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NEWS FROM 2007-03-10
Favorites regain some of their swagger
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070310/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_tournament_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070310/capt.nmjs11703100342.wac_utah_st_nevada_basketball_nmjs117.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=ny_ZqwG51lTLGcJy24uJJA--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Utah State's Chaz Spicer attempts his second free throw after being fouled with 2.5 seconds left in a semifinal against Nevada at the Western Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament in Las Cruces, N.M., Friday, March 9, 2007. Spicer made both his free throws as Utah State won 79-77. (AP Photo/Jake Schoellkopf)" border="0" /></a>AP - One day after several tournament favorites fell nationwide, top teams returned to form with a few notable exceptions.</p><br clear="all"/>
76ers beat Lakers, win 6th straight game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070310/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070310/capt.patm10603100121.lakers_76ers_basketball_patm106.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=HN_nmd7NuUMF0WkM6oah2A--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala runs into Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who blocks his shot during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2007, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)" border="0" /></a>AP - Allen Iverson's old team is having more fun these days than his new one. With Kobe Bryant back in his hometown, the Philadelphia 76ers drew their first sellout of the season Friday night. And if they keep up their surge, the fans might keep coming back.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rookie goalie Harding carries Wild
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070310/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070310/capt.nydh10603100412.wild_sabres_hockey_nydh106.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=YooDby3_OE2ugVqMgKyUnw--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Minnesota Wild right winger Marian Gaborik (10), of Slovakia, congratulates goalie Josh Harding (29) after the Wild defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 in an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., on Friday, March 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)" border="0" /></a>AP - Josh Harding is off to superb start with the Minnesota Wild. The third-string rookie goalie made 35 saves, and Dominic Moore scored twice to lift the Wild to a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Islanders' Simon suspended indefinitely
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070310/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_islanders_simon_s_hit"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070309/capt.uni10503090325.rangers_islanders_hockey__uni105.jpg?x=130&y=118&sig=xBIcFXmqECRoGORM6ARo9g--" align="left" height="118" width="130" alt="New York Rangers' Ryan Hollweg lands on the ground after being hit by New York Islanders' Chris Simon (12) during the third period of their hockey game, Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. Simon was given a match penalty intent to injure. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chris Simon might know by the end of the weekend just how costly revenge is. The Islanders forward was slated to have a disciplinary hearing Saturday at the NHL office in New York to discuss the two-handed swing of his hockey stick to the head of Rangers center Ryan Hollweg. Once the talking stops, Simon will likely be hit with a suspension that could end his season. For now his banishment is indefinite, the NHL said Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kahne wins pole at Las Vegas qualifying
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070310/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_las_vegas_qualifying"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070310/capt.nvjh11203100141.nascar_las_vegas_auto_racing_nvjh112.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=WH6Tj_svgK2Vn_1LKccZ3g--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Kasey Kahne gets out of his car after his pole qualifying run for Sunday's NASCAR UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 auto race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas on Friday, March 9, 2007. Kahne won the pole. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kasey Kahne won the pole Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading a parade of Dodges as Chargers took five of the top seven spots in qualifying.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rhodes quits Colts for lowly Raiders
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070310/sp_nm/nfl_rhodes_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070310/2007_03_10t020607_450x326_us_nfl_rhodes.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=Uws69EEFPsqdc6iW3gH8mg--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="In this file photo Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes (R) is tackled on the one-yard line by Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer during the second quarter of the NFL's Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami, Florida February 4, 2007. (Hans Deryk/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Free-agent running back Dominic
Rhodes went from the NFL's best team to the worst on Friday,
leaving the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts to join the
Oakland Raiders.</p><br clear="all"/>
Davis, Warriors defeat Clippers 99-89
