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NEWS FROM 2007-03-03
Antawn Jamison leads Wizards to victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070303/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070303/capt.vzn10703030255.hawks_wizards_basketball__vzn107.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=HiF3HCauW4ZLKTmWXyhIjw--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Washington Wizards' Antawn Jamison (4) moves beneath Atlanta Hawks' Josh Childress during the fourth quarter of an NBA game, Friday, March 2, 2007, in Washington. The Wizards won 93-92. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)" border="0" /></a>AP - Miami and Phoenix were both missing an All-Star, so their other key players stepped up to make sure it didn't matter. Washington finally had its stars in the lineup, and that was enough against the slumping Hawks.</p><br clear="all"/>
No. 11 Southern Ill. wins 12th in a row
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070303/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_college_bkb_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070302/capt.mojr10103021914.mvc_so_illinois_drake_basketball_mojr101.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=xeUc.rS5SWk0i3A3_5TE0w--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Southern Illinois' Matt Shaw lets out a yell as he dunks the ball during the first half of a quarter final basketball game in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament against Drake Friday, March 2, 2007 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even with a 12-game winning streak, a regular-season Missouri Valley Conference championship and the best ranking in school history, Southern Illinois is still hungry.</p><br clear="all"/>
High-flying Sabres take top spot
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070303/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070303/capt.nydd10403030311.canadiens_sabres_hockey___nydd104.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=Yx4ZMSmPXXdMh0uNETebIw--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller makes a save on a shot by Montreal Canadiens' Saku Koivu (11) of Finland under pressure from Sabres' Dainius Zubrus (15) of Russia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, March 2, 2007. (AP Photo/David Duprey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dainius Zubrus was acquired at the trade deadline to help put the Buffalo Sabres over the top. He could only watch as the high-flying Sabres outlasted the Montreal Canadiens in an 8-5 win on Friday night to take over the top spot in the league with 91 points, passing idle Nashville.</p><br clear="all"/>
Selig unsure if Bonds will cooperate
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070303/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_selig_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070302/capt.azer11103022258.brewers_giants_spring_baseball_azer111.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=C0bXrZ9H.c3kXQCTmuccgg--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="San Francisco Giants' left fielder Barry Bonds laughs in the dugout before the start of their spring training baseball game against the Milwuakee Brewers in Scottsdale, Ariz., Friday, March 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig isn't about to guess whether Barry Bonds will cooperate with George Mitchell's steroids investigation. "I don't know that," Selig said Friday. "I'm going to see how the Mitchell investigation plays out."</p><br clear="all"/>
More names linked to steroids probe
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070303/ap_on_sp_ot/steroid_raid"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070302/capt.wxs10603022122.steroid_raid__wxs106.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=e2ZdiG0Yt7GpJMXBfUGnlQ--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Longwood doctor Claire Denise Godfrey looks during her court appearance at the Seminole county jail, Friday morning, March 2, 2007, in Sanford, Fla. Godfrey, a doctor with a suburban anti-aging clinic, was arrested at her office Thursday, the latest medical professional apprehended in a New York steroid probe that set off multiple pharmacy raids and identified athletes as consumers. (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)" border="0" /></a>AP - Texas Rangers infielder Jerry Hairston Jr.'s name surfaced Friday and a ninth person was arrested in a widespread steroids investigation out of upstate New York.</p><br clear="all"/>
49ers sign Clements to 8-year, $80M deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070303/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070303/capt.8de64ec8f3d44364a1504a321b6bb324.49ers_clements_nyol569.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=LvhO_hvhtJL.xAogtTLXjg--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Buffalo Bills corner back Nate Clements (22) celebrates after making an interception against the Miami Dolphins in Miami in this Oct., 2002 file photo. The San Francisco 49ers have signed the free agent to an eight-year, $80 million contract, believed to be the richest ever for a defensive back. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nate Clements entered the NFL's free agency period seeking a big contract and a team that had realistic postseason plans. Check, and check. The San Francisco 49ers satisfied Clements' desires, signing the star cornerback Friday to an eight-year, $80 million contract — believed to be the richest deal for a defensive back in NFL history.</p><br clear="all"/>
