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NEWS FROM 2007-02-27
No. 3 Kansas holds off pesky Oklahoma
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070227/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_kansas_oklahoma"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070227/capt.oktr10202270312.kansas_oklahoma_basketball_oktr102.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=i_26J5vOGV.Zx9GesFX4Rg--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Kansas guard Mario Chalmers (15) drives the ball past Oklahoma guard David Godbold in the first half of an NCAA basketball game Monday, Feb. 26, 2007 in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Ty Russell)" border="0" /></a>AP - In coach Bill Self's eyes, Kansas got just the kind of scare that could prove useful when the NCAA tournament rolls around. After a string of blowouts, the No. 3 Jayhawks needed 18 points apiece from Julian Wright and Mario Chalmers to bounce back after blowing a 17-point lead and beat Oklahoma 67-65 Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Syracuse ends No. 9 Hoyas' streak at 11
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070227/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_georgetown_syracuse"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070227/capt.nykr10602270309.georgetown_syracuse_basketball_nykr106.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=1l_U5a8gSvQJXwW7dxasYg--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, left, hugs Demetris Nichols with under a minute to play against Georgetown in men's college basketball in Syracuse, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 26, 2007. Syracuse won, 72-58. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)" border="0" /></a>AP - It took Syracuse less than four minutes to build a strong case for postseason consideration.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hodges, Santo top Veteran's Hall ballot
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070227/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_hall_of_fame"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070226/capt.ny15202261905.hall_of_fame_baseball_ny152.jpg?x=130&y=108&sig=QRJzcTatFDBgpL0u2dGpDw--" align="left" height="108" width="130" alt="Gil Hodges, shown in a 1956 file photo, and Ron Santo, shown in a 2005 file photo, top the players' ballot in the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee vote to be announced Tuesday Feb. 27, 2007. (AP Photo/File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gil Hodges and Ron Santo top the players' ballot and Doug Harvey and Marvin Miller head the officials' hopefuls in the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee vote to be announced Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mavs rout Hawks as home streak hits 20
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070227/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_hawks_mavericks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070227/capt.dna11002270441.hawks_mavericks_basketball_dna110.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=vu0rSVbHAfA03qxmPSprrA--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) of Germany attempts a shot as Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams, left, and Josh Childress (1) defend in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Feb. 26, 2007. Nowitzki had 27 points and eight rebounds in the 110-87 Mavericks win. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Dallas Mavericks' 20th consecutive home victory and 12th straight overall was the picture of precision. Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and eight rebounds and Jason Terry added 21 points as the Mavericks extended their club-record home winning streak by easing to a 110-87 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ramirez finally shows up at Red Sox camp
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070226/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_red_sox_ramirez"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070226/capt.flbo10802262004.red_sox_spring_baseball_flbo108.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=Q5ywLpDQL8DFzlkdWAKEkw--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez, left, takes a swing in the batting cage as teammate Wily Mo Pena watches during the team's baseball spring training camp in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday, Feb. 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Brita Meng Outzen)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manny Ramirez got lost on his way to calisthenics. The unpredictable slugger reported to Boston Red Sox camp Monday either late or early, depending on who's timing him. And he walked into a crowd of fans by accident after taking a wrong turn as he headed off for stretching.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rams release veteran G Adam Timmerman
AP - The St. Louis Rams have released veteran guard Adam Timmerman, a team stalwart who played in two Super Bowls for the team.
Livingston suffers scary injury in Clipper NBA win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070227/sp_afp/basketnbaclipperslivingston"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070227/capt.sge.awr85.270207080759.photo00.photo.default-512x342.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=urYXhUbC0bqvYlOjdYHKBw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Shaun Livingston of the Los Angeles Clippers grimaces in pain after dislocating his knee against the Charlotte Bobcats in the first quarter at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Corey Maggette scored 25 points and Cuttino Mobley added 16 as the Clippers survived the injury Livingston in a 100-93 win(AFP/Getty Images/Harry How)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Corey Maggette scored 25 points and Cuttino Mobley added 16 as the Los Angeles Clippers survived an frightening injury to guard Shaun Livingston in a 100-93 win over Charlotte.</p><br clear="all"/>
Honus Wagner baseball card nets $2.35M
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070227/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_baseball_card_record"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070227/capt.la11002270614.baseball_card_record_la110.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=hZyHt1mhY.KoXMi_d_ncLg--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card, which sold in 2000 for more than US$1 million, is seen on display at a sports memorabilia show at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, N.J., in this file photo from July 2003. The 'Holy Grail of baseball cards,' the famous 1909 Honus Wagner tobacco card once owned by hockey great Wayne Gretzky, has sold for a record-setting US$2,350,000, the seller of the card Brian Seigel said. The anonymous buyer has only been identified as a Southern California collector. (AP Photo/Mary Godleski, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - The "Holy Grail of baseball cards," the famous 1909 Honus Wagner tobacco card once owned by hockey great Wayne Gretzky, has sold for a record-setting $2,350,000, the seller of the card said Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Manhattan judge: FIFA not playing fair
AP - A federal judge said Monday she intends to issue an order blocking a Swiss arbitration panel from hearing a dispute she already decided when she awarded MasterCard sponsorship of the next two World Cup soccer tournaments.
