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NEWS FROM 2007-02-28
Stars come out as Vols upset Gators
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070228/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_florida_tennessee"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070228/capt.tnwp10902280504.florida_tennessee_basketball_tnwp109.jpg?x=79&y=130&sig=rtB.FkficUse_8jpYuoFzA--" align="left" height="130" width="79" alt="Tennessee's Wayne Chism (4) dunks the ball against Florida's Taurean Green (11) during the second half of their college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007 in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 86-76.(AP Photo/Wade Payne)" border="0" /></a>AP - Everything fell into place for Tennessee.</p><br clear="all"/>
Oilers retire Messier's No. 11
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070228/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_oilers_messier_tribute"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070228/capt.edm11002280357.oilers_messier_hockey_edm110.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=Tc9IPai6fS3EgRjdMf8EPA--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Former Edmonton Oiler Mark Messier wipes the tears from his face during his jersey retirement ceremony prior to the game between the Oilers and Phoenix Coyotes in Edmonton, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, John Ulan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mark Messier skated onto the ice at Rexall Place in full equipment and hoisted the Stanley Cup for a crowd that seemed to cherish him more than ever.</p><br clear="all"/>
Smyth, Guerin, Bertuzzi all change teams
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070228/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_nhl_trade_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070227/capt.ny16602272335.oilers_islanders_trade_hockey_ny166.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=UWsHfrzvimHcB0rMMRp5qA--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Smyth celebrates his second goal of the night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in this Nov. 10, 2006 file photo in Columbus, Ohio. The Oilers couldn't reach a new deal with Smyth so they dealt the star forward to the New York Islanders just before the NHL trade deadline Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Islanders kept their leading scorer and nabbed the guy that makes the Edmonton Oilers go. Just minutes before the NHL trading deadline expired Tuesday afternoon, the Islanders plucked Ryan Smyth away from the Oilers after deciding to hold onto Jason Blake.</p><br clear="all"/>
Perfect in February, Mavs want more
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070228/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_mavericks_timberwolves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070228/capt.mnto10402280332.mavericks_timberwolves_basketball_mnto104.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=1xde8h_8P7mAvQooI09.Xw--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, center, of Germany, gets off a shot after getting past Minnesota Timberwolves' Craig Smith, left, during the third quarter in a basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, in Minneapolis. Nowitzki finished with a game-high 23 points. Dallas won, 91-65. Minnesota's Ricky Davis watches the play at background right. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Dallas Mavericks established a franchise record for fewest points allowed. They also, for the first time in history, finished a month without being beaten.</p><br clear="all"/>
Veterans Committee picks no one for Hall
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070228/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 - The Hall of Fame pitched another shutout. Ron Santo, Jim Kaat, Marvin Miller and all the other candidates were left out Tuesday when the Veterans Committee admitted no new members for the third straight election.</p><br clear="all"/>
Is 'Pacman' worth PR cost for Titans?
AP - Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones' may have finally worn out his welcome with the Tennessee Titans.
Livingston likely out for NBA season after ugly incident
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070228/sp_afp/basketnbaclipperslivingston"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070228/capt.sge.bfr65.280207071255.photo00.photo.default-512x342.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=FSN86lQ_yGNlCuq8nOqQwg--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Shaun Livingston of the Los Angeles Clippers grimaces in pain after injuring his knee against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Livingston, who is considered one of the cornerstones of the Clippers, suffered multiple torn ligaments in his left knee and likely will miss the remainder of the season(AFP/Getty Images/File/Harry How)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Shaun Livingston, who is considered one of the cornerstones of the Los Angeles Clippers, suffered multiple torn ligaments in his left knee and likely will miss the remainder of the season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Twins, Crain agree on 3-year deal
AP - The Minnesota Twins and reliever Jesse Crain agreed to a $3.25 million, three-year contract Tuesday.
Man United advances at English FA Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070228/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_british_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070227/capt.xag11202272147.britain_soccer_fa_cup__xag112.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=MB.gT0WFX0vJJC7F_BKr.w--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, left, tries to reach the ball under pressure from Reading's Andre Bikey during their FA Cup 5th round replay soccer match at the Madejskii Stadium in Reading, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007 . (AP Photo / Matt Dunham )" border="0" /></a>AP - Manchester United scored three times in the first six minutes to reach the English FA Cup quarterfinals with a 3-2 win over Reading on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Emotional Edmonton loses to Coyotes 3-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070228/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_coyotes_oilers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070228/capt.edm11902280539.oilers_messier_hockey_edm119.jpg?x=130&y=76&sig=iEwzZO7d59N2Yags5x3IqA--" align="left" height="76" width="130" alt="Former Edmonton Oiler Mark Messier greets fans after his jersey retirement ceremony, prior to NHL hockey action between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Edmonton Oilers, at Edmonton's Rexall Place on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, Marc Bence)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Edmonton Oilers played their first game of the post-Ryan Smyth era and they looked as if they could have used their leading scorer back — or maybe the guy whose number they retired.</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.
