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NEWS FROM 2006-11-06
Colts, NFL's only unbeaten, top Patriots
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061106/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_colts_patriots"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061106/capt.aa8075e13b6f4f01b2201e0b2051ff4d.colt_patriots_football_mame111.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=DrcR.bFUc0PorE9tXV03mA--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison (88) celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter of their football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006 in in Foxborough, Mass. At right is Patriots cornerback Chad Scott. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)" border="0" /></a>AP - Peyton Manning got help from an unlikely source — his defense — and the Colts remained the NFL's only unbeaten team.</p><br clear="all"/>
Miami ends Bears streak in 31-13 stunner
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061106/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_dolphins_bears"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061105/capt.723618a837cf4076aaebd680eb6e3900.dolphins_bears_football_cxb115.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=X_KIDvuRdCa_5vzsgWCo6A--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chris Chambers, top, catches a 24-yard pass for a touchdown as Chicago Bears' Charles Tillman (33) defends during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, in Chicago. Miami won the game, 31-13. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - The 1972 Dolphins can breathe a little easier. And once again, they can thank a current Miami team for it.</p><br clear="all"/>
Steelers drop to 2-6 with loss to Denver
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061106/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_broncos_steelers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061106/capt.ac45e590b99e4b9a8b5a1829534f7deb.broncos_steelers_football_pagp109.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=8w8gvEiJbAsTt5u2o0ykUw--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward (86) collides with Denver Broncos' John Lynch, left, and Al Wilson, center, and loses the ball on the goal line late in the fourth quarter of football action at Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006. The ball was intercepted by Broncos' Curome Cox in the end zone. The Broncos beat the Steelers 31-20. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers never thought they would already be playing for next year halfway through a season that began with so many expectations.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ohio State is unanimous No. 1 in AP poll
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061106/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_college_fb_poll"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061105/capt.74ea30e55b9b4631aa62a4a5acf417ec.ohio_state_illinois_football_ilsp103.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=C17EiWYeNu1RAFsAjdiCGg--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Ohio State's Anthony Gonzalez (11) hangs onto a pass against Illinois Antonio Steele (40) during the football game at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)" border="0" /></a>AP - It's unanimous.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jimmie Johnson grabs NASCAR points lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061106/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_texas"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061106/capt.3ee4895e14eb4343bee21713051ed366.nascar_texas_auto_racing_tms202.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=_sfZi47OKzf_vzCwabzaLA--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Tony Stewart celebrates in the flag stand after winning the Dickies 500 auto race, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Stewart's eyes lit up at the thought.</p><br clear="all"/>
LT lifts Chargers over lowly Browns
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061106/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_browns_chargers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061106/capt.9e9f946236c34d3c9ceae4f1388bc681.rams_chargers_football_cali108.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=CaY1CCpbqXAo8dIG2jPFIQ--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="San Diego Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson (21) beats Jerome Perry, the final Cleveland Browns' defender, to score a touchdown during the third quarter of their football game in San Diego Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Jack Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - Whatever Marty Schottenheimer said at halftime was all it took to snap LaDainian Tomlinson and the rest of the San Diego Chargers out of their funk.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sonics knock down Lakers for 1st win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061106/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_lakers_supersonics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061106/capt.424cd3a4ad244f68a43123e99d44ea0d.lakers_supersonics_basketball_wakc103.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=FkvxXr7fJqbcbgyu6sgJIw--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Luke Walton (4) goes up against Seattle SuperSonics' Johan Petro, left, of France, and Chris Wilcox, right, during the second quarter NBA basketball action at Key Arena in Seattle on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ray Allen scored 32 points and the Seattle SuperSonics picked up their first victory of the season by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 117-101 on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Howard leads U.S. All-Stars over Japan
