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NEWS FROM 2005-11-21
Colts, Cards and Jags Win Shootouts (AP)
AP - The Colts, Cardinals and Jaguars won shootouts, while the Broncos and Browns had shutouts.
Marbury Helps Brown Get First Win at MSG (AP)
AP - Stephon Marbury and his cousin Sebastian Telfair bring out the best in each other. Marbury scored a season-high 27 points Sunday to help New York beat Telfair and the Portland Trail Blazers 103-92, giving coach Larry Brown his first Knicks victory at Madison Square Garden.
Jagr and Lundqvist Rebound for Rangers (AP)
AP - Jaromir Jagr, Henrik Lundqvist and the rest of the New York Rangers hated how the longest road trip of the season ended last week at Carolina.
Stewart Cruises to Second NASCAR Title (AP)
AP - Tony Stewart has two championships and a spot in NASCAR history. Both pale in comparison to what he treasures most: Earning the respect of his team and colleagues.
Georgia Tech Focusing on Remaining Games (AP)
AP - Georgia Tech doesn't want to spend too much time celebrating its big win over then-No. 3 Miami this weekend.
Bears win again, down Panthers (Reuters)
Reuters - Nathan Vasher intercepted two passes
and Muhsin Muhammad scored the game's only touchdown on a
three-yard run to lift the Chicago Bears to a 13-3 home victory
over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
NBA Today (AP)
AP - New Jersey at Golden State (10:30 p.m. EST). Vince Carter leads the Nets against Jason Richardson and the Warriors.
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.
Fiorentina Upsets AC Milan 3-1 (AP)
AP - Luca Toni scored two goals Sunday and Fiorentina ended AC Milan's eight-match winning streak in the Serie A with a 3-1 win.
Hockey Today (AP)
AP - Calgary at Colorado (9 p.m. EST). Jarome Iginla and the Flames take on the Avalanche in a Western Conference matchup.
Ten down, six to go
The countdown for the Colts' perfect season officially began with a wild shootout win at Cincinnati.
Colts hold off Bengals to go 10-0 (AP)
In a game of pinball offense, Peyton Manning showed he's still the greatest wizard of them all. He called the right plays. He made incredible passes. And, ominously, he showed that the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts are just starting to hit their stride. Manning threw three touchdown passes in an offense that reached the end zone on its first five possessions Sunday, setting up a 45-37 victory over the...
Johnson sets record in Chiefs' rout (AP)
Larry Johnson always felt he was too good to be a backup. On Sunday night he proved it. Johnson broke the Chiefs' rushing record with 211 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Kansas City to a 45-17 win over the hapless Houston Texans on Sunday night. The previous record was 200 yards, set by Barry Word in 1990.
Bears win sixth straight, beat Panthers (AP)
Nathan Vasher didn't set a record this time -- he set the tone. One week after returning a missed field goal a record 108 yards, Vasher intercepted two passes, and the North-leading Bears stamped themselves as a contender in the NFC on Sunday with a 13-3 victory over the Carolina Panthers, Chicago's sixth straight win.
Patriots win one for Belichick's father (AP)
The New England Patriots left the field with wide smiles as dusk began descending Sunday on Gillette Stadium. Moments later, their hearts sank. After coaching them to a 24-17 win over the New Orleans Saints that came down to the last play, Bill Belichick finally shared his burden with his players in the locker room: his father had died the night before.
Manning leads Giants past Eagles 27-17 (AP)
Barely more than a full season into his NFL career as a starting quarterback, Eli Manning is practically immune to fourth-quarter pressure. Kept in check for most of three quarters by the Philadelphia Eagles, Manning threw two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, including a 61-yarder to Plaxico Burress that helped the Giants pull away to a 27-17 victory Sunday.
Bucs top Falcons 30-27, in tie for first (AP)
Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons looked unstoppable. Then Derrick Brooks took matters into his own hands. Brooks, always at his best against the Falcons, forced a fumble by Vick with just over a minute to go, leading to Matt Bryant's 45-yard field goal that gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a 30-27 victory Sunday.
Stover lifts Ravens over Steelers in OT (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens were delighted to finally end a touchdown drought that had lasted an agonizing 12 quarters. That was nothing compared to the feeling of breaking a four-game losing streak by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers. "We need a win around here. It's been a while since we've won, and it means a lot, man," Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller said Sunday after Matt Stover kicked a 44-yard field...
Seahawks avoid collapse in San Francisco (AP)
Collapses have long been commonplace for the Seattle Seahawks, and this one was shaping up as a shameful classic. They were one pass away from blowing a 15-point lead and going to overtime after failing to stop the backups on one of the NFL's worst teams. But these Seahawks believe they can change their flop-filled history.
Warner wins in return to St. Louis (AP)
Celebrating victories in St. Louis is nothing new for Kurt Warner. It was running off the field to the visitor's locker room that distinguished his latest triumph. The St. Louis Rams' former hero won his first game in the town where he produced a pair of Super Bowl teams and a pair of MVP awards, throwing three touchdown passes in a 38-28 victory against his old team on Sunday.
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.
Raptors beat Heat 107-94 for first win (AP)
Life is a lot more enjoyable for the Toronto Raptors now that they've finally won a game. "Every one likes each other again," said a chuckling Mike James after the Raptors beat the first-place Miami Heat 107-94 on Sunday to end Toronto's longest losing streak since 2003. Chris Bosh had a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Raptors, who opened the season 0-9 -- the worst start in their...
Camby, Nuggets dominate Grizzlies (AP)
Marcus Camby was more impressed with his 21 rebounds than his 21 points. His eighth double-double of the season and fourth 20-20 game of his career helped the Denver Nuggets rout the Memphis Grizzlies 99-83 on Sunday night to move above .500 for the first time this season. Camby has topped 20 points five times this month after doing it just four times last season.
