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Texas Tops A&M, Moves Closer to Rose Bowl (AP)
Texas running back Ramonce Taylor (11) runs through the Texas A&M defense for a third quarter touchdown  Friday Nov. 25, 2005 in College Station, Texas. Texas defeated Texas A&M, 40-29. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)AP - Vince Young and Texas were far from perfect, but the Longhorns fought through their faults, remained unbeaten and moved one step closer to the Rose Bowl.


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LSU Beats Ark. for SEC Title Game Berth (AP)
Louisiana State quarterback JaMarcus Russell looks for a receiver as he scrambles out of the pocket during first half action against Arkansas in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Nov. 25, 2005. (AP PHOTO/PATRICK DENNIS)AP - No. 3 LSU won with clutch defense yet again, wrapping up a berth in the Southeastern Conference championship game.


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No. 1 Duke Tops Memphis in NIT Tip-Off (AP)
Duke's J.J. Redick, right, drives past Memphis' Rodney Carney in the first half Friday, Nov. 25, 2005 at New York's Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AP - Their names go together like so many college basketball duos. It's rare to hear J.J. Redick of Duke without Shelden Williams following right behind.


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Source: Ryan Agrees to Deal With Blue Jays (AP)
AP - B.J. Ryan and the Toronto Blue Jays have reached a preliminary agreement on a $47 million, five-year contract, a high-ranking baseball official said Friday.

Nash, Thomas Help Suns Top Nets 92-81 (AP)
Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, right, of Canada, makes a fall-away jump shot over New Jersey Nets forward Richard Jefferson, left, for two of Nash's 11 first-half points in the second quarter Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)AP - Steve Nash scored 25 points and Kurt Thomas had a season-high 18 rebounds, helping the Phoenix Suns beat New Jersey 92-81 Friday night for their 12th straight victory over the Nets at America West Arena.


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Chiefs Activate Linebacker Shawn Barber (AP)
AP - The Kansas City Chiefs activated Shawn Barber from the physically unable to perform list on Friday.

Wizards Beat Pistons 120-114 in Double OT (AP)
Washington Wizards guard Chucky Atkins goes to the basket against Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace, left, during the third quarter Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Atkins scored 20 points in the Wizards' double-overtime, 120-114 win. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)AP - Gilbert Arenas scored 39 points and Caron Butler added a season-high 27 on Friday night to help the Washington Wizards break a five-game losing streak with a 120-114 double-overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons.


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Phillies, White Sox Complete Players Swap (AP)
Former Chicago White Sox center fielder Aaron Rowand smiles in his new Philadelphia Phillies cap during a news conference in Philadelphia on Friday, Nov. 25, 2005. Philadelphia also gets minor league left-hander Daniel Haigwood and a player to be named later. The Phillies are giving the White Sox $22 million as part of the deal, a baseball official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the teams did not make that information public. (AP Photo/George Widman)AP - Convinced the Chicago White Sox needed more than just a fine-tuning after their first World Series title in 88 years, general manager Ken Williams brought in the strong left-handed bat he craved by trading for Jim Thome.


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Soccer Legend George Best Dies at Age 59 (AP)
A photograph of former Manchester United soccer legend George Best lies on the ground outside Old Trafford football ground in Manchester, England, Friday Nov. 25, 2005. Best, the dazzling soccer icon of the 1960s and 70s who reveled in a hard-drinking playboy lifestyle, died after decades of alcohol abuse, hospital officials said. He was 59. (AP Photo/Jon Super)AP - George Best, one of the most dazzling and entertaining players in soccer history whose playboy living and drinking escapades became a staple of tabloid gossip, died Friday after decades of alcohol abuse. He was 59.


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Oilers Defeat Flames 2-1 in Shootout (AP)
Edmonton Oilers' Fernando Pisani , right, scores the only overtime shootout goal against Calgary Flames' goalie Miikka Kiprusoff , left,  to give the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 overtime win during NHL action in Calgary, Friday, November 25 2005. (AP Photo/Larry MacDougal)AP - Fernando Pisani scored the deciding goal in a shootout, and Mike Morrison made 27 saves as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 Friday night.