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070310/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_clippers_warriors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070310/capt.oas10503100617.clippers_warriors_basketball_oas105.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=IsvOfb3LrLwU8_.S2DuTuw--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Golden State Warriors' Baron Davis pumps his fist in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, March 9, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors won 99-89. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Golden State Warriors finally have the healthy lineup that coach Don Nelson has believed all along could make a legitimate playoff push. A lot still must go right, yet the Warriors are doing what they can to remain in the race. Having Baron Davis back sure makes a big difference.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds goes deep while Sosa faces Cubs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070310/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070309/capt.azjc10703092245.athletics_giants_spring_baseball_azjc107.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=BPOSzp39MUUwsfNzOq33hA--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds, left, jokes around with Omar Vizquel before the Giants played the Oakland Athletics in a spring training baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Friday, March 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa are swinging the bat like a couple of players in their prime.</p><br clear="all"/>
U.S. women beat Finland at Algarve Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070309/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_algarve_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070309/capt.xaf11203091831.portugal_algarve_cup_womens_soccer_xaf112.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=OcMrCssxv5V7YltkKoLEOw--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd, Natasha Kai and Kristine Lilly, from left to right, of the United States celebrate after Lloyd scored against Finland during their women's soccer Algarve Cup group B match Friday, March 9 2007, in Ferreiras, southern Portugal. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carli Lloyd scored for the second straight game, a 46th-minute goal that led the United States over Finland 1-0 Friday at the Algarve Cup.</p><br clear="all"/>
Canucks edge past Sharks 2-1 in OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070310/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_canucks_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070310/capt.caps10603100426.canucks_sharks_hockey_caps106.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=sAnAswVSWoWQ6bmv6HvQtQ--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo blocks a shot from a San Jose Sharks player in the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Friday, March 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)" border="0" /></a>AP - Although Roberto Luongo has never been to the playoffs, the Vancouver goalie is pretty sure they're packed with the same tension and elation he felt in this landmark win.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rating the cornerbacks
Cornerbacks could be in high demand on day one of the NFL draft, with 15-18 projected to get selected.
RB Rhodes leaves Colts to join Raiders (AP)
Running back Dominic Rhodes is going from the Super Bowl champions to the team that posted the worst record in the NFL last season, after agreeing Friday to a two-year contract with the Oakland Raiders that could be worth up to $7.5 million. "I just want to come in and help this team win," Rhodes said.
Plummer officially announces retirement (AP)
Jake Plummer poured a glass of water, took a giant gulp and then talked for almost five minutes about how he was officially retiring from the NFL before stepping away from the podium without answering any questions. The Denver Broncos quarterback was in a hurry Friday. He had a handball tournament he needed to attend.
Browns trade RB Droughns to Giants (AP)
Reuben Droughns, Cleveland's only 1,000-yard rusher since 1985, was traded Friday to the New York Giants, who need a feature running back following Tiki Barber's retirement. In return for Droughns, who became expendable after the Browns signed free agent Jamal Lewis to a one-year, $3.5 million contract on Wednesday, the Giants sent Cleveland wide receiver Tim Carter.
Fisher not expecting 'Pacman' to report (AP)
Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher doesn't expect troubled cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones to return to the Titans' facility with the rest of his teammates when they report March 19. The NFL is examining 10 separate incidents in which when Jones has been questioned by police since being drafted, including a Feb.
Seahawks sign free agent S Deon Grant (AP)
The Seattle Seahawks have filled one of their biggest offseason needs by signing free-agent safety Deon Grant to a multiyear contract. Terms were not immediately known for the former Jacksonville Jaguars starter. Grant's agent, Tony Fleming, did not return repeated calls Friday evening. Grant, who turns 28 next week, has played in 96 consecutive games over the past six seasons, the past three with...
Packers consider Moss, but fans say no (AP)
Even fans who own shares of Green Bay Packers stock don't have veto power over a potential trade for a player seen here as a touchdown-scoring scoundrel -- Randy Moss. But if they could, they would. When the widely rumored trade was brought up in front of a crowd at the Packers' annual Fan Fest at Lambeau Field on Friday evening, boos and hisses drowned out any timid cheers.
