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NEWS FROM 2005-11-24
Eagles Win Arbitration, Shut Down T.O. (AP)
AP - Terrell Owens was shut down completely: his grievance, his season, his tumultuous time with the Philadelphia Eagles. It's all over.
Brown's Jumper Wins It for No. 3 UConn (AP)
AP - Denham Brown hit a turnaround jumper with 1.1 seconds to play gives No. 3 Connecticut a 65-63 victory over No. 8 Gonzaga on Wednesday night in the championship game of the Maui Invitational.
Mets Land Big Fish in Carlos Delgado (AP)
AP - Carlos Delgado is headed to the Mets, 10 months after he spurned New York to sign with the Florida Marlins.
J.J Redick Leads No. 1 Duke Over Drexel (AP)
AP - J.J Redick scored a season-high 31 points to help top-ranked Duke beat pesky Drexel 78-68 in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals Wednesday night.
Phillies Agree to Send Thome to White Sox (AP)
AP - A month after winning the World Series, the Chicago White Sox began reworking a roster that produced the team's first championship in 88 years. Injury-plagued slugger Jim Thome is on his way to the White Sox and gritty center fielder Aaron Rowand, one of the top defensive outfielders in baseball, is headed to Philadelphia.
Seahawks Enjoy Relative Anonymity (AP)
AP - The Seattle Seahawks are enjoying their somewhat anonymous existence despite being one of the NFL's top teams.
NBA Hawks finally capture first victory (AFP)
AFP - Al Harrington scored a season-high 34 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks to their first victory of the National Basketball Association season, a 120-117 triumph over Boston here.
Delgado and Thome Headed to New Teams (AP)
AP - A pair of high-profile first basemen are headed to new teams, with Carlos Delgado going to the New York Mets and Jim Thome to the World Series champion Chicago White Sox.
Liverpool, Chelsea, Inter Milan Advance (AP)
AP - Defending champion Liverpool, Chelsea and Inter Milan reached the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday, joining seven other teams that had already qualified.
Panthers Lose 12th Straight Game (AP)
AP - Martin Brodeur always gives the Florida Panthers fits — even when they're not stuck in such a discouraging slump. The New Jersey goalie made 24 saves in a 5-1 victory Wednesday night, sending Florida to its 12th consecutive loss.
Who'll take T.O.?
Now that his time in Philly is officially over, let's handicap the impending Terrell Owens sweepstakes.
Ruling effectively ends Owens' season (AP)
Terrell Owens has plenty of time to work on new dance moves. Owens was shut down completely on Wednesday. His grievance, his season, and his tumultuous time with the Philadelphia Eagles are all over. Arbitrator Richard Bloch ruled that the Eagles were justified in suspending their All-Pro receiver for four games -- and are within their rights to deactivate him for the rest of the year.
Roethlisberger expects to play vs. Colts (AP)
Now that Ben Roethlisberger is back, the Pittsburgh Steelers can only hope that the rest of their offense returns with him. Roethlisberger ran the offense in practice for the first time in nearly a month Wednesday after missing three consecutive games and four of six with knee injuries. He still has pain after needing right knee surgery Nov.
Jets owner vows Edwards will return (AP)
After a week of bungled attempts to clear up Herman Edwards' future with the New York Jets, team owner Woody Johnson finally made an emphatic statement. "Herm's not leaving," Johnson said Wednesday. Johnson addressed the situation following an embarrassing week of rampant speculation that had Edwards leaving for Kansas City should Dick Vermeil retire when the season ends.
Saints' Horn rips Tagliabue (AP)
Outspoken Saints receiver Joe Horn criticized Paul Tagliabue on Wednesday, saying some of his teammates were "salty" because the NFL commissioner had yet to visit or address the team in person. Horn, who has been critical of the way the NFL handled the Saints since Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans-area in August, made his comments on a conference call with New York media leading up to...
Giants GM Accorsi sticking around (AP)
Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi has decided to delay retirement for at least a year. Giants spokesman Peter John-Baptiste said Wednesday that Accorsi, 64, had agreed to continue to run the Giants through at least next season. His contract was due to expire after the current season. Accorsi told The New York Times for Wednesday newspapers that the team's on-field success and the deaths this fall...
