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NEWS FROM 2005-11-13
No. 15 Auburn Nips No. 9 Georgia 31-30 (AP)
AP - Auburn's hopes of reaching the Southeastern Conference championship game took a major blow before the kickoff. The Tigers didn't let it get them down.
Score in Last Second Gives Oregon the Win (AP)
AP - Paul Martinez made a 19-yard field goal with a second left to give No. 11 Oregon a 34-31 victory over Washington State on Saturday night.
No. 5 LSU Ends No. 4 Alabama's Title Hopes (AP)
AP - Alabama's defense couldn't bail out the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide this time — or rescue its national title hopes. JaMarcus Russell kept No. 5 LSU's own championship aspirations alive by hitting Dwayne Bowe in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown in overtime, lifting the Tigers to a 16-13 victory on Saturday.
Top-Ranked Southern Cal Clocks Cal 35-10 (AP)
AP - The site of Southern California's last failure became just another stop on the Trojans' victory tour. Matt Leinart passed for 246 yards and ran for two touchdowns, and LenDale White ran for three more scores in No. 1 USC's 32nd straight win, a 35-10 rout of slumping California on Saturday.
Iowa State Drubs No. 22 Colorado 30-16 (AP)
AP - Steve Paris returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown and defensive tackle Brent Curvey rumbled 66 yards for a score with an interception to secure Iowa State's 30-16 victory over No. 22 Colorado on Saturday night.
Jets CB Barrett to Miss Carolina Game (AP)
AP - Jets starting cornerback David Barrett will miss Sunday's game at Carolina because of an eye injury.
Bucks Rally to Beat Pacers 103-102 (AP)
AP - Mo Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, rallying the Milwaukee Bucks to 103-102 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
Beattie Interviews for Red Sox GM Job (AP)
AP - Trading away a Dominican star wouldn't faze Jim Beattie. As general manager of the Expos, he once sent Pedro Martinez packing from Montreal.
Spain, Czech Republic, Switzerland Win (AP)
AP - Spain, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Uruguay took a big step toward qualifying for next year's World Cup finals by winning playoff games Saturday.
Flames Fire Past Avalanche 5-3 (AP)
AP - Jarome Iginla, Tony Amonte and Craig MacDonald scored in a 2:05 span in Calgary's four-goal first period to help the Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 on Saturday night for their sixth straight victory.
The teams from Missouri have another thing in common: They must prove they're playoff caliber <i>now</i>.
Jackson calls Owens suspension ``severe'' (AP)
The Rev. Jesse Jackson called the Philadelphia Eagles' punishment of Terrell Owens "much too severe." Jackson said in a statement released Friday that Owens could have been more professional when he publicly complained about his contract, his team and the Eagles' organization. But Jackson said Owens' suspension without pay for four games and deactivation for the rest of the season is "much too...
Holmes' dad says Priest is not retiring (AP)
Kansas City running back Priest Holmes, out for the rest of the season, is taking a break back home in Texas and is not thinking about retirement, his father said. There had been speculation earlier this week that Holmes might retire after seeing three medical specialists following a helmet-to-helmet collision against San Diego on Oct.
Taylor ruled out of Jags game vs. Ravens (AP)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor will not play Sunday against Baltimore because of an injury to his right ankle. He had been listed as doubtful on this week's injury report, but was ruled out after practice Friday. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio wouldn't say who will start against the Ravens.
NFL reaches agreement on L.A. return (AP)
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue emerged from a closed-door meeting with the mayor, stood on the steps of City Hall and announced that a preliminary agreement had been reached to finally return a team to Los Angeles. After answering reporters' questions for 15 minutes, even he couldn't gauge the significance of his announcement Thursday.
Hamlin shows up at Seahawks practice (AP)
Seattle Seahawks safety Ken Hamlin showed up at the team's practice Friday, still recovering from injuries sustained nearly four weeks ago in a fight outside a Seattle nightclub. Wearing a black sweat shirt and black sweat pants, Hamlin arrived at the Seahawks' indoor practice bubble about halfway through the team's 75-minute practice.
Saints CB Fakhir Brown charged with DWI (AP)
New Orleans Saints cornerback Fakhir Brown was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated, the team said Friday. Brown, who was arrested Wednesday, is the second Saints player to face a DWI charge in San Antonio in two weeks. Linebacker Courtney Watson was charged with drunken driving on Oct. 26.
