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Red Sox bid $51.1 million for Matsuzaka (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061115/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_gm_meetings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061115/capt.tok10311150222.japan_baseball_matsuzaka_tok103.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=qInjlcN5rb8bvI91AXaS.g--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Team Japan's Daisuke Matsuzaka holds up the game MVP trophy following Japan's 10-6 victory over Cuba in the World Baseball Classic championship, in this Monday, March 20, 2006, file photo in San Diego. The Boston Red Sox have won the bidding battle to negotiate a major league contract with Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka with a US$51.1 million offer, a Seibu Lions executive announced Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, FILE)" border="0" /></a>AP - The market price for pitching talent is soaring so high that it's come to this: The Boston Red Sox are ready to pay more than $50 million just for the right to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka, who's never thrown his "gyroball" &#151; or any pitch, for that matter &#151; in the major leagues.</p><br clear="all"/>

Texas Tech shrugs off Knight chin flap (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061115/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_texas_tech_knight"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061114/capt.0d0b7a4e95d84b5ca08fb5e10ad46339.texas_tech_knight_ny150.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=TSrZrQCToGp2eUOvK5cFcg--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="In this image made from ESPNU video, Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight, right, is seen lifting the chin of Texas Tech player Michael Prince during a time out in their game against Gardner-Webb Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers insisted Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, that Knight did nothing wrong. Prince and his parents also defended Knight. 'It was nothing,' Prince told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal after Monday's game. 'He was trying to teach me and I had my head down, so he raised my chin up. (AP Photo via ESPNU)" border="0" /></a>AP - Texas Tech coach Bob Knight says there were times he was wrong when his hot temper got the best of him on a basketball court. Not this time, however.</p><br clear="all"/>

Diamondbacks' Webb wins NL Cy Young (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061115/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_nl_cy_young_award"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061114/capt.4d8b12f163554041ae585bb285a82e45.nl_cy_young_award_ny116.jpg?x=130&y=130&sig=Ny8Z2JrKBLE4dbz_IzFKvw--" align="left" height="130" width="130" alt="Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Webb delivers to Chicago Cubs during the third inning of a baseball game at Wrigley Field in this Monday, July 31, 2006 file photo in Chicago. Webb won a wide-open race for the NL Cy Young Award, beating out San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, FILE)" border="0" /></a>AP - Back in the minor leagues, Brandon Webb had so much trouble controlling his sinker that he was hitting batters with it all the time and growing increasingly frustrated on the mound.</p><br clear="all"/>

Acta hired to manage Nationals (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061115/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_nationals_manager"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061114/capt.6dfcc682f2d14f6db32fdf832870e211.nationals_manager_baseball_dclj101.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=QBJTMzqVme32lMEHopxUPg--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Manny Acta smiles during a news conference announcing him as the new manager of the Washington Nationals baseball team in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manny Acta began preparing to be a major league manager when he was the only kid with a catcher's mitt in his neighborhood back in the Dominican Republic.</p><br clear="all"/>

Anthony's 33 leads Nuggets past Heat (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061115/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nuggets_heat"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061115/capt.08a73fccf5bb492a8c1c2ffacbeb4af8.nuggets_heat_basketball_aaa101.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=RPu_ODCW7oPrP0Uns5.Xig--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony (15) prepares to shoot over Miami Heat's Dorell Wright (1) in the first quarter of a basketball game in Miami, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Miami Heat tried fouling from beyond the 3-point line, and even then they failed to stop the Denver Nuggets.</p><br clear="all"/>

Veteran QB Testaverde signs on with New England Patriots (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061115/sp_nm/nfl_testaverde_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061115/2006_11_14t225546_450x324_us_nfl_testaverde.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=xgv2RJI4sISIghht3Jjwbg--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde tries to keep Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Rod Coleman away prior to fumbling the ball in the second quarter of their NFL game in Atlanta, Georgia October 24, 2005. The New England Patriots signed veteran quarterback Vinny Testaverde on Tuesday, giving the Patriots some depth at the position. (Erik Lesser/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The New England Patriots signed veteran quarterback Vinny Testaverde on Tuesday, giving the Patriots some depth at the position.</p><br clear="all"/>

Denver continue recovery with win over Miami (Reuters)
Reuters - The Denver Nuggets beat Miami 112-105 on Tuesday to record their third straight win and pile on the problems for the NBA champion Heat.

