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NEWS FROM 2006-11-13
Bears win NFC showdown 38-20 over Giants
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061113/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_bears_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061113/capt.6d9a4e2bb2934d51972f984266015709.bears_giants_football_eru103.jpg?x=110&y=130&sig=olIAZPa5e2zpwsJ7PUsPHw--" align="left" height="130" width="110" alt="Chicago Bears' Devin Hester celebrates after scoring 108-yard touchdown as New York Giants' Visanthe Shiancoe, right, and Bears' Israel Idonije (71) look on during fourth quarter NFL football Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Bears won 38-20. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Standing eight yards deep in the end zone with the ball, Devin Hester couldn't believe his eyes — the New York Giants were actually walking off the field. He had just gathered in Jay Feely's field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter, a kick that fell short. But the Chicago Bears' return specialist wasn't going to go sprinting off just yet.</p><br clear="all"/>
Colts top Bills 17-16 to improve to 9-0
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061112/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_bills_colts"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061112/capt.d651a98c123a41fc9de914920359158c.bills_colts_football_nad103.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=.wu.iGmWDg47KT1pe9wFoQ--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter of a NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Darron Cummmings)" border="0" /></a>AP - Just call him Patient Peyton. With Buffalo content to slow down the Indianapolis Colts up-tempo offense, a restrained Manning relied on short throws, an effective ground game and a time-consuming final drive to lead the Indianapolis Colts past Buffalo 17-16 on Sunday — and into the NFL record book. Indy is the first team ever to have consecutive 9-0 records.</p><br clear="all"/>
Arkansas, Rutgers climb up AP Top 25
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061112/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_college_fb_poll"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061110/capt.0c0701133063445b982879fe7887efd8.rutgers_scene_football_njmd114.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=92n.WKDUw8gWhg.DGGTg0A--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano talks about his team's Thursday night victory over No. 3 Louisville, during a news conference in Piscataway, N.J., Friday, Nov. 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Mike Derer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Arkansas and Rutgers are on the rise. Florida and Southern California are practically even. And Ohio State and Michigan haven't budged from the top of The Associated Press Top 25. After a wild week in which four top-10 teams lost, including three of the top five, the rankings had a major shake-up Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jets hang on to shock Patriots 17-14
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061112/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_jets_patriots"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061112/capt.4ed93e7f297c41ce8cfcbcd3b9ebf494.jets_patriots_football_mawt102.jpg?x=113&y=130&sig=beeGogjBFqQSy4KCjwD_0Q--" align="left" height="130" width="113" alt="New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington celebrates a second-quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots in a NFL game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bill Belichick exchanged another cold handshake with Eric Mangini in the middle of the muddy field. The Patriots coach certainly had no reason to embrace the protege who angered him by leaving for the New York Jets. After all, the Jets had just won 17-14 on a rainy Sunday, tightening the AFC East race that once loomed as a runaway for New England.</p><br clear="all"/>
Yao outplays Shaq as Rockets cool Heat
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061113/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_rockets_heat"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061113/capt.c501476df5e944a98fd194c2eaf24998.rockets_heat_basketball_aaa103.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=N4AqWCmChdn4DaxGh4Ipgw--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, of China, comes down with a rebound between Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal, left, and Gary Payton during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)" border="0" /></a>AP - Shaquille O'Neal was dominated, but he wasn't impressed. Yao Ming won his matchup with O'Neal, finishing with 34 points and 14 rebounds Sunday night to lead the Houston Rockets to their fourth straight victory, 94-72 over the Miami Heat.</p><br clear="all"/>
Giants' LT Petitgout breaks leg
AP - Giants left tackle Luke Petitgout broke his left leg Sunday night in the first quarter of New York's game with Chicago.
