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Michigan Falls to Nebraska in Alamo Bowl (AP)
Michigan's  Jason Avant (8) pulls in a pass as Nebraska's Cortney Grixby (2) defends during the fourth quarter of the Alamo Bowl College football game in San Antonio, Wednesday,  Dec. 28, 2005. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AP - Zac Taylor threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Nunn with 4:29 left as Nebraska overcame a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat No. 20 Michigan 32-28 in the Alamo Bowl on Wednesday night.


Boston College Holds Off Surging Broncos (AP)
Boston College senior Will Blackmon (1) catches a 52-yard pass against Boise State's Chris Barrios, right, and Quinton Jones (23) during the second quarter of the MPC Computers Bowl college football game on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley)AP - Matthew Ryan and Ryan Glasper spoiled Boise State coach Dan Hawkins last game with the Broncos, leading No. 19 Boston College to a 27-21 victory Wednesday in the MPC Computers Bowl.


Sorenstam Wins Third AP Award in a Row (AP)
Annika Sorenstam of Sweden poses after winning the LPGA John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow, Okla., in this Sept. 18, 2005 file photo. Sorenstam was a landslide winner as the AP Female Athlete of the Year, making her the first golfer since Zaharias (1945-47) to win the award three straight years.  'I am flattered and honored to be chosen by so many different editors,' said Sorenstam, who received 47 votes from 81 ballots. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki-File)AP - Annika Sorenstam is linked with Babe Zaharias again, although this has nothing to do with competing against men. The Swedish golf star turned a season that had all the trappings of a struggle into another year of superlatives, becoming the first woman in 19 years to capture the first two legs of the Grand Slam, winning 10 times on the LPGA Tour and twice putting the teenagers in their place.


Armstrong Wins AP Male Athlete of the Year (AP)
Lance Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, carries the Stars and Stripes during a victory parade on the Champs Elysees after winning his seventh straight Tour de France cycling race in Paris, the French capital, in this file photo from  July 24, 2005. Armstrong was honored Wednesday as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the fourth straight year. He is the only athlete to be selected by sports writers four times since the honor first was awarded in 1931. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong/File)AP - Lance Armstrong takes fewer bike rides these days. He even describes himself as out of shape since retiring after his seventh consecutive Tour de France victory in July. But he remains unbeatable. Armstrong was honored Wednesday as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the fourth straight year. He is the only athlete to be selected by sports writers four times since the honor first was awarded in 1931.


Szczerbiak Paces Timberwolves Over Sonics (AP)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Wally Szczerbiak, left, beats Seattle Supersonics' Vitaly Potapenko, right, of the Ukraine, to a loose ball during the first quarter in NBA basketball action in Minneapolis, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005.(AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)AP - Wally Szczerbiak scored 30 points and Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 10 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped their two-game losing streak with a 108-95 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday night.


Favre Wonders: Does Pack Want Him Back? (AP)
AP - Facing Sunday's season finale at Lambeau Field, Brett Favre says he still hasn't decided whether he'll return to the Green Bay Packers next season.

NBA Kings lose Abdur-Rahim to broken jaw (AFP)
File picture shows Josh Howard (L) of the Dallas Mavericks shooting over Shareef Abdur-Rahim (R) of the Sacramento Kings. Abdur-Rahim will be out indefinitely after surgery on a broken jaw, the club announced. Abdur-Rahim suffered the injury in the third quarter of Monday's loss to Portland(AFP/Getty Images/File/Jed Jacobsohn)AFP - Sacramento Kings forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim will be out indefinitely after surgery upon his broken jaw, the National Basketball Association club announced.


INF Cairo and Yankees Reach Agreement (AP)
AP - Infielder Miguel Cairo and the New York Yankees reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday on a $1 million, one-year contract.

Selanne's Own Goal Dooms Mighty Ducks (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets' Ron Hainsey, left, and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks' Teemu Selanne fight for the puck during the first period in NHL action Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)AP - Jason Chimera was credited with a goal that Anaheim's Teemu Selanne slid into his own net late in the third period, giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a 1-0 victory against the Mighty Ducks on Wednesday night.


U.S. Beats Finland in World Junior Match (AP)
Team USA's Blake Wheeler fires the puck past Team Finland's Karri Ramo during second period action at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday Dec. 28, 2005. (AP Photo/Adrian Wyld, CP)AP - University of Minnesota forward Blake Wheeler scored two goals to help the United States beat Finland 6-5 on Wednesday night in the world junior hockey championships.


Giving a low five
The Reggie Bush sweepstakes could end up in a five-way tie with the Texans and 49ers not holding the No. 1 pick.

Billick to return as Ravens coach (AP)
Brian Billick will return as coach of the Baltimore Ravens next year, the result of owner Steve Bisciotti's belief that continuity is the best way for the team to end a run of two straight disappointing seasons. Baltimore missed the playoffs in 2004, and this season the Ravens are assured their third losing record in Billick's seven years as head coach.

