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NEWS FROM 2005-12-24
Carter Scores 51 to Lead Nets Past Heat (AP)
AP - Vince Carter tied a career high with 51 points, 37 in the second half, and the New Jersey Nets extended their season-high winning streak to five games with a 95-88 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night.
Iverson Does It All, but Hawks Get Win (AP)
AP - Allen Iverson scored 53 points, the fifth-highest total of his career, but Joe Johnson had 24 to lead the Atlanta Hawks over the Philadelphia 76ers 111-108 on Friday night.
Cavaliers Hold on for Win Against Pacers (AP)
AP - LeBron James scored a season-low 14 points, but added nine assists and eight rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their fifth straight, holding off the Indiana Pacers 94-89 on Friday night.
Medical Examiner: Dungy Took His Own Life (AP)
AP - A medical examiner's preliminary report Friday confirmed that the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy took his own life, although the cause of death will not be determined for four to six weeks.
Swanson Passes Kansas to Win Over Houston (AP)
AP - Jason Swanson threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, one more than he had in the regular season, and the Kansas Jayhawks beat Houston 42-13 Friday night in the Fort Worth Bowl for their first winning season and first bowl victory in 10 years.
Colts Try to Turn Focus Back to Football (AP)
AP - The Indianapolis Colts got back to concentrating on football Friday.
Wizards' Arenas Scores 41 to Beat Suns (AP)
AP - Gilbert Arenas scored 41 points, just enough for the Washington Wizards to survive his poor foul shooting down the stretch and beat the Phoenix Suns 112-111 on Friday night.
Red Sox Court Pitcher Kevin Millwood (AP)
AP - Days after losing Johnny Damon to the New York Yankees, the Red Sox were meeting with his agent, Scott Boras, about bringing pitcher Kevin Millwood to Boston.
Italian Forward Appeals Suspension (AP)
AP - Italian forward Paolo Di Canio has appealed his one-match ban for giving a fascist salute to fans last week.
Flames' Warrener Leaves Game With Injury (AP)
AP - Calgary Flames defenseman Rhett Warrener injured his right knee 36 seconds into Friday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks and didn't return.
The season of giving
To show I am in the holiday spirit, here's what I would leave underneath the tree for some NFL people.
Autopsy: Dungy's son took his own life (AP)
A medical examiner's preliminary report Friday confirmed that the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy took his own life, although the cause of death will not be determined for four to six weeks. Dr. Jacqueline Lee released the findings and said there was no evidence of foul play. Lee ordered a toxicology study, and until it is finished the cause and manner of James Dungy's death...
Louisiana asks Saints to come home (AP)
The State of Louisiana has formally requested that the New Orleans Saints return home. An attorney for the agency that oversees state-owned sports facilities made the request in a letter sent to the Saints, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, and NFL Players' Association director Gene Upshaw. The letter asks the Saints to uphold their contract with the state by returning to their Louisiana training...
Colts try to turn focus back to football (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts got back to concentrating on football Friday. Players laughed, joked and seemed more vibrant as they finished their last practice before heading to Seattle -- a major change from Thursday's near silence after they received word of the apparent suicide of coach Tony Dungy's son.
Raiders RB Jordan out with turf toe (AP)
Oakland Raiders running back LaMont Jordan remained sidelined with a turf toe injury and has been ruled out of Saturday's game against Denver. Jordan, who is the first Oakland running back since 2000 to rush for more than 1,000 yards, injured himself last week early in the first half of the Raiders' 9-7 loss to Cleveland.
Jets' Chrebet decides his career is over (AP)
Wayne Chrebet made a career out of overcoming one obstacle after another, proving little guys can make it big sometimes, too. In the end, there was one obstacle he could not hurdle. After taking another shot to the head in November, the veteran New York Jets receiver knew he had to call it quits, despite the burning desire to keep playing.
Bears send six players to Pro Bowl (AP)
A nervous Lance Briggs spent Tuesday night comparing himself to other linebackers. Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris had it on high authority that he would be named to the Pro Bowl. They both were among six Bears selected Wednesday in a vote by fans, players and coaches for the Feb. 12 game in Honolulu.
Gibbs a bundle of nerves before big game (AP)
When 11-year-old Coy Gibbs threw up in the locker room before his first Little League game, his father was summoned to the locker room. Joe Gibbs knew exactly what his son was feeling. "He says, 'I'm sick,"' Joe Gibbs recalled this week. "I said, 'No, you're not, it's normal. People do it every week."' Yes, nerves run in the Gibbs family, and Exhibit A is the uptight look on the face of the...
