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NEWS FROM 2006-11-07
Seahawks sack Raiders 9 times, win 16-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061107/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_raiders_seahawks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061107/capt.c5f8677068534aa788fd9b6a0753d27b.raiders_seahawks_football_sea102.jpg?x=130&y=123&sig=M9nN9vBflxNO6E6wyo.tVg--" align="left" height="123" width="130" alt="Oakland Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter is sacked by Seattle Seahawks' Chuck Darby, left, and Lofa Tatupu with Raiders' Robert Gallery (76) defending during the first quarter of a football game in Seattle, Monday, Nov. 6, 2006. Walter was sacked five times in the first quarter of play. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Holmgren showed a new side of his coaching persona. The passing game guru motivated his defense by dressing down his players and made sure he stuck to a game plan for the Seattle Seahawks that relied heavily on a backup running back.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nellie has a great return to Dallas
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061107/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061107/capt.1a6d02aa278d42fa8351cbfb7fa65505.warriors_mavericks_basketball_dna107.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=2QJLa9ODzFbHa0PFe8BnTg--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson salutes the fans as he listens to their cheers after walking out onto the court prior to the basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Nov. 6, 2006. Nelson is the former coach of the Mavericks. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Don Nelson was the coach who helped make the Dallas Mavericks the successful franchise it is. He is also the coach who ruined their night to celebrate their most recent achievement — reaching the NBA finals last season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks win, remain unbeaten in regulation
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061107/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_penguins_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061107/capt.eee7485e706949e8951ba0a23f514d43.penguins_ducks_hockey_cajh105.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=yBxzPRvICnsX2e0DOk9WwA--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Anaheim Ducks' Teemu Selanne of Finland, left, celebrates with Scott Niedermayer (27) after Selanne scored the game-winning goal against Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Nov. 6, 2006. The Ducks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)" border="0" /></a>AP - The NHL season is more than a month old and no team has beaten the Anaheim Ducks in regulation yet — which makes their one overtime loss and three shootout defeats sting even more.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rangers name longtime A's coach manager
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061107/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_rangers_manager"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061107/capt.084c3bad4fc647b5a2807b435bc0a01f.rangers_manager_baseball_txdp105.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=Law3aetcKHMHsox3PfbPeg--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="New Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, left, and Rangers owner Tom Hicks listen to a question Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, during a news conference at Ameriquest Field in Arlington, Texas. Washington was formerly a third-base coach with the Oakland Athletics. (AP Photo/D.J. Peters)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ron Washington has always been a popular coach with players, stressing communication and letting them be themselves. Now he will get his chance as a manager with the Texas Rangers, who wanted and needed somebody with those characteristics.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kovalchuk's hat trick lifts Thrashers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061107/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_bruins_thrashers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061107/capt.fac00d7fa6c14a8380e208b99ccf2c28.bruins_thrashers_hockey_gajb107.jpg?x=130&y=125&sig=ebkS_At1UjkHXPEzMi8e3w--" align="left" height="125" width="130" alt="Atlanta Thrashers ice crew member Jennifer Beech helps collect hats thrown on the ice after Thrashers' Ilya Kovalchuk scored his third goal of the night in the third period a hockey game against the Boston Bruins Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 in Atlanta. Atlanta won 5-3. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)" border="0" /></a>AP - Thrashers sniper Ilya Kovalchuk just kept firing away on the power play. One goal. Then two. Make it three. The Boston Bruins never had a chance.</p><br clear="all"/>
Niners rewarded for keeping it simple
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061107/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_simplified49ers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061106/capt.46c332700c794ac19324d19369057a3f.vikings_49ers_football_cams112.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=okKKB5HYgqZ8CRxwxSFEMg--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) is chased by Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson in the second half of a NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Coach Mike Nolan gave the San Francisco 49ers the day off on Monday — which meant a nice three-day weekend for an offense that managed just 133 yards and no touchdowns Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Armstrong bringing energy to Pacers
AP - At 38, Darrell Armstrong is the oldest of the Indiana Pacers by far. After three games with his new team, though, his energy and enthusiasm are making it awfully tough for coach Rick Carlisle to give him the reduced playing time that's more befitting a player of his age.
