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Fresno St. Knocks Off WAC Bully Boise St. (AP)
Fresno State's Paul Williams runs for yardage in the first half against Boise State Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, in Fresno, Calif.(AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)AP - Four years of frustration flowed out of every heavy hit and every pinpoint pass when Fresno State finally ended Boise State's domination of the Bulldogs and the entire Western Athletic Conference with a 27-7 win Thursday night.


Crosby Beats Montreal in Historic Shootout (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) goes top shelf over Montreal Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore (60) to score the game-winning goal in a shootout in Pittsburgh Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005. The Penguins beat the Canadiens 3-2 with Crosby scoring twice in the contest.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AP - Sidney Crosby is spending his first NHL season learning from Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux. On a night Crosby lived up to his hype, he won a game by not copying Lemieux.


NFL Reaches Agreement to Return to L.A. (AP)
Paul Tagliabue, National Football League Commissioner, holds a news conference on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall after meeting with mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, in Los Angeles  Tagliabue met with the mayor to discuss professional football and the prospects of Southern California getting an NFL team. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)AP - The NFL and city officials have reached a preliminary agreement on terms to bring a team back to the Los Angeles Coliseum.


Williams Leads No. 18 Wake Forest to Win (AP)
Mississippi Valley State's Mike Thomas (23) is guarded by Wake Forest's Kyle Visser (55) and Eric Williams (31)during the first half of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum, Winston-Salem,N.C., Thursday, Nov. 10,2005. (AP Photo/ Rusty Burroughs)AP - Eric Williams figures it's going to take time for No. 18 Wake Forest to adjust to new roles and changed faces this season. That much was clear Thursday night.


Carpenter Wins NL Cy Young Award (AP)
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter keeps his eyes on his pitch during the first inning against the New York Mets in St. Louis, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005. Carpenter won the NL Cy Young Award on Thursday Nov. 10, 2005, capping a satisfying comeback from shoulder surgery that jeopardized his career only a few years ago.  (AP Photo/James A. Finley)AP - Chris Carpenter was ready to call it quits. Toiling in Double-A two years ago, trying to work his way back from shoulder surgery, he pitched a game in Tennessee just before the All-Star break and couldn't even play catch afterward because his right arm hurt so much.


Ex-Steeler Courson Dies in Accident (AP)
Steve Courson, a former offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, testifies regarding the NFL's steroid policy during a hearing at the House Committee on Government Reform on Capitol Hill, April 27, 2005. Courson, an early outspoken opponent of steroid use in the NFL, was killed Thursday, Nov. 10 when a tree he was cutting fell on him near his Farmington, Pa. home. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file)AP - Steve Courson, the former offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers who developed a heart problem after becoming one of the first NFL players to acknowledge using steroids, was killed Thursday when a tree he was cutting fell on him.


Wade Helps Heat Beat McGrady-Less Rockets (AP)
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) tries to take the ball away from a fallen Houston Rockets guard Derek Anderson (8) during the first half of the Thursday, Nov.  10, 2005 game in Miami, as they scramble for a loose ball. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)AP - Dwyane Wade scored 25 points and Jason Williams had eight of his 13 in the final quarter as the Miami Heat rallied from a late eight-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 88-84 on Thursday night.


Roger Clemens Files for Free Agency (AP)
AP - Roger Clemens was among the final seven players to file for free agency Thursday night.

Revolution's Twellman Wins MLS MVP (AP)
New England Revolution's Taylor Twellman, right, tries to control the ball against the D.C. United Christian Gomez, left, during the first half in Foxboro, Mass., in this May 14, 2005 file photo. Twellman and the Revolution will get a second chance at a MLS Cup title on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005.   (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)AP - MLS scoring leader Taylor Twellman was selected the league's MVP on Thursday, three days before the New England Revolution forward is to play in the MLS Cup against the Los Angeles Galaxy.


Sullivan's Hat Trick Lifts Predators (AP)
Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco, center, eyes the puck as Nashville Predators right wing Steve Sullivan (26) and Dallas' Trevor Daley (6) skate in during the first period in Nashville, Tenn. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005.(AP Photo/John Russell)AP - Steve Sullivan scored three goals, two on the power play, and had a chance at a fourth with a penalty shot in the Nashville Predators' 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.


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

McNabb says Eagles moving on minus T.O. (AP)
When a door to the auditorium of the Eagles practice facility suddenly flew open, a startled Donovan McNabb could have been excused for thinking it was some familiar hot air -- not a brisk wind -- that was the culprit. ``Somebody's trying to get back in here,'' a smiling McNabb said Thursday. While supernatural terror likely won't be added to the lengthy list of ways Terrell Owens tormented the...

NFL reaches agreement on L.A. return (AP)
The NFL and city officials have reached a preliminary agreement on terms to bring a team back to the Los Angeles Coliseum. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue made the announcement Thursday on the steps of City Hall. But he didn't identify a potential tenant or speculate when Los Angeles might get the team. He also spoke positively about a team playing at a facility proposed for the Angel Stadium parking...

Lions to start Harrington vs. Cardinals (AP)
Quarterback Joey Harrington is getting another chance to start for the Detroit Lions. With Jeff Garcia still bothered by a sore leg, Lions coach Steve Mariucci said Thursday that Harrington will start Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. ``We are about where we were last week,'' Mariucci said.

Patriots lose CB Starks for season (AP)
Duane Starks was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a bad shoulder, ending the season for the cornerback who replaced Ty Law in the New England secondary. The move further depletes an injury-riddled secondary that was just abused by the Indianapolis Colts with Starks as one of the main victims. He was benched for the second half of Monday night's 40-21 loss and was beaten for five touchdowns...

