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NEWS FROM 2007-03-13
Warriors snap Mavs' 17-game win streak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070313/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_mavericks_warriors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070313/capt.caps11003130520.mavericks_warriors_basketball_caps110.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=DKct6ltFvzXTITc3ruHLLw--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Golden State Warriors guard Baron Davis smiles in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, March 12, 2007. The Warriors defeated the Mavericks 117-100. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mickael Pietrus scored 20 points and the Golden State Warriors emphatically snapped the Dallas Mavericks' 17-game winning streak, dominating the league leaders throughout a 117-100 victory Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Fresno regional has drama; Dayton loaded
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070313/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkw_t25_ncaa_tournament"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070313/capt.ohcol10103130144.ncaa_ohio_st_basketball_ohcol101.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=qo.yMl_0_psC9CEaMc0pzA--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Ohio State basketball players Star Allen, left, Jessica Davenport, center, and Marscilla Packer look at their bracket in the upcoming NCAA tournament Monday, March 12, 2007, in Columbus. Three Ohio teams, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 20 Bowling Green and Xavier, were invited to the tournament on Monday night. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Doral Chenoweth III)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Fresno regional is loaded with juicy story lines. The Dayton regional is just loaded. Tennessee — a No. 1 seed along with Duke, North Carolina and Connecticut — headlines a NCAA women's tournament regional stuffed with defending champion Maryland and two conference winners.</p><br clear="all"/>
It takes more than luck for underdogs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070313/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_t25_ncaa_tournament"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070313/capt.dn10403130005.north_texas_marine_basketball_dn104.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=tgU7Fd9.PG9mjkDM9vJ0RA--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="University of North Texas forward Rich Young works out with his team in Denton, Texas, Monday, March 12, 2007. Young's road to the NCAA tournament includes a firefight in Iraq and peacekeeping in Kosovo. North Texas, a 15 seed, is scheduled to play second-seeded Memphis on Friday in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Butler did it. So did Santa Clara, Vermont, Bucknell and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. George Mason redefined the art of the NCAA tournament upset last season with its improbable Final Four run.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds talks about playing in 2008
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070313/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_giants_bonds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070312/capt.azjc11003122351.cubs_giants_spring_baseball_azjc110.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=Zt_43Hqz4S1Y2.HcPe8qLA--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds smiles during batting practice before the Giants played the Chicago Cubs in a spring training baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Monday, March 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Opening day is still three weeks away and Barry Bonds already is talking about 2008. Asked Monday whether he'd like to play next season if he's still healthy, Bonds responded, "sure." Bonds hedged a bit later in the interview, but it's clear he's not quite ready to step away. "Let me get through '07 first," he said. "If I'm healthy, I'd consider coming back."</p><br clear="all"/>
Thrashers reclaim first in Southeast
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070313/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_capitals_thrashers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070313/capt.gags10203130012.capitals_thrashers_hockey__gags102.jpg?x=119&y=130&sig=5q5FDR06B2OREoit.D6_CQ--" align="left" height="130" width="119" alt="Washington Capitals goldtender Brent Johnson (1) makes a save on a shot from Atlanta Thrashers right wing Marian Hossa, rear, of Slovakia, during the first period, Monday, March 12, 2007, of an NHL hockey game in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Atlanta Thrashers are moving closer to their first playoff appearance. Now they're setting their sights on home-ice advantage.</p><br clear="all"/>
New Broncos Henry, Graham dreaming big
AP - Travis Henry has arrived in Denver with some lofty ambitions in mind. But the newly signed Broncos tailback prefers to keep his rushing goals private, at least for now.
Mavericks' long win streak snapped by inspired Warriors
Reuters - The Dallas Mavericks' 17-game
winning streak ended in emphatic style when they were routed
117-100 by the Golden State Warriors in Oakland on Monday.
Japanese reunion at Red Sox-Yankees exhibition
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070313/sp_nm/baseball_japanese_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070313/2007_03_13t023056_450x316_us_baseball_japanese.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=teLhpWv0bXotJSjGhD4pDg--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Boston Red Sox pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka (L) and Hideki Okajima (R) pose with New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui, all from Japan, behind home plate before a spring training baseball game at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Florida, March 12, 2007. (Steve Nesius/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox
and New York Yankees took on an Asian flavor on Monday when
three Japanese players met before their exhibition game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Wambach leads U.S. at Algarve Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070313/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_algarve_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070312/capt.xaf11603122215.portugal_algarve_cup_womens_soccer_xaf116.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=S3_SdTpG02jRGS6opViDfA--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Abby Wambach, of the United States, runs after the ball during their women's soccer Algarve Cup group B match with Sweden Monday, March 12, 2007, in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, southern Portugal. Wambach scored twice in their 3-2 win. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)" border="0" /></a>AP - Abby Wambach scored two goals and Carli Lloyd got her fourth of the tournament, leading the United States over Sweden 3-2 Monday night for a place in the Algarve Cup final. The United States, which won the tournament in 2000 and from 2003-5, will play Denmark in Wednesday's final. Sweden needed just a tie to reach the final.</p><br clear="all"/>
It's night and day for Coyotes goalie
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070313/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_flyers_coyotes"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070313/capt.pnj10703130455.flyers_coyotes_hockey_pnj107.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=mdi3x77hdzGo6BxgZxerCQ--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mikael Tellqvist, top, of Sweden, catches a shot by Philadelphia Flyers center R.J. Umberger, bottom, in the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 12, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz. Tellqvist earned a shutout as the Coyotes defeated the Flyers 4-0.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - One game after allowing five goals in 20 minutes, Mikael Tellqvist was perfect for the Phoenix Coyotes. Tellqvist made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season and added an assist to lead the Coyotes past the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on Monday night, snapping a five-game losing streak.</p><br clear="all"/>
Quinn still looked at favorably
Brady Quinn has been scrutinized since Notre Dame's Sugar Bowl loss, but he could be a top-three draft pick next month.
