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NEWS FROM 2007-03-17
Bryant's 65 points helps Lakers end skid
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070317/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070317/capt.74a8e1901af54b209b6b663feefe62b2.trail_blazers_lakers_basketball_las106.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=Jr6r7R.y4_FE5IFctjGTxA--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, right, is fouled by Portland Trail Blazers' Zach Randolph as he collects a rebound after a missing a shot during overtime in an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Friday, March 16, 2007. Bryant scored 65 points as the Lakers won 116-111. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe Bryant ended the Los Angeles Lakers' seven-game losing streak with one of the best games in franchise history.</p><br clear="all"/>
Olson out; Winthrop and UNLV advance
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070317/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_ncaa_tournament_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070317/capt.76406f02d47c4abd9f9c383249047b16.ncaa_arizona_purdue_basketball_nuh154.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=pCiLcZge5xAGygbqQPbKKQ--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Arizona's coach Lute Olson reacts in the second half of his team's loss to Purdue during the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional basketball tournament in New Orleans, Friday, March 16, 2007. Purdue won, 72-63. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)" border="0" /></a>AP - Say goodbye to Lute Olson, who will join his good friends Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski as spectators. The three coaching legends were booted from the NCAA tournament just as the fun was starting.</p><br clear="all"/>
Report: Hollweg won't press charges
AP - Ryan Hollweg won't press charges against suspended New York Islanders forward Chris Simon for his two-handed stick attack to the face, though Nassau County prosecutors could still proceed against Simon, Newsday reported Saturday.
Surging Penguins move into 4th in East
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070317/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070317/capt.a340098d33c9428b9d4d666f4b9b6e5d.canadiens_penguins_hockey_paks108.jpg?x=111&y=130&sig=Gjctmp3LW39Wo2Xu2qVfiA--" align="left" height="130" width="111" alt="Pittsburgh Penguins' Gary Roberts, left, celebrates with Sidney Crosby after Crosby scored in the first period of the hockey game in Pittsburgh, Friday, March 16, 2007. Crosby scored another goal, an empty netter, in the Penguins' 6-3 win. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)" border="0" /></a>AP - The wins keep coming for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The longest losing streak in 25 years finally is over for the Washington Capitals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hantuchova advances to Pac Life finals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070317/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_indian_wells"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070316/capt.1d82660283de4a7dae076a100f355ce4.indian_wells_tennis_camt103.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=FIUGe5Jd2BW8J.iWrj1qfQ--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Daniela Hatuchova, of Slovakia, celebrates after winning a point over Li Na, of China, during their semifinal match at the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 16, 2007, in Indian Wells, Calif. Hatuchova won, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Daniela Hantuchova, the 2002 champion, defeated Li Na 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Friday to move into the women's title match at the Pacific Life Open.</p><br clear="all"/>
Former Broncos owner again loses bid
AP - A Denver district judge granted a summary judgment Friday rejecting former Denver Broncos owner Edgar Kaiser Jr.'s attempt to force current owner Pat Bowlen to sell him part of the team.
Bryant scores 65 points in Lakers win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070317/sp_nm/nba_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070317/2007_03_17t025345_402x450_us_nba.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=3LpIg7VAUyPSOyzjlGUnrw--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant walks away after being called for a foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, March 11, 2007. (Chris Pizzello/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Kobe Bryant scored 65 points to
help the Los Angeles Lakers end a seven-game losing streak with
a 116-111 overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on
Bonds homers, Benitez throws strikes
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070317/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070316/capt.38af6fee0a6849d49408e39386854f74.rockies_giants_spring_baseball_azjc102.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=Sc0XkdUEpCaJleLnRZas0w--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds swings on his two-run home run hit off of Colorado Rockies' Byung-Hyun Kim, from South Korea, in the second inning of a spring training baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Friday, March 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds is in a groove at the plate and Armando Benitez looks healthy on the mound. No wonder the San Francisco Giants are starting to get excited about the season.</p><br clear="all"/>
U.S. women take over top FIFA ranking
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070316/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_fifa_women_s_rankings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070314/capt.xaf12503141859.portugal_algarve_cup_womens_soccer_xaf125.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=Iy4IH.F6nPA3mFaDT_9GvQ--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="The United States national soccer team poses with the winner's trophy after they defeated Denmark 2-0 in the final of the women's soccer Algarve Cup Wednesday, March 14, 2007, in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, southern Portugal. (AP Photo/Steven Governo)" border="0" /></a>AP - The U.S. women's team took over the No. 1 spot in the FIFA rankings following its win in this week's Algarve Cup.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks inch closer to NHL points lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070317/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_blackhawks_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070317/capt.3ad6bce46a9842d8a0a38c79c724aa4d.blackhawks_ducks_hockey_cama103.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=3E83mBmA8IqBJJNkwNFxjA--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne of Finland, gets the congratulations of teammates on the bench after his second of two goals against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first period an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, March 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Anaheim Ducks are taking advantage of their longest homestand of the season. Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald scored two goals apiece, and Scott Niedermayer added three assists to lead the Ducks to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rating the specialists
Mason Crosby's booming leg and versatility give him a chance of being the lone specialist drafted on the first day.
