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NEWS FROM 2006-11-14
Panthers, Smith get well against Bucs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061114/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_buccaneers_panthers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061114/capt.120b1ca0cedd40e294af787d9d9ea307.buccaneers_panthers_football_nccb109.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=rGmIQKnbXK6VwBEtBf2Fug--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Will Allen (26) garbs the face mask of Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) during the third quarter of the Panthers' 24-10 win in an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 13, 2006. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - After a 15-day layover to stew about their fourth-quarter meltdown against Dallas, the Carolina Panthers came out so flat on offense that the crowd booed them off the field at halftime. Steve Smith was feeling sick, Keyshawn Johnson fumbled, Jake Delhomme threw an interception and punter Jason Baker was awfully busy the rest of the time. In the second half, the bumbling Tampa Bay Buccaneers bailed them out.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vermont gets another big win, over BC
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061114/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_vermont_boston_college"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061114/capt.f9151eafedbc4d2e853c0fc64e801381.vermont_boston_college_basketball_mawt106.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=uBK7RmqqI4W64dYOUdS0Iw--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Vermont's Mike Trimboli celebrates during the second half of their 77-63 win over Boston College in a college basketball game at Conte Forum in Boston Monday, Nov. 13, 2006. Trimboli lead Vermont with 17 points. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Vermont basketball program already has its signature moment: a victory over No. 11 Syracuse in the 2005 NCAA tournament that was the school's first-ever win over a ranked team.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabres beat Carolina in playoff rematch
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061114/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sabres_hurricanes"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061114/capt.c98af0dc51264da89919edebf91765fa.sabres_hurricanes_hockey_nckd101.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=yfluOvOdZFQ3aHxCl6IC5w--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres' Paul Gaustad (28) battles with Carolina Hurricanes' Chad LaRose (59) in front of Carolina goalie Cam Ward during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Buffalo Sabres are really enjoying this joyride. The Sabres improved to a record 10-0 on the road, getting a go-ahead goal from Adam Mair in the third period to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 7-4 Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
James & Jones lead Cavs over Knicks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061114/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cavaliers_knicks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061114/capt.1b46988ac4ac4b149eac9a55784eab7c.cavaliers_knicks_basketball_nyma103.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=uH4jmflKz_xZtPsWGsXOJA--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives past New York Knicks' Quentin Richardson during the second quarter of NBA basketball action Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)" border="0" /></a>AP - LeBron James took over down the stretch, just as he always does. Damon Jones did all the hard work until he was ready.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ramirez, Verlander named top rookies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061114/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_rookies_of_the_year"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061113/capt.c52483d958a24ebd95c78602c5dbe1d7.aptopix_dominican_republic_rookies_of_the_year_sdo103.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=ucomu1UjIC7dhCLzTuyHLQ--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Dominican shortstop Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins kisses his son Hanley Jr. during the celebration after winning the NL Rookie of the Year, at his parents' home in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, Nov. 13, 2006. Ramirez won a tight race, beating out Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman by only four points. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Right after Hanley Ramirez heard he was the NL Rookie of the Year, he started getting congratulatory calls from his Florida Marlins teammates.</p><br clear="all"/>
L.T., Chargers ready showdown in Denver
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061114/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_chargers_win"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061112/capt.42356419be504923b0555569c8c17667.chargers_bengals_football_pbs108.jpg?x=113&y=130&sig=Fl7Ug9SAHT5WOYIXM.fTGw--" align="left" height="130" width="113" alt="San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson (21) breaks a tackle by Cincinnati Bengals safety Madieu Williams, left, on his way to a two-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, in Cincinnati. Tomlinson rushed for four touchdowns and 104 yards in the Chargers 49-41 win. (AP Photo/David Kohl)" border="0" /></a>AP - Perhaps influenced by their coach, LaDainian Tomlinson and the San Diego Chargers quickly snapped out of their cartoonish feeling on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
