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NEWS FROM 2005-11-08
Colts Clobber Patriots 40-21 (AP)
AP - Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts finally scaled their personal Everest. Maybe now, after routing the New England Patriots 40-21 on Monday night, they'll admit this could be a super season.
Eagles: Owens Won't Return This Season (AP)
AP - There's no T.O. in team, and the Philadelphia Eagles have had enough. Terrell Owens' brief — but tumultuous — time in Philadelphia ended Monday when the All-Pro wide receiver was told not to return to the team this season.
Wade Doing Everything He Can for the Heat (AP)
AP - Dwyane Wade is trying to do everything he can to help the Miami Heat win without Shaquille O'Neal.
Crosby Top Star in His Garden Debut (AP)
AP - Like a true Broadway star, rookie Sidney Crosby stole the spotlight. And he took it from Mark Messier in Madison Square Garden, no less.
Alabama Moves Into Third in BCS Standings (AP)
AP - Southern California and Texas have a new team on their tails in the race to the Rose Bowl. Alabama moved into third place — slightly ahead of Miami — in the Bowl Championship Series standings, putting unbeaten 'Bama in position to play for a national title if the first-place Trojans or Longhorns stumble down the stretch.
Manning, Colts wins QB showdown with Pats (Reuters)
Reuters - Peyton Manning
finally beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the
battle of star quarterbacks on Monday, leading the undefeated
Indianapolis Colts to a 40-21 rout of the battered champions.
NBA Today (AP)
AP - Detroit at Sacramento (10 p.m. EST). The Kings host the undefeated Pistons (3-0).
Wide Eligibility for World Baseball (AP)
AP - With general managers gathered for their annual meetings, the commissioner's office was set to announce remaining sites for next year's inaugural World Baseball Classic — a tournament that could see some unusual roster decisions.
Nolan's Goal Gives Bolton 1-0 Victory (AP)
AP - Kevin Nolan's goal in the 32nd minute gave Bolton a 1-0 victory Monday over Tottehman, lifting Wanderers into third place in England.
Hockey Today (AP)
AP - Tampa Bay at Montreal (7:30 p.m. EST). Saku Koivu and the Canadiens have won four straight, while the Lightning have lost three in a row.
A cut above
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Colts were sharper than ever in manufacturing a gem of a performance to beat New England.
Manning, Colts dominate Pats, go to 8-0 (AP)
Last week, Peyton Manning played ``The King.'' On Monday night, he played like the King of the NFL, leading the Indianapolis Colts over their personal Everest. Maybe now, after routing the New England Patriots 40-21 on Monday night, they'll admit this could be a super season. Manning shrugged off his 0-7 record at Foxborough with an intelligent dissection of the two-time defending champions.
Eagles: Owens won't return this season (AP)
There's no T.O. in team, and the Philadelphia Eagles have had enough. Terrell Owens' brief -- but tumultuous -- time in Philadelphia ended Monday when the All-Pro wide receiver was told not to return to the team this season. ``This decision is a result of a large number of situations that accumulated over a long period of time, during which Terrell had been warned repeatedly about the consequences...
Panthers cheerleaders face charges (AP)
Two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders were arrested at a bar where witnesses told police the women were having sex in a restroom stall, angering patrons waiting in line. Renee Thomas, 20, of Pittsboro, N.C., and Angela Keathley, 26, of Belmont, N.C., were taken to Hillsborough County Jail early Sunday. Witnesses said the women were having sex with each other in a stall at the club in the Channelside...
Jets QB Bollinger to start vs. Panthers (AP)
Vinny Testaverde and Wayne Chrebet have shared some pretty good times with the New York Jets. But those seem as far away as a trip to the playoffs. In another bizarre twist to an already strange season, their time together may have come to an end Sunday. Chrebet is out for the season after sustaining another concussion in a loss to San Diego, and his career is almost certainly over.
Giants spelling success with a 'D' (AP)
Defense has traditionally been one of the cornerstones of the New York Giants, embodied by players like Sam Huff, Andy Robustelli and Lawrence Taylor. After a shaky start, the current unit has begun to forge an identity of its own. Criticized earlier in the season for allowing too many yards through the air, the defense has given up just three touchdowns in its last four games as New York has taken...
Former 'Skins RB Smith pleads not guilty (AP)
Former Washington Redskins star Timmy Smith and his brother pleaded not guilty Monday to cocaine possession charges. Prosecutors accuse the 41-year-old Smith and brother Chris of trying to sell cocaine to an undercover drug agent in September. They were arrested after Timmy Smith allegedly delivered 20 ounces of cocaine to an undercover agent in a restaurant parking lot.
