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NEWS FROM 2007-03-20
Joey Porter accused of hitting Bengal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070320/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_dolphins_players_fight"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070320/capt.523c06a375d24a4b8841720aced812a9.nfl_player_fight_football_ny158.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=cvc2nbElJ2ioK.zzcFgZcQ--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Former Pittsburgh Steelers' Joey Porter celebrates after intercepting a pass in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., in this Oct. 29, 2006 file photo. Porter, now with the Miami Dolphins, was facing a misdemeanor battery charge Monday, March 19, 2007, after police said he punched Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Levi Jones after they exchanged trash talk at a casino blackjack table. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter was accused of punching Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Levi Jones after police said the players exchanged trash talk at a casino blackjack table.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rangers clip Penguins late on own goal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070320/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_penguins_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070320/capt.d8548205025b457daea130551ec951e0.penguins_rangers_hockey_nysw107.jpg?x=130&y=79&sig=OTgCOMedWU_D64tGylRszg--" align="left" height="79" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Penguins' Michel Ouellet, top, flies over New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist of Sweden, as the puck enters the goal during the third period of the NHL hockey game Monday, March 19, 2007 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Rangers beat the Penguins, 2-1. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jaromir Jagr looked for teammate Michael Nylander — and luckily found defenseman Rob Scuderi. Jagr snapped his longest scoring drought of the season Monday night when his pass for Nylander clipped off Scuderi's stick and slipped into the net with 33.8 seconds left in the New York Rangers' 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.</p><br clear="all"/>
Isles' Simon won't face criminal charges
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070320/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_islanders_simon_s_hit"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070319/capt.8aa0711b0654407ba7943c77b02a31cd.rangers_islanders_hockey_uni105.jpg?x=130&y=118&sig=OlBH9PlVe95qU.FKPNYUCg--" 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 - New York Islanders forward Chris Simon, suspended a league-record 25 games for a vicious on-ice hit, will not face criminal charges. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said her office considered "the willingness of the potential victim to support a criminal prosecution" and other factors in reaching its decision.</p><br clear="all"/>
Get this: Marist advances to round of 16
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070320/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkw_ncaa_marist_middle_tennessee"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070320/capt.779a4cc5fedb4692ba7426b2b1c47025.ncaa_middle_tennessee_marist_basketball_caps109.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=hs5jaHzHoi7_d27lHMY5XA--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Marist guard Julianne Viani celebrates after they upset Middle Tennessee 73-59 in their second-round game in the NCAA women's basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Monday, March 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alisa Kresge and her Marist teammates gathered at midcourt for a rather subdued celebration following their second straight shocking upset in the NCAA tournament. Once off the court, they all let loose, screaming and sprinting their way to the locker room. Marist is crashing the power-packed Dayton Regional.</p><br clear="all"/>
UNLV headlining again in Sin City
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070320/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_ncaa_unlv"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070320/capt.70866f09c8c14b29ad8e233f441f94ca.ncaa_unlv_basketball_nvjk102.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=gBcOfotbJIsTxzHQPXSQMw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="UNLV basketball head coach Lon Kruger answers questions during a news conference in Las Vegas, Monday, March 19, 2007. UNLV will play Oregon in an NCAA regional semifinal game Friday in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jane Kalinowsky)" border="0" /></a>AP - There was a time when coach Jerry Tarkanian's UNLV Runnin' Rebels were the biggest stars in Sin City. With Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon and Greg Anthony leading the charge, UNLV won the 1990 national championship and came up a victory short of a second consecutive title a year later</p><br clear="all"/>
Rival players in Las Vegas blackjack punch-up
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070319/sp_nm/nfl_porter_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070320/2007_03_19t213536_450x360_us_nfl_porter.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=jMhY0SNPPeR8I42RpfaO1w--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter speaks with reporters during an interview session in Pontiac, Michigan February 2, 2006. Porter has been issued a summons by Las Vegas police for punching Cincinnati Bengals lineman Levi Jones in the face in an incident at a blackjack table, the Review-Journal reported. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey
