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Pistons Clobber Kings 102-88 (AP)
Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince, right, drives past Sacramento Kings guard Bonzi Wells, left, during the third quarter in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005.  The Pistons beat the Kings 102-88.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)AP - Tayshaun Prince scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting, and the Detroit Pistons emphatically snapped an eight-game losing streak in Sacramento with a 102-88 victory over the Kings on Tuesday night.


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Contrite Owens Apologizes for Comments (AP)
Philadelphia Eagles receiver Terrell Owens  reads a statement to the media outisde his Moorestown, N.J. home  Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. Owens was suspended by the Eagles on Monday. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)AP - For once, Terrell Owens put aside his pride, admitted he was wrong and pleaded for a second chance with the Philadelphia Eagles. The team appeared unmoved.


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Lakers Spoil Hawks' Home Opener (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant drives to the basket as Atlanta Hawks' Josh Childress defends in the first quarter in Atlanta, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)AP - Kobe Bryant scored 37 points, including two drives to spark a 14-2 second-half run, and the Los Angeles Lakers spoiled Atlanta's home opener, beating the Hawks 103-97 on Tuesday night.


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Bartolo Colon Wins AL Cy Young Award (AP)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws to the Texas Rangers during the first inning Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, in Anaheim, Calif. Colon won the American League Cy Young Award on Tuesday Nov. 8, 2005, in a surprisingly one-sided vote, becoming the first Angels pitcher in 41 years to take home the honor. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - Bartolo Colon always had the blazing fastball, the snappy sinker, the natural look of a No. 1 starter. Still, something was missing: consistency. So he learned to pull back a bit, focus on throwing strikes and getting grounders. Now, he's the dominant ace everyone envisioned, and he has an American League Cy Young Award to prove it.


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Turgeon Scores 500th Goal in Avs' Win (AP)
Colordo Avalanche center Pierre Turgeon, front, reaches out to put the puck in the net, for the 500th goal of his career, past San Jose Sharks goalie Vesa Toskala, of Finland, in the third period of the Avalanche's 5-2 victory in Denver, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. With the goal, Turgeon became the 34th player in league history to reach the milestone. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)AP - Pierre Turgeon became the 34th player in league history to reach 500 goals and Alex Tanguay scored twice, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.


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Repentant Owens apologizes to Eagles, coach and fans (Reuters)
Philadelphia Eagles' suspended wide receiver Terrell Owens (R) listens to his agent Drew Rosenhaus (L) after speaking to the media about his suspension in Moorestown, New Jersey November 8, 2005. (Tim Shaffer/Reuters)Reuters - Philadelphia Eagles outspoken wide receiver Terrell Owens apologized to his team mates, management and fans on Tuesday, extending an olive branch a day after being told he would never play for the team again.


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Magic's First Win Special for Francis (AP)
Orlando Magic guard Steve Francis, right, is fouled by Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (11) in the second half Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005 in Houston. Francis scored 27 points in the Magic's 76-74 win. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)AP - Steve Francis gave the proper answer, followed by the true one. He scored 27 points and had two big assists late in the Orlando Magic's 76-74 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. It was the Magic's first win of the season — and it came against the team that traded Francis to Orlando before last season.


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Bowden, Beattie to Interview With Red Sox (AP)
AP - Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and president Larry Lucchino are heading to the general managers' meetings to interview Washington's Jim Bowden as a potential replacement for departed GM Theo Epstein.

Adu, Gomez Fined for On-Field Incidents (AP)
AP - D.C. United midfielder Freddy Adu was fined $500 by MLS on Tuesday for a reckless foul against Chicago's Logan Pause in a playoff game last month.

Pitkanen Overcomes Blunder in Bruins Win (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers' Joni Pitkanen (44) of Finland passes Boston Bruins goalie Hannu Toivonen, also of Finland, as he celebrates after scoring the winning goal 1:55 into overtime to give the Flyers a 4-3 victory Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, in Philadelphia.  Pitkanen also scored the game-tying goal with 23.4 seconds left in regulation. (AP Photo/George Widman)AP - Joni Pitkanen went from goat to hero in a hurry. Pierre Turgeon needed almost two weeks to score his 500th goal.