LeBron, Damon Jones lead Cavs past Knicks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061114/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bc_bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061114/capt.ebeefdf0b6e74e71808c1f1b317b7399.cavaliers_knicks_basketball_nyma114.jpg?x=74&y=130&sig=3mOnATg_f4PzHxezubIQfA--" align="left" height="130" width="74" alt="New York Knicks' Stephon Marbury, (3) and Steve Francis, left, try to block Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James as he goes to the basket during the third quarter of NBA basketball action Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Cavaliers defeated the Knicks 102-96. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)" border="0" /></a>AP - LeBron James' teammates know they will never be stars as long as they are in Cleveland.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lions to announce Matsuzaka move on Wednesday
Reuters - Japan's Seibu Lions are set to reveal on
Wednesday which Major League Baseball (MLB) team have won the
right to negotiate with pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Injuries to stars concern club coaches
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061113/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061113/capt.25eda82698814de99956366a53798c38.britain_england_soccer_lth113.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=wzpOFykATomJbNDID5QMpA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="England's Wayne Rooney, center, runs during a training session at London Colney, England, Monday Nov. 13, 2006. England will play The Netherlands in Amsterdam Wednesday Nov. 15, 2006. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ask Manchester United fans if they'd be happy for England to beat the Netherlands on Wednesday if it meant Wayne Rooney leaving the game with a broken leg. See if Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello would celebrate an Italian victory over Turkey if Fabio Cannavaro came back with damaged knee ligaments.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabres win again on the road
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061114/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061114/capt.a2a017e322284adfa5e8bb5711ee0778.sabres_hurricanes_hockey_nckd107.jpg?x=130&y=66&sig=DLwpR0d7wDoEldItuKl7SQ--" align="left" height="66" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres' Derek Roy (9) pokes the puck away from Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Belanger (25) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, in Raleigh, N.C. The Sabres won 7-4. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)" border="0" /></a>AP - The bad news for the Buffalo Sabres is that six of their next nine games are at home.</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.
Second-half surge lifts Panthers by Bucs (AP)
After a 15-day layover to stew about their fourth-quarter meltdown against Dallas, the Carolina Panthers came out so flat on offense that the crowd booed them off the field at halftime. Steve Smith was feeling sick, Keyshawn Johnson fumbled, Jake Delhomme threw an interception and punter Jason Baker was awfully busy the rest of the time.
Skins bench Brunell, Campbell to start (AP)
Jason Campbell will make his NFL debut Sunday for the Washington Redskins, replacing Mark Brunell for a 3-6 team apparently heading nowhere and in need of a plan for the future. Coach Joe Gibbs announced Monday that Campbell, who has been an inactive third quarterback for all 25 games of his pro career, will start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Alexander, Hasselbeck may return Sunday (AP)
Shaun Alexander's doctors have reversed field. So now the league MVP can begin to prove that he can be the same again. Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will be right behind him. Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said Monday that both of his injured stars may play Sunday at San Francisco, pending tests in practice this week.
Redskins RB Portis out 3-4 weeks (AP)
Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis had surgery Monday on a broken bone in his right hand and is expected to be sidelined three to four weeks. Portis had three screws inserts into the ring finger bone, which was broken late in the first quarter of Sunday's 27-3 loss to Philadelphia. He'll wear a cast for a week to help control swelling, then some kind of splint during the rest of his...
Chiefs' Gonzalez out at least one week (AP)
Tight end Tony Gonzalez is the latest Kansas City Chiefs all-star sidelined. The seven-time Pro Bowler sprained his left shoulder in the closing minutes of Sunday's 13-10 loss at Miami. More will be known with test results on Tuesday, but he will definitely miss Sunday's game against Oakland. Injuries to key starters are mounting for Kansas City (5-4).
Raiders' Shell mulls switching QBs again (AP)
Art Shell took issue with quarterback Andrew Walter's criticisms of the Oakland Raiders' struggling offense and appears ready to make a switch back to Aaron Brooks. Walter took shots at coordinator Tom Walsh's offense after Sunday's 17-13 loss to Denver, saying there is not enough "depth" in the playbook, the offense was too predictable, and that the team needed to utilize more quick-developing...
