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NEWS FROM 2005-12-06
It's No Contest: Seahawks 42, Eagles 0 (AP)
AP - Mike Holmgren confronted his defense last week. They definitely got the message, making a cross-country trip to Philadelphia for a Monday night game in the snow nothing more than a romp through the Linc.
Clippers Beat Heat in First-Place Battle (AP)
AP - Elton Brand scored a season-high 37 points and added 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 99-89 victory over the Miami Heat in a matchup of division leaders Monday night.
Burnett, Hoffman Talking With New Teams (AP)
AP - A.J. Burnett's agent was talking with St. Louis and Toronto, and Trevor Hoffman's representatives were speaking with Cleveland as baseball's winter meetings began Monday in a town where teams spent freely five years ago.
Top-Ranked Duke Up Next for No. 2 Texas (AP)
AP - Second-ranked Texas chalked up another easy win and now can focus on its weekend showdown with No. 1 Duke.
Tar Heels Deal Auriemma Worst Home Loss (AP)
AP - Ivory Latta had 21 points and five assists and No. 7 North Carolina dealt Connecticut its worst home loss in the Geno Auriemma era, beating the eighth-ranked Huskies 77-54 Monday night.
Seahawks shoot down Eagles with 42-0 thrashing (Reuters)
Reuters - Andre Dyson intercepted one pass for a
touchdown and returned a fumble for another while Shaun
Alexander rumbled for a pair of scores as the Seattle Seahawks
routed the Philadelphia Eagles 42-0 on Monday.
Duncan in command for Spurs in easy victory over Magic (Reuters)
Reuters - Tim Duncan poured in 26 points,
grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots to lead the San
Antonio Spurs to a 110-85 rout over the Orlando Magic in
Florida on Monday, stretching their winning streak to four
Red Sox May Not Deal Ramirez After All (AP)
AP - The Boston Red Sox once offered Manny Ramirez — for free — to any team that would claim him. They were willing to take on most of Alex Rodriguez's record contract just to unload the enigmatic but productive outfielder.
World Cup Draw Seeding Method Debated (AP)
AP - Five days before the draw for next year's World Cup finals, the debate began on how seeding for the group phase will be determined.
Johnson Leads Coyotes Over Thrashers 5-2 (AP)
AP - Mike Johnson scored twice, including the game-winner with 15:43 remaining, and also had an assist in the Phoenix Coyotes' 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night.
Blast from the past
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Donning their old red uniforms, the Giants relied on a throwback performance from their defense.
Big-play Seahawks dominate Eagles 42-0 (AP)
Mike Holmgren confronted his defense last week. They definitely got the message, making a cross-country trip to Philadelphia for a Monday night game in the snow nothing more than a romp through the Linc. Using big plays on defense, including interception returns for touchdowns by Andre Dyson and rookie Lofa Tatupu, and smaller ones from their top-ranked offense, the Seattle Seahawks routed the...
NFL hopes Saints are in Superdome in '06 (AP)
The NFL hopes the New Orleans Saints can play at least some of their 2006 schedule at the Louisiana Superdome. The stadium, damaged by Hurricane Katrina, will not be ready to host a Saints game until late in the season, however. So the team will probably split the remaining games between San Antonio and Tiger Stadium at LSU in Baton Rouge, as they have this year.
Browns WR Edwards out for season (AP)
Just as Braylon Edwards was showing signs of becoming a special first-round pick for the Cleveland Browns, he became another broken one. Edwards will miss the rest of the season with a torn knee ligament, yet another setback for one of Cleveland's top picks. The No. 3 overall selection in the 2005 draft, Edwards tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while trying to make a leaping...
Raiders may go with Tuiasosopo at QB (AP)
Marques Tuiasosopo probably will get his shot as Oakland's starting quarterback this week. Coach Norv Turner is leaning toward demoting the struggling Kerry Collins and plans to make his final decision before the Raiders take the practice field Wednesday to prepare for the lowly New York Jets -- though it sure seems Turner has all but made up his mind.
Eagles deactivate Owens as planned (AP)
His suspension over, Terrell Owens was deactivated as planned for the Philadelphia Eagles' game against Seattle on Monday night. The All-Pro wideout was suspended Nov. 5 after he again criticized quarterback Donovan McNabb, called the organization "classless" and fought with former teammate Hugh Douglas.
