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Oral Roberts upsets No. 3 Kansas 78-71 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061116/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_college_bkb_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061116/capt.5d115d10262048a2adeda4c548a63bff.oral_roberts_kansas_basketball_ksow108.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=Bi8JyosXG.E_Kn.z7zWxgg--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Oral Roberts' Adam Liberty (11) shoots while covered by Kansas defenders Russell Robinson, back, and Brandon Rush (25) during their college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006. Oral Roberts beat Kansas 78-71. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)" border="0" /></a>AP - It's party time at Oral Roberts, the religion-based school in Tulsa that gave Bill Self his first job as a head coach. The lightly regarded Golden Eagles came into Lawrence as double-digit underdogs to a mighty Kansas team ranked No. 3 in the country, victorious in 165 of its last 175 home games. What they went home with Wednesday night was a surprising 78-71 victory over the Jayhawks, Self's current team.</p><br clear="all"/>

Rookies help Charlotte, New Orleans win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061116/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061116/capt.ceb24e332b864a9797fa48a12fe42618.bobcats_spurs_basketball_sa107.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=pCTbi910vYEhrXp8w6zZNA--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Charlotte Bobcats forward Adam Morrison (35) drives past San Antonio Spurs forward Bruce Bowen (12) during the third quarter of their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006. Morrison scored 27 points; Charlotte won 95-92 in overtime. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Charlotte Bobcats and New Orleans Hornets were able to get key road victories thanks to a pair of rookies.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sabres, Stars and Ducks all lose at home (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061116/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061116/capt.8c491f4549a7424d8fa4f9d812a8e4d4.senators_sabres_hockey___nydd307.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=u09AhQOWE3ifB8GbruustA--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres' Thomas Vanek (26), of Austria, shoots on Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery during the third period of the NHL hockey game at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006. The Senators won 4-2.(AP Photo/David Duprey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Home had been where the wins were for Buffalo, Dallas and Anaheim until a topsy-turvy night in the NHL changed all that. The Sabres, Stars and Ducks all were beaten Wednesday by teams that, so far, have been also-rans.</p><br clear="all"/>

Girardi, Leyland win top manager honors (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061116/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_managers_of_the_year"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061115/capt.11739708cfd740c2b9e34485493969a9.mangers_of_the_year_baseball_ny165.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=StHbuv7okPCBmwZzMEc_LA--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland and former Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi are shown in these 2006 file photos. Leyland and Girardi were was selected as the American League and National League Managers of the Year on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. (AP Photo)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joe Girardi is the NL Manager of the Year. Oh, by the way &#151; he's available. Six weeks after he was fired by Florida, Girardi won the award Wednesday for keeping the rookie-laden Marlins in contention nearly all season. Jim Leyland took home AL honors after a quick turnaround with the Detroit Tigers.</p><br clear="all"/>

Baseball GMs want to look at replay (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061116/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_gm_meetings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061114/capt.04972e6071454e8e85b4def42d716ea3.athletics_stadium_baseball_caps109.jpg?x=130&y=81&sig=TSAIy.kxyq12ndQCLxbnTw--" align="left" height="81" width="130" alt="Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff, center, smiles as Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers, left, and baseball commissioner Bud Selig listen 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 - Baseball general managers think instant replay is worth another look. GMs plan to talk about the topic some more, and perhaps make recommendations in the future, even they know commissioner Bud Selig is against the having replays aid umpires' decisions.</p><br clear="all"/>

Browns motivated by Steelers' stomping (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061116/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_browns_beat_pittsburgh"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061115/capt.03968f39275d4b15ab6c0102e0679f1f.browns_beat_pittsburgh_football_cd101.jpg?x=130&y=117&sig=Dbetf9ZQmJ7T5j9B753gmA--" align="left" height="117" width="130" alt="Mike Randall from Louisville, Ohio, watches in frustration late in the Cleveland Browns 41-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL game Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, in Cleveland. Cleveland has spent the past 11 months waiting for payback. The Browns get their first chance at some revenge Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, when they host the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers (3-6), their bitter rivals who haven't been themselves all season. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Like black-and-gold Grinches, the Pittsburgh Steelers stormed into Cleveland last Christmas Eve and stole much more than a football game. They left town with a 41-0 victory &#151; and the Browns' dignity.</p><br clear="all"/>

