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  DUBAI, United Arab
Emirates (AP) -- Rory
McIlroy shot a 7-under
                                    McIlroy's 65 takes lead at Dubai, Woods 6 back                                                                 benefiting from the work
                                                                                                                                                   he has done on his swing
                                                                                                                                                   in the offseason and this
65 Thursday to take the                      The seventh-ranked McIlroy, who was shots and got away with a couple of drives                        week.
lead after the first round of the Dubai runner-up in last month's Abu Dhabi that I was quite fortunate to make birdies               "With the big three being paired together,
Desert Classic, four shots better than Lee Championship, took the early lead and held from. I had a putt for a 64 on the last that I tried to go in a little under the radar,"
Westwood and Martin Kaymer and six                                                                                                 McIlroy said. "It was nice to get a good
ahead of Tiger Woods.                                                                                                              round in there early."
  McIlroy, whose only European Tour win                                                                                              Much like McIlroy, Garcia has been
came in Dubai two years ago, had eight                                                                                             overhauling his game and trying to return to
birdies to go with one bogey at the Emirates                                                                                       the form that had him ranked as high as No.
Golf Club.                                                                                                                         2. The Spaniard has been in the news more
  Woods shot a 71 and struggled early                                                                                                                     for missing cuts than winning tournaments
in the day, twice going to 2 over. But he                                                                                                                 - though his game has improved with a
eagled the 18th hole after hitting a 3-wood                                                                                                               top-10 finish in Qatar last weekend. He is
about 250 yards to the green.                                                                                                                             ranked 79th.
  "It was one of those days where I fought                                                                                                                  "You know, it's slowly getting there,"
hard," Woods said. "Unfortunately, I got                                                                                                                  Garcia said. "Still needs to improve, and
to 2-over par on two different occasions. I                                                                                                               there will be some not nice rounds coming.
was 2 over early, I got it back, birdieing 10,                                                                                                            This is just the beginning."
11, threw it right away again with a double                                                                                                                 Defending champion Miguel Angel
on 12 and got it back to under for the day.                                                                                                               Jimenez (72) was in the mix until the
All in all, I think a positive result."                                                                                                                   final four holes, when he had two double-
  Much of the buzz coming into the opening                                                                                                                bogeys.
round centered on the grouping that                                                                                                                         There is more at stake this weekend than
included the world's top three golfers. But                                                                                                               just the tournament title.
                                                    Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland plays a shot on 10th hole during the first round of Dubai Desert
only the top-ranked Westwood threatened             Classic golf tournament at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday Feb.
by reaching 4-under before dropping a               10, 2011. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
                                                                                                                                                       Westwood could lose the top ranking if
shot on the final hole to fall into a tie with                                                                                                       Kaymer wins and he finishes lower than
Kaymer at 3 under.                           it. He is two shots ahead of Sergio Garcia                didn't quite go in. but I'll take 65 in these second, and if Kaymer finishes second and
                                             (67) and Thomas Aiken (67). Five others                   conditions any day."                          Westwood is out of the top 10. If Kaymer is
  "I played well. I played solidly. I didn't trail by another shot, including Danny
make too many mistakes," Westwood said. Willett, Steve Webster and Jean-Baptiste                         The Northern Irishman came into the tied for second, he could still become No. 1
"It was disappointing to shoot 1 over for Gonnet.                                                      tournament saying he felt he should be if Westwood finishes out of the top 36.
the last two holes. One under would have                                                               winning more tournaments. Along with his        Woods could move ahead of Kaymer if
been nice."                                     "Today was good," the 21-year-old                      win in Dubai, he won the Quail Hollow he wins and Kaymer finishes outside the
                                             McIlroy said. "I really had a lot of iron                 Championship in 2009. He said he was top five.


Smith's career night leads Duke past UNC 79-73 NCAA's new TV deal to
  DURHAM, N.C. (AP)
-- Nolan Smith scored 22
                                  streak snapped and lost for to 33.
                                  the third straight time in      The Blue Devils were in
                                                                                                         Smith finished 13 of 23
                                                                                                       and surpassed his previous
                                                                                                                                         allow for staggered starts
of his career-high 34 points      college basketball's fiercest the unfamiliar position of             career high of 33 points            NEW YORK (AP) -- The             information. AP's   earlier
in the second half, and No.       rivalry.                      being dominated on their               set a month ago against           NCAA tournament's new              story is below.
5 Duke rallied from 16              Kyle Singler finished home court when their                        UAB. Curry hit two free           television deal will allow       NEW YORK (AP) - A
points down to beat No. 20        with 10 points on 3-of- guards got things rolling in                 throws in the final seconds       for more staggered starts of   report says college basketball
North Carolina 79-73 on           17 shooting for Duke, but the final seconds of the first             to surpass his 20-point           games, so all those buzzer-
                                                                                                       performance Jan. 27 against                                      fans will see a whole lot more
                                                                                                                                         beaters aren't happening at    of the NCAA tournament on
                                                                                                       Boston College. They              the same time.
                                                                                                       helped the Blue Devils                                           TV this March, including
                                                                                                       deliver a comeback for the          The contract signed in during prime time on the first
                                                                                                       ages: Duke hadn't erased a        April with CBS and Turner Sunday night.
                                                                                                       halftime deficit that big to      Sports meant all games           USA Today says CBS and
                                                                                                       win since 1959, when Navy         would be televised live Turner Sports, in the first
                                                                                                       led the Blue Devils by 14 at      nationally for the first time. year of a joint 14-year, $10.8
                                                                                                       the break.                        Because Turner's three cable billion deal to broadcast the
                                                                                                         Nobody       on     North       channels don't have the same tournament, will announce
                                                                                                       Carolina's     reconstituted      commitments to the nightly Thursday that fans will get
                                                                                                       roster had ever played in         news and other regular to see all games in their
                                                                                                       a victory at Cameron - a          programming as CBS, the entirety thanks to staggered
                                                                                                       180-degree reversal from          tournament games will be tip-off times and expanded
                                                                                                       Feb. 11, 2009, when Tyler         more spread out starting this coverage in the early rounds.
                                                                                                       Hansbrough and Danny              season.
                                                                                                       Green won for the fourth                                           Games will be seen on
                                                                                                       time in four trips to Duke          That includes prime- CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV,
                                                                                                       while handing the Blue            time games on TBS, TNT allowing organizers to spread
                                                                                                       Devils their most recent loss     and truTV during the first out start times in contrast
                                                                                                       at home.                          Sunday.                        to the regional coverage
                                                                                                         The      only    current          The networks announced offered in years past. CBS
                                                                                                       scholarship Tar Heel who          the full schedule Thursday. executive vic e president
                                                                                                       was on the team that year         They signed a 14-year, $10.8 Mike Aresco told the paper
                                                                                                       - Zeller - didn't play in         billion deal as the NCAA the plan is to "create nonstop
Duke's Kyle Singler (12) drives around North Carolina's Reggie Bullock during the first half of an     that game because he was          decided to expand from 65 basketball from noon (EST)
NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. (AP Photo)                      injured.                          only to 68 teams, not 96.      to midnight."
                                                                                                But for essentially the        THIS IS A BREAKING              The      tournament       is
Wednesday night.                  hit three important free half, with Curry's jumper at      entire first 20 minutes of this
                                                                                                                             NEWS UPDATE. Check expanding from 65 to 68
  Seth Curry added a              throws in the final minute the 5-second mark starting one, it was North Carolina back soon for further teams this year.
season-high 22 points for         - including two with 25.2 the 18-6 run that made it a that was in complete
                                                                                             command.
                                                                                                                                         SAfrican cyclist banned
the Blue Devils (22-2, 9-1        seconds left to make it 75- game again.
