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NEWS FROM 2005-11-20
No. 1 USC Survives 50-42 Fresno St. Scare (AP)
AP - No. 1 Southern California got another major scare Saturday night. But the electrifying Reggie Bush wouldn't let the Trojans lose.
Legend Paterno Leads Penn State Into BCS (AP)
AP - Welcome to the BCS, JoePa. Joe Paterno and No. 5 Penn State locked up their first Bowl Championship Series bid, defeating Michigan State 31-22 on Saturday to win the Big Ten for the first time in 11 years.
Ga. Tech Stuns Third-Ranked Miami 14-10 (AP)
AP - Georgia Tech sacked Kyle Wright seven times, took advantage of key penalties on two touchdown drives and made a pair of late defensive stands to upset the third-ranked Miami Hurricanes 14-10 Saturday night.
Fourth-Ranked LSU Demolishes Ole Miss 40-7 (AP)
AP - JaMarcus Russell threw two touchdown passes and LSU's defense smothered Mississippi in a 40-7 victory Saturday night to move the fourth-ranked Tigers one step closer to the SEC championship game.
No. 11 Auburn Upsets No. 8 Alabama 28-18 (AP)
AP - No. 11 Auburn felt like the wrong team was getting all the hype in this state, and the Tigers set out to prove it Saturday. Unleashing a relentless pass rush, No. 11 Auburn upstaged one of the nation's stingiest defenses and remained dominant in the Iron Bowl with a 28-18 win over No. 8 Alabama.
Vikings Issue New Code of Conduct (AP)
AP - The Minnesota Vikings unveiled their new code of conduct and employee handbook to the entire organization during mandatory meetings on Saturday.
Stoudamire Leads Grizzlies Over Jazz 80-72 (AP)
AP - Damon Stoudamire scored 14 points, including a game-closing five straight, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Utah Jazz 80-72 Saturday for their fourth straight victory.
Pirates Have Minor-League Deal With Adams (AP)
AP - Right-handed reliever Terry Adams agreed Saturday to terms of a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on a minor-league contract would pay him $500,000 if he pitches in the majors next season.
Barcelona Tops Real Madrid at Bernabeu (AP)
AP - Ronaldinho scored twice Saturday to help FC Barcelona beat rival Real Madrid 3-0 and move atop the Spanish league for the first time this season.
Coyotes Nip Sharks 4-3 in Shootout (AP)
AP - Geoff Sanderson scored the deciding goal in a shootout, and the Phoenix Coyotes sent San Jose to its fifth straight loss with a 4-3 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night.
Questions remain about the Bears and Bengals, but we'll get more answers about them in Week 11.
No ruling yet on Owens' grievance (AP)
Terrell Owens' future remains in limbo. The All-Pro wide receiver is awaiting a decision by an arbitrator following his grievance hearing against the Philadelphia Eagles that lasted more than 13 hours Friday. Arbitrator Richard Bloch is expected to issue a decision by Tuesday. Owens' side argued his four-game suspension is excessive and the Eagles' plan to deactivate him once that time is up is far...
Bills' Losman to start against San Diego (AP)
J.P. Losman will start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills against San Diego after Kelly Holcomb missed his third straight practice since getting a concussion. Coach Mike Mularkey said Friday he expected Holcomb to be medically cleared for the game Sunday, but wasn't sure if he would serve as Losman's backup or be the No.
Vikings get new conduct handbook (AP)
The Minnesota Vikings unveiled their new code of conduct and employee handbook to the entire organization during mandatory meetings on Saturday. The 77-page binders were presented and distributed during two separate gatherings -- one for staff and one for the players. Work began on the guidelines the day after Zygi Wilf's purchase of the team closed in June, according to Kevin Warren, the team's...
Redskins WR Patten out for season (AP)
Washington Redskins receiver David Patten is out for the season after undergoing surgery on his right knee Friday. Patten had been feeling irritation in the knee for a couple of weeks and had missed practices but not games. The pain grew worse this week, and doctors diagnosed a cartilage injury that required surgery.
