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Michigan State shocks No. 1 Wisconsin
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070221/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_wisconsin_michigan_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070221/capt.elj10602210250.wisconsin_michigan_st_basketball_elj106.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=yzKd4_G9vZEWoqVMuhfonw--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Michigan State's Idong Ibok, left, Drew Neitzel, and Goran Suton, right rear, celebrate during the second half of a basketball game against Wisconsin, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State upset No. 1 Wisconsin 64-55. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Wisconsin's first taste of a No. 1 ranking turned sour Tuesday. Even so, the Badgers made no excuses after falling 64-55 at Michigan State in their first game in school history as the top-ranked team in The Associated Press poll.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds' message: Go ahead, investigate me
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070221/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_giants_bonds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070220/capt.azer11502202149.giants_bonds_spring_baseball_azer115.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=4_kqvDrajN83fXIIsYIYug--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds tries on a pair of sunglasses while waiting for his turn in the batting cage during their spring training baseball workout in Scottsdale, Ariz., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds had a pointed message for the grand jury: Go ahead, investigate me. After arriving at spring training Tuesday, more fit than in recent years following a productive winter of conditioning, the slugger insisted he's unfazed by all his off-the-field issues and is ready to resume his pursuit of the home run record.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tiger faces big hurdle at Match Play
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070221/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_match_play"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070220/capt.azrf10202200000.match_play_golf_azrf102.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=1fmGO2b6yom9RE8Opbjjww--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Tiger Woods chips onto the first green during the first day of practice rounds at the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championship Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at The Gallery at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiger Woods has compiled some amazing numbers during the longest PGA Tour winning streak in 62 years. He has won those seven tournaments by a combined 22 shots, is 109 under par and has posted 24 of his last 28 rounds in the 60s.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gonzaga's Heytvelt hit with drug charge
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070221/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_gonzaga_arrests"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070220/capt.ny16102202109.gonzaga_arrests_basketball_ny161.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=jIUE6uqN_vlQkZRQHKhxSg--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Gonzaga men's basketball forward Josh Heytvelt talks with the press during media day at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. in this Oct. 30, 2006 file photo. . (AP Photo/Amy Sinisterra)" border="0" /></a>AP - Suspended Gonzaga center Josh Heytvelt was charged Tuesday with felony possession of a controlled substance, stemming from a recent arrest when police said they found hallucinogenic mushrooms in his car.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cubs, Zambrano reach $12.4M, 1-year deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070221/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_cubs_zambrano"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070219/capt.azmg20602191857.cubs_spring_baseball_azmg206.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=ITL6wRYWSj9yfXO3lBpzig--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano throws a pitch during a spring training baseball workout at the team's practice facility Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a $12.4 million, one-year contract Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration by striking the deal just before the scheduled hearing.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bears promote Babich to replace Rivera
AP - The Chicago Bears promoted Bob Babich from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator Tuesday, one day after the team announced it would not retain Ron Rivera.
Nuggets get A.I. back, but Spurs roll
AP - The San Antonio Spurs were happy to finally play at home again. The Spurs returned home for the first time in more than three weeks on Tuesday night in a 95-80 win over Denver.
Ichiro Suzuki intrigued by free agency
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070221/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_mariners_suzuki"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070220/capt.azet11202202042.mariners_spring_baseball_azet112.jpg?x=130&y=81&sig=9l38APxPiJlDmUwfVqj2jA--" align="left" height="81" width="130" alt="Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki, wearing a pink shirt and knit cap, speaks with Japanese media members after practice, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, at baseball spring training in Peoria, Ariz. Tuesday was the first day of full-squad workouts for the team. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ichiro Suzuki didn't look particularly imposing. He never does. Not with his lithe body in prime condition, as usual. And certainly not with his skateboarding teenager outfit — pink T-shirt, blue jeans with camouflage patches, shiny silver sneakers and black-and-white knit skull cap.</p><br clear="all"/>
Man U, Madrid win Champions League games
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070220/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_champions_roundup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070220/capt.mjs10902202138.france_soccer_champions_league__mjs109.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=xDDYr6hwBjnxdEVdEnpxjw--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="Manchester's United's Ryan Giggs, left, celebrates after scoring against Lille during their Champions League, first round, first leg soccer match Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 in Lens, France. (AP Photo/Jon Super)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manchester United's beat Lille 1-0 on Tuesday on a disputed goal in a Champions League game marred by crowd problems. Real Madrid, meanwhile, helped ease the pressure on its coach by beating Bayern Munich 3-2.</p><br clear="all"/>
Resurgent Blues win their 4th straight
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070221/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_blue_jackets_blues"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070221/capt.mojr10902210416.blue_jackets_blues_hockey_mojr109.jpg?x=117&y=130&sig=iwsOfXjlf.RddL.p_UWYPg--" align="left" height="130" width="117" alt="St. Louis Blues goalie Manny Legace, right, and teammate Barret Jackman celebrate after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 in St. Louis. The Blues won the game in a shootout. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andy Murray saw something in his players that caught him by surprise. The St. Louis Blues won their fourth consecutive game, 5-4 in a shootout against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. However, after the game, Murray's players weren't in a celebratory mood.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rating the wide receivers
Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson is the best of a talented receiving bunch. In fact, he's so good he could be this year's No. 1 overall pick.