Dirk helps Mavs hold off Blazers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061113/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_mavericks_trail_blazers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061113/capt.11e4ba3f3c0d4630961efbca38a82d5f.mavericks_trail_blazers_basketball_pda102.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=cMtloDKiL4XMoAYJ2Vof5Q--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, from Germany, scores on a breakaway during first half NBA basketball action against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Mavericks think they are on their way to righting a poor start. Dallas opened with four straight losses but has won its last two, including a 103-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night. Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Jason Terry had 24 points to lead the Mavericks, who are now headed home after a three-game road trip.</p><br clear="all"/>
Yankees trade Wright to Orioles
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061113/sp_nm/baseball_wright_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061113/2006_11_12t203626_450x352_us_baseball_wright.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=pIP6uOgItHgABbZzmJToCg--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="New York Yankees pitcher Jaret Wright (C) waits on the mound to be relieved in the third inning with teammates Jorge Posada (L), Derek Jeter (2nd L), and Robinson Cano, during Game 4 of their American League Division Series playoff baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Michigan October 7, 2006. Wright was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. (Mike Cassese/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The New York Yankees traded veteran
righthander Jaret Wright to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday for
rookie reliever Chris Britton.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dynamo beat Revolution for MLS Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061113/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mls_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061113/capt.39a7111b64884cfea3185835cc5fd4ac.mls_cup_revolution_dynamo_soccer_txms110.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=WPAa7gfs8WZNwujzv7N6Gg--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching second from right, celebrates after scoring the game-tying goal in overtime of the MLS Cup soccer game, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, in Frisco, Texas. Houston defeated the New England Revolution, 4-3, on penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - Just when the New England Revolution seemed mere minutes from finally winning an MLS Cup, Houston's Brian Ching brought the party to an abrupt halt.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks bounce back with 3-2 win over Wild
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061113/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_wild_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061113/capt.46168935e7ab41639e933aa695d4ed08.wild_ducks_hockey_cajl104.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=G4YlzzfUWHLe_OL1BWbT2g--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks' Corey Perry celebrates after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Ducks quickly resumed their early season point spree. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 24 saves and Anaheim bounced back from its first regulation loss of the season to hold off the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Shootout in Cincy
There are a number of observations worth talking about after that high-scoring affair between the Chargers and Bengals.
Hester's return helps Bears stun Giants (AP)
Standing eight yards deep in the end zone with the ball, Devin Hester couldn't believe his eyes -- the New York Giants were actually walking off the field. He had just gathered in Jay Feely's field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter, a kick that fell short. But the Chicago Bears' return specialist wasn't going to go sprinting off just yet.
Chargers roar back, beat Bengals 49-41 (AP)
With one wobbly pass, Philip Rivers completed one of the San Diego Chargers' greatest comebacks -- the kind that defines a young quarterback. And, maybe, a season as well. Rivers' shovel pass under pressure finished a 42-point second half by the Chargers on Sunday, setting up a 49-41 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that left everyone at a loss for words.
Colts top Bills 17-16 to stay unbeaten (AP)
Just call him Patient Peyton. With Buffalo content to slow down the Indianapolis Colts up-tempo offense, a restrained Manning relied on short throws, an effective ground game and a time-consuming final drive to lead the Indianapolis Colts past Buffalo 17-16 on Sunday -- and into the NFL record book. Indy is the first team ever to have consecutive 9-0 records.
McNair leads Ravens past Titans 27-26 (AP)
This is exactly why the Baltimore Ravens wanted Steve McNair. The veteran threw his third touchdown of the game against his former team with 3:35 left Sunday, helping the Ravens rally from a big deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans 27-26 for their best start. The Ravens are 7-2 for the first time after trailing by 19 points -- the biggest comeback in team history.
Seahawks' Brown beats Rams again, 24-22 (AP)
The thrilling has seemingly gotten so routine for Josh Brown, he barely reacts to it now. But his Seahawks? They love it -- and Brown. Once again, they jubilantly mobbed each other after their absurdly cool kicker calmly made a 38-yard field goal with 9 seconds left as Seattle beat St. Louis 24-22 on Sunday and seize control of the NFC West.
Parker powers Steelers past Saints 38-31 (AP)
Joey Porter yelled, pointed fingers and singled out teammates for playing poorly. Aaron Smith was in tears. Finally, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed some anger and frustration. Maybe doing so before a game, rather than afterward, made the difference to a team that's convinced its season still isn't over despite a record that suggests otherwise.
Pennington powers Jets past Pats 17-14 (AP)
Bill Belichick exchanged another cold handshake with Eric Mangini in the middle of the muddy field. The Patriots coach certainly had no reason to embrace the protege who angered him by leaving for the New York Jets. After all, the Jets had just won 17-14 on a rainy Sunday, tightening the AFC East race that once loomed as a runaway for New England.
Suspension ends for Titans' Haynesworth (AP)
Albert Haynesworth has served his time for swiping his cleated foot across Dallas center Andre Gurode's unprotected face. Now the Tennessee Titans must decide how well he took care of himself during his unprecedented suspension. Haynesworth was eligible to return to the Titans on Monday morning, and his agent said the lineman planned on reporting for work.
