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NEWS FROM 2005-11-25
Broncos Beat Cowboys in OT Thriller 24-21 (AP)
AP - Maybe all Ron Dayne needed was a chance. Filling in for injured Tatum Bell, Dayne rumbled 55 yards on the second play of overtime and Jason Elam followed with a 24-yard field goal to give the Denver Broncos a 24-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday in a game that lived up to its billing.
Falcons Trounce Lions, 27-7 (AP)
AP - Michael Vick's arm, Alge Crumpler's hands and Warrick Dunn's legs were too much for the Detroit Lions. Vick threw two touchdown passes to Crumpler and Dunn ran for 116 yards to lead the Atlanta Falcons to a 27-7 victory over Detroit on Thursday.
Wie Fails to Make Cut at Casio World Open (AP)
AP - Michelle Wie bogeyed her final two holes and missed the cut against the men by one stroke at the Casio World Open on Friday.
Cost-Cutting Marlins Trade 4 Key Players (AP)
AP - The Florida Marlins cut their payroll nearly in half Thursday night, completing two big deals to trade four key players in a four-hour span.
Lakers Rally for 108-96 Win Over Sonics (AP)
AP - Kobe Bryant scored 29 of his 34 points in the last 18 minutes, and the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers rallied for a 108-96 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Thursday night.
Chargers' Gates Able to Practice (AP)
AP - Chargers tight end Antonio Gates practiced Thursday, his first workout with the team since spraining his right foot last weekend.
NBA Today (AP)
AP - Dallas at Miami (8 p.m. EST). The Mavericks have won six straight, while the Heat are 5-1 at home this season.
Mets, Marlins Complete Delgado Trade (AP)
AP - The cost-cutting Florida Marlins finalized their big trade with the Mets on Thursday, sending slugger Carlos Delgado to New York for first baseman Mike Jacobs and two minor leaguers.
Three Advance at UEFA Cup (AP)
AP - Middlesbrough, Strasbourg and Marseille became the first clubs to advance to the knockout stage of the UEFA Cup on Thursday.
Hockey Today (AP)
AP - Edmonton at Calgary (9 p.m. EST). The Alberta rivals meet for the third time this season. The Flames won the previous two games.
Who'll take T.O.?
Now that his time in Philly is officially over, let's handicap the impending Terrell Owens sweepstakes.
Dayne's big run helps Broncos to OT win (AP)
Regardless of whether Ron Dayne ever outruns his reputation as an underachiever, he'll always be able to look back fondly at Thanksgiving 2005. Filling in for injured Tatum Bell, Dayne rumbled 55 yards on the second play of overtime and Jason Elam followed with a 24-yard field goal to give the Denver Broncos a 24-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday in the kind of tight, tense game...
Vick, Falcons roll past Lions, 27-7 (AP)
The Atlanta Falcons dominated the Detroit Lions so thoroughly, Michael Vick was able to kick back and relax. Vick threw two touchdown passes to Alge Crumpler, and Warrick Dunn ran for 116 yards to lead Atlanta to a 27-7 victory over Detroit on Thursday. "It's always nice when you get an opportunity in the fourth quarter to sit down, enjoy the moment and the victory," Vick said.
Eagles finally move on without T.O. (AP)
Maybe Terrell Owens wasn't such a bad teammate after all. If Owens weren't getting so much criticism for the turmoil he caused with his off-the-field antics, the focus in Philadelphia no doubt would be on how poorly the Eagles have played this season. Instead, the T.O. saga overshadowed the rapid descent of the reigning NFC champions.
Seau out for season, but isn't retiring (AP)
Miami Dolphins linebacker Junior Seau is out for the season with a calf injury, but said he plans to return for a 17th season in 2006, even if it's with another team. The loss of Seau further depletes a linebacking corps already missing Zach Thomas, who is expected to be sidelined two games with a shoulder injury.
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.
Chargers TE Gates able to practice (AP)
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates practiced Thursday, his first workout with the team since spraining his right foot last weekend. Gates, injured Sunday in San Diego's win over Buffalo, was upbeat about his chances of playing Sunday at Washington. "I'm going to constantly prepare to play this weekend and take care of the foot," said Gates, the team's leading receiver with 56 catches for 784 yards...
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...
