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Baseball to Toughen Steroid Penalties (AP)
Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., speaks about the agreement reached between major league players and owners to toughen penalties for steroid use on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005. The owners and players agreed to a 50-game suspension for a first failed test, 100 games for a second and a lifetime ban for a third.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)AP - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig got the tougher drug policy that he wanted and Congress demanded. Now a player who fails a steroid test will miss nearly a third of the season instead of a little more than a week.


Albert Pujols Wins NL MVP Award (AP)
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols sits with his son. Albert Jr., 3, while he waits for the announcement that he has won the 2005 National League Most Valuable Player award Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, in St. Louis. Pujols garnered 18 of 32 first place votes while Atlanta Braves' Andruw Jones took second with 13 and Chicago Cubs' Derrek Lee finished a distant third with one first-place vote. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)AP - Albert Pujols started his career with four startling seasons, equal or better than those of many Hall of Famers. Only Barry Bonds always did better — until this year.


AP: Umpires Turn Down $1.9M in Back Pay (AP)
AP - Baseball tried to give five umpires more than $1.9 million in back pay Tuesday, but they instructed their banks to refuse the payments, according to their lawyer.

Blue Jackets Acquire All-Star Fedorov (AP)
Columbus Blue Jackets general manager and president Doug MacLean smiles after announcing the acquisition of six-time All-Star center Sergei Fedorov of Russia from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks during a news conference Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets acquired Fedorov from the Mighty Ducks for forward Tyler Wright, rookie defenseman Francois Beauchemin and a fifth-round pick in 2006. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)AP - The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired six-time All-Star center Sergei Fedorov and a fifth-round pick in 2006 on Tuesday from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for forward Tyler Wright and rookie defenseman Francois Beauchemin.


Dodgers Hire Colletti As General Manager (AP)
AP - The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Ned Colletti as their general manager Tuesday to replace the fired Paul DePodesta.

Ex-Cowboy Pleads Guilty to More Charges (AP)
AP - Former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Dwayne Goodrich pleaded guilty Tuesday to additional charges in the 2003 hit-and-run deaths of two good Samaritans.

James inspires big win for Cavaliers over Wizards (Reuters)
Reuters - LeBron James scored a season-high 37 points and Larry Hughes added 22 points against his former team to lead the Cavaliers to a 114-99 win against the Washington Wizards in Cleveland on Tuesday.

Yankees, Matsui Agree to $52 Million Deal (AP)
AP - Hideki Matsui and the Yankees agreed Tuesday night to a $52 million, four-year contract that will keep the popular outfielder in New York.

Correction: Nov. 13 MLS Cup Story (AP)
Los Angeles Galaxy's Guillermo Ramirez celebrates scoring a goal against the New England Revolution in overtime in the MLS Cup in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005. The Galaxy won 1-0.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)AP - In Nov. 13-14 stories about the MLS Cup, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the Los Angeles Galaxy went 13-13-7 in the regular season. The team's record was 13-13-6. The corrected version of this story appears below.


Kariya, Timonen Lead Predators Over Kings (AP)
AP - Paul Kariya and Kimmo Timonen each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Seattle's best
The unbeaten Colts remain atop the rankings, but there's a new No. 1 team in the topsy-turvy NFC.

Giants' co-owner Robert Tisch dies at 79 (AP)
Robert Tisch, co-owner of the New York Giants and a civic leader in New York City for several decades, died Tuesday of brain cancer. He was 79. Tisch died at his home, family spokesman Jeffrey Stewart said. The Giants' other co-owner, Wellington Mara, died Oct. 25, also of cancer. Mara was the son of team founder Timothy J.

McNabb unlikely to play against Giants (AP)
Donovan McNabb has a bruised ego to match his battered body. McNabb is unlikely to play in Philadelphia's game against the New York Giants on Sunday because of a groin injury. His psyche is feeling worse after his interception cost the Eagles a crucial victory against Dallas on Monday night. "He takes a lot of responsibility on his shoulders and he was devastated by the loss," coach Andy Reid said...

Roethlisberger questionable for Ravens (AP)
What doesn't look questionable about the Pittsburgh Steelers' injury-complicated quarterback situation is coach Bill Cowher's decision to keep not one, but two proven backups behind Ben Roethlisberger. Cowher said Tuesday he won't know until later in the week whether Roethlisberger can play in Sunday's game at Baltimore.

Vikings' Culpepper has knee surgery (AP)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper had surgery Tuesday to repair three torn ligaments in his right knee. Culpepper, who was hurt on a low hit after running for first down on Oct. 30 at Carolina, had the operation done by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. The team said the surgery went as expected, and the three-time Pro Bowl pick is expected to be ready to...

Tagliabue urges patience for Saints (AP)
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue urged league owners to be patient and understanding with the "unprecedented" situation facing the hurricane-displaced New Orleans Saints. "These are very difficult challenges. Everyone needs to be patient," Tagliabue said Tuesday at the end of the first day of a two-day meeting of NFL owners.

