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Morrison Scores 43 As Gonzaga Wins in 3OT (AP)
Gonzaga's Adam Morrison, center, pulls up for a shot between Michigan State's Shannon Brown, left, and  Marquise Gray during the first half of a semi-final game of the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)AP - The rest of college basketball has all season to try and match this one. Adam Morrison set a tournament record with 43 points and No. 8 Gonzaga beat No. 12 Michigan State 109-106 in triple overtime Tuesday night in the semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.


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James Leads Cavs to Eighth Straight Win (AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) shoots over Boston Celtics' Dan Dickau (20) in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers' 115-93 win Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)AP - LeBron James has never been better in his three years as a pro, and neither has his team. James scored 36 points for the second game in a row, Larry Hughes added 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers stayed the NBA's hottest team with their eighth straight win, 115-93 over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.


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Crosby Outduels Ovechkin in Penguins' Win (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) switches to the backhand before putting a first- period shot behind  Washington Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig (37)of South Africa for a goal  Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, in Pittsburgh.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AP - Sidney Crosby insists he didn't draw any extra motivation going against the NHL's other super rookie, Alexander Ovechkin, for the first time. He certainly looked like he did.


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Red Wings Keep Thoughts With Fischer (AP)
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer's dressing area is shown in the locker room at the Joe Louis Arena  on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005 in Detroit.  On Monday night Fischer collapsed on the bench after he began having convulsions on the bench late in the first period of a game against the Nashville Predators. An auto defibrillator was used on Fischer before he was taken out of the arena by ambulance to Detroit Receiving Hospital. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)AP - The Red Wings were back on the ice on Tuesday, but their thoughts were with teammate Jiri Fisher, who collapsed on the bench the night before and was revived with help from a defibrillator.


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Red Sox-Marlins Deal Waiting on Physicals (AP)
Florida Marlins starting pitcher Josh Beckett pitches during spring training in Jupiter, Fla., in this March 12, 2004 file photo. Shopping for a premier pitcher, the Boston Red Sox put together a deal to acquire Beckett and didn't even need a general manager to do it. The Red Sox and Marlins reached a preliminary agreement Monday night, Nov. 21, 2005  on a trade that would send Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell to Boston for three prospects. (AP Photo/James A. Finley,file )AP - One reason John Henry sold the Marlins was the lack of government money for a new ballpark. Florida's failure to get a stadium deal is helping Henry, now the owner of the Boston Red Sox, obtain one of baseball's best young pitchers.


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Eagles place McNabb on injured reserve list, season over (Reuters)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb grimaces as he removes his helmet during fourth quarter NFL action in Philadelphia in this November 14, 2005 file photo. McNabb was placed on the injured reserve list on November, 22, 2005, bringing his turbulent season to an early end. (Tim Shaffer/Files/Reuters)Reuters - Donovan McNabb was placed on the injured reserve list on Tuesday, bringing the Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl quarterback's turbulent season to an early end.


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Knee Sidelines Warriors Swingman Pietrus (AP)
Golden State Warriors' Mickael Pietrus, of France, left, defends against New Jersey Nets' Scott Padgett during the second quarter in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Nov. 21, 2005. Pietrus later sprained his knee and left the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)AP - Golden State Warriors swingman Mickael Pietrus is expected to miss up to four weeks with a sprained ligament in his right knee.


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Marlins Threaten to Move by 2008 (AP)
The bigger-than-life statue of a Florida Marlins baseball player stands outside Dolphin Stadium Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, as Marlin team officials said in a press conference that they may look to relocate as early as 2008, after years of unsuccessful attempts to secure a baseball only stadium in downtown Miami. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)AP - The Florida Marlins will look into relocation as early as the 2008 season, after years of unsuccessful attempts to secure a baseball-only stadium in downtown Miami.


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Former Colombia Referee Admits Bribe (AP)
AP - A former referee admitted Tuesday he attempted to bribe a match official to swing a Colombian soccer game this weekend.

