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NEWS FROM 2005-11-14
Steelers Defeat Browns 34-21 (AP)
AP - Ben Roethlisberger missed a second straight game with an injured knee, though it hardly mattered to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Their other three quarterbacks were just fine. Charlie Batch improvised a 1-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter, and his passing led to another score before he left with a broken right hand. The Steelers withstood their second QB injury in three weeks to beat the rival Cleveland Browns 34-21 Sunday night.
Bucs Roll Dice to Beat Redskins 36-35 (AP)
AP - Somehow, Mike Alstott found a way into the end zone on a gutsy 2-point conversion call by coach Jon Gruden. Alstott's run with 58 seconds remaining Sunday gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a stunning 36-35 victory over the Washington Redskins, who blocked a potential game-tying extra point, only to be penalized for being offside on the previous play.
Seahawks Tame Mistake-Prone Rams 31-16 (AP)
AP - The NFC West race might have ended Sunday. Seattle's Shaun Alexander romped again, this time for 165 yards on a season-high 33 carries and three touchdowns, and the Seahawks beat the mistake-prone Rams 31-16 at Qwest Field.
Methodical Broncos Put Away Raiders 31-17 (AP)
AP - Jake Plummer worked tirelessly to eliminate all the mistakes that plagued him last season. Now, he's near perfect and his Denver Broncos are in command of the AFC West. Plummer passed for 205 yards and a touchdown, had no interceptions and wasn't sacked all day, and Jason Elam kicked three field goals to lead Denver past the Oakland Raiders 31-17 on Sunday.
Busch Wins Race After Brother Suspended (AP)
AP - Rookie Kyle Busch outdrove NASCAR's top contenders to win Sunday.
Field goal caps bizarre Vikings win (Reuters)
Reuters - Paul Edinger's 48-yard field goal with
10 seconds remaining lifted the Minnesota Vikings to a bizarre
24-21 upset win over the New York Giants in National Football
League action on Sunday.
LaFrentz stars as Celtics shoot down Rockets (Reuters)
Reuters - Raef LaFrentz tied a career-high with
32 points, including seven consecutive three-pointers, to lead
the Boston Celtics to a 102-82 home rout of the Houston Rockets
in National Basketball Association play on Sunday.
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.
Galaxy Beats Revolution to Win MLS Cup (AP)
AP - Guillermo Ramirez came into the MLS Cup fresh off the worst offensive season in league history. Yet with the championship on the line, the Los Angeles substitute did what no one else on the field could do — score.
Canucks Clobber Red Wings 4-1 (AP)
AP - Todd Bertuzzi's fourth career hat trick lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.
The wait is over
SEATTLE – The patience of Seahawks fans is finally being rewarded with a bona fide Super Bowl contender.
Colts top Texans 31-17, improve to 9-0 (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts have a message for the NFL: The Triplets are back and better than ever. Not to mention still perfect. For the second straight week, Peyton Manning threw three touchdowns and Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James each topped 100 yards, helping the Colts retain their title as the NFL's only unbeaten team with Sunday's 31-17 victory over Houston.
Panthers win sixth straight, ground Jets (AP)
When the Carolina Panthers handed cornerback Ken Lucas a $36.5 million free-agent contract, more than a few eyebrows were raised -- even inside their own locker room. But Lucas is steadily earning his pay, reeling in two game-changing interceptions Sunday to help the Panthers to a 30-3 victory over the stumbling New York Jets.
Bears win on 108-yard missed FG return (AP)
What the heck? Nathan Vasher caught the missed field goal deep in the end zone on the final play of the first half and decided to bring it out. Seconds later, he was in the NFL record books with the longest play in league history -- an almost unimaginable rambling 108-yard TD return that stunned the San Francisco 49ers and propelled the Chicago Bears to a blustery 17-9 win Sunday.
Special teams TDs lift Vikes over Giants (AP)
The Minnesota Vikings reversed two negative trends Sunday despite having their worst offensive day of the season. The Vikings became the first team in NFL history to return a punt, kickoff and interception for touchdowns, then their offense came to life long enough to set up kicker Paul Edinger's 48-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in a 24-21 win over the New York Giants.
Unknown Gado helps Packers upset Falcons (AP)
Dr. Gado, paging Dr. Gado. You're needed in the Green Bay Packers' backfield. Making his first career start on his 23rd birthday, doctor-in-waiting Samkon Gado scored three touchdowns to give the Packers only their second win of the season, a 33-25 upset of the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. "It was surreal," said Gado, who was given the game ball.
Steelers lose QB Batch, top Browns 34-21 (AP)
For many NFL teams, all these quarterback injuries might ruin a season. The Pittsburgh Steelers simply plug in another player and keep winning. Charlie Batch improvised a 1-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter, and his passing led to another score before he left with a broken right hand. The Steelers withstood their second QB injury in three weeks to beat the rival Cleveland Browns 34-21...
Alexander, Seahawks run by Rams (AP)
It was as if dice-rolling coach Mike Martz was calling plays from his St. Louis-area home Sunday. The Rams, actually under the direction of assistant head coach Joe Vitt while Martz recovers from a heart virus, were lining up for a field goal in the second quarter to add to a 3-0 lead against first-place Seattle.
Brady rallies Patriots past Dolphins (AP)
Bill Belichick showed again how resourceful he can be. Not that Nick Saban expected anything less from his mentor. With no running back, a Saban castoff at fullback and reserves at three other offensive positions, Belichick and the injury-riddled New England Patriots still beat Saban's Miami Dolphins 23-16 Sunday.
