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NEWS FROM 2005-09-19
Colts, Bucs Doing It With Defense (AP)
AP - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2-0 thanks to their defense. No surprise there. The theme is the same for the Indianapolis Colts, if you can believe it.
Indians Head to Chicago Only 3 1/2 Back (AP)
AP - The AL Central race is far from over, and the streaking Cleveland Indians headed to Chicago with designs on a stunning comeback.
Marlins Rebound From Crushing Loss (AP)
AP - Josh Beckett and Miguel Cabrera helped the Florida Marlins bounce back from a crushing collapse.
Stanford Stunned by UC Davis in Opener (AP)
AP - After three years of losing seasons and uninspired play under Buddy Teevens, Stanford hired Walt Harris because of his offensive expertise.
Jason Gore Wins 84 Lumber Classic (AP)
AP - The collapse never came, even as a once-sizable lead dwindled to a single precarious stroke. This time, Sunday didn't crush Jason Gore. It belonged to him.
Curry Injures Leg in Game With Chiefs (AP)
AP - Ronald Curry felt a sharp pain in his right calf late in the game and everyone initially feared the Raiders receiver had re-injured his fragile Achilles' tendon.
Proposed Lease Readied for Hornets (AP)
AP - Oklahoma City officials are drafting a proposed lease agreement that will bring the NBA's New Orleans Hornets to the Ford Center to play at least part of their 41-game home schedule.
Baseball Today (AP)
AP - Cleveland at Chicago White Sox (8:05 p.m. EDT). Kevin Millwood (8-11) leads the Indians against Freddy Garcia (12-8) and the fading White Sox in the opener of a three-game series.
Liverpool Ties Manchester United 0-0 (AP)
AP - Liverpool held Manchester United to a 0-0 tie Sunday in the English Premier League — the first scoreless game between the teams since 1991. Liverpool has not allowed a goal in four league games and has scored only one.
Bondra Signs With Atlanta (AP)
AP - Unrestricted free agent Peter Bondra signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday.
Minnesota's missing pieces have left Daunte Culpepper and the Vikings looking lost during their 0-2 start.
Davis leads Panthers over sloppy Pats (AP)
The Carolina Panthers know a Week 2 victory over New England doesn't come close to rectifying their Super Bowl loss to the Patriots two years ago. Even so, their 27-17 victory over the Patriots on Sunday sure did feel good. ``It wasn't a revenge game or a get-back game, because that was a long time ago,'' said Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme.
McNabb, Owens lift Eagles to easy win (AP)
Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens are back to picking apart defenses instead of each other. McNabb threw four of his five touchdown passes in the first 19 minutes, including a pair to Owens, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 42-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. ``Whatever happened in the past, hopefully it's over,'' McNabb said of his well-publicized feud with Owens this summer.
'D' lifts Colts again, 10-3 over Jaguars (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts have a new winning combination: patience and defense. With Peyton Manning's wide-open passing game mostly grounded Sunday, the Colts pounded away at Jacksonville, breaking through in the final nine minutes with a 6-yard TD run from Ran Carthon and letting their suddenly stifling defense preserve a 10-3 victory over the Jaguars.
Chad Johnson, Bengals rout Vikings 37-8 (AP)
Chad Johnson went directly from talking to trashing the Vikings. Johnson caught a 70-yard touchdown pass on the game's second play Sunday, and the Cincinnati Bengals had their way during a 37-8 victory over Minnesota that made a statement and raised a question. Yes, the 2-0 Bengals think they're for real.
Pennington throws two TDs in Jets' win (AP)
Early in the fourth quarter Sunday, with the game on the line, Jets coach Herman Edwards walked up to his franchise quarterback on the sideline. Edwards told Chad Pennington, ``We have to score.'' The Miami Dolphins had just closed the gap to 10-7 and the defense needed a breather. Pennington promptly went out and led a beautiful drive, making up for his struggles early on, and helped seal a 17-7...