Porter has been issued a summons by Las Vegas police for
punching Cincinnati Bengals lineman Levi Jones in the face in
an incident at a blackjack table, the Review-Journal reported.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hawks extend home hot streak with win over Kings
Reuters - The struggling Atlanta Hawks won their
fifth consecutive home game for the first time in four years on
Monday, strolling to a 99-76 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Marlins riding D-Train for the opener
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070320/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070319/capt.caa39e6a1d414fab8d2bc708b09a2bd3.astros_marlins_baseball_fljf114.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=yPenKZg.TkFEvimC3NBPvQ--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Baseball fans reach with items for Florida Marlins Hanley Ramirez to autograph during the Marlins' spring training baseball game with the Houston Astros at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., Monday, March 19, 2007. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dontrelle Willis is all set to start on opening day. If Ken Griffey Jr. is ready to play, he'll find himself in right field.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chelsea, Man United reach FA Cup semis
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070319/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_british_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070319/capt.06183ee1800b405ea9ab13d7b23635ba.britain_soccer_xag105.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=I7NftXc1uRAi3QMKc1AnCQ--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Chelsea's Andriy Shevchenko, top center, leaps on his team mates as he celebrates scoring against Tottenham Hotspur during their sixth round FA Cup soccer match replay at Tottenham's White Hart Lane stadium in London Monday March, 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant )" border="0" /></a>AP - Chelsea and Manchester United advanced to the semifinals of The Football Association Cup with victories in quarterfinal replays Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Oilers slide to 11th straight loss
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070320/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_canucks_oilers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070320/capt.882dbc0457f543f0a57c3993acf70035.canucks_oilers_hockey_edm102.jpg?x=130&y=108&sig=SoYmQTsjtVE6l277yi9t0w--" align="left" height="108" width="130" alt="Edmonton Oilers' Jason Smith, left, pushes Vancouver Canucks' Daniel Sedin out of the way of goalie Dwayne Roloson during the first period of NHL hockey action, at Edmonton's Rexall Place on Monday, March 19, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, John Ulan) Canada" border="0" /></a>AP - The Edmonton Oilers were short-handed and struggling. The Vancouver Canucks knew better than to take them lightly. Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist as the Canucks extended the Oilers' losing streak to 11 games with a 2-1 victory Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Colts' June headed to Tampa Bay
Indianapolis Colts free agent linebacker Cato June has signed to play for the Buccaneers.
Joey Porter cited for hitting Levi Jones (AP)
Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter was accused of punching Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Levi Jones after police said the players exchanged trash talk at a casino blackjack table. Porter was issued a summons on a misdemeanor battery charge after the Sunday altercation that began inside the Palms hotel-casino, Las Vegas police Officer Martin Wright said.
Broncos sign QB Ramsey to back up Cutler (AP)
Quarterback Patrick Ramsey signed a contract Monday to be the backup to Jay Cutler with the Denver Broncos. The 28-year-old free agent who was cut by the New York Jets this month. The Broncos also released defensive end Courtney Brown, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2000 who has a history of knee troubles.
Giants sign Texans' Leach to offer sheet (AP)
Fullback Vonta Leach signed an offer sheet for a four-year contract with the New York Giants on Monday. The Houston Texans, Leach's current team, have seven days to match the deal, worth more than $7 million. If they don't match, Leach becomes a Giant. "It's a good deal for a fullback," agent Ralph Vitolo said.
Lions sign free agent WR McDonald (AP)
The Detroit Lions signed Shaun McDonald to a two-year deal Monday, reuniting the free agent wide receiver with former Rams coach and current Detroit offensive coordinator Mike Martz. In four seasons with St. Louis, McDonald had 106 receptions for 1,215 yards and four touchdowns. He agreed to terms with Detroit last week, and the signing was announced Monday.
Jaguars S Sensabaugh arrested in Tenn. (AP)
Jacksonville Jaguars safety Gerald Sensabaugh was arrested early Monday morning and charged with speeding and carrying a firearm without a permit. Sensabaugh, 23, was pulled over at 12:06 a.m. after an officer spotted his 2006 BMW driving 86 mph in a 55 mph zone, police Sgt. David Moore said. When asked if he had any weapons in the car, Sensabaugh told the officer he had a pistol, but did not have a...
Jets re-sign starting RT Clement (AP)
The New York Jets re-signed offensive tackle Anthony Clement on Monday. Clement, entering his 10th NFL season, was an unrestricted free agent. He started every game at right tackle for the Jets last season, providing a veteran presence on a young offensive line that included rookies D'Brickashaw Ferguson at left tackle and Nick Mangold at center.