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061105/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbi_mlb_japan_tour"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061105/capt.xits10611051257.japan_tour_mlb_baseball_xits106.jpg?x=115&y=130&sig=_kR1D6FLvLHP_xLOmXmnfA--" align="left" height="130" width="115" alt="Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard, right, and Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer celebrate after winning the major league All-Star team's third game against the Japanese All-Star in Tokyo Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006. Major league All-Stars won 11-4. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer Sunday and the MLB All-Stars defeated the stars of Japanese baseball 11-4 for a 3-0 lead in a five-game tour.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dynamo top Rapids, advance to MLS Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061106/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_rapids_dynamo"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061106/capt.edbf99e009d04c41957ea174f38f26fd.mls_rapids_dynamo_soccer_txbl101.jpg?x=79&y=130&sig=Qc0G3rP9ZhHvFT.2w_.FqQ--" align="left" height="130" width="79" alt="Houston Dynamo's Paul Dalglish celebrates after scoring his second goal of the first half of the MLS western conference championship soccer game Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Paul Dalglish scored twice in the first half and Brian Mullan added a goal in the 71st minute to help the Houston Dynamo advance to the MLS Cup with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday in the Western Conference final.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabres rally to drop Rangers 4-3 in OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061106/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sabres_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061106/capt.66e212df3cd14ebbbba524424d7200f8.correction_sabres_rangers_hockey_nyma113.jpg?x=130&y=69&sig=1kPdzQt.bOjPHlB.38O1Xw--" align="left" height="69" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres goalie Martin Biron and Jarosalav Spacek (6), of the Czech Republic, try to defend the net as New York Rangers' Petr Prucha, of the Czech Republic, scores during the second period of the NHL hockey game Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Buffalo Sabres needed some time to shake off their first true loss of the season. Once they did, another come-from-behind victory was soon in hand.</p><br clear="all"/>
The comeback kid
Dolphins hand Bears first loss, 31-13 (AP)
The 1972 Dolphins can breathe a little easier. And once again, they can thank a current Miami team for it. Although Dan Marino was nowhere to be found this time, the Dolphins once again upset Chicago to spoil the Bears' bid for a perfect season. Ronnie Brown rushed for a career-high 157 yards and Jason Taylor forced a fumble and returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown, helping Miami beat...
Colts stay unbeaten thanks to defense (AP)
Peyton Manning got help from an unlikely source -- his defense -- and the Colts remained the NFL's only unbeaten team. The Patriots also were victimized for the first time by Adam Vinatieri as Indianapolis won 27-20 Sunday night. With his once adoring fans booing, he kicked two field goals in his first game against New England since leaving as a free agent.
Redskins top Cowboys on last-second FG (AP)
Joe Gibbs watched his Washington Redskins go from blowing a chance for a last-minute victory over the Dallas Cowboys to preventing a last-minute loss to, somehow, pulling out a win with no time left on the clock. "Gosh," the Hall of Fame coach said, "I don't know if I've experienced anything like that." In a finish as crazy as they come, Washington's Nick Novak got two chances to try a winning...
Broncos roll 31-20, send Steelers to 2-6 (AP)
The Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers never thought they would already be playing for next year halfway through a season that began with so many expectations. Javon Walker scored three touchdowns on two receptions and a 72-yard run on a wide receiver reverse and the Denver Broncos took advantage of repeated Pittsburgh mistakes to win 31-20 on Sunday.
Ravens take commanding lead in AFC North (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens enjoyed an outstanding start against the Cincinnati Bengals, then spent the next 55 minutes protecting the advantage. The Ravens prevailed, and now they'll try to maintain a commanding lead in the AFC North over the next eight weeks. Baltimore scored two quick touchdowns off turnovers and never trailed in a 26-20 victory Sunday, their second straight since coach Brian Billick...
Saints double last season's win total (AP)
For all the fanfare surrounding Reggie Bush's arrival in New Orleans, unheralded Marques Colston is the rookie who's making the Saints go. Colston had another big game Sunday, catching 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown to help the NFC South leaders beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-14 and reach the midpoint of the season with twice as many wins as they had last year.
Lions rattle Vick, upset Falcons 30-14 (AP)
Michael Vick came back down to earth and the Detroit Lions took advantage of his ordinary day. Detroit turned Vick's two first-half turnovers into touchdowns and Roy Williams had a sensational game, highlighted by a 60-yard TD early in the fourth quarter, in the Lions' 30-14 victory Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons.
Johnson rushes for 172, Chiefs top Rams (AP)
After backing up pregame braggadocio about dealing out the hits rather than taking them, Larry Johnson had a lot more to say. Johnson rushed for 172 yards, becoming the second straight running back to punish the St. Louis Rams' defense in the Kansas City Chiefs' 31-17 victory on Sunday. It wasn't nearly enough.