Vick happy to play on Thanksgiving (AP)
Michael Vick's wish is coming true. Vick grew up watching the Detroit Lions play on Thanksgiving, enjoying their throwback uniforms and Barry Sanders. Now, he's looking forward to being on the unique stage with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday at Detroit. "I love it that we get an opportunity to play in front of the world," Vick said.
Broncos-Cowboys a high-stakes matchup (AP)
About the time the soreness from playing the Detroit Lions began setting in Sunday, Drew Bledsoe went back to work. The quarterback drove to the Dallas Cowboys headquarters and spent a couple hours studying film of the Denver Broncos. Not long after he left, coach Bill Parcells arrived. He was in his office by 2:50 a.m.
Funeral held for Bill Belichick's father (AP)
Those in attendance at Steve Belichick's funeral Wednesday spoke repeatedly of his three loves: his family, football and the United States Naval Academy. Belichick, who died Saturday at 86 at his Annapolis-area home, had been associated with the academy's football program for 50 years, 33 as an assistant coach and scout.
Fan who took ball from Favre sentenced (AP)
The fan who ran onto the field during a Bengals game and took the football from Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre was placed on 14 months' probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct while intoxicated. Greg Gall of Cincinnati also was sentenced to 230 hours of community service and fined $200.
Danny Ferry's new and improved Cavaliers roster has led to an upgrade in LeBron James' game.
Hawks finally win one, beat Celtics (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks finally got their first victory. Now for the really tough task -- back-to-back wins. Led by Al Harrington's 34 points, Zaza Pachulia's strong work inside and the second-half defense of Josh Childress on Ricky Davis, the Hawks became the last NBA team to win a game, outlasting the Boston Celtics 120-117 Wednesday night.
Bucks overcome Iverson, Sixers in win (AP)
Allen Iverson's latest brilliant performance wasn't enough to get Philadelphia a victory. Iverson scored an NBA season-high 45 points, but Michael Redd had 32 for Milwaukee and the Bucks beat the 76ers 108-97 Wednesday night. Iverson, who was 13-of-30 from the floor and 17-of-19 from the line, surpassed the 43 points Kobe Bryant had for the Los Angeles Lakers against Chicago three days ago.
Pistons beat Nuggets, improve to 9-1 (AP)
The Detroit Pistons didn't stay in a slump for long. In the first game since their undefeated start ended with an embarrassing 37-point loss in Dallas, the Pistons got 19 points from Richard Hamilton and snapped the Denver Nuggets' four-game winning streak with a 114-89 victory Wednesday night. "We wanted to get back to playing Pistons basketball," said Chauncey Billups, who added 16 points and 11...
Clippers rally, improve to 5-0 at home (AP)
Whenever the Los Angeles Clippers think they have everything figured out, coach Mike Dunleavy is there to remind them they don't. If that doesn't work, there are always hungry teams like the Toronto Raptors to give them a reality check. Corey Maggette scored 30 points Wednesday night and Sam Cassell had 10 of his 26 in the fourth quarter for the Clippers, who didn't take their first lead until less...
Duncan, Spurs start fast, rout Warriors (AP)
Gregg Popovich had an easy time sizing up San Antonio's latest victory as his team's best performance yet. No one could argue with the coach after the Spurs scored a season-best 36 points in the first quarter, led by 30 points at the break and almost doubled Golden State on the boards. Tim Duncan had his NBA-leading 10th double-double by halftime on the way to 19 points and 12 rebounds in the...
Wade leads Heat past Blazers (AP)
An embarrassing loss failed to have a lasting effect on the Miami Heat. Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and tied his personal high with 11 rebounds, leading the Heat to a 100-79 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night -- three days after losing to previously winless Toronto. "We had a little bit of a reality check when we lost to Toronto," Antoine Walker said.
Suns find 3-point touch, beat Rockets (AP)
The Phoenix Suns are learning that playing on the road can be a good thing for a struggling team. Shawn Marion and James Jones each scored 19 points Wednesday night and the Suns beat the Houston Rockets 100-88, improving to 3-1 on the road. After hitting only 8-of-42 from 3-point range the previous two games, Phoenix shot 14-of-27 from behind the arc Wednesday for a season-high 3-point total.