Falcons RB Duckett tries to end slump (AP)
After watching T.J. Duckett struggle in each of the last three games, Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora pulled the big running back aside and offered some advice. "We all recognize in the last few weeks that he hasn't looked as decisive," Mora said Thursday. "He knows that. We've studied it, we've looked at film.
Parker closing in on 1,000-yard season (AP)
Thirteen NFL running backs have rushed for 1,000 yards this season, and four are fewer than 100 yards away. Most share a common bond of college stardom, getting enormous money before playing their first NFL game, being a big name and a big deal long before they were pros. Nine were first-round draft picks.
Christmas day preview
NBA fans will receive a juicy holiday gift with a Christmas doubleheader of Heat vs. Lakers and Pistons vs. Spurs.
Carter scores 51 as Nets beat Heat (AP)
The last time he played in Miami, Vince Carter insisted he was fouled when his potentially game-winning layup was swatted away at the buzzer. So on Friday, he ensured the game was decided long before the final second. Carter tied a career high with 51 points, getting 37 in the second half, and the New Jersey Nets extended their season-high winning streak to five games with a 95-88 victory over the...
Iverson scores 53, Sixers lose to Hawks (AP)
No matter how many shots he took, Allen Iverson couldn't beat the Atlanta Hawks by himself. Iverson scored 53 points, the fifth-highest total of his career, but Joe Johnson had 24 to lead the Hawks over the Philadelphia 76ers 111-108 on Friday night. "I'm as disappointed as everybody else on my team," Iverson said.
Wallace tragedy can't distract Pistons (AP)
The Detroit Pistons had plenty of reasons to be distracted. Rasheed Wallace was playing less than 24 hours after his cousin was killed in a shootout with Philadelphia police, Richard Hamilton had a bad back and the whole team is looking forward to an NBA Finals rematch with San Antonio on Sunday. All that wasn't enough for the Golden State Warriors.
Crawford helps Knicks end 7-game skid (AP)
The New York Knicks got the strong all-around effort they needed to end their longest losing streak of the season. Jamal Crawford scored 28 points and Stephon Marbury had 22 points and seven assists as New York snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 98-90 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
LeBron held to 14, but Cavs edge Pacers (AP)
Even though his shot wouldn't fall, LeBron James made sure the Cavaliers didn't drop, too. James scored a season-low 14 points, but added nine assists and eight rebounds in 44 minutes as Cleveland won its fifth straight game, holding off the Indiana Pacers 94-89 on Friday night. "I missed shots. I'm going to have off nights," James said.
Nuggets shut down T-Mac, beat Rockets (AP)
Flat and unfocused, the Houston Rockets had bigger problems Friday night than their expansive injury list and Tracy McGrady's poor shooting. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and Denver held McGrady to a single basket over the first three quarters to snap a four-game losing streak with a 108-86 victory over the hobbled and disinterested Rockets.
Brand, Kaman power Clippers (AP)
When Elton Brand saw most of Charlotte's big men in street clothes, he knew he was in for a big night. Brand took advantage of the Bobcats' depleted roster with 38 points and 20 rebounds Friday night to help the Los Angeles Clippers pound their way to a 97-88 victory over Charlotte. "They were missing some legs and we took it to them, just worked them over inside and out," Brand said.
Arenas scores 41 as Wizards survive Suns (AP)
Gilbert Arenas scored 41 points, just enough for the Washington Wizards to survive his poor foul shooting down the stretch and beat the Phoenix Suns 112-111 on Friday night. Arenas missed three free throws in the final 44 seconds, coming up two points short of his season high. He had a chance to ice the game with 12 seconds left, but he missed both foul shots, and Shawn Marion rebounded for the...
Duncan does it all as Spurs beat Raptors (AP)
Tim Duncan made all four of his fourth-quarter shots and nearly finished with a triple-double to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 95-90 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Duncan scored nine of his 27 points in the final period, and added 10 rebounds and eight assists. A driving layup by Jalen Rose pulled the Raptors within 73-72 with about 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Dallas takes over the top spot as even Buffalo threatens to overtake the struggling Senators.
Crosby nets two in Pens' loss to Flyers (AP)
Sidney Crosby couldn't make a stronger argument that he belongs on Team Canada. Still, no matter how well the star teenager is playing, his Pittsburgh Penguins still aren't ready to consistently beat a good team like the Philadelphia Flyers. Crosby scored twice 44 seconds apart early in the third period in his first game since being left off Canada's Olympic team, but Mike Knuble and Peter Forsberg...
Wings win with one second left in OT (AP)
Pavel Datsyuk scored a power-play goal with one second left in overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night. Datsyuk fired a one-timer off a feed from Jason Woolley past Nikolai Khabibulin to give the Red Wings their third straight win. The goal was allowed after a video review confirmed the puck went in before the end of the period.