Pmimeau sparks Flames past Coyotes
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070227/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_coyotes_flames"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070227/capt.jmc10602270448.flames_coyotes_hockey_jmc106.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=vRL2kzjYAb4duZgLMf4NMA--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Calgary Flames' Wayne Primeau, center, celebrates his second goal with teammates Matthew Lombardi, left, and Tony Amonte during second period NHL hockey action against the Phoenix Coyotes in Calgary, Monday, Feb. 26, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, Jeff McIntosh)" border="0" /></a>AP - When the Calgary Flames acquired Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau from the Boston Bruins earlier this month, Primeau was considered the less heralded player of the two. However, the 6-foot-3 center is starting to settle in with his new team and scored his first two goals with the Flames in a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rating the defensive tackles
This year's talented group of DTs could feature three first-rounders, featuring Louisville's Amobi Okoye.
Favre finally has minor ankle surgery (AP)
Packers quarterback Brett Favre had minor ankle surgery Monday and is expected to recover in time for offseason workouts. Favre, who plans to return for his 17th NFL season, has been bothered for several years by a buildup of bone spurs in his left ankle. He kept putting off the procedure, and skipped out on a previously scheduled surgery Jan.
QB Garcia disappointed with Eagles (AP)
Jeff Garcia is disappointed he never got a contract offer from the Philadelphia Eagles after leading them to five straight wins and a playoff victory following Donovan McNabb's season-ending knee injury. "I was surprised I wasn't offered a contract. There was never anything to negotiate over," Garcia said Monday in an interview with Comcast SportsNet.
Bills to consider dealing RB McGahee (AP)
Calling no player "untouchable," Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron said the team would consider trade offers for starting running back Willis McGahee. "It's in our best interest to listen to everybody, and no people are untouchable," Jauron told The Associated Press at the NFL's annual scouting combine at Indianapolis on Monday.
49ers CB Harris has surgery on hand (AP)
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Walt Harris had surgery to insert a screw in his broken left hand Monday. The 11-year veteran broke a bone in the Pro Bowl earlier this month. Harris earned his first Pro Bowl trip in his debut season with San Francisco. The 49ers also waived cornerback Sammy Davis, who played one season as a backup after arriving from San Diego in a trade for receiver Rashaun Woods.
Packers' Jenkins signs 4-year, $16M deal (AP)
Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins has signed a four-year, $16 million contract extension with the Green Bay Packers. The deal will pay Jenkins about $6 million in signing bonus, agent Cary Fabrikant said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. Jenkins has played defensive tackle and defensive end for the Packers, and said he doesn't know where he'll fit in the defensive line rotation...
Rams release veteran G Timmerman (AP)
The St. Louis Rams have released veteran guard Adam Timmerman, a team stalwart who played in two Super Bowls for the team. Timmerman was informed by Rams coach Scott Linehan on Monday that he was being released from the club, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said. Timmerman, 35, has no plans to retire. "I think they just wanted to make a change," Bartelstein said.
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...
The very good, bad and really ugly
After the NBA's top 10 teams, the rest of the league is sometimes tough to watch and always difficult to rank.
Mavs extend home win streak to 20 games (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks' 20th consecutive home victory and 12th straight overall was the picture of precision. Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and eight rebounds and Jason Terry added 21 points as the Mavericks extended their club-record home winning streak by easing to a 110-87 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
Spurs win sixth straight, rip Raptors (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs are starting to show their postseason form. Tony Parker scored 27 points and Tim Duncan had 24 points and 16 rebounds as San Antonio extended its winning streak to a season-high six games with an easy 107-91 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. "I was really pleased with our team defense.
McGrady sits out, Rockets fall to Celts (AP)
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers got two important things out of Monday's game against the Houston Rockets: a win and a teaching tool. Rivers was impressed with the maturity his young team showed in a 77-72 victory over the short-handed Rockets that broke a 12-game road losing streak. Paul Pierce scored 28 points to help the Celtics rally from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to avoid matching the...
Ailing Kobe scores 35, Lakers beat Jazz (AP)
Kobe Bryant's throat was sore and his back was tight. Good thing he was able to score most of his points standings still. Bryant made up for an off shooting night by making 21 free throws, scoring 35 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 102-94 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night. After losing six straight, the Lakers have won three in a row and again got help from somebody other than...
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.
Marbury helps Knicks rally by Heat 99-93 (AP)
Stephon Marbury made the most of 12 shots. Marbury scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Jamal Crawford hurt the Miami Heat again with a deep 3-pointer in the closing seconds to lift the New York Knicks to a 99-93 victory Monday night. The Knicks, who lost at New Jersey on Sunday while trying to gain ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race, shook off the defending NBA champions...