Atlantic Coast Conference).       70 after North Carolina had    Smith's jumper from the        The Tar Heels never

                                                                                                                                         3 years for clenbuterol
  They trailed 43-27 in           made it a one-possession elbow pulled Duke to 49- trailed during the first half,
the final minute of the first     game.                        45 with 14 1/2 minutes reeled off the first eight
half and were down 14 at            Then,     after   Kendall left, about 4 minutes before points and methodically             JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African officials say
halftime before clamping          Marshall hit a free throw Curry started the 13-1 run       stretched their lead to 16 on they have banned cyclist Michael Dean Pepper for three
down on the Tar Heels,            to pull the Tar Heels within that put the Blue Devils up Zeller's stickback with 1:10 years after he tested positive for clenbuterol.
outscoring them 50-30 in          four with 17.2 seconds for the first time.                 before the break. They did
                                                                                             it largely by outworking the      Khalid Galant, the chief executive of the Institute of Drug-
the final 20 minutes to keep      left, Smith beat everybody     Curry reeled off seven Blue Devils - beating them Free Sport, says Pepper tested positive for the performance-
hold of first place in the        downcourt and soared for quick points in little over a                                     enhancing drug and another substance that artificially boosts
league.                           a breakaway dunk that all minute before Ryan Kelly downcourt with regularity, testosterone.
  Tyler Zeller had 24             but ensured the Blue Devils delivered the game's only with the big men dominating            Galant says South African officials tested Pepper after he
points and a career-high 13       would avoid their first loss lead change. His 3-pointer the paint. By halftime, finished 16th in October in a race in Durban.
rebounds, and John Henson         at Cameron Indoor Stadium put Duke up 57-55 with 9:15 Zeller had 13 points and
added 14 points for North         in almost exactly two years. left, and Smith's three-point nine rebounds while Henson        Clenbuterol is the same substance found in a doping test
                                                                                             added 10 points.                of three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador.
Carolina (17-6, 7-2), which       Duke extended its NCAA- play roughly a minute later                                        He faces a possible one-year ban.
had its five-game winning         best winning streak at home stretched it to 60-55.


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    Eagles place franchise                                         Suit filed in Dallas over Super Bowl seat problems
     tag on Michael Vick                                             DALLAS (AP) -- Ticket-
                                                                   holding football fans who
                                                                                                   attorney Michael J. Avenatti game from standing-room
                                                                                                   said he expects the suit to areas that he left at halftime.
                                                                                                                                                                        those areas.
  PHILADELPHIA (AP)              the average of the top five                                                                                                              "You were effectively in
-- The Philadelphia Eagles       salaries at his position.         ended up with no seats or       cover about 1,000 people.       Mike Dolabi, the Cowboys             a bat cave," Avenatti said.
have placed the franchise          Vick was voted The              what they considered bad          "No one is attempting to season ticket holder in the               "You don't take your 400
tag on Pro Bowl quarterback      Associated Press Comeback         views of the Super Bowl         get rich from this," he said. lawsuit, is among a group              best customers and treat
Michael Vick.                    Player of the Year after          have filed a class-action       "People are merely interested called "Founders" who                  them like that."
  Vick led the Eagles to a       missing two seasons while         lawsuit against the NFL, the    in being compensated for paid $100,000 per seat just
10-6 record and the NFC          serving a jail sentence and                                                                                                              The lawsuit alleges the
                                                                   Dallas Cowboys and team
East title after replacing an    playing sparingly in 2009.        owner Jerry Jones.
injured Kevin Kolb in Week         The Eagles also placed the
1. Despite missing three                                             The federal lawsuit filed
                                 transition tag on Pro Bowl
games with an injury, Vick       kicker David Akers.               Tuesday in Dallas - just two
had his best season.                                               days after the big game -
                                   "Michael Vick and David
  He set career highs in         Akers were two of our most        alleges breach of contract,
yards passing (3,018),           valuable players last year,"      fraud and deceptive sales
touchdowns passing (21),         coach Andy Reid said.             practices on behalf of people
touchdowns rushing (9),          "They were well deserving         who ended up watching the
completion         percentage    of their Pro Bowl berths
(62.6) and passer rating                                           game on TV at Cowboys
                                 and we're happy to take this      Stadium in Arlington, or
(100.2).                         step to ensure that they'll be
  By applying the franchise      back in Philadelphia next         had seats the lawsuit labeled
tag, a team must pay a player    season."                          "illegitimate."
                                                                     The NFL had announced
China turns to Dutchman                                            just hours before the Green

to boost track and field                                           Bay Packers played the
                                                                   Pittsburgh Steelers on
  BRUSSELS (AP) -- After not track and field.                      Sunday that about 1,250         In this photo taken Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, a section of temporary seats, that were deemed unsafe,
helping Haile Gebrselassie          At the 2008 Beijing            temporary     seats     were    remain empty before the start of NFL Super Bowl XLV football game between the Green Bay Packers
and Kenenisa Bekele be- Games, China led the gold-                                                 and the Pittsburgh Steelers at at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. A lawsuit has been filed ac-
                                                                   deemed unsafe, and the          cusing the NFL, the Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones of deceiving hundreds of fans who bought
come Olympic champions, medal standings. In track                  league scrambled to find        Super Bowl tickets and had no seats, or who felt the seats were inadequate. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
                                               and        field,   new seats for about 850
                                               however,       it                                  what happened (at the for the right to buy tickets.
                                                                   people. The remaining 400                                                                            Cowboys have offered no
                                               won just two                                       stadium) and the cost that Those so-called personal
                                                                   were forced to watch from                                                                            compensation to their ticket
                                               bronze med-                                        goes with that."               seat licenses resulted in
                                               als,    trailing    standing-room       locations                                                                        holders for "their obstructed
                                               countries like      around the stadium.              Avenatti said he's a more than $100 million in                      and illegitimate seats."
                                                                                                                                 revenue for Jones, according
                                               Belgium and            One plaintiff is a Steelers Cowboys season ticket to the lawsuit, which seeks                        The NFL has said the
                                               Panama. Her-        fan from Pennsylvania who holder           who       attended                                        roughly 400 fans without
                                               mens' athletes      was among the 400 with a       Sunday's game. He said $5 million in damages.                         seats have two options. The
                                               alone       won     ticket but no seat. The other he wasn't one of the fans         Some of those fans were              first is a ticket to next year's
                                               nine medals.        is a Cowboys season ticket affected by the seating in temporary seats under                          Super Bowl and a cash
                                                 China is bent     holder who claims many of issues but heard plenty of overhangs and couldn't                          payment of $2,400, three
                                               on becoming
                                                                   Jones' biggest-spending fans complaints.                      see the giant video board              times the face value of the
                                               No. 1 in what-
Liu Xiang from China reacts prior the 60 meter ever sport it       were stuck in metal folding      "People at the game were above the field, "which                    ticket. The second is a ticket
hurdles at the 6th EAA Athletics PSD Bank In-
                                               pursues. Her-       chairs without a view of the disgusted, but it doesn't take defendant Jones and the                  to any future Super Bowl,
door Meeting in Duesseldorf, Germany, Friday,
                                               mens, a Dutch-      stadium's giant video board. long to be disgusted with a Cowboys routinely claim is                  along with round-trip airfare
Feb. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)                                                                                        one of the most unique and
                                               man, now has           Spokesmen       for     the situation like this," he said. best features of Cowboys               and hotel accommodations.
track manager Jos Hermens his work cut out for him,                Cowboys and the NFL had          Avenatti      said     Steve Stadium," the lawsuit said.              The Packers beat the
has been hired to do likewise with the London Olympics a           no comment Wednesday.          Simms, the Steelers fan They could see the field, and                 Steelers 31-25 in the Super
with China, an Olympic jug- little more than a year away.
gernaut in many sports - but                                          Los        Angeles-based named in the lawsuit, was so extra TVs were installed in                 Bowl.
