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NEWS FROM 2005-11-22
Edinger's Field Goal Wins It for Vikings (AP)
AP - Minnesota's offense isn't dead. With the steady hand of Brad Johnson, neither is the Vikings' season.
Red Wings' Fischer Collapses on Bench (AP)
AP - Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the Detroit bench late in the first period of Monday night's game against the Nashville Predators and was hospitalized in stable condition.
Red Sox Close in on Beckett Trade (AP)
AP - The Red Sox and Marlins reached a preliminary agreement Monday night on a trade that would send Florida ace Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell to Boston for three prospects.
Aldridge's Heroics Lift No. 2 Longhorns (AP)
AP - LaMarcus Aldridge made a putback with 3.6 seconds left and blocked a last-second shot to lift No. 2 Texas to a 76-75 victory over No. 13 West Virginia on Monday night in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic.
No. 3 UConn Defeats Arkansas 77-68 (AP)
AP - Sophomore forward Rudy Gay scored a career-high 28 points and No. 3 Connecticut overcame turnover problems to beat Arkansas 77-68 on Monday night in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
49ers' Young Suffers Serious Knee Injury (AP)
AP - Defensive lineman Bryant Young could miss the rest of the San Francisco 49ers' season after a torn ligament was discovered in his right knee Monday night.
Duncan Leads Spurs to Fourth Straight Win (AP)
AP - Tim Duncan had 22 points and 19 rebounds, Tony Parker scored 23 and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Sacramento Kings 96-93 Monday night for their fourth straight victory.
Mariners, Catcher Johjima Make History (AP)
AP - Now that Japanese catcher Kenji Johjima and the Seattle Mariners agreed to a $16.5 million, three-year contract Monday, they have one thing left to figure out: how to communicate.
Chivas USA Hires Bradley As Coach (AP)
AP - Bob Bradley, the winningest coach in Major League Soccer history, is the new coach of Chivas USA, taking over a team that went a league-worst 4-22-6 in its inaugural season.
Smyth, Hemsky Lift Oilers in Shootout (AP)
AP - Ryan Smyth and Ales Hemsky scored shootout goals Monday night, lifting the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
Ten down, six to go
The countdown for the Colts' perfect season officially began with a wild shootout win at Cincinnati.
Vikes beat Pack on last-second FG again (AP)
The Minnesota Vikings' offense awoke just in time to tear out the Packers' hearts as time expired -- again. This kick was a tad easier. A month after hitting a team-record 56-yarder to beat Green Bay at the Metrodome, Paul Edinger did it again from 27 yards Monday night to sink the Packers with a 20-17 victory that keeps Minnesota's season afloat.
McNabb, Sheppard likely done for season (AP)
Donovan McNabb's season is likely over. So is the Philadelphia Eagles' hope of returning to the Super Bowl. The Eagles' star quarterback will have surgery for a sports hernia and is expected to miss the final six games, another crushing blow for a team that had still hoped to make the playoffs without suspended receiver Terrell Owens.
Wednesday services for Belichick's dad (AP)
Funeral services for Steve Belichick, father of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, have been scheduled for Wednesday morning at the U.S. Naval Academy. The elder Belichick, who was an assistant football coach at Navy for 33 years through 1989, died of heart failure Saturday night at the age of 86.
Colts hold off Bengals 45-37, go to 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's 211 rushing yards lift Chiefs (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.
Chargers TE Gates says foot feels better (AP)
Antonio Gates was feeling well enough on Monday to poke fun at himself and take some good-natured ribbing from Drew Brees. That was a huge relief for the San Diego Chargers, who found out that Gates' sprained right foot isn't likely to keep him out for a significant amount of time. "My foot feels a lot better," said the record-setting tight end, who wore a protective boot.
Falcons need to start winning -- fast (AP)
Jim Mora never hides his emotions, expressing himself with everything from expletive-filled rants to sarcastic smirks. So, everyone wondered how he would react to the first real losing streak of his head coaching career. Well, get this: He's actually glad the Atlanta Falcons are going through a little adversity.
Niners' Young could miss rest of season (AP)
Defensive lineman Bryant Young could miss the rest of the San Francisco 49ers' season after a torn ligament was discovered in his right knee Monday night. Young, a four-time Pro Bowl selection who's tied for the NFC lead with eight sacks this season, won't need surgery but will be out three to six weeks.
Dolphins' Thomas may miss two games (AP)
Miami Dolphins defensive leader Zach Thomas likely will miss the next two games with a separated right shoulder. Thomas' status for the rest of the season was not known Monday as doctors evaluated the severity of the injury sustained in the first half of the Dolphins' 22-0 drubbing at the hands of the Browns.
The Clippers – yes, the Clippers – have sailed into the top five of this week's rankings.
Duncan extends Spurs' win streak to four (AP)
An uncharacteristic lapse on defense nearly cost the San Antonio Spurs in the fourth quarter. Tim Duncan had 22 points and 19 rebounds, Tony Parker scored 23 and San Antonio held off the Sacramento Kings 96-93 Monday night for their fourth straight victory. Parker and Duncan frustrated the Kings' defense, helping the Spurs win for the seventh time in eight games and improve to 9-2, the best record...