Patriots sign former Dolphins CB Jackson (AP)
The New England Patriots signed free agent cornerback Eddie Jackson on Monday. The Patriots did not disclose the terms of the contract. Jackson, who spent the last two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, had six tackles in 14 games last year. The 6-foot, 200-pound cornerback signed with Carolina as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Arkansas in 2004.
The European dream
Chandler helps Hornets rout Celtics (AP)
Byron Scott wanted his Hornets to play like they weren't in the middle of a playoff race. The result was the team's second biggest blowout of the season. Tyson Chandler scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Hornets bounced back after Boston's quick start to overwhelm the Celtics 106-88 on Monday night.
Wade won't give timetable for return (AP)
Dwyane Wade sat before a bank of microphones on March 5, saying he would need at least two weeks of rehabilitating his dislocated left shoulder before deciding whether to return to the Miami Heat this season. It's been two weeks. Still, no one knows for sure when the NBA finals MVP will be back. And if a timetable exists, Wade isn't saying just yet.
Childress, Hawks cruise past Kings 99-76 (AP)
Josh Childress wishes the Atlanta Hawks could flip some proverbial switch and turn their season around. "We really need to try to duplicate this the next game," Childress said. "We had 32 assists, which was amazing. It made us so hard to guard." Childress scored a season-high 25 points and Zaza Pachulia had 23 to help the Atlanta Hawks to their biggest romp this season, 99-76 over the Sacramento...
Bryant follows 65-point game with 50 (AP)
Kobe Bryant took over -- again. Bryant became the first Lakers player with consecutive 50-point games in 44 seasons, following a 65-point game with 50 against Minnesota on Sunday night in Los Angeles' 109-102 victory over the Timberwolves. "We talked about going to Kobe early in games and not waiting," coach Phil Jackson said.
Blazers' Randolph on bereavement leave (AP)
Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph was granted a bereavement leave Monday, and will miss Portland's next game. The Trail Blazers play Washington at home Tuesday night. The team did not disclose details of Randolph's situation, but said he was expected to rejoin the team during its upcoming road trip.
Rockets pound 76ers 124-74 (AP)
Tracy McGrady said he had never been a part of a game like this one. Not many NBA players have. Yao Ming scored 24 points, McGrady added 21 and the Houston Rockets embarrassed the Philadelphia 76ers 124-74 Sunday night in one of the most lopsided games in the history of both franchises. It was the Rockets' largest road win and the franchise's second-largest margin of victory, falling just short of a...
Celtics fined $30,000 for Durant contact (AP)
The Boston Celtics confirmed Sunday that the team had been fined $30,000 by the NBA for excessive contact with the family of Texas star freshman and likely lottery draft pick Kevin Durant. General manager Danny Ainge sat next to Durant's mother during the Big 12 tournament. The league said Ainge violated rules demanding that contact be kept to a minimum between team executives and potential NBA...
Mavs snap Pistons' win streak at five (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 92-88 Sunday in a matchup of the top teams from the Eastern and Western conferences. Detroit was coming off its first 5-0 West Coast trip in 15 years, but played without All-Star point guard Chauncey Billups, who sustained a groin injury in Friday's win at Phoenix.
Magic end Heat's win streaks (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal summed up the Miami Heat's night in five quiet words. "Just one of those days," he said. There really was no other explanation, other than the Orlando Magic playing perhaps one of their most inspired games in weeks. Hedo Turkoglu scored 11 of his 20 points in the first quarter, Dwight Howard added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Magic ended Miami's nine-game winning streak with a...
Jagr's late goal lifts Rangers by Pens (AP)
Jaromir Jagr looked for teammate Michael Nylander -- and luckily found defenseman Rob Scuderi. Jagr snapped his longest scoring drought of the season Monday night when his pass for Nylander clipped off Scuderi's stick and slipped into the net with 33.8 seconds left in the New York Rangers' 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Canucks extend Oilers' skid to 11 games (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers were short-handed and struggling. The Vancouver Canucks knew better than to take them lightly. Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist as the Canucks extended the Oilers' losing streak to 11 games with a 2-1 victory Monday night. "We knew they were going to be working hard and we had our hands full getting the two points," Sedin said.