O'Neal powers Heat past Pistons
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070303/sp_nm/nba_friday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070303/2007_03_03t024339_291x450_us_nba_friday.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=JwaZvoU0GzPciutsKzzcyQ--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal (32) shoots as Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22) looks on during their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida, March 2, 2007. (Marc Serota/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Shaquille O'Neal delivered a
season-high 31 points and 15 rebounds as the Miami Heat held
off the Detroit Pistons for an 85-82 home victory on Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ex-Dodgers pitcher Labine dies at 80
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070303/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_obit_labine"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070302/capt.ny15503021850.obit_labine_ny155.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=BSvDYWFwzYDptU6P3j8Hrg--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Clem Labine, right, gets a kiss from manager Chuck Dressen in the dressing room at the Polo Grounds after the rookie pitcher lead the Dodgers to a 10-0 victory over the the New York Giants in Game 2 of the National League pennant playoff in this Oct. 2, 1951 file photo in New York. Labine, a relief pitcher who threw two of baseball's most significant shutouts in his role as a part-time starter and pitched for two Dodgers World Series championship teams in the 1950s, died Friday, March 2, 2007. He was 80. (AP Photo)" border="0" /></a>AP - Clem Labine, a relief pitcher who threw two of baseball's most significant shutouts in his role as a part-time starter and pitched for two Dodgers World Series championship teams in the 1950s, died Friday. He was 80.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wizards, Conrad agree to 4-year contract
AP - Kansas City defender Jimmy Conrad agreed to a four-year contract with Major League Soccer and will be the Wizards' captain.
Giguere shuts down Sharks for 3-1 win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070303/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sharks_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070303/capt.cama10203030356.sharks_ducks_hockey_cama102.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=5qL6PvsDh4kxvbElYbiv1Q--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="The Anaheim Ducks, right, celebrate Chris Kunitz's goal as San Jose Sharks defenseman Doug Murray, left, skates away in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, March 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rookie Dustin Penner is helping the Anaheim Ducks show the best move they may have made at the trade deadline was a deal they didn't make.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rating the outside linebackers
Lawrence Timmons' speed, athleticism and agility should make him the first OLB drafted in April.
49ers sign CB Clements for $80M, 8 years (AP)
The San Francisco 49ers signed cornerback Nate Clements and safety Michael Lewis on Friday, making two bold moves in the opening hours of free agency. Clements, the star cornerback from the Buffalo Bills, agreed to an eight-year, $80 million contract. The six-year veteran was considered one of the top prizes in free agency, and the up-and-coming 49ers rewarded him accordingly with what's believed...
Plummer to retire rather than join Bucs? (AP)
Eric Plummer knew something was up when his brother, Jake, asked him recently about whether he should retire from playing football. Jake Plummer's status with the Denver Broncos remained in limbo Friday night. The quarterback who lost his starting job last season reportedly would rather retire than accept a trade to Tampa Bay, as the NFL Network and other media sources reported Friday afternoon.
'Skins ink LB Fletcher, CB Smoot close? (AP)
Linebacker London Fletcher agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Friday, capping another busy day of free agency for one of the NFL's top-spending teams. The agreement, which includes a $10.5 million signing bonus, came as Fletcher and cornerback Fred Smoot were treated to a Washington Wizards game, part of a courtship by a Redskins team that went 5-11 and...
Patriots cut ties with RB Dillon (AP)
The New England Patriots released running back Corey Dillon Friday, cutting ties with the top active runner in the NFL on the first day of free agency. Dillon, 32, split duties with rookie Laurence Maroney last season and has said he was considering retirement. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the team appreciated Dillon's contributions in his three seasons with New England.
Raiders target QB Garcia in free agency (AP)
The Oakland Raiders opened the free agency season by meeting with Jeff Garcia on Friday, but the highly sought after quarterback plans to talk to other teams before deciding where to sign for next year. Garcia met with new coach Lane Kiffin and other team officials at the Raiders' headquarters, but the sides did not come to agreement on a contract.
Colts cut WR Stokley and DT Reagor (AP)
Brandon Stokley became an unaffordable luxury item for Indianapolis, so the Colts resorted to cost-cutting. Stokley, who was due a $500,000 roster bonus, and defensive tackle Montae Reagor, due about a $1 million roster bonus, became the first players to leave the Super Bowl champions after being cut Friday.