                                                                                                  put off by trying to watch the



  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- All
                                        Rose scores 29 to lift Bulls over Jazz
                                for Chicago. He also had seven Jazz players came back to haunt some good things happen to us but to have back," Sloan said.
the attention was focused on Carlos
                                assists and three rebounds, and a Utah.                                we also had some things we'd like
Boozer as handmade signs shoutedsteal with 1:05 remaining that gave   Boozer was a two-time Western
"Whozer?" and boos rained down  Chicago control of the game.        Conference All-Star in Utah, but
on the former Utah Jazz All-Star  "He's been playing like that the there were always questions about
forward.                        whole season," Boozer said of team chemistry with him in Salt
  When it counted most, two Rose. "It's why we keep chanting Lake. He made it be known he
other former Jazz players came his name for MVP because he's wanted out, and eventually signed
up big for the Chicago Bulls in been phenomenal all year."          as a free agent with Chicago after
Wednesday night's 91-86 victory   Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 28 last season.
over Utah.                      points, while Paul Millsap added      His first game back in Utah
  "It felt good to hit a big shot," 20 points and 14 rebounds.                 elicited the most media attention
said Kyle Korver, who hit a            "We were there," Jazz coach             surrounding the Jazz since the
3-pointer with 2:17 remaining to Jerry Sloan said. "We just couldn't           NBA playoffs.
give the Bulls an 87-83 lead.        close the door."                            He     was      booed   during
  Bulls teammate Ronnie Brewer,        Sloan kept reporters waiting            introductions and every time he
who was drafted by Utah in 2006, more than half an hour after the              touched the ball.
stole the ball from Jazz point guard game as he met with his assistants          He also got a rude welcome from
Deron Willliams with 7.9 seconds and general manager Kevin                     Millsap, who blocked his first shot,
left and sank a pair of free throws O'Connor. And the Jazz announced           knocked the ball out of his hands
to seal the victory.                 that Thursday's practice had been         twice in the first four minutes and
  Boozer also had a steal late, but abruptly canceled.                         got Boozer to dribble it off his own
overall had a rough time in his          After a 15-5 start, the Jazz are      foot.
return to Utah. He had a number of now 31-23 and have dropped three              Boozer had just six points at
his shots blocked and finished with straight at home.                          halftime on 3-of-9 shooting.
14 points and six rebounds.                                                    Millsap, meanwhile, was within
                                         Asked if it was time for a shake-
  "It was a little bit of everything," up, Sloan hedged.                       one rebound of a double-double
Boozer said of the nasty reception                                             by halftime with a team-high 13
he received.                             "I don't think there's any great      points.
                                       need for panic," he said, before
  "I'm just happy we won. We adding that his general manager                     The Jazz won the rebounding
had two losses in a row. It was a is always evaluating players and             battle 48-41 and outshot the Bulls,
grind-out game that we didn't have moves the team can make. "We're             but Utah also was only 11 of 21
a good rhythm for but we just kept not looking to trade anybody.               from the free throw line while the
fighting, playing hard. Sometimes We're looking to make our team               Bulls made 20 of 26.
                                                                                                                        Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer, right, has his shot blocked by Utah Jazz's Paul
when you keep grinding, things go hopefully better on the floor."                "When you're down, making              Millsap during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City,
your way a little bit."                                                        a comeback, you have to have             Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. It was Boozer's first game back in Utah since he
                                         It didn't help that three former                                               signed with the Bulls last year. (AP Photo/George Frey)
  Derrick Rose scored 29 points                                                almost a perfect finish and we had


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   CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cavaliers'
                                                   Cavaliers lose 26th in a row
                                                  don't wish anyone to have a bad losing streak,          When the final horn sounded, Cleveland's         "Everybody's got to go home and take a
record-setting losing streak is intact.           but I want them to get to Washington, 0-and- fans didn't bother booing as the Cavs good, hard look in the mirror.
   Byron Scott finally snapped.                   whatever they could be, and see whose dropped their heads and walked dejectedly                          "Don't point fingers. Look at yourself
                                                  streak ends. That would be something that to the locker room.                                         first."
   Cleveland's first-year coach unloaded on       would be interesting to watch."
his team during and after a listless 103-94                                                               "Well, one of these days," one fan climbing      There had been so many encouraging
loss on Wednesday night, extending the                                                                                                                  signs lately for the Cavs. They fell 99-96
Cavs' NBA record skid to 26 and tying them                                                                                                              on Monday in Dallas, when they failed to
with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers - the                                                                                                               execute in the closing seconds and set a new
longtime national punchline for failure - for                                                                                                           league mark for consecutive losses over one
the longest stretch of incompetence in major                                                                                                            and two seasons. Scott was heartened by his
American pro sports.                                                                                                                                    young team's effort against the Mavericks,
   "I'm mad as hell," said Scott, who kept                                                                                                              and with eight straight home games ahead,
the postgame locker room closed for more                                                                                                                the time seemed right for Cleveland to get
than 30 minutes. "I can deal with losing,                                                                                                               back in the win column.
especially when our guys play as hard as                                                                                                                   Not yet.
they have in the last couple weeks, but I find                                                                                                             The Pistons built an 11-point lead after
it very hard to deal with when guys don't                                                                                                               three and never let Cleveland get going in
come out ready to play."                                                                                                                                the fourth.
   The Pistons were supposedly a beatable                                                                                                                  Will Bynum scored 17 and Charlie
opponent for the cellar-dwelling Cavs (8-                                                                                                               Villanueva 13 for Detroit, which played
45), still winless since Dec. 18 and now                                                                                                                without guard Rip Hamilton. He sat out with
losers of a hard-to-imagine 36 of 37.                                                                                                                   a strained right groin.
   Instead, Cleveland's season slipped further                                                                                                             Antawn Jamison scored 20 of his 22
into shame.                                                                                                                                             points in the second half for Cleveland. J.J.
   "Everybody's mad as hell," guard Daniel                                                                                                              Hickson scored 18 with 15 rebounds, but the
Gibson said when told of his coach's surly                                                                                                              Cavs got just 17 points from their bench.
mood. "To lose like that and for it to get to                                                                                                              Scott maintains he has no regrets about
this point and still sometimes not see a sense                                                                                                          taking the Cleveland job, which he accepted
of urgency, I can see why it would push you                                                                                                             not knowing if James would re-sign. After
to that point. What are you going to do? It's                                                                                                           hearing him asked about the decision so
either do it or don't.                                                                                                                                  many times lately, Scott's wife, Anita,
   "The guys have to figure that out."                                                                                                                  asked her husband if he laments coming to
   The Cavs' next chance to end the slide will                                                                                                          Cleveland.
be Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers.                                                                                                                "No," he told her.
After that comes a home game against                                                                                                                       He's being tested by a streak that won't
the road-winless Washington Wizards on                                                                                                                  end.
Sunday.
                                                                                                                                                           "The thing I focus on is guys getting
   "Something has to give when they play                                                                                                                better," he said. "I thought the last week
the Wizards," said two-time reigning NBA                                                                                                                guys got better each game and tonight I
MVP LeBron James, whose departure                                                                                                                       thought we took a gigantic step backwards.
from Cleveland for Miami has led to the                                                                                                                 We had no sense of urgency whatsoever and
Cavs' stunning collapse in their first season     Cleveland Cavaliers' J.J. Hickson (21) walks off the court after losing 103-94 to the Detroit Pistons that kind of amazes me. When we've lost as
without him, on Tuesday night after the Heat      in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, in Cleveland. Cleveland's losing streak reached
                                                  26, matching the 1976-77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers' record for consecutive incompetence on Wednes-         many in a row as we lost and when you've
beat Indiana at home. "I think that should be                                                                                                           been as close as we've been in the last four
                                                  day night with a 103-94 loss to the Detroit Pistons, who were supposedly a beatable opponent for the
a nationally televised game, honestly."           bottom-dwelling Cavs. (AP Photo)                                                                      or five games and to be at home and come
   Rodney Stuckey scored 22 to pace the                                                                                                                 out the way we came out - that amazes me."