At halfway, Redskins are in playoff hunt (AP)
Playoff talk isn't taboo among the Washington Redskins, even with half of the season still to play. ``I started thinking playoffs the first game of the season, I'll be honest,'' H-back Chris Cooley said Monday. ``That's the goal, you've got to think about it. We're for sure talking about what we've got to do in our division to get there, what it takes to get there.
Carswell: 'Thanks for the support' (AP)
Less than two weeks after he was critically injured in a car crash, Denver Broncos offensive tackle Dwayne Carswell made an appearance at team headquarters on Monday. After telling reporters, ``I'm improving. Thanks for the support,'' he walked gingerly to a waiting vehicle and was driven home. It wasn't clear how long he had been at the Broncos' complex, or why.
Batch, Staley illustrate Steelers' depth (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger was back in Pittsburgh, resting his surgically repaired knee on a couch. Jerome Bettis walked the sideline in practice gear as he rested a sore thigh, a towel draped around his neck to ward off Green Bay's damp cold. James Farrior, an All-Pro linebacker last season and arguably the team's best all-around player?
Fueled by the red-hot Rip Hamilton, the Pistons have raced to the front of the pack in this week's rankings.
Wade stars late, Heat edge Nets 90-89 (AP)
Vince Carter and Lawrence Frank vehemently argued for a foul, and Alonzo Mourning later acknowledged that the New Jersey Nets may have had a point. Yet to Mourning and the Miami Heat, what ultimately mattered was being one point better. Dwyane Wade made a free throw with 5.2 seconds left, then blocked Carter's potentially game-winning layup at the buzzer to give Miami a 90-89 win over New Jersey on...
Parker powers Spurs to overtime win (AP)
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich wanted a timeout, but Tony Parker saw an opportunity he couldn't pass up. So he headed toward the basket, broke the tie, and led the San Antonio Spurs to a 104-95 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Parker scored eight of his 22 in overtime, and Tim Duncan finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds.
LeBron, Cavaliers drop Raptors to 0-4 (AP)
Toronto coach Sam Mitchell is thinking about benching some players after the Raptors' first 0-4 start in their 11-year history. ``John Wooden said the best teacher is the bench,'' Mitchell said Monday night after Toronto's 105-93 loss to Cleveland. ``If I go that route, and I haven't decided, it won't be because I'm angry.
Timberwolves hand Clippers first loss (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves were simply way too easy to score against last season, and new coach Dwane Casey is determined to reverse that trend. Kevin Garnett had 22 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to lead the defensive-minded Timberwolves past the Los Angeles Clippers 93-78 on Monday night. Facing former teammate Sam Cassell for the second time in three nights, Garnett made up for Saturday's...
Okur's career-best game lifts Jazz in OT (AP)
Mehmet Okur has gone from role player to go-to guy for the Utah Jazz. Okur scored seven of his career-high 31 points in overtime, and Utah beat the Charlotte Bobcats 95-91 on Monday night. Andrei Kirilenko added 20 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz, who recovered after blowing a 14-point third-quarter lead.
Warriors keep Knicks winless (AP)
New York coach Larry Brown is still trying to find the right combination that will bring the Knicks their first victory. Desperate for a win, Brown tinkered with the New York lineup, playing rookies David Lee, Channing Frye and Nate Robinson together, and it seemed to spark the Knicks. However, Golden State proved to be too much for New York, as Jason Richardson had 24 points to lead the Warriors...
Bryant, Lakers pull away from Nuggets (AP)
Chris Mihm was so ineffective in the Los Angeles Lakers' first two games of the season that he didn't even play in the second half of Game 2. He was way, way better Sunday night. Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, Mihm had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 112-92 Sunday night.
Abdur-Rahim lifts Kings to first win (AP)
Shareef Abdur-Rahim stayed humble in victory. The power forward scored Sacramento's final six points and sealed the win with a blocked shot in the final seconds as the Kings beat the Phoenix Suns 118-117 on Sunday night. Then he acknowledged that he could have been the scapegoat after missing two free throws with the Suns leading 114-112 with 1:16 to play.
Minus McGrady, Rockets lose to Hornets (AP)
The Houston Rockets failed their first test playing without Tracy McGrady. With their superstar sidelined three weeks with back spasms, the Rockets struggled down the stretch on Saturday night, losing to the New Orleans Hornets 91-84. The Rockets found out before the game that McGrady could be out for the rest of November after hurting his back during Friday's practice.
There's a lot to like about the new NHL, but don't count the schedule – void of a Power Rankings showdown – on the list of positives.