Lions officially trade Bly, acquire Hall (AP)
The Detroit Lions acquired another selection in April's draft on Friday, sending defensive end James Hall to the St. Louis Rams for a fifth-round pick. The Lions also made official the trade of cornerback Dre' Bly and a sixth-round pick to the Denver Broncos for running back Tatum Bell, offensive tackle George Foster and a fifth-round pick.
Shut up and play, T-Mac
Tracy McGrady should stop worrying about New Orleans' security and start caring about the city's need for the 2008 All-Star game.
Record night for Rockets' Mutombo in win (AP)
With ice wrapped around both knees and a towel draped around his neck, an exhausted Dikembe Mutombo felt his age. Earlier, though, he didn't. "The old man can still rebound," Mutombo said after becoming the oldest player in NBA history to record over 20 rebounds in a game, finishing with 22 boards in the Houston Rockets' 108-97 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.
Jamison returns, helps Wizards top Hawks (AP)
The Washington Wizards got their captain back, and he did the little things they've been missing. Antawn Jamison scored 22 points in his first game back from a knee injury and the Wizards snapped a four-game losing streak with a 93-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Josh Childress and the pesky Hawks, however, almost spoiled the return of Jamison and Caron Butler, who missed the...
Shaq's late dunk lifts Heat over Pistons (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal helped the Miami Heat build a 22-point lead. And when they blew it, he delivered the go-ahead dunk in the final minute to beat the Detroit Pistons. O'Neal had 31 points and 15 rebounds, both season highs, and the Heat earned their most impressive win yet since losing Dwyane Wade, edging Detroit 85-82 Friday night.
Heat G Wade has ailing shoulder examined (AP)
Dwyane Wade had his dislocated left shoulder examined Friday by specialist Dr. James Andrews, and Miami Heat coach Pat Riley said there's no rush for a decision on whether season-ending surgery or rehabilitation is the best treatment. "It doesn't make any difference," Riley said. "We know he's gone -- four weeks, six weeks, the rest of the year." There's a chance Wade could return for the playoffs...
Marion-less Suns rout Pacers 115-90 (AP)
Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni dug deep into his bench and there among the cobwebs found a 12-year NBA veteran who can shoot. Eric Piatkowski, who had played 7 minutes all season, shot 3-for-8 from 3-point range and finished with 11 points to help the Suns beat the Indiana Pacers for the second time in four days, 115-90 on Friday night.
Bibby's surge carries Kings past Lakers (AP)
The Lakers had no problem scoring. Defense was another question. Mike Bibby scored 10 of his 33 points in the final 4:04 Friday night and Kevin Martin added 20, leading the Sacramento Kings to a 116-108 victory over Los Angeles, which shot 52.5 percent from the field, but committed 19 turnovers. It was the first time the Lakers shot at least 50 percent and lost (13-1).
Funeral for ex-NBA star Johnson held (AP)
Four months after the death of team patriarch Red Auerbach, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Danny Ainge reunited in grief Friday to say goodbye to former Boston Celtics teammate Dennis Johnson. The trio of Celtics stars joined about 1,000 mourners who shared tears and laughter during Johnson's 1 1/2 -hour funeral.
Sonics G Allen has bone spurs in ankle (AP)
Ray Allen has bone spurs in his left ankle and the SuperSonics don't know when he'll be able to play again. The 31-year-old guard missed Seattle's victory at home against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night and is questionable for Sunday night's home game against Charlotte. The seven-time NBA All-Star is day-to-day and will be evaluated Monday by a foot specialist, Sonics spokesman Kurt...
Ginobili scores 31 as Spurs beat Magic (AP)
Manu Ginobili wasn't about to let the Orlando Magic put together another memorable victory against the Spurs. Ginobili made six 3-pointers and finished with 31 points to help San Antonio beat Orlando 98-74 Friday night. Ginobili had 16 points and five 3s in the third quarter for the Spurs, who extended their season-high winning streak to seven.
Crosby reaches mark, Pens lose to 'Canes (AP)
Back-to-back losses earlier this week left the Carolina Hurricanes out of the playoff picture and in danger of becoming only the third Stanley Cup champion to miss the postseason in the following year. Instead of working out the troubles in practice, coach Peter Laviolette decided to give his players a day off.
