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NEWS FROM 2006-11-08
Miami football player shot, killed
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061108/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_miami_player_killed"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061108/capt.93f81cc0088a4fd6a64ba80ce467687a.miami_player_killed_football_mh101.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=ir_KMN9ZdENQWhr8oAePgQ--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="This April 12, 2006, photo released by the University of Miami shows Miami defensive end Brian Pata. Pata was shot and killed in Kendall, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, shortly after leaving the football practice field, according to a university official with knowledge of the situation. Miami-Dade police refused to release specific information about what happened. (AP Photo/University of Miami, J.C. Ridley)" border="0" /></a>AP - University of Miami defensive lineman Bryan Pata was shot and killed Tuesday night at his apartment complex, school officials said.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ex-NFL QB Shuler wins congressional seat
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061108/ap_on_sp_ot/eln_sports"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061108/capt.d9d36a86bbd2478097f650d2d5f42cfe.house_shuler_nccb114.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=WYlXKzJfbqSobPjUv44ZnA--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Democrat Heath Shuler, right, celebrates with supporters after winning the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina in Asheville, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. Shuler defeated incumbent Rep. Charles Taylor. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler won a seat in the U.S. House, track great Jim Ryun lost his race and Super Bowl star Lynn Swann fell short Tuesday in elections involving ex-athletes.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bynum leads Lakers past Wolves 95-88
AP - Not bad for a 19-year-old center pressed into a starting role with the Los Angeles Lakers. Andrew Bynum had 20 points, 14 rebounds and some key plays down the stretch Tuesday night in Los Angeles' 95-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Former star pitcher Johnny Sain dies
AP - Johnny Sain, a three-time All-Star who teamed with Warren Spahn to make up one of baseball's most fabled pitching tandems, died Tuesday. He was 89.
Thornton, Sharks top first-place Wild
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061108/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_wild_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061108/capt.4eddc7e9f393452c82dc9d454d95ba0e.wild_sharks_hockey_cadv102.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=d9bOfVRi6WMv0RE8z796AQ--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) finds the back of the net for a goal against Minnesota Wild goalie Manny Fernandez during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, in San Jose, Calif. Helping on defense is the Wild's Kim Johnsson of Sweden. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)" border="0" /></a>AP - Although Landon Marleau won't remember it, his dad grabbed quite a souvenir from the kid's first hockey game. The rest of the San Jose Sharks also found plenty of good things to take away from a confidence-building victory over the Minnesota Wild.</p><br clear="all"/>
Source: Packers' Wells extends contract
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061108/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_packers_wells"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061105/capt.65f3ff20f44947eb8cc03fb59ae0790d.packers_bills_football_nydh706.jpg?x=130&y=125&sig=U6QrIyHaDT0gmD4ZhTme_w--" align="left" height="125" width="130" alt="Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (4) is given a hand by Buffalo Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel (94) after a play in the second half of a NFL football game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006. Buffalo won 24-10. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Green Bay Packers and center Scott Wells agreed to a five-year, $15 million contract extension, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hornets buzzing with win over Warriors
Reuters - The New Orleans Hornets beat the
Golden State Warriors 97-93 to win their second home opener in
three days and continue their perfect start to the season on
Matsuzaka rights expected to attract record bids
Reuters - Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is
expected to attract record bids from Major League Baseball
teams, who have until Wednesday to submit offers for the
negotiating rights to the Seibu Lions righthander.
Southend eliminates Manchester United
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061107/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061107/capt.847cf7720b284bc191692f66322bb658.britain_southend_manchester_united_soccer_lmd802.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=Wjf4Pyv1v9.7tSBwL2N6bA--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Southend's Efe Sodje, left, battles for the ball with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney during their English League Cup fourth round soccer match at Roots Hall stadium in Southend, England, Tuesday Nov. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)" border="0" /></a>AP - Premier League leader Manchester United was eliminated from the English League Cup on Tuesday night with a 1-0 defeat at Southend, a club that is in last place a division below in the League Championship.</p><br clear="all"/>
Amonte scores twice as Flames top Stars
AP - Andrew Ference dropped the gloves and Tony Amonte landed the knockout punch. Spurred on emotionally by Ference's early game fight with NHL penalty minute leader Matthew Barnaby, the Calgary Flames got two goals from Amonte on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
Coach Bill Parcells has to be feeling sick after watching his 'Boys blow a crazy one against the Redskins.
Edwards backs away from endorsing Green (AP)
Herman Edwards has been saying for weeks that Trent Green would replace Damon Huard as Kansas City's starting quarterback when he's healthy. The Chiefs coach appeared to back off the subject Tuesday. "The one thing you can never count out is chemistry on your football team, and that is very important," Edwards said.