Alexander, Seahawks hold off Falcons (AP)
After losing four fourth-quarter leads last season, then melting down in the Florida heat last week, this would have been the worst loss of all for the Seattle Seahawks. The team's defense saved the day. ``I was thinking, 'Oh my goodness, here we go again,' `` coach Mike Holmgren said after the Seahawks nearly blew a 21-0 halftime lead Sunday, holding on to beat Atlanta 21-18.
Defense helps Chiefs beat Raiders (AP)
Randy Moss delivered the breathtaking big play the Oakland Raiders expected when they acquired him. But when it came time for a potential game-winning drive, the Kansas City Chiefs made sure he wouldn't get free. Kansas City's defense came through for a second straight week, stopping Oakland at the 10-yard line in the final minutes of a 23-17 victory Sunday night.
Dilfer, Browns give Crennel first win (AP)
They lived up to Reggie White's legacy on the day his number was retired, playing with a menacing mix of passion, poise and precision. Not the Green Bay Packers, the Cleveland Browns. Trent Dilfer won for the first time in nine trips to Lambeau Field, guiding Cleveland over the mistake-prone Packers 26-24 for new coach Romeo Crennel's first win.
Big Ben leads Steelers past Texans 27-7 (AP)
Big Ben's left knee is doing fine. So are all the winning streaks tied to him and the Pittsburgh Steelers heading into their AFC championship game rematch with New England. Shaking off a bruise that had him listed as questionable to even play, Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a pair of touchdowns and two field goals on their first four drives en route to a 27-7 victory over the Houston Texans...
The wisdom of Hubie
After spending some time with Hubie Brown, you quickly learn why he's in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Report: Hornets to play in Oklahoma City (AP)
Oklahoma City officials are drafting a proposed lease agreement that will bring the NBA's New Orleans Hornets to the Ford Center to play at least part of their 41-game home schedule. An announcement is scheduled as early as Monday on plans to temporarily relocate the Hornets to Oklahoma City after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, making it unfeasible for the team to play its season, which...
Pacers G Johnson pleads no contest (AP)
Indiana guard Anthony Johnson pleaded no contest Friday to a count of misdemeanor assault and battery stemming from last season's Pacers-Pistons brawl . Johnson, one of five Indiana players, is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Oct. 7. Jury selection was to have started Friday. A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.
Report: Lakers' Divac to retire (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers center Vlade Divac plans to retire as a player but will remain with the team as an assistant coach and scout, a Serbian newspaper reported Friday. ``It is enough,'' Divac told the Blic daily. ``No, I won't play the next season. I'll work for the Lakers as an assistant coach and an international scout.'' The 37-year-old Divac, who returned to the Lakers last season, underwent back...
Cavs sign Alan Henderson (AP)
Free agent forward Alan Henderson signed a one-year contract Saturday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who added another veteran to support LeBron James in hopes of making the playoffs. The 32-year-old Henderson spent last season with Dallas after playing nine seasons for the Atlanta Hawks. ``Alan is a proven veteran with playoff experience who will be a valuable asset to us on the floor and in the...
Slovenia, Lithuania advance in Belgrade (AP)
Slovenia, Spain, Russia and defending champion Lithuania advanced to the quarterfinals of the European Championship on Sunday. Slovenia and Lithuania advanced with 3-0 records, while Russia and Spain won their groups despite losing their final preliminary round games. In Tuesday's playoffs to determine the other quarterfinalists, Serbia-Montenegro plays France, Germany meets Turkey, Greece faces...
Home for Hornets an NBA uncertainty (AP)
Finding a temporary home for the New Orleans Hornets is one of the NBA's last major pieces of unfinished business as the opening of training camps draws near. After a busier-than-average summer, the past couple of weeks have been relatively calm. Among the few free agents still unsigned are Chicago's Eddy Curry and Minnesota's Latrell Sprewell, and among those looking to quell rumors is Boston boss...