Chargers to unveil new uniforms, logo (AP)
The San Diego Chargers have given their uniforms the most significant makeover since 1988. The major changes include a new gold lightning bolt logo, which will be outlined in both powder blue and navy, and a metallic white helmet. The team colors and overall look will remain the same. The Chargers will continue to wear navy blue jerseys and white pants at most home games, white jerseys and navy...
Sixers spoil Kobe's return to Philly (AP)
Kobe Bryant knew something was different in his latest trip home. "I don't have to follow the little fellow around," he said. He's right, Allen Iverson is gone and forgotten. But there's a new A.I. in Philadelphia, and Andre Iguodala is loving every minute of tormenting his hero and reviving the once-lousy 76ers.
Shaq's 32 power Heat over Timberwolves (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal knows there are naysayers who question whether he's still a dominant force for the Miami Heat. He repeatedly insists that doesn't bother him. But he's enjoying disproving those notions, too. Using jump hooks, drop steps and dunks, O'Neal scored a season-high 32 points on Friday night, lifting the surging Heat to a 105-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Suns withstand late surge, top Hornets (AP)
The Phoenix Suns are 9-1 since the All-Star break and everybody is wondering what's wrong with them. That's what happens when artistic blowouts are replaced by less-than-impressive squeakers. Amare Stoudemire had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Suns withstood a last-minute surge by New Orleans to hand the Hornets their fourth loss in a row, 104-103 on Friday night.
McGrady, Yao carry Rockets in rout (AP)
No one is happier than Tracy McGrady to see Yao Ming healthy again and returning to form. McGrady scored 34 points and Yao had 24 points and 13 rebounds Friday night in his first home game since returning from a leg injury, leading the Houston Rockets to a 112-91 victory over the New Jersey Nets. McGrady topped 30 points for the 18th time this season and also had five assists and four rebounds.
Pistons win, Wallace faces suspension (AP)
The NBA can fine Detroit's Rasheed Wallace all it wants. He's not going to change the way he plays. Money is just not that important to him. Wallace picked up his 16th technical foul of the season -- incurring an automatic one-game suspension -- in the Pistons' 95-82 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.
Jefferson lifts Celtics over SuperSonics (AP)
After falling a point short of his career high in scoring, all Boston Celtics forward Al Jefferson wanted to talk about was defense. Jefferson had 31 points and 16 rebounds, Paul Pierce added 21 points, and the Celtics rallied for a 118-103 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night. The Celtics trailed by as much as 16 in the second quarter and 66-57 at halftime, but outscored the...
Warriors top Clips, tighten playoff race (AP)
The Golden State Warriors finally have the healthy lineup that coach Don Nelson has believed all along could make a legitimate playoff push. A lot still must go right, yet the Warriors are doing what they can to remain in the race. Having Baron Davis back sure makes a big difference. Davis had 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists, and Golden State gained valuable ground on the Los Angeles...
76ers to retain coach Cheeks for '07-'08 (AP)
Ending speculation that Larry Brown would again coach the Philadelphia 76ers, team president Billy King said on Friday that Maurice Cheeks would return next year for a third season. "I think under these circumstances, he's done a good job," King said before the Sixers played the Los Angeles Lakers. The Sixers (24-38) hoped to contend for an Eastern Conference playoff spot this season before...
Bulls' Allen released from Fla. hospital (AP)
Chicago forward Malik Allen was released from an Orlando, Fla., hospital Friday after he was evaluated and treated for an irregular heartbeat that occurred during a game the night before against the Magic. Allen will return to Chicago this weekend and be evaluated by Bulls medical personnel and a cardiologist at Rush University Medical Center.
Simon suspended indefinitely by NHL (AP)
Chris Simon might know by the end of the weekend just how costly revenge is. The Islanders forward was slated to have a disciplinary hearing Saturday at the NHL office in New York to discuss the two-handed swing of his hockey stick to the head of Rangers center Ryan Hollweg. Once the talking stops, Simon will likely be hit with a suspension that could end his season.