Steelers LB Porter fined $15,000 (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter was fined $15,000 for remarks made to a member of referee Tony Corrente's officiating crew during a 20-13 loss at Oakland on Oct. 29. Porter was fined for unsportmanslike conduct on the play, two plays after linebacker Larry Foote drew the same penalty. The two penalties led to a field goal by Oakland during the Raiders' upset victory, one of six Steelers...
Shell hopes Brayton avoids suspensions (AP)
Raiders coach Art Shell worked in the NFL office long enough to know that Tyler Brayton will be punished for kneeing Seattle's Jerramy Stevens in the groin. Shell just hopes the punishment will be a fine, not a suspension, because he said video tape showed that Brayton was only reacting to a kick from Stevens.
Could Parcells be part of problems? (AP)
Bill Parcells benched Drew Bledsoe a few weeks ago, convinced the veteran quarterback could no longer get the job done. Now Dallas Cowboys fans are starting to wonder whether the same is true about Parcells. Midway through a fourth season in Dallas that Parcells said could be "special," the Cowboys are 4-4.
Seahawks likely without Alexander again (AP)
The crack in Shaun Alexander's foot still isn't healed, and the league MVP will almost certainly miss his sixth consecutive game Sunday when Seattle hosts St. Louis for the NFC West lead. Coach Mike Holmgren said Tuesday that consecutive days of MRIs and CT scans on last season's NFL rushing leader showed the fourth metatarsal on Alexander's left foot still is cracked.
Packers C Wells agrees to extension (AP)
The Green Bay Packers and center Scott Wells agreed to a five-year, $15 million contract extension, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced, said Wells' new contract includes $5 million in bonuses.
Bills WR Reed released from hospital (AP)
Buffalo Bills receiver Josh Reed was released from the hospital Tuesday, two days after suffering a bruised kidney. The Bills didn't update Reed's condition or say whether he'll play Sunday in Buffalo's game at Indianapolis. Coach Dick Jauron was scheduled to update Reed's status Wednesday, when the team returns to practice.
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,"...
Who's No. 1?
Good question. Not even our resident NBA analyst knows the answer to that pressing question.
Heat beat Sonics on Posey's 3-pointer (AP)
Facing a late deficit without Shaquille O'Neal forced the Miami Heat to show some championship-like mettle. James Posey's go-ahead 3-pointer with 19 seconds remaining lifted the Heat to a 90-87 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Tuesday night. "We don't like to be in that situation, but we know if we stick together, we can pull games out," Posey said.
Hornets improve to 4-0, beat Warriors (AP)
One home opener after another, the New Orleans Hornets have built the best start in franchise history. Two nights after winning their New Orleans opener, the Hornets won their first game in Oklahoma City, beating the Golden State Warriors 97-93 on Tuesday night behind 22 points and 11 assists from Chris Paul.
Suns sign Jalen Rose for about $1.5M (AP)
Jalen Rose signed with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday and is expected to be in uniform at San Antonio on Wednesday. Rose, who received a $14.5 million buyout from the New York Knicks last week, will receive about $1.5 million in his one-year deal with Phoenix, just over the NBA veteran's minimum. The 33-year-old guard-forward has averaged 14.7 points over 894 games in 12 NBA seasons.
Pacers hand 76ers first loss of season (AP)
Jermaine O'Neal isn't ready to call the Indiana Pacers a contender just yet. O'Neal had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Pacers handed the Philadelphia 76ers their first loss of the season with a 97-86 victory Tuesday night. Even after double-digit victories in their last two games, O'Neal knows the Pacers still have plenty of work in front of them.
Hawks win third straight, top Cavs in OT (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks, for years the NBA's ugliest ducklings, are off to a flying start. OK, it's early. But four games into a new season, the Hawks are soaring like they once did when Dominique Wilkins ruled the air. Joe Johnson scored 25 points -- six on consecutive possessions in overtime -- and the surprising Hawks won their third straight, 104-95 on Tuesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who...
Yao helps Rockets hold off Grizzlies (AP)
Shane Battier enjoyed the standing ovation. He liked the victory even more. Yao Ming scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Houston Rockets over the Grizzlies 86-80 Tuesday night in Battier's return to Memphis. Battier spent five seasons with the Grizzlies before he was dealt to Houston during the summer.
Bynum leads Lakers past Timberwolves (AP)
Not bad for a 19-year-old center pressed into a starting role with the Los Angeles Lakers. Andrew Bynum had 20 points, 14 rebounds and some key plays down the stretch Tuesday night in Los Angeles' 95-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. "I had to pinch myself, but it was definitely really cool out there to get a home win in front of our fans and have them cheering for you," Bynum said.