Mistake-free Broncos beat Raiders 31-17 (AP)
Jake Plummer threw a slant pass toward Rod Smith when Kirk Morrison stepped in front, seemingly poised for an interception and maybe even a touchdown return. He dropped the ball. That's the kind of season it's been for Plummer: Even when he makes mistakes, somehow he escapes unscathed. Now, his Denver Broncos are in command of the AFC West.
MIAMI – Do the Rockets have enough talent around Yao and T-Mac to take off as a title contender?
Brown, Knicks get first win, beat Kings (AP)
Though Larry Brown knew his first win with the New York Knicks would come eventually, he was a bit surprised to pick it up in what used to be one of the NBA's most intimidating road arenas. Brown won for the first time in six games as New York's coach, with rookie Channing Frye scoring 19 points in a 105-95 win over the floundering Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
James reaches mark, Cavaliers win in OT (AP)
LeBron James made history. Donyell Marshall helped make sure it came in a victory. James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 4,000 career points and finished with 26 to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic 108-100 in overtime on Sunday night. "Unbelievable," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said.
LaFrentz's 32 lead Celtics past Rockets (AP)
Raef LaFrentz feels healthy, and it showed. LaFrentz was 7-for-7 from 3-point range in the first half and scored 27 of his 32 points in the opening 24 minutes to lead the Boston Celtics to a 102-82 win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night. LaFrentz, who had his 2003-04 season cut short following right knee surgery in December 2003, matched his career high for points, added eight rebounds and...
Iverson helps Sixers win fourth in a row (AP)
Lee Nailon was startled when he saw the sizable crowd in front of his locker that left him less room to move than when he's trapped in even the toughest double team. "Y'all don't want to talk to me some other days," Nailon playfully shouted to the media. Well, Nailon hadn't had a day like this in his short stint with Philadelphia.
Minus Martin, Nuggets beat Timberwolves (AP)
Marcus Camby had another dominant game, DerMarr Johnson came through in a surprise start and the Denver Nuggets finally started looking like the good team many people thought they'd be this season. Johnson scored 17 points in his first start of the season and Camby had 18 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocked shots to help the Nuggets to a 102-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday...
Sonics need OT to beat winless Raptors (AP)
Rashard Lewis hated the thought of losing to the lowly Toronto Raptors, so he played his best game of the young season. Lewis scored 41 points Sunday, and the Seattle SuperSonics recovered after blowing an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the winless Raptors 126-121 in overtime. "It would have been real bad for us if we didn't win," Lewis said.
Arenas' 43 lift Wizards over 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 first win at buzzer (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.
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.
Bertuzzi's trick leads Canucks by Wings (AP)
The only difference Todd Bertuzzi sees in his game is a little good fortune is now coming his way. Bertuzzi notched his fourth career hat trick Sunday night, lifting the slumping Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings. With five goals in three games, Bertuzzi matched his total from the previous 33 -- dating to the 2003-04 season when he scored just 17.
Frolov, Conroy get tricks in Kings' win (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings were concerned about being shown up. The Columbus Blue Jackets should have been the worried ones. Alexander Frolov scored three goals in the opening 12:35 -- on a power play, at even strength and short-handed -- and Craig Conroy also had a hat trick to lead the Kings to an 8-2 victory on Sunday.
Turco keeps Stars hot, beats Ducks 3-1 (AP)
The Dallas Stars were too busy killing penalties in the first period to mount any offense. Once they did, it was too much for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to overcome. The Stars went more than 12 minutes before getting their first shot Sunday night. But they scored on their third and fourth attempts against Jean-Sebastien Giguere, as Philippe Boucher and Jere Lehtinen connected 50 seconds apart in the...
Bell scores twice, 'Hawks top Oilers (AP)
Nikolai Khabibulin finally displayed the skills that earned him a big contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. Khabibulin, who signed a four-year, $27 million deal this past summer, made 26 saves -- including several tough ones -- to lead Chicago to a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. The Blackhawks took a 3-0 lead in the first period on just five shots against Jussi Markkanen.
Thrashers end 'Canes streak with 9-0 win (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 point streak, Sens 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, Rangers rout Penguins (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 push win streak to six (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...
Fight to the finish
AVONDALE, Ariz. – No Busch Series champion was crowned Saturday at Phoenix, leaving the battle to conclude at Homestead.
Stewart closing in on second NASCAR title (SportsTicker)
AVONDALE, Arizona (Ticker) - Tony Stewart, who has finally found a calmer, inner confidence despite being a self-professed smart aleck, took a major step toward his second NASCAR Nextel Cup championship.
Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Checker Auto Parts 500 (SportsTicker)
Younger Busch wins race after his brother suspended (AP)
It's a family thing.
''Supersub'' Wallace gets another ride thanks to Busch's woes (AP)
When Jack Roush needed a driver at the last minute, he knew who to call.
Busch suspended for season's last two races (AP)
Roush Racing put up with Kurt Busch's reputation for reckless driving on the track. When the defending Nextel Cup champion was accused of doing it in his own car, the team had seen enough.
Roush Racing suspends Kurt Busch for remainder of season (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Edwards and Beard are glamour couple for "Generation Next" (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Kurt Busch cited for reckless driving in Arizona (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor