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Jackson Maintains Upper Hand on Brown (AP)
New York Knicks head coach Larry Brown looks on from  the bench during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers'  Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Coliseum. The Lakers won, 97-92. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)AP - It certainly was not one of the classic meetings between Phil Jackson and Larry Brown. Two of the NBA's greatest coaches are overseeing rebuilding jobs, making for some nights that try their competitive souls.


Crosby Wins It in OT for the Penguins (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby celebrates his overtime goal that gave the Penguins a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)AP - Sidney Crosby took two shots in the mouth, then delivered one to the Philadelphia Flyers. Crosby's second goal of the game with just 46.7 seconds left in overtime stunned the host Flyers and lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.


No. 1 Duke Routs Pitt (AP)
Duke's DeMarcus Nelson (21) puts up a shot over Seton Hall's Grant Billmeier during the second half of this National Invitational Tournament game at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Nov.16, 2005. Nelson scored 16 points in Duke's 93-40 win.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)AP - After a tougher-than-expected opener, Duke looked every bit like the nation's top-ranked team against Seton Hall. J.J. Redick scored 18 points and the Blue Devils turned in an overwhelming defensive performance Wednesday night to rout the Pirates 93-40 — the second-worst loss in Seton Hall history — in the quarterfinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.


Congress Puts Other Pro Leagues on Notice (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 - Congress is sending a message to the NFL, NBA, NHL and their players: Now that baseball strengthened its steroids policy, we're turning our attention to you.


Baseball Hopes to Resolve Nationals' Lease (AP)
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, left,  testifies on professional sports drug testing policies before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Capitol Hill in this  March 10, 2004 photo.  At right is Donald Fehr, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.  Major League Baseball players and owners agreed to toughen penalties for steroid use to a 50-game suspension for a first failed test and a lifetime ban for a third, The Associated Press learned. Baseball's current steroid penalties are a 10-day suspension for a first offense, 30 days for a second offense, and 60 days for a third. The earliest a player could be banned for life is a fifth offense.(AP Photo/Dennis Cook)AP - Major League Baseball hopes it can resolve differences with Washington officials over a stadium lease by next week, clearing the way for a sale of the Nationals.


Bennett Tests Hand to See if He Can Catch (AP)
AP - Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher cringed every time Drew Bennett caught a pass at practice.

NBA Today (AP)
AP - Houston at San Antonio (9:30 p.m. EST). The defending NBA champion and Southwest Division-leading Spurs face their Texas rivals for the first time this season.

Red Sox Name Nipper Bullpen Coach (AP)
AP - Al Nipper, a former Red Sox draft pick who played the majority of his career with the club, was hired Wednesday as Boston's bullpen coach.

Houston a Contender to Land MLS Team (AP)
AP - Houston is the front-runner to land Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes if the franchise's owners decide to move it.

Hockey Today (AP)
AP - N.Y. Rangers at Carolina (7 p.m. EST). The Hurricanes will try to contain Rangers star Jaromir Jagr, the league's leading goal scorer, and win for the 10th time in 11 games.

Rookie moves
For six high-round selections, the second half of the season is the time to finally show off their game.

Injured McNabb out, McMahon to start (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles couldn't win without Terrell Owens. Now they won't have Donovan McNabb. The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback will miss Philadelphia's game against the New York Giants on Sunday with a groin injury. Mike McMahon, who had been the third-string quarterback, will get the start over backup Koy Detmer.

Owners approve Super Bowl for K.C. (AP)
NFL owners voted Wednesday to tentatively award Kansas City a Super Bowl, largely as a tribute to owner Lamar Hunt, who gave the game its name. It comes with one giant string attached: improvements to Arrowhead Stadium, including a rolling roof to keep out the February cold. The team estimates the cost of the roof alone at $100 million to $200 million -- and that's not counting $300 million or so...

FBI to probe Miller-Kreutz altercation (AP)
The FBI is opening an internal investigation into the fight between Chicago Bears offensive linemen Olin Kreutz and Fred Miller at its shooting range in the Chicago area, Special Agent Richard Kolko said Wednesday. Miller, who initially said the injury occurred in a fall at home, needed surgery after Kreutz broke his jaw in the altercation last week.