Romo leads Cowboys past Cardinals 27-10 (AP)
Tony Romo didn't need Terry Glenn to have a big day -- not against the crumbling Arizona Cardinals. Romo threw for 308 yards -- the most of his young career as a starter -- and two touchdowns, including a 51-yarder to Terrell Owens, and the Dallas Cowboys dominated Arizona 27-10 on Sunday. The Cowboys (5-4) showed no signs of a hangover from their heartbreaking loss to Washington the previous week...
With G.M. Jeff Bower's vision and Chris Paul's leadership, the Hornets may make the jump to the playoffs.
Yao bests Shaq, Rockets rout Heat 94-72 (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal was dominated, but he wasn't impressed. Yao Ming won his matchup with O'Neal, finishing with 34 points and 14 rebounds Sunday night to lead the Houston Rockets to their fourth straight victory, 94-72 over the Miami Heat. "He's pretty much the same, just big, 7-6," O'Neal said. "He's just doing what he's supposed to do." Yao scored 20 points in the second half, when Houston outscored...
Carter powers Nets past Wizards in OT (AP)
Finally, an NBA star who likes the league's basketballs: Vince Carter, who figures his buzzer-beater got a funny roll thanks to the new rock. Carter's 34 points included an odd-looking 3-pointer to force overtime, and Jason Kidd's 77th career triple-double included 18 assists Sunday night, leading the New Jersey Nets to a 105-93 victory over the Washington Wizards.
Brand helps Clippers rip Hornets 92-76 (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers' stifling defense made it another ugly visit to Staples Center for the New Orleans Hornets. Elton Brand had 22 points and 10 rebounds and five other players scored in double figures for the Clippers, who forced the Hornets into 26 turnovers in Sunday's 92-76 victory. New Orleans has dropped five straight to the Clippers in Los Angeles -- including a humiliating 89-67 defeat...
Kobe, Odom spark Lakers by Grizzlies (AP)
Kobe Bryant bringing the ball upcourt and Lamar Odom working inside and outside proved an unbeatable combination for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant scored 21 points and Odom had 20 points and 16 rebounds in a 91-81 victory over the hapless Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night in Phil Jackson's 500th game as Lakers' coach.
Mavericks hold off short-handed Blazers (AP)
The Mavericks think they are on their way to righting a poor start. Dallas opened with four straight losses but has won its last two, including a 103-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night. Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Jason Terry had 24 points to lead the Mavericks, who are now headed home after a three-game road trip.
Kings extend home domination of Raptors (AP)
Ron Artest and Mike Bibby are finding their shooting touch and the Kings' rebounding by committee is working about as well as they could have hoped. And Kevin Martin? The kid keeps putting up big numbers. Martin had 26 points, six rebounds and made all eight of his free throws, and Sacramento extended its home winning streak against Toronto to nine games with a 107-92 victory Sunday night.
Nuggets defeat mistake-prone Bobcats (AP)
Denver coach George Karl wasn't sure if his team played great defense or just took advantage of Charlotte's gifts. Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points and the Nuggets forced the Bobcats into a franchise-worst 29 turnovers in a 108-101 victory over Charlotte on Sunday. "I hope we forced some of them," Karl said.
Cavs rally from 19 down, top Celtics (AP)
The lopsided difference on the scoreboard indicated the game was probably over. LeBron James wasn't convinced. James scored 38 points -- 25 in the second half -- and led the Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 19-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a wild 94-93 win over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.
Redd has Bucks-record 57 in loss to Jazz (AP)
The best night in Milwaukee Bucks franchise history was not enough for a win. Michael Redd scored 57 points to break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's franchise record, but Matt Harpring made a layup with 1.8 seconds left to give the Utah Jazz a 113-111 victory over the Bucks on Saturday night. "I will probably just go home and thank God," Redd said.
Ducks rebound from loss, top Wild 3-2 (AP)
The Ducks quickly resumed their early season point spree. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 24 saves and Anaheim bounced back from its first regulation loss of the season to hold off the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Sunday night. The Ducks' season-opening run of 16 games without a loss in regulation ended in a 3-0 loss to the Flames in Calgary on Friday night.
