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Walker Gives Notre Dame Win Over Stanford (AP)
Notre Dame running back Darius Walker (3) drives for the winning score against Stanford Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, in Stanford, Calif.  Notre Dame won, 38-31. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)AP - Notre Dame needed every last yard and every defensive stop to become eligible for its first Bowl Championship Series berth in five years.


Va. Tech Claims ACC Title Game Berth (AP)
Virginia Tech tailback Cedric Humes (32) breaks a tackle by North Carolina defender Trimane Goddard (31) during second-half action of the UNC-Virginia Tech Atlantic Coast Conference college football game at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday Nov. 26, 2005.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)AP - Cedric Humes ran for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns and No. 5 Virginia Tech advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a 30-3 victory against North Carolina on Saturday night.


Funk Doesn't Skirt Issue at Skins Game (AP)
Fred Funk prepares to hit his approach shot wearing a floral pink skirt, given to him by Annika Sorenstam after she outdrove him on the third hole on the first day of the Skins Game at Trilogy Golf Club in La Quinta, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005. Funk took the lead for the day with six skins for $225,000, while Tiger Woods scored three skins for $75,000. Sorenstam and Fred Couples scored no skins. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)AP - In a Skins Game first, Fred Funk played a hole worth $75,000 while wearing a pink flowered skirt, his penalty for being outdriven by Annika Sorenstam.


Raiders' Warren Sapp Out for Season (AP)
AP - The Oakland Raiders placed defensive tackle Warren Sapp on injured reserve Saturday with a right shoulder injury, prematurely ending his 11th NFL season.

Hinrich Gives Bulls 94-89 Win Over Rockets (AP)
Chicago Bulls' Tyson Chandler (3) goes up for a shot as Houston Rockets' Dikembe Mutombo (55), of Congo, defends during the second quarter Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005 in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)AP - Kirk Hinrich made up for a terrible shooting night with one driving layup. Chicago's leading scorer made only his second basket of the night with 1:32 left, fouling out Yao Ming in the process, and helping the Bulls to a 94-89 win over the reeling Houston Rockets on Saturday night.


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

Knicks Rally to Beat 76ers in OT 105-102 (AP)
New York Knicks' Stephon Marbury drives against Philadelphia 76ers' Chris Webber during the first half Saturday Nov. 26, 2005 at New York's Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AP - Nate Robinson's buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted the New York Knicks to a 105-102 overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.


Beckett 'Pumped' About Joining Red Sox (AP)
AP - Josh Beckett would love jersey No. 21, but the newest member of Boston's starting rotation knows the Red Sox might not hand over Roger Clemens' old number.

Arsenal Moves Into Second With Win (AP)
AP - Goals by Francesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie led Arsenal to a 3-0 victory Saturday over Blackburn, a win that moved the Gunners into second place behind Chelsea in the Premier League.

Shanahan Helps Red Wings Beat Sharks 7-6 (AP)
Detroit Red Wings' Brendan Shanahan celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the San Jose Sharks in the third period in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005. Detroit won, 7-6. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - Brendan Shanahan scored the tying and winning goals in a 70-second span late in the third period and Mathieu Schneider scored three goals to help the Detroit Red Wings hand the San Jose Sharks their ninth straight loss, 7-6 Saturday night.


Read and React: T.O. talk
Readers flooded the mailbag with their two cents on Terrell Owens' past, present and future.

Raiders place Warren Sapp on IR (AP)
The Oakland Raiders placed defensive tackle Warren Sapp on injured reserve Saturday with a right shoulder injury, prematurely ending his 11th NFL season. Sapp, who turns 33 next month, had been listed as doubtful during the week for Sunday's home game against the Miami Dolphins after injuring his shoulder during the Raiders' 16-13 win at Washington last Sunday.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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

LeBron scores 38, but K.G. gets the win (AP)
In the final minute, the Timberwolves needed someone to step up, and someone to make a big shot. Instead, they got two of each. Kevin Garnett and Marko Jaric made jumpers in the final minute, barely beating the 24-second shot clock both times, as Minnesota downed the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-85 Saturday night for its first road win.

Knicks win on Robinson's 3 at OT buzzer (AP)
After playing poorly in the first half, the New York Knicks went with a smaller lineup and came up with their biggest win of the season. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer by 5-foot-9 Nate Robinson lifted the Knicks to a 105-102 overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. Stephon Marbury scored a season-high 33 points and rookie Channing Frye added 21 points and 11 rebounds for New York,...

Howard, Magic finally get past Heat (AP)
Brian Hill had a brief message for his players before they went out to face the Miami Heat on Saturday. "I told them eight is enough. Let's end it right here," the Orlando Magic coach said of his team's losing streak against Miami. "That's really all I had to say." The Magic players took it from there, leading wire-to-wire against their in-state rival and sealing their 80-77 victory with tough...

West leads Hornets past Sonics (AP)
Chris Paul's ability to create is making things easy for David West and the New Orleans Hornets. West continued his string of strong performances with 21 points, and the Hornets won consecutive games for the second time this season with a 105-99 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday. After averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds in his previous three games, West was 7-of-12 and pulled down...