Moss has no plans to play with T.O. (AP)
Randy Moss wants no part of playing alongside Terrell Owens. Nor does he see any similarity between himself and Owens. In his first interview in more than two months, Moss addressed several topics with ESPN for a program scheduled to air in full Sunday morning. "No, I'm not here," Moss said when asked how he would respond if Owens were to come to Oakland.

Giants mourn loss of co-owner Tisch (AP)
As the New York Giants stood together Wednesday morning and observed a moment of silence for co-owner Robert Tisch, who died Tuesday night of brain cancer at 79, the feeling of familiarity must have been inescapable. Three weeks earlier, they had mourned the loss of 89-year-old co-owner Wellington Mara, also to cancer.

Roethlisberger questionable vs. 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.

Chad Johnson says Colts won't stop him (AP)
Chad Johnson took his last bite of noodles, washed them down with a gulp of punch-flavored sports drink, then turned toward the semicircle of 23 reporters and photographers bracketing his locker. Time for a guarantee about those unbeaten Colts. "Hold on, I've got to get my game face on," the Bengals receiver said, wiping his hand across his face.

More charges against steroid doctor (AP)
A doctor accused in a television report of writing illegal steroid prescriptions for three former Carolina Panthers has been indicted on 14 additional charges. A federal grand jury Wednesday added three counts of distributing anabolic steroids and 11 counts of distributing human growth hormone to the 29 other similar counts against Dr.

Jags RB Taylor doubtful against Titans (AP)
The Jacksonville Jaguars could be without running back Fred Taylor for a second consecutive week. Taylor missed practice Wednesday with a bruised right foot and was listed as doubtful for the Jaguars' game at Tennessee on Sunday. Taylor initially hurt his foot Oct. 9 against Cincinnati and missed the following week at Pittsburgh.

Spurs' hot shot
San Antonio has picked up where it left off, but its leader these days isn't named Tim or Manu.

Phil gets best of Larry as Lakers win (AP)
For now, Phil Jackson and Larry Brown are only as good as the youngsters that play for them. Two of the NBA's greatest coaches are overseeing rebuilding jobs, making for some nights that try their competitive souls. Jackson maintained the upper hand on Brown when Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 42 points and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New York Knicks 97-92 Wednesday night, snapping a...

Iverson scores 42, Sixers beat Raptors (AP)
Andre Iguodala thought he was going to be drafted by Toronto. On Wednesday, he helped keep the Raptors winless this season. Allen Iverson scored a season-high 42 points and Iguodala added a career-high 26 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their sixth straight win, 121-115 over the Raptors. Iguodala also had 10 rebounds and shot 6-for-8 from 3-point range for the Sixers, who also beat Toronto on...

Bucks finally win one against West (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks finally ended their road woes against the Western Conference in the very place their coach worked all last season. It wasn't easy. Michael Redd scored 27 points to help the Bucks end a 17-game road losing streak against the West with a wild 90-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

Divac surprised by draft dodging charge (AP)
Former NBA center Vlade Divac said Wednesday he was surprised to learn that his home country was accusing him of avoiding its military draft. Serbia-Montenegro's army says it has filed charges against him. Divac, 37, was obliged by law to join the compulsory six-month military service by the age of 35, the country's state prosecutors' office said earlier Wednesday.

Rush helps Bobcats burn Pacers (AP)
Kareem Rush had come to symbolize the Charlotte Bobcats' offensive woes. He was shooting 34 percent from the field and the Bobcats had shot below 40 percent in three straight games. All that changed Wednesday night. Rush scored a career-high 35 points and rookie Raymond Felton added 18 points and 10 assists in his first career start to help the Bobcats snap a five-game losing streak with a 122-90...

Allen's 32 lift Sonics over Celtics (AP)
Seattle ended its most difficult stretch of the season with a win. Ray Allen scored 32 points to lift the Seattle SuperSonics over the Boston Celtics 113-100 on Wednesday night. "We know we are a better team than we have displayed in the past week," Allen said. "We got an opportunity to prove that tonight and we got on the same page more than we have." The Sonics (3-5), who were playing their sixth...