Colts RB Rhodes arrested on DUI charges (AP)
Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes faces a drunken driving charge after state troopers arrested him Tuesday. Rhodes, 28, was pulled over about 3 a.m. driving a GMC truck 81 mph in a 55-mph zone on Interstate 65 in Indianapolis' far northwest side, Indiana State Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten said.
Chargers sign LB Phillips to 6-year deal (AP)
Outside linebacker Shaun Phillips signed a six-year contract with the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday. The deal keeps Phillips from becoming a restricted free agent. Phillips became a starter after Steve Foley was shot by an off-duty police officer eight days before the season opener. Phillips had a career-high 11 1/2 sacks, contributing to the Chargers' NFL-high of 61.
Bears name Babich defensive coordinator (AP)
The Chicago Bears promoted Bob Babich from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator Tuesday, one day after the team announced it would not retain Ron Rivera. Babich, in his fourth year with the Bears, also coached with Lovie Smith in St. Louis and at the University of Tulsa. He was the Rams' linebackers coach when Smith was defensive coordinator.
WR Koren Robinson gets 90 days in jail (AP)
Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Koren Robinson must serve 90 days in jail for fleeing police last August, a prosecutor said. Robinson was sentenced in Nicollet County Court on Tuesday for leading officers on a high-speed chase this past summer from St. Peter to Mankato during Vikings training camp.
Cowboys name Garrett off. coordinator (AP)
Jason Garrett was finally given the title of offensive coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday nearly a month after being hired. New coach Wade Phillips also elevated Tony Sparano to assistant head coach with a contract extension through 2009. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hired the 40-year-old Garrett to the coaching staff Jan.
Cowboys give C Gurode new six-year deal (AP)
Center Andre Gurode has signed a new six-year contract that will prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. Gurode was a second round draft choice of the Cowboys in 2002. He was named as a Pro Bowl replacement following last season.
Browns' Bentley could face more surgery (AP)
Browns center LeCharles Bentley will likely undergo more surgery on a serious knee injury that cost him last season, is jeopardizing another and could end his NFL career. Cleveland general manager Phil Savage said Tuesday that Bentley is considering a third operation to repair the left patellar tendon he tore on the first full-contact play of training camp last summer.
The Heat's playoff push and a three-man MVP race are two of the stories to follow after the NBA's All-Star break.
Arenas overcomes shooting woes in win (AP)
Agent Zero left the locker room early, leaving an opening for a teammate to seize the spotlight and claim a new nickname: Mr. Fifty. Gilbert Arenas, trying his best to shoot himself out of a slump, launched a few bricks and rattled a few home Tuesday night on his way to 38 points as the Washington Wizards beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-100.
Hawks go 0-for-3rd quarter in loss (AP)
Scott Skiles wasn't too excited after watching his team put on a defensive clinic in the third quarter. Chris Duhon scored 17 points and the Chicago Bulls held the Atlanta Hawks without a field goal in the third quarter in a 106-81 victory Tuesday night. It was the first time the Bulls held a team without a field goal in a quarter.
Parker, Spurs shut down A.I., Nuggets (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs were happy to finally play at home again. The Spurs returned home for the first time in more than three weeks on Tuesday night in a 95-80 win over Denver. Tony Parker scored 17 points, Manu Ginobili added 14 and Tim Duncan had 12 during the Spurs' first home game since they went on a lengthy road trip, where they split their eight games.
Suns' Nash hopes to play Tuesday (AP)
After testing his sore right shoulder in practice on Monday, Phoenix point guard Steve Nash said he hopes to return to the lineup when the Suns visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. "I didn't feel any setbacks, and hopefully if it feels good tomorrow morning and again tomorrow night, I'll give it a shot," Nash said Monday.
Crawford, Curry power Knicks past Magic (AP)
The New York Knicks aren't satisfied with just surpassing last season's win total. The Knicks reached their 24th victory, beating last season's total, with a 100-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. "We've got a lot more wins we're trying to get, so for us to get 24 we wish we would have gotten it in the first half.
Billups, Pistons edge Bucks 84-83 (AP)
The Detroit Pistons simply don't get rattled on the road, even against a desperate team that just got its star player back from injury. Detroit withstood a second-half rally by Michael Redd and the Milwaukee Bucks, holding on for an 84-83 victory Tuesday night after a missed layup by Mo Williams just before the final horn.
Felton, Bobcats defeat Hornets 104-100 (AP)
Raymond Felton and Chris Paul insist there is no added incentive to perform when they face each other. Their teammates disagree. Felton had 21 points and 11 assists and outplayed Paul in a matchup of second-year point guards to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 104-100 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.
NBA back to work after show in Las Vegas (AP)
Time for Allen Iverson, Pat Riley, Steve Nash and the rest of the NBA to get back to work. Jason Kidd, too, though even he wasn't sure how much longer he'll be doing it in New Jersey. The show is over in Las Vegas, where the NBA capped its weekend of All-Star festivities with the West's victory over the East on Sunday night.