Ferguson injury not as serious as feared (AP)
Green Bay Packers receiver Robert Ferguson's knee injury isn't as serious as originally thought, and coach Mike Sherman hasn't ruled him out of playing against Minnesota on Monday night. Ferguson, who has missed the last three games, had tests Saturday that revealed an aggravation of a bruise in the left knee, stemming from the torn lateral-collateral ligament.
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.
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.
Flip side of the brawl
The Pacers-Pistons melee cast the NBA in a bad light, but there's much good being done behind the scene.
Mavericks hand Pistons first loss (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks set a season-high for points, but their work on the defensive end was a major factor in ending the Detroit Pistons' bid to remain the NBA's lone unbeaten team. Josh Howard scored 26 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 23 as the Mavericks raced to a 26-point first-quarter lead and handed the Pistons their first loss of the season, 119-82 on Saturday night.
LeBron's big night lifts Cavs over 76ers (AP)
LeBron James knew this was a big victory. James had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his first triple-double of the season, rallying the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 123-120 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. "It's one of the biggest wins I've had in my three years here," James said.
Parker carries Spurs past Suns (AP)
Tony Parker went from getting a tongue-lashing from his coach two nights ago, to receiving praise for his offensive and defensive heroics Saturday night. With San Antonio leading by just one point, Parker hit a soft runner in the lane over reigning MVP Steve Nash with 35 seconds to go to help the Spurs beat the Phoenix Suns 97-91.
Garnett lifts T-Wolves over Bobcats (AP)
Kevin Garnett got a rare fourth quarter off thanks in part to a season-high scoring performance from Michael Olowokandi. Olowokandi scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Garnett finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds in three quarters as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Charlotte Bobcats 102-89 Saturday night.
A year later, NBA brawl lives in infamy (AP)
A look at the Nov. 19, 2004, brawl involving the Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and fans in Auburn Hills, Mich., and its aftermath: -- Indiana's Ron Artest fouls Detroit's Ben Wallace as he goes in for a layup with 45.9 seconds left and the Pacers leading 97-82. -- Wallace wheels around and delivers a hard, two-handed shove to Artest's chin, which leads to pushing and shoving with several players...
West, Paul power Hornets past Magic (AP)
David West helped pick up the undermanned New Orleans Hornets with an offensive burst. West scored a career-high 34 points and Chris Paul added 21, leading the Hornets to a 98-95 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. New Orleans won despite missing center P.J. Brown and guards J.R. Smith and Speedy Claxton.
Nets slow down Arenas, beat Wizards (AP)
The New Jersey Nets knew they needed to stop Gilbert Arenas. They were helped out when the NBA's third-leading scorer was benched most of the third quarter after a lackluster first half. Vince Carter scored 19 points and Richard Jefferson had 16 points and 13 rebounds, leading New Jersey to an 89-83 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
Stoudamire comes up big for Grizzlies (AP)
Mike Miller helped the Memphis Grizzlies take a big lead, and when Utah Jazz closed in Damon Stoudamire finished them off. Stoudamire scored 14 points, including a game-closing five straight, and the Grizzlies beat the Jazz 80-72 Saturday for their fourth straight victory. "I've made a lot of big shots in this building throughout my career," said Stoudamire, who made a 3-pointer as the shot clock...
Clippers top Lakers, improve to 7-2 (AP)
The NBA's balance of power in Los Angeles seems to be shifting. Led by Elton Brand, the Clippers beat Kobe Bryant and the Lakers 97-91 on Friday night. Bryant, making some of his off-balance, high-arcing jumpers but missing more often, scored 36 points on 12-of-35 shooting. The win extended the Clippers' franchise-best start to 7-2 and was their third victory in a row over their city rivals dating...
Gagne nets 20th, Flyers defeat Penguins (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers made a third-period lead hold up this time, even while seemingly preoccupied with whether Pittsburgh rookie Sidney Crosby stands up nearly enough. Jeff Carter and Michael Handzus scored in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the third period and the Flyers preserved late lead this time, beating Pittsburgh 6-3 on Saturday night in a feisty rematch of the Penguins' overtime victory...