Canes go perfect on five-game homestand (AP)
Peter Laviolette had plenty of reason to feel frustrated about the Carolina Hurricanes' inability to score on the power play. But, instead, the coach looked at the man-advantage goal they managed to score. "It won the game for us," he said. "Take the positive from it." Rod Brind'Amour scored in the third period for the team's only power-play goal in 15 chances, helping the Hurricanes beat the...
Emery stops 25 shots, Senators top Isles (AP)
Beating the New York Islanders has become quite common for the Ottawa Senators. Backup Ray Emery stopped 25 shots, and four Ottawa players scored against Rick DiPietro to give the Senators a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night. "Give the Islanders credit. They played hard," Senators coach Bryan Murray said.
Ovechkin scores 20th, Caps beat Habs 4-2 (AP)
Rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin felt confident about scoring 20 goals during his first three months in the NHL. "For sure," said Ovechkin, who capitalized on Jeff Halpern's third assist of the third period for an insurance goal in the Capitals' 4-2 victory Friday night over the Montreal Canadiens.
Thrashers rookie Garnett blanks Devils (AP)
As a Canadian youngster, Michael Garnett wanted to be a goalie like his idol, Martin Brodeur. He never expected that his first NHL shutout would come at the expense of Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils. The 23-year-old Garnett made 29 saves, and the Atlanta Thrashers earned a 1-0 victory Friday night.
Kariya's three assists lift Predators (AP)
The Nashville Predators are winning even when they aren't at the top of their game. Paul Kariya had assists on three of four first-period goals and Nashville hung on to beat Columbus 5-4 Friday night. "It's a win and they're not always going to be perfect games," said goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who made 35 saves.
Miller's 30 saves help Sabres top Tampa (AP)
Ryan Miller and Buffalo Sabres responded quickly after a rare defeat. Miller made 30 saves, and Henrik Tallinder had a goal and an assist to lead the Sabres to a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night. Miller also stopped Martin St. Louis on a first-period breakaway. The Sabres, who had a seven-game winning streak halted in a 4-1 loss at Florida on Thursday, improved to 16-2-1 in their...
Late rally lifts Wild past Avs 5-3 (AP)
The defensive-minded Minnesota Wild used a quick-strike offense to win for the third time in four games. Todd White and Marian Gaborik scored 36 seconds apart and the Wild netted three goals in the final 5:12 to rally for a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night. "Playing here, our guys have a little more intensity," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said.
Offseason caps: Hamlin, Sorenson, Bowyer, Menard
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '06 Cup field, starting with the rookie class.
Auto Racing 2005: Stewart grows up amid youth movement (SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - In a season where youth was not only served it was showcased, Tony Stewart topped the auto racing headlines by simply growing up.
Legge completes Champ Car test (AP)
Katherine Legge spent two days this week testing a Champ Car to see if she's ready to become the first female driver in the open-wheel series. The 25-year-old Legge ran a total of 238 laps for PKV Racing on the road course in Sebring, Fla. It was just the second time in a Champ car for the British racer, who ran 70 laps at Sebring in a test for Rocketsports Racing on Dec.
Kyle Busch to run full season in NASCAR Busch Series in 2006 (SportsTicker)
CONCORD, North Carolina (Ticker) - Despite making a splash in his first season on NASCAR's premier series, Kyle Busch has some unfinished business in the Busch Series.
Judge: Speedway lawsuit against NASCAR will stay in Kentucky (AP)
A federal judge has ruled that Kentucky Speedway's $400 million antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR will be heard in Kentucky and not moved to a Florida court.
Talladega Superspeedway to get first repaving since 1979 (AP)
Talladega Superspeedway will be repaved next year, the first time since 1979, and several drivers say they're looking forward to a smoother ride.
NASCAR champ to drive midget races under his own name (AP)
Tony Stewart will drive a midget car again, and won't try to fool anybody. The two-time NASCAR champion will drive in a pair of U.S. Auto Club indoor midget car races at Fort Wayne, where he won a 60-lap feature a year ago under an assumed name in an old junker he bought during a poker game the night before.
Iowa Speedway project gets more financing (AP)
NEWTON, Iowa - An Iowa-based construction company said it has obtained the financing to complete construction of...
Price of returning racing to North Wilkesboro is $12 million (AP)
A grass-roots group is lobbying to return racing to North Wilkesboro Speedway, but a $12 million price tag might be too steep for Wilkes County. That's the asking price of Bruton Smith and Bob Bahre, who own the former NASCAR track. A group calling itself Save the Speedway, which wants to bring racing back to the .625-mile oval, retired an online petition last week after gathering 4,582 signatures.