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NEWS FROM 2007-03-07
Early clinch: Mavs win 16th straight
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070307/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nets_mavericks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070307/capt.dna10103070306.nets_mavericks_basketball_dna101.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=ITF6mCk3_XYGyMm1WxRw3g--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="New Jersey Nets guard Vince Carter (15) is stopped by Dallas Mavericks center Erick Dampier, right, and Dirk Nowitzki of Germany during the first half of their basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, March 6, 2007. (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Dallas Mavericks have a 16-game winning streak and a playoff berth after their 102-89 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
NCAAs on 'Horizon' for Wright State
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070307/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_hl_butler_wright_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070307/capt.ohks10303070324.horizon_butler_wight_st__basketball_ohks103.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=LmK4i.xzFpOq4rjy3c0WNg--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Wright State guard Dashaun Wood (5) goes up for a basket against Butler's A.J. Graves (4), Julian Betko (1) and Brian Ligon (24) Tuesday, March 6, 2007 during the Horizon League basketball championship in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)" border="0" /></a>AP - DaShaun Wood scored 27 points and Will Graham hit four free throws in the last 12 seconds to lead Wright State past No. 19 Butler 60-55 Tuesday night for the Horizon League postseason title and its second trip to the NCAA tournament.</p><br clear="all"/>
Joey Porter finds his defense in Miami
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070307/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070306/capt.ny16003062111.dolphins_porter_football_ny160.jpg?x=130&y=77&sig=D28FvWCkK_DD_7c.C3FVzA--" align="left" height="77" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, left, sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper in the first quarter of the football game in Pittsburgh, in this Sept. 7, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joey Porter wasn't unemployed for long. The trash-talking linebacker, cut last week by Pittsburgh to save salary cap room, agreed to a five-year, $32 million contract with Miami, giving the Dolphins a potentially devastating pass rushing tandem with Jason Taylor, the defensive player of the year.</p><br clear="all"/>
Police: Artest slapping caused injuries
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070307/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_kings_artest_arrested"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070306/capt.ny15303061536.kings_artest_arrested_basketball_ny153.jpg?x=130&y=127&sig=9ANaNpd29i.GUJFVZcRUcQ--" align="left" height="127" width="130" alt="Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest is grabbed by fans after he went into the seats during a a brawl with the Detroit Pistons with just 45.9 seconds left in the game in Auburn Hills, Mich., in this Nov. 19, 2004 file photo. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest slapped a woman's face and grabbed her repeatedly, causing visible injuries, according to a sheriff's report made public Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Wings win to close in on best record
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070307/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_predators_red_wings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070307/capt.dta10503070344.predators_red_wings_hockey_dta105.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=ng.jtG3.WNe7Z8vejGSr1A--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Detroit Red Wings center Johan Franzen of Sweden beats Nashville Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun of the Czech Republic in a shootout in an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Tuesday, March 6, 2007. Detroit won 4-3.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - The lack of stars on ice didn't stop two NHL powers from putting on a good show. Johan Franzen scored on Detroit's fourth shot of a shootout, then Chris Osgood made a save to lift the Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raiders sign former Pro Bowler Newberry
AP - The Oakland Raiders and two-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Jeremy Newberry agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract Wednesday, hoping to boost a struggling offensive line.
Wolves beat Kobe, Lakers in double OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070307/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_lakers_timberwolves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070307/capt.mnto10203070227.lakers_timberwolves_basketball_mnto102.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=td1giqtq.1dClMTZj7kAlg--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Maurice Evans, center, dunks between Minnesota Timberwolves defenders Kevin Garnett, left, and Mark Blount (30) during the first quarter in a basketball game, Tuesday, March 6, 2007, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mark Blount's improbable 3-point prowess couldn't have come at a better time for Minnesota. The Timberwolves center hit three straight 3-pointers in the final 2:20 of regulation and Minnesota overcame 40 points from Kobe Bryant in a thrilling 117-107 double-overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dice-K pitches 3 innings; Piazza hurt
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070307/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070306/capt.fljf10903062108.red_sox_marlins_spring_baseball_fljf109.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=IjK6gO_.4hFKiBU9rK1bYA--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, of Japan, throws against the Florida Marlins in the second inning of a spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March, 6, 2007, at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. Matsuzaka pitched three innings. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)" border="0" /></a>AP - Daisuke Matsuzaka had an easy time in his first spring training outing against major leaguers. Dice-K allowed two hits in three scoreless innings and struck out three Tuesday for the Boston Red Sox in a 14-6 rout of the Florida Marlins at Jupiter, Fla.</p><br clear="all"/>
Liverpool ousts Barcelona in soccer
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070306/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070306/capt.mjs14403062230.britain_soccer_champions_league_mjs144.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=Z5tuP3JjepG9kFERJgphQA--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="Liverpool's Mohamed Sissoko, right, celebrates after his team's progression past Barcelona during their Champion's League first knockout round, second leg soccer match, Liverpool, England, Tuesday March 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)" border="0" /></a>AP - Liverpool eliminated defending champion Barcelona from the European Champions League, advancing to the quarterfinals despite a 1-0 loss at Anfield on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Avs beat Bruins to impact playoff race
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070307/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_avalanche_bruins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070307/capt.bxg10803070318.avalanche_bruins_hockey_bxg108.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=mGGJI2iSiNJ8p5hAJ31IjA--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Boston Bruins' Marc Savard (91) skates to the bench as the Colorado Avalanche celebrate an empty-net goal during the third period of their 2-0 win in an NHL game in Boston, Tuesday, March 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Left for also-ran status just a week ago, the Colorado Avalanche are suddenly back in the Western Conference playoff picture. And the Boston Bruins' postseason hopes took a jolt.</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.