The 'Bungles' are finally history (AP)
The Bungles are buried. Finally. For 14 years, they were one of the NFL's constants -- a constant source of losses and material for late-night comedians. Their pratfalls and pathos endured through two stadiums, four head coaches and a dozen quarterbacks. They lost so often that they made history -- one of only three teams since 1950 to go 14 years without even one measly winning record.
Eagles retire White's No. 92 jersey (AP)
Randall Cunningham remembered the "red fire" he saw in Reggie White's eyes before every game. Buddy Ryan called White one of the best players -- and friends -- anyone could have. And Keith Jackson always remained awed by White's dedication to God. "But let's not forget, he could play some football," Jackson said.
Colts chasing more than history (AP)
History can wait for the Indianapolis Colts. Sure, they're one of only five NFL teams to go 12-0 and are getting deluged daily with questions about staying undefeated. But this week, the Colts insist, there are more pressing concerns. A win over their toughest AFC South rival, Jacksonville, would wrap up the division title, give them a first-round bye, possibly even home-field advantage through the...
Loss leaves Favre bruised and battered (AP)
Brett Favre is bruised, battered and not giving up. The Packers' quarterback cut his right hand, bruised right forearm and felt "overall kind of beat up" after Sunday's 19-7 loss to Chicago. "He played with it. And it doesn't seem to be any worse today than it was yesterday so I think he is going to be OK," coach Mike Sherman said Monday.
The Pistons and Spurs are playing like defending conference titlists as the rankings' top two teams.
Brand's 37 powers Clips past Heat (AP)
Elton Brand is the first to admit it's too early in the season to entertain MVP thoughts. Don't tell that to Clippers fans, though. Brand scored a season-high 37 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and tied his season high with six blocked shots, helping Los Angeles pull away in the fourth quarter of a 99-89 victory over the Miami Heat in a matchup of division leaders Monday night.
Duncan leads Spurs to rout of Magic (AP)
Tim Duncan showed why he's a two-time MVP. Dwight Howard showed how much a few years of NBA experience can mean. Duncan had 26 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, Tony Parker added 20 points and seven assists, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Orlando Magic 110-85 Monday night. Duncan, a nine-year veteran, and Rasho Nesterovic frustrated the second-year Howard, who had a double-double by halftime...
Nowitzki's 35 pace Mavs past Bulls (AP)
Darrell Armstrong raced back to block a fast-break layup late in the third quarter. Teammates hustled for loose balls. And with all that going on, Dirk Nowitzki did what he is supposed to do. He tied his season high with 35 points as the Dallas Mavericks held off the Chicago Bulls 102-94 Monday night. "We all know you just can't have energy and play well for 82 games," Nowitzki said.
Wolves' late surge tops Jazz (AP)
Kevin Garnett followed his season-low scoring total with an average night of 21 points. With plenty of help from the rest of the Minnesota Timberwolves, that was enough. Eddie Griffin had 14 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight blocks, and Wally Szczerbiak scored 26 points to lead the Timberwolves past the Utah Jazz 91-77 Monday night.
Bulls to retire Pippen's No. 33 Friday (AP)
Scottie Pippen knows that Friday night will be an emotional one for him. The Chicago Bulls will retire his number 33 at halftime of their game against the Los Angeles Lakers, adding to a long list of accolades. "It's hard to put it in perspective right now," Pippen told reporters before Monday's game between the Bulls and Dallas Mavericks.
Sonics' Rashard Lewis charged with DUI (AP)
Seattle SuperSonics forward Rashard Lewis was charged Monday with drunken driving, resulting from an arrest on Interstate 90 in late September. Lewis, 26, was driving one of five cars speeding eastbound together at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 30, Washington State Patrol Trooper Curt G. Boyle wrote in an investigation report filed in King County District Court.
Johnson jeered in Phoenix, Hawks lose (AP)
The Phoenix Suns -- and their fans -- spoiled Joe Johnson's homecoming. Booing Johnson incessantly, the crowd of 16,992 at America West Arena helped boost the Suns to an easy 112-94 victory over Johnson's Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night. "I expected it," Johnson said, "but it was more than I thought it would be.
Bucks F Joe Smith out 6-to-8 weeks (AP)
Milwaukee Bucks forward Joe Smith will have surgery on his left knee Tuesday and be sidelined for six to eight weeks. John Heinrich, the team's orthopedic surgeon, will perform the arthroscopic procedure to remove loose cartilage that has caused persistent swelling and pain since training camp. Smith has been limited to eight games this season, including five starts.