Pistons, who didn't want to be remembered           The Cavs and their fans had hoped this the stairs mumbled as he left.                                  Notes: There's help on the way for
as the team that let the Cavs get off the mat.    was the night this streak that has stretched            Scott, who has remained publicly stoic the Cavs. G Mo Williams (hip) and F
Detroit's players said they were motivated        through the holidays, the NFL playoffs and during the streak, didn't mince words Leon Powe (knee) will practice again on
by ESPN analyst Tim Legler, who predicted         almost two months, stopped.                           afterward. He confronted his players about Thursday and could be playing in games
Cleveland would end its streak against the          Cleveland had played well in its previous their poor showing.                                       before next week's All-Star break. Scott will
Pistons.                                          four games, losing by a combined 21 points              "We got all professional basketball wait until Williams returns to action before
   "You don't want to be the team that loses      and actually came into the matchup favored players in there and at some point in time deciding whether he'll start or come off the
to them," Tracy McGrady said. "Tim Legler,        to beat Detroit, which was playing its second you have to have some pride in what you're bench. ... Pistons coach John Kuester spent
we heard you. You gave us some bulletin           straight after hosting the league-leading San doing. Tonight, we didn't come out with that three playoff seasons as an assistant on
board material. We used that."                    Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.                             pride. We came out just going thought the Cleveland's staff (2007-09) and is sorry to
   Like James, McGrady is looking forward           But the Cavs fell into a 12-point hole at motions like we were going to win the game see the Cavs fall on hard times. "You never
to seeing the Cavs-Wizards tilt.                  half, and although they pulled within three no matter what they did. They played last want to see any former organization you
   "As crazy as it sounds, I want to see them     in the third, they fell apart early in the night and I thought it looked like we played worked for go through what they have," he
                                                  fourth. Only some late buckets in garbage last night.                                                 said. "Their guys have played hard. That's
and Washington play," McGrady said. "I                                                                                                                  the important thing."
                                                  time made the score respectable.


                                   Jets place franchise tag on LB David Harris
  NEW YORK (AP) -- The           worth about $9.6 million,                                                                             second-round pick out of        tag will stand because of
Jets placed the franchise tag    meaning he could be in for                                                                            Michigan in 2007, Harris        the labor situation. Jeff
on playmaking linebacker         a payday of $10 million or                                                                            has 422 tackles, 15 sacks,      Pash, the NFL's lead labor
David Harris on Tuesday,         slightly higher.                                                                                      five forced fumbles and two     negotiator, recently said he
the first time the team has        The Jets last used the                                                                              interceptions.                  expected the franchise tag to
used the designation since       franchise tag five years                                                                                He will be the last of        continue to operate as it has
2006.                            ago on Pro Bowl defensive                                                                             the team's "Core Four"          previously. But NFL Players
  Harris, who made a base        end John Abraham, who                                                                                 players - including Darrelle    Association        executive
salary of $550,000 in the        was traded a month later                                                                              Revis, Nick Mangold and         director DeMaurice Smith
final year of his rookie deal,   to Atlanta for a first-round                                                                          D'Brickashaw Ferguson -         said the 2011 season doesn't
was voted the team MVP by        draft pick. Harris was the                                                                            to get a new contract. The      fall under the current
his teammates after having       latest NFL player to have                                                                             other three players received    collective        bargaining
99 tackles and three sacks in    the franchise tag placed on                                                                           new deals before the season,    agreement that expires
his fourth season.               him this offseason, joining                                                                           and Harris acknowledged         March 3.
  General manager Mike           New England offensive                                                                                 in August he wouldn't get         The Jets were busy last
Tannenbaum recently said         lineman Logan Mankins and                                                                             his until after this season     offseason by making a series
re-signing Harris was a          Philadelphia    quarterback                                                                           because of constraints due      of high-profile signings, cuts
priority, and the Jets could     Michael Vick.                                                                                         to the collective bargaining    and trades on their way to a
still lock him up to a long-   A person with knowledge                                                                                 agreement.                      second straight trip to the
term deal once the NFL's     of the situation indicated                                                                                  "It's out of my hands and a   AFC championship game.
uncertain labor situation is to The Associated Press                                                                                   lot of other people's hands,"   New York will again have
cleared up despite placing   last week that the Jets                                                                                   Harris said before the          several players to address
the franchise tag on him.    were leaning toward using                                                                                 season. "That's the rules and   this offseason in addition
                                                                                                                                                                       to Harris, including wide
  By using the tag, the Jets the designation on Harris,           FILE - This Jan. 16, 2011, file photo shows New York Jets line-
                                                                                                                                       you've got to live by them."
                                                                                                                                                                       receivers Santonio Holmes,
must pay Harris the average who is a valuable signal-             backer David Harris signaling the bench after a play during the        Teams were able to start      Braylon Edwards and Brad
of the top five salaries caller in the middle of                  second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the   using the franchise label       Smith, and cornerback
among linebackers. Last Rex Ryan's aggressive                     New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass. The Jets have placed      on Feb. 10, but it is still     Antonio Cromartie.
year, Harris' position was defense. Since being a                 the franchise tag on Harris, the first time the team has used the    uncertain whether the
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AP NewsBreak: Ages of Chinese skaters in question Frye's career-high 31 leads
  CHICAGO (AP) -- China is facing          The ISU is aware of the discrepancies
new questions about the ages of some and has asked the Chinese federation for
                                                                                      on the federation's list, making him 21.    Suns past Jazz 102-101
                                                                                        Yu Xiaoyu and Yang Jin, the other           PHOENIX       (AP)     --    made just 2 of 11 shots, sank
of its athletes after discrepancies were more information, ISU spokeswoman            Chinese pair entered for the junior
found in the birthdates of eight figure Selina Vanier said Monday.                                                                Channing Frye scored a         a 3-pointer to cut the lead
                                                                                      world championships, might not be           career-high 31 points and      to 99-98, then Frye missed
skaters.                                   "At the moment, we have no                 eligible, either. Yu was born on Jan.       grabbed 11 rebounds and        one of two free throws with
  According to a list of birthdates comment because we're trying to find              2, 1998, according to the federation        the Phoenix Suns kept Utah     9.9 seconds to play to make
published on the Chinese Skating out where those lists are, who created               website, making her only 12 on the                                         it 100-98. After a timeout,
                                                                                                                                  winless in the post-Jerry
Association's website and found by The them, etc.," Vanier said. "Once we             July 1 cutoff for this season. Yet she
                                                                                                                                  Sloan era with a 102-101       Paul Millsap found himself
Associated Press, the skaters violated have that information, then we'll have         and Yang competed on the junior
the sport's age limits by competing more information."                                Grand Prix circuit, winning in Ostrava
when they were either too young or too     The Chinese Skating Association            and taking home bronzes from Graz
old. The birthdates on the federation's and the General Administration of             and the junior Grand Prix final.
websites differ from those listed on the Sport of China did not immediately             The other discrepancies were:
athletes' International Skating Union respond to requests for comment
bios.                                                                                  - Male pairs skater, Gao Yu, competed
                                         from The Associated Press, but Yang         in the junior Grand Prix events this
  Among the skaters whose eligibility      Dong, director of the figure skating season though he has a July 10, 1988,
is in question are Zhang Dan and           department of China's Winter Sports birthdate.
