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Duncan, Spurs Hold Off Rockets 86-80 (AP)
Houston Rockets Yao Ming, left, of China tries to reach for a rebound as San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan pulls it in, in the second quarter in the SBC Center in San Antonio, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005. (AP Photo/Bob Owen)AP - Tim Duncan had 19 points and nine rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held off a late surge by the Houston Rockets in an 86-80 victory Thursday night.


Knight, Tech Fall to No. 16 Syracuse (AP)
Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara, center, passes the ball off between Texas Tech's Martin Zeno, left,  and Darryl Dora during the first half Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - Syracuse had big runs in each half and the 16th-ranked Orange ran away to an 81-46 victory over Texas Tech on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports College Hoop Classic.


Oilers Outlast Red Wings 6-5 in Overtime (AP)
Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Smith, center celebrates Ales Hemsky's, left,  goal with teammate Jarret Stoll during the first period of NHL play in Edmonton on Thursday November 17, 2005. (AP Photo/ John Ulan, CP)AP - Jarret Stoll scored the winning goal 33 seconds into overtime, and the Edmonton Oilers pulled out a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.


No. 18 UCLA Defeats Temple 54-47 (AP)
UCLA's Aaron Afflalo, left, looks for an open teammate while being defended by Temple's Mardy Collins during the first half of a Preseason NIT game at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)AP - Arron Afflalo scored 18 points and No. 18 UCLA squelched Temple's second-half surge for a 54-47 victory in a second-round Preseason NIT game Thursday night


AP: NASCAR's Kurt Busch Regrets Actions (AP)
( Kurt Busch stands with the trophy in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005. NASCAR star Busch accused a sheriff's deputy of giving him a hard time during a traffic stop last week because the officer was a fan of driver Jeff Gordon.  'You're only doing this because you're a Jeff Gordon fan,' Busch was quoted as saying in a police report released Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005.  (AP Photo/Wayne Scarberry,file)AP - A repentant Kurt Busch said he regrets becoming "argumentative" with an officer during a traffic stop last week in Phoenix, but insists that alcohol played no part in his behavior.


Emotions Tear at Unsettled Saints (AP)
AP - The New Orleans Saints are already worried about next year as they struggle to get through this Hurricane-disrupted season.

NBA Today (AP)
AP - Orlando at Cleveland (7 p.m. EST). LeBron James and the Cavaliers face Orlando in a rematch of Cleveland's 108-100 OT win Sunday.

Report: Chipper Jones to Restructure Deal (AP)
AP - Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has agreed to restructure his contract, reducing his salary by $6 million next season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday.

FIFA Considers World Cup Ban for Turkey (AP)
UEFA's vice-president Senes Erzik, left, and Turkish Football Federation Chairman Levent Bicakci talk during a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005. Turkish officials say FIFA President Sepp Blatter was rash and one-sided in saying he would consider banning Turkey from the 2010 World Cup following a fight between Swiss and Turkish players after their match the previous night. (AP Photo)AP - FIFA is considering possible sanctions against Turkey for fighting after a playoff match against Switzerland, including banishment from the 2010 World Cup.


Hockey Today (AP)
AP - Chicago at Calgary (9 p.m. EST). The Flames will try for their first nine-game winning streak since a franchise-record 10-game run in 1978, when the team was based in Atlanta.

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

McNabb told to get season-ending surgery (AP)
Donovan McNabb's next important decision won't be calling an audible at the line of scrimmage. McNabb was told Thursday to have surgery for a sports hernia that probably would end his season. The Eagles' quarterback is considering his options. It's likely he'll seek other opinions before making a final decision.

LB Trotter in favor of Owens' return (AP)
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter said this week he would welcome embattled receiver Terrell Owens back to the team with open arms. "We would love to have T.O. back, we would love to have him back because we love what he brings to the team," Trotter said in an interview Thursday on ESPN's Cold Pizza morning show.

Steelers to start Maddox against Ravens (AP)
Tommy Maddox went from being the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting quarterback to No. 3 on the depth chart in barely a year's time. Despite a steep slide that admittedly tested his confidence, he always felt he would start again. What he didn't know was it would be this soon. With Ben Roethlisberger still not ready to return from a knee injury, Maddox will be the Steelers' quarterback Sunday in Baltimore...

Holmes will decide on future after tests (AP)
Priest Holmes says he'll undergo two more tests on his neck and spine and then decide whether to resume his record-setting NFL career next year. In his first public comments since going on injured reserve, the three-time Pro Bowl running back and holder of the NFL's single-season touchdown mark also disputed a report he had a lump on his spine.

Vikings victory in Stringer suit upheld (AP)
The widow of lineman Korey Stringer hit another, probably final legal roadblock Thursday when the Minnesota Supreme Court refused to let her pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the Vikings and several employees. Siding with two lower courts, the Supreme Court's 4-2 decision -- Justice Alan Page, a former Viking, recused himself -- exhausted Kelci Stringer's avenues in state court.

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 Tisch, prepare for Eagles (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.

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

Duncan, Spurs hold off Rockets (AP)
Needing a score to hold off the late-surging Houston Rockets, Robert Horry came through once again with a clutch, 3-pointer for the San Antonio Spurs. "I'm just happy we got a win," said Horry, who had 16 points in the Spurs' 86-80 victory Thursday night. Tracy McGrady led Houston with a game-high 27 points and 12 rebounds, but was held to 0-7 shooting in the first half.