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New England revelation
The Patriots remain in first place in the AFC East, but they're no longer material for the rankings' Top 12.

Owens apologizes to Eagles, McNabb, fans (AP)
Terrell Owens showed a contrite, sincere side that's usually overshadowed by his brash talking and selfish behavior. The Philadelphia Eagles didn't seem convinced. Hoping to overturn his dismissal from the Eagles, an emotional Owens on Tuesday apologized to coach Andy Reid, quarterback Donovan McNabb, the team's owner and president, and fans.

Roethlisberger to miss another game (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won't play for the second straight week as he recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery. Charlie Batch, who made his first start in four years in a 20-10 victory last Sunday in Green Bay, will go again Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh.

Colts have no time for celebration (AP)
Peyton Manning stood at his postgame news conference with a rare smile and an unusual twinkle in his eyes. He had finally won at New England, and for once, Manning wanted to savor the moment. By Tuesday morning, the celebration ended as the Indianapolis Colts looked ahead to their next game against Houston.

Pats struggling but still lead division (AP)
The team that won two straight Super Bowls can't even win two straight games. Depleted by injuries and dominated by Peyton Manning, the New England Patriots reached the midpoint of their season knowing they have little time to make a big improvement. ``We are back on that roller coaster,'' linebacker Rosevelt Colvin said.

Chiefs unsure about Holmes' availability (AP)
The Kansas City Chiefs still don't know when Priest Holmes will be able to return to the field. Holmes sustained a mild concussion at San Diego on Oct. 30 and was held out of Sunday's 27-23 victory over Oakland. He was in Miami on Tuesday getting a third opinion after seeing a specialist in California last week, and was expected to return to Kansas City on Tuesday night.

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 again 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...

Chiefs GM celebrates by breaking window (AP)
Before he could celebrate Kansas City's dramatic victory over Oakland on Sunday, Carl Peterson had to remove slivers of glass from his face, hair and clothing. When Larry Johnson went vaulting into the end zone on the final play, the Chiefs' president and general manager punched the window in his private suite so hard it shattered.

Revved up
Fueled by the red-hot Rip Hamilton, the Pistons have raced to the front of the pack in this week's rankings.

Bryant's 37 lead Lakers over Hawks (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks' new star couldn't slow Kobe Bryant. The Hawks' old smoking game clock didn't have any better luck, only causing delays that gave Bryant time to rest and point the Los Angeles Lakers' fast-break offense in a winning direction. Bryant scored 37 points, including two drives to spark a 14-2 second-half run, and the Lakers spoiled Atlanta's home opener, beating Joe Johnson and the...

Pistons end slide in Sacramento (AP)
When the Detroit Pistons were introduced before Tuesday night's game, the Arco Arena scoreboard flashed images of abandoned buildings, burned-out cars -- nearly every outdated, offensive stereotype of their hometown. Most of the Pistons didn't see the display, but they went out and wrecked the Sacramento Kings' home opener anyway.

Davis, Warriors hand Bucks first loss (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks couldn't pull off another comeback -- Baron Davis and Troy Murphy made sure of that. Davis had 20 points and 15 assists and the Golden State Warriors went 13-of-27 from 3-point range in a 110-103 victory over the Bucks on Tuesday night. ``We're not going to live and die on that,'' Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said of the long range shooting.

Grizzlies cruise past SuperSonics (AP)
Shane Battier isn't the kind of player who thinks about taking control of a game. He just plays hard and hopes things happen. ``I'm not good enough to say: 'I'm going to take over the game.' There are few guys who are,'' the Memphis Grizzlies forward said. ``But most basketball players start making a few jumpers and a couple of moves, and you start feeling good confidence-wise.