Anthony keys Nuggets' big run (AP)
Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets didn't let another big second-half lead slip away. Anthony scored a season-high 31 points and keyed a decisive 13-point run in the fourth quarter to help Denver beat the New Orleans Hornets 91-81 on Wednesday night. The Hornets cut into a nine-point deficit with a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter, but Anthony scored seven points as Denver pulled away with a...

Stoudamire, Grizzlies win third in a row (AP)
Damon Stoudamire finally found his outside shooting touch, and the Memphis Grizzlies are off to their best start in franchise history. Stoudamire scored 12 of his 26 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the fourth quarter and the Grizzlies won their third in a row, 115-103 over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, to improve to 6-3.

Trail Blazers hold off Bulls, 96-93 (AP)
Zach Randolph had the points, Theo Ratliff got the crucial dunk and Sebastian Telfair provided the drama. "I was like, whew!" Telfair exclaimed after the Portland Trail Blazers withstood a fierce fourth-quarter challenge by the Chicago Bulls for a 96-93 victory Wednesday night. The Blazers, who led by as many as nine points in the second half, got a scare midway through the fourth quarter when...

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 late OT goal lifts Penguins (AP)
Sidney Crosby is a better shooter than actor. The 18-year-old rookie sensation scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway with 46.7 seconds left in overtime, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. Crosby needed stitches on his upper lip after getting high-sticked in the second period.

Flames top Wings for eighth straight win (AP)
Tony Amonte knew how much Darren McCarty wanted to score against his former teammates. Amonte and Daymond Langkow assisted on McCarty's second goal of the season and the Flames held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Wednesday night for their eighth straight victory. McCarty picked up the puck behind the net and backhanded a wraparound shot past Manny Legace into the far corner at 2:03 of the...

Fedorov makes Columbus debut (AP)
Still groggy from a 15 1/2 -hour trip following the first trade of his career, Sergei Fedorov tried to get to know some of his new Columbus Blue Jackets teammates. "I just met my new teammates and the trainers," said Fedorov, wearing his Blue Jackets game sweater at a hastily called news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Bates scores two, Isles beat Thrashers (AP)
Shawn Bates is making the most of his recent offensive chances. Bates scored twice, including a goal in the closing minutes of the third period, to help the New York Islanders to their third straight victory, 7-3 over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night. Bates, who has eight goals -- six in five games -- clinched the win with just over seven minutes left and the Islanders leading 4-3 when he...

Arnott, Stars drop slumping Ducks (AP)
Jason Arnott rallied the Dallas Stars to their sixth victory in seven games with his sixth career three-goal game. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks might've sparked the breakout performance. Arnott took offense to a cheap shot by Anaheim left wing Travis Moen against Dallas defenseman Sergei Zubov late in the first period.

Svatos' two goals lift Avs over Coyotes (AP)
Marek Svatos' knack for winning goals caught Wayne Gretzky's attention. Svatos scored twice, including the deciding tally 1:56 into the third period, to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night. "Anybody who drives to the net, is strong like that, can skate and can snap the puck, you're going to be successful," Gretzky said.

Jovanovski snaps tie, Canucks top Sharks (AP)
Ed Jovanovski and Anson Carter figured the best place to solve the Vancouver Canucks' road woes was right in front of the San Jose Sharks' net. Jovanovski scored the go-ahead, power-play goal with 9:45 remaining, and the Canucks snapped a four-game road losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the slumping Sharks on Wednesday night.

Hurricanes beat Senators again, 2-1 (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 PP goals lift Leafs over Rangers (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.

Stew's to lose
A second championship is within Tony Stewart's reach – and that's a tough position to be in.

Pettys trying to get back to winning ways (AP)
For Kyle Petty, getting Bobby Labonte as a teammate has opened up all kinds of possibilities _ not the least of...

Fennig has solid advice for NASCAR contenders (AP)
Crew chief Jimmy Fennig has some advice for the contenders for this year's NASCAR Nextel Cup title as they head...

Johnson knows he's shooting for second place (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson has accepted the inevitable. Unless Tony Stewart makes his first major...

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:...

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.

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