Bears' Johnson gets four months in jail (AP)
Chicago Bears defensive lineman Tank Johnson was sentenced Thursday to four months in jail for violating probation in a 2005 gun case. Johnson was taken into custody and will spend the next 120 days in the Cook County Jail. He could have been sentenced to up to a year behind bars. He also must pay a $2,500 fine after pleading guilty to violating his probation.
Titans agree to terms with WR Gage (AP)
Tennessee agreed to terms with receiver Justin Gage on Friday, moving to fill a gaping hole on its roster. The four-year veteran has 64 receptions for 908 yards and four touchdowns in 49 games, 16 starts, for the Chicago Bears. "Justin is a big, physical and athletic receiver, who has a good deal of playing experience with the Bears," Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement.
Eagles re-sign free agent RB Buckhalter (AP)
Coming off his first healthy season since 2003, free agent running back Correll Buckhalter re-signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, the fifth free agent to re-sign with the team this offseason. After missing three of the last four seasons due to knee injuries, Buckhalter rushed for 345 yards and two touchdowns last season as Brian Westbrook's backup.
Browns add Robaire Smith, Shaun Smith (AP)
The Browns added a pair of Smiths to their defensive line Friday. Robaire Smith signed a four-year contract with Cleveland, which also acquired Shaun Smith after the Cincinnati Bengals declined to match an four-year offer sheet for him. The defensive line was one of the Browns' biggest concerns this offseason and both Smiths fit in with the team's 3-4 defense.
Judge turns down ex-Broncos owner (AP)
A Denver district judge granted a summary judgment Friday rejecting former Denver Broncos owner Edgar Kaiser Jr.'s attempt to force current owner Pat Bowlen to sell him part of the team. Kaiser, who sold his 60.8 percent share of the team to Bowlen in 1984, has already lost his case in federal court.
Chargers re-sign LB Polk for two years (AP)
The Chargers re-signed linebacker and special teams standout Carlos Polk to a two-year deal Friday. Polk, who was an unrestricted free agent, had 32 tackles and two sacks while playing in all 16 games for San Diego last season. Also Friday, linebacker Marques Harris, an exclusive-rights free agent, signed a one-year deal.
Eagles, WR Curtis agree to six-year deal (AP)
Wide receiver Kevin Curtis agreed to a six-year contract with Philadelphia on Thursday, giving the Eagles a potential replacement for Donte' Stallworth. Curtis' deal could be worth up to $32 million and includes $9.5 million in guaranteed money, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because terms of the contract weren't released.
No defense for Lakers
Kobe scores 65, Lakers top Blazers in OT (AP)
Kobe Bryant had enough after seven straight losses by the Los Angeles Lakers. He took matters into his own hands against the Portland Trail Blazers and left the court with the fourth highest-scoring game in franchise history. Bryant scored 24 of his 65 points in the fourth quarter and added nine more in overtime, powering the Lakers to a 116-111 victory on Friday night.
Mavericks end slump, rally past Celtics (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki came through with a strong fourth-quarter finish to help the Dallas Mavericks end a rare slump. Nowitzki scored 30 points, 19 in the final quarter, and Josh Howard matched a career high with 30 points as the Mavericks bounced back from consecutive defeats, rallying from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 106-101 on Friday night.
Pistons end Suns' six-game win streak (AP)
So much for the conventional wisdom that the NBA's West is far stronger than the East. The Detroit Pistons swept that theory away with their first 5-0 trip through the West in 15 years. They punctuated the journey with a 105-83 rout of Phoenix on Friday night, handing the Suns by far their most one-sided home loss and second-worst defeat overall this season.
Heat win ninth straight, defeat Kings (AP)
Besides rookie Chris Quinn, there's only one man in the Miami Heat locker room without a championship ring. And Eddie Jones is playing like he desperately wants one. He hit his first five 3-point attempts to stake Miami to a big early lead, and the defending NBA champion Heat extended the NBA's longest current winning streak to nine games with a 103-97 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday...
Boozer finally returns to Cleveland (AP)
It's been nearly three years since Carlos Boozer spurned the Cavaliers to make more money in Utah. Surely, fans have forgotten by now. Or maybe not. Fan Gerry Elliot said he hates Boozer. "He threw the Cavs under the bus," the 45-year-old said. Boozer hasn't returned to Cleveland since he left in the summer of 2004.
Wizards F Caron Butler to miss 7-10 days (AP)
Washington Wizards forward Caron Butler will miss a week to 10 days with a left knee injury and won't travel with the team on its March 20-26 road trip. Jarvis Hayes probably will start in Butler's place, coach Eddie Jordan said after practice Friday. Butler hurt the knee March 7, but continued to play.