Duhon, Bulls overcome Bryant, Lakers (AP)
When the circus comes to town, the Chicago Bulls hit the road. And almost always lose. Not Sunday night. Chris Duhon scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and the Bulls beat the Los Angeles Lakers 96-93 despite 43 points by Kobe Bryant, matching an NBA single-game high this season. The Bulls won their first game after three losses on their annual Western swing while the circus is at the...
Allen, Sonics rally past Kings (AP)
The smack was so loud, it could be heard the entire length of the KeyArena floor -- and all the way back to Sacramento. The Kings had been leading the Seattle SuperSonics the entire game and by as many as 11 points in the first half. Now they led by five, 66-61 with 10:09 left in the third period. Seattle center Danny Fortson, getting a rare start because Johan Petro was in the hospital because of...
Artest lifts Pacers over Rockets (AP)
The Indiana Pacers knew what to do when they realized Tracy McGrady wasn't playing -- make Yao Ming work extra hard for his points. McGrady, Houston's leading scorer, sat out with a strained back. Yao, the team's No. 2 option, led the Rockets with 24 points and 13 rebounds, but was 8-for-21 from the field in Indiana's 85-74 victory Sunday night.
Brown gets first win with Knicks at MSG (AP)
New York Knicks coach Larry Brown had a feeling that Stephon Marbury was ready for a breakout game. Marbury scored a season-high 27 points Sunday to help New York beat the Portland Trail Blazers 103-92, giving Brown his first Knicks victory at Madison Square Garden. "I thought Steph was phenomenal," Brown said.
Brand, Maggette lead Clips past Warriors (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers are enjoying life in the NBA's high-rent district, and they expect to stay there for a while. Elton Brand had 32 points and 10 rebounds, Corey Maggette scored 24 points and the Clippers beat Golden State 113-101 on Sunday to open up a 2 1/2 -game lead on the Warriors in the Pacific Division.
Mavs hand Pistons first loss, 119-82 (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.
James' 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.
Rangers hand Bruins sixth loss in a row (AP)
Jaromir Jagr spent the first 20 games of the season reintroducing the NHL to his scoring touch. During the New York Rangers' perfect home weekend, Jagr showed off his playmaking side, too. Jagr snapped a third-period tie with his 19th goal and set up two others Sunday night in the Rangers' 3-2 victory over Boston, the Bruins' sixth straight loss.
Coyotes rout punchless Blue Jackets (AP)
Returning to the ice less than 24 hours after a shootout victory didn't phase Ladislav Nagy and the Phoenix Coyotes. Nagy had a goal and two assists, and David LeNeveu made 23 saves to help the Phoenix Coyotes beat Columbus 5-1 on Sunday night, extending the Blue Jackets' losing streak to five. "I feel really good on the ice right now," said Nagy, who has a point in six straight games.
Russian team files claim on Ovechkin (AP)
Alexander Ovechkin's former Russian team is trying to get him back. Dynamo Moscow wants a U.S. court to enforce a Russian arbitrator's ruling that it still owns the rights to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft. Ovechkin leads the Capitals with 15 goals -- no one else has more than four -- and 21 points.
Salo, Canucks, extend Ducks' losing skid (AP)
Sami Salo kept it simple with the game on the line. Salo scored his second goal of the game with 7:48 left to help the Vancouver Canucks hand the Ducks' their record-tying eighth straight loss, 3-2 on Sunday. Salo blasted a 50-foot slap shot from the point that deflected past goalie Ilja Bryzgalov, and the Canucks held on to finish a three-game trip with a 2-1 record.
Modin, Lightning defeat Hurricanes (AP)
Things are looking up again for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Fredrik Modin had a goal and two assists to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night, their third win in four games after a six-game losing streak earlier this month. Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards each added a goal and an assist for the Lightning, while Vaclav Prospal also...
Gagne scores 20th, Flyers top Pens 6-3 (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 streak 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 over 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.
Wild, Preds honor late teammate Zholtok (AP)
The Minnesota Wild honored the late Sergei Zholtok with an emotional pregame program Saturday night. Zholtok's 16-year-old son, Edgar, was presented with a framed jersey his father wore for the Wild from 2001-04 -- when he had 110 points in 210 games as a right wing and became one of the team's leaders and most popular players.
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.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Typical NASCAR weekend? Watch Smoke celebrate, get a Greg Biffle crock pot, listen to Jamiroquai.
Gordon claims coveted 11th spot in NASCAR points (AP)
Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon has no need for racing's most coveted consolation prize.
Stewart caps second championship with steady final run (AP)
Long before he battled for a second NASCAR championship, Tony Stewart had to fight for his job.
Jimmie Johnson endures more season-finale heartbreak (SportsTicker)
HOMESTEAD, Florida (Ticker) - Jimmie Johnson entered Sunday's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup championship within his grasp. For the second year in a row, he let it slip away.
Tony Stewart's legend grows with a second NASCAR title (SportsTicker)
HOMESTEAD, Florida (Ticker) - Tony Stewart already was one of the best drivers in auto racing before clinching the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup title. With his second premier series championship in the last four years, Stewart has gained elite status.
Pilot killed when two helicopters collide near NASCAR track (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Biffle wins Ford 400; Stewart claims second series title (SportsTicker)
Wallace, Rudd walk away from NASCAR (AP)
Rusty Wallace and Ricky Rudd had different emotions as they climbed out of their race cars for the final time Sunday night.
Johnson's title hopes end with crash at Homestead (AP)
Jimmie Johnson desperately wanted to see a caution flag. He didn't want to cause it, though.