A's could swap a Barry for a Barry
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061107/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_on_baseball_free_agents"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061103/capt.e732d8ba1e894762b184976c8ac29eeb.nl_gold_glove_baseball_ny166.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=Nkkb_bRRyEULGcLU6H9ngw--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers' Greg Maddux pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a baseball game in this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo, in Cincinnati. Maddux won his 16th Gold Glove on Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, tying the record shared by pitcher Jim Kaat and third baseman Brooks Robinson.(AP Photo/Al Behrman,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez might hit more home runs than Barry Bonds, while Andy Pettitte and Jason Schmidt could win more games than Barry Zito.</p><br clear="all"/>
Alex Ferguson: survivor at Man United
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061106/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061105/capt.04bcd563af5a49959ea301137f13619d.soccer_ferguson_20_years_th103.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=kToyrWUyHunb9C9rlNAE8w--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, 2nd left, celebrates with his players after winning the Champions League final soccer match at the Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona, Spain in this Wednesday, May 26, 1999 file photo. Manchester United beat Bayern Munich 2-1. Ferguson celebrates 20 years in charge of Manchester United on Monday Nov. 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Cesar Rangel)" border="0" /></a>AP - When Alex Ferguson became manager of Manchester United, Wayne Rooney was all of 1 year old.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pyatt's late goal lifts Canucks 2-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061107/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stars_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061107/capt.7627a4728dac47f9a5b9b3ee44ebaaa4.stars_canucks_hockey_vcrz108.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=Ff05YNX3AQcYmwXvWfQFeA--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks' Taylor Pyatt celebrates after scoring the game winning goal against the Dallas Stars during third period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, Monday, Nov. 6, 2006. The Canucks defeated the Stars 2-1. (AP PHOTO/CP, Richard Lam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Taylor Pyatt wasn't going to give Mike Smith another chance to rob him with a spectacular save. After watching Smith kick out an earlier shot while lying flat on his back, Pyatt fired a power-play rebound into the top corner with 44.7 seconds left in the third period to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Coach Bill Parcells has to be feeling sick after watching his 'Boys blow a crazy one against the Redskins.
Nine sacks help Seahawks beat Raiders (AP)
Mike Holmgren showed a new side of his coaching persona. The passing game guru motivated his defense by dressing down his players and made sure he stuck to a game plan for the Seattle Seahawks that relied heavily on a backup running back. It was the same old Oakland Raiders. They capped yet another Monday night meltdown with a knee to the groin that led to defensive end Tyler Brayton's ejection.
Giants DE Strahan out two to four weeks (AP)
The New York Giants will be minus Michael Strahan for a while. A sprained ligament in his right foot will keep the Pro Bowl defensive end off his feet for at least a week and out of the lineup for two weeks to a month -- and possibly longer. Tests on Strahan's foot Monday revealed a sprain to the Lis Franc ligament, one of the main stabilizers in the middle of the foot.
Bears LB Urlacher has sprained big toe (AP)
Brian Urlacher walked into a meeting room Monday with no noticeable limp, an encouraging sign for the Chicago Bears, still reeling from their first loss. An MRI exam showed the star linebacker has a sprained big toe on his left foot and not the major injury the team had feared. "Brian means quite a bit to our football team, so that was cause for concern, but we feel a lot better about it now,"...
Neck injury ends Mathis' season (AP)
Atlanta Falcons defensive back Kevin Mathis suffered a season-ending neck injury Sunday that is not expected to require surgery. Mathis will be placed on injured reserve after being hurt on the opening kickoff of the Falcons' 30-14 loss at Detroit. Mathis "has "all feeling, all movement" in all of his extremities, coach Jim Mora said Monday.
Raiders DE Brayton ejected for kneeing (AP)
One night's -- or perhaps a season's -- worth of frustration peaked with Tyler Brayton's knee. Oakland's defensive end was ejected late in another Raiders' loss Monday night for kneeing Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens in the groin at the end of a play. Brayton and Stevens were pushing and grabbing at each other's shoulders away from a 4-yard run by Mack Strong with 1:54 remaining in the...
