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Feb. 9, 2007 at 11:01 PM
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Anthony, Howard named NBA All-Stars

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Forwards Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets and Josh Howard of the Dallas Mavericks Friday were named to the NBA Western Conference All-Star team.

They will replace centers Yao Ming of Houston and Carlos Boozer of Utah, who are recovering from serious injuries, and will not play.

Boozer has a fractured left leg, and Yao has a right knee injury.

Anthony, the league's leading scorer at 30.8 points per game, was left off the original roster, likely because of his on-court involvement in a brawl in a game at New York in December. His action in the fight cost him a 15-game suspension.

Howard, a rising young star, is averaging 19.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest.

"It is an honor to be selected to my first All-Star Team," Howard said. "This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. It is especially gratifying to play alongside my teammate Dirk Nowitzki."

The NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 18 in Las Vegas.


Henin, Mauresmo advance in Paris

PARIS, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Justine Henin and defending champion Amelie Mauresmo, the top two seeds, won their semifinal matches Friday at the Open Gaz de France tournament in Paris.

Henin, who is competing for the first time in the 2007 season, beat France's Tatiana Golovin, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Mauresmo, who like Golovin, is playing in front of a home crowd, downed Russia's Anna Chakvetadze, the eighth seed, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

Also winning were No. 4 Nadia Petrova, who beat seventh-seeded Dinara Safina of Russia, 6-3, 6-2; and the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova, who knocked off No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, 6-3, 6-4.

In Saturday's semis, Henin plays Safarova, and Mauresmo faces the challenge of Petrova.

The survivors will play Sunday for a winner's check of $88,265.


U.S., Czechs, split Davis Cup openers

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Andy Roddick was a winner but James Blake lost Friday as the United States and the Czech Republic split their first-round Davis Cup matches.

Roddick -- the runner-up at the 2006 U.S. Open who is ranked No. 4 in the world -- served 28 aces and had four service breaks as he defeated Ivo Minar, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, on the red clay at CEZ Arena in Ostrava. Roddick had just 17 unforced errors to improve to 21-9 in Davis Cup play since joining the team in 2001.

Sixth-ranked Blake fell to No. 12 Thomas Berdych, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5.

The Bryan twins, Bob and Mike, represent the United States in Saturday's doubles match against Czechs Lukas Dlouhy and Pavel Vizner.

The U.S. team holds a 4-1 advantage over the Czech Republic in Davis Cup play.


Mickelson, Furyk tied at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk are co-leaders after 36 holes of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach, Calif.

Furyk shot 7-under 65 Friday, while Mickelson shot 5-under 67, and both are at 12-under 132, with opposite scores the first two days. The scores were a mirror image of the two players' opening-round scores, when Mickelson shot 65 and Furyk shot 67.

"I probably let a few shots go in the first nine or 10 holes, but I picked up a few the last eight or nine holes that I probably shouldn't have. So it was a good day," Mickelson said.

Kevin Sutherland (63) and John Mallinger (70) are tied for third at 9-under 135. Davis Love III (67), Mark Hensby (68) and Craig Kanada (69) are tied for fifth at 7-under 137.

John Daly (144), Padraig Harrington (146) and Lee Janzen (149) were among those missing the cut.


Baseball great Hank Bauer dies at 84

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Former Baltimore Orioles Manager Hank Bauer died Friday at age 84 after a long bout with cancer.

As a player, Bauer was a member of the New York Yankees in 12 of his 14 big league seasons, and reached the World Series nine times. The outfielder played on seven Series winners, including five straight world champion teams from 1949-1953.

Bauer played for the Yankees from 1948-1959. The Yankees traded him to the Kansas City Athletics in the deal that brought Roger Maris to the New York in 1960.

Bauer was a career .277 hitter, and had a 17-game World Series hitting streak.

After his playing days, he managed the Kansas City Athletics and the Orioles, guiding Baltimore to its first World Series title in 1966.

In eight seasons as a big-league manager, Bauer compiled a record of 594-534, including 407-318 in five seasons at Baltimore.

"Hank Bauer is an emblem of a generation that helped shape the landscape of our country," Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said in a statement on MLB.com.

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