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NEWS FROM 2007-03-27
'Pacman' Jones could face felony charges
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070327/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_titans_jones"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070326/capt.289388a8abe34e27b70f508445e3e62b.titans_jones_football_ns101.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=T1o2oeeuEyX7q_bKeZsXJg--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones is shown during football training camp in Clarksville, Tenn., in this Aug. 4, 2006 file photo. Las Vegas police said Monday, March 27, 2007 that they are seeking felony and misdemeanor charges against Jones and two other people in a triple shooting at a Las Vegas strip club in February. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tennessee Titans star Adam "Pacman" Jones could face felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a triple shooting at a strip club in February.</p><br clear="all"/>
Eagles acquire linebacker Takeo Spikes
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070327/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_bills_eagles_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070327/capt.4b01fa1705f0404c97debb3381258641.bills_eagles_trade_football_ny171.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=VL5Pa3eHmuUwhhkiXHv1eA--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Buffalo Bills' Takeo Spikes celebrates after intercepting a pass during the second quarter of a football game against the Chicago Bears in this Aug. 26, 2005 file photo in Chicago. The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Spikes and quarterback Kelly Holcomb from the Buffalo Bills on Monday, March 26, 2007 for defensive tackle Darwin Walker and a conditional draft pick in 2008. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Pro Bowl linebacker Takeo Spikes and quarterback Kelly Holcomb from the Buffalo Bills on Monday night for defensive tackle Darwin Walker and a conditional draft pick in 2008.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rasheed Wallace banks in 60-footer
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070327/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070327/capt.96f9886a09984a69b97f7d301496e56a.nuggets_pistons_basketball_dtp104.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=xI6bEP8DqWeA5UoZ.h.Pwg--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace watches his 60-foot shot tie the Denver Nuggets at the end of regulation in a basketball game Monday, March 26, 2007, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons went on to beat the Nuggets 113-109 in overtime. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rasheed Wallace showed off some serious range and Shaquille O'Neal gave himself a new nickname. Wallace made the miracle shot of the night — maybe of the year — banking home a 60-footer as time expired to send the game to overtime, and the Detroit Pistons went on to beat the Denver Nuggets 113-109 on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
LSU defies odds, gets back to Final Four
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070327/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkw_ncaa_lsu_connecticut"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070327/capt.b0bd548b7dfb47efb6e1a372eb33f94f.ncaa_connecticut_lsu_basketball_cagk108.jpg?x=130&y=78&sig=QD_u1daYNjU5eK2D6.cbIQ--" align="left" height="78" width="130" alt="Louisiana State's Porsha Phillips, right, celebrates with the team's mascot after LSU beat Connecticut in the NCAA women's basketball tournament regional final in Fresno, Calif., Monday, March 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bob Starkey cut up a net and handed out the pieces to his LSU players on the eve of the regional final.</p><br clear="all"/>
NFL conduct policy still not set
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070327/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_meetings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070326/capt.9d17cb3f1de943e7a679a8d0c2875ebb.nfl_meetings_football_azrf101.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=i5AYyg9YpfUbk5BRGwpDqg--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media during a news conference at the NFL annual meetings Monday, March 26, 2007, at the Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - On the day Las Vegas police said they will seek felony and misdemeanor charges against Tennessee's Adam "Pacman" Jones, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said a stronger player conduct policy will not be completed at these league meetings.</p><br clear="all"/>
Column: Goodell an easygoing tough guy
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070326/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_on_football_goodell"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070326/capt.3280cfb6e0ec4b7aa35e6c42eac25c27.nfl_meetings_football_azrf103.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=AVPwjE2wIRr6NdWqAT_ENw--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL annual meetings Monday, March 26, 2007, at the Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - As Roger Goodell joked with the technician setting up the microphone for his news conference at the NFL meetings Monday, someone asked one of the NFL publicists if anyone was taking down a transcript of the session. Goodell replied instead. "I guess you are," he said, smiling at the questioner.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bell takes sign literally, Suns benefit
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070327/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_grizzlies_suns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070327/capt.d871efeb2b284f7b978456049b24a7f6.grizzlies_suns_basketball_pnu104.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=WGcwxf4sNvVrZUnIL5GyMQ--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Phoenix Suns' Raja Bell (19) passes over his shoulder as Memphis Grizzlies' Chucky Atkins defends during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 26, 2007, at U.S. Airways Center in Phoneix. The Suns won 105-87. (AP Photo/Matt York)" border="0" /></a>AP - "Don't hesitate. Knock 'em down," read a sign in the Phoenix Suns' locker room before their game against the Memphis Grizzlies.</p><br clear="all"/>
Female ump to work MLB exhibition game
AP - A rookie fresh from the minors is about to change the face of baseball: A female umpire is set to work a major league exhibition game for the first time in almost 20 years.
