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Artest arrested for domestic violence
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070306/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_kings_artest_arrested"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070306/capt.carp10103060049.kings_artest_arrested_carp101.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=4pD0wrgvHwOvyXzwwgk_mg--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="In this photo submitted by the Placer County Sheriff's Dept., Sacramento Kings basketball player Ron Artest is shown. Artest was arrested Monday, March 5, 2007, after a woman called 911 from his home in Sacramento saying she had been assaulted. Deputies arrested Artest on suspicion of domestic violence and using force or violence to prevent the woman from reporting a crime, sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin said. (AP Photo/Placer County Sheriff's Dept.)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest was arrested Monday and excused indefinitely from the team after a woman said he shoved her to the floor inside his home and prevented her from calling 911.</p><br clear="all"/>
VCU, not George Mason, headed to NCAAs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070306/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_caa_george_mason_va_commonwealth"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070306/capt.vash10103060104.caa_george_mason_va_commonwealth__basketball_vash101.jpg?x=77&y=130&sig=HEM2VwpG68XBvjwazPIqTw--" align="left" height="130" width="77" alt="George Mason guard Gabe Norwood (3) blocks the shot of Virginia Commonwealth guard Eric Maynor (3) during a Colonial Athletic Association championship college basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2007, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)" border="0" /></a>AP - George Mason was 2 minutes from another trip to the NCAA tournament, when Eric Maynor and Virginia Commonwealth stole it away.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raivio raises game; Gonzaga goes dancing
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070306/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_wcc_gonzaga_santa_clara"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070306/capt.ordr10303060449.wcc_gonzaga_santa_clara_basketball_ordr103.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=klghDw8vPDHCf6WaeIKCew--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Gonzaga guard Derek Raivio holds the net high after beating Santa Clara 77-68 to win the West Coast Conference men's final basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, March 5, 2007. Raivio scored 28 points to lead Gonzaga to the WCC title.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Derek Raivio felt a certain responsibility, given all that Gonzaga has been through this season. "This is my legacy," the senior guard said after Gonzaga won the West Coast Conference tournament Monday night to earn a spot in the NCAAs. "If we don't win this game, I don't think we're in the tournament. I was not going to let that happen on my watch.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wade will attempt comeback this season
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070306/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_heat_wade_injury"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070305/capt.flad10103052053.wade_injury_basketball_flad101.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=Xat8kZycYYsNiC4K2Kk.SQ--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade smiles as he talks during a news conference in Miami, March 5, 2007. Wade has decided to delay surgery and rehabilitate his dislocated left shoulder with the goal of returning for the NBA playoffs next month. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dwyane Wade's dislocated left shoulder is so fragile there's a risk of aggravating the injury when he sleeps. But come April, Wade figures he might be up to the rigors of the NBA playoffs. The All-Star guard said Monday he has decided to delay surgery and rehabilitate his shoulder with the goal of returning to help the Miami Heat defend their league title.</p><br clear="all"/>
Henry to Broncos; Jets may get Thomas
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070306/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070306/capt.ny15703060101.bears_jets_trade_football_ny157.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=wQBT7jPt2r4omybEfJoqwQ--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Chicago Bears running back Thomas Jones (20) is pursued by Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea (41) in the first half of the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami in this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo. The Bears reached a preliminary agreement to trade Jones to the New York Jets on Monday, March 5, 2007 for a second-round draft pick. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - It took Travis Henry only two days to get a job — with a team that turns running backs into stars. And pending a physical, the Jets may have their replacement for Curtis Martin in Bears running back Thomas Jones.</p><br clear="all"/>
Seahawks bolster pass rush with Kerney
AP - Looking to add depth and bolster their pass rush, the Seattle Seahawks agreed to a six-year deal with defensive end Patrick Kerney on Monday night.