Zhang Hao, the 2006 Olympic pairs          Administrative Center, told the official
silver medalists, and Sui Wenjing and      Xinhua News Agency that he was              - Female singles skaters Geng
Han Cong, the reigning junior world        aware of the allegations.                 Bingwa, who is scheduled to compete
champions and China's top up-and-                                                    at Four Continents later this week, was
                                             "We'll spare no efforts on probing it," born on March 3, 1995, but competed at
coming pairs team.                         Xinhua quoted Yang as saying.             the 2008 junior world championships,
  The discovery comes less than a year       The list posted on the Chinese finishing 21st.
after the IOC stripped China of its 2000   association's website had disappeared
Olympic bronze medal in women's                                                        - Females single skater Xu Binshu
                                           by Tuesday.                               was born on July 29, 1990, and
team gymnastics for using an underage
girl. That violation was uncovered            IOC president Jacques Rogge said he competed at the 2003 junior worlds,
during an investigation into age fraud     was not aware of the discrepancies, but where she was seventh.
by China's team that won the gold          planned to ask his staff about them.        Figure skating imposed age limits
medal at the Beijing Games. The 2008          "Definitely, if there is a discrepancy in 1996 to protect young athletes
team later was cleared after Chinese       it must be solved," Rogge said Monday from serious injuries. Pair teams,
officials provided original passports,     in Prague. "We had the situation with in particular, do high-risk elements
ID cards and family registers showing      gymnastics where sanctions were including throw jumps, lifts and twists,
all the gymnasts were old enough to        taken when the truth emerged. I can where the female skater is tossed above
compete.                                   say that in this case, which I don't her partner's head.
  According to ISU rules, skaters          know in detail, definitely, we would        The ISU has been strict with its age
must be 15 by the preceding July 1 to      urge both parties to come up with the limits, refusing to bow to pressure
compete at an Olympics or senior world     truth and then decisions will be taken. when budding star Mao Asada missed
championships, and 14 for other senior-    As I said I will check with my sports the cutoff for the Turin Olympics
level international competitions, such     department."                              by 87 days. Asada, who the silver
as the Grand Prix final. Junior skaters    China's top up-and-coming pairs            medalist last year in Vancouver, had
must be at least 13 the previous July 1 team of Sui and Han are considered to         won the Grand Prix final that year, Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams (8) drives against Phoenix Suns
but cannot have turned 19 (singles) or be the heirs apparent to Olympic gold          beating reigning world champion Irina guard Steve Nash during the first quarter of an NBA basketball
                                                                                                                            game, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
21 (pairs and ice dancers).              medalists Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo,          Slutskaya.
  According to the records found winning the junior world title last year                The United States had to send its
                                                                                                                                  victory over the short- trapped inside and lost
by the AP on the federation website, and medaling at all of their senior              fifth- and seventh-place finishers to the
                                                                                                                                  handed Jazz on Tuesday the ball to Nash, who was
Zhang Dan was born Oct. 4, 1987, Grand Prix events this year, including               2008 world championships because
                                                                                                                                  night.                  fouled.
meaning she would have been only 14 taking the bronze at the Grand Prix               U.S. champ Mirai Nagasu and runner-
when she and Zhang Hao - no relation final. According to the list of birthdates       up Rachael Flatt were too young. Flatt        Al Jefferson scored 32         Nash's two free throws
- competed at the 2002 Olympics and on the federation website, however,               had turned 15 the previous July 21,         and C.J. Miles 19 for the      put Phoenix ahead 102-98
world championships. The Zhangs Sui and Han should not have been                      meaning she missed the cutoff by just       Jazz, who led by eight in      with 2.9 seconds left. Miles'
were 11th in Salt Lake City and ninth competing at any of those events and            three weeks. The pairs champions that       the fourth quarter before an   3-pointer at the buzzer
at worlds.                               also are ineligible for this year's junior   year, Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne          11-0 run put the Suns ahead    made it a one-point finish.
                                         world championships, which begin             Brubaker, missed out on both the
  Zhang Hao, meanwhile, was born on Feb. 28 in South Korea.                                                                       for good.                        Frye scored 19 in the first
Feb. 6, 1982, according to his birthdate                                              junior and senior world championships
                                                                                                                               Steve Nash had 20 points          quarter on 7 of 7 shooting,
on the federation website. That would      Sui was born on May 7, 1997,               because, having not turned 15 until
                                                                                                                            and 14 assists for Phoenix,          five of them 3-pointers.
have made him too old to compete at according to the federation website,              September, she was too young for
                                                                                                                            which has won seven of                 He made his first eight
the 2003 junior world championships, making her just 13. That would mean              senior worlds and, at 21, he was too
                                                                                                                            its last nine. The Suns
                                         she was too young for both last year's       old for junior worlds.                                                     shots before missing a 3
which they won.                                                                                                             playmaker passed Gary
                                         junior world championships, where              And Russia's current women's Payton for seventh on the                   near the end of the first half.
  The Zhangs went on to win the silver she and Han were first, and this                                                                                          Still, the Suns trailed 53-50
medal at the Turin Games and silvers year's senior Grand Prix series. Han,            national champion, Adelina Sotnikova, NBA's career assists list.
                                                                                      won't be at this year's world With three 3-pointers, Nash                  at the break.
at the 2006, 2008 and 2009 world meanwhile, has a March 1989 birthday
championships.                                                                        championships because she is only 14. also tied Eddie Jones for             Utah's 9-2 spurt at the
                                                                                                                                                                start of the second quarter
Armstrong officially off bike _ 'Retirement 2.0'
                                                                                                                            10th on the career list.
                                                                                                                                                                put the Jazz up 36-31. After
                                                                                                                                    The Jazz, with four Nash committed the 13th
  Lance Armstrong is call-                                                                      helped his career. The tim-       players out with injuries, of Phoenix's 14 first-half
ing this one "Retirement                                                                        ing has as much to do with        has lost 12 of 16 and fell turnovers, Miles' layup put
2.0."                                                                                           his growing responsibilities      to 0-2 since Sloan resigned Utah ahead 47-39.
   Almost a month after fin-                                                                    and family as it does with        and was replaced by Tyrone
                                                                                                                                  Corbin, both losses to the      Frye's 22-footer capped
ishing 65th in his last com-                                                                    the physical limitations time
                                                                                                                                  Suns.                         an 8-0 run that put Phoenix
petitive race in Australia,                                                                     has imposed. He's tired,
                                                                                                and tired of being hounded.                                     ahead 70-63 and the Suns
and nearly six years removed                                                                                                        For the second game in a led 76-73 entering the
from the last of an unprec-                                                                     Armstrong will miss com-          row, the Suns led entering fourth quarter.
edented seven straight Tour                                                                     peting - let alone dominat-       the fourth quarter, only
de France titles, the 39-year-                                                                  ing a sport like none before                                      Utah was without Andrei
                                                                                                                                  to have the visitors take
                                                                                                him - but not the 24/7/365
old cyclist made clear there                                                                                                      command with a big run. Kirilenko (sprained right
                                                                                                training regimen that made
is no reset button this time.                                                                                                     Unlike Sunday's loss to big toe), Raja Bell (strained
                                                                                                it possible.
  This time, he's leaving                                                                                                         Sacramento, Phoenix came left calf), Ronnie Price
                                                                                                   "I can't say I have any re-    back this time.               (sprained right big toe) and
professional racing behind
                                                                                                grets. It's been an excellent                                   Mehmet Okur (strained
for good.                                                                                                                           Down 76-73, Utah opened lower back).
                                                                                                ride. I really thought I was
  "Never say never," Arm-                                                                       going to win another tour,"       the fourth quarter with a
strong laughed at the start of                                                                                                    16-5 run to go up 89-81         Notes: The Suns' Goran
                                                                                                Armstrong said about his
an exclusive interview Tues-                                                                    comeback attempt in 2009,         when Jefferson made one of Dragic        returned     after
day with The Associated                                                                         four years after his first re-    two free throws with 7:12 missing seven games with
Press, then quickly added,                                                                      tirement. "Then I lined up        to play. But Phoenix scored a cut on his left foot. ...
"Just kidding."                                                                                 like everybody else and           the next 11, including a pair Frye's previous career best
  His retirement ends a                                                                         wound up third.                   of 3-pointers by Mickael was 30, set three times with
comeback effort that failed                                                                                                       Pietrus and one by Frye, to the New York Knicks. ...
