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NEWS FROM 2005-11-04
Favre's Future Might Be Tied to Sherman's (AP)
AP - Brett Favre says he would be reluctant to return to Green Bay next season if Mike Sherman isn't still coaching the Packers. The Packers (1-6) are off to their worst start since 1991, which has led to speculation about Sherman's future.
No. 24 Louisville Survives Scare by Pitt (AP)
AP - Michael Bush rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns and Art Carmody tied a school record with four field goals as No. 24 Louisville survived a wild start and beat Pittsburgh 42-20 on Thursday night.
Nats Send Castilla to Padres for Lawrence (AP)
AP - Third baseman Vinny Castilla was traded by the Washington Nationals to the San Diego Padres for right-hander Brian Lawrence and cash Thursday night.
Suns Held Off Weary Lakers for 122-112 Win (AP)
AP - The Phoenix Suns weren't about to blow a big fourth-quarter lead a second time, although they came close. Shawn Marion had 30 points and 11 rebounds, Steve Nash had 17 assists and 12 points, and the Suns held off the weary Los Angeles Lakers 122-112 on Thursday night.
Pacers Blow Lead, Hang on to Beat Heat (AP)
AP - Jermaine O'Neal scored 27 points, six of them in the final three minutes, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat 105-102 on Thursday night despite blowing a 14-point lead in the second half.
Batch Steps in As Steelers' Starting QB (AP)
AP - Charlie Batch always thought he could be an NFL starting quarterback again despite being pushed out by the Detroit Lions after four seasons. What Batch didn't realize was that it would take four years for that next start.
O'Neal leads Pacers to win over Heat, Shaq injured (Reuters)
Reuters - Jermaine O'Neal had 27 points and nine
rebounds as the Indiana Pacers edged the Miami Heat 105-102 in
National Basketball Association play Thursday in Miami.
Yount May Become Next Brewers Bench Coach (AP)
AP - Hall of Famer Robin Yount is expected to rejoin the Milwaukee Brewers as their bench coach. The team scheduled a news conference for Friday but did not provide any other details. Several media outlets reported Thursday night that Milwaukee was expected to name Yount its new bench coach for manager and former teammate Ned Yost.
U.S. Soccer Team to Play Norway (AP)
AP - The U.S. soccer team will play an exhibition game against Norway on Jan. 29 at Carson, Calif.
Hurricanes Rally to Beat Maple Leafs 4-3 (AP)
AP - Of all the impressive numbers put up so far by the Carolina Hurricanes, the one that makes coach Peter Laviolette happiest is a zero. Erik Cole scored the winner with 1:34 left in regulation, Eric Staal regained sole possession of the NHL scoring lead and the Hurricanes stayed unbeaten at home with a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
The hot seat list
The list of NFL head coaches in danger of losing their jobs starts with one queasy soul in Minnesota.
Roethlisberger out after knee surgery (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger is out for the second time in a month with an injured knee. The Pittsburgh Steelers can only hope they play better without the NFL's top-rated passer than they did during his last absence. Roethlisberger had arthroscopic surgery Thursday to remove a damaged piece of cartilage from his right knee and will miss Sunday's game at Green Bay and, possibly, the Nov.
Favre's future might be tied to Sherman (AP)
Brett Favre says he would be reluctant to return to Green Bay next season if Mike Sherman isn't still coaching the Packers. The Packers (1-6) are off to their worst start since 1991, which has led to speculation about Sherman's future. In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Favre said Sherman's status would play an important role in his annual decision to keep on playing or to call...
Injured Owens returns to Eagles practice (AP)
Terrell Owens returned to practice Thursday, a day after he was listed as doubtful for Philadelphia's game at Washington on Sunday. Owens sprained the same ankle he had surgery on last year in last Sunday's loss to Denver. He was upgraded to questionable for the Eagles' matchup against the Redskins. Meanwhile, quarterback Donovan McNabb missed his second straight practice with a rib injury, and was...
Saints owner Benson worried about safety (AP)
The Saints say owner Tom Benson has not yet decided whether he will be at Sunday's game in Baton Rouge, and frustration caused him to send an e-mail to the NFL saying he would not attend any more games at LSU's Tiger Stadium this season or next. Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said that Benson was upset by his treatment from fans after the Saints' 21-6 loss to Miami on Sunday in Baton Rouge.
Lions QB Harrington regains starting job (AP)
Joey Harrington wasn't benched for long. The Detroit Lions quarterback, who sat out the previous two games in favor of Jeff Garcia, will be running the NFL's 29th-ranked offense on Sunday at Minnesota, coach Steve Mariucci said Thursday. Garcia missed the first five games because of a broken left leg suffered in Detroit's final preseason game.