Canucks' Two Quick Goals Sink Blackhawks (AP)
Vancouver Canucks goalie Alex Auld (35) gets his leg out to make the save on a shot from Chicago Blackhawks Matthew Barnaby (36) during the second period of NHL action in Vancouver Tuesday Nov. 22, 2005.  Vancouver led 2-1 after two periods of play. (AP PHOTO/CP, Chuck Stoody)AP - Markus Naslund and Ryan Kesler scored 68 seconds apart in the second period and Alex Auld made 32 saves to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.


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Pole positioned
The Colts might accomplish the unthinkable: start and finish the season as the rankings' No. 1 team.

Word on Owens' fate expected Wednesday (AP)
A decision on Terrell Owens' grievance hearing against the Philadelphia Eagles is expected Wednesday. Arbitrator Richard Bloch heard more than 13 hours of arguments last week. The Eagles said Tuesday they anticipate a ruling Wednesday on whether Owens' four-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team is justified.

McNabb placed on IR, ending his season (AP)
Donovan McNabb is officially done for the season after the Eagles placed him on injured reserve Tuesday. McNabb will undergo surgery for a sports hernia. The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback was bothered by the injury most of the season and missed last Sunday's loss to the New York Giants. Cornerback Lito Sheppard, an All-Pro last season, also was placed on injured reserve.

Roethlisberger should return vs. Colts (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return Monday night in Indianapolis, a big lift for a Pittsburgh Steelers offense that didn't run well, complete many passes or put much pressure in losing to Baltimore last weekend. The downside for the Steelers in one of their biggest games of the season: Peyton Manning will be at quarterback for the other team.

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.

Aikman, White head Hall of Fame nominees (AP)
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and perennial All-Pro defensive end Reggie White head a list of 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The board of selectors chose them from a list of 112 preliminary nominees, the hall said Tuesday. A list of 15 finalists will be announced in mid-January.

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.

Bengals confident despite loss to Colts (AP)
A cheer went up from the crowd of 64,995 during the first quarter of the Cincinnati Bengals' game on Sunday, and it had nothing to do with Chad Johnson's sideline proposal. The scoreboard showed that the Pittsburgh Steelers had just lost in overtime, giving the Bengals a chance to take control of the AFC North.

Niners' Lloyd catches passes, criticism (AP)
Brandon Lloyd's one-handed catches have become almost commonplace for the San Francisco 49ers this season. Coach Mike Nolan wants to make sure his receiver's tendency to annoy his teammates isn't a regularity as well. A day after Lloyd made seven catches for 119 yards in a loss to Seattle, Nolan revealed he had spoken to his top wideout twice last week about sharp-edged comments regarding his...

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.

Uncharted waters
The Clippers – yes, the Clippers – have sailed into the top five of this week's rankings.

LeBron leads Cavs to eighth straight win (AP)
For the second straight season, the Cavaliers' front office has chosen the catchy slogan -- "One for All. All for One" -- to help sell tickets, T-shirts and assorted merchandise. The motto is designed to promote the entire team. It fits LeBron James even better. The One, indeed. James scored 36 points for the second game in a row, Larry Hughes added 25 and the Cavaliers stayed the NBA's hottest team...

Nowitzki has 31, Mavs win sixth straight (AP)
While Dirk Nowitzki hit the go-ahead shots, it was the spark from Jason Terry that allowed the Dallas Mavericks to avoid a big letdown and stay undefeated at home. "J.T. got it going, and that really carried over," guard Devin Harris said. "And Dirk was Dirk." Nowitzki scored 31 points and made a 12-foot turnaround jumper with six minutes left that put Dallas ahead to stay, and Terry had 29 in the...

Nuggets win fourth in a row, top Wizards (AP)
Marcus Camby was everywhere Tuesday night, swatting shots into the stands, grabbing rebounds, hitting his trademark jumper from the top of the key. So it stood to reason that he would be at the right spot at the right time as the clock wound down, getting a hand on Gilbert Arenas' 3-point attempt just before the buzzer to preserve Denver's 108-105 victory over Washington, the Nuggets' fourth...