Panthers' losing skid reaches 11 (AP)
The New York Islanders made quick work of the free-falling Florida Panthers in the third period. Shawn Bates scored two goals to help the Islanders hand the Panthers their 11th straight loss, 5-3 on Saturday night. Miroslav Satan, Oleg Kvasha and Mark Parrish also scored for New York, and Rick DiPietro made 25 saves in the Islanders' third victory on their four-game trip.
Demitra's hat trick lifts Kings by Avs (AP)
Pavol Demitra showed the Colorado Avalanche why he leads the NHL's Western Conference in points -- not that they needed another reminder. Demitra scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 3:32 remaining to complete his fourth career hat trick, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 victory Saturday night.
Nylander leads Rangers by Hurricanes 4-3 (AP)
Michael Nylander's ankle was sore enough to keep him off the practice ice one day after he and the New York Rangers were thumped in North Carolina. But Friday's aches turned into Saturday's glory as Nylander and his linemates rebounded from a dismal performance and turned the tables on the high-flying Carolina Hurricanes.
Ponikarovsky helps Leafs top Thrashers (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers were too tired Saturday night to avenge an embarrassing loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Alexei Ponikarovsky scored twice and had an assist to help the Maple Leafs beat the Thrashers 5-1 for their season-high fourth straight victory. Bryan McCabe added a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs, who also beat Atlanta 9-1 in a fight-filled rout on Oct.
Blues hand Wings fourth loss in a row (AP)
Two St. Louis Blues with local ties had a lot fun at the Detroit Red Wings' expense. Former Red Wings player Mike Sillinger and Detroit native Doug Weight scored in the third period to lead St. Louis to a 3-2 victory Saturday night. Jamal Mayers also scored to help the Blues win their second straight after losing 11 in a row.
Fisher, Senators hold off Devils (AP)
New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur certainly was impressed with the Ottawa Senators. "If they're not already the best team they should be by the end of the season," Brodeur said after the Devils' 5-4 loss to Ottawa on Saturday night. "Every turnover we had they capitalized on, but at the end of the day I felt we competed really well." Mike Fisher scored twice and backup goalie Ray Emery made...
Bourque, Blackhawks beat Oilers (AP)
Rene Bourque had quite a homecoming party Saturday night. The Edmonton native scored twice and backup goalie Craig Anderson made 33 saves to help the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Oilers 4-3 for a two-game Alberta sweep. "It's a great feeling to come back and play in front of my family and friends," Bourque said.
Coyotes extend Sharks' skid to five (AP)
Wayne Gretzky is learning new things about his team each game. This time, the Phoenix Coyotes won their first shootout when San Jose had all the momentum. Geoff Sanderson scored the deciding goal in a shootout, and the Coyotes sent the Sharks to their fifth straight defeat with a 4-3 victory Saturday night.
Rookie Foster helps Wild end losing skid (AP)
On a night when a former Minnesota player was remembered, the newest member of the Wild had a game he'll never forget. Kurtis Foster scored his first two NHL goals and the Wild ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Foster, who led AHL defensemen in scoring with 15 points in 19 games, was recalled from Houston on Thursday.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Kurt Busch is heeding Jack Roush's wishes that he stay away this weekend, but maybe he shouldn't.
Newman wins Ford 300; Truex claims another Busch Series title (SportsTicker)
Newman wins race; Truex gets second championship (AP)
Martin Truex Jr. had another championship and a headache Saturday night after the season-ending Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Edwards wins pole for NASCAR Nextel Cup series Ford 400 (SportsTicker)
Edwards wins pole for season finale (AP)
Carl Edwards keeps doing things nobody expects.
Gordon concerned with momentum, not perks (AP)
Finishing 11th in the NASCAR Nextel Cup standings means a big bonus and a spot at the postseason banquet.
France pleased with second season of championship chase (AP)
NASCAR chairman Brian France is pleased with the second season of his Chase for the championship format, but suspects there will be tweaks to the system.
Stewart at ease as he closes in on NASCAR history (AP)
On the verge of racing into NASCAR history, temperamental Tony Stewart spent Saturday morning searching for a little serenity. He went fishing.
NASCAR lineup will have different look in 2006 (AP)
At this point, don't bother memorizing the driver names and car numbers in NASCAR's Nextel Cup series. By the time the field lines up for the Daytona 500 in February, it will look very different.