Spurs win season-high ninth straight
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070306/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_clippers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070306/capt.las10503060511.spurs_clippers_basketball_las105.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=fIdIZyfRP2qpEmLvsr.GHA--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20) of Argentina drives past Los Angeles Clippers' Corey Maggette (50) in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)" border="0" /></a>AP - The San Antonio Spurs are doing it with defense. For the third consecutive game, the Spurs held their opponents to 74 points, this time in an 88-74 victory Monday night over the Los Angeles Clippers to extend their season-high winning streak to nine games.</p><br clear="all"/>
Piniella acknowledges Cubs need work
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070306/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070305/capt.azet10903052315.cubs_mariners_baseball_azet109.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=wKsuLIzlRj5nykb3S1sCIQ--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella, left, and Seattle Mariners manager Mike Hargrove chat before a baseball spring training game, Monday, March 5, 2007, in Peoria, Ariz. The Cubs won 6-5. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - It took only four spring training games — all losses — for Lou Piniella to call a team meeting and address his Chicago Cubs. "We got into it a bit," Piniella said.</p><br clear="all"/>
Argentine Tevez playing for Team Turmoil
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070305/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070304/capt.lon81703041915.britain_soccer_lon817.jpg?x=130&y=122&sig=IigLfQO2iZqEKjgEJJESGA--" align="left" height="122" width="130" alt="West Ham United's Carlos Tevez celebrates scoring his first goal for the club during an English Premiership match at Upton Park, London Sunday March 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Sean Dempsey/PA)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carlos Tevez curled a free kick into the net, pulled off his shirt, ran to the side of the field and jumped into a section of West Ham fans celebrating his first goal for the team. At the end of the game, he trudged off the field, dejected after yet another defeat.</p><br clear="all"/>
DiPietro gets record; Rangers get win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070306/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_islanders_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070306/capt.msg10603060303.islanders_rangers_hockey_msg106.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=fN07.bxmU1GsWKY24Ygp2Q--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="New York Rangers' Matt Cullen (5) puts the puck past New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro during a shootout in their hockey game, Monday, March 5, 2007 at Madison Square Garden in N.Y. The Rangers defeated the Islanders 2-1. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rick DiPietro wanted a win, not a record. DiPietro made an Islanders-record 56 saves, but he came up one save shy in the shootout Monday night in the Rangers' 2-1 victory in the New York-New York matchup.</p><br clear="all"/>
No guarantees for Green
Chiefs president Carl Peterson told QB Trent Green he will have to compete for his job and take a pay cut to stay in Kansas City.
Source: Bears to trade RB Jones to Jets (AP)
The Chicago Bears reached a preliminary agreement to trade running back Thomas Jones to the New York Jets on Monday for a second-round draft pick. A person familiar with the trade told The Associated Press the Jets will give up a second-round draft pick, 37th overall, for Jones, who rushed for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns in helping the Bears make the Super Bowl.
Dolphins release Harrington, McMichael (AP)
Quarterback Joey Harrington and tight end Randy McMichael were released Monday by the Miami Dolphins, who swung two other deals in new coach Cam Cameron's roster shakeup. The Dolphins dealt receiver Wes Welker to the New England Patriots for their second- and seventh-round draft picks in April. New England's second-round pick is No.
Broncos, RB Travis Henry reach agreement (AP)
Travis Henry has landed in running back paradise. The Denver Broncos have churned out one 1,000-yard tailback after another under coach Mike Shanahan, and Henry hopes to be next after signing a five-year deal Monday with $12 million in guaranteed bonuses. The terms were provided by a person familiar with the deal who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the details.
Seahawks sign DE Kerney to six-year deal (AP)
Looking to add depth and bolster their pass rush, the Seattle Seahawks agreed to a six-year deal with defensive end Patrick Kerney on Monday night. Kerney's agent, Richard Rosa, said Kerney agreed to a deal worth $39.5 million, including $19.5 million in guaranteed money. Kerney spent his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons, but was limited by injury to just nine games last season.
Broncos RB Nash mourned at funeral (AP)
Damien Nash was remembered Monday as a charismatic man with a captivating smile who died as he lived -- competing in sports and helping his community. "I don't understand why he's gone," Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said during a eulogy. "We never had a guy play for one year, as Damien did, and influence so many people." More than 1,000 people paid respects to the Broncos running back.