Fortunate Cowboys tied for NFC East lead (AP)
Bill Parcells knows how fortunate the Dallas Cowboys were in Philadelphia. The coach repeatedly said it, mentioning the word "fortunate" four times, along with a reference to being lucky, in the first minute he talked to reporters after Monday night's 21-20 comeback victory over the Eagles. "We played 56 minutes and 51 seconds worth of pretty bad football," Parcells said.

Patriots' Koppen lost for rest of season (AP)
Patriots center Dan Koppen is out for the season after injuring his shoulder against Miami. Koppen has started 40 games for New England since being selected in the fifth round of the 2003 draft. The former Boston College player took over the starting job in the second game of his rookie season. The Patriots also put defensive back Randall Gay on injured reserve with an ankle injury, further hobbling...

Tice hurt vs. Giants, may need surgery (AP)
Mike Tice has given plenty of injury reports this season. Monday was the first time his name had to be included. The Minnesota coach sprained a ligament in his left knee in the first quarter of Sunday's victory over the New York Giants when Vikings cornerback Laroni Gallishaw blocked Jamaar Taylor into him on a punt return.

Giants facing illness of second co-owner (AP)
The New York Giants are dealing with the terminal illness of one of their co-owners for the second time in less than a month. Robert Tisch, 79, who purchased 50 percent of the team in 1991, has inoperable brain cancer. On Oct. 25, Wellington Mara, who had co-owned the team since 1930, died of cancer at 89.

Washington's wizardry
Behind early-season MVP Gilbert Arenas, the Wizards shot up the weekly rankings again.

Pistons stay unbeaten, rally past Celts (AP)
Under Larry Brown, the Detroit Pistons were often called boring. Flip Saunders has changed that. Chauncey Billups scored 25 points and the formerly defensive-minded Pistons scored 67 points in the second half to beat the Boston Celtics 115-100 on Tuesday, improving to a league-best 7-0. "We just have a little bit more freedom," said Rasheed Wallace, who had 20 points and 14 rebounds.

James has season-high 37 in Cavs' win (AP)
Every time Luke Jackson got up off the bench, LeBron James knocked down another shot. "If LeBron is hitting 3-pointers, you've got to let him keep rolling," Jackson said. "Nobody has a problem with leaving him in when he's like that." James scored a season-high 37 points and Larry Hughes added 22 in his first game against his former team as the Cleveland Cavaliers roughed up the Washington Wizards...

Iverson, Webber team up in Sixers win (AP)
Allen Iverson and Chris Webber are playing more like a dynamic duo than dynamic duds. No longer a mismatched pair, the two are dominating -- and woeful Toronto was the latest team to pay. Iverson scored 34 points and added 12 assists, Webber had 28 points and 16 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers won their fifth straight game, 104-92 over the winless Raptors on Tuesday night.

Wade helps Heat rally past Hornets in OT (AP)
Dwyane Wade took over just in time for the Miami Heat. Wade scored Miami's final eight points in the fourth quarter, and James Posey and Gary Payton each hit a key 3-pointer in overtime to help the Heat rally past the New Orleans Hornets 109-102 on Tuesday night. Wade, who started the night 3-of-16, finished with 25 points and 10 assists.

Nowitzki rallies Mavericks over Nugget (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter and DeSagana Diop blocked a layup attempt by Carmelo Anthony with 2.9 seconds left, helping the Dallas Mavericks overcome a 19-point deficit for an 83-80 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Diop set career highs with 16 rebounds and six blocks and Marquise Daniels had a season-high 17 points, providing the...

Howard outplays Okafor, Magic top 'Cats (AP)
Dwight Howard made Orlando's 2004 draft look smart. The No. 1 overall selection last year, Howard had 21 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Magic over Charlotte 85-77 Tuesday night and hand the Bobcats their fifth straight loss. Orlando chose the high school standout over Emeka Okafor, who went second to Charlotte and was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year last season.

Nets shut down Allen in win over Sonics (AP)
The New Jersey Nets have been a step behind on defense, according to point guard Jason Kidd. Against Seattle, they stayed a step ahead. Nenad Krstic scored a season-high 25 points and New Jersey held Ray Allen without a field goal for three quarters as the Nets defeated the SuperSonics 109-99 Tuesday night.

Duncan, Spurs drop Hawks to 0-7 (AP)
Tim Duncan had 23 points and seven rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 103-79 victory over the winless Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Manu Ginobili also scored 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting for the Spurs, who have beaten the Hawks eight straight times at home and 11 of 12 overall. Al Harrington led the Hawks with 23 points and nine rebounds.