Garrard helps Jaguars rip Titans 37-7 (AP)
Coach Jack Del Rio's quarterback decision got a lot more difficult Sunday. David Garrard threw three touchdown passes, led the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 37-7 victory over Tennessee and won for the sixth time in his last seven starts. Not surprisingly, Del Rio sidestepped the issue afterward. Starter Byron Leftwich, meanwhile, was nowhere to be found.
Shaq sits out, Heat fall 107-98 to 76ers (AP)
Kyle Korver's role has changed. The big 3-pointers he has a timely knack of hitting have stayed the same. The near-perfect sharpshooter used his 3s to help bump Philadelphia to an even bigger 3: 3-0 for the first time in six seasons. Allen Iverson scored 31 points and had 13 assists, and Korver scored 13 of his 22 points in the third quarter to lead the 76ers to a 107-98 win over the Miami Heat on...
Allen helps Sonics avoid 0-3 start (AP)
Ray Allen scored 32 points and the Seattle SuperSonics picked up their first victory of the season by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 117-101 on Sunday night. Seattle overcame a sluggish start, finally displayed some defense absent in its first two games, and showed its expected offensive potency. Allen made 10 of 16 shots and added six assists.
Hawks move over .500, beat Magic 95-82 (AP)
The long-suffering Atlanta Hawks make no apologies as they relish life in first place in the Southeast Division. The Hawks never trailed in their 95-82 win over the Orlando Magic Sunday, and with the win Atlanta moved over .500 for the first time since 2002. It's only three games, but for the long-suffering Hawks, any winning record -- even 2-1 -- is notable.
Hornets stay unbeaten, top Rockets 96-90 (AP)
The Hornets had watched the New Orleans Saints' triumphant return to this rebuilding city and were determined to experience the same type of euphoria in their home opener. "You don't want to come out here with all the press and all these people and send them home disappointed," Hornets forward David West said.
Duncan, Parker lead Spurs past Raptors (AP)
Tim Duncan showed that he's regained his health following a season of battling a foot injury. He scored 26 points and Tony Parker added 19 to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 103-94 victory over the Raptors on Sunday. Hobbled last season by plantar fasciitis, Duncan averaged a career-low 18.6 points and 11.1 rebounds.
Bobcats defeat Cavaliers for first time (AP)
The Cleveland Cavaliers were the last team the Charlotte Bobcats should have looked to for their first victory of the season. After all, the Cavs had won all seven previous meetings as LeBron James seemingly scored at will whenever he faced them. That all changed Saturday night, when the Bobcats used stout defense on James to hold him to 16 points in their 92-88 victory over Cleveland.
NBA wants issues in New Orleans settled (AP)
NBA commissioner David Stern said there is no question about the Hornets' full-time return to New Orleans in the short term, but that long-term concerns about the city's recovery and corporate support for pro basketball need to be resolved sooner than later. "We have to do it shortly upon the return," Stern said during a visit Sunday night for the Hornets' home opener against the Houston Rockets.
Maggette, Clippers defeat Suns 114-108 (AP)
When the Los Angeles Clippers are moving the ball, they're a very difficult team to shut down. Reserve Corey Maggette led Los Angeles with 23 points and 12 rebounds Saturday night in a 114-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns, and his teammates pitched in with a variety of contributions. Sam Cassell also had 23 points, Cuttino Mobley had 18, and Elton Brand had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Arenas has 44 points to help Wizards win (AP)
Gilbert Arenas emerged in a huge blue robe, the hood pulled low over his face. He said he was trying to look like a wizard. He instead resembled a boxer, one ready to deliver a knockout punch after getting rocked in the first round. Three days after a nervous performance against LeBron James to start the season, Arenas put up 44 points in the Washington Wizards' home opener Saturday night, leading a...
Briere, Sabres rally past Rangers in OT (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres needed some time to shake off their first true loss of the season. Once they did, another come-from-behind victory was soon in hand. Daniel Briere scored two goals, including the winner at 3:57 of overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory against the New York Rangers on Sunday night.