Iverson, Sixers top Sonics to end skid (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061116/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn76ers_supersonics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061116/capt.d86ab582c82348acb6442879c5dd5830.76ers_supersonics_basketball_wakc204.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=XNCH0C7j1H4d58Z3XEcMOw--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson, right, dribbles the ball past Seattle SuperSonics' Luke Ridnour during the first quarter of NBA basketball action at the Key Arena in Seattle on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Allen Iverson's jumpers weren't falling, his aggressive drives to the basket wouldn't drop and the usually dependable free-throw shooter missed one in the final minute of a tight game. Normally, when the Philadelphia 76ers are slumping and Iverson doesn't play well, the losing continues. Not Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Poker face: A-Rod says he wants to stay (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061116/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_rodriguez"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061116/capt.114335493d1d45269b0e2e2180492a96.celebrity_poker_rodriguez_baseball_nyff101.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=9pfaBLxoaEilOPlZoK4q5Q--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez responds to questions during a news interview as he arrives to host a celebrity poker tournament to raise money for the 'ARod Family Foundation' and the S. Carter Foundation Scholarship Fund in New York Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez wants to play the hand he's got with the Yankees. Arriving at his charity poker tournament Wednesday night, the much-maligned slugger insisted he wants to stay in New York rather than be traded to a town where the fans might not be so hard on him.</p><br clear="all"/>

Acosta quits as Chile's head coach (AP)
AP - Nelson Acosta said Wednesday he will resign as Chile's coach, making the announcement two hours before his team's friendly against Paraguay.

Flyers snap record-tying losing streak (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061116/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_flyers_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061116/capt.7e27994a85344452afb4b41a8126c8e4.flyers_ducks_hockey_ana101.jpg?x=123&y=130&sig=IWwcExWEOcoEJpykovn8Bw--" align="left" height="130" width="123" alt="Anaheim Ducks center Todd Marchant, right, falls to the ice as he reaches for the puck along with Philadelphia Flyers left wing Geoff Sanderson during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday night, Nov. 15, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Peter Forsberg and the Philadelphia Flyers drove Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the bench in their highest-scoring game of the season. Forsberg returned to the lineup with a goal and an assist, and the Flyers scored on five of 11 shots against Giguere to beat the Anaheim Ducks 7-4 Wednesday night and snap a franchise record-tying six-game losing streak.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bett-ing on Ladell
Ladell Betts is being counted on to carry the load for Washington following Clinton Portis' season-ending injury.

Chiefs QB Green to start Sunday (AP)
Trent Green is back as Kansas City's starting quarterback, 10 weeks after a brutal head-snapping hit knocked him unconscious with a severe concussion. Coach Herm Edwards announced Wednesday that Green will start Sunday against Oakland. On Tuesday, the two-time Pro Bowler was given medical clearance to resume full contact.

Redskins RB Portis placed on IR (AP)
Clinton Portis' season was ruined in the first quarter of the first preseason game, when he decided to launch his body into Cincinnati cornerback Keiwan Ratliff while making a tackle following an interception. Four injuries later, Portis' season officially ended Wednesday, when the Washington Redskins placed their star running back on injured reserve.

Seahawks RB Alexander sharp in practice (AP)
Injured Seattle standouts Shaun Alexander and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck returned to practice Wednesday -- with mixed results. While Hasselbeck favored his sprained right knee for part of the practice, Alexander ran 11 plays with Seattle's first-team offense for the first time in seven weeks since breaking his left foot.

Titans coach Fisher fined $12,500 by NFL (AP)
Not even the co-chairman of the NFL's competition committee is immune from punishment for criticizing an official. Titans coach Jeff Fisher was fined $12,500 for scolding an official in last weekend's 27-26 loss to Baltimore. "It didn't surprise me," Fisher said Wednesday. "I had a confidential conversation with the league, and it's over." After Sunday's game, Fisher said a "bad call by the umpire,"...