Korver lifts 76ers over Jazz 89-88 (AP)
Samuel Dalembert's NFL-like collision flattened Gordan Giricek. That was the opening Kyle Korver needed to finish off the Jazz. Korver rolled off the hard screen and hit the winning basket with 5.1 seconds left, and Andre Iguodala scored 23 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to an 89-88 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Hornets halt six-game slide, beat Knicks (AP)
Steve Francis went for another game-winner. When that missed, the New Orleans Hornets finally had a victory in March. David West made the go-ahead jumper with 55 seconds remaining, and the Hornets snapped a six-game losing streak with a 92-90 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night. The Hornets trailed by 18 points and never led by more than two, but got a much-needed victory in their quest...
McGrady, Alston star as Rockets top Raps (AP)
Tracy McGrady and Rafer Alston made life rough on their old team Friday night. Yao Ming made things even rougher. McGrady scored 24 points, Alston had 23 points and fell just short of a triple-double, and Yao added 23 points and 12 rebounds in the Houston Rockets' 114-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
Report: Hollweg won't charge Simon (AP)
Ryan Hollweg won't press charges against suspended New York Islanders forward Chris Simon for his two-handed stick attack to the face, though Nassau County prosecutors could still proceed against Simon, Newsday reported Saturday. Hollweg, who took a few stitches in the chin but was not seriously hurt, and two attorneys for the New York Rangers met with representatives from Nassau County District...
Penguins win, close in on Atlantic lead (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are having a lot of fun these days. Sidney Crosby and Erik Christensen score two goals apiece, and the Penguins beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 Friday night. Pittsburgh is 6-0-1 in its last seven games and pulled within four points of Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey. "We just come to the rink every day and try to have fun and get better," Christensen said.
Hedberg lifts Thrashers by Rangers in OT (AP)
Johan Hedberg was frequently serenaded with chants of "Moose" from the Philips Arena crowd, and he loved every minute of it. Hedberg stopped 38 shots and Alexei Zhitnik scored the game-winner with a slap shot on the power play at 2:18 of overtime, lifting Atlanta to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night and giving the Thrashers their sixth straight home win.
Toskala, Sharks defeat Blue Jackets 3-0 (AP)
The weary San Jose Sharks were skating on fumes and grit -- all except for their goalie, who had a whole month to rest up for his latest shutout. Vesa Toskala made 35 saves in his first start since Feb. 14, and the Sharks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
Pominville gets Sabres past Lightning (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres have bounced back after their longest losing streak of the season. Jason Pominville had two goals and Ryan Miller made 35 saves, leading the Eastern Conference-leading Sabres past the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Friday night. "This is the time of the year when things really get exciting," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said.
Caps rout Leafs to end nine-game slide (AP)
The Washington Capitals finally got a few breaks and ended their longest losing streak in 25 years. Alexander Semin had a goal and two assists, and Alexandre Giroux scored his first NHL goal to help the Washington Capitals snap a nine-game skid with a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.
Selanne, McDonald power Ducks in win (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks are taking advantage of their longest homestand of the season. Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald scored two goals apiece, and Scott Niedermayer added three assists to lead the Ducks to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night. Corey Perry also scored and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 31 shots for the Ducks, who moved within one point of Detroit for tops in the league.
Stars activate Morrow from injured list (AP)
Dallas Stars left wing Brenden Morrow was activated from the injured reserve list on Friday, nearly four months after he severed tendons in his right wrist during a game against Chicago. The 28-year-old Morrow was sidelined Dec. 26 after he was stepped on by a skate. He participated in recent full-contact practices and is expected to play Saturday at Nashville.
Devils rally past Hurricanes in third (AP)
Martin Brodeur kept stopping the defending Stanley Cup champions and kept the New Jersey Devils in the hunt for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Brodeur stopped 38 shots, and Erik Rasmussen and Zach Parise scored third-period goals in New Jersey's 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Stars' Modano moves closer to milestone (AP)
Mike Modano is a step closer to another milestone. Modano moved within a goal of matching Joe Mullen for the most among U.S.-born players, and the Dallas Stars stretched their winning streak to four with a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. The 36-year-old Modano, a native of Livonia, Mich., notched his 501st career goal in the first period, then assisted on rookie Junior...
Notes: Like home cookin'
Skinner wins truck race with late-race pass. (AP)
Mike Skinner bumped past Clint Bowyer to take the lead on a restart seven laps from the finish Friday night and raced away to his second straight victory in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series.
Skinner makes it two straight NCTS victories (PA SportsTicker)
Newman speeds to pole for Kobalt Tools 500 (PA SportsTicker)
Newman wins another pole -- finally (AP)
Suddenly, Rocketman is back.
Martin looks forward to vacation after Atlanta (PA SportsTicker)
Mark Martin is content with stepping out of his race car for a few weeks on his own terms.
AT&T suing NASCAR for right to sponsor race car (AP)
Martin still planning to sit out Bristol (AP)
All the speculation about Mark Martin's schedule finally will come to an end next week at Bristol, and the longtime NASCAR star says he does not plan to be there to say ``I told you so.''
Familiar track a comfort after Vegas problems (AP)
Last week at Las Vegas it was all about a new track configuration, iffy tires and the unknown lurking in every turn.