Redskins S Taylor likely out vs. Bucs (AP)
Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor is likely to miss Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a sprained ankle. Taylor hurt the ankle in the victory over San Francisco three weeks ago, but he was able to play in a loss to the New York Giants and last week's win over Philadelphia.
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...
MIAMI – Do the Rockets have enough talent around Yao and T-Mac to take off as a title contender?
T-Mac inspires Rockets with early return (AP)
Tracy McGrady knew it would take a little while for him to get comfortable again on the court. McGrady scored 30 of his 35 points in the second half, and Yao Ming added 18 points to lead the Houston Rockets over the New Jersey Nets 99-91 Saturday night. "Coming into the game, I was concentrating on just getting into the game, playing defense and rebounding, getting my legs," McGrady said.
Arenas helps Wizards light up Spurs (AP)
Everything was going in for Gilbert Arenas on a 43-point night, right down to a 30-foot heave off the glass at the third-quarter buzzer. And nothing was going in for Tim Duncan on a 3-for-18 night, right down to putbacks with the ball near the rim. In a game the hosts insisted might as well have been against any ol' team -- rather than a meaningful, show-how-good-we-are matchup against the reigning...
Bucks' Williams beats buzzer and Pacers (AP)
Mo Williams predicted Indiana's last defensive strategy and it worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks. Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, rallying the Bucks from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter as they beat the Pacers 103-102 Saturday night. "I felt like they would play for the drive. Rather than shoot the tough shot, I tried a shot I know I can make," he said, preferring the open floor...
Gasol denies Hawks their first win (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies knew that they were due to win a close game. Pau Gasol's tip-in at the final buzzer lifted the Grizzlies to an 85-84 victory over the winless Hawks on Saturday night. Shane Battier scored a season-high 22 points, but his biggest play may have been his ability to get just enough of his hand on a missed 3-pointer by Mike Miller to push the ball to Gasol for the game-winning tip.
Williams leads Heat past Bobcats (AP)
Even without Shaquille O'Neal, the Miami Heat played like the team many people expected to see this season. Jason Williams scored 22 points, Dwyane Wade added 19 and Alonzo Mourning 16 in the Heat's 108-99 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night. "It was by far our best game of the year," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said.
Nowitzki, Mavs run past Hornets (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki's back problem appears to be behind him. Nowitzki showed no sign of a lower back strain Saturday night, scoring 30 points in the Dallas Mavericks' 109-103 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. Jason Terry added a season-high 26, including eight in the final 4:22 when the Mavericks held off a New Orleans rally.
Deng lifts Bulls over Jazz (AP)
Kirk Hinrich helped the Chicago Bulls get off to a strong start, and the reserves helped them hold on. Hinrich scored 11 of his 19 points in the first quarter, as the Bulls built an 11-point lead before beating the Utah Jazz 103-98 Saturday night. "I was finding myself open, I was able to get some 3's to go in early and I guess that kind of jump-started us," said Hinrich who made 3-of-4 3-pointers...
Suns get D'Antoni 100th career win (AP)
After squandering double-digit leads in the second half of three straight home losses, the Phoenix Suns found a way to win at America West Arena. Shawn Marion had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Raja Bell scored a season-high 20 points, helping the Suns to a 101-86 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night for coach Mike D'Antoni's 100th NBA win.
Nuggets drop 18th straight in Sacramento (AP)
Back in friendly Arco Arena, the Sacramento Kings finally resembled the team that won 55 games or more the past four seasons. Peja Stojakovic scored 23 points to lead the struggling Kings to a 101-85 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Sacramento (2-4) entered the 1-4 and the normally high-scoring team had been under 90 points in three of those losses.
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.
Thrashers end 'Canes record streak (AP)
Ilya Kovalchuk and the Atlanta Thrashers put up some more big numbers at the Carolina Hurricanes' expense. A night after scoring a career-high four goals against Tampa Bay, Kovalchuk had two more goals to help the Thrashers set a franchise scoring record in a 9-0 victory over Southeast Division-leading Carolina on Saturday night.