Wallace lifts Bobcats over Wizards (AP)
The Charlotte Bobcats lost five of six games when Gerald Wallace was out with a right wrist fracture earlier this month. Now that he's back, the Bobcats are, too. Wallace had 26 points and 14 rebounds Saturday night to lead Charlotte to a 100-82 victory over the Washington Wizards. The Bobcats have won two of three since Wallace returned, and the only loss came on a last-second shot at Boston on...

Gasol, Grizzlies snap Mavs' 7-game run (AP)
Pau Gasol quickly put a bad game behind him with an aggressive start. Gasol scored a season-high 36 points, added 15 rebounds and five assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped the Dallas Mavericks' seven-game winning streak with a 112-92 victory Saturday night. Damon Stoudamire added 22 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who've won six of eight and handed the Mavericks their first home...

Hinrich drives Bulls past Rockets (AP)
The plan in the Chicago Bulls' huddle was simple: Put the ball in Kirk Hinrich's hands and let him make a play. It worked better than coach Scott Skiles could've expected, as his leading scorer hit a driving layup with 1:32 left and fouled out Yao Ming in the process to help Chicago to a 94-89 win over the reeling Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

Hamilton, Pistons lock down Bucks (AP)
Once Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton got Michael Redd contained, the Detroit Pistons had no more trouble with the Milwaukee Bucks. Hamilton scored 20 points, and the Pistons held Milwaukee scoreless for more than four minutes late in their 85-76 victory over the Bucks on Saturday night. Tayshaun Prince and Billups each scored 17 for Detroit, which improved to an NBA-best 10-2 a night after a...

Richardson powers Warriors by Raptors (AP)
Jason Richardson and Baron Davis relaxed on the bench during the fourth quarter Saturday night and watched the Golden State Warriors put the finishing touches on their most lopsided win of the season. Richardson scored 25 points and Davis had 14 assists in less than three quarters of action as the Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 117-91.

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.

Rangers win in 15th round of shootout (AP)
Marek Malik made a winning move that Jaromir Jagr would've been proud of, even with his forbidden stick. Malik ended the NHL's longest shootout in the 15th round Saturday night, fooling goalie Olie Kolzig with a trick shot to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. "You have to have guts to do that move," said Jagr, penalized at the start of overtime for using an...

Wings hand Sharks ninth straight loss (AP)
This was a signature game for the new NHL -- a wide-open, high-scoring contest that had fans jumping in and out of their seats all game long. But even some of the winning players had to wonder whether the tight calls and numerous power plays leads to hockey being played at its best. Brendan Shanahan scored the tying and winning goals in a 70-second span late in the third period and Mathieu...

Penguins' Crosby may miss game (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins rookie center Sidney Crosby could miss Sunday's game at Tampa Bay with a bruised left foot. Crosby was hit in the foot by a shot during the third period of the Penguins' 6-3 loss Friday night at Florida. He did not take part in practice Saturday and is listed as questionable by the team.

Sundin's OT goal helps Leafs top Habs (AP)
Jose Theodore thought the officials played for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. "It's hard to play seven against five for the whole game," the Montreal goalie said after Mats Sundin scored a power-play goal at 1:29 of overtime to give the Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Canadiens. Montreal's Craig Rivet was called for tripping Nik Antropov at the end of regulation, giving Toronto the...

Johnson helps end Jackets' 7-game skid (AP)
In a battle to escape the NHL basement, the Columbus Blue Jackets discovered the offense they'd been missing. Aaron Johnson's first goal of the season snapped a third-period tie and the Blue Jackets ended a seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. "It's big, these are teams we have to jump on," Johnson said.

Spezza's 4 points power Senators to win (AP)
The Ottawa Senators' top line keeps adding to its impressive scoring totals. Jason Spezza had two goals and two assists and linemates Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson each had a goal and two assists, leading Ottawa to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. Spezza and Alfredsson both have 39 points, tying the New York Rangers' Jaromir Jagr and Philadelphia's Peter Forsberg for the...

Robitaille lifts Kings past 'Hawks (AP)
Having Luc Robitaille, Jeremy Roenick and Derek Armstrong on the same line might be just the kind of tweaking the Los Angeles Kings need to become a force in the NHL's Western Conference. Robitaille scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period on an assist from Roenick, Alexander Frolov had a goal and an assist, and the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Saturday night for their fifth...

Joseph helps Coyotes hold off Canucks (AP)
Curtis Joseph made starting on consecutive nights look easy. The 38-year-old goalie made 34 saves, and Ladislay Nagy had a goal and an assist in the Phoenix Coyotes' 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. Joseph's performance came a night after he made 32 saves in Phoenix's 4-1 victory in Dallas.

Stars use power play to top Predators (AP)
The Dallas Stars did just enough on their many power-play chances to beat the Nashville Predators. Jere Lehtinen and Antti Miettinen scored power-play goals and Marty Turco made 23 saves to help the Stars beat the Predators 3-1 on Saturday night. The Stars were 2-for-12 on the power play. "There was so much in terms of the power play it is hard to really critique it," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said.

Call it a win
NASCAR didn't quite get everything right in 2006, but the good did outweigh the bad this season.

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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