Sunday night.
Skrastins' games streak ends at 495 (AP)
Karlis Skrastins of the Colorado Avalanche had his NHL-record consecutive-games streak among defensemen snapped Sunday night at 495 when he sat out against Anaheim because of a knee injury. Skrastins, who broke Tim Horton's mark of 486 on Feb. 8 against Atlanta, was hurt during Saturday night's 5-4 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
Devils split home-and-home with Capitals (AP)
Scott Clemmensen ran his fingers over the indentation on the cage of his goalie's mask, a battle scar from his first victory in 11 months. Jamie Langenbrunner's power-play goal broke a third-period tie, Clemmensen won in his first appearance since Dec. 14 and the New Jersey Devils beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Sunday.
Sharks acquire D Rivet from Canadiens (AP)
The Sharks acquired defenseman Craig Rivet from the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, finally adding a veteran defenseman for the playoff push. San Jose traded defenseman Josh Gorges and its first-round draft pick this summer for Rivet and a fifth-round selection in 2008. Rivet, who can be an unrestricted free agent after the season, has 11 years of NHL experience with the Canadiens, who drafted him in...
Stars halt Canucks' six-game win streak (AP)
Frustrated for more than 59 minutes by All-Star goalie Roberto Luongo, the Dallas Stars were rewarded for their perseverance. Jere Lehtinen's power-play goal 4:17 into overtime lifted the Stars a 2-1 comeback victory over Vancouver on Sunday that snapped the Canucks' six-game winning streak. Philippe Boucher tied it with under 30 seconds left in regulation for Dallas.
Bouchard helps Wild defeat Oilers 4-1 (AP)
The Minnesota Wild have figured out how to play hard and well for a full game, and they've done it just in time for playoff push. Pierre-Marc Bouchard had a goal and an assist, and Niklas Backstrom made 19 saves to lead the Wild past the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Sunday. "At times, we seem to play two good periods and one bad period," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said.
NASCAR got the lead out this weekend at California, but how many people were there to see it?
Kenseth bounces back with California win (AP)
Matt Kenseth and his team started the new season 50 points in the hole and with crew chief Robbie Reiser on suspension for the first four races.
Unleaded fuel makes Cup debut (AP)
Unleaded gasoline made its NASCAR Nextel Cup debut Sunday to mixed reviews.
Kenseth wins Auto Club 500, sweeps NASCAR weekend at California (PA SportsTicker)
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.
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.