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Pacers Beat Heat for Second Time in Week (AP)
Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal, left, fouls Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning on Mourning's shot during the first quarter in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)AP - The Indiana Pacers continue to do things the hard way. For the second straight game, the Pacers found themselves trailing by double-digits in the second half. This time, they were able to overcome the deficit and defeat Miami 95-90 on Wednesday night.


Cox, Guillen Voted Managers of the Year (AP)
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen smiles as he carries the World Series trophy after being named American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)AP - The way Ozzie Guillen works a dugout, impatiently bouncing around and chattering away from the first pitch to the final out, it's hard to believe he calls steady Bobby Cox a mentor. Different styles, both successful.


Chiefs' Priest Holmes Out for Season (AP)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes is all alone as he runs 60 yards for a touchdown to give the Chiefs a 27-21 lead over the Washington Resdkins in this Oct. 16, 2005 file photo, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.. Holmes will miss the rest of the season because of the lingering effects of a helmet-to-helmet hit. Holmes,  three-time Pro Bowler whose 66 touchdowns between 2002-2004 are an NFL record for any three-year span, was injured Oct. 30 during the Chiefs' loss at San Diego. He was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AP - Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes will miss the rest of the season because of head and neck trauma diagnosed by three experts on spinal injuries.


Eagles Place Owens on Suspended List (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 - The Philadelphia Eagles have placed Terrell Owens on the reserve/suspended list, meaning he cannot practice or play with the team.


Clijsters Loses Again at WTA Championships (AP)
Amelie Mauresmo, of France, returns a shot to Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, at the WTA Tour Championships, Wednesday night, Nov. 9, 2005, in Los Angeles. Mauresmo won 6-3, 7-6 (4). (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - Amelie Mauresmo defeated U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the WTA Championships on Wednesday night, jeopardizing the Belgian's chances of making the semifinals and challenging Lindsay Davenport for the year-end No. 1 ranking.


Former NFL Player Darryll Lewis Arrested (AP)
San Diego Chargers' Darryll Lewis races into the end zone for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in this Sept. 26, 1999, file photo in San Diego. Lewis, 36, was arrested Monday, Nov. 7, 2005, outside his parents' home in West Covina, Calif. for investigation of evading arrest, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest after leading police on a 30-minute chase that ended with five officers forcefully dragging him to the ground. He was being held on $75,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)AP - Former NFL defensive back Darryll Lewis was charged Wednesday with evading police during a 30-minute chase that ended with five officers forcibly dragging him to the ground.


James hits 31 as Cavaliers silence SuperSonics (Reuters)
LeBron James (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers is fouled by Nick Collison of the Seattle SuperSonics while going to the hoop in the first quarter of game at the Q Arena in Cleveland, Ohio November 9, 2005. (Ron Kuntz/Reuters)Reuters - LeBron James poured in a game-high 31 points, including 11-of-11 from the free-throw line, as the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to a 112-85 win over the Seattle SuperSonics Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.


Selig: Yes on Steroids Laws, No on Replay (AP)
AP - Bud Selig favors revised congressional legislation that would suspend players for a half-season following a first failed steroids test.

Top MLS Defender Fraser Retires (AP)
AP - Two-time MLS defender of the year Robin Fraser of the Columbus Crew is retiring from professional soccer.

Lang's OT Goal Wins It for Red Wings (AP)
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera (35) stops a Detroit Red Wings' Steve Yzerman (19) shot in the second period in Detroit, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AP - Robert Lang scored 1:39 into overtime Wednesday night to give the Detroit Red Wings a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.


AFC midterm grades
Only two teams deserved straight "A" work, and only one division received passing marks for all four teams.

Union asks that Eagles reinstate Owens (AP)
The NFL Players Association wants the Philadelphia Eagles to cut Terrell Owens if they're not going to reinstate him after his four-game suspension is over. ``We're not asking them to play him, we can't force them to do that,'' Gene Upshaw, the NFLPA's executive director, said Wednesday. ``But if they're not going to let him come back to practice and do all the other things associated with that,...

Chiefs RB Holmes to miss rest of season (AP)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes will miss the rest of the season because of head and neck trauma diagnosed by three experts on spinal injuries. A helmet-to-helmet blow he absorbed on Oct. 30 against San Diego was the most recent problem for the 32-year-old running back. But coach Dick Vermeil said Wednesday signs of trouble first showed up when Holmes developed tingling in his hands...