Arrest warrant issued for Dennis Rodman (AP)
A judge signed an arrest warrant Wednesday for former NBA star Dennis Rodman after he missed a court appearance on two alleged traffic violations. District Court Administrator Christine Yuhas said Rodman could be arrested if he returns to Colorado. The warrant was first reported by the Rocky Mountain News.
Heatley has two assists in Senators' win (AP)
Jason Spezza had a goal and two assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Dany Heatley also had two assists in his first game for Ottawa. He was acquired from Atlanta in a trade for Marian Hossa last month.
Bondra signs with Thrashers (AP)
Unrestricted free agent Peter Bondra signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday. The deal was thought to include a base salary of around $500,000 and he could earn another $2.9 million if the Thrashers win the Stanley Cup. Bondra reported to Thrashers training camp when it opened last Tuesday and has been working out with the team.
Roenick has three assists in L.A. debut (AP)
Alexander Frolov scored two goals and newcomer Jeremy Roenick had three assists to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-2 on Saturday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Roenick, making his Kings debut after joining the team in an offseason trade with Philadelphia, assisted on Mike Cammalleri's power-play goal midway through the second period and set up Frolov's two...
Former Devils owner McMullen dies (AP)
John J. McMullen, former owner of the New Jersey Devils and the Houston Astros, died Friday at 87. The cause of death was not released by the Devils. McMullen was credited with bringing NHL hockey to New Jersey, acquiring the Colorado franchise in 1982 and moving it to the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Under his ownership, the team won two Stanley Cups.
Coach Gretzky sees G Boucher get hurt (AP)
Wayne Gretzky got an early lesson in the harsh realities of coaching. Unexpected twists can ruin a good night. Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in his coaching debut on Friday night. But goalie Brian Boucher left with a groin injury that occurred after the preseason opener ended. ``I know there are going to be days that are going to be disappointing, as tonight is with `Boosch'...
Tkachuk suspended after failing physical (AP)
St. Louis Blues forward Keith Tkachuk failed a physical and was suspended Friday by the team. General manager Larry Pleau did not elaborate on the status of Tkachuk, but said he was expected to return to the team. The 33-year-old left wing had 33 goals and 38 assists in 2003-04, the last season before the lockout.
Ryan a new man
LOUDON, N.H. – Ryan Newman limped into the Chase. Now he suddenly is a legitimate championship contender.
Newman outduels Stewart for first Chase win (AP)
Ryan Newman hadn't won a NASCAR Nextel Cup race in a year and it looked as if he lost another opportunity when Tony Stewart muscled past him with nine laps to go at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Tempers flare during New Hampshire race (AP)
NASCAR was threatening very heavy penalties Sunday after tempers ran hot during the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Newman edges Stewart in chippy NASCAR Sylvania 300 (SportsTicker)
Defending champion crashes early in race (AP)
A second-lap crash cost defending NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch dearly Sunday, relegating him to a 35th-place finish and last place in the Chase for the championship.
Peugeot racer killed during Wales rally (AP)
Peugeot co-driver Michael Park was killed during the Wales Rally GB on Sunday after his car went off the course and hit a tree. The 39-year-old Englishman sustained fatal injuries during the 17-mile, 15th stage, organizers said. Markko Martin, the driver, was not injured. Peugeot said Martin struck a tree on the right side of the car.
Crawford edges Setzer in Truck Series Sylvania 200 (SportsTicker)
Crawford earns fourth truck victory (AP)
Rick Crawford fought off series points leaders Dennis Setzer and Ted Musgrave to win Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Stewart wins pole; Gordon and Earnhardt close behind (AP)
Tony Stewart struck just the right note Saturday for a guy hoping to get off to the right start in NASCAR's 10-man, 10-race championship playoff, winning the Nextel Cup pole at New Hampshire International Speedway.