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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...

Chargers TE Gates a game-time decision (AP)
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates practiced for the second day in a row Friday and reported no setbacks with the sprained right foot that has him listed as questionable for Sunday's game with the Washington Redskins. Gates appeared to be moving well during the portion of practice open to the media. "It was basically the same as yesterday -- it got a little bit better," Gates said.

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.

Belichick back after father's funeral (AP)
Bill Belichick missed two days of practice to attend his father's funeral, but the New England Patriots coach said his absence didn't seem to affect the team. Belichick, who returned to the practice field Friday, watched videotapes of Tuesday and Wednesday's sessions and said it appeared to be a "normal week of practice." "Anytime you start to work on a new team and put stuff in and run it against...

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.

Eagles LT Thomas out for season (AP)
Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Tra Thomas will miss the rest of the season after he was placed on injured reserve Friday, the team's third Pro Bowler added to the list this week. Thomas, who battled back problems most of the season and missed part of training camp while taking medication for a blood clot in his leg, will undergo disc surgery.

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.

Bryant or bust
Until they learn the triangle offense, the Lakers will only be as good as Kobe Bryant's shooting percentage.

Harrington helps Hawks shock Pacers (AP)
Atlanta finally has a winning combination. Al Harrington did the work inside, Joe Johnson hit key shots and found open shooters, and the Hawks took advantage of the sluggish Indiana Pacers on Friday night for a surprising 87-85 victory. The Hawks won their second straight for the first time since April 2004 and ended a seven-game road losing streak that dated to last season.

Duhon helps Bulls finally beat Spurs (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs often go through offensive droughts, and when that happens, they count on their defense to save them. But with Friday night's game against Chicago on the line, the Spurs folded at both ends of the floor and lost 106-99 to the quicker Bulls. Chris Duhon scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago, and the Bulls shut down San Antonio in the final minutes to end...

Wizards end skid with big win in Detroit (AP)
A former Detroit Pistons player gave the Washington Wizards the boost they needed. Chucky Atkins, traded shortly before Detroit won the 2004 NBA championship, came off the bench to score 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter Friday night in the Wizards' 120-114 double-overtime victory over the Pistons.

Howard helps Mavs win seventh straight (AP)
The Miami Heat have been among the NBA's best teams at home over the last couple of seasons. That is, except when the Dallas Mavericks make their once-a-year trip to South Florida. Josh Howard scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Dirk Nowitzki hit a couple of big 3-pointers to cap his 23-point effort as the Mavericks squandered most of a 15-point lead before recovering to beat Miami...

Banged up K.G. lifts T-Wolves over Bucks (AP)
It took six stitches and a trip to the locker room to calm Kevin Garnett down. It took him just two minutes back on the court to get the Timberwolves up again. Garnett had 17 points, 12 rebounds and six assists -- doing most of his damage after receiving stitches in the chin in the third quarter -- and Minnesota beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-91 Friday night.

Suns dominate Nets again at home (AP)
Steve Nash scored 25 points and Kurt Thomas had a season-high 18 rebounds, helping the Phoenix Suns beat New Jersey 92-81 Friday night for their 12th straight victory over the Nets at America West Arena. The Suns' third straight win and fourth in five games boosted them two games over .500 (7-5) for the first time this season.

No Camby, no problem for Nuggets (AP)
The Denver Nuggets never know who is going to be on the floor, just that somebody's going to have to step up for someone else every night. For the first three weeks of the season, it was Marcus Camby making up for Kenyon Martin's absence. On Friday night, it was Carmelo Anthony's turn to step up in place of the ailing Camby.

Celtics' Pierce beats buzzer and Bobcats (AP)
At this point, the Boston Celtics will take wins any way they can get them. Paul Pierce made a layup with 0.3 seconds left to give the struggling Celtics a 90-89 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. "This was a much-needed one," Pierce said. "Regardless of how we got it. We haven't played well the last five games." Pierce took the inbounds pass with 4 seconds left and drove down the...