Kaberle injured in Maple Leafs' SO win (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs didn't beat the New Jersey Devils just for the much-needed two points in the playoff hunt. They also did it for defenseman Tomas Kaberle. Angered by a late hit that sent their teammate off the ice on the stretcher in the second period, the Maple Leafs rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit and then got shootout goals from Yanic Perreault, Alex Steen and Jeff O'Neill in...
Zubrus scoreless in debut, Sabres win (AP)
Dainius Zubrus was aware that his new team was good. He just didn't know how good. Zubrus was held without a point in his Sabres debut, but it didn't matter in Buffalo's 8-5 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. Acquired from Washington in a trade deadline deal Tuesday, Zubrus was more impressed with Buffalo's high-octane offense than his own play -- an offense that leads the league in...
Lang, Lidstrom power Red Wings in rout (AP)
Robert Lang broke out of a slump and Nicklas Lidstrom reached a couple of milestones. Lang had a goal and three assists, and Lidstrom got his 200th goal and two assists to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night. Mathieu Schneider, Valtteri Filppula, Jiri Hudler, and Johan Franzen got the other Detroit goals, and Pavel Datsyuk added three assists.
Thrashers end 5-game home skid, top Sens (AP)
Coach Bob Hartley knew what to expect from Keith Tkachuk and Alexei Zhitnik when the Atlanta Thrashers acquired them in recent trades. Hartley was less familiar with Eric Belanger and Pascal Dupuis, but he likes what he sees so far. "Even though we make trades, we don't know players as well as when we coach them," Hartley said.
Penner, Giguere carry Ducks past Sharks (AP)
Rookie Dustin Penner is helping the Anaheim Ducks show the best move they may have made at the trade deadline was a deal they didn't make. Penner scored his fourth goal in three games and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 30 saves to help lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-1 victory Friday over the San Jose Sharks.
Norrena, Blue Jackets beat Stars in SO (AP)
The Dallas Stars are usually a good bet in the shootout, but they were beaten at their own game by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock successful changed his shootout lineup and goaltender Fredrik Norrena stopped all three Dallas attempts to send the Blue Jackets to a 3-2 victory over the Stars on Friday night.
Kings to play exhibitions in Austria (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings will prepare for next season's regular-season opener in London by playing an exhibition tournament in Austria. The Kings will be one of four teams playing Sept. 25-26 in Salzburg. Joining the Kings will be teams from Salzburg, the Swedish Elite League and the Swiss National League.
Rangers D Tyutin out three to four weeks (AP)
Rangers defenseman Fedor Tyutin will be out three to four weeks because of a sprained ligament in his left knee. Tyutin was injured Thursday night early in the second period of New York's 4-3 shootout loss to Pittsburgh. An MRI exam Friday confirmed the sprain of the medial collateral ligament. The 23-year-old Tyutin has appeared in 64 games this season -- his third in the NHL.
Blues spoil Smyth's Isles debut in OT (AP)
The Blues were less than perfect guests as the Islanders began the Ryan Smyth era. Lee Stempniak's power-play goal 25 seconds into overtime gave St. Louis a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over New York on Thursday night in Smyth's debut on Long Island. Stempniak had an open shot from the left circle off a pass from Eric Brewer and beat Rick DiPietro to the far corner to give the Blues their sixth win...
There are benefits to having a weekend off, but NASCAR would be better-served to give teams a break later in the season.
Montoya tops practice for Busch Series race in Mexico (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya showed off his road-racing expertise Friday, topping the speed chart in a practice session for the NASCAR Busch Series' Telcel-Motorola 200 on Sunday.
Reiser, Francis get brief respite from suspensions (AP)
Robbie Reiser was so anxious to get back to the track, he struggled to fall asleep. Kenny Francis battled a bit of nervousness.
NASCAR may move COT to full schedule in 2008 (AP)
NASCAR wants to speed up implementation of its Car of Tomorrow to have it in use full-time by 2008, officials said Wednesday.
Montoya concerned about new NASCAR vehicle (AFP)
Kahne, Montoya sound off on COT after Bristol test (PA SportsTicker)
By Jim Ralabate PA SportsTicker Auto Racing Editor
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.