A's, Cisco announce stadium plans (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061115/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_athletics_stadium"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061114/capt.18d06becb9f449a6a0f75c3e2fa52f67.athletics_stadium_baseball_caps106.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=93StgBIyrvivQv_ujbCMmg--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="An artist rendition of the new Oakland Athletics stadium is shown during a news conference at Cisco headquarters in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006. The A's, in partnership with Cisco Systems, Inc., have reached agreement to purchase 143 acres of land from Cisco in suburban Fremont, Calif. with intentions of breaking ground in the coming years on a new ballpark _ to be called Cisco Field _ that could open in time for the 2011 season. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Oakland Athletics unveiled grand plans Tuesday to move south and build a long-awaited, state-of-the-art stadium they hope will soon transform the small-market club into a big spender.</p><br clear="all"/>

Injuries to stars concern club coaches (AP)
<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"/>

Wings top Canucks for 9th straight win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061115/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_red_wings_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061115/capt.7c03d7d10381420984c3e17f41850254.red_wings_canucks_hockey_vcrz103.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=sWaGF.PNLs8lGpHLvy9UPA--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks' Daniel Sedin (22), of Sweden, tries to shoot the puck past Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek (39), of the Czech Republic, while tied up by Red Wings' Chris Chelios during the second period of NHL action in Vancouver, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Richard Lam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Johan Franzen's tiebreaking short-handed goal helped Detroit beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Tuesday night, and give the Red Wings a franchise-record matching ninth-straight win.</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.

Patriots sign 43-year-old QB Testaverde (AP)
Vinny Testaverde, who came out of retirement last season to help out the New York Jets, was signed on Tuesday by New England. The move came after the Patriots lost two straight for the first time since 2002 as Tom Brady played two of his poorest games. Until signing Testaverde, New England had only one other quarterback on its roster, second-year pro Matt Cassel.

Titans allow DT Haynesworth to return (AP)
Albert Haynesworth says he learned through counseling that he should quit bottling up his emotions until they explode, a problem that landed him the NFL's longest suspension for an on-field act. His apparent remorse and willingness to seek help since kicking Dallas center Andre Gurode in the face with his cleats is why he will practice Wednesday with the Tennessee Titans.

Giants' Barber says right thumb is fine (AP)
Tiki Barber said Tuesday the right thumb he sprained in Sunday night's loss to the Chicago Bears won't prevent him from playing this Sunday at Jacksonville. But he hasn't tried to grip a ball with his right hand since suffering the injury. "It's more a pain in the butt is what it is," the 10th-year running back said as he gingerly signed autographs for patients at the Cancer Institute of New...

Chiefs QB Green cleared, may not start (AP)
More than two months after he was knocked unconscious in Kansas City's season opener, quarterback Trent Green was given medical clearance to play again. The Chiefs said late Tuesday the two-time Pro Bowl selection was given the go-ahead by doctors earlier in the day. Whether he or Damon Huard will start on Sunday against Oakland remains unclear, however.

Despite win, Panthers not hitting stride (AP)
The Carolina Panthers looked as sick as Steve Smith felt in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unable to run, convert third downs or avoid costly turnovers Monday night, the Panthers didn't look much better than they did 15 days earlier in their stunning loss to Dallas. Things got a lot better in the second half as Smith fought through his bout with the flu and caught the decisive...

Skins bench Brunell, Campbell to start (AP)
Within a few hours of his big promotion, Jason Campbell had received congratulations and advice from Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair and Charlie Frye. For that matter, it seemed everyone wanted a word with the new Washington Redskins starting quarterback. "I had to cut my phone off," Campbell said. "It was getting crazy." Campbell arrived for work a bit calmer Tuesday, having slept on the news that he...

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.

Polamalu may play despite 6th concussion (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu may play at Cleveland on Sunday despite sustaining at least the sixth concussion of his football career. Polamalu is listed as questionable, meaning there's a 50-50 chance he'll play only a week after being so disoriented during Pittsburgh's 38-31 victory Sunday he almost tumbled off the Steelers' bench while sitting by himself.

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...

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Nuggets top Shaq-less Heat 112-105 (AP)
The Miami Heat tried fouling from beyond the 3-point line, and even then they failed to stop the Denver Nuggets. Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points and Denver twice converted four-point plays to beat the Heat 112-105 Tuesday night. The Nuggets' point total was a season high, and they outscored Miami 54-36 in the paint.

Spurs rally from 19 down, defeat Rockets (AP)
San Antonio's reserves bailed out the stars on Tuesday night and sparked a comeback victory over the Houston Rockets. Tim Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds, but the game began to turn when he was on the bench and the Spurs rallied from 19 points down to win 92-84. Gregg Popovich benched Tony Parker along with Duncan and the rest of the starters after Houston built a 74-55 lead in the third...

Jazz end Clippers' five-game win streak (AP)
Even without their top defender, the Utah Jazz played their most stifling defense and continued the best start in the NBA this season. The Jazz improved to 7-1 by beating the Los Angeles Clippers 112-90 Tuesday night, not allowing a field goal for 10 minutes, 27 seconds in the second half and turning the matchup of divisional leaders into a blowout.

Peja's 42 get Hornets by Bobcats, 94-85 (AP)
From start to finish, Peja Stojakovic kept showing why the New Orleans Hornets wanted him this offseason. Stojakovic scored a career-high 42 points and directed a decisive fourth-quarter run as the Hornets beat the Charlotte Bobcats 94-85 on Tuesday night, breaking a three-game losing streak. "I just came out aggressive, playing like every other game.