Isles' Simon won't face criminal charges (AP)
New York Islander Chris Simon, suspended a league-record 25 games for a vicious on-ice hit, will not face criminal charges. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said her office considered "the willingness of the potential victim to support a criminal prosecution" and other factors in reaching its decision.
NHL suspends Tootoo five games for punch (AP)
The NHL suspended Nashville Predators winger Jordin Tootoo five games for punching Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas in the face. Robidas was knocked unconscious on the play late in the third period Saturday night in a 3-2 win by the Predators in Nashville. "While a player is entitled to defend himself, Mr.
Red Wings ink F Kopecky to two-year deal (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Tomas Kopecky to a two-year contract on Monday. The 24-year-old from Slovakia appeared in 26 games this season before breaking his clavicle Dec. 14 at Chicago. He lost his footing and hit the boards as he approached the Chicago blue line, and Blackhawks defenseman Jim Vandermeer fell on top of him.
Rangers sign veteran D Strudwick (AP)
The New York Rangers signed veteran defenseman Jason Strudwick on Monday. The 31-year-old Edmonton native played with HC Lugano of the Swiss League this season, registering two goals, three assists and 28 penalty minutes in 34 games. After clearing waivers at noon, he was inserted into the Rangers' lineup Monday night against Pittsburgh.
Hall of Famer Gartner resigns from NHLPA (AP)
Hall of Famer Mike Gartner resigned from the NHL Players' Association on Monday night, about a week after two top union officials were placed on leave because of allegations they ordered the monitoring of NHLPA player e-mail. Gartner began a conference call with the players' executive board with his announcement that he was leaving as the NHLPA's director of hockey affairs.
Tkachuk lifts Thrashers by Sabres in OT (AP)
Kari Lehtonen never intended to leave the game after a slap shot glanced off his mask and gave him a screaming pain in his right ear. More than anything else, Lehtonen was angry that the injury gave Buffalo the split-second needed to tie the score in the third period. "I was out for just enough time for them to score," Lehtonen said.
Stastny's point run ends in Avs' OT win (AP)
Catching Calgary doesn't seem so far-fetched anymore. Milan Hejduk scored 19 seconds into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Sunday night as they improved to 8-0-1 in their past nine games. "I went down and tried to fake the shot, and he went down, and I shot it over him," said Hejduk, who beat Evgeni Nabokov for his 45th career...
Semin hat trick lifts Caps by Tampa 7-1 (AP)
The struggling Washington Capitals looked more like a playoff team than the contending Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. Alexander Semin got a natural hat trick in the second period to help the Capitals beat Tampa Bay 7-1. Tomas Fleischmann added two goals and two assists for Washington, which won its second straight game.
Waving the Checkers: Atlanta
Jimmie Johnson's title hopes look good after Atlanta. The same can't be said for most of Ford's drivers.
Waltrip stalls as season starts (AP)
It's hard not to feel sorry for Michael Waltrip.
Johnson grabs win with late pass on Stewart (AP)
Two wins in the first four races don't guarantee success over the course of a season, but Jimmie Johnson is already looking way down the road.
Montoya getting the hang of NASCAR racing (PA SportsTicker)
HAMPTON, Georgia (Ticker) - Juan Montoya had to use a GPS system in his rental car to find Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday. He didn't need any help finding his way around the track Sunday.
Ex-F1 racer Montoya cracks NASCAR top five (AFP)
Former Formula One racer Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia drove to a fifth-place finish Sunday at the Kobalt 500, his best showing so far on the prime US stock car circuit since making the switch.
Martin ready to take a break despite holding points lead. (AP)
Mark Martin was bubbling with enthusiasm Sunday after his fourth straight top 10 finish since leaving longtime employer Jack Roush for Ginn Racing.
Johnson passes Stewart late, wins NASCAR Kobalt Tools 500 (PA SportsTicker)
Burton defends Busch title at Atlanta (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR brokers deal for Gordon sponsor (AP)
Robby Gordon will get to start Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a primary sponsor on his No. 7 Chevrolet after all. Gordon, an owner/driver in the Cup series, showed up at the track Thursday with the logo of his Busch Series sponsor, Motorola, on his cup car. NASCAR immediately told Gordon that, because of the non-compete clause in its contract with telecommunications...