Blazers' Patterson deactivated (AP)
The Trail Blazers have placed forward Ruben Patterson on the inactive list, after he cursed at coach Nate McMillan during Sunday's loss to the New York Knicks over his lack of playing time. Patterson will remain in Portland while the rest of the team is on a six-game road trip. "We will not tolerate this type of behavior from any player," Blazers General Manager John Nash said in a statement...
Ailing Iverson nets 24 in Sixers' win (AP)
On any other night, Allen Iverson would have begged to go back in the game. On Monday, he was begging for extra rest. Playing with flulike symptoms, Iverson scored all 24 of his points in the first half and then happily sat out the fourth quarter as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the New Orleans Hornets 103-91.
Fisher helps Warriors top Nets (AP)
The Golden State Warriors are prepared to play their share of close games this season, contests that come down to the final possession. Derek Fisher is one of the veterans the Warriors hired to handle such situations. Fisher scored nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Warriors snapped a five-game losing streak to the New Jersey Nets with a 100-97 victory Monday night.
Williams outplays Bogut in Jazz' win (AP)
The No. 1 pick in the NBA draft struggled and the third overall pick thrived. The Utah Jazz are pretty pleased with the way the draft turned out. Deron Williams had his second straight -- and career -- double-double with 10 points and 10 assists and the Jazz snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 100-80 Monday night.
Clippers not surprised by fast start (AP)
Cuttino Mobley's eyes narrowed as he pondered the question: What in the world was he thinking when he joined the Los Angeles Clippers last summer? "To change the perception," he replied, a bit of a growl in his voice. And the perception? "That they were losers." That's certainly not the case right now.
Nuggets' Nene has knee surgery (AP)
Nuggets forward Nene had surgery on his right knee Monday. Team physician Steve Traina repaired a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a torn medial collateral ligament and a lateral meniscus tear, the Nuggets said. The Brazilian player was injured Nov. 1 in a season-opening loss to San Antonio after falling while the Spurs' Tim Duncan stole the ball from him.
Ex-Purdue coach Keady mulls NBA offer (AP)
Former Purdue basketball coach Gene Keady is considering coming out of retirement after being offered a position with the Toronto Raptors. Keady, who went 512-270 in 25 seasons with the Boilermakers, retired after last season and was fully satisfied with golfing and spending time with his wife. But Wayne Embry, the Toronto Raptors' assistant to the president, called Keady to offer him a job as a...
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...
Wings' Fischer has seizure on bench (AP)
Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the Detroit bench late in the first period of Monday night's game against the Nashville Predators and was hospitalized in stable condition. The team announced that Fischer had a seizure and was doing fine. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock later said Fischer's heart had stopped and was restarted at the arena.
Flames' Sauve perfect in SO against Avs (AP)
Knowing he wouldn't play much in Colorado, the Avalanche traded promising goalie Philippe Sauve away to give him an opportunity to shine elsewhere. Elsewhere turned out to be Calgary, and on Monday, the Avalanche had reason to regret that deal. Sauve stopped all three of Colorado's shots in a shootout to help the Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche, the team that picked the goalie in the...
Oilers hand Sharks sixth straight loss (AP)
Ryan Smyth made the most of his one shot. Smyth and Ales Hemsky scored shootout goals Monday night, lifting the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. "You never critique a win, but there is no question we can get better," said Smyth, who didn't register a shot in 22 minutes, 20 seconds of real play.
Ovechkin vs. Crosby begins Tuesday night (AP)
They are the new faces of a sport whose stars were bogged down for a decade by talent-negating holding and hooking, of a league that endured a full-season shutdown partly to give them a proper showcase for their talents. When they meet Tuesday night for the first time in what could be the new NHL's version of Gretzky vs.
Islanders F Bates out 4-5 weeks (AP)
The New York Islanders forward Shawn Bates is expected to miss four-to-five weeks because of a hamstring injury sustained at the end of a four-game road trip. Bates, who scored eight goals in seven games before going down, was hurt in the final moments of New York's 5-2 victory at Florida on Saturday night.
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 5-1 (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.
Ducks claim C Marchant off waivers (AP)
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks claimed Columbus Blue Jackets center Todd Marchant off waivers on Monday. The 32-year-old Marchant had three goals and six assists in 18 games for Columbus this season. He signed a free agent contract with the Blue Jackets in July 2003, after playing for Edmonton from 1994. Marchant reportedly will earn $2.47 million this season and has three years remaining on his contract.
Ducks' losing streak reaches eight (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.
The favorite falters
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Despite having five teams in the Chase, Jack Roush couldn't win a third consecutive championship.
NASCAR's championship format was a winner, and closer than it looked (AP)
There was no last-lap drama in this Chase.
Sister: Racer Baldwin aboard crashed plane (AP)
Off-road racer Jason Baldwin was one of four people aboard a small plane that crashed into the Pacific off the Orange County coast. "It was his time to go," his sister, Kelley Renezeder, said Sunday. "We will all learn in our way why he died. He did not die as though he never lived. He lived each day to the fullest." A dive team will arrive Tuesday to retrieve the wreckage of the plane, which crashed...
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)