Paul's big second half carries Hornets (AP)
With Chris Paul pushing the tempo, the New Orleans Hornets punished the Minnesota Timberwolves and their zone defense. Attacking the basket, Paul scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half to rally the Hornets from a 12-point halftime deficit for an 84-80 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Magic beat Wizards 91-83 without Francis (AP)
No Steve Francis, no Grant Hill and very little Dwight Howard. Still, the Orlando Magic found a way to win. Hedo Turkoglu had a season-high 23 points and seven rebounds, leading the injury-depleted Magic to a 91-83 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. "As long as I'm aggressive, I know I'm going to get my shots.
Wings' Fischer released from hospital (AP)
Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer was released from the hospital Wednesday and was resting at home, two days after he collapsed on the bench in convulsions. He was placed on injured reserve and the team recalled defenseman Kyle Quincey from Grand Rapids of the AHL before hosting Colorado on Wednesday night.
Devils hand Panthers 12th straight loss (AP)
As soon as the New Jersey Devils scored their first goal, Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo knew the Panthers were in trouble. Colin White, Grant Marshall and Brian Gionta scored in a span of 1:33 in the first period for New Jersey, giving the Devils a 5-1 victory Wednesday night and sending the Panthers to their 12th straight loss.
Bruins snap six-game losing streak (AP)
Chastised by their owner, the Boston Bruins responded. Glen Murray scored twice to help Boston end its longest losing streak in eight years with a 5-1 rout of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. Patrice Bergeron, Shawn McEachern and Sergei Samsonov also scored for the Bruins, who snapped a six-game slide -- their longest since a seven-game skid from March 17 to April 3, 1997.
Regehr's goal sends Flames past Sharks (AP)
Robyn Regehr's soft shot fooled goalie Evgeni Nabokov and stunned the slumping San Jose Sharks. Regehr scored the go-ahead goal on a harmless-looking wrister in the third period, and the Calgary Flames sent San Jose to its seventh straight loss with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night. With the score tied 1-all midway through the third period, Shean Donovan worked the puck back to Regehr at the blue line...
Red Wings end four-game slide, beat Avs (AP)
Mikael Samuelsson's offensive production is no longer a surprise. Samuelsson had two goals and two assists, sending the Detroit Red Wings to a 7-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. Signed as a free agent during training camp, Samuelsson has 11 goals to surpass his previous high of 10 in 2002-03 with the Rangers and Penguins.
Arnott helps Stars beat Ducks again (AP)
Jason Arnott is going to be disappointed when he looks at the Dallas Stars' schedule. There is only one more game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks between now and late March. Arnott scored twice in the third period Wednesday night in a 3-1 win that was Dallas' third victory over the Mighty Ducks in 11 days.
Kotalik, Connolly score in SO for Sabres (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres never gave up and earned two points for their effort. Ales Kotalik and Tim Connolly scored in a shootout, giving Buffalo a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. Kotalik tied the score at 3 with 2:49 left in the third period. Chris Drury and Jochen Hecht also scored for the Sabres, 4-1-0-1 in their past six games.
Prospal scores in SO, Lightning top Caps (AP)
Now the Tampa Bay Lightning know what it's like to win a shootout. Dan Boyle scored twice and Vaclav Prospal's shootout winner gave the Lightning a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. The victory was the first in four shootouts for the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Lightning overcame a 3-0 deficit to win for the first time in 13 attempts in Washington.
Moreau lifts Oilers over Wild (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers got another good bounce against Minnesota. Ethan Moreau gathered a loose puck and scored with 50 seconds remaining, and Edmonton beat the Wild 4-3 Wednesday night to spoil Marian Gaborik's return to the lineup. Raffi Torres and Jarett Stoll each had a goal and an assist for Edmonton, which has won four of five.
Reeling Blue Jackets lose sixth straight (AP)
Even backup goalies look great against the Columbus Blue Jackets these days. Chris Mason made 35 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-2 victory over Columbus on Wednesday night, the Blue Jackets' sixth loss in a row. "We didn't show up to play for a period and a half and it cost us the hockey game," Blue Jackets coach Gerard Gallant said.
A few cookie-cutter tracks are honored, as is a very non-cookie cutter driver.
Authorities identify four killed in plane crash off Dana Point (AP)
Off-road racer Jason Baldwin was among four people killed last weekend in a plane crash off the California coast, authorities confirmed Wednesday. Divers recovered the bodies Tuesday, three days after the plane sank in about 200 feet of water off Dana Point. Along with the 35-year-old Baldwin, also identified were pilot Daniel M.
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