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NEWS FROM 2006-11-18
Ex-Michigan coach Bo Schembechler dies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061118/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_obit_schembechler"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061117/capt.5e0895912e9e4b55ae0a1eea7b7c45b0.obit_schembechler_michigan_football_ny160.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=pHnmq929m5_yMHtnNB5LlQ--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler looks on during the team's 42-27 defeat of Purdue in this Nov. 4, 1989 file photo in Ann Arbor, Mich. Schembechler, who became one of college football's great coaches in two decades at Michigan, died Friday after taping a TV show on the eve of the Wolverines' No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown with perennial rival Ohio State. He was 77. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)" border="0" /></a>AP - In the end, Michigan vs. Ohio State may have been too much for Bo Schembechler's failing heart. The man with half-century-old roots to The Game died at age 77 Friday on the eve of perhaps the biggest matchup in the storied rivalry's history, No 1 vs. No. 2, and his doctor said it might have been because of all the excitement.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bo's legacy lives on in game of the year
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061118/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_michigan_ohio_state"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061117/capt.9f74e18087a44b29a57b7045ec8ac5c9.obit_schembechler_michigan_football_ny157.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=7kq56SgvBZay9ATxtTyAzg--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Michigan coach Bo Schemechler reacts on the sideline during the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl college football game against Southern California in this Jan. 1, 1990 file photo in Pasadena, Calif. At right is assistant coach Gary Moeller. Schembechler, the winningest coach in Michigan football history, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, after collapsing during the taping of a television show, according to three Detroit TV stations. He was 77. (AP Photo/Dough Sheridan)" border="0" /></a>AP - The game of the year in college football has yet another storyline — a sad one. The first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup between Ohio State and Michigan comes a day after the Wolverines lost their most celebrated leader, Bo Schembechler. The longtime coach, who played a starring role for two decades in the century-old grudge match, died Friday at age 77.</p><br clear="all"/>
A's considering Bonds as their new DH
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061118/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_athletics_pursuing_bonds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061117/capt.30a53f80fe0e40d28ff176dbd0eebc36.athletics_pursuing_bonds_baseball_ny169.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=_bxnEGynKyHQnRGU7Y7cPQ--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds hits a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in this Sept. 22, 2006, file photo in Milwaukee.The Oakland Athletics need a designated hitter, and they aren't going far for one potential candidate to fill the spot: Barry Bonds. A's general manager Billy Beane has had conversations with Bonds' agent Jeff Borris about the 42-year-old slugger, who has played the past 14 seasons with San Francisco. Oakland lost Frank Thomas on Friday when he finalized an $18.12 million, two-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Oakland Athletics need a designated hitter, and they aren't going far for one potential candidate to fill the spot: Barry Bonds.</p><br clear="all"/>
LeBron scores 37 as Cavs top T-Wolves
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061118/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_timberwolves_cavaliers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061118/capt.3b5d986fd6454501aa0cdb6fa9bb3592.timberwolves_cavaliers_basketball_ohtd102.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=RLvFRbYqpfI7LTVdHVBg7w--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="Minnesota Timberwolves' Marko Jaric (55) tries to stop Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - They started the season expecting to be among the NBA's elite teams. And so far, the Cleveland Cavaliers are. LeBron James scored 37 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas matched a season high with 14, leading the Cavaliers to their fifth straight win, 92-76 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Blue Jays finalize deal with Big Hurt
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061117/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_blue_jays_thomas"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061117/capt.2e506a149a694326b117590d68b9bcdf.blue_jays_thomas_baseball_ny166.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=doshJIh0m_xHJsEcnNWz5Q--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="Oakland Athletics' Frank Thomas heads to first after hitting a two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader in this Aug. 18, 2006 file photo, in Kansas City, Mo. Thomas and the Toronto Blue Jays finalized an $18.12 million, two-year contract on Friday, Nov. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Blue Jays finalized an $18.12 million, two-year contract with Frank Thomas on Friday, then turned their attention to baseball's most prized commodity.</p><br clear="all"/>