Garnett leads T-Wolves past Wizards (AP)
Kevin Garnett's play drew nearly as much attention as his pregame criticism of Minnesota Timberwolves vice president Kevin McHale. Garnett had 25 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists to lead Minnesota to a 109-98 victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. "He dominates in the first three quarters and in the fourth quarter, everybody pays attention to him and he finds everybody else,"...

Mavericks drop hapless Hawks to 0-8 (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks shot under 40 percent and committed 16 turnovers. That was still enough to extend the Atlanta Hawks' season-opening losing streak to eight games. Josh Howard had 25 points and five blocked shots, and Dirk Nowitzki added 20 points and 13 rebounds, helping Dallas to an 87-78 victory Thursday night.

Jazz's Boozer out at least another month (AP)
Utah forward Carlos Boozer will miss at least another month because of a hamstring injury that has kept him from playing this season. The Jazz said Thursday that Boozer, idle since February because of injuries, felt a pop in his left hamstring in a drill Monday. An MRI showed that the strain in his muscle appeared to be worse.

Mavs' Christie out with ankle injury (AP)
Mavericks guard Doug Christie missed Dallas' game against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night, and will be sidelined indefinitely after returning to his home in Seattle to have his sore right ankle examined by his personal physician. Christie has been having problems with the ankle despite starting Dallas' first seven games this season.

Iverson scores 42, 76ers 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...

Divac seeks to clear up draft status (AP)
Former NBA center Vlade Divac wants to get his military status straightened out. He was surprised to learn that his native Serbia-Montenegro wants him for the army, and is accusing him of avoiding its military draft. The Serbian media reported that Divac arrived in Belgrade on Thursday and would meet Friday with defense minister Zoran Stankovic.

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.

Rush's 35 help Bobcats rout 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...

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.

Panthers drop 10th straight game (AP)
Daniel Alfredsson made it clear that the Ottawa Senators' recent power-play struggles were merely a short-term glitch. Alfredsson scored man-advantage goals 20 seconds apart midway through the third period and Ottawa beat Florida 4-1 on Thursday night, extending the Panthers' season-high losing streak to 10 games.

Bolts' St. Louis returns, scores winner (AP)
Martin St. Louis' surprise return gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a much needed lift. St. Louis scored a tiebreaking, rebound goal with 1:43 left, leading the Lightning past the New York Islanders 3-2 on Thursday night. St. Louis was back in the lineup less than a week after breaking a bone near the tip of his left ring finger.

'Canes roll behind Adams' hat trick (AP)
Try as he might, Kevyn Adams couldn't completely remember the last time he scored three goals in a game. The best he could recall was one about 10 years ago in the minors, soon after he left college. Not to worry. The veteran center has a more recent memory to talk about. Adams scored his first three goals of the season for his first NHL hat trick, Eric Staal added his 13th before leaving with an...

Stoll's OT goal lifts Oilers past Wings (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period, then blew a two-goal lead and somehow beat the Detroit Red Wings in overtime. Jarret Stoll scored the winning power-play goal to lift the Oilers to a 6-5 victory on Thursday night. "It's great for the fans," said Stoll, who fired his sixth goal past Chris Osgood 33 seconds into the extra session.

Pyatt's hat trick lead Sabres over Caps (AP)
Taylor Pyatt wasn't worried that he'd be stuck with a zero in the goal column all season. Pyatt scored his first three of the season Thursday night, recording his second career hat trick, and defenseman Brian Campbell had two goals to help the Buffalo Sabres to a wild 8-5 win over the Washington Capitals.

Kings hold off late rally, top Canucks (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks simply ran out of time against the Los Angeles Kings, whose offense shut down after an early power-play outburst. The Canucks rallied with three goals in the third period, but the Kings held on for a 5-4 victory on Thursday night. Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky scored twice on the power play in a 53-second span of the first period and Michael Cammalleri also scored with the man...

Lindros lifts Leafs past Bruins (AP)
Toronto turned to its power play and backup goaltender to beat Boston. Eric Lindros had a goal and an assist, and Mikael Tellqvist made 31 saves to lift the Maple Leafs to a 4-1 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night. "He (Tellqvist) was focused all day," Lindros said. "He faced a lot of shots in the first period, but we have a lot of confidence in him." Toronto has won three straight for the...

Columbus puts C Marchant on waivers (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets need to save some money, so they placed productive center Todd Marchant on waivers. The move was made Wednesday because the Blue Jackets need to clear space under the NHL salary cap after they acquired center Sergei Fedorov and a fifth-round pick in the 2006 draft from Anaheim on Tuesday.

Crosby's late OT goal lifts Penguins (AP)
In a Nov. 16 story about a game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, the Associated Press erroneously reported that Sidney Crosby was whistled for diving. He was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, but the reason was not specified; had it been diving, it would have been announced.

The last dance
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The Craftsman Truck Series championship battle will end this weekend.

AP Exclusive: Busch regrets actions, ready to take over new ride (AP)
Kurt Busch has a lot of regrets as he sits at home this week while his NASCAR Nextel Cup colleagues race in the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Rusty's Last Call wraps up in Homestead (AP)
Rusty Wallace certainly hoped to go out on top, to end his 22-year career with a second NASCAR championship.

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.

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