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NEWS FROM 2006-11-11
Top-Ranked Gators open with easy victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061111/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_samford_florida"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061111/capt.95d45a8ff7fb4ea2a135ce518b614294.aptopix_samford_florida_basketball_flps101.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=xiHkzTU4JkNpypKTubzEoA--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="Florida's Joakim Noah (13) goes for two points as Samford's Jim Griffin (3) tries to block the shot in basketball play at Gainesville, Fla., Friday, Nov. 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Top-ranked Florida opened this season much like it finished the last one: running the floor, creating easy baskets and dominating another opponent. Once again, Joakim Noah was at the center of it all.</p><br clear="all"/>
Yankees trade Gary Sheffield to Tigers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061111/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_tigers_yankees_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061110/capt.c2d288224a594d09bfc75d772dae78ed.tigers_yankees_trade_baseball_ny165.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=NJsZw6B3BVeAedIgn.Qf5g--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Gary Sheffield watches his home run in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in this May 29, 2005 file photo at Yankee Stadium in New York. Sheffield was traded from the New York Yankees to the Detroit Tigers on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, for three pitching prospects. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gary Sheffield left New York with what he wanted: a $28 million contract extension through 2009 and a promise that he wouldn't be playing first base. Sheffield was traded from the Yankees to the Detroit Tigers on Friday for three pitching prospects in the first major trade of the offseason, a deal that brings him back to Tigers manager Jim Leyland and team president Dave Dombrowski.</p><br clear="all"/>
Famed coach Bill Walsh battling leukemia
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061111/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_walsh_cancer"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061110/capt.0ca9b8b2c069464dbd96253b86212644.walsh_cancer_football_ny166.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=q6ZB_xWsf0SOTzk4FDN3Ag--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh is hoisted on the shoulders of his team after they defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16 in Super Bowl XIX in this Jan. 20, 1985 file photo, at Stanford, Stadium, in Palo Alto, Calif. Walsh, a Hall of Fame football coach who guided the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowls, confirmed on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, that he has been fighting leukemia for several years. (AP Photo/File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Hall of Fame football coach Bill Walsh, who built an NFL dynasty with the San Francisco 49ers and revolutionized the sport with his West Coast offense, disclosed Friday that he has leukemia.</p><br clear="all"/>
Yao dominates Knicks in 103-94 victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061111/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_knicks_rockets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061111/capt.3fdfafc0c3ef4a59bd04a8885a6de517.knicks_rockets_basketball_htr107.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=Q9eiRVcSfsuY_BBqhEPHxw--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Houston Rockets' Yao Ming (11), of China, shoots over New York Knicks' Eddy Curry (34) during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Yao Ming scored 35 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and matched a career high with seven blocks to lead the Houston Rockets to a 103-94 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nylander powers Rangers past Thrashers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061111/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_rangers_thrashers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061111/capt.7962c9c0c0584574893a74bd9aee753c.rangers_thrashers_hockey_gags103.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=ZJ6EJ8gEY3_0MPd2W1fjbQ--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="New York Rangers' Brendan Shanahan, right, celebrates with teammates Matt Cullen (5) and Petr Prucha (25) of the Czech Republic, after Prucha scored during the second period against the Atlanta Thrashers, Friday, Nov. 10, 2006 during a NHL hockey game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Cullen had the assist on the play. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)" border="0" /></a>AP - For the New York Rangers, scoring first was the key. Michael Nylander scored two goals, including one 15 seconds into the game, and added an assist Friday night to power the New York Rangers to a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Eagles sign WR Brown to 5-year extension
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061111/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_eagles_brown"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061111/capt.3be5ea2ff30047cc9bc802b972aa5049.eagles_brown_nyol550.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=p1Oz.B4X.PmS9HK8evE45w--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Reggie Brown runs for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in this Nov. 6, 2005 file photo. The Eagles signed Brown to a five-year contract extension Friday that is reportedly worth up to $27 million and will keep him with the team through 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Reggie Brown's knack for making big plays earned him a bigger contract faster than expected. Brown signed a five-year extension Friday that would keep the second-year wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles through 2014. The deal, agreed upon late Thursday night, reportedly is worth up to $27 million and includes $10 million in guaranteed money.</p><br clear="all"/>
Heat rally to overcome Nets 113-106
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061111/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_heat_nets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061111/capt.c18885cd22f14e3fa96de8b3d4f86d5e.heat_nets_basketball_era102.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=.7asqfrvgIn2Qu7SlPq_JQ--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal, left, attempts to drive to the basket as he is guarded by New Jersey Nets' Jason Collins during first-quarter NBA basketball Friday night, Nov. 10, 2006, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - A new season has brought the same results for the Miami Heat when they play the New Jersey Nets. The script is familiar, too. Dwyane Wade scored 34 points, Udonis Haslem added a career-high 28 and Miami pulled away from the Nets in the fourth quarter Friday night for a 113-106 victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sheff trade starts Yanks' busy offseason
AP - The offseason began quickly for the Yankees on Friday with a trade that sent Gary Sheffield to Detroit. It won't be long before the team makes more moves.