Francis enjoys Magic's win over Rockets (AP)
Steve Francis didn't have to say how happy he was after leading the Orlando Magic to a victory over his former team. His smile said it for him. Francis scored 27 points and had two assists to Jameer Nelson in the final two minutes Tuesday night as the Magic won for the first time in four games, a 76-74 win over the Houston Rockets.

Parker powers Spurs past Bulls in OT (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.

Kobe's wife pregnant with second child (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, are expecting the couple's second child in May, spokesman Rob Pelinka said Tuesday. The Bryants have a daughter, Natalia, who turns 3 in January. The story was first reported by ``Entertainment Tonight.'' The 27-year-old Bryant is beginning his 10th season with the Lakers.

James helps Cavs 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...

Power Rankings
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.

Turgeon scores 500th goal in Avs' win (AP)
His teammates surrounding him and a rare milestone behind, Pierre Turgeon had just one thought: ``Finally!'' Turgeon became the 34th player in league history to reach 500 goals and Alex Tanguay scored twice, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. Turgeon, in his 18th season, had been waiting for the milestone goal since scoring twice against...

Theodore helps Habs win fifth straight (AP)
Jose Theodore came up with a big game and the Montreal Canadiens eked out another one-goal win. Theodore stopped 32 shots and Richard Zednik scored midway through the third period, leading Montreal to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Defensemen Andrei Markov and Craig Rivet scored power-play goals to help the Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens extend their winning...

Predators top Oilers, end five-game skid (AP)
The Nashville Predators thought they were headed to overtime once again and worried they were letting another game slip away. Then Scott Hartnell put his hand on the puck and made sure they went home winners. Hartnell scored with 22.5 seconds left and Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots in the Nashville Predators' 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Joseph gets milestone win for Coyotes (AP)
Curtis Joseph isn't one to get caught up in personal statistics, but even he started peeking at the NHL's career victory list as he approached one of the game's best goaltenders. ``I looked at the list a little after 400,'' Joseph said. ``It's nice to be mentioned in the same breath as Grant Fuhr.'' Joseph made 26 saves to tie Fuhr for eighth place on the career wins list and Mike Comrie scored two...

Maple Leafs' flurry helps beat Capitals (AP)
Alexander Ovechkin scored twice again, and Toronto trailed by two again. This time, the Maple Leafs worked their way out of the hole. Alexei Ponikarovsky, Bryan McCabe, Mats Sundin and Carlo Colaiacovo scored in the third period and the Maple Leafs rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Capitals on Tuesday night.

Pitkanen nets tying, OT goal for Flyers (AP)
Joni Pitkanen made up for a costly defensive mistake. The 22-year-old Finnish defenseman scored the tying goal with 23.4 seconds left and added the winner 1:55 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. The Flyers won their fourth straight and seventh in a row at home, overcoming a two-goal deficit in the final 3:35 of regulation on goals by...

Isles' defense strong in win over Devils (AP)
After giving up 11 goals in two games, the New York Islanders got back to defensive basics against the New Jersey Devils. The result was a 4-1 win Tuesday night that ended their two-game losing streak. ``We just didn't throw the puck away,'' Islanders defenseman Brad Lukowich said. ``We showed more composure.

Crosby lifts Pens in his first MSG game (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.

Neely, Kharlamov, Costello go into Hall (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.

Civil clash
FORT WORTH, Texas – Mark Martin might have cost Tony Stewart some points at Texas, but Stewart's not exactly holding a grudge.

Former Indy winner to drive in GP Masters race (AP)
Former Indianapolis 500 champion Eddie Cheever will drive in South Africa in the inaugural Grand Prix Masters against other former Formula One drivers. The IRL team owner and driver, who appeared in 132 Formula One races from 1978 to 1989, will compete at Kyalami International Raceway from Friday through Sunday.

Rudd retiring from Nextel Cup (AP)
After 31 seasons and 786 consecutive starts, Ricky Rudd is just about done racing.

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

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