Danny Ferry's new and improved Cavaliers roster has led to an upgrade in LeBron James' game.
Pacers end Cavs' eight-game win streak (AP)
Ron Artest shut down LeBron James and the streaking Cavaliers. The former defensive player of the year held James to 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting in Indiana's 98-76 victory over Cleveland on Thursday night. "It's nothing personal, like a one-on-one matchup with him," Artest said. "It's a team thing. I am a hungry defender and want to win and will guard anybody if that will help us win." The victory...
Bryant leads Lakers over Sonics (AP)
An off-night for Kobe Bryant at the offensive end turned into an on-night in a hurry. His defensive effort on Ray Allen was exceptional until the outcome was decided. Bryant scored 29 of his 34 points in the last 18 minutes, and the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers rallied for a 108-96 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Thursday night.
Christie likely finished with Mavericks (AP)
Doug Christie and the Dallas Mavericks were working on a contract settlement Thursday, a week after he left the team to have his surgically repaired left ankle examined by his personal physician. Coach Avery Johnson said after practice Thursday that he expects "some resolution" by Friday. The NBA commissioner's office has to approve any move that would remove Christie from the Mavericks' 15-player...
Clippers' Rebraca out with heart problem (AP)
Clippers backup center Zeljko Rebraca has been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and is sidelined indefinitely, the team said Thursday. The diagnosis was made following the Clippers' 103-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. Rebraca was admitted to Centinela Hospital Medical Center in nearby Inglewood, where he was undergoing further tests Thursday.
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's 45 to top 76ers (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...
Bogut's surgery on broken nose a success (AP)
Milwaukee Bucks rookie center Andrew Bogut had successful surgery Thursday on his broken nose. The No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft, Bogut was hurt when Allen Iverson's hand hit him in the face during the third quarter of Milwaukee's 108-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Bogut came back in the fourth quarter with a face mask to protect his nose.
Pound: Third of NHL players use steroids (AP)
The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency said he suspects as many as a third of the NHL's 700 players may take some form of performance-enhancing substances. "I spoke with Gary (NHL commissioner Gary Bettman) and he said, `We don't have the problem in hockey,"' Dick Pound told the London Free Press on Thursday in an interview for a story to be published Friday.
Jagr snaps tie, Rangers win 4th straight (AP)
Even when he's hurting, Jaromir Jagr is still dangerous with the puck on his stick. Jagr scored his NHL-leading 21st goal to break a tie late in the second period and the New York Rangers went on to their fourth straight win, beating the Atlanta Thrashers 6-3 Thursday night. Jagr injured himself in practice the previous day, straining a muscle near his right hip.
Sullivan, Zidlicky lead Preds past Kings (AP)
The Nashville Predators did just enough to beat the Los Angeles Kings. The Predators, playing their second game in as many nights, scored four goals in the first two periods and survived a three-goal rally by the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-3 victory Thursday night. The victory was the second in a row for the Predators who started a five-game homestand.
Canucks rally past Sharks in third (AP)
Anson Carter found an appropriate way to end an ugly game. Carter scored the winning goal on a controversial crease scramble just 55 seconds after Markus Naslund tied the game in the third period, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night. In a game with little flow and few shots before a busy third period, Carter knocked the puck into an empty net after...
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.
Crosby's been better than Pens expected (AP)
Mario Lemieux, not one given to tossing out superlatives about 18-year-olds, has a one-word description of the player who seems destined to replace him as the Pittsburgh Penguins' superstar-in-residence: Amazing. Each time Sidney Crosby plays, opposing scouts sit in the press box and compare notes about him, and they can be heard relating the exceptional plays they've seen him make and...
Columbus puts Denis, Picard on IR (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets put goalie Marc Denis and left wing Alexandre Picard on injured reserve Thursday. The club also sent center Ben Simon to its American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse. Denis has been nursing a strained groin and last played in a 5-1 loss to Phoenix on Sunday. He has allowed five or more goals four times in 15 games.
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.
Trading Paint: Dig in
Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch dominate this week's Thanksgiving edition of the mailbag.
Stewart's slow start turns into championship season (AP)
What started out as a lost season for Tony Stewart wound up as the best time of his life. Few who saw it will...
In NASCAR, 2005 a season of personality (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The season started with Tony Stewart out front, only to fade at the end of the biggest...
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.