Auburn RBs on display in Panthers-Bucs (AP)
Two of the top runners in Auburn history will come face-to-face for the first time this weekend when Stephen Davis and the Carolina Panthers play Cadillac Williams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. By the time Sunday's game is over, Davis fully expects to be recognized as the best Auburn running back in the league right now.
49ers QB Smith's rehab moving slowly (AP)
Alex Smith hopes to return to action next weekend, but the San Francisco 49ers might be a bit more cautious with their No. 1 overall draft pick. The bulky brace on the quarterback's right knee was removed Thursday, another bit of progress in his recovery from strained ligaments. Smith was hurt when his cleats got caught in the turf while trying to avoid Washington's LaVar Arrington during a 52-17...
Chargers P Scifres agrees to extension (AP)
Mike Scifres agreed Thursday to a four-year contract extension through 2011 that his agent said makes him the NFL's highest-paid punter. Scifres' current deal was due to expire following the 2007 season. Scifres is in his third NFL season and ranks sixth in the NFL with a 39.1-yard net average. Last year, he was a first alternate to the AFC Pro Bowl squad after finishing the season ranked third in...
Bruschi is AFC defensive player of week (AP)
New England's Tedy Bruschi, returning to the lineup eight months after a stroke, is the AFC's defensive player of the week. Bruschi had 10 tackles Sunday in the Patriots' 21-16 win over Buffalo. He played nearly full-time in his first game since the Super Bowl. Other AFC players honored were Denver quarterback Jake Plummer (offense) and Houston's Jerome Mathis (special teams).
Lean and mean
A slimmer and quicker – and wiser – Carmelo Anthony is primed for a breakout season in Denver.
Shaq takes a fall in loss to Pacers (AP)
Jermaine O'Neal was celebrating. Shaquille O'Neal was on crutches. A look at either O'Neal told the story Thursday night. Indiana's O'Neal scored 27 points, six in the final three minutes to help the Pacers recover from wasting a 14-point second-half lead and beat the Miami Heat 105-102. ``There were a lot of times we could have broken down,'' said Ron Artest, who added 22 points for the Pacers who...
Stern happy to see Artest playing again (AP)
Count NBA commissioner David Stern among those happy to see Ron Artest playing again. They met briefly Thursday night before the Indiana Pacers' game in Miami, the second the forward has played in since completing his nearly yearlong suspension stemming from last season's brawl with fans at Detroit. ``I think he's a great player and I hope he has an All-Star season,'' Stern said.
Suns spoil Jackson's return to Staples (AP)
The Phoenix Suns almost blew another big fourth-quarter lead. But not quite. Shawn Marion had 30 points and 11 rebounds, Steve Nash had 17 assists to go with 12 points, and the Suns held off the weary Los Angeles Lakers 122-112 on Thursday night. The Suns, who blew a 17-point lead in the fourth period before losing 111-108 to Dallas in double overtime Tuesday night to start the season, led by 17...
Nuggets PG Andre Miller arrested (AP)
Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a traffic citation, police said Thursday. Detective John White said police arrested Miller on Wednesday at the request of the Colorado State Patrol. Miller had gone to the Denver sheriff's car pound to retrieve a vehicle stolen from him when he was found to have an outstanding warrant from the State...
Pacers to retire Reggie Miller's No. 31 (AP)
The Indiana Pacers will retire Reggie Miller's No. 31 in March. Miller played his entire NBA career with Indiana and retired after last season as the Pacers' leader in points, assists and steals. He also was a five-time All-Star and set NBA records for 3-point goals made and attempted. ``This is a truly deserving honor for Reggie,'' Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said Thursday.
Bucks extend GM Harris through 2008 (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks will retain general manager Larry Harris through the 2007-08 season. Harris, 42, is in his third season as Bucks general manager and 16th season with the team. The Bucks exercised the 2006-07 option year on his contract Thursday and added an additional year. The extension means Harris' contract will end at the same time as coach Terry Stotts' deal.
Clippers owner to pay $5M in lawyer fees (AP)
A judge ordered Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate mogul Donald T. Sterling to pay nearly $5 million in fees to plaintiffs' attorneys in a lawsuit accusing him of discriminating against black and Latino tenants. The case was resolved with a financial settlement that the judge described as ``one of the largest ever obtained in this type of case,'' though the terms were not disclosed.
LeBron needs little help in Cavs' opener (AP)
The first one caused a stir, the next two a commotion. And when LeBron James sank his fourth straight 3-pointer in less than two minutes, everyone in the building was on their feet begging for more. ``It was amazing,'' Cavaliers forward Donyell Marshall said. ``We were just like the fans, we wanted him to keep shooting, too.'' James, playing his first regular-season game with new teammates brought...