Blues' record winless streak reaches 11 (AP)
Scott Hartnell showed off his special-team skills for the Nashville Predators. Hartnell had a power-play goal and a short-handed goal in the second period to help the Predators beat the slumping St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Saturday night for their third straight victory. The Blues are winless in their last 11 games and have lost all three meetings with the Central Division-rival Predators this season.
Heatley extends streak in Sens' 6-1 win (AP)
The Ottawa Senators made quick work of the Buffalo Sabres -- again. Dany Heatley scored twice to extend his club-record scoring streak to 15 games in the Senators' 6-1 victory over Sabres on Saturday night. Ottawa is 3-0 against Buffalo this season and has outscored the Sabres 21-5, including a 10-4 drubbing in Buffalo on Nov.
Jagr scores three in Rangers' rout (AP)
Maybe all Jaromir Jagr needed to break out of his minislump was to hear the friendly voices in the city where he starred for 10 years. B-o-o! B-o-o! Jagr scored three goals, including a pair 15 seconds apart with the teams skating 4-on-4 in the second period, and the New York Rangers won their third in a row on the road by beating the lethargic Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1 Saturday night.
Flyers' late goal extends Panthers' skid (AP)
Mike Knuble hopped the boards at the perfect moment for Philadelphia. Knuble scored a short-handed goal with 3.2 seconds left to give the Flyers a 5-4 victory over the slumping Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Knuble jumped off the bench for a shift change, caught the puck and rifled a slap shot from the right circle past a stunned Jamie McLennan to lead the Flyers to their sixth straight win...
O'Neill's OT goal helps Leafs past Habs (AP)
Jeff O'Neill made the Montreal Canadiens pay for a bad line change in overtime. Jason Allison scored the tying goal on a strange play with 2:28 remaining in the third and O'Neill scored a power-play goal 4:13 into overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-4 win over Montreal on Saturday night. O'Neill's winner came with 46.8 seconds left in overtime, 6 seconds after the Canadiens were penalized...
Hunter ends drought, Isles top Bruins (AP)
Trent Hunter's long drought appeared to end in the second period, that is until the official scorer took his goal away. When he finally got another in the third by crashing into the net, he figured that one wouldn't count, either. Suddenly his fortunes took an upward turn. Hunter scored the winning goal with 6:15 left and Arron Asham added an insurance score 1:06 later to give the New York Islanders...
Stars top Sharks in shootout, 3-2 (AP)
Jussi Jokinen gives himself a couple of options in a shootout and makes his choice on his way to the net. He has had the right decision twice. Jokinen and Sergei Zubov beat Evgeni Nabokov in a shootout to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. "I was pretty confident I was going to get the goal," Jokinen said of the shot that gave the Stars the advantage.
Michalek, Coyotes defeat Mighty Ducks (AP)
Maybe it's the Wayne Gretzky factor. The bounces seem to be going the Phoenix Coyotes' way. Ladislav Nagy and Zbynek Michalek scored on shots that deflected off Anaheim players, and the Coyotes beat the Mighty Ducks 2-1 in overtime Saturday night, breaking even (9-9-2) in regulation decisions for the second time this season, their first under Gretzky as coach.
Fight to the finish
AVONDALE, Ariz. – No Busch Series champion was crowned Saturday at Phoenix, leaving the battle to conclude at Homestead.
Kurt Busch cited for reckless driving in Arizona (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
NASCAR star cited for reckless driving (AP)
Kurt Busch was detained on suspicion of drunken driving and cited for reckless driving after a confrontation with police near the track where the NASCAR champion is to race Sunday.
Edwards edges Bowyer to win NASCAR Busch Series Arizona 200 (SportsTicker)
Edwards and Beard are glamour couple for "Generation Next" (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Edwards gets another win; Truex closes in on another title (AP)
Carl Edwards won another race Saturday, this time holding off Busch series runner-up Clint Bowyer to take the Arizona 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Stewart likes Edwards' talent, attitude (AP)
Count former champion and series points leader Tony Stewart among those impressed by the job 26-year-old Carl Edwards is doing in his first full season in NASCAR's Nextel Cup series.
Hamlin wins first pole; Chase contenders close behind (AP)
Denny Hamlin quickly is going from virtual unknown to potential NASCAR Nextel Cup star.
Rookie Hamlin wins pole for NASCAR Checker Auto Parts 500 (SportsTicker)