Chiefs, Huard agree to three-year deal (AP)
Quarterback Damon Huard has agreed to a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson announced the deal Tuesday, but details were not released. A phone message left with Huard's agent, Mike Sullivan, was not immediately returned. Huard, 34, was paid $710,000 last season.
Saints, DT Thomas agree on 4-year deal (AP)
Defensive tackle Hollis Thomas has agreed to a four-year, $12 million contract with the New Orleans Saints. Saints officials confirmed Tuesday that Thomas had agreed to terms but didn't comment on the details. Thomas' agent, Ron Slavin, said Thomas is scheduled to sign the deal at noon on Wednesday. He confirmed the terms of the contract and added that Thomas will be paid $6 million in the first...
Titans debate merits of keeping CB Jones (AP)
Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones' may have finally worn out his welcome with the Tennessee Titans. Jones has had one legal problem after another since the Titans drafted him in April 2005. He has kept his job because of his talent and the fact the Titans haven't had enough salary cap room to replace him.
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.
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.
49ers LB Derek Smith has eye surgery (AP)
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Derek Smith underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a damaged muscle connected to his left eye, a delicate injury that hampered his play last season. Smith won't participate in contact drills until the preseason, but should be healthy for his 11th pro campaign. Smith, who spent his first four seasons with Washington before joining the 49ers in 2001, was his club's leading...
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.
Nowitzki, Mavs roll to 13th straight win (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks established a franchise record for fewest points allowed. They also, for the first time in history, finished a month without being beaten. It's only February, however, and they're not interested in flattery. Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and 14 rebounds and Josh Howard rebounded from a sprained ankle suffered the night before to lead the Mavericks to their 13th straight victory on...
Clippers' Livingston out 8-to-12 months (AP)
Clippers point guard Shaun Livingston will be out 8-to-12 months after tearing three of the four ligaments in his left knee while driving to the basket against Charlotte. "It's probably the most serious injury you can have to the knee," Clippers physician Dr. Tony Daly said Tuesday. "He might miss all of next year." Livingston had an MRI exam Tuesday which revealed tears in the anterior cruciate...
Suns rally from 18 down to beat Pacers (AP)
The NBA's top offensive team put a defensive stranglehold on the Indiana Pacers. Steve Nash had 25 points and 11 assists and the Phoenix Suns rallied from 18 points down in the third quarter to beat the Pacers 103-92 Tuesday night. The Suns gave up just 13 points over the final 15 minutes. "Really, we just finally woke up," Nash said.
Knicks G Crawford may be out for season (AP)
Jamal Crawford could miss the rest of the regular season with a stress fracture of his right ankle, leaving the New York Knicks without a key player as they try to make the playoffs. The injury was revealed after an X-ray Monday and confirmed Tuesday by a CAT scan. The Knicks said that surgery was likely and could force Crawford to miss the remainder of the regular season, though he might be...
Wade to decide on surgery by end of week (AP)
Miami guard Dwyane Wade intends to decide by the end of the week whether he'll rehabilitate his dislocated left shoulder and try to return to the Heat lineup or have season-ending surgery to repair the joint. Appearing at the White House on Tuesday, when President Bush honored the Heat for winning last season's NBA title, Wade didn't divulge much about the exact severity of the injury he suffered...
Kidd, Nets use 3s to down Wizards (AP)
The Washington Wizards dared the New Jersey Nets to beat them from long range, and that's exactly what Jason Kidd and his teammates did. Kidd had 26 points, nine assists and eight rebounds and the Nets hit a franchise-record 16 3-pointers in a 113-101 victory over the injury-ravaged Wizards on Tuesday night.
LeBron scores 35 as Cavs top Hornets (AP)
One big, backbreaking shot wasn't going to bail out the Cavaliers. So LeBron James made another. James dropped two crucial 3-pointers in the last minute to finally put New Orleans away and Cleveland did its late scoring from beyond the arc in a 97-89 win over the Hornets on Tuesday night. James, who finished with 35 points, knocked down a 25-footer from the top of the key with 49.9 seconds left, and...