Nowitzki powers Mavs to first home win (AP)
Every so often, Erick Dampier reminds the Dallas Mavericks why they gave him a $73 million contract. Rather than lament how seldom it happens, they've learned to savor when it does -- such as Tuesday night, when his 14 points, 13 rebounds and high energy helped the Mavs beat the Chicago Bulls 111-99 for their first home victory of the season.

Redd helps Bucks by Hawks, 103-101 (AP)
One game after his 57-point performance ended with a loss, Michael Redd couldn't stand the thought of another setback. "Personally, I don't think I played the way I should have tonight," Redd said. "But I'll take 30 and win as opposed to 57 and a loss all day. We played team ball tonight." Redd converted a three-point play with 27 seconds remaining and finished with 30 points, and the Milwaukee...

Davis rallies Warriors past Raptors (AP)
Until Don Nelson has his version of the Golden State Warriors fully up and running, the coach plans to keep leaning on an invaluable crutch. Baron Davis had 22 points and 12 assists while seizing control of the fourth quarter in the Warriors' 110-99 comeback victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Davis powers Wolves by Blazers 101-89 (AP)
They call Ricky Davis "Get Buckets." He finally got some on Tuesday night, and not a moment too soon for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Davis broke out of a shooting slump with 27 points to help the Timberwolves snap a four-game losing streak with a 101-89 victory over the banged-up Portland Trail Blazers.

Blazers F Randolph hit with civil suit (AP)
A woman has filed a $2 million civil lawsuit against Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph, claiming he sexually assaulted her. The lawsuit, which also seeks unspecified punitive damages, was filed Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court. The woman is identified as Jane Doe. She filed a criminal complaint in the alleged assault on Aug.

Blue Jackets to interview Ken Hitchcock (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets' hunt for a new coach is on a fast track that may lead them to Ken Hitchcock, who was fired as Philadelphia Flyers coach last month. Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean received permission from the Flyers to interview Hitchcock, the veteran coach confirmed on Tuesday night.

Wings win 9th straight, tie club record (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings didn't need a shutout from Dominik Hasek to extend their winning streak to nine games. All it took was a mistake by the other goaltender. Johan Franzen's short-handed wrist shot beat Roberto Luongo from 35 feet to lift Detroit to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, and give the Red Wings a franchise-record matching ninth-straight victory.

Jagr, Shanahan lift Rangers past Devils (AP)
Tom Renney's breaking point came 40 minutes into a sluggish game against the New Jersey Devils. The coach of the New York Rangers had seen enough, and he let his team know it in-between periods. "Well, it wasn't musical," Renney said after New York turned a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 victory over the Devils on Tuesday night.

Flames win fifth straight, blank Blues (AP)
Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has helped the Calgary Flames turn their season around. Kiprusoff made 24 saves Tuesday night for his second shutout in three games and third of the season as the Flames reeled off their fifth straight victory, 3-0 over the St. Louis Blues. Kiprusoff has been in net for all five wins and has played superb, looking like the goalie that won the Vezina Trophy last season as...

Flyers' Forsberg may return Wednesday (AP)
Flyers center Peter Forsberg could return to the lineup Wednesday night against Anaheim after missing two games with a sprained right ankle. Forsberg has struggled to find an answer to the skate problem that's causing him discomfort to his surgically repaired right ankle, and has only five goals and nine points in 14 games.

Coyotes surprise division-leading Wild (AP)
Phoenix trailed Minnesota by two goals when Coyotes tough guy Georges Laraque decided it was time to wake up his team. Laraque tangled with the Wild's Derek Boogaard early in the second period, and it provided a spark that carried Phoenix to a 4-3 victory Tuesday night. The win was only the fifth in 17 games for the Coyotes, last in the Western Conference.

Oilers' Smyth to be re-evaluated (AP)
Oilers star forward Ryan Smyth will be re-evaluated Wednesday after suffering a charley horse during Monday night's game against Colorado. Smyth went down after a knee-on-knee hit from Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles with 28 seconds left in Edmonton's 2-1 victory. Smyth needed help as he limped to the dressing room.

Injuries not slowing Sabres down (AP)
Injuries haven't slowed the Buffalo Sabres' hot pace. Neither has the road, where the team is off to an NHL record 10-0 start, or a recent habit of falling behind early, or giving up leads. As far as co-captain Daniel Briere's concerned, the only thing that could derail the Sabres is the team itself. "I think the danger lies within ourselves," Briere said after a brief team meeting Tuesday.

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 Habs over Senators 6-3 (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.

Chase Chances: Week 10
Can anyone beat Jimmie Johnson for the Cup championship? Not likely, but it's possible.

Kenseth won't go down without a fight (AP)
It's been frustrating the past couple of months, and I don't know what's happened.

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.

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