Grizzlies beat Rockets behind Battier (AP)
No Tracy McGrady still means no wins for the Houston Rockets. The Rockets lost their sixth straight without their leading scorer Friday night, falling to the Memphis Grizzlies 86-81. Houston is 0-7 when McGrady's bad back keeps him out of the lineup. "He's our main guy," Yao Ming said. "He shoots very well and passes it around and runs our offense.

Power rankings
The Power Rankings wake up to hot streaks from Calgary and Dallas, while San Jose and Boston move perilously close to the basement.

Jokinen helps Panthers snap 12-game skid (AP)
Olli Jokinen's first career hat trick helped the Florida Panthers end a month of futility. Jokinen scored two of his three goals during Florida's four-goal first period and the Panthers snapped a 12-game losing streak by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Friday night. "It's been a rough month," Jokinen said.

Kozlov's 5 points lead Devils by Bolts (AP)
The New Jersey Devils made the most of their week in sunny Florida. Viktor Kozlov had a goal and four assists, and the Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 8-2 on Friday night. Kozlov set career highs for points and assists in one game, helping the Devils sweep two games in Florida. New Jersey, which spent most of the week in the Tampa area, beat the Panthers 5-1 on Wednesday.

Forsberg hurt, but leads Flyers to win (AP)
Peter Forsberg is probably the player the Philadelphia Flyers can least afford to lose. So when he suffered a mild right groin strain after scoring two goals and an assist in Friday's 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins, coach Ken Hitchcock wasn't about to risk aggravating the injury and kept Forsberg on the bench in the third period.

Avs' Aebischer blanks Blue Jackets (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche needed a win and David Aebischer got one for them. Marek Svatos had a goal and two assists, Andrew Brunette added a goal and assist, and Aebischer stopped 35 shots to help the Avalanche beat Columbus 5-0 on Friday night, handing the Blue Jackets their seventh loss in a row. The Avs had lost a season-high three in a row coming in.

Heatley's point streak to 20, Sens win (AP)
Dany Heatley's season is going so well, he even knows when bad bounces are coming his way. Heatley waited for a hopping puck to get through a defenseman and onto his stick Friday and then smacked it into the net, starting the Ottawa Senators on the way to a 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders. The first-period goal stretched Heatley's point streak to 20 games.

Vrbata, Cullen lift Hurricanes to SO win (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes were so desperate to end a season-worst, three-game losing streak they would've played all night if necessary. It took shootout goals from Radim Vrbata and Matt Cullen for Carolina to pull out a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night. "Losing the way we were was not acceptable," Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour said.

Bouchard, Wild spoil Tkachuk's return (AP)
The Minnesota Wild have been working in practice on completing the two-line passes that NHL rules now allow. On Friday, it paid off. The Wild scored a pair of goals via long lead passes that split the St. Louis Blues defense, as Minnesota rallied with three third-periods goals to win 5-3. "This is something we do currently," coach Jacques Lemaire said.

Streaking Sabres top Canadiens (AP)
Battered and bruised, the Buffalo Sabres are still rolling along. Playing without two of their top six forwards, the Sabres lost two more in a gutsy 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. Despite the injuries, Buffalo won for the fifth time in six games. Martin Biron made 40 saves, and Brian Campbell and Tim Connolly each had a goal and an assist.

Joseph, Coyotes shut down Stars (AP)
Curtis Joseph and the Phoenix Coyotes' penalty killers -- led by Boyd Devereaux and Mike Ricci -- were too much for the Dallas Stars. Joseph stopped 32 shots for his 406th career win, eighth in NHL history, and the Coyotes ended Dallas' five-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory Friday night. Dallas scored on only one of 12 power plays, failing to capitalize on a two-man advantage for 33 seconds...

Ups and downs
A few Roush drivers were pleasant surprises this year, but the same can't be said for a couple of NASCAR's biggest stars.

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.

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