Man U's Ferguson interested in Adu
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061110/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_man_united_adu"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061110/capt.e99d4ad80ca74e42a726e6c843700b83.man_united_adu_soccer_ny150.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=6FggkqmIv.j8G6Lz2dB3Fw--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="D.C. United midfielder Freddy Adu dribbles the ball during the second half against the Colorado Rapids in this Aug. 11, 2004 file photo, in Washington. Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has taken a renewed interest in 17-year-old American soccer star Freddy Adu. Adu's D.C. United club and the MLS have given him permission to practice for two weeks later this month with Man United. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has taken a renewed interest in 17-year-old American soccer star Freddy Adu.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vanek lifts Sabres over Panthers in OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061111/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_panthers_sabres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061111/capt.ecca0f9927614a4a8335393cea20b1fe.panthers_sabres_hockey_nydd508.jpg?x=130&y=129&sig=mrsQtCQPBSJZTtjbm6TpHw--" align="left" height="129" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres' Thomas Vanek (26), of Austria, celebrates his game- winning overtime goal with Sabres' Daniel Briere (48) and other Sabres at the end of the NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, Nov. 10, 2006. The Sabres won, 5-4.(AP Photo/David Duprey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Thomas Vanek wasn't about to let his teammates down a second time.</p><br clear="all"/>
Here's what you should expect to see in the second half of the season, including which two teams will meet in Miami for Super Bowl XLI.
Hall of Fame coach Walsh has leukemia (AP)
Hall of Fame football coach Bill Walsh, who built an NFL dynasty with the San Francisco 49ers and revolutionized the sport with his West Coast offense, disclosed Friday that he has leukemia. Stanford officials confirmed that Walsh, who served as the school's interim athletic director until July, has told friends and colleagues there that he has cancer.
Cowboys WR Glenn hurt, but hopes to play (AP)
Dallas Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn said he hopes to play Sunday at Arizona even though he apparently aggravated his injured right knee during practice Friday. Glenn, who had missed two days of practice because of irritation under his kneecap, appeared to re-injure himself reaching for a pass early in practice Friday.
Injured Seahawks practice sparingly (AP)
Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck ran on his injured knee while leading the scout team through 7-on-7 drills, one day after league MVP Shaun Alexander tested his broken left foot by running through cones and cutting on synthetic grass. But so far, it's all a tease. Coach Mike Holmgren doesn't expect to see his stars play until Nov.
Eagles WR Brown signs 5-year extension (AP)
Reggie Brown's knack for making big plays earned him a bigger contract faster than expected. Brown signed a five-year extension Friday that would keep the second-year wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles through 2014. The deal, agreed upon late Thursday night, reportedly is worth up to $27 million and includes $10 million in guaranteed money.
Mayor re-opens 49ers stadium talks (AP)
While Mayor Gavin Newsom attempted to resurrect talks with the 49ers' ownership over building a stadium, a state lawmaker said Friday that he would try to bar the team from using the name San Francisco if it leaves town. One day after team announced it was done negotiating with Newsom and was now committed "100 percent" to moving to Santa Clara, team owner John York reopened the door ever so...
Redskins WR Moss upgraded to probable (AP)
Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss practiced Friday and was upgraded from questionable to probable on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Moss missed last week's game with a strained left hamstring. He returned to practice Wednesday and gradually has increased his workload.
Urlacher sits again, but is optimistic (AP)
Brian Urlacher summed up the Chicago Bears' most pressing issue with a simple answer Thursday. "Toe's fine," he said nonchalantly. Urlacher's left big toe, sprained in a loss to Miami last week, has been the subject of speculation for three days. How bad is it, how much does it hurt and -- most importantly -- will it prevent him from playing Sunday night against the New York Giants?