Celts spoil Brown's Knicks debut in OT (AP)
Delonte West watched the ball bouncing off the court, confident that it would remain in the Celtics' possession. When he saw Stephon Marbury coming off his man and toward the ball, though, West changed his plans. Drawing the defender to him, West touch-passed the ball to Ricky Davis in the corner for the open 3-pointer.
If you missed Jason Spezza's game-winning goal Thursday, you missed the reason why Ottawa retained the top spot in the power rankings – for now.
Crosby notches two goals in Pens' win (AP)
Mario Lemieux chuckled when asked what he thought about Sidney Crosby's first two-goal game in the NHL. ``Everything that he is doing now is quite amazing at his age,'' Lemieux said after his 18-year-old linemate had three points in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Torres, Oilers end Wings' win streak (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers needed overtime to hand Detroit its first loss in more than a month. Raffi Torres scored 1:51 into the extra session, and Edmonton beat the Red Wings 4-3 on Thursday night to end their nine-game winning streak. ``You knew it was going to happen sooner or later,'' Detroit goalie Chris Osgood said.
Senators rally past Lightning (AP)
Martin Havlat and Daniel Alfredsson kept up the goal scoring for the Ottawa Senators, even if the numbers were scaled back a bit from the gaudy totals they fashioned in Buffalo. Havlat and Alfredsson both scored for Ottawa, one night after each tied the team record with four goals, leading the Senators to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
'Canes top Leafs, still perfect at home (AP)
Of all the impressive numbers put up so far by the Carolina Hurricanes, the one that makes coach Peter Laviolette happiest is a zero. Erik Cole scored the winner with 1:34 left in regulation, Eric Staal regained sole possession of the NHL scoring lead and the Hurricanes stayed unbeaten at home with a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
Joseph, Coyotes blank Kings (AP)
Wayne Gretzky proved he had enough of a mean streak to be a good coach, pushing the Phoenix Coyotes through a rugged practice Tuesday that included 45 minutes of all-out skating before they touched a puck. When it was over, the team was ready to give him a complete game. Curtis Joseph stopped the streaking Kings with his second shutout this season, and the Coyotes responded to Gretzky's...
Jagr scores two, Rangers beat Devils (AP)
The resurgent New York Rangers have quickly earned the New Jersey Devils' respect. Jaromir Jagr scored his NHL-leading 13th and 14th goals of the season and Michael Nylander also had two goals to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Devils on Thursday night. The Atlantic Division-leading Rangers have beaten the Devils twice in a season for the first time since 1996-97.
Carter, Gagne, Sim lead Flyers over Caps (AP)
From feisty goals to finesse ones, Jeff Carter showed he can do it all. Carter, Simon Gagne and Jon Sim each scored twice, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to an 8-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. ``I was disappointed with the way I started the season,'' said Carter, a former first-round pick who helped the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms win the Calder Cup last spring.
Laaksonen, Avs edge Mighty Ducks (AP)
Petr Sykora's shot from the slot squeezed through David Aebischer's pads and trickled to the goal line, wobbling as it came to a stop just inches short. For five seconds the puck sat on the line, so agonizingly close to going in, before Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles swooped in and cleared it away.
Streaking Bruins top Panthers (AP)
Boston's defense helped overcome the loss of Brian Leetch. Hannu Toivonen made 15 saves in the third period and finished with 29 in the Bruins' 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. ``We've been through a fair amount of adversity from the get-go,'' Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. ``I thought our defensemen stepped up, made great decisions and were the key to our success...
A tire war could be on the horizon for NASCAR, but Kia's participation in the sport? That's a bit less likely.
`Texas Terry' couldn't turn down chance to drive for former Cowboys QBs (AP)
Being a Texas native and longtime Dallas Cowboys fan, Terry Labonte realized the uniqueness of the call while he was still on the phone.
Skinner captures pole for Silverado 350 (SportsTicker)
Skinner matches two records in taking pole at Texas (AP)
Mike Skinner matched a pair of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series qualifying records Thursday in winning the pole for the Chevrolet Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Rusty Wallace racing for pride as career winds down (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - His championship hopes are over, leaving Rusty Wallace little to race for in the final three...
Smaller teams find hope in NASCAR proposal to scale back super teams (AP)
HAMPTON, Ga. – Cal Wells III sat outside his hauler at Atlanta Motor Speedway, surrounded on all sides by...
A glance at drivers in NASCAR's championship chase (AP)
The 10 drivers competing in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, in order of points standings DRIVER...
Fun-loving Edwards the big surprise in Cup (AP)
Carl Edwards is just about the perfect NASCAR Nextel Cup driver. The 26-year-old Edwards is fearless enough and...
Earnhardt heads 2006 Motorsports Hall of Fame class (AP)
The late Dale Earnhardt, a seven-time NASCAR champion, heads the latest class of inductees to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.