Riley set to return to Heat sidelines (AP)
Eager to begin his latest coaching comeback, Pat Riley arrived for work Monday at 8 a.m. and was surprised to find the Miami Heat offices deserted. "I didn't realize it was President's Day," he said. Ah, the old tunnel vision is still there, and Riley hopes to use it to lead a second-half surge by the NBA's defending champions.
Sabres move back atop NHL standings (AP)
For the first time in more than two weeks, the Buffalo Sabres didn't need dramatics to win. Having played six consecutive one-goal games, including three shootouts, the Sabres got a goal and two assists from Daniel Briere and connected three times on power plays to put away the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Sens' Murray gets 600th career victory (AP)
Bryan Murray almost had to wait for another night to join an exclusive coaching fraternity. Former Oilers Dean McAmmond and Mike Comrie scored in the shootout, and Mike Fisher had a goal and assist in regulation, to lead the Senators to a 4-3 win Tuesday night over Edmonton for Murray's 600th career win.
Wild avoid season-series sweep by Stars (AP)
When the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars get together, 65 minutes is rarely enough. The teams went to shootout for the third time in four games this season, with Minnesota earning the 2-1 victory on Tuesday night to avoid a sweep by the Stars and climb within two points of sixth-place Dallas in the Western Conference.
Thomas, Bruins defeat Maple Leafs 3-0 (AP)
The Boston Bruins are doing their part to keep the team together through the trading deadline. Tim Thomas made 43 saves for his third shutout of the season, Jason York scored his first NHL goal in three years, and the Bruins gained ground with a 3-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
Parise, Brodeur lift Devs past Rangers (AP)
Playing the New York Rangers is usually enough motivation for New Jersey Devils. Seeing Sean Avery manhandle goalie Martin Brodeur gave the Devils added incentive. Zach Parise scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, Brodeur made 35 saves, and the Devils beat the Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night. Avery was in Brodeur's face all night and things came to a head late in the second period.
Budaj helps Avalanche defeat Flames 4-3 (AP)
Paul Stastny had two goals and an assist, and Peter Budaj stopped 33 shots -- including 16 in the third period -- as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Tuesday night. Marek Svatos scored the winning goal 1:24 into the third period. Milan Hejduk added a goal and an assist, and Joe Sakic had two assists.
Blues reach .500 with shootout win (AP)
Andy Murray saw something in his players that caught him by surprise. The St. Louis Blues won their fourth consecutive game, 5-4 in a shootout against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. However, after the game, Murray's players weren't in a celebratory mood. "They looked a little downtrodden," he said.
Special teams get Canadiens by Capitals (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens hope they haven't lost Christopher Higgins to injury again just as he was beginning to regain his scoring touch. Higgins and Michael Ryder each scored two goals and rookie goalie Jaroslav Halak won his second straight start as Montreal beat the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Thrashers beat Hurricanes to end slide (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers' third-period scoring flurry helped them accomplish a rare feat against the Carolina Hurricanes. Ilya Kovalchuk, Marian Hossa and Eric Boulton scored in the third to rally the Thrashers to a 3-1 victory Tuesday night, handing the Hurricanes their first loss when leading after two periods.
St. Louis, Lightning beat Panthers in SO (AP)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP -- The Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a slow start with another late-game comeback. Martin St. Louis scored the tying goal midway through the third and then tallied in the shootout, helping the Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night. Tampa Bay is 11-3 in games that have been decided after regulation and 7-15-0 when trailing after two periods "We found a way to get a...
WWD: Daytona 500
A spectacular last-corner battle between Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin made this race one to remember.
Johnson "torn" over Daytona 500 finish (AP)
After watching the replay of the final lap of the Daytona 500, NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson said Tuesday he's ``torn'' over the way the race ended.
NASCAR writes its own 'Ricky Bobby' ending (AP)
The first 150 laps of the Daytona 500 was like watching drivers circle the lot at the grocery store politely waiting for parking spots to open up. Then the sun went down, a full moon popped up and everybody started behaving like the Wolfman -- suddenly in a hurry and only too eager to mix it up. The last 50 laps featured five wrecks, all involving multiple cars, and small wonder.
Eventful Speedweeks shows NASCAR needs new rule book (AP)
It was a split-second decision that NASCAR could get neither right nor wrong.
Reborn Harvick proves his metal (AP)
During the weeks leading up to the Daytona 500, Richard Childress kept telling his race team he had a feeling they were going to win NASCAR's biggest event.
Martin nearly gets elusive Daytona 500 win (AP)
Mark Martin went part time and nearly won big time.
Crash-filled race takes out top contenders (AP)
The old saying is as true for Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. today as it was when NASCAR raced on the beach: To finish first, you must first finish.
Daytona 500 Notebook for Sunday, February 18 (PA SportsTicker)
Juan Pablo Montoya arrived in Daytona with nearly unprecedented fanfare for a NASCAR Nextel Cup rookie.
Harvick's win evokes bittersweet memories for Childress (PA SportsTicker)
Perhaps Kevin Harvick's victory in Sunday's Daytona 500 will finally give team owner Richard Childress a sense of closure.