Panthers' Carstens has lung blood clot (AP)
Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Jordan Carstens remained hospitalized Thursday as doctors treated a blood clot on his left lung. Carstens was sent to the hospital Wednesday after complaining of chest pain just before practice began. "Kudos to our medical people," Panthers coach John Fox said. "He had some chest pain and that's all we thought it was.
Subs key when hurting Giants face Bears (AP)
Adrian Awasom spent the first seven weeks of the season on New York's practice squad studying videotapes of opposing defensive linemen and mimicking their moves for Giants blockers. Now the Chicago Bears' offensive line will be blocking Awasom. In prime time. Awasom's was activated two weeks ago after injuries to All-Pro Osi Umenyiora (hip flexor) and Justin Tuck (foot) created a lack of depth at...
Who'll want Larry now?
With his reputation tainted more than ever, Larry Brown isn't the no-brainer hire he used to be.
Yao dominant as Rockets beat Knicks (AP)
Yao Ming scored 35 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and matched a career high with seven blocks to lead the Houston Rockets to a 103-94 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night. Yao hit 15 of 21 shots and also had a steal and two assists as the Rockets beat the Knicks for the fourth straight time.
Heat pull away late, beat Nets 113-106 (AP)
A new season has brought the same results for the Miami Heat when they play the New Jersey Nets. The script is familiar, too. Dwyane Wade scored 34 points, Udonis Haslem added a career-high 28 and Miami pulled away from the Nets in the fourth quarter Friday night for a 113-106 victory. The win made Miami 2-0 against New Jersey already this season, and it evoked comparisons to the Heat's final three...
Carmelo leads Nuggets to first victory (AP)
Carmelo Anthony hit a pair of jumpers late in the fourth to turn back a late Philadelphia rally, and was perfect down the stretch from the free-throw line. The clutch play was enough to give this tight one to Denver and knock out the big zero in the win column. Anthony scored 31 points, Andre Miller added 18 and Marcus Camby had 10 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Denver Nuggets to their first...
Comcast says it will not sell 76ers (AP)
The 76ers are not for sale. Comcast-Spectacor said Friday that it has decided to retain control of the NBA team after evaluating a possible sale or new partnership. "Over the last summer, we were presented a variety of proposals involving the purchase of some or all of our interests in the team," Sixers chairman Ed Snider said.
Arenas rallies Wizards to defeat Bucks (AP)
Caron Butler's air ball went straight to Antawn Jamison, who caught the ball and made the simple layup. On the next possession, Butler released the ball in the crowded lane. It was deflected by a defender, and -- again -- went right to Jamison for -- yep -- another easy layup. The two fortuitous baskets -- or savvy plays, if you believe Butler's revisionist account -- gave the Washington Wizards the...
Hawks off to best start since 1999 (AP)
Joe Johnson has the Atlanta Hawks playing their best basketball in more than seven years. Johnson scored a season-high 34 points and Josh Smith had a career-best 29 to lead the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks to a 111-102 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Atlanta (4-1) moved three games over .500 for the first time in 7 1/2 years.
Harrington's 32 lift Pacers over Magic (AP)
Indiana fans finally saw what they've been expecting from Al Harrington. Sure, they remembered his six-year stay with the Pacers, but they were waiting for even more after he matured in two seasons in Atlanta. The Pacers picked him up him this summer after much haggling, but he averaged just nine points in his first two home games.
Pacers' O'Neal may want back on Team USA (AP)
Indiana forward Jermaine O'Neal is re-thinking Team USA. After declining tryout invitations because of a groin injury last season, O'Neal said he planned to talk to Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo sometime this year. "I'm going to reach out to him because he reached out to me a couple of times last year, but it just wasn't the best feeling in my body," O'Neal said.
Williams, Boozer lead Jazz over Celtics (AP)
Playing well in November is nothing new to the Utah Jazz. This time, they are hoping to sustain their success. Deron Williams had 26 points and 14 assists, Carlos Boozer added 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Jazz beat the Boston Celtics 107-100 to become the first team in the NBA with five wins. Mehmet Okur added 23 points for the Jazz, who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Celtics.
Another shutout for Hasek, Wings roll (AP)
You know Dominik Hasek is feeling like his old self when he ranges out of the net to play the puck even when it's not the most prudent thing to do. He did exactly that and stopped 21 shots to record his second consecutive shutout and lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.