Colts return from funeral more unified (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts returned to work Wednesday more relaxed, more determined and more unified. The noticeably subdued locker room and practices of last week were replaced by laughter, horseplay and video games -- and a hope they could honor the message their missing coach, Tony Dungy, sent during Tuesday's eulogy for his 18-year-old son, James.

Panthers' Smith fined $15K for ref bump (AP)
Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith was fined $15,000 Wednesday for bumping an official during last Saturday's loss to Dallas. Smith's fine was for "impermissible physical contact with a game official," NFL spokesman Michael Signora said. Smith was ejected in the third quarter against the Cowboys. After Smith advanced a fumble and was tackled out of bounds by Terence Newman, he claimed he was hit a...

Seahawks RB Alexander to start Sunday (AP)
Seattle Seahawks runner Shaun Alexander will leave the team Thursday to attend a family funeral in Cincinnati, but will return in time for Sunday's regular-season finale at Green Bay -- and perhaps a touchdown record. Alexander tied Priest Holmes' NFL record of 27 touchdowns in a season in Saturday's win over Indianapolis.

Leftwich return gives Jaguars options (AP)
Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich practiced Wednesday for the first time in more than a month, leaving coach Jack Del Rio with a difficult decision. Does he rest Leftwich and avoid risking further injury in a meaningless game against the Tennessee Titans or does he play Leftwich in hopes of getting him ready for the first round of the playoffs?

Vermeil irritable when asked about future (AP)
The silver Porsche that Carol Vermeil gave her husband on his 67th birthday doesn't always bring him straight to work. On some mornings, Dick Vermeil drives past his reserved parking place at the Kansas City Chiefs' training facility and takes a leisurely lap around the Truman Sports Complex. He watches the sunrise.

Foster misses practice, says he'll play (AP)
Carolina running back DeShaun Foster missed practice Wednesday with a toe injury, but said he was sure he would play against the Atlanta Falcons. "I'm good. I'll be ready," he said. "It's nothing at all. I just jammed my toe." Foster seemed surprised to be listed as questionable on the injury report for Sunday's must-win game in Atlanta.

Bengals' Palmer wants to play vs. Chiefs (AP)
Carson Palmer is expected to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, even though he has a strained groin and the Bengals have little at stake. The Bengals listed Palmer as probable on Wednesday, assuming his injury will continue to get better as the week goes along. The Pro Bowl quarterback was injured on a scramble in the final minute of a 37-27 loss to Buffalo last Saturday.

Texans RB Davis has knee surgery (AP)
Houston Texans running back Domanick Davis had arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday and will miss the season finale at San Francisco. Davis missed four games, including the last two, with knee inflammation. "Before when he'd had swelling in there, it would go down when you gave him rest and time off of it," coach Dom Capers said.

The one and only
If there were any doubts about Detroit being the NBA's top team, there aren't anymore after its rout of the Spurs.

Kobe's 45 not enough, Lakers lose in OT (AP)
The Grizzlies never led the Lakers -- until the overtime. After Damon Stoudamire's pair of 3-pointers in the final minute of regulation drew Memphis even, the Grizzlies outscored Los Angeles 10-2 to begin the extra period, then held on for a wild 100-99 victory Wednesday night. The Lakers' Kobe Bryant, who scored 45 points on 13-of-37 shooting, missed a layup in the waning seconds, teammate Chris...

Agent: Artest accepts he's done as Pacer (AP)
Ron Artest has accepted that he's played his last game for the Indiana Pacers, his agent said. Artest went public nearly three weeks ago with his desire to be traded, then backpedaled and apologized to his teammates and to management in hopes of staying with the team. But his campaign to stay seemed to end after Pacers president Larry Bird told The Indianapolis Star on Monday that he felt...

Kings' Abdur-Rahim to have jaw surgery (AP)
Sacramento Kings forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim's mouth will be wired shut for six weeks after he undergoes surgery to repair his broken jaw. Abdur-Rahim's jaw was broken by an elbow from Portland's Zach Randolph in the third quarter of the Kings' loss to the Trail Blazers on Monday night. He was scheduled for surgery Wednesday night, and will be re-evaluated after two weeks, with no timetable set for...

Nuggets C Camby out indefinitely (AP)
The Denver Nuggets suffered another major setback Wednesday when they learned center Marcus Camby, the NBA's leading rebounder, will be out indefinitely with a broken right pinkie. Camby will need surgery on the finger, after which a timeline for his return will be set. He averages 16.3 points, 12.9 rebounds and is second in the league with 3.12 blocks a game.

Cheeks loses in return to Portland 95-91 (AP)
The Portland Trail Blazers warmly welcomed former coach Maurice Cheeks back to the Rose Garden. Then they beat him. Zach Randolph had 28 points and 14 rebounds and the Blazers defeated Cheeks' new team, the Philadelphia 76ers, 95-91 on Wednesday night. "It felt good, you know?" Randolph said. "My old coach.