FIFA chief explains soccer's many ails
AP - FIFA is turning a profit at an unprecedented rate, yet soccer's governing body appears to be making little headway toward wiping out the violence and corruption that threaten the integrity of the sport.
Ruff: No time for Sabres to let up now
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070327/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_unsatisfied_sabres_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070325/capt.8d4f9fd237ba4c628a23e461b9e0f897.sabres_maple_leafs_hocky_cpth109.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=J9bwOsVXe_A.NQnvXDIRbA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Andrew Raycroft, left, and teammate Alexei Ponikarovsky celebrate their 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres in Toronto, Saturday, March 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Aaron Harris, CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maybe coach Lindy Ruff now has the Buffalo Sabres' attention.</p><br clear="all"/>
Goodell touches on personal conduct policy
Eagles acquire LB Spikes from Bills (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Pro Bowl linebacker Takeo Spikes and quarterback Kelly Holcomb from the Buffalo Bills on Monday night for defensive tackle Darwin Walker and a conditional draft pick in 2008. "This is something that has been brewing," Bills general manager Marv Levy said. "Takeo is a good person, but we wanted to strengthen our defensive tackle.
Colts to open season at home vs. Saints (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts will open the NFL season on Thursday night, Sept. 6, with a home game against the New Orleans Saints. In what has become a recent tradition, the Super Bowl winner hosts the opening game three days before the full schedule begins. "The Colts are the Super Bowl champions and New Orleans obviously was a terrific story on and off the field for the league," commissioner Roger...
Jaworski to replace Theismann on MNF (AP)
ESPN is changing quarterbacks. Joe Theismann will no longer be part of the network's "Monday Night Football" broadcast and will be replaced as an analyst by Ron Jaworski, the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, the network announced Monday. Jaworski will join play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico and analyst Tony Kornheiser in the booth.
No criminal acts found in Tillman death (AP)
Nine high-ranking Army officers, including four generals, made critical errors in reporting the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, but there was no criminal wrongdoing in the shooting of the former NFL player, the military concluded Monday. In releasing a pair of reports on the 2004 killing, however, defense officials did not rule out that criminal violations may have...
Saints to stay in Louisiana through 2010 (AP)
The New Orleans Saints will stay in Louisiana through the 2010 season, reaching an agreement with state officials. Both sides agreed Monday to toss out contract clauses that would have allowed the NFL team leave the state within the next four years. They also said they will keep negotiating on a deal that could keep the Saints in New Orleans beyond the current contract.
'Pacman' could face felony charges (AP)
Tennessee Titans star Adam "Pacman" Jones could face felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a triple shooting at a strip club in February. Police are seeking a felony charge of coercion and misdemeanor threat and battery charges against the cornerback in the 5 a.m. shooting at Minxx, Lt. George Castro said Monday.
NFL conduct policy still not set (AP)
Even when the NFL takes a major step to help its lower-revenue clubs, it gets overshadowed by the specter of poor player conduct. When commissioner Roger Goodell announced an expanded program of revenue sharing Monday, his news conference was dominated by questions about the league's upcoming stronger conduct policy.
