SPORTS, JANUARY 30TH

Aspen–Shaun White won his fifth straight gold medal at the Winter X Games with last night’s crowd-pleasing performance in the snowboard superpipe at Buttermilk Mountain. After sealing the gold, White capped off the evening with a perfect score of 100 on his third and final run.

NBA

Denver–Former Denver Nuggets’ great Chauncey Billups came into the Pepsi Center last night at led his new team to a big win. Billups scored a season high 32 points to help the LA Clippers to a 109-105 victory.

NFL

Honolulu, Hawaii–The AFC beat the NFC in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, 59-41. This week, the New York Giants prepare to battle the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 46 in Indianapolis.

Elsewhere in sports….

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The New York Giants are scheduled to arrive
in Indianapolis today to continue preparing for Sunday’s Super Bowl
matchup against New England. The Partriots flew in yesterday.

HONOLULU (AP) – The AFC beat the NFC 51-49 in the second-highest
scoring Pro Bowl ever. Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall was named
the game MVP after catching six passes for 176 yards and a Pro
Bowl-record four TDs.

OTTAWA (AP) – Marian Gaborik (MEHR’-ee-uhn GAB’-uhr-ihk) of the
New York Rangers was named MVP of the NHL All-Star game after
collecting three goals and an assist in Team Chara’s 12-9 win over
Team Alfredsson. Boston’s Tim Thomas made 18 saves in the final
period, and extended his record by winning his fourth All-Star game

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Oakland Athletics are open to signing
slugger Manny Ramirez, as suggested by team owner Lew Wolff last
week, but are not actively pursuing the free agent. That’s the
message from assistant general manager David Forst, who talked
during A’s Fanfest. Ramirez was suspended for 100 games last year
but the ban was trimmed to 50 because he sat out nearly all of last
season.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – The U.S. women’s soccer team
blanked Canada 4-0 last night in the championship game of the
CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. Both had already secured
berths in this summer’s London Games. Abby Wambach scored twice to
move into second place on the international scoring list behind Mia
Hamm.

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