                                                                                                  "I have no regrets about
to produce an eighth title                                                                      last year, either," he added,     regain the lead 91-89 with Corbin was a finalist for the
                            Lance Armstrong speaks during an interview in Austin, Texas,
or diminish talk that per- Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Thao Nguyen)                                                         3:35 remaining.               Suns coaching job that went
                                                                                                despite finishing 23rd. "The                                    to Terry Porter in 2008. ...
formance-enhancing drugs                                                                        crashes, the problems with          Deron Williams, who Phoenix has won 12 of 17.
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        Irsay: Colts put franchise tag on Manning                                                                                  Beckham assist: Star helps
  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) --
The Indianapolis Colts are
                                eventually agreeing to a
                                seven-year, $98 million
                                                                our relationship, it's very
                                                                unusual," Irsay said last
                                                                                                    The list of their potential
                                                                                                  free agents includes running
                                                                                                                                   stranded motorist
keeping Peyton Manning -        deal. The Colts then pulled     month.                            back Joseph Addai, kicker
no matter what it costs.        the tag.                           On Tuesday, Indy decided       Adam Vinatieri; Charlie
  Manning, the only four-         Irsay hasn't backed down      not to wait any longer to         Johnson, Manning's blind
time MVP in league history,     on either promise, and          make its decision.                side protector; Melvin
has been given the exclusive    Manning, as he usually                                            Bullitt, a key backup at
                                                                   By "tagging" Manning,          safety who is ready to
franchise tag, a move that      does, has remained silent       no other team can negotiate
could cost the Colts $23        about the contract.                                               start; starting linebacker
                                                                with the Colts' franchise         Clint Session and starting
million next season. Team         Three weeks ago, the          quarterback.
owner Jim Irsay announced                                                                         defensive tackle Dan Muir.
                                Colts put their first formal       How critical is Manning
the decision Tuesday night      proposal on the table. It                                           Irsay also has promised
on Twitter.                                                     to the Colts' success?            "significant" announcements
                                was an offer Irsay and team
  "We have placed the           president Bill Polian wanted       In 13 seasons, he has          in the coming weeks.
franchise tag on Peyton         to make last October, but       broken all the franchise's          But, of course, none
while we continue to            Manning informed the team       career        records       for   would be bigger than giving
negotiate a long term deal,"    then, through his agent,        quarterbacks and has never        Manning the richest deal in
Irsay wrote.                    that he did not want to start   missed a start. He's taken        league history in what could
                                negotiating until after the     Indy to the playoffs 11 times,    be his final NFL contract.
  The move is hardly a                                          captured seven AFC South
surprise.                       season.                                                             "It's important," Irsay
                                                                titles in eight years, won two
  Last year, Irsay promised       The current offer is          AFC championships, one            said when asked about the
to make Manning the NFL's       believed to be richer than      Super Bowl title and a Super      importance of reaching a
highest-paid player. He         the four-year, $72 million      Bowl MVP Award.                   new deal with Manning.
has reiterated that position    contract that New England                                           "But it's something that
                                quarterback Tom Brady              And the Colts won more
many times since then with                                      regular-season games in the       you don't totally control,
one caveat - if the Colts       signed in September. Brady's                                      so I think you have to be
                                contract also included          past decade (115) than any
couldn't reach a new deal                                       team in NFL history.              prepared to work on your
with Manning before free        $48.5 million in guaranteed                                       roster while you're doing        David Beckham takes his seat before the English Premier League
agency started they would       money, and Irsay has called        The move does free             that. That's a big part of the   soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool at the Stamford Bridge
use the franchise tag.          that deal the standard.         up the Colts to work on           equation, but I think you        Stadium, London, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)
                                  "It's not a normal            other contracts before            have to be able and ready to       WARE, England (AP)                asked if they were OK, and
  The Colts did the same                                        the collective bargaining
thing in 2004 before            negotiation, his legacy and                                       shape your roster."              -- David Beckham stopped            Long said he asked for a
                                                                agreement expires March 3.
                                                                                                                                   to help a stranded family           push to the side of the road.

Armstrong officially off bike _ 'Retirement 2.0'                                                                                   whose car broke down on
                                                                                                                                   the way to school.
                                                                                                                                                           Long told BBC Radio on
                                                                                                                                                         Wednesday he said, "Thanks
                                                                                                           Contd. From Page 4   Beckham pulled over David, I love you" as the
the bike - those were things that were going to change."                              the mood struck him. He could com- during morning rush hour former England captain
beyond my control."                       What won't change, either, is his           mand the peloton to speed up to chase near a roundabout in the returned to his car.
  Armstrong spoke to the AP in a tele- tenacious campaigning to raise funds           a breakaway rider or slow down with town of Ware in England. He      Beckham is training
                                                                                      an ease the old-time cycling bosses     assisted photographer Paul with Premier League club
phone interview and in a videotaped and awareness in the fight against
interview from his office in Austin, a disease his doctors once believed              - respectfully called patrons - would Long and his two children.   Tottenham until Feb. 22.
Texas.                                  would keep Armstrong from compet-             have envied.                              Long had been ignored He'll soon return to the Los

  Armstrong zoomed out of relative ing at anything more strenuous than                  That was just one reason Armstrong by other motorists before Angeles Galaxy for the
obscurity after a life-threatening bout gin rummy.                                    leaves the sport with nearly as many the soccer star came to his MLS season.
                                                                                      enemies as friends.                     rescue. He said Beckham
with testicular cancer to win his first   That was 1996. A year later, he set up
tour in 1999, then set about recalibrat-
ing both the popularity of his sport
                                       the Livestrong Foundation and raised
                                       $10,000. In the intervening years,
                                                                                        "A lot of that has been overanalyzed
                                                                                      and inaccurately portrayed, but it's         Vonn qualifies for super-
and how much influence athletes can
wield as advocates for a cause - in his
                                       Armstrong used his story, his celeb-
                                       rity and hard work to sell millions of
                                                                                      part and parcel of cycling. It's how
                                                                                      cycling operates," Armstrong said.           combined at worlds
case, on behalf of cancer survivors    those ubiquitous plastic yellow wrist          "There's too much infighting, jealousy    G A R M I S C H -                      "does a fast training session
and researchers worldwide.             bracelets and enlist lawmakers in              and bitterness within the sport, so ev- PA RT E N K I R C H E N ,                we could re-evaluate, but
                                                                                      erybody tries to pick apart a person or Germany (AP) -- Lindsey                  it's unlikely at this point
  International Cycling Union Presi- Texas and global policymakers on the
                                                                                      a spectacular performance.              Vonn qualified for the                   that she'll compete in
dent Pat McQuaid had high praise for scale of Bill Clinton in the cause.
                                                                                                                              super-combined event at                  combined."
Armstrong.                                By the end of last year, despite              "And some of it," he added, "we
                                                                                                                              the world championships                    World        Cup       leader
  "His contribution to cycling has tough economic times, the foundation               bring on ourselves."
been enormous, from both the sport- had raised nearly $400 million total.             Cycling made Armstrong wealthy
ing point of view and his personality. But the real heavy lifting may just be       several times over, and many of the
All sports need global icons and he beginning.                                      sponsors he brought into the sport
has become a global icon for cycling,"       After lobbying successfully for a continue to use him as a pitchman.
said McQuaid, speaking to The As-          Texas state constitutional amend- A second career in politics someday
sociated Press by telephone from the       ment to provide $3 billion for cancer does not seem out of the question.