Hester's 108-yd return has Bears buzzing (AP)
Rewind the tape and watch it again and it's still a head-shaking play: Devin Hester surveys the field like a good scout, hesitates momentarily, takes a couple of steps forward and then sprints out of the end zone. Racing downfield against lumbering defenders, he gets blocks from Alfonso Boone, Charles Tillman and Hunter Hillenmeyer to clear his path.
Falcons DE Kerney out for season (AP)
Patrick Kerney has been the ironman of the Atlanta Falcons defense, starting 105 games in a row. The streak is over. Kerney, a Pro Bowl defensive end in 2004 who leads the team with five sacks, was lost for the season after tearing his right pectoral muscle in a loss to the Cleveland Browns. The Falcons announced Monday night that Kerney will need surgery.
Cowboys LB Ellis out for season (AP)
With Cowboys linebacker Greg Ellis out for the rest of the season after he tore his left Achilles' tendon in a 27-10 victory over Arizona, Dallas rookie Bobby Carpenter probably faces the biggest challenge. Ellis is expected to have surgery Tuesday. All season, Dallas has been able to live with top pick Carpenter being merely a bit player because of how well Ellis handled his conversion to...
Pacers G Jackson pleads not guilty (AP)
Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge that he violated his probation last month when he was accused of firing a gun outside a strip club in Indiana. Jackson could face up to three months in jail if found guilty of violating terms of his probation, which he is serving for his role in the 2004 brawl between Pacers players and fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Ridnour scores 32, Sonics hold off Nets (AP)
Luke Ridnour had the high pick-and-roll working to perfection and there was nothing the New Jersey Nets could do to stop him. Ridnour scored a career-high 32 points and Seattle opened a 28-point, first-half lead and then held off a late New Jersey Nets rally in posting a 119-113 victory on Monday night, giving the road-weary SuperSonics their third straight win.
Cavs win third straight, beat Knicks (AP)
LeBron James took over down the stretch, just as he always does. Damon Jones did all the hard work until he was ready. James and Jones took turns carrying Cleveland and scored 29 points apiece, leading the Cavaliers over the New York Knicks 102-96 Monday night for their third straight victory. Jones kept Cleveland in the game in the first half with 24 points, and made seven 3-pointers in what was...
Magic blow big lead but beat Celtics (AP)
Orlando Magic coach Brian Hill didn't panic when his young team found itself trailing for the first time in the game late in the fourth quarter. Instead of calling a timeout, he let the Magic play through their struggles. Hill's confidence was rewarded when Grant Hill scored two of his 18 points on a go-ahead layup with 1:30 remaining to lift the Magic to a 92-89 win over the Boston Celtics on...
Hornets F West out at least two games (AP)
New Orleans Hornets starting forward David West will miss at least two games with a strained right forearm. Hornets spokesman Scott Hall said Monday that West will miss the team's home game in Oklahoma City on Tuesday against the Charlotte Bobcats and Wednesday night's game at Detroit. West injured the forearm during the Hornets' loss at Portland on Friday.
Timberwolves release F Vin Baker (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves released former All-Star forward Vin Baker on Monday. The 14-year veteran, whose career was derailed by alcoholism and depression, did not play in any of Minnesota's first six games. The 6-foot-11 forward made the team after signing a non-guaranteed contract in training camp.
Rockets F Hayes to miss up to two weeks (AP)
Houston Rockets forward Chuck Hayes is expected to miss up to two weeks after injuring his left knee in a collision with Shaquille O'Neal. The 6-foot-6 Hayes started six of Houston's first seven games and is second on the Rockets with 6.6 rebounds per game. The Rockets said Hayes bruised and hyperextended his knee when he collided with O'Neal in the third quarter of Houston's 94-72 win over Miami...
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...
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.