Rhodes' role reduced with Seahawks (AP)
Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren and his good friend and defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes had already agreed to a reduced work load in September, after the 55-year-old Rhodes had a stroke. ``But he cheated,'' Holmgren said Wednesday. So now, five days after Rhodes' second stroke-like episode in two months, Holmgren is going to Plan B.

Roethlisberger: Didn't want to come out (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger did what many pro football fans do on a Sunday afternoon. He sat in his living room with a couple of friends, eating pizza and chicken wings and yelling for his team. He never wants to do it again, not as long as the players he is rooting on are his teammates. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback was off crutches Wednesday for the first time since having arthroscopic right knee...

Favre feels ``lethargic'', skips practice (AP)
Brett Favre took a day off at the coach's request. He didn't try to argue. ``I just kind of feel lethargic,'' the three-time MVP said Wednesday. ``I could have practiced, I would have been fine. It would have been tough.'' Who can blame his lack of motivation? The Packers haven't been 1-7 since Favre was 17 -- and he never lost more than eight games in any of his previous 13 seasons in Green Bay.

Vikings CB Smoot out 4-to-6 weeks (AP)
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Fred Smoot is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a broken right collarbone. Smoot initially injured his shoulder Oct. 30 at Carolina and got hurt again last week against Detroit -- sitting out briefly before returning. The initial diagnosis was a painful but minor injury called a stinger, but athletic trainer Chuck Barta said Wednesday that an MRI revealed a...

Ravens cut backup QB Kordell Stewart (AP)
Kordell Stewart was cut Wednesday by the Baltimore Ravens, who no longer need him as a backup quarterback now that Kyle Boller has returned from a toe injury. Stewart was signed on Sept. 11 after Boller hyperextended his right big toe in the opener against Indianapolis. Playing as the backup to Anthony Wright, Stewart appeared in only one game, entering for a single series last Sunday against...

Vick wouldn't mind teaming up with Owens (AP)
Michael Vick wouldn't mind having Terrell Owens line up at receiver for the Atlanta Falcons -- as long as T.O. understands one thing. ``This is my team,'' Vick said Wednesday. Besides, No. 7 already has provided a resounding response to those who criticize his passing numbers and deride him as nothing more than a freak of an athlete masquerading as a quarterback.

Peyton's next quest: Beating Texans (AP)
Three new questions are becoming part of Peyton Manning's regular routine. With a victory over the New England Patriots behind him, everyone's now asking Manning whether the Indianapolis Colts can remain unbeaten, claim home-field advantage and, finally, get to the Super Bowl. Manning isn't biting. ``On the conference call, people were asking me about going undefeated and T.O., and really it's kind...

Surprise parties
The NBA's opening week offered some unexpected gifts to teams in L.A., Phoenix, Atlanta, Boston and Chicago.

Randolph, Blazers keep Knicks winless (AP)
Zach Randolph feels like his old self after spending the summer rehabbing from knee surgery. Randolph had 29 points and 12 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers kept the New York Knicks winless with a 95-83 victory Wednesday night. Randolph, who averaged in double figures in both points and rebounds when he was the league's Most Improved Player in 2003-04, injured his knee midway through last...

Artest comes up big as Pacers beat Heat (AP)
The Indiana Pacers continue to do things the hard way. For the second straight game, the Pacers found themselves trailing by double-digits in the second half. This time, they were able to overcome the deficit and defeat Miami 95-90 on Wednesday night. Ron Artest led Indiana with 24 points and eight rebounds, and Jermaine O'Neal added 17 points and eight boards.

T-Wolves slow down Kobe, beat Lakers (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves have spent a lot of time talking about becoming a defensive team. Now they're starting to play like one. The Timberwolves snapped Kobe Bryant's 30-point game streak at four and Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 15 rebounds in an 88-74 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

James leads Cavaliers past Sonics (AP)
Donyell Marshall couldn't believe his eyes. LeBron James had again done the impossible. Left with no other option, Marshall lobbed a pass skyward and hoped James could somehow soar high enough to get it. And as is usually the case, James did much more than that. He caught it, cuffed it and rammed it through the hoop.