Rucinsky lifts Blues over Oilers 5-3 (AP)
The St. Louis Blues found themselves in unfamiliar territory Sunday afternoon - with a lead. But thanks to Lee Stempniak and Martin Rucinsky, things turned out OK. Stempniak gave the Blues some insurance when he scored early in the third period. Rucinsky, who scored twice on the day, then closed the door with an empty net goal with 4 seconds left as the Blues snapped a three-game losing skid by...
Boucher, Blackhawks blank Blue Jackets (AP)
Brian Boucher had to be perfect to get his first win for Chicago. Boucher stopped 28 shots for his 13th NHL shutout and first victory with the Blackhawks, a 1-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night. "It's a huge sense of relief, but it wasn't getting to my head," said Boucher, 1-7-1 this season.
Briere gives Sabres third OT win in row (AP)
Daniel Briere wiped out Philadelphia's lead in regulation, and his quick goal never gave the Flyers a chance in overtime. No matter if it's a blowout or a tight one, postseason or regular season, Buffalo sure has a knack for sticking it to the Flyers. Briere scored on a slap shot 21 seconds into overtime to lift the Sabres to a 5-4 win over the last-place Flyers on Saturday night.
Predators' Mason beats Avalanche 1-0 (AP)
The Nashville Predators got another one-goal victory. Chris Mason made a career-high 42 saves and Scottie Upshall scored his second goal of the season to lead the Predators to a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Mason, Nashville's backup goalie, improved to 3-1-0 with his fourth career shutout and his first since April 11 at St.
Cole helps 'Canes beat Orpik, Penguins (AP)
Nobody could've blamed Erik Cole if he had sought revenge against the player who broke his neck and nearly ended his career. Instead, the Carolina Hurricanes' forward settled for another lopsided victory against Brooks Orpik and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Cole assisted on Carolina's first two goals, and the Hurricanes went on to a 6-2 victory over the Penguins on Saturday night.
Capitals end Rangers' road win streak (AP)
After a humbling loss in their last game, the Washington Capitals were looking for an early emotional lift. Boyd Gordon ended a 71-game goal-scoring drought, Alex Ovechkin scored his team-high 11th goal and the Capitals beat the Rangers 3-1 Saturday night. "It's been a while," said Gordon, who scored for the first time since Oct.
Power play carries Devils past Panthers (AP)
Martin Rucinsky scored twice as the St. Louis Blues snapped a three-game losing skid by beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 Sunday afternoon. Bryce Salvador, Martin Rucinsky and Jay McClement also scored for St. Louis, which won for the second time in its last eight games. Back-up goalie Curtis Sanford made 31 saves for the Blues.
Lecavalier, St. Louis lift Tampa to win (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning carried the momentum of a successful road trip into a home-ice victory. Vincent Lecavalier scored a goal and Martin St. Louis had two assists to extend their points streaks to 11 games, helping the Lightning beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-3 on Saturday night. Ryan Craig, Dan Boyle, Brad Richards and Nikita Alexeev also scored for the Lightning, who returned home after a 3-0-1...
McCabe leads Maple Leafs past Canadiens (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs extended their winning streak without their top player and No. 1 goalie. Bryan McCabe scored two power-play goals and assisted on another to help the Maple Leafs win their season-high fourth straight game, 5-1 over the rival Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Tomas Kaberle, Matt Stajan and Nik Antropov also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won their last two games...
Marbles: Welcome wagon
Johnson inches closer to NASCAR title at Phoenix (SportsTicker)
AVONDALE, Arizona (Ticker) - Jimmie Johnson has been here before - in a position to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup series championship only to lose it in bitter disappointment in the season finale.
Kenseth all but concedes Nextel Cup to Johnson (AP)
Matt Kenseth is second in the Nextel Cup standings, trailing Jimmie Johnson by 63 points heading into the season finale at Homestead.
Harvick wins in Phoenix, Johnson closes in on first title (AP)
The Nextel Cup title is Jimmie Johnson's to lose.
Montoya eyes Cup race at Homestead (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya will make his Nextel Cup debut next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway if his NASCAR team can work out the logistics.
Kenseth holds off Harvick for Busch Series Arizona Travel 200 (SportsTicker)
Kenseth holds off Harvick for Busch win; Hornish 36th in debut (AP)
Matt Kenseth used a terrific final restart Saturday to hold off Kevin Harvick at Phoenix International Raceway, spoiling Harvick's bid to break Sam Ard's record of Busch Series wins in a 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.