Crosby leads Pens in first game at MSG (AP)
Sidney Crosby's first goal in Madison Square Garden helped the Pittsburgh Penguins get out of last place. Crosby -- the game's first star -- scored his fifth goal in his 15th NHL game and Mario Lemieux picked on a familiar opponent in the Penguins' 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday night.
Turco, Stars end Oilers' winning streak (AP)
Marty Turco credited his teammates' defensive approach for his 22nd career shutout. Turco made 16 saves and Junior Lessard scored his first NHL goal as the Dallas Stars beat Edmonton 4-0 Monday night, ending the Oilers' five-game winning streak. The Stars held the Oilers to their season low for shots, and Dallas got a goal and an assist each from Mike Modano and Stephane Robidas.
Phaneuf scores late, Flames top Canucks (AP)
Rookie defenseman Dion Phaneuf gave the Calgary Flames another home victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Phaneuf scored on a two-man advantage with 2:20 left in the third period Monday night to give the Calgary Flames a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Jarome Iginla worked the puck to Phaneuf, who one-timed a hard slap shot from 40 feet past goaltender Alex Auld.
Three inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame (AP)
Former Boston Bruins star Cam Neely was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday along with late Soviet forward Valeri Kharlamov and Canadian amateur hockey leader Murray Costello. The 40-year-old Neely, who recently rejoined the Bruins as an ambassador, had 395 goals and 299 assists in 726 regular-season games in a career cut short by injuries at age 31.
Penguins' LeClair still out indefinitely (AP)
Penguins forward John LeClair was examined by team doctors in Pittsburgh for the second straight day Monday, but it was still too soon to determine when he could return from a freak injury that left him with broken bones in his face. Doctors still believe that surgery won't be necessary for LeClair's injuries to heal.
Blues lose team-record eighth straight (AP)
Tomas Holmstrom's job has gotten a whole lot easier in the new NHL. Holmstrom scored two goals and added an assist, and the Detroit Red Wings stayed perfect on the road with a 4-1 victory over the slumping St. Louis Blues on Sunday night. Over the years, Holmstrom absorbed much punishment while camping in front of the opponent's net.
Ovechkin scores twice, Caps top Leafs (AP)
Alexander Ovechkin reached an early milestone Sunday with a two-goal performance. What made it even better was it came in a Washington Capitals victory. Ovechkin, the top pick in the 2004 NHL draft, scored the 10th goal of his young career, both on power plays, to lead the Capitals to a 5-4 win Sunday over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Robitaille lifts Wild over Ducks in SO (AP)
Teemu Selanne's gunslinger antics in the shootout were a lot funnier to the Minnesota Wild once they had dispatched the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Randy Robitaille netted the deciding goal in the tiebreaker after his team blew a two-goal lead, Mikko Koivu scored his first NHL goal and Stephane Veilleux recorded his first of the season to lead the Wild to a 4-3 victory over the Mighty Ducks on Sunday...
Rookie Seabrook lifts 'Hawks again in OT (AP)
Rookie Brent Seabrook is showing a veteran's touch late in games. For the second time in less than a week, Seabrook scored in overtime -- this one lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night. ``He's got great hockey sense,'' coach Trent Yawney said. ``He's seeing the ice as well as probably any young player on defense in the game right now.'' After...
FORT WORTH, Texas – Mark Martin might have cost Tony Stewart some points at Texas, but Stewart's not exactly holding a grudge.
Busch, McMurray cleared to drive for new teams in 2006 (SportsTicker)
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Jamie McMurray received his release from Chip Ganassi Racing on Monday, clearing the way for a driver swap that affects three teams in 2006.
McMurray gains release from Ganassi, clears way for three-team shuffle (AP)
Jamie McMurray gained his release from Chip Ganassi Racing on Monday, clearing the way for a driver swap that affects three teams.
Bobby Labonte, Joe Gibbs Racing to part ways (SportsTicker)
HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Bobby Labonte and Joe Gibbs Racing will part ways at the end of the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season.
Former NASCAR champ Labonte parts with Joe Gibbs (AP)
Former NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte and Joe Gibbs Racing said Monday they will part ways at the end of the season after 11 years together.
Edwards wins second in a row; points race tightens (AP)
Carl Edwards is having fun, and that translates to success on the racetrack.
"Chase" field reduced to three drivers with a legitimate shot (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Edwards wins second in a row, climbs to third in the standings (SportsTicker)
Biffle's day goes from promising to costing ground in Cup chase (AP)
Greg Biffle was out in front and seemingly headed for the strong showing he wanted -- and needed -- in Texas. He then started getting bad vibrations.