Tour of Oman. "The sport of cycling        research over a 10-year period, Arm-       "I don't think so. I get asked that
has a lot to be thankful for because of    strong now has his sights set on Cali- question a lot. It's a job. It's prob-
Lance Armstrong."                          fornia. This summer, he'll work with ably many times a thankless job. ... If
  Along the way, Armstrong also be-        legislators there to draw up and put on I were to run for any kind of office,
came one of the most controversial         the ballot a measure mandating a ciga- it's impossible or very difficult to run
figures in the evolving battle against     rette tax with the proceeds to fund fur- right down the middle," he said.
doping in sports. He claims to be the      ther research. Come September, Arm-
                                           strong will also plead his case before     "I would have to immediately alien-
most-tested athlete on the planet dur-
ing his career. Armstrong came back        a United Nations General Assembly ate half of our constituents: 'Wait a
clean every time, and vehemently de-       special session on non-communicable minute, we thought this guy was a Re-               Lindsey Vonn of the US talks to reporters after her run during
nies ever using performance-enhanc-        diseases that he provided much of the publican. Wait a minute, we thought               the second training for the women's downhill, at the Alpine World
                                           impetus for.                             he was a Democrat.' I think the effect         Skiing Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany,
ing drugs.                                                                          there would be a negative effect for           Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. The American, who injured her head in
  Even so, he remains shadowed by            "We knew we'd be able to have the foundation. For now, absolutely                     a training crash last week, wore a training jacket instead of a race
a federal investigation into the sport     some impact, but we didn't know we'd not on my radar."                                  suit and skied the Kandahar course at a leisurely speed Thursday
                                           pick up so much momentum," he said.                                                     to finish more than 10 seconds off the pace. (AP Photo/Kerstin
launched last year following accusa-                                                  Armstrong will be at this year's tour,       Joensson)
tions by former teammate and dis-            That's how Armstrong broke bringing the oldest of his five kids,
graced 2006 tour champion Floyd            through nearly every barrier the sport 11-year-old Luke, back to the race               after completing a downhill         Maria Riesch of Germany
Landis that Armstrong used drugs and       had erected over a century and more this summer. He may even climb into                 training run on Thursday.           skipped training because
taught other riders how to beat test-      - by leading with his chin. He spilled a team car to do reconnaissance work
                                                                                                                                     Vonn, who suffered a              of fever. The German ski
ing. Though the probe is continuing,       blood on the roads, came back from for some of the Radio Shack riders he
                                                                                                                                   concussion in a training            federation says Riesch
lawyers familiar with the case told the    crashes and more than once, crossed used to race alongside.
                                                                                                                                   crash last week, wore a             will decide shortly before
AP recently that any possible indict-      the finish line of a stage race draped
                                                                                      One thing Armstrong vowed not to             training jacket instead             the race on Friday if she'll
ments are a long way off.                  over his handlebars like a man hang-
                                                                                                                                   of a race suit. She skied           start.
  "I can't control what goes on in re-     ing on for life instead of an unbreak- do was spend much time reliving his
                                                                                    accomplishments on the bike.                   the Kandahar course at a    Lotte Smiseth Sejersted
gards to the investigation. That's why     able machine.
                                                                                      "In 10 years time," he said, "if I'm         leisurely speed to finish of Norway posted the
I hire people to help me with that. I try    One thing that never changed,                                                         more than 10 seconds off fastest time of 1 minute,
not to let it bother me and just keep      though, was how Armstrong's with- sitting around saying, 'I was so strong               the pace.
rolling right along. I know what I         ering gaze controlled the pack of rid- on L'Alpe d'Huez in 2001,' then I got                                      49.55    seconds.   Julia
know," Armstrong said. "I know what        ers around him. He doled out favors, a problem."                                          Vonn's husband, Thomas, Mancuso of the United
I do and I know what I did. That's not like stage wins, or withheld them as                                                        told The Associated Press States was second.
                                                                                                                                   on Wednesday that if she


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                           Contador lauds doping decision, but damage done
   MADRID (AP) -- Tour            the decision will "probably"                                                                              Contador said his defense       decision "absolutely vital."
de      France      champion      be appealed, stopped short                                                                              team was preparing for               "This decision is indeed
Alberto Contador believes         of confirming he will try for                                                                           any further appeals after         proof that the relevant
"irreparable" damage has          a fourth Tour de France title                                                                           he successfully presented         authorities do not find
been done to his reputation       this year due to the possible                                                                           further evidence based            grounds for believing that
despite being cleared of          appeals process.                                                                                        along UCI and WADA anti-          Alberto      Contador       has
doping by the Spanish                But he confirmed he will                                                                             doping rules that allow the       committed any intentional
cycling federation, which         go for a second Giro d'Italia                                                                           "elimination" of a sanction if    doping      offense,"      Riis
ruled Tuesday that he was         title.                                                                                                  the athlete can demonstrate       said. "We take note of this
not at fault for a positive                                                                                                               "no fault or negligence" on       decision and fully respect
test that he attributed to           "For the moment I'm                                                                                  their part.
                                  planning the season up until                                                                                                              it, but we're also sensitive to
contaminated meat.                                                                                                                          Disciplinary committee          the fact, that the parties of
                                  the Giro and then after the
   The     Spanish      cyclist   Giro I'll see what the next                                                                             president            Fernando     this case still have the right
tested positive for banned        objectives are, depending                                                                               Uruburu said the new              to appeal this decision."
substance         clenbuterol     with what happens in the                                                                                evidence brought forward             Contador            avoided
while winning last year's         coming months," said                                                                                    by Contador's defense team        becoming only the second
Tour, but the federation's        Contador, who won the 2008                                                                              made the difference.              cyclist to lose his Tour title
disciplinary       committee      edition of the Italian classic.                                                                           "We evaluated all of the        after Floyd Landis, who was
accepted Contador's defense                                                                                                               information,         including    stripped of his 2006 Tour
he unintentionally ate               Any appeals process is
                                  expected to drag on until                                                                               previous CAS decisions and        victory after a positive test.
contaminated beef.                                                                                                                        judgments made by other
                                  at least June. The Tour de                                                                                                                   His case highlights a
   "The truth is today is a       France begins July 2.                                                                                   national federations as much      growing       concern      that
good day," Contador said                                                                                                                  as the allegations brought        clenbuterol can be consumed
in an interview on Veo7              Contador preferred to risk                                                                           forward by the cyclist
                                  a two-year suspension than                                                                                                                unwittingly by eating meat
television broadcast late                                                                                                                 himself," Uruburu said.           from animals who were fed
Tuesday. "It's been an            accept the original one-
                                  year ban proposed by the                                                                                  The             disciplinary    the drug, which helps burn
incredible number of weeks                                                                                                                committee came under              fat and build muscle.
and months that I wouldn't        disciplinary committee in
                                  his doping case last month.                                                                             pressure      from       higher      In a separate case, WADA
wish on absolutely anybody                                                                                                                authorities over the case,
- you'd have to have lived           Contador registered a                                                                                                                  opted not to appeal to CAS
                                                                                                                                          including Spanish Prime           after the German table tennis
these past months to know         minute trace of clenbuterol,                                                                            Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez
how it feels.                     which is listed as a zero-                                                                                                                federation decided not to
                                                                                                                                          Zapatero who said on the          ban Dimitrij Ovtcharov,
   "The truth is the damage       tolerance drug by WADA,                                                                                 government's Twitter feed
                                  from a test taken on a rest                                                                                                               who tested positive for a
done to your image is                                                                                                                     last week: "there's no legal      minute trace of clenbuterol
irreparable, with all the         day at last year's Tour. He                                                                             reason to justify sanctioning
                                  said the banned substance         FILE - In this July 25, 2010 file photo, Alberto Contador of Spain
                                                                                                                                                                            from meat eaten in China.
stupidities that are said                                                                                                                 Contador."
about you."                       must have been contained in       flashes three fingers for his third Tour de France victory as he                                           A      study       released
                                  meat he'd eaten.                  rides holding a glass of champagne during the 20th and last stage       Contador put the burst of       Tuesday by the doping
   Contador's     joy     was                                       of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris, France. The Spanish      support down to "justice, not     laboratory which discovered
restrained     during      the       "When you haven't done         cycling federation cleared Alberto Contador of doping on Tuesday      patriotism." He also credited
                                  anything wrong and your           Feb. 15, reversing its proposal to ban him for one year for a posi-                                     clenbuterol in Contador's
interview, knowing the                                                                                                                    an interview on the same TV       sample showed that humans
                                  conscience is super relaxed       tive test at the Tour de France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
International Cycling Union                                                                                                               channel last week as helping      can inadvertently ingest the
or World Anti-Doping              the only thing left is for                                                                              to turn the tide in his favor.