McGrady helps Rockets top T-Wolves (AP)
The Houston Rockets finally showed some scrap, and their All-Star showed off his skills at the end. Tracy McGrady scored 25 points and made three consecutive clutch plays down the stretch to lead the Rockets to a 94-89 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. McGrady, who went 13-for-13 at the free-throw line, grabbed eight rebounds and had 13 points in the fourth quarter.

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.

Blue Jackets acquire Fedorov from Ducks (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired six-time All-Star center Sergei Fedorov and a fifth-round pick in 2006 on Tuesday from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for forward Tyler Wright and rookie defenseman Francois Beauchemin. The 35-year-old Fedorov had one assist in five games this season for Anaheim, his second with the Mighty Ducks after 13 seasons with Detroit.

Gerber, 'Canes beat Senators again (AP)
Martin Gerber shutdown the high-scoring Ottawa Senators -- again. Gerber made 35 saves to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 win over the Senators on Tuesday night. "He was awesome for us," said Eric Staal. "Ottawa is one of the best teams in the league and anytime you can grind one out and win its great." Two of Ottawa's three losses this season have come against Carolina.

McCabe's two PP goals lead Leafs to win (AP)
Nobody is better this season on the power-play than Bryan McCabe and the Toronto Maple Leafs. McCabe scored two goals on the power play, leading the Maple Leafs to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. The veteran defenseman leads the NHL with 17 points on the power play. "It's like he's scoring at will right now," Toronto captain Mats Sundin said.

Ovechkin powers Capitals past Lightning (AP)
First, Alexander Ovechkin rescued the Washington Capitals from a seemingly inevitable loss with a marvelous goal late in regulation. Then, during the shootout, the rookie made sure his heroic performance wouldn't go for naught. Ovechkin forced overtime by scoring with 1:15 left, then got the only goal in a shootout to rally the Capitals past the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 Tuesday night.

Habs' Koivu beats Panthers late in OT (AP)
The Florida Panthers can't find a way to win. Saku Koivu scored his second goal of the game with four seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Montreal Canadiens past Florida 4-3 Tuesday night, extending the Panthers' season-high losing streak to nine games. Stephen Weiss drew Florida even 15:11 into the third, silencing the sellout crowd of 21,273 as the Panthers came back with three straight...

Sabres get rare win against Devils, 4-1 (AP)
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Martin Biron had difficulty remembering the last time he defeated the New Jersey Devils. The reason for that's simple: He's only done it once in his career, and that was almost four years ago. The Sabres haven't been much better. Biron and the Sabres ended a long string of frustration with a 4-1 win Tuesday night, the team ending an 11-game winless streak against New Jersey...

Hall's scores late, Preds top Kings 3-2 (AP)
The Nashville Predators have gone back to basics on their power play. The Predators scored two power play goals in a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. "We simplified the power play," said Nashville Coach Barry Trotz. "We had about 30 plays we had designed, but we weren't mastering any of them, so we went back to the basics." Paul Kariya and Kimmo Timomen each had a goal and an...

Habs' Kovalev undergoes knee surgery (AP)
Montreal Canadiens winger Alex Kovalev had surgery on his right knee in Pittsburgh on Tuesday and could be sidelined for four to eight weeks. "He'll be out between four and eight weeks," said team doctor David Mulder before the Canadiens' game against Florida. "But six weeks would be a good guesstimate." The surgery was performed at St.

Iginla gives Flames seventh straight win (AP)
Jarome Iginla didn't want to see the Calgary Flames' winning streak end. He scored a power-play goal with 1:07 left to give the Calgary Flames their seventh straight victory, 3-2 over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. Iginla also set up third-period goals by Dion Phaneuf and Daymond Langkow as the Flames battled back from a 2-0 deficit to improve to 11-7-2.

Phoenix observations
AVONDALE, Ariz. – The Busch brothers made Phoenix interesting while Tony Stewart continued to keep his cool.

Busch field test below impairment limit (AP)
Nextel Cup champion driver Kurt Busch had a 0.017 blood-alcohol level on a preliminary sobriety test, far below the state's impairment limit, Maricopa County sheriff's office said Tuesday.

Evernham swaps teams, Baldwin out as Kahne's crew chief (AP)
NASCAR car owner Ray Evernham shook up his organization Tuesday, swapping crews for drivers Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield while eliminating the crew chief position.

Unveiling of Busch banner at Homestead canceled (AP)
With Kurt Busch suspended, officials at Homestead-Miami Speedway canceled the unveiling Tuesday of his 2004 Nextel Cup championship banner.

Kurt Busch goes from champ to chump in a hurry (AP)
Even for a guy who spends so much time in the fast lane, Kurt Busch went from champ to chump in a hurry.

One Busch missing, another takes checkered flag in Phoenix (AP)
One took the checkered flag. The other was booted from his car before the race even began.

Busch suspended for season's last two races (AP)
The message Jack Roush was getting from the public and the team's sponsors: Send Kurt Busch packing.

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)

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