Steelers speak out about rough season (AP)
The ring ceremonies and confident talk of winning a second Super Bowl title in as many seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers are long gone, replaced by the harsh reality of a season fast sinking into abject failure. The handshakes and hugging from February are a fading memory as the Steelers haul a 2-6 record into the second half of a season gone wrong.
Bills RB McGahee has broken rib (AP)
Dick Jauron had little time to focus on the good news Monday. That's because the bad news seems to always follow for the Buffalo Bills. Shortly after discussing how uplifting it was for the Bills to end a three-game losing streak, Jauron announced running back Willis McGahee has a broken rib and backup receiver Josh Reed spent Sunday night in a Buffalo-area hospital with a bruised kidney.
Colts set for another run at perfection (AP)
Tony Dungy hoped to avoid all those perfect-record questions this year. Not a chance now. Sunday's win at New England, coupled with the Chicago Bears shocking loss to Miami, has Dungy shaking his head as the Colts enter the second half of the season as the NFL's last unbeaten team again. Sure, Dungy is thrilled with an 8-0 record, just not the prospect of facing the weekly scrutiny or circus-like...
Patriots look ahead after key home loss (AP)
Troy Brown had a look of confusion instead of one of elation that should have followed his catch to tie the Patriots' record for career receptions. The official standing just behind him after his sideline grab threw a penalty flag for taunting after the ball Brown threw softly toward the ball boy brushed against Indianapolis' Gilbert Gardner.
Who's No. 1?
Good question. Not even our resident NBA analyst knows the answer to that pressing question.
Warriors win Nelson's return to Dallas (AP)
Don Nelson has walked off a basketball court with a hand on the shoulder of his pal Del Harris plenty of times. Never under circumstances this wild, though. Nelson and the Golden State Warriors crashed the Dallas Mavericks' celebration of last season and continued their slow start to this season with a 107-104 victory Monday night.
Okur helps Jazz improve to 4-0 (AP)
Scoring eight of his 23 points in the final quarter wasn't quite enough for Mehmet Okur to lead the Utah Jazz past the Detroit Pistons. He needed to make the biggest defensive play of the season, too. Okur blocked Richard Hamilton's layup in the final second and the unbeaten Jazz held off the Pistons 103-101 Monday night, giving Okur another win against his former team.
Parker, Spurs hold off Knicks' rally (AP)
Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs looked at the group of Knicks who came out for the second half and realized it wasn't the same one that started the night. And then the Spurs knew they were in for a game. "The second group played harder, that's for sure," Parker said. Parker scored 24 points, including five down the stretch to halt New York's frantic comeback attempt, and the Spurs held off the...
Gordon, Bulls rout Bucks 110-85 (AP)
Ben Gordon looked sharp in his jacket and tie as he stood by his locker after the game. He earned more than a few style points on the court, too. Gordon scored 37 points and set a career high with nine assists to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 110-85 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. Gordon, who was 15-of-25 from the field, was two points shy of his career high when he headed to the...
Balanced Clippers beat Blazers 102-89 (AP)
For the second time in this young season, the Clippers' Elton Brand scored only eight points. That was plenty. His Los Angeles teammates provided a fine balance of scoring in a 102-89 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. "I feel bad for the people who have fantasy teams, but that's about it," Brand said after taking just eight shots.
Backup Gs Arroyo, Dooling power Magic (AP)
Carlos Arroyo has been so productive as the sixth man for the Orlando Magic that a promotion to the starting lineup might not be far off. Arroyo scored 23 points, 12 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Magic to a 106-103 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. The Magic's backup point guard had four assists and no turnovers in relief of starter Jameer Nelson, who struggled with his...
Artest, Martin lead Kings over Wolves (AP)
Although the Sacramento Kings have a new coach and a novel defensive intensity, they share one strong quality with their high-scoring predecessors. The Kings still draw strength from their frenzied sellout crowds -- particularly when they've been away for a while. Ron Artest had 22 points and eight rebounds, and Kevin Martin added 19 points in the Kings' 93-81 victory over the Minnesota...