Titans' Haynesworth welcomed at practice (AP)
Albert Haynesworth practiced Wednesday and teammates welcomed his return to the Tennessee Titans after his five-week suspension by the NFL. "I'm real glad, man," Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck said. "I've been waiting for my enforcer to get back. We're about to go up to Philly and cause a lot of trouble this week." Haynesworth talked to his teammates early Wednesday morning and told them he was...

Testaverde third-stringer in 20th season (AP)
Vinny Testaverde strode into his latest locker room, the gray flecks in his hair matching the color of the New England Patriots sweat shirt on his back. Two days past his 43rd birthday, the still strong-armed quarterback stood at his locker with the No. 14 on it -- his usual No. 16 already belongs to Matt Cassel -- before his first practice with his new team Wednesday.

Panthers DT Carstens out of hospital (AP)
Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Jordan Carstens is out of the hospital nearly a week after being admitted with a blood clot on his left lung. Carstens was released from the hospital Tuesday, six days after being hospitalized for chest pains. Carstens is still taking blood thinners and is not expected to return this season, but the team hasn't yet put him on injured reserve.

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...

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...

No winning tickets
NBA teams have yet to hit the jackpot with their lottery picks from the 2006 draft.

Nuggets F Kenyon Martin out for season (AP)
Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin will miss the rest of the season because of a bad right knee. Martin had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday, and the team said the operation "revealed more significant damage" than originally thought. Martin has five years and more than $66 million left on his contract. He played in two games this season, averaging 9.5 points and 10 rebounds.

Jordan possible investor in slot parlor (AP)
Former NBA star Michael Jordan could become an investor in a slot-machine parlor in Philadelphia, state gambling regulators were told Wednesday. Regulators on Wednesday concluded three days of hearings on applications by five groups -- professional casino operators with politically connected or celebrity investment partners -- hoping to open slots casinos in Philadelphia.

Morrison helps Bobcats top Spurs in OT (AP)
Adam Morrison decided to relax a little bit after putting too much pressure on himself in the first few games of his career. The idea paid off as Morrison scored 27 points, surpassing his career high from one night earlier, and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the San Antonio Spurs 95-92 in overtime Wednesday night.

Armstrong's late FT gives Hornets win (AP)
New Orleans rookie Hilton Armstrong made the most of his chance to play. The rookie from Connecticut made a free throw with 3 seconds left, then got a key offensive rebound to help the New Orleans Hornets beat the Detroit Pistons 100-99 Wednesday night. With the score tied at 99, Armstrong made the first of two free throws to put the Hornets ahead.

Lakers' Bryant sued by Grizzlies fan (AP)
Kobe Bryant is being sued by an Arkansas man, who claims the Los Angeles Lakers star deliberately elbowed him during a Memphis Grizzlies' game last year. Bill Geeslin sat in the stands when the Lakers played in Memphis last Nov. 14. His three-page federal lawsuit filed Tuesday claims that Bryant came off the court during play, landed on Geeslin and "without provocation" committed assault and battery...

LeBron starts slow, gets Cavs by Blazers (AP)
LeBron James displayed his usual dominance and got the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers playing that way too. James had 32 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to help the Cleveland Cavaliers win their fourth straight game with a 100-87 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. "He looked like the All-Star, the Olympian that he is right now," Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan...

Bibby, Kings pick up fourth straight win (AP)
Sacramento coach Eric Musselman spent the game matching moves with mentor Mike Fratello. The pupil came out on top as Mike Bibby had 32 points and 10 assists in an uptempo game to lead the Kings to their fourth straight victory, a 115-111 win over the struggling Memphis Grizzlies. Musselman spent the last two seasons in Memphis as Fratello's lead assistant before accepting the Sacramento job this...

Balkman, defense gets Knicks by Wizards (AP)
It had all the makings of a mismatch: The NBA's highest-scoring team against one that hadn't stopped anybody. And it sure was -- but it was Gilbert Arenas and crew who never had a chance. Rookie Renaldo Balkman scored a season-high 18 points, and the New York Knicks used their best defensive performance of the season to beat the Washington Wizards 102-82 Wednesday night.

Iverson, Sixers snap three-game skid (AP)
Allen Iverson's jumpers weren't falling, his aggressive drives to the basket wouldn't drop and the usually dependable free-throw shooter missed one in the final minute of a tight game. Normally, when the Philadelphia 76ers are slumping and Iverson doesn't play well, the losing continues. Not Wednesday night.