Allen, Murray lead Sonics past Pacers (AP)
When the Indiana Pacers stopped Seattle's transition game, the SuperSonics showed their ability and efficiency running a half-court offense. Ray Allen scored 25 points and was one of four SuperSonics in double figures as Seattle won its third straight game, 107-102 over Indiana on Sunday night. "Our execution has come in a lot better this year.
Will the arrival of Joe Thornton in San Jose rescue the Sharks from the bottom third of the Power Rankings?
Bochenski's hat trick lifts Senators (AP)
Ottawa's Brandon Bochenski counted himself among the people surprised at his first career hat trick. The former North Dakota star had his first three-goal game and the NHL-leading Senators won for the eighth time in nine games, beating the Florida Panthers 6-3 on Monday night. "Considering I didn't have three goals prior to this game, it was definitely exciting to have three in one game," Bochenski...
Prucha scores two, Rangers defeat Wild (AP)
Tom Renney was already coaching the New York Rangers against the Minnesota Wild hours before the first puck was dropped. During a Monday morning video session, Renney instructed his players to be prepared for the Wild and their trapping system and to be ready for a dogfight at the end. Petr Prucha scored a career-high two power-play goals, including the tiebreaker with 8:29 remaining, and the New...
Four third-period goals spur Coyotes win (AP)
Ladislav Nagy is helping Mike Johnson become a consistent scoring threat for the Phoenix Coyotes. Johnson scored twice, including the game-winner with 15:43 remaining, and also had an assist in the Coyotes' 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night. After two mostly lethargic periods, the Coyotes took the lead when Nagy skated past the front of the crease with the puck, pivoted and...
Flyers D Pitkanen to miss 4-to-6 weeks (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Joni Pitkanen was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn abdominal muscle. The 22-year-old Finn, fourth in scoring among NHL defensemen with 23 points, is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks.
Joe Thornton fitting in with Sharks (AP)
Until Joe Thornton finds a place to live in the Bay Area, the San Jose Sharks' newest center will crash with family. "We've got a spare room, and he can come and go as he pleases," said left wing Scott Thornton, Joe's cousin and new linemate. "He won't have to worry about a hotel, and he'll get a few home-cooked meals from my wife.
Sabres blow lead, recover to beat Avs (AP)
They were cutting up in the Buffalo locker room, razzing goalie Martin Biron, laughing about a couple missed opportunities and celebrating another win in a string of them that have been coming quite frequently these days. It was, indeed, a good ending to a night that seemed destined to end much differently for the Sabres.
Canucks stay hot at home, top Bruins (AP)
Brendan Morrison's lucky bounce spurred the Vancouver Canucks' offense in a very tight game. Morrison's power-play pass bounced in off a Boston defender, and Ryan Kesler scored 32 seconds later to break open a tie game in the third period and lift the Canucks to a 5-2 victory over the Bruins on Sunday night.
York returns home, helps Isles top Wings (AP)
Mike York had quite a homecoming. York, from the Detroit suburb of Waterford and a former Michigan State University player, scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:57 remaining Sunday to lift the New York Islanders to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. York slammed in the rebound of Jason Blake's shot from the bottom of the left circle for the winning goal.
Flyers deal Sharp, Meloche to Blackhawks (AP)
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired center Patrick Sharp and right wing Eric Meloche from the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday in trade for forward Matt Ellison and a third-round draft choice in 2006. Sharp was Philadelphia's third-round pick in the 2001. He has five goals and three assists in 22 games this season for Flyers.
NEW YORK – NASCAR's year-end banquet isn't always a hit, but this year's edition was on the mark.
Stewart cashes in on record year (AP)
Tony Stewart's best year in NASCAR's Nextel Cup series reached the bottom line Friday, with the two-time champion setting a record for single-season earnings.
Earnhardt named most popular once again (AP)
Dale Earnhardt slipped this season in the points standings, but not in the popularity department.
Humbled Busch on hand for season-ending ceremonies (AP)
It took two quiet weekends out of a race car for Kurt Busch to realize he needed an attitude adjustment.
NASCAR champion ready to get in shape (AP)
Tony Stewart went on a shopping spree last week that he hopes will lead to a new and improved Nextel Cup champion.
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.