Kings C Miller out 4 weeks with injury (AP)
Kings center Brad Miller will miss at least four weeks with an injured left foot, adding the biggest problem yet to Sacramento's early season woes. The 7-foot Miller, a three-time All-Star, played for the U.S. national team at the world championships in Japan this summer. He was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot Monday after the injury limited his playing time on the Kings' road...
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...
Kovalchuk's hat trick powers Thrashers (AP)
Ilya Kovalchuk just kept firing away on the power play. One goal. Then two. Make it three. The Boston Bruins never had a chance. Kovalchuk scored three similar-looking goals, Johan Hedberg won his third straight start and the Atlanta Thrashers defeated the Bruins 5-3 Monday night. "Kovy is shooting bullets once again," Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said.
Ovechkin, Capitals rally past Sens in OT (AP)
Alex Ovechkin insists he cares far more about turning the Washington Capitals into winners than accumulating personal statistics. Well, he's managing to do both at the moment. The reigning Calder Trophy winner as the NHL's top rookie scored twice to help overcome an early three-goal deficit, and Chris Clark netted the winner in overtime, leading the Capitals past the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Monday...
Selanne lifts Ducks over Penguins in OT (AP)
The NHL season is more than a month old and no team has beaten the Anaheim Ducks in regulation yet -- which makes their one overtime loss and three shootout defeats sting even more. Teemu Selanne scored 44 seconds into overtime on a power play after drawing a tripping penalty from Noah Welch, and the Ducks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 Monday night.
Pyatt's late PP goal lifts Canucks (AP)
Taylor Pyatt wasn't going to give Mike Smith another chance to rob him with a spectacular save. After watching Smith kick out an earlier shot while lying flat on his back, Pyatt fired a power-play rebound into the top corner with 44.7 seconds left in the third period to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.
Habs LW Higgins out with injured ankle (AP)
Canadiens left winger Chris Higgins will miss at least one game with an injured left ankle, the team said Monday. Higgins, who has eight goals and five assists in 13 games, is scheduled to see a doctor Tuesday to determine how long he'll be out. He won't play Tuesday night against the Edmonton Oilers.
Coyotes C Comrie out at least a month (AP)
Phoenix center Mike Comrie, the Coyotes' leading scorer, is expected to have surgery on a fractured foot Monday and could miss at least four weeks. Comrie injured his foot when he was hit by a slapshot in a 6-2 loss at Anaheim Friday, the team said. Comrie has a team-high 11 points (4 goals) in 13 games.
Raycroft, Leafs beat slumping Flyers (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers had trouble scoring again despite putting more than 40 shots on goal. Nik Antropov, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Tomas Kaberle scored in the third period to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-1 victory over the sagging Flyers on Monday night. Andrew Raycroft made 40 saves and Bates Battaglia also had a goal for the Maple Leafs, who have won five of six -- including a 4-1 win...
St. Louis, Lecavalier lead Lightning (AP)
When Martin St. Louis scored off Eric Perrin's perfect pass, it was as though they were 10 years old again on a rink in Canada. Back then they teamed up for plenty of goals, but this was a first in the NHL. "It's unbelievable," the 31-year-old Perrin said. "We had one in preseason, but you don't count those." St.
Yzerman receives Lester Patrick Award (AP)
Detroit Red Wings vice president and former captain Steve Yzerman was one of five people to receive the Lester Patrick Award from the NHL on Monday at Joe Louis Arena. The award recognizes outstanding service to hockey in the United States and is named after NHL pioneer Lester Patrick, who was a player, coach, manager, owner and NHL governor.
Briere lifts Sabres over 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.
WWD: Dickies 500
Tony Stewart was flying (and climbing) high at Texas. Jeff Burton? Not so much.
In The Pits: A year to savor for Jeff Burton (AP)
They were calling Jeff Burton the ``Ice Man'' three weeks ago, all but conceding the Nextel Cup title to the driver who could do no wrong in NASCAR's Chase for the championship.
Stewart wins again; Johnson grabs points lead (AP)
Tony Stewart suddenly finds himself with an unexpected goal for the rest of 2006: Win out.
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.
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)