Blazers' Roy sidelined with heel injury (AP)
Portland Trail Blazers rookie Brandon Roy will miss Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers because of a heel injury. Roy, the sixth overall pick in the June draft, is averaging 14.5 points through his first four games. The guard played 14 minutes in Monday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers before telling coach Nate McMillan that he couldn't go any longer.
LeBron latest NBA star to bash new ball (AP)
LeBron James longs for the NBA's old bounce. He's already tired of the league's new composite game ball. "It's not a good basketball," the Cleveland Cavaliers' superstar forward said. "It kind of feels like a basketball you buy for your kids at Christmas or something." When James first began practicing with the Spalding ball in training camp, he said there would be an adjustment period for players.
Thornton, Nabokov lead Sharks past Wild (AP)
Although Landon Marleau won't remember it, his dad grabbed quite a souvenir from the kid's first hockey game. The rest of the San Jose Sharks also found plenty of good things to take away from a confidence-building victory over the Minnesota Wild. Joe Thornton scored his first goal at home this season and Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 3-1 win Tuesday night.
Madden's SO goal gives Devils win (AP)
John Madden gave the New Jersey Devils another win over the team that knocked them out of last season's playoffs. Madden scored in the sixth round of a shootout Tuesday night for a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey's second win in two meetings with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
MacInnis named Blues vice president (AP)
Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Al MacInnis was hired Tuesday to be the team's vice president of hockey operations. "His knowledge and awareness of the game are well respected in the NHL. He is a first-class person and will play a major role in our quest to build a winner in St. Louis," Blues president John Davidson said in a statement.
Kovalev, Canadiens down Oilers in SO (AP)
Alex Kovalev paid close attention to Saku Koivu's penalty-shot move and got the same result when he tried it himself. Kovalev scored on Montreal's fourth attempt in a shootout, giving the Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. Using a similar move to the one Koivu successfully completed to open the shootout, Kovalev deked Dwayne Roloson before tucking a forehand inside the...
Habs LW Higgins to miss six weeks (AP)
Montreal Canadiens left wing Christopher Higgins will be sidelined for six weeks with a partially torn left ankle ligament. Higgins, who leads Montreal with eight goals and 13 points, suffered the injury Saturday when he was checked by New Jersey's Colin White in the third period of the Canadiens' 2-1 loss.
Avery, Kings hold off Avalanche 6-5 (AP)
Sean Avery came up with both the backbreaker and the heartbreaker. Avery scored a short-handed goal in the second period that keyed a four-goal rally and added the game-winner in the third period as the Los Angeles Kings held off the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 Tuesday night. "We just are all trying to get goals and win games," Avery said.
Amonte's two goals lead Flames to win (AP)
Andrew Ference dropped the gloves and Tony Amonte landed the knockout punch. Spurred on emotionally by Ference's early game fight with NHL penalty minute leader Matthew Barnaby, the Calgary Flames got two goals from Amonte on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night "That was an unbelievable fight.
Unbalanced schedule likely to remain (AP)
The NHL's unbalanced schedule is sticking around, at least for one more season. During a five-hour meeting Tuesday, the league's 30 general managers debated the pros and cons but couldn't come to a consensus on how the 82-game slate should be comprised. So, the likely plan is to keep things as they are through the 2007-08 season.
Numminen revitalized by Sabres' surge (AP)
Teppo Numminen leaned back into his locker as if easing into a plush chair, and the Buffalo Sabres defenseman appeared to not have a care in the world. The Sabres are off to the best start in franchise history and have set an NHL record by winning eight straight road games to start the season. And the 38-year-old Numminen is happily recalling his decision to continue his career.
No sophomore slump for Caps' Ovechkin (AP)
Alex Ovechkin is striving to make the Washington Capitals matter again, and he wants to do it quickly. "For a determined guy, he seems to be even more determined when it gets down to the nitty gritty," Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. "When this organization does make the playoffs, you're likely going to see someone who plays even greater hockey." The reigning rookie of the year is right on track,...
WWD: Dickies 500
Tony Stewart was flying (and climbing) high at Texas. Jeff Burton? Not so much.
Chances not great with two to go (AP)
Two to go, and we're 17 points out of the lead.
Crew member suspended for shoving Harvicks on pit road (AP)
Crew member Craig Curione was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on Tuesday for shoving Kevin Harvick on pit road at Texas Motor Speedway.
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.
Tracy may miss final Champ Car race of season (AFP)
Paul Tracy could miss the season-ending Champ Car race after breaking his shoulder in golf-cart accident during a drinking party with friends.
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)