Blue Jackets fire coach Gallant (AP)
Gerard Gallant was fired as the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, less than 24 hours after the team dropped into last place in its division. No replacement for Gallant was named. Columbus next plays at home Wednesday night against Nashville. The 43-year-old Gallant had a record of 56-76-10 in one full season and parts of two others as the head coach of the Blue Jackets.
Sabres defeat 'Canes, now 10-0 on road (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres are really enjoying this joyride. The Sabres improved to a record 10-0 on the road, getting a go-ahead goal from Adam Mair in the third period to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 7-4 Monday night. Buffalo extended its NHL mark for most consecutive road wins at the start of a season. "We pride ourselves in playing well on the road," Mair said.
Malkin helps Pens end skid, top Flyers (AP)
It will be a long time before getting goals from their youngest players will get old for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal scored in the second period and Evgeni Malkin had the winner with 2:03 to play to lift the Penguins, who snapped a five-game skid with a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia on Monday night that extended the Flyers' losing streak to six.
Latendresse lifts Canadiens by Senators (AP)
Guillaume Latendresse is doing his part to fill the huge void in the Montreal Canadiens' lineup created by Christopher Higgins' recent ankle injury. Latendresse scored power-play goals 31 seconds apart in the third period and Montreal held on for a 6-3 victory over the struggling Ottawa Senators on Monday night.
Roy, Brooks enter Hockey Hall of Fame (AP)
Patrick Roy, the NHL's winningest goaltender, and Herb Brooks, coach of the "Miracle on Ice" team that won gold at the 1980 Olympics, were inducted Monday into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Original Six forward Dick Duff and Calgary Flames part-owner Harley Hotchkiss also were inducted. Brooks, who died in a car accident in 2003, led a team of U.S.
Smyth hurt in Oilers' victory over Avs (AP)
Shocked. Uncalled for. Dangerous. Those were some of the words Edmonton players were using after their star, Ryan Smyth, was taken down late in the Oilers' 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. With 28 seconds left in the game, Smyth gingerly skated off the ice after taking a shot in the leg from Colorado's John-Michael Liles as Smyth tried to skate past him on a breakaway along...
Brown's PP goal helps Kings top Sharks (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings' special-team units were almost perfect. They converted two of three power-play opportunities in a 4-2 victory over San Jose on Monday night, while stopping all four man-advantage situations by the team with the league's best power-play percentage. Dustin Brown scored the go-ahead goal with 3:10 left in the third period while Steve Bernier of the Sharks was serving a...
Kolzig, Zubrus help Caps past Panthers (AP)
The Florida Panthers took a season-high 45 shots and they weren't enough to beat Olaf Kolzig. Kolzig stopped all but one shot and Dainius Zubrus scored two goals as the Washington Capitals beat the Panthers 4-1 Monday night. "We weathered the storm, but that's what the goaltender's job is," Kolzig said.
Bruins acquire LW Chistov from Ducks (AP)
The Boston Bruins acquired left winger Stanislav Chistov from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a third round pick in the 2008 draft, the team announced Monday. Chistov played one game for the Ducks this season and three games with Anaheim's AHL affiliate, Portland, on a conditioning assignment. The 2008 pick that Boston gave up was acquired along with Paul Mara on June 25 from the Phoenix Coyotes,...
Ducks send LW Fedoruk to Flyers (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers acquired winger Todd Fedoruk on Monday from the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft and future considerations. It is Fedoruk's second stint with the Flyers. He played four seasons with them before being traded in 2005. He has 14 career goals and 54 points in 306 games.
WWD: Checker Auto Parts 500
Follow-up to banner season falls short for Roush Racing (AP)
Roush Racing was at the top of NASCAR a year ago, so dominant with 15 wins and all five cars in the Chase for the championship that it prompted a rule change to cap the number of cars each team could own.
Harvick wins in Phoenix, Johnson closes in on first title (AP)
Just in case Jimmie Johnson needs help getting through the biggest week of his life, rival Kevin Harvick has well-meaning advice.
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.
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)