Vanek lifts short-handed Sabres in OT (AP)
Thomas Vanek wasn't about to let his teammates down a second time. After failing on a penalty shot in the second period, Vanek stormed back to score two goals, including the winner 19 seconds into overtime, and the Buffalo Sabres erased another two-goal deficit to win 5-4 over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.
Senators end five-game skid, top Pens (AP)
The Ottawa Senators probably guessed their longest losing streak in 10 years couldn't last. Not with the Pittsburgh Penguins next up on their schedule. Dany Heatley scored Ottawa's first and last goals and Jason Spezza added a goal and two assists, leading the Senators to a 6-3 victory over the Penguins on Friday night that ended the franchise's longest losing streak in 10 years.
Blackhawks halt eight-game losing streak (AP)
Radim Vrbata scored two power-play goals in the first period and the Chicago Blackhawks ended an eight-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. Sebastien Caron stopped 24 shots in his debut in goal for Chicago. The Blackhawks signed him as a free agent on Aug. 8. Chicago's Bryan Smolinksi scored a power-play goal into an empty net with 13 seconds left in the third...
Rangers start quick, top Thrashers 5-2 (AP)
For the New York Rangers, scoring first was the key. Michael Nylander scored two goals, including one 15 seconds into the game, and added an assist Friday night to power the New York Rangers to a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers. Jaromir Jagr had three assists and Matt Cullen added two more for the Rangers, who won for the fourth time in five games and ended Atlanta's four-game winning streak.
Smyth helps Oilers past Blue Jackets (AP)
Ryan Smyth said the Oilers played their best game from start to finish in a long time. It was an effort sorely needed. Smyth scored twice to help the Edmonton Oilers snap a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. "We played pretty sound hockey," said Smyth, who has 12 goals in 20 games against Columbus.
Ducks break record, rout Canucks 6-0 (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks aren't impressed by their start. Finishing well is the important thing. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 20 saves as Anaheim beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-0 Thursday night and remained unbeaten in regulation for an NHL-record 16th game. "Nobody expected this kind of a start, this is pretty amazing, but we have bigger goals than this.
Coyotes captain Doan out 2-3 weeks (AP)
Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan doesn't need surgery but will be sidelined up to three weeks with a lingering back injury, team officials said Friday. Doan was examined in Los Angeles by Dr. Robert Watkins, a noted spine surgeon, who said the injury would not require an operation. Watkins has consulted other pro athletes including Mario Lemieux, Troy Aikman, Randy Johnson and Wayne Gretzky, who...
Ward, Cole power Hurricanes by Capitals (AP)
First, Cam Ward won the Conn Smythe Trophy. Then, he posted his first regular-season shutout. Carolina's star goalie seemingly is reaching his career goals in reverse order, and Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette doesn't seem to mind. Ward stopped 20 shots and Erik Cole scored three goals to lead the Hurricanes to a 5-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
Nothing going right for NHL-worst Flyers (AP)
Peter Forsberg really is sick of losing. The Flyers captain and former NHL MVP skipped practice with the flu and might miss Saturday's game against Buffalo, leaving Philadelphia without its best player against one of the Eastern Conference's top teams. Even with a sniffle-free Forsberg in the lineup, the Flyers have been the worst team in the league this season.
Benson rallies to win NCTS Casino Arizona 150 (SportsTicker)
Benson scores fifth win, Bodine holds points lead (AP)
Johnny Benson spun on the first lap Friday night, then came from the back of the field to win the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Gordon wins pole for NASCAR Auto Parts 500 (SportsTicker)
Honeymoon continues for Gordon (AP)
The honeymoon in the desert continued for Jeff Gordon, who won the pole Friday at Phoenix International Raceway.
Roush shakes up crews after lackluster season (AP)
Jack Roush always knew he'd have a hard time repeating the success of last season, when he placed all five of his cars in the Chase for the championship.
Hornish prepares for NASCAR debut in Phoenix Busch Series race (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Montoya, Hornish solidify view that NASCAR is the place to be (AP)
The last time Sam Hornish Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya were on the track together was six years ago in the Indianapolis 500.
Police review handling of NASCAR chairman's crash into tree in parking lot in Florida (AP)
Police were investigating whether NASCAR's chairman got special treatment from authorities after crashing his car into a tree in a parking lot this week. A police report said Brian France, 44, told an officer later called to his home that he was drinking a soda and "bumped into something" after entering the restaurant parking lot.