Ex-Steeler Courson dies in tree accident (AP)
Steve Courson, the former offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers who developed a heart problem after becoming one of the first NFL players to acknowledge using steroids, was killed Thursday when a tree he was cutting fell on him. Courson, 50, was using a chain saw to cut down a dead 44-foot tall tree with a circumference of 5 feet when it fell on him, according to state police.

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...

Seahawks reduce role of ailing Rhodes (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.

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.

Vick says he could work 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.

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

Wade helps Heat rally past Rockets (AP)
They were tired from six games in nine nights, frustrated with their play and on the cusp of falling two games under .500. So Dwyane Wade decided to spark the Miami Heat. Wade had 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists -- plus gave a fourth-quarter pep talk as Miami rallied from a late eight-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 88-84 on Thursday night.

Clippers beat winless Hawks, go to 5-1 (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers have their best start after six games in 20 years, and they are dreaming of an even better finish. ``We want to be one of the top teams in the West, and we think we are,'' Elton Brand said after he scored 23 points to lead the Clippers past the winless Atlanta Hawks 102-95 Thursday night.

James towers over Cleveland on billboard (AP)
Already the city's most famous citizen, LeBron James has never been bigger in Cleveland. He's 10-stories tall. As a way of acknowledging the All-Star forward's impact, Nike has hung a billboard of James on the side of a building near Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavaliers, that is 110 feet high and 212 feet wide.

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.

Blazers drop Brown, Knicks to 0-4 (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...

Wolves contain Bryant, top Lakers 88-74 (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.

Nets coach Frank fined $25,000 (AP)
New Jersey Nets coach Lawrence Frank was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for failing to leave the court in a timely matter after Monday's loss at Miami. Frank was also cited for verbal abuse of a game official by Stu Jackson, the NBA's senior vice president of basketball operations. Frank was upset that Jason Kidd was called for a foul with 5.2 seconds left, and Dwyane Wade made a free throw...

Iverson sparks 76ers past Mavs 112-97 (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...

Duncan lifts Spurs over winded 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.

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.

Crosby's SO goal lifts Pens over Habs (AP)
Sidney Crosby is spending his first NHL season learning from Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux. On a night Crosby lived up to his hype, he won a game by not copying Lemieux. The 18-year-old rookie beat Jose Theodore with a backhander for the only goal in the first shootout in Montreal Canadiens history and Pittsburgh recovered after losing a two-goal lead for a 3-2 victory Thursday night.

Heatley scores twice, Senators win again (AP)
Dany Heatley has made the most of his fresh start. Heatley scored two goals and set a franchise record for the longest consecutive point streak, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. ``When I saw him in training camp, he didn't look like a special player,'' Senators goalie Dominik Hasek said, laughing.

Surging Rangers beat slumping champs (AP)
Dominic Moore and the New York Rangers passed another challenge. Moore scored twice during New York's four-goal third period and the Rangers sent the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning to their fifth straight loss with a 5-2 victory on Thursday night. ``They're a talented hockey club, and we looked forward to this game as a good test for us to see where we're at,'' Moore said.

Hapless Blues lose 10th in a row (AP)
The St. Louis Blues are in such a miserable rut, they're scoring into their own net. Jim Vandermeer scored two goals, one tapped in by a hapless opponent, to help the Chicago Blackhawks run the Blues' franchise-record losing streak to 10 with a 4-2 victory on Thursday night. ``You could say when it goes it goes,'' said Blues forward Mark Rycroft, whose first-period gaffe fueled the latest setback.

Flyers rally for 8th straight home win (AP)
Patrick Sharp picked the perfect time to show his offensive side. Sharp scored two goals, including the tiebreaker early in the third period, and the Philadelphia Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the New York Islanders 3-2 Thursday night for their fifth straight victory. Sharp's performance -- with help from linemates Jeff Carter and Brian Savage -- came when the Flyers' high-scoring line...

Sullivan scores three as Preds top Stars (AP)
It was hard to say what was more satisfying to Steve Sullivan -- his second hat trick in two seasons with the Nashville Predators or the fact that the power play was clicking again. Sullivan scored three goals, two on the power play, and had a chance at a fourth with a penalty shot in the Predators' 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

'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...

Pens bring up Fleury to replace Caron (AP)
Former top draft choice Marc-Andre Fleury was recalled Thursday by the Pittsburgh Penguins because of an injury to goaltender Sebastien Caron. No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft was brought back for the second time in slightly more than a month. He was chosen as the AHL's top goaltender for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in October despite spending part of the month in Pittsburgh.

Lang's OT goal gets Red Wings past 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.

Iffy limit
AVONDALE, Ariz. – NASCAR's limit on team ownership might not accomplish what it's intended to.

NASCAR sets cap on cars at four, five-car Roush team has until '09 to comply (AP)
Big-money teams will be allowed to field only four cars under a cap limit set by NASCAR on Thursday, a move that infuriated the five-car Roush Racing organization.

Former NASCAR driver Hutcherson dies at 73 (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former NASCAR driver Dick Hutcherson, who won 14 races in 103 starts in the 1960s, has...

Martin is relishing his best season yet (AP)
Mr. Negative is suddenly Mr. Positive. Mark Martin, long known for his gloomy, pessimistic ways, now is predicting...

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:...

Biffle fades from favorite to long shot (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Greg Biffle opened the season as the driver to beat. Winner of five of the first 15 races,...

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.

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