Clippers lose Livingston, beat Bobcats (AP)
Another serious injury to star-crossed point guard Shaun Livingston put a damper on what should have been a celebratory mood in the Los Angeles Clippers' dressing room. Corey Maggette scored a season-high 25 points and the Clippers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-93 on Monday night after losing Livingston with a dislocated left knee cap.
Wizards' Butler suffering back spasms (AP)
Washington Wizards All-Star forward Caron Butler remained sidelined Monday with lower back spasms, while Antawn Jamison returned to practice for the first time since injuring his knee last month. Butler was unable to play in Sunday's 98-94 loss at Minnesota, the first game he has missed this season, and his status is uncertain for Tuesday's game against the New Jersey Nets.
Artest returns but Kings fall to 76ers (AP)
These are the kind of performances from their developing nucleus that give the Philadelphia 76ers optimism for the future. Andre Miller smartly and unselfishly leading the offense. Samuel Dalembert racking up a double-double. Andre Iguodala dunking and driving toward another 20-point game. "We need to do that every night," Miller said.
Thrashers win in Tkachuk, Zhitnik debuts (AP)
Two days ago, Keith Tkachuk was playing for a team with no shot of making the playoffs. Now, he's in the midst of a playoff push and loving every minute of it. Marian Hossa scored the game-winner and Eric Belanger had a goal and an assist to lead Atlanta to a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday night in Thrashers debuts for Tkachuk and Alexei Zhitnik.
Calder to Red Wings in three-team deal (AP)
Kyle Calder wants the personal success and the championship contending team in Detroit he never had in Philadelphia. A big disappointment in his first season with the Flyers, Calder ended up in Detroit as part of a three-team deal on Monday night that saw Philadelphia acquire defenseman Lasse Kukkonen from Chicago.
Bryzgalov helps Ducks hold off Sharks (AP)
Each of the San Jose Sharks' third-period scoring chances died in Ilya Bryzgalov's glove or deflected harmlessly off his pads. Teemu Selanne got the Anaheim Ducks' only chance in the entire final frame -- and as Sharks fans have known for years, the Finnish Flash rarely wastes them. Selanne scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and the Ducks padded their Pacific Division lead...
Souray, Canadiens top Maple Leafs 5-4 (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens' potent power-play unit scored enough to hold off Toronto's comeback bid. Sheldon Souray had his team-leading 22nd goal and Montreal got three goals with the man advantage in a 5-4 victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday night. Saku Koivu and Michael Ryder assisted on each other's power-play scores, Tomas Plekanec and Mike Johnson scored at even strength, and David Aebischer...
Islanders acquire Zednik from Capitals (AP)
The New York Islanders, locked in a tight race to make the Eastern Conference playoffs, added offense Monday when they acquired winger Richard Zednik from the Washington Capitals for a second-round draft pick in 2007. Zednik has six goals and 12 assists for the Capitals this season. He has also missed 31 games with wrist and groin injuries.
Canucks pick up C Smolinski, D Sopel (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks acquired center Bryan Smolinski from Chicago and defenseman Brent Sopel from Los Angeles in separate trades on Monday. "This was more about trying to add some depth and give our team the best chance we possibly could," Canucks general manager Dave Nonis said. "Both players have been very productive this year." Vancouver sent a second-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft to...
Primeau powers Flames over Coyotes (AP)
When the Calgary Flames acquired Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau from the Boston Bruins earlier this month, Primeau was considered the less heralded player of the two. However, the 6-foot-3 center is starting to settle in with his new team and scored his first two goals with the Flames in a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.
Jackets re-sign Modin to multiyear deal (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed left wing Fredrik Modin to a multi-year contract Monday. The 32-year-old is third on the team in goals with 15 in 60 games this season. He also has 15 assists. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We are very excited to get a deal done with Freddy," club president and general manager Doug MacLean said.
Sabres' Drury out at least one more game (AP)
Chris Drury will miss Buffalo's game against Toronto on Tuesday as the Sabres co-captain recovers from a concussion after being blindsided by Ottawa's Chris Neil last week. Coach Lindy Ruff said Monday that Drury is still a few days away from being cleared for practice. There's a chance he could return by this weekend, when Buffalo hosts Montreal on Friday.
Sabres fans willing to pay Ruff's fine (AP)
Don't worry, Lindy, Buffalo Sabres fans are prepared to pick up your $10,000 fine from the NHL. That's the message Lindy Ruff received Monday when at least two separate fan-based fundraisers were launched to pay the fine against the coach for his role in a wild brawl that broke out during a game against Ottawa last week.
WWD: Auto Club 500
Points leader Martin might have hard time scaling back (AP)
Mark Martin spent the past two years waffling on his future in racing. Now that he's found the perfect situation, he really doesn't want to change his mind again.
NASCAR fines three more crew chiefs for Daytona misdeeds (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR continued its crackdown on cheating Monday, fining three more crew chiefs for violations committed in the days leading up to the Daytona 500.
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)