L.A.'s comeback kids
Kobe Bryant's flurry of 50-point games has fueled a Lakers resurgence that has them on the fringe of the rankings' top 10.
Rasheed 60-footer forces OT, Pistons win (AP)
Flip Saunders was trying to stay optimistic. He turned out to be a prophet. With his Detroit Pistons facing what appeared to be an impossible deficit, Saunders tried to give them a last-second pep talk. "I told them that strange things happen," the Pistons' coach said. "We might as well try to get something crazy." Did they ever.
Boozer scores 41, Jazz rally by Wizards (AP)
Carlos Boozer had a Karl Malone-type of night. Boozer, Utah's current All-Star power forward, played like its former NBA great Monday night, scoring a career-high 41 points with 16 rebounds to help the Jazz rally to a 103-97 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. Boozer scored 16 in the fourth quarter.
Shaq passes Miller in scoring, Heat win (AP)
After one particularly hard foul sent Shaquille O'Neal tumbling, the 7-foot-1 center rolled into a backward somersault before bouncing to his feet. "I'm known as The Big Baryshnikov," O'Neal said afterward, proud of his newest self-dubbed moniker. Suffice to say, no ballet ever called for Mikhail Baryshnikov to take this kind of punishment.
Spurs stay hot, rip Warriors 126-89 (AP)
After three championships and eight straight 50-win seasons, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs know exactly how to get rolling toward a playoff run. The Golden State Warriors? After 12 straight seasons of sitting home for the postseason, they're still learning. Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists, Michael Finley matched his season high with 20 points and the Spurs routed Golden State...
Deng's career-high 38 points power Bulls (AP)
Luol Deng lost a friendly wager and now he owes a teammate dinner. The way Deng played, the Chicago Bulls should pick up the tab. Deng scored a career-high 38 points, and the Bulls won their third straight, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 100-89 on Monday night. Near the end of the game, Deng said teammate Chris Duhon told him: "I bet you don't get 40." "But I wasn't really shooting for that,"...
Suns roll past short-handed Grizzlies (AP)
"Don't hesitate. Knock 'em down," read a sign in the Phoenix Suns' locker room before their game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Raja Bell took the advice to heart. Bell hit six 3-pointers and scored 29 points and the Suns added to lowly Memphis' road woes by beating the short-handed Grizzlies 105-87 Monday night.
Garbajosa injures ankle in Raptors' loss (AP)
Facing a nine-point deficit in the closing minutes, the Toronto Raptors were headed toward a loss. Then one flukey play might have cost them much more. Paul Pierce scored 23 points and Al Jefferson added 22 points and nine rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat Toronto 95-87 on Monday. The Raptors also lost Spanish rookie Jorge Garbajosa to a left ankle injury that put him in the hospital.
Nelson's 3s lift Magic over Knicks 94-89 (AP)
With one big block, Dwight Howard boosted Orlando's playoff chances and severely damaged New York's. But was it actually a block? Howard's questionable rejection kept the game tied in the final minute, and Jameer Nelson followed with a 3-pointer with 38 second remaining that helped the Magic send the Knicks to their season-high fourth straight loss, 94-89 Monday night.
Rockets cruise past Bucks 106-87 (AP)
For a team that had just clinched a playoff spot with its sixth straight home victory, the Houston Rockets didn't seem very happy. Tracy McGrady scored 22 points and had nine assists in Houston's 106-87 rout on the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night -- then the All-Star left the arena before speaking to reporters.
Hasek gets 75th shutout, Wings top Ducks (AP)
Dominik Hasek got all the help he needed from Pavel Datsyuk -- and the goal posts. Hasek made 25 saves for his seventh shutout of the season and 75th overall, and Datsyuk scored his 25th goal in the Detroit Red Wings' 1-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. "We didn't give them too much," Hasek said.