Forsberg returns, Flyers roll past Ducks (AP)
Peter Forsberg and the Philadelphia Flyers drove Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the bench in their highest-scoring game of the season. Forsberg returned to the lineup with a goal and an assist, and the Flyers scored on five of 11 shots against Giguere to beat the Anaheim Ducks 7-4 Wednesday night and snap a franchise record-tying six-game losing streak.

Judge clears Malkin to stay with Pens (AP)
Evgeni Malkin was cleared to stay with the Pittsburgh Penguins after a federal judge denied a demand by his former Russian club that he be yanked from the NHL. Metallurg Magnitogorsk, a Russian Super League team, claims that Malkin is under contract in his native country. The club sought a preliminary injunction that would have banned the forward from playing for the Penguins until the matter is...

DiPietro helps Islanders blank Stars (AP)
The way Rick DiPietro is playing, the New York Islanders don't need a whole lot of offense. DiPietro stopped 35 shots to register his first shutout of the season and seventh of his career, leading the Islanders to a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night. "DiPietro showed he's one of the best goalies in the league," Stars center Mike Modano said of DiPietro, his U.S.

Sharks' Cheechoo suffers leg injury (AP)
Jonathan Cheechoo, who led the NHL with 56 goals last season, was forced out of the San Jose Sharks' 4-3 victory over Colorado after he injured his left leg in the second period Wednesday night Cheechoo was helped off the ice after Avalanche defenseman Karlis Skrastins fell on top of him in the goal crease late in the frame.

Brind'Amour lifts 'Canes past Rangers (AP)
Rod Brind'Amour wasn't wilted by the Carolina Hurricanes' long run to the Stanley Cup title. In fact, the gritty captain came back even stronger this season. Brind'Amour scored with 6:05 left in the third period to lift the Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. The winning goal -- Brind'Amour's second in a three-game span -- extended his point streak to a...

Senators end slump, defeat Sabres (AP)
Daniel Alfredsson's smile and Peter Schaefer's sigh of relief said it all. Schaefer broke a third-period tie by deflecting in Alfredsson's wrist shot and helped the slumping Ottawa Senators beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Wednesday night. The win was just the second in nine games for the Senators, who also snapped a two-game losing streak.

Blue Jackets coach Agnew loses debut (AP)
Even the challenge of playing against a team with a new coach didn't distract the Nashville Predators. David Legwand had two goals and an assist and the Predators beat Columbus 5-4 Wednesday night to ruin Gary Agnew's first NHL game as coach of the Blue Jackets. "We didn't know what to expect coming in here with the coaching change," said Legwand of his Predators, winners in seven of eight.

Sharks use power play to top Avalanche (AP)
The alarm went off just in time for the slumbering San Jose Sharks. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau scored power-play goals 17 seconds apart in the third period and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 40 shots during the Sharks' 4-3 win over the struggling Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. "We sleepwalked through the second period," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said.

Souray powers Canadiens by Lightning (AP)
Sheldon Souray is spreading the credit around for his power-play success. Souray scored a pair of man-advantage goals, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Wednesday night. "Look at some of the passes I'm getting," Souray said. "They're kind of right there for me to tee off, and I'm just able to have a bit more of an easier time to shoot the puck.

Bergeron lifts Bruins by Capitals in SO (AP)
Once the game went to a shootout, the Boston Bruins had everything stacked in their favor. Tim Thomas had done very little work in goal over the previous 25 minutes and was feeling surprisingly fresh. Even more significant was the Washington Capitals' miserable record this season when the game extends past overtime.

Trading Paint: Back on track
The mailbag is rolling again as the Cup season is set for its season finale at Homestead.

Montoya to make Nextel Cup debut in Miami (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya will attempt to make his Nextel Cup debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the No. 30 Dodge, The Associated Press has learned.

Former F1 star Montoya set to make NASCAR debut Sunday (AFP)
Former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya makes his debut in the American closed-cockpit stock car racing series this weekend at the season-ending oval race of the most popular US form of auto racing.

A glance at the drivers in NASCAR's championship chase (AP)
The 10 drivers competing in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, in order of points:<

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.

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