Giants' Jacobs plans to appeal fine
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061118/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_giants_jacobs_fine"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061118/capt.e744cefa820a4cb9a0d73fc6af81e22b.giants_jacobs_fine_nyol572.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=ECy58xLbPQzuxpecMnAONA--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs pretends to be pregnant with the football under his jersey after scoring a touchdown against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006. Jacobs was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for the gesture and revealed Friday he was also fined by the NFL. Jacobs said he plans to appeal. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - New York Giants halfback Brandon Jacobs is unhappy with the NFL and plans to let the league know. Jacobs revealed Friday that the league fined him between $5,000 and $10,000 for shoving a football underneath his jersey to celebrate a touchdown run against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bulls go 0-for-Texas after loss to Spurs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061118/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bulls_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061118/capt.e36a98bf5c0240d193bf506fee034b18.bulls_spurs_basketball_saa105.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=Ohe7pfMVozKDeKP.lRlq3g--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, of France, (09) is defended by Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (12) during the third quarter of their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Friday, Nov. 17, 2006. San Antonio won, 100-83. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Chicago Bulls are glad to be done with Texas. Tim Duncan had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 100-83 victory over Chicago on Friday night, the Bulls' third loss in four nights in the Lone Star state.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mueller retires, takes front office job
AP - Former AL batting champion Bill Mueller, limited to 32 games with the Dodgers last season before undergoing what turned out to be career-ending knee surgery, retired Friday and will serve as a special assistant to Los Angeles general manager Ned Colletti.
Kreis selected, traded back on draft day
AP - Major League Soccer's all-time leading goal scorer Jason Kreis was selected by Toronto FC in Friday's MLS expansion draft, then traded back to Real Salt Lake for part of a player allocation.
Lightning top Isles in marathon shootout
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061118/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_islanders_lightning"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061118/capt.c1483c1c69bf452999887150b99d2c9f.islanders_lightning_hockey_tpa107.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=VfNWrkm1V0Wvtw2Bp3pkkw--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist, of Sweden, reacts after stopping the New York Islanders during a shootout in an NHL hockey game Friday night, Nov. 17, 2006, in Tampa, Fla. Tampa Bay won 3-2. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dmitry Afanasenkov scored the lone shootout goal in the seventh round, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning past the New York Islanders 3-2 on Friday night. Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist, who stopped 29 shots in regulation, didn't allow a goal during the shootout. He earlier made a glove save on an in-close shot by Viktor Kozlov with 42.8 seconds left in the third.</p><br clear="all"/>
Snap out of it
QBs Jake Plummer and Michael Vick are among those needing to get out of their funks as teams focus in on making a playoff run.
Alexander, Hasselbeck game-day decisions (AP)
The 49ers won't know until Sunday whether they will be facing league MVP Shaun Alexander and Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck when they play the Seattle Seahawks in San Francisco. Coach Mike Holmgren said Friday that he believes Alexander and Hasselbeck are "capable of playing" against the 49ers, "but we're going to have to see how it all sorts itself out.
Ravens' Ray Lewis ruled out vs. Falcons (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens officially ruled out linebacker Ray Lewis for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons with a swollen back. Lewis underwent a minor surgical procedure to have a pocket of blood drained from his back earlier this week. The seven-time All-Pro will miss his second consecutive game. He severely bruised his back when he collided with teammate Ed Reed's knee in a Nov.
Steelers' Polamalu likely to play Sunday (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was upgraded Friday to probable and is expected to start Sunday in Cleveland despite sustaining his sixth concussion of his career last weekend. The All-Pro safety was listed as questionable on the Steelers' first injury report of the week Wednesday, and missed part of practice that day, but did not miss any on-field time Thursday or Friday.