Texans get their man in RB Ahman Green (AP)
The Houston Texans weren't going to risk entering another season without a proven running back. With the health of Domanick Williams still in question, they made acquiring Ahman Green a priority. Green, a free agent who has played in Green Bay since 2000, signed with the Texans on Monday. "When we started free agency we targeted Ahman as a guy who could come in and really make a difference for our...
Wade provides inspiration
Dwyane Wade's attempt to return from shoulder surgery gives the Heat badly needed hope.
Artest arrested for domestic violence (AP)
Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest was arrested Monday and excused indefinitely from the team after a woman said he shoved her to the floor inside his home and prevented her from calling 911. Placer County sheriff's authorities said the woman reported she and Artest were arguing inside the home Monday morning when he pushed her.
Yao returns but Cavs hold off Rockets (AP)
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers made Yao Ming feel like he was back in high school. Yao struggled in his first game after missing more than two months with a leg injury and the Cavaliers held off the Houston Rockets 91-85 Monday night, led by James' 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. Yao sat at his locker with a bag of ice on his right knee after the game.
Wade will attempt comeback this season (AP)
Dwyane Wade's dislocated left shoulder is so fragile there's a risk of aggravating the injury when he sleeps. But come April, Wade figures he might be up to the rigors of the NBA playoffs. The All-Star guard said Monday he has decided to delay surgery and rehabilitate his shoulder with the goal of returning to help the Miami Heat defend their league title.
Spurs grind out ninth straight victory (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs are doing it with defense. For the third consecutive game, the Spurs held their opponents to 74 points, this time in an 88-74 victory Monday night over the Los Angeles Clippers to extend their season-high winning streak to nine games. The San Antonio reserves provided the majority of the offense, with Manu Ginobili and Beno Udrih combining for 30 points and pulling down eight...
Heat climb over .500 with win over Hawks (AP)
Just like old times, the Miami Heat looked to Eddie Jones to deliver a victory. And the 35-year-old veteran did exactly that. Jones had 14 of his season-high 21 points in the final quarter, Shaquille O'Neal added 14 points and nine rebounds on the eve of his 35th birthday, and the Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 88-81 on Monday night.
Warriors end six-game skid, beat Pistons (AP)
Jason Richardson had been waiting a long time to win at home. Richardson scored a season-high 29 points in front of his friends and family to help his Golden State Warriors end a six-game losing streak with a 111-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. It was the first victory at the Palace of Richardson's NBA career.
Okur's 32 power Jazz over Bobcats 120-95 (AP)
When Mehmet Okur feels like he can't miss, he playfully blows on his fingers as if they're on fire. Okur must have felt like his hands were burning Monday night as he scored 32 points to lead the Utah Jazz over the Charlotte Bobcats for the first time at home, 120-95. "Memo was hot all game," said Carlos Boozer, who had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Turkoglu, Ariza lead Magic to easy win (AP)
It was about this time last season that Hedo Turkoglu heated up. He may be doing it again for the Orlando Magic. Turkoglu hit 10 of 14 shots from the field, including three 3-pointers, and scored a season-high 25 points to push the Orlando Magic to an easy 99-81 victory over Milwaukee. Turkoglu, who has struggled with his shooting all season, hitting only 41 percent from the field, is 29-for-41...
Streaking Celtics top Wolves in 2OT (AP)
Before the game against Minnesota on Sunday, somebody in the Celtics locker room posted a photo of Ricky Davis and Mark Blount, former Celtics now with the Timberwolves, embracing after Davis' shot beat Boston last month. Celtics coach Doc Rivers wouldn't reveal who posted the bulletin-board material, but before the game said he hoped it would motivate his young team.
Pens move closer to leaving Pittsburgh (AP)
The Penguins moved a step closer to leaving Pittsburgh, declaring on Monday an impasse in their new arena negotiations with state and local leaders and saying they will actively pursue relocation. The breakdown in arena talks came only three days after Gov. Ed Rendell said he felt an agreement was close.