Luongo sets Canucks record in OT win (AP)
Although Roberto Luongo has never been to the playoffs, the Vancouver goalie is pretty sure they're packed with the same tension and elation he felt in this landmark win. Henrik Sedin scored a breakaway goal with 1:30 left in overtime, and Luongo became the Canucks' single-season victories leader with 25 saves in Vancouver's fifth straight win, 2-1 Friday night.
Wild continue road success, rip Sabres (AP)
Josh Harding may be raising some eyebrows around the league, but not in the Minnesota locker room. The third-string rookie goalie made 35 saves, and Dominic Moore scored twice to lift the Wild to a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. Since being called up from AHL Houston in January, Harding has stopped 90 of 92 shots in four games, and came within four minutes of picking up his second...
Hurricanes' Ward blanks Capitals again (AP)
A scheduling quirk allowed Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette to give his team two full days off this week. He wasn't quite sure if it was the right thing to do, given that the slumping defending Stanley Cup champions are struggling to make the playoffs. Would they lose their edge with that time away?
Turco, Stars defeat Blue Jackets 3-0 (AP)
Caught up in the heat of a playoff race, the Dallas Stars had forgotten how much fun it can be to win. Sergei Zubov, Niklas Hagman and Mike Ribeiro scored goals and Marty Turco posted his 29th career shutout to lead the Stars past the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on Friday night. During the second intermission, the Stars talked about what it would take to get back in gear after losing their past four...
Getzlaf powers Ducks by slumping Oilers (AP)
At least one of the Edmonton Oilers thinks the Anaheim Ducks have a chance to go all the way. And after the latest defeat they took from the Pacific Division leaders, Petr Sykora's respect for them grew even more. "They've got close to a perfect team," Sykora said Friday night after former Ducks teammate Ryan Getzlaf scored two goals and set up another for Anaheim in a 5-1 victory over the...
Samuelsson lifts Wings past Kings in OT (AP)
Mikael Samuelsson made an impact in his first game in more than a month. His goal 3:26 into overtime completed a comeback and gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night. Samuelsson had been out since late January with a broken bone in his foot. Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and assisted on the game-winner, and Brett Lebda also scored for Detroit.
Brodeur reaches 40 wins for sixth time (AP)
Martin Brodeur picked an ideal time to reach another milestone. Patrik Elias had the deciding goal in the shootout as the Devils increased their Atlantic Division lead to eight points with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. Brodeur made 21 saves to reach the 40-win mark for the sixth time in his career.
Pens' future still unsettled after talks (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins' future remained unsettled Thursday after four hours of discussions resulted in plans for another negotiating session next week. Owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux, Gov. Ed Rendell, Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Allegheny County executive Dan Onorato and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman met in Philadelphia for negotiations for a new arena for the team.
Rangers sweep Isles in home-and-home set (AP)
Ryan Hollweg was able to smile, knowing the vicious shot he took to the face from Chris Simon led to the New York Rangers' biggest win of the season. Hollweg was felled by Simon late in the third period Thursday night when the New York Islanders' forward angrily charged him and nailed him with a clothesline hit with his stick.
On the nose
Harvick has pole, Montoya starts 35th for NASCAR Busch race (PA SportsTicker)
Kahne shatters own qualifying mark at Las Vegas (PA SportsTicker)
Kahne leads Dodge parade in qualifying (AP)
Kasey Kahne won the pole Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading a parade of Dodges as Chargers took five of the top seven spots in qualifying.
Track changes make for interesting opening day at Vegas (AP)
Changes to Las Vegas Motor Speedway received mixed reviews on Friday after a bumpy opening at the track.
Martin: "I don't want to run for the championship." (AP)
Mark Martin used a rare Sunday off to throw a party. He cooked out, caught up with friends and family and watched the Busch Series race from Mexico City.
Anger cools over Montoya's bump and run win: report (AFP)
Former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya's bump-and-run victory last Sunday in Mexico City has not been forgotten by US teammate Scott Pruett but the anger has reportedly cooled.
Third Nextel Cup race could be pivotal for some stars (AP)
This is not the kind of start to the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup season that Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Bobby Ginn has new team on top (AP)