Coliseum wins Raiders lawsuit on appeal (AP)
A state appeals court on Friday threw out a jury's $34.2 million award to the Oakland Raiders over accusations that managers of the Oakland Coliseum falsely promised a sold-out stadium to lure the team back to the Bay Area. The case dates to 1995, when Raiders owner Al Davis maneuvered to get his team out of Southern California after revenues waned, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum's foundation...
Giants place Tuck on IR, sign Legree (AP)
The New York Giants placed defensive end Justin Tuck on injured reserve and signed veteran lineman Lance Legree on Thursday to replace him. Legree played with the Giants from 2001-2004. He played with the Jets the following season and signed with the San Francisco 49ers in August. He failed to make their roster, and has been working for a securities company in New York City.
Culpepper says knee still bothering him (AP)
Daunte Culpepper says he still feels sharp pain in his reconstructed right knee a year after surgery, and isn't sure whether he'll play again this season. The Miami Dolphins' quarterback will sit out Sunday's game against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings. It's the sixth consecutive game he'll miss after struggling through the first four.
Broncos must pay WR Lelie $220,000 (AP)
The Denver Broncos must pay $220,000 to former receiver Ashley Lelie in connection with the dispute over his departure to Atlanta. Lelie's agent, Peter Schaffer, confirmed the news Friday. "We derive no enjoyment having to go down this road in the first place," Schaffer said. "We never relish having to contest anything with the Broncos." The ruling was reported Friday by The Denver Post, which said...
Giants RB Jacobs to appeal NFL fine (AP)
New York Giants halfback Brandon Jacobs is unhappy with the NFL and plans to let the league know. Jacobs revealed Friday that the league fined him between $5,000 and $10,000 for shoving a football underneath his jersey to celebrate a touchdown run against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. Jacobs, who said he will appeal, insisted he was not celebrating.
Bengals G Williams has appendectomy (AP)
The Bengals had to shuffle their injury-depleted offensive line Thursday after right guard Bobbie Williams had an appendectomy, which will sideline him for a few weeks. Coach Marvin Lewis said Williams became ill on Wednesday, and he had an appendectomy overnight. Third-year lineman Stacy Andrews will make his first NFL start Sunday against New Orleans.
Baron is the barometer
Shaq to undergo surgery, miss 4-6 weeks (AP)
This is one repeat the Miami Heat didn't want: a serious early season injury to Shaquille O'Neal. The 13-time All-Star will undergo knee surgery and be sidelined four to six weeks, the Heat said Friday. O'Neal tore cartilage in his left knee Sunday against Houston, an injury originally diagnosed as a hyperextended knee.
Knicks rout Shaq-less Heat, 100-76 (AP)
Starting with Shaquille O'Neal's left knee, the Miami Heat are hurting. The defending NBA champions lost at home for the third game in a row Friday night, when the New York Knicks took advantage of O'Neal's absence to win 100-76. The Heat announced shortly before tipoff that O'Neal, sidelined since Sunday, will undergo surgery for torn knee cartilage and be out four to six weeks.
LeBron leads Cavs to fifth straight win (AP)
They started the season expecting to be among the NBA's elite teams. And so far, the Cleveland Cavaliers are. LeBron James scored 37 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas matched a season high with 14, leading the Cavaliers to their fifth straight win, 92-76 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. James added nine rebounds and six assists for the Cavs, who improved to an Eastern Conference-best 7-2...
Kobe youngest in NBA history to 17,000 (AP)
Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 17,000 points, going over the mark in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Bryant hit a 16-foot jumper from the right baseline off a pass from rookie Jordan Farmar for his 17,001st point.
Suns G Nash misses game with back spasms (AP)
Steve Nash, the two-time NBA MVP, sat out the Suns' game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night because of lower back spasms. Nash, the league leader with 10.9 assists per game, also is doubtful for Saturday night's game at Utah, coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We'll see if he responds to treatment," D'Antoni said.