                                  them to recognize that you          "We've been training but         a good chance to re-                                                 drug from eating meat.
Agency can still appeal the                                         I'm not in the same shape as       examine those anti-doping            The committee strongly
decision to the Court of          haven't done anything. You                                                                                                                   Contador - one of only
                                  have to fight," Contador said     other years," Contador said.       regulations.                       rejected       "the       many    five cyclists to win the Tour,
Arbitration for Sport.                                                                                                                    statements made by various
                                  in the pre-taped interview.         After      learning      of        "The fault is with the                                             Giro and Spanish Vuelta -
   Both bodies said they                                            the proposed one-year              institutions that haven't          arms of public life within        also won Tour titles in 2007
would wait to receive the            Contador, who is cleared                                                                             this country" over the
                                  to race pending any appeal        suspension nearly three            served their purpose and                                             and 2009. He was unable to
full dossier before deciding                                        weeks      ago,     Contador       who haven't been able to           Contador case, calling "the       defend his first title in 2008
on an appeals process. The        rulings from CAS, was                                                                                   views of certain media
                                  already traveling to Portugal     vowed to fight any ban,            review a case like this,"                                            after his Astana team was
UCI has 30 days to appeal                                           describing himself as a            the 28-year-old Spaniard           outlets and politicians is        banned for doping.
while WADA has another            on Tuesday night to race                                                                                simply unacceptable and
                                  for new team Saxo Bank-           victim of antiquated, flawed       said. "It's been six months                                             "One thing is clear - I
21 days after that to take the                                      anti-doping      regulations.      of sleepless nights, pulling       false."
case to CAS.                      Sunguard in the Tour of the                                                                                                               am not going to ingest any
                                  Algarve from Wednesday.           Contador believed the              your hair out - there are            Saxo        Bank-Sunguard       more meat," Contador said,
   Contador, who believes                                           decision offered WADA              times when I cried."               owner Bjarne Riis called the      culminating the interview.


                                  Scottish deerhound is best in show at Westminster
  NEW YORK (AP) -- Hickory              terrier, bearded collie and black         earlier in the day: Brig. Gen.            Piller wrote.                        they've experienced Westminster."
just might like the big-city life.      cocker spaniel.                           Rhonda Cornum, an Army surgeon              From the stands, to the rings to      Westminster had 49,000 friends
  A Scottish deerhound that loves          A couple of those pooches on           who was shot down from a                  backstage, people were a-twitter     on Facebook by late Tuesday
to chase deer and rabbits on a 50-      the green carpet ring with Hickory        helicopter during the Persian Gulf        - iPads, Blackberries, Droids and    afternoon, said Susi Szeremy of the
acre farm in Virginia did more than     were among the country's top-             War and briefly held as a prisoner        then some at an event that started   kennel club's social media team,
fine at Madison Square Garden           rated show dogs. The 85-pound             of war. She was at the Garden             in 1877. Signs of social media were  and the number quickly zoomed to
this week, winning best in show         Hickory wasn't on that list, though       showing a Gordon setter.                  everywhere at the Westminster        more than 60,000. There are about
at the Westminster Kennel Club          she wagged her long tail the most                                                                                        2,400 followers Tweeting along -
on Tuesday night and the title of       at the end after beating out a total                                                                                     litters of twitters.
America's top dog.                      of nearly 2,600 entries. No doubt,                                                                                          Ken Roux of Dixon, Ill., made
  "She's not used to lights, camera     owners Sally Sweatt and Cecilia                                                                                          it easy for anyone to keep track
and noise," handler Angela Lloyd        Dove and Dr. Scott Dove were                                                                                             of his Boston terrier at the 135th
said.                                   equally thrilled after her 16th best-                                                                                    Westminster event. Hoss won a
                                        in-show overall.                                                                                                         best of breed award Monday.
  Whatever, Hickory will get a
couple of Manhattan treats on              "The quality of all of the dogs                                                                                          Roux put a tag with a QR
Wednesday - steak at famed Sardi's      were outstanding," Dondina said.                                                                                         code, a sophisticated set of small
restaurant and a trip to the top of     "This animal is like in the heavens.                                                                                     squares randomly appearing in a
the Empire State Building.              It's not of this world."                                                                                                 larger square, on top of his dog's
  The 5-year-old Hickory became            The 135th Westminster was                                                                                             crate. The pattern is more than an
the first of her breed to capture the   considered a wide-open field from                                                                                        inch square, and anyone pointing
purple-and-gold ribbon and shiny        the start. A smooth fox terrier that                                                                                     a smartphone at the pattern is
silver bowl.                            was the No. 1 show dog of 2010                                                                                           automatically taken to Hoss'
                                        recently retired and an Australian                                                                                       website.
  By dog world standards, it was        shepherd that won the big AKC/            Handler Angela Lloyd poses for photographs with Hickory, a Scottish deer-
an upset. OK, maybe not quite                                                                                                                                       Brook Berth, an assistant to Hoss'
                                        Eukanuba event did not enter.             hound, after Hickory won best in show at the 135th Westminster Kennel Club
                                                                                                                                                                 handler, said she'd heard only one
as big as the Hickory Huskers                                                     Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
winning the Indiana high school            Hickory won the hound group            (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
                                                                                                                                                                 other dog at Westminster had the
state basketball championship in        Monday night, then had to wait                                                                                           QR tag, which stands for "quick
the film "Hoosiers," but quite a        around all day for her big chance.          Cornum was clear on which was Kennel Club show.                              response." The new technology
surprise nonetheless.                   That was a lot to ask for a kind of       more difficult, ascending in the           Proving, in fact, that it is indeed allows people to instantly access
                                        dog that feels most comfortable           show ring or in the military.            possible to teach an old dog show the dog's history and contacts.
  "I think Hickory could feel my        in the woods, but she clearly
lead that I was excited and went                                                    "No question, it is dogs," she new tech tricks.                                 "I noticed a lot of people taking
                                        managed to do just fine.                  said.
with it," Lloyd said.                                                                                                        "It is now uploaded!" exclaimed pictures," Berth said. "It's just
  Judge Paolo Dondina of Italy
                                           The 31-year-old Lloyd had won            Sitting high up in section 118, Lorraine Shore of Sequim, Wash. so convenient. You don't have to
                                        at Westminster before - in 1998,          Linda Melvin kept her eyes fixed                                               worry about people writing down
thanked every person and dog            she was honored for her handling                                                     In town with a pair of German information or passing out cards.
inside the arena, then picked                                                     on those Gordon setters competing pinschers, her peeps worldwide
Hickory from a best-of-seven
                                        in the junior showmanship for             on the floor. A seat away, her could see on YouTube how her They have it all right away."
                                        youngsters who hope to work in            daughter fixated on her cell phone. favorite pooches fared.                       The fancy bar codes could
final show ring that truly sounded      the dog world.
international - along with a                                                        Krista Piller was busy posting on                                            become Westminster's trendy bark
                                                                                                                             "From Germany to Australia to
Scottish deerhound, there was a            "People who own, breed, show           Facebook: "Wants a big dog to win California, people are waiting for codes.
Pekingese, Portuguese water dog,        dogs dream of this day," she said.        the WKC dog show this year."                                                      "This is the test area," Berth said.
                                                                                                                           my postings," she said. "People
Chinese shar-pei, smooth fox               Among the owners who showed              "I'll being putting up more, too," who have never been here, now             "So far, it seems to be a big hit."


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