Source: Patriots sign WR Stallworth (AP)
Donte' Stallworth will be catching passes from Tom Brady instead of Donovan McNabb next year. Stallworth and the New England Patriots agreed Sunday on a multiyear contract. The deal was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
49ers, CB Harris finalize extension (AP)
Cornerback Walt Harris completed a two-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday. Harris, an 11-year veteran who earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in his first season with the 49ers, led the NFC with eight interceptions. The extension keeps Harris with San Francisco through 2009.
Emmitt Smith to join ESPN as analyst (AP)
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith has been hired by ESPN as a studio analyst for its NFL pregame coverage. Smith, the National Football League's all-time leading rusher, will appear on the network's NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown shows. He will also appear as an analyst on ESPN Radio and ESPN.com, the network announced Monday.
Bills re-sign RB Anthony Thomas (AP)
The Buffalo Bills re-signed free agent running back Anthony Thomas on Monday, four days after trading former starter Willis McGahee to Baltimore. Thomas, who backed up McGahee this past season, immediately becomes the No. 1 back, at least for the time being. Shaud Williams, a third-stringer last season, is the only other experienced running back currently on the team's depth chart.
Cards fire coach accused of solicitation (AP)
The Arizona Cardinals fired wide receivers coach Richie Anderson on Monday, four days after his arrest in a police prostitution sting operation. Anderson, a fullback in the NFL for 13 seasons, was hired by new Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt in January. Anderson, 35, was arrested Thursday night on an accusation of soliciting an undercover Phoenix police officer posing as a prostitute.
Police arrest man for threatening Pacman (AP)
Adam "Pacman" Jones has drawn the attention of authorities again. This time police arrested a man for threatening the Tennessee Titans' cornerback with a pocket knife. Police arrested Clayton Smith of Spring Hill on Friday night after he pulled a knife on Jones at a bowling alley. Smith "threatened to beat up Mr.
Jags' Sharon arrested on weapons charges (AP)
Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Charles Sharon was charged with stealing a handgun that police said was found under the seat of the player's sport utility vehicle during a drug-related search. Sharon and a companion were arrested Saturday night after a Tampa police officer noticed the odor of marijuana coming from Sharon's SUV parked in the Ybor City entertainment district, a police report said.
Just a matter of time
Warriors end Mavericks' win streak at 17 (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks' 17-game winning streak ended with a thud. Make that a series of thuds, from every one of their missed shots and turnovers. Dirk Nowitzki even got embarrassed enough to draw a technical foul while sitting on the bench -- yet when his head finally cooled, he realized the Mavs can draw motivation and maturity from this loss.
Knicks give Thomas multiyear extension (AP)
Isiah Thomas delivered "evident progress" sooner than needed. Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan planned to wait all season before deciding on Thomas' future with the Knicks. But when New York fought through a few recent injuries to move into playoff position, Dolan concluded he no longer needed to wait.
Barbosa, Suns scorch Rockets 103-82 (AP)
The "Brazilian blur" keeps making his case for the NBA's sixth man of the year award. He'll get no argument from the Houston Rockets. Leandro Barbosa matched his career best with his second 32-point performance in three games and the Phoenix Suns improved to 10-1 since the All-Star break with a 103-82 rout of Houston on Monday night.
Amaechi gets mainstream endorsement deal (AP)
Former NBA player John Amaechi became the first openly gay male athlete to sign an endorsement deal with a mainstream company. HeadBlade Inc., creators of a popular head-shaving razor, announced Monday it had signed Amaechi to a multiyear deal. Financial terms were undisclosed. "I think it's fantastic that HeadBlade has approached me to endorse the brand," said Amaechi in a statement.
Anderson, Bobcats snap eight-game skid (AP)
Grant Hill talked softly in a nearly silent locker room after the Orlando Magic made the Charlotte Bobcats look like an offensive juggernaut. "The Bobcats played like they were the team fighting for the playoffs," said Hill in a near whisper. "We looked like the team that was out of it." Derek Anderson had 24 points and 10 assists and strong-shooting Charlotte snapped an eight-game losing streak...
Carter, Moore help Nets halt 5-game skid (AP)
The New Jersey Nets couldn't have asked for a better time to play the league-worst Memphis Grizzlies. Vince Carter scored 30 points and Mikki Moore added a career-high 24 to help the Nets beat the Grizzlies 113-102 Monday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. The Nets were 0-4 on a six-game road trip that ends against New Orleans at Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.