Dolphins agree to deal with Joey Porter (AP)
Joey Porter has agreed to a five-year, $32 million contract with the Miami Dolphins, making the former second-team All-Pro linebacker the first marquee player to join the club during this free agent period. Porter is guaranteed $20 million in the deal, which was agreed to late Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the discussion who requested anonymity because Porter has not yet passed...
Bears trade RB Jones to Jets (AP)
Thomas Jones is bringing stability to the New York Jets' running game and providing a bona fide replacement for Curtis Martin. The Jets, quiet during the first few days of free agency, finalized their deal for Jones on Tuesday, acquiring the running back from the NFC champion Chicago Bears for a second-round draft pick.
Bears' Angelo: Plan is to keep LB Briggs (AP)
Disgruntled Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs wants out of Chicago, saying the Bears should remove his franchise player tag or trade him. General manager Jerry Angelo had a message for Briggs on Tuesday: The Bears are expecting him to play with them this season, with r a one-year, $7.2 million deal, the average of the top five salaries at his position.
Chiefs ask QB Green to restructure deal (AP)
Trent Green may soon be on his way out of Kansas City. The former Pro Bowl quarterback's agent, Jim Steiner, said Tuesday that the team is seeking to restructure Green's contract, which will pay him $7.2 million next season. The Chiefs are also entertaining offers for Green, who missed eight games last season with a severe concussion.
Buccaneers sign veteran OT Petitgout (AP)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered their offensive line on Tuesday by signing free-agent tackle Luke Petitgout. Petitgout spent the last eight seasons with the New York Giants, who selected him in the first round of the 1999 draft. He's appeared in 113 games, including 106 starts, and has blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher six of his eight years in the league.
Saints add former Bengals LB Simmons (AP)
Linebacker Brian Simmons, released by Cincinnati last month, has agreed to a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. Simmons, the Bengals' No. 1 pick in 1998, had averaged 116 tackles a season for the Bengals since 2001. He was limited to 11 games in 2006 because of a neck strain, but he still had 78 tackles (41 solo) and two interceptions.
Chiefs sign LB Napoleon Harris (AP)
Linebacker Napoleon Harris, who went from Oakland to Minnesota in the Randy Moss trade, signed a six-year contract Tuesday with the Kansas City Chiefs. Harris started 14 games for Minnesota last season. He finished third on the team with 96 tackles, had three interceptions and 2.5 sacks. Harris was acquired by the Vikings in the trade that sent Moss to Oakland in 2005.
Wade provides inspiration
Dwyane Wade's decision to delay shoulder surgery and try to come back this season gives the Heat badly needed hope.
Mavs extend streak, clinch playoff spot (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks have a 16-game winning streak and a playoff berth after their 102-89 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night. The Mavs have won 23 in a row at home. They are a league-best 51-9, with only two losses since Dec. 12. They'll get to rest on their success and savor being the first team to clinch a playoff spot, because they don't play again until Sunday night.
Sheriff's report: Artest slapped woman (AP)
Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest slapped a woman's face and grabbed her repeatedly, causing visible injuries, according to a sheriff's report made public Tuesday. Artest was arrested Monday after a woman inside his home in a Sacramento suburb called 911 and said she had been assaulted. In a portion of the 911 tape released by authorities, the woman described injuries to her hand and leg.
Wolves overcome Kobe's 40, win in 2OT (AP)
Mark Blount's improbable 3-point prowess couldn't have come at a better time for Minnesota. The Timberwolves center hit three straight 3-pointers in the final 2:20 of regulation and Minnesota overcame 40 points from Kobe Bryant in a thrilling 117-107 double-overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
Arenas, Wizards notch third straight win (AP)
With 10:07 remaining in the second quarter, Chris Bosh grabbed the ball after teammate Andrea Bargnani missed a 3-pointer. It was the only rebound the Toronto Raptors All-Star would get all game. The Washington Wizards beat the Raptors 129-109 Tuesday night by dominating the boards, accumulating a 33-10 advantage in second-chance points that essentially accounted for the margin of victory in a...
Sonics escape with win over Knicks (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics knew Rashard Lewis' last shot was going in, and were probably a little surprised when Stephon Marbury's didn't. Lewis made the go-ahead 3-pointer, and Seattle beat the New York Knicks 100-99 Tuesday night when Marbury missed a free throw with 0.9 seconds left. Marbury kept up his torrid scoring with 40 points, but finished New York's miserable night at the line when his...