Randolph, Miles shine in Blazers' win (AP)
Zach Randolph and Darius Miles were back to playing the way the Portland Trail Blazers expect them to. Randolph, who finished with only two rebounds in Sunday's loss in New York, had 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Miles added 22 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 95-87 Tuesday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

Marion, Suns top Raptors, reach .500 (AP)
Suddenly, the Phoenix Suns are becoming a defensive-minded team. The Suns, the worst defensive team in the NBA last season, held an opponent under 100 points for the third consecutive game Tuesday night, beating the woeful Toronto Raptors 90-82. Shawn Marion scored 28 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for his ninth double-double in 10 games this season and Steve Nash added 23 points and nine assists...

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 F 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 scores 24 to lift 76ers (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.

Deron Williams outplays Bogut, 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.

Wings GM: Fischer doing 'very well' (AP)
The Red Wings were back on the ice on Tuesday, but their thoughts were with teammate Jiri Fisher, who collapsed on the bench the night before and was revived with help from a defibrillator. The team was practicing for its Wednesday home game against Colorado, while Fischer's equipment and jersey hung in his dressing area -- a reminder of the player who remained hospitalized and was undergoing...

Crosby outduels Ovechkin in Pens' win (AP)
If this was a preview of the new NHL's version of Gretzky and Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin have much to look forward to in careers that are only beginning but promise to be very special. Crosby weaved through two defensemen to score during Pittsburgh's four-goal first period, then helped hold off a Washington Capitals rally with a no-look, spin-move pass to set up Ziggy Palffy's...

Spezza snaps tie in 3rd, Sens top 'Canes (AP)
The Ottawa Senators already had plenty of motivation against a Carolina team that had taken both meetings this season. Playing for teammate Chris Neil made them even more determined against the Hurricanes. Hours after the right winger learned his mother had died in a car accident in Canada, the Senators got the go-ahead goal from Jason Spezza in the third period to beat the Hurricanes 5-3 in a...

Demitra's four assists power Kings (AP)
Once again, the St. Louis Blues brought out Pavol Demitra's best. Demitra matched his career high with four assists, enjoying another big game against his former team in the Los Angeles Kings' 6-3 victory on Tuesday night. "You always have extra energy when you come in and play against the team you played for," Demitra said.

Ducks beat Coyotes, end eight-game skid (AP)
Todd Fedoruk was the major topic of discussion after the Anaheim Mighty Ducks snapped their eight-game losing streak. Fedoruk didn't record a point in the long-awaited victory, but he was involved in the game's most talked-about play. The rugged left winger was given a match penalty midway through the third period of Anaheim's 2-1 victory over Phoenix on Tuesday night when he left his skates to hit...

Jagr's SO goal lifts Rangers by Sabres (AP)
The Cleveland Cavaliers have LeBron James. The New York Rangers have Jaromir Jagr. That's the comparison New York goaltender Kevin Weekes made in referring to his star teammate, who scored the decisive shootout goal that lifted the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. "I equate him to having LeBron or Michael (Jordan), one of the best impact players ever to play,"...

Richards, Boyle help Bolts beat Flyers (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning look every bit like the defending Stanley Cup champions when they face off against the Philadelphia Flyers. Brad Richards and Dan Boyle scored within a 1:26 span late in the second period to break open a tie game and lift the Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday night.

Theodore perfect for Habs in shootout (AP)
Pierre Dagenais proved to be the Canadiens' secret offensive weapon while teammate Jose Theodore was making three huge saves in the first shootout in Montreal. Dagenais scored the winning goal and Theodore stopped Atlanta forwards Ilya Kovalchuk, Peter Bondra and Marian Hossa to lead the Canadiens to a 3-2 win Tuesday night over the Thrashers.

Kings activate LW Luc Robitaille (AP)
Kings left wing Luc Robitaille was activated from the injured reserve list after missing nine games because of a broken bone in his lower right leg. The 39-year-old Robitaille was expected to play Tuesday night in St. Louis, as was center Derek Armstrong, who has been sidelined with a groin injury, the Kings said.

Lemieux: No Olympic nod on name alone (AP)
Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux is willing to play again for Canada in the Olympics, but wonders if he will be needed. With new stars such as Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Sidney Crosby emerging, Lemieux said he won't allow himself to be picked for the February Olympics in Italy if he isn't deserving. "There are too many good young players now to take a spot just because of your name," Lemieux said.

Top stories of 2005
From levigation to fence climbs, from cheating to backflips, the '05 season had plenty of storylines.

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)


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