Redd leads Bucks in rout of Warriors (AP)
The return of Michael Redd has the Milwaukee Bucks playing with confidence. Redd scored 31 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead the Bucks to a 122-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. "To win our last two games really helped our psyche, really helped our confidence out," Redd said.
NBA, union reaffirm commitment to N.O. (AP)
The NBA and its players' association reiterated their commitment to New Orleans on Tuesday, a day after union director Billy Hunter said he could sue over the league's plans to host its next All-Star game there. Hunter plans to fly to New Orleans next week for his first visit to the city since Hurricane Katrina, and will meet with city officials and look into accommodations for players and their...
Oilers honor Messier, lose to Coyotes (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers played their first game of the post-Ryan Smyth era and they looked as if they could have used their leading scorer back -- or maybe the guy whose number they retired. Curtis Joseph made 26 saves and the Phoenix Coyotes defeated Edmonton 3-0 on Tuesday after the Oilers retired Mark Messier's No.
Brodeur records league-high 12th shutout (AP)
The 13th season of Martin Brodeur's remarkable career just might turn out to be his best. Brodeur set a career high with his 12th shutout of the season, stopping 31 shots in the New Jersey Devils' 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. "Some games you have a feeling that there's not going to be many goals scored, just by the way the game is played," said Brodeur, who has twice...
Blues trade F Guerin to Sharks (AP)
The San Jose Sharks acquired forward Bill Guerin from the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, adding another veteran to their young club hours before the NHL trading deadline. The Sharks, who entered the day tied for fifth place in the Western Conference after a recent slump, gave up left wing Ville Nieminen, college forward Jay Barriball and New Jersey's first-round pick, which they acquired last year.
Red Wings acquire Bertuzzi from Panthers (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings wanted to add toughness and depth up front, and they seemed to accomplish both goals just before the NHL's trading deadline. Detroit acquired Todd Bertuzzi from Florida on Tuesday, a day after picking up forward Kyle Calder in a three-team trade. "We've added some size, grit, skill and depth," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.
Islanders acquire F Smyth from Oilers (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers couldn't reach a new deal with Ryan Smyth so they dealt the star forward to the New York Islanders just before Tuesday's NHL trade deadline. The Oilers received prospects Robert Nilsson and Ryan O'Marra -- both first-round draft picks -- and a first-round selection in this year's draft for Smyth.
Blake, Hunter lead Islanders to OT win (AP)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)-- The trade deadline passed and Jason Blake was relieved to still be a member of the New York Islanders. He celebrated with a hat trick a few hours later. Blake scored three goals and had an assist, and Trent Hunter's second goal of the game with 30.7 seconds left in overtime gave the Islanders a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
Weight, undermanned Blues top Canucks (AP)
After trading their top two scorers, the St. Louis Blues needed someone to pick up the slack. Doug Weight stepped into the role with two goals in the third period, getting the game-winner on a breakaway to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory over Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. The Blues won their first game since trading Bill Guerin to San Jose and Keith Tkachuk to Atlanta.
Penguins deal for Roberts, Laraque (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins grew accustomed to shipping players away at the trading deadline, not adding them. By dealing for forward Gary Roberts and tough guy Georges Laraque, they possibly reshaped the Eastern Conference playoff race. They also sent a message, if only to their own players: They believe they can win a Stanley Cup now, not just in the future.
Coyotes' Roenick mulling retirement (AP)
Jeremy Roenick is thinking about calling it quits after 18 NHL seasons. The Phoenix Coyotes veteran forward had hoped to be dealt to a team in a playoff position, but wasn't moved before the trade deadline Tuesday. Now that "I've got 19 games left and I'm enjoying myself because chances are it will be the end," he said, following Phoenix's 3-0 win over Edmonton.
Calder, Red Wings rip Blackhawks 4-1 (AP)
Tomas Holmstrom scored two goals and Dominik Hasek made 24 saves to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Kyle Calder had a goal and assist in his first game with Detroit, which is 10-2-2 in its last 14 games. Johan Franzen also had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who improved to 5-0-0 against Chicago this season and are 11-1-1 against the...
Reutimann sore after wreck, heading to Bristol for CoT test (AP)
Nextel Cup rookie David Reutimann's crash at California Speedway left him so sore that ``everything hurts, down to my eyeballs and my teeth.''
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.