Iverson, Sixers run past Mavericks (AP)
All it took for the Philadelphia 76ers to play well was for everyone to get involved. Allen Iverson scored 25 points and keyed a decisive 15-0 run to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 112-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. Andre Iguodala scored 22 points, Kyle Korver 20 and Chris Webber had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who opened a season-long four-game homestand with...

Clippers hand Wizards first loss, 102-97 (AP)
Elton Brand's latest double-double ended Washington's unbeaten start. Brand scored 31 points on 14 of 18 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers handed the Wizards their first loss of the season with a 102-97 victory Wednesday night. Brand's double-double was the 181st of his career, tying him with Loy Vaught for the Clippers' franchise record.

Duncan, Spurs beat exhausted Bobcats (AP)
After a sloppy first half of play, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich lit into the Spurs at halftime and told them to return to what they do best: Putting the ball in Tim Duncan's hands. Duncan scored 15 of his 29 points in the third quarter to help the Spurs take control over the winded Charlotte Bobcats and roll to a 94-86 victory on Wednesday night.

Camby, Nuggets beat road-weary Kings (AP)
Marcus Camby stepped up for the Denver Nuggets when they needed him most. Camby scored eight of his 20 points during Denver's 18-3 run in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds and six blocked shots, helping the Nuggets pull away for a 107-91 victory over the road-weary Kings on Wednesday night. ``I think guys stepped up, guys played for each other and it's always fun to play that way,'' Camby...

Carter, Jefferson lead Nets past Jazz (AP)
The New Jersey Nets' Big Three might soon increase by one. Nenad Krstic scored a season-high 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting Wednesday night, including two big baskets in the fourth quarter that helped the Nets maintain a double-digit lead in an eventual 91-83 win over Utah. New Jersey's talented trio of Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson and Jason Kidd also contributed.

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.

'Canes win team-record eighth straight (AP)
Erik Cole made NHL history and the Carolina Hurricanes kept on winning. Cole became the first player to be awarded two penalty shots in one game, scoring on the first, and the Hurricanes got their franchise-record eighth straight victory, 5-3 over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night. He was awarded the first penalty shot while the Hurricanes were short-handed in the third period after being...

Lang's OT goal lifts Red Wings by Kings (AP)
An overtime goal helped the Detroit Red Wings forget several mistakes. Robert Lang scored 1:39 into overtime Wednesday night to give Detroit a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings after the Red Wings blew a two-goal lead late in the third period. ``We made some mistakes,but I thought it was a good game for our team to play,'' Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

Slumping Blues lose ninth straight (AP)
The hard times continue for the St. Louis Blues. David Vyborny scored two goals and Marc Denis stopped 24 shots to help the Columbus Blue Jackets to a victory Wednesday night that extended the Blues' franchise-record losing streak to nine games. ``We've hit rock bottom,'' Blues forward Mike Sillinger said.

Rangers rally late, edge Panthers in SO (AP)
Petr Prucha is a rookie until the shootout. Prucha scored the only goal in the shootout Wednesday night to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. It was the second time in five nights Prucha scored the game-winner in a shootout, the Rangers' only winners this season in the tiebreaker format.

Thrashers power past Penguins 5-0 (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers finally addressed their weakness in penalty kill situations by avoiding penalties. A little discipline Wednesday night carried the Thrashers a long way in a 5-0 victory over Pittsburgh. The Thrashers killed the Penguins' only three power-play opportunities and outshot the visitors 20-8 in the decisive second period when they took a 3-0 lead.

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...

Pens still unsure how long LeClair's out (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins still don't know how long forward John LeClair will be out after breaking several bones in his right cheekbone during a practice mishap. LeClair was struck by a puck just below his right eye during the Penguins' pregame skate Saturday in Boston, before the third game of a five-game road trip.

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.

Midweek observations
Tim Brown's NASCAR plans are slowing down, while NBC – unfortunately – could be coming back.

Four-time Indy 500 winner has tumor removed from liver (AP)
Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser was resting and expected to make a full recovery after doctors in Colorado removed a tumor from his liver Wednesday. ``He's good for another 100,000 miles,'' joked Unser's wife, Susan. ``The doctor is 99 percent sure they got all of it. There's no evidence it spread anywhere.'' The surgery was performed at University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.

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.

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