Iverson, 'Melo lead Nuggets to victory (AP)
Allen Iverson scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony, a soon-to-be father, added 21 in the Denver Nuggets' 106-91 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night. Nene finished with 15 points and grabbed 14 boards and Steve Blake came off the bench to add 13 points and six assists. Anthony was on standby Tuesday night as his fiancee, La La Vazquez, was induced.
Heat lose Kapono, Wade begins rehab (AP)
Dwyane Wade started rehabilitating his dislocated left shoulder Tuesday, a piece of good news for the Miami Heat. Jason Kapono, though, may be gone for a while -- adding to the team's seasonlong list of injuries. Kapono, the NBA's leading 3-point shooter at 51.3 percent, will miss an "indefinite" number of games after being diagnosed with a high left ankle sprain, Heat coach Pat Riley said.
Suns' Diaw expected to return Wednesday (AP)
Boris Diaw is expected back in the Phoenix starting lineup Wednesday night when the Suns play the Charlotte Bobcats. The versatile, 6-foot-8 Frenchman has missed nine games because of back spasms but practiced on Tuesday and pronounced himself ready to return. "I'm ready to go," he said. "I've been waiting for a month now.
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.
Red Wings top Preds on Franzen's SO goal (AP)
The lack of stars on ice didn't stop two NHL powers from putting on a good show. Johan Franzen scored on Detroit's fourth shot of a shootout, then Chris Osgood made a save to lift the Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. "Ozzie made some big saves and we have some guys shooting who don't normally shoot," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.
Governor to ask NHL to stop Pens move (AP)
Gov. Ed Rendell says he will turn to the National Hockey League to prevent the Pittsburgh Penguins from moving, one day after the team said it had reached an impasse in negotiations with state, county and local officials to finance a new arena. "The governor believes we have put an exceptionally attractive offer on the table," according to a statement released by Rendell's office.
Crosby's SO goal lifts Penguins by Sens (AP)
Sidney Crosby is making crucial contributions to the Pittsburgh Penguins' offense despite enduring one of the worst scoring slumps of his young career. Crosby scored his third shootout goal in four games and Pittsburgh overcame a three-goal deficit for a 5-4 win against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
Tkachuk's two goals power Thrashers (AP)
Keith Tkachuk is surprised the Atlanta Thrashers have had such an easy time against the Florida Panthers. "They have a lot of good young players over there," Tkachuk said. "They are a young team with nothing to lose." Tkachuk scored his first two goals with Atlanta to help the Thrashers to their fourth straight win, 4-2 over the Panthers on Tuesday night.
Nabokov posts second straight shutout (AP)
Evgeni Nabokov has been perfect for two games. His San Jose Sharks teammates have been nearly as good. Nabokov posted his second straight shutout, and Milan Michalek had a goal and an assist to lead the Sharks past the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Tuesday night. "If we had a power-play goal in there tonight, you could pretty much say it was a perfect game," said coach Ron Wilson, whose team was not...
Flames win fifth in row, beat Blues 4-2 (AP)
The Calgary Flames erased a two-goal deficit by ignoring it. Jarome Iginla had three assists, including Wayne Primeau's go-ahead score on a short-handed breakaway early in the third period, in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. "You take a look at their lineup and they've got guys with Stanley Cup rings," Blues goalie Curtis Sanford said.
Rangers LW Hossa to miss up to one month (AP)
Rangers forward Marcel Hossa could miss a month with a knee injury sustained in Monday night's 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders. The 25-year-old left wing sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee with about 5 minutes left in the second period. He limped to the bench but came back on the ice with about 1 minute remaining in the frame.
Raycroft, Maple Leafs shut out Caps (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs are starting to gain confidence. Andrew Raycroft made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season and Darcy Tucker and Yanic Perreault each scored their 20th goals to lift the Maple Leafs to a 3-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for the Maple Leafs, who moved into an eighth-place with Carolina in the Eastern Conference...
Flyers edge Devils on Gagne's OT goal (AP)
A mix of exciting, new players and talented holdovers are giving the Philadelphia Flyers hope for the future. Simon Gagne scored 1:47 into overtime, leading the Flyers to a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. Scottie Upshall, Geoff Sanderson, Sami Kapanen and Mike Richards also scored as Philadelphia beat the Devils for the first time in six tries this season.
Budaj shuts out Bruins as Avs stay hot (AP)
Left for also-ran status just a week ago, the Colorado Avalanche are suddenly back in the Western Conference playoff picture. Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots and Brett Clark broke a scoreless deadlock in the third period to lift the Avalanche to their fourth straight win, 2-0 over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
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Biffle hawks NASCAR tickets for speedway promotion (AP)
NASCAR fans who can't wait to see Greg Biffle in this season's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series at Kansas Speedway won't have to.
Singapore considers bid to host Formula 1 race (AP)
Singapore may bid to host a Formula One Grand Prix race as part of ongoing efforts to boost tourism, a trade official said. Minister of State for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran has been studying the feasibility of holding an F1 race, and the government was "willing to support such a venture up to a level commensurate with the broader benefits to the economy." "To be known and seen as a truly global...
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.