Fisher's late layup snaps Warriors' skid (AP)
Both Ike Diogu and Adonal Foyle did their parts to get Golden State back in the win column. Diogu had a solid outing in his first career start in place of Foyle, who put his frustrations aside and provided the Warriors with a big boost off the bench. Derek Fisher took a pass from Baron Davis and drove through the paint for a left-handed layup with 6.2 seconds left, and the Warriors snapped a...

Marion rallies Suns past Wizards (AP)
Last week, Steve Nash watched his potential game-winning 20-footer hit the rim twice and pop out at the buzzer. This time, Caron Butler's 3-pointer that would have tied the game hit the rim and bounced away with 10 seconds remaining. Too bad the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards only play twice a year.

Paul, West lift Hornets by Rockets 92-90 (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets got enough balance throughout their lineup to beat Tracy McGrady and the Houston Rockets -- barely. David West was one of six players in double figures and made a jumper with 1.8 seconds remaining in the Hornets' 92-90 victory Wednesday night. "I knew I was going to get that shot.

Wolves' Griffin stars in win over Sonics (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves have struggled for several seasons to find a reliable center. Eddie Griffin sure looked the part Wednesday night. Making his first start of the season due to a banged-up frontcourt, Griffin recorded his second double-double of the season with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and blocked four shots in Minnesota's 108-95 win over Seattle.

Power rankings
Dallas takes over the top spot as even Buffalo threatens to overtake the struggling Senators.

Gretzky leads Coyotes to win in return (AP)
With Wayne Gretzky back behind their bench, the Phoenix Coyotes put on an offensive show that the NHL's career scoring leader could appreciate -- and then made a late defensive stand that made their coach very proud. Derek Morris' goal during a two-man advantage ignited a four-goal rally early in the third period, and captain Shane Doan had two goals in Phoenix's 5-4 victory over San Jose on...

Habs snap nine-game road skid, top Tampa (AP)
Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella made it clear. The defending Stanley Cup champions are going no where until their goaltending gets better. Pierre Dagenais scored the tiebreaking goal from a tough angle with 11:26 remaining and Jose Theodore made 41 saves to help the Montreal Canadiens snap a nine-game road losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Lightning on Wednesday night.

Senators score two SH goals, dump 'Canes (AP)
The new guy on Ottawa's Pizza Line is starting to deliver, too. Bryan Smolinski joined Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson in posting a goal and assist each, and Dominik Hasek made 33 saves to lead the Senators to a 6-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night. Heatley and Alfredsson both scored their team-high 24th goals, and Smolinski, filling in on Ottawa's top line for injured center...

Kapanen's OT goal lifts Flyers on road (AP)
Sami Kapanen gave the Philadelphia Flyers yet another road victory. The Flyers have opened an 11-game trip with three straight wins -- each by one goal -- including a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night when Kapanen scored 13 seconds into overtime. Kapanen scored on a close-range tip-in off a pass from Michal Handzus.

Rangers score six unanswered, top Isles (AP)
The New York Rangers have relied on Jaromir Jagr to provide a huge chunk of their early-season offense. Jagr and his linemates came through in a big way against the rival Islanders. Jagr had a goal and three assists, and the Rangers erased an early deficit by scoring the final six goals in a 6-2 victory over the Islanders on Wednesday night.

Wild complete two-game sweep at Edmonton (AP)
The Minnesota Wild took advantage of Edmonton goalie Ty Conklin's shaky start to complete a two-game sweep at Rexall Place. Randy Robitaille and Marian Gaborik scored on Minnesota's first two shots on goal, and Gaborik added an empty-net goal in the Wild's 4-2 victory Wednesday night. "Two shots, we scored," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said.

Ducks' Selanne helps Blue Jackets win (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets needed only one goal to win, and they didn't even score it themselves. Jason Chimera was credited with a goal that Anaheim's Teemu Selanne slid into his own net late in the third period, giving the Blue Jackets a 1-0 victory against the Mighty Ducks on Wednesday night. With heavy traffic to the right of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the puck squirted into the crease.

Park helps Canucks end home slump (AP)
Richard Park ended two slumps with one goal. Park scored his first goal in 18 games midway through the third period to give the Vancouver Canucks their first win in six, a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night. With a delayed penalty coming against Nashville, Ed Jovanovski avoided a check at the blue line and threw the puck at the net.

Gionta, Rafalski power Devils in rout (AP)
The New Jersey Devils' best offensive output in more than a month brought a slight smile to Lou Lamoriello's normally tight lips. The Devils general manager took over as coach when Larry Robinson resigned last week and saw his team continue to struggle. Goals weren't a problem Wednesday night as Brian Gionta and Brian Rafalski each scored twice to lead the Devils to a 7-2 victory over the...

Offseason capsules: Wallace, Rudd, Raines
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '06 Cup field – and a couple of guys who are moving on.

NASCAR to restructure regional tours in 2007 (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - NASCAR announced Wednesday that it will restructure its regional touring series divisions beginning in 2007.

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...

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