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February 10 - 16, 2011
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
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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February 10 - 16, 2011
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.
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
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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February 10 - 16, 2011
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.
"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
designation since 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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February 10 - 16, 2011
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
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
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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February 10 - 16, 2011
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
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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February 10 - 16, 2011
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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