Ford helps Raptors down Bucks (AP)
T.J. Ford insisted he wasn't looking to get even with his former team. Rather, he's just trying to get the Toronto Raptors ready for the playoffs. Ford had 19 points and nine assists, just missing his second consecutive double-double, and Chris Bosh scored 26 points to lead the Raptors to a 108-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
Artest returns, but Nuggets top Kings (AP)
Before the game, Allen Iverson vowed to help end Denver's league-worst losing streak in Sacramento. After taking care of that key matter, A.I. promised to appeal what he considers the most absurd technical of his career. Iverson had 24 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals to spoil Ron Artest's return to the Kings' lineup, and the Nuggets snapped a 20-game losing streak in Arco Arena...
James soaring along with Cavaliers (AP)
LeBron James has shifted into a higher gear -- warp speed. Entering the stretch run of his fourth season as a pro (is that possible?), James has taken his splendid, all-around game to another level, and brought the Cleveland Cavaliers along with him. Criticized earlier this season for being lackadaisical, missing too many free throws, not coming through in the clutch and not owning an NBA...
Report: Penguins to stay in Pittsburgh (AP)
The Penguins look like will still be able to call Pittsburgh home. The team, which flirted with relocation to Las Vegas and Kansas City, Mo., reached a deal with city, county and state officials on financing for a new arena, KDKA-TV reported Monday night. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Tribune-Review also reported the deal, citing unnamed sources.
Thrashers reclaim lead in Southeast (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers are moving closer to their first playoff appearance. Now they're setting their sights on home-ice advantage. Eric Boulton assisted on goals by Bobby Holik and Keith Tkachuk, and the Thrashers reclaimed first place in the Southeast Division by beating the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Monday night.
Flames edge Blues in SO, gain in West (AP)
The Calgary Flames couldn't afford to lose to the St. Louis Blues. Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla scored in the shootout, lifting the Flames to a 5-4 victory on Monday night. The Blues rallied from a two-goal third period deficit and nearly win it in overtime before the Flames, pulled it out in the tiebreaker.
Kings extend Oilers' skid to eight games (AP)
Noah Clarke became the first native Southern Californian to score a goal for the Los Angeles Kings. The assists were credited to Dustin Brown and Jaroslav Modry, but the primary credit should go to Wayne Gretzky and the Anaheim Ducks. Mathieu Garon recorded his first victory in more than two months on Monday night in a 5-1 victory that extended the Edmonton Oilers' losing streak to eight games.
Tellqvist, Coyotes shut out Flyers (AP)
One game after allowing five goals in 20 minutes, Mikael Tellqvist was perfect for the Phoenix Coyotes. Tellqvist made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season and added an assist to lead the Coyotes past the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on Monday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. "The last game we came out flat, including myself," said Tellqvist, pulled after the shaky first period...
Simon suspended NHL-record 25 games (AP)
Chris Simon's season is over. His future in the NHL might not be much brighter. The league took its own hard swing at the rugged New York Islanders forward Sunday, sentencing him to a record, 25-game suspension. Simon, 35, will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs as punishment for his deliberate two-handed stick attack to the face of Ryan Hollweg of the New York Rangers in a 2-1 loss...
Ducks top Canucks, Selanne tops 40 goals (AP)
Age isn't slowing down Teemu Selanne. The All-Star scored two goals to become the first player to have two 40-goal seasons after turning 35, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 in a hard-hitting matchup of division leaders Sunday night. The 36-year-old Selanne has 41 goals this season after scoring 40 last season.
NHLPA leader Saskin placed on paid leave (AP)
NHL Players' Association executive director Ted Saskin and senior director Ken Kim, accused of monitoring player e-mails, were placed on paid leaves Sunday night following a vote by the 30 players representatives. The players also voted to seek independent counsel to help guide them through an internal review.
Canucks C Linden still supports Saskin (AP)
Former NHL Players' Association president Trevor Linden still supports Ted Saskin, the union's embattled leader. The union representatives from the 30 NHL teams voted Sunday to have Saskin and senior director Ken Kim placed on paid leaves of absence, effective immediately. The vote was prompted by allegations that Saskin, the executive director, ordered the monitoring of NHLPA player e-mails.
WWD: UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400
NASCAR's best defy track's perils (AP)
Hours before the race, Brett Bodine gave a pace-car ride around reconfigured Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Johnson makes it three straight in Vegas (AP)
A new track configuration and hard tires that made it difficult to drive. A pit road penalty and a brush against the wall.
Johnson wins Las Vegas NASCAR race for third straight year (PA SportsTicker)
Lack of crashes doesn't put brakes on tire issue (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Waltrip struggling after missing 2nd straight race (AP)
Michael Waltrip the car owner was at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, his only participation in the Nextel Cup race coming as an announcer for DirecTV.
Burton beats Busch in wild finish at Las Vegas (AP)
Jeff Burton nudged a spinning Kyle Busch across the finish line Saturday to win a chaotic, caution-marred Busch Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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.
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.