Rangers win despite 56 saves by DiPietro (AP)
Rick DiPietro wanted a win, not a record. DiPietro made an Islanders-record 56 saves, but he came up one save shy in the shootout Monday night in the Rangers' 2-1 victory in the New York-New York matchup. "It's my job to make as many saves as I can. I was able to do that for the most part," said DiPietro, who made a career-high 15th straight start.
Red Wings F Holmstrom out indefinitely (AP)
Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury and will be replaced in the lineup by right wing Darryl Bootland. Bootland was recalled Monday from the Wings' AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins. Detroit re-signed Holmstrom to a three-year deal on Feb. 17. In his 11th season, all with the Red Wings, he has 151 goals and 190 assists in 684 games.
Selanne leads Ducks by Predators in SO (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks, who spent the first half of the season atop the Western Conference, could be back there again soon if they keep getting timely contributions from Teemu Selanne and rookie Dustin Penner. Penner scored the tying goal early in the third period and Selanne got the deciding goal in a shootout, leading the Pacific Division-leading Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the conference-leading...
Penguins sweep Flyers for first time (AP)
If the Pittsburgh Penguins make the playoffs for the first time in six years, no opponent will be more responsible than the Philadelphia Flyers. Erik Christensen twice scored tying goals in regulation, then teamed with Sidney Crosby to win it in the shootout and the Penguins swept a season series from Philadelphia for the first time by winning 4-3 on Sunday.
Richardson lifts Avs over Wings in OT (AP)
Scoring goals isn't usually Brad Richardson's biggest contribution, but he got a big one on Sunday. His effort 2:41 into overtime lifted the Colorado Avalanche past the Red Wings 4-3, the team's second win in their last 10 against Detroit. Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Arnason and Brett McLean also scored for Colorado.
Sharks snap season-high four-game slide (AP)
San Jose coach Ron Wilson has been nagging his team about playing with more determination, and the Sharks finally delivered the gritty effort Wilson has been seeking. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 26 shots for his 32nd career shutout, Joe Pavelski scored two goals, and the Sharks snapped a season-long four-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Canucks beat Wild 4-3 in shootout (AP)
In a tight Northwest Division race where every point is key, Roberto Luongo and Daniel Sedin got the Vancouver Canucks an important extra one. Sedin beat Nicklas Backstrom, and Luongo stopped Pierre-Marc Bouchard in the sixth round of a shootout to give the Canucks a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.
MacDonald backstops Bruins past Devils (AP)
Joey MacDonald made sure Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas enjoyed a rare day off. Joey MacDonald stopped 26 shots in his first career start with Boston and the Bruins inched a little closer to a playoff spot with a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night. "Timmy has been playing unbelievable," MacDonald said after giving Thomas his first night off since Jan.
Hossa, Lehtonen lead Thrashers by 'Canes (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers are 3-0 since making two big moves before the trade deadline, but it's the holdover players who are making the biggest difference. Marian Hossa scored two goals and Kari Lehtonen had 35 saves to help Atlanta beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Sunday. The Thrashers moved into a tie with Tampa Bay for first place in the Southeast Division.
Trading Paint: Junior and more
Commission upholds penalties against 4 teams caught cheating (AP)
An appeals committee upheld penalties levied against Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne after NASCAR caught their teams cheating at the Daytona 500.
Montoya is fearless to the end (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya is an aggressive, fearless driver -- always has been, always will be.
Montoya bumps by teammate for first NASCAR win (AFP)
Former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya will long remember his first National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) victory. His teammate will not soon forget or forgive either.
Montoya spins teammate, wins Busch Series race (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya dipped into his road-racing expertise, making a dicey move on one of the s-curves on the curvy track built more for open-wheel racing than stock cars.
Fogarty, Gurney win Grand Am in Mexico City (AP)
Alex Gurney took the lead from Max Papis with two laps left and held on to win the 100-lap Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race Saturday at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. "It was amazing," said Gurney, who teamed with Jon Fogarty in the No. 99 Pontiac Riley. "We had five laps to go and I thought we wouldn't last.
Pruett wins pole for Busch Series' Mexican race (AP)
Scott Pruett won the pole for Sunday's Telcel-Motorola 200, the third race south of the border in NASCAR's Busch Series.
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.