Pens' Malkin held scoreless, Sharks win (AP)
The San Jose Sharks figured they could wear down Pittsburgh and its talented young offensive trio with physical play all over the ice. Both teams had to be exhausted after this body-slamming night of hockey. Kyle McLaren had a goal and an assist and the Sharks kept Pittsburgh rookie Evgeni Malkin from scoring in his seventh straight game to start his career, beating the Penguins 3-2 on Saturday...
Julien a winner in return to Montreal (AP)
Claude Julien enjoyed his return to the Bell Centre, especially with Martin Brodeur on his team instead of on the opposite end of the ice. Brodeur made 33 saves and Jay Pandolfo and Brian Rafalski each scored, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. New Jersey won for the third time in four games following a 4-4-1 start under Julien, who was fired...
Caps end winless drought in Philadelphia (AP)
Although he's only in his third year as coach of the Washington Capitals, Glen Hanlon appreciated the significance of his team's first win in Philadelphia in nearly nine years. Alexander Ovechkin scored two of Washington's four goals in the first period and carried the Capitals to a 5-3 victory against the Flyers on Saturday night that snapped a 16-game winless streak in Philadelphia.
Preds extend franchise-best road streak (AP)
The Nashville Predators are halfway through a 16-day stretch without a home game. They couldn't be much happier. Shea Weber scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Nashville edged the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Saturday night, extending their franchise-best, road-winning streak to seven games. "Maybe we should just keep playing on the road.
Cleary leads Wings to sixth straight win (AP)
Dan Cleary doesn't put the puck in the net a lot, but he made the most of his latest scoring chances. Cleary netted his first two goals of the season, including a key short-handed effort, to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson also scored, and Dominik Hasek made 16 saves for Detroit (9-4-1), which won its...
Hurricanes beat slumping Senators 3-2 (AP)
After another dismal home outing, the Ottawa Senators can only hope the worst part of their season is over. Ray Whitney scored twice and Erik Cole had a goal and two assists as the Carolina Hurricanes came back to earn a 3-2 win over the slumping Senators. The team held a closed-door meeting after falling to 2-5 at home.
Thrashers end Isles' three-game run (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers played a perfect road game and left the New York Islanders scratching their heads. Marian Hossa had a goal and assist, and Johan Hedberg made 23 saves to win his second straight start in the Thrashers' 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night. "It was our most complete effort all year," Hedberg said.
Murray gives Bruins OT win over Tampa (AP)
The Boston Bruins can dish out the heartbreak, too. One game after blowing a three-goal, third-period lead to the surging Buffalo Sabres, the Bruins took it out on Tampa Bay, tying the game on Zdeno Chara's goal with 46.6 seconds left in regulation and beating the Lightning 6-5 when Glen Murray scored just 17 seconds into overtime.
Iginla helps Flames end four-game skid (AP)
The Calgary Flames needed a win, no matter how ugly. Despite being outshot 30-23 and blowing a two-goal lead, Jarome Iginla and the struggling Flames pulled out a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. Iginla sealed the win when he scored a power-play goal with 4:27 left. With Blues forward Bill Guerin off for slashing, Iginla got the puck from Robyn Regehr and moved from the right...
Marbles: Just visiting
Tempers flare as Harvick, Riggs tussle at Texas Motor Speedway (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Harvicks and NASCAR official knocked down by Riggs crewman. (AP)
An unidentified crewman for Scott Riggs' team knocked driver Kevin Harvick, his wife and a NASCAR official to the ground on pit road Sunday, minutes after the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Stewart wins at Texas; Johnson takes Chase lead (SportsTicker)
Earnhardt feeling better after another top-10 finish at Texas (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was feeling ill long before his car got loose midway through the race, hit the wall and took seven pit stops to repair Sunday.
Stewart wins again; Johnson grabs points lead (AP)
Tony Stewart's eyes lit up at the thought.
Burton's title hopes blow up with tire (AP)
Jeff Burton's hopes of winning the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship took a major blow Sunday when a blown tire sent his car hard into the wall on the 89th of 334 laps at Texas Motor Speedway.
Harvick storms to victory at Busch O'Reilly Challenge 300 (SportsTicker)
Harvick wins again; Montoya struggles (AP)
It would be hard to blame Kevin Harvick if he wanted the NASCAR Busch Series season to go on forever.