Duncan, Spurs get easy win over Bulls (AP)
The Chicago Bulls are glad to be done with Texas. Tim Duncan had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 100-83 victory over Chicago on Friday night, the Bulls' third loss in four nights in the Lone Star state. Chicago opened its swing with a loss at Dallas, then fell at Houston on Thursday.
Hamilton, Wallace power Pistons to win (AP)
Chauncey Billups can get some rest again. Billups and his Detroit Pistons ended a two-game losing streak with a 100-91 victory over Washington on Friday night, but Billups said the skid seemed a lot longer. "Obviously, this won't be the last time we lose two in a row, but it seemed more like five or six because we weren't playing the way we are supposed to play," Billups said.
Webber denies asking 76ers to trade him (AP)
Chris Webber denied a published report Friday that he had asked the Philadelphia 76ers to trade him. "No, I haven't asked to be traded," he said before the 76ers played the Phoenix Suns. "I did say I was frustrated with the situation, but that's pretty much as far as it goes." Webber has talked with 76ers president Billy King about the star forward's unhappiness over a reduced role that's included...
NBA fines Rockets coach Van Gundy $25K (AP)
Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Friday for publicly criticizing the officials. Van Gundy complained about the treatment of center Yao Ming in a story that appeared in the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday. He said he was irritated by the way the Rockets' victory at Miami last Sunday was officiated, and also said what was being tolerated inside was both "reckless"...
Afinogenov returns, Sabres beat Penguins (AP)
It didn't take long for Maxim Afinogenov to regain his scoring touch. Afinogenov had a goal and an assist in his return from a shoulder injury and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 Friday night. Afinogenov missed five games after injuring his shoulder Nov. 4 against Toronto, and was the team's leading scorer when he went down.
Brind'Amour powers Hurricanes over Caps (AP)
After a slow start to the season, Rod Brind'Amour and the rest of the Carolina Hurricanes are playing like, well, Stanley Cup champions. Brind'Amour had two goals and two assists to extend his point streak to seven games, and Erik Cole also had a hand in every score for Carolina in a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.
Lightning outlast Islanders in shootout (AP)
Dmitry Afanasenkov scored the lone shootout goal in the seventh round, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning past the New York Islanders 3-2 on Friday night. Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist, who stopped 29 shots in regulation, didn't allow a goal during the shootout. He earlier made a glove save on an in-close shot by Viktor Kozlov with 42.8 seconds left in the third.
Langenbrunner lifts Devils by Senators (AP)
With Scott Gomez out with an injury and Patrik Elias in a slump, the New Jersey Devils are getting their scoring from a line consisting of a rookie, a second-year pro and streaky veteran. Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice and set up another, Zach Parise had a goal and two assists, including a spectacular between the legs setup, and rookie Travis Zajac had three assists to lead the Devils to a 3-2...
Stars hand Thrashers third straight loss (AP)
Patrik Stefan played Friday night just like the Atlanta Thrashers expected him to when they made him the franchise's first draft pick in 1999. The only twist: Stefan no longer plays for the Thrashers. Stefan, traded to Dallas last summer, made the most of his return to Atlanta, getting his first goal and two assists of the season in the Stars' 5-3 win.
Budaj helps Avalanche shut out Columbus (AP)
Peter Budaj took full advantage of his first start since Nov. 2. Budaj made 25 saves for his third career shutout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak. "It's always great when a goalie gets a shutout," said Budaj, who helped his team improve to 20-0-1-1 against Columbus.
Sabres C Roy out up to two weeks (AP)
Buffalo Sabres center Derek Roy will miss up to two weeks because of a hand injury. Roy joins a list of ailing Sabres that includes goalie Ryan Miller (abdominal strain) and defensemen Henrik Tallinder (broken forearm) and Toni Lydman (neck strain). Forward Maxim Afinogenov missed the last five games because of a shoulder injury, but was scheduled to return Friday night when Buffalo hosts...
Wild storm back, top Predators 7-6 in SO (AP)
A three-goal