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Wednesday, January 10, 2007; 6:52 PM

Coughlin to remain as coach of Giants

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tom Coughlin will return next season to coach the New York Giants after the NFL club's owners gave him a one-year contract extension, even though the team lost seven of their last nine games. "Tom Coughlin is our coach for 2007 and hopefully for many years after that," co-owner John Mara told reporters in a teleconference call on Wednesday, ending speculation that the Giants were contemplating a change.

Luongo gets All-Star start with a little help from team mate

TORONTO (Reuters) - Vancouver Canucks journeyman defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick is not going to the NHL All-Star game but he may have helped team mate Roberto Luongo earn the starting assignment for the Western Conference in Dallas. With 24 wins already this season, few would argue that Luongo deserved his place in the January 24 showcase but the Canucks netminder believes he benefited from a rousing grassroots internet campaign to get the unheralded Fitzpatrick voted into the all-star contest.

Writers speak volumes with McGwire snub

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Baseball writers spoke loud and clear on Wednesday on the reasons why they chose to leave slugger Mark McGwire out of the Hall of Fame. The Baseball Writers' Association of America overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to induct Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles and Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres into the Cooperstown (New York) shrine.

Carter leads Nets into Atlantic Division top spot

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Vince Carter scored 32 points against his former team to guide the New Jersey Nets to a 101-86 home victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday and into first place in the weak Atlantic Division. New Jersey (15-19) took a half-game lead over Toronto (15-20), with all five teams in the division still well below the .500 mark.

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