Bettman: Fighting part of the game (AP)
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says fighting is part of hockey and believes some people have been "running off a little too fast on this topic." "My view on fighting hasn't changed," Bettman told The Canadian Press on Monday. "We've never taken active steps or considered eliminating fighting from the game.
Elias set to return for slumping Devils (AP)
The New Jersey Devils' chances of winning the Atlantic Division improved a little on Monday with the return of left wing Patrik Elias. The Devils' captain skated with the team at the Codey Arena and pronounced himself ready to go for the big game at the Nassau Coliseum against the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
Sabres LW Kotalik ready to return (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres are getting healthier just in time for the playoffs, with forward Ales Kotalik the latest player ready to return. Kotalik, who's missed 16 games with a right knee injury, practiced fully on Monday and is expected to play in Buffalo's home game against New Jersey on Wednesday. "If things keep going the way they've been doing so far, I'm not seeing any problems playing Wednesday,"...
Hockey Night in Canada stays on CBC (AP)
Hockey Night in Canada will remain on the CBC through 2014, with the broadcaster and NHL agreeing to a six-year contract extension on Monday. The CBC will maintain exclusive Canadian coverage of NHL games on Saturday nights. The deal, which includes national English-language broadcast and multimedia rights to NHL games in Canada, begins when the current agreement expires after the 2007-08 season.
Crosby leads Pens into first-place tie (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been playing so well at home lately that they might just earn the right to play here more often in the playoffs. Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist to extend his league scoring lead and help the Penguins win at home for the 16th time in their last 19 games, a 5-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon.
Rangers beat Islanders 2-1 in OT (AP)
Chris Simon had no more impact on the latest Rangers-Islanders matchup than any other spectator at sold-out Nassau Coliseum. Simon was in the building for the first meeting between the bitter area rivals since his two-handed stick attack against Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg, but he could only watch his Islanders teammates lose 2-1 in overtime Sunday.
McLean leads Avalanche by Canucks in SO (AP)
Trailing by two goals with their playoff hopes hanging in the balance, the Colorado Avalanche never thought of giving up. Brett McLean scored his second goal late in the second period and Joe Sakic tied it with his second of the game midway through the third period. McLean then capped the comeback with the only goal of the shootout, snapping a shot under Roberto Luongo's glove for a crucial 5-4 win...
Hamrlik lifts Flames over Blackhawks 3-2 (AP)
Roman Hamrlik delivered the knockout punch for the Calgary Flames on Sunday after Dion Phaneuf apparently softened up Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Hamrlik scored off a faceoff with 6:11 left in the third period to snap a tie and the Flames defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 for their third straight win.
Modin earns 400th point in Jackets' win (AP)
Fredrik Modin and the Columbus Blue Jackets hope their three-game winning streak is a sign of better things to come next season. Modin scored his 20th goal of the season -- and 400th point of his career -- in the Blue Jackets' 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night. "It is always nice to play good hockey and, even though the playoffs are out of the picture, it is good to know in the...
WWD: Food City 500
The Car of Tomorrow's debut at Bristol might have been the most memorable element of Sunday's race.
AT&T seeks immediate permission to put logo on Burton's car (AP)
Drivers divided on Car of Tomorrow (AP)
There's a comfort level behind the wheel of your own car, a familiarity that sometimes makes it easier to break the speed limit, blow through a red light or cut off another driver.
Martin didn't miss Bristol a bit (AP)
Mark Martin gave up a spot in the show to watch it from home, and wouldn't change a thing about his first weekend off in 622 NASCAR races.
Busch wins first COT race by beating Burton, Gordon at Bristol (AP)
The first Car of Tomorrow race is in the books, and NASCAR's stars were divided on their assessment of it.
Kyle Busch wins Bristol battle in Car of Tomorrow (PA SportsTicker)
Jarrett rips Kenseth, drops out of top 35 in points (AP)
Dale Jarrett blasted 2003 champion Matt Kenseth after contact between the two ended Jarrett's day just 45 laps into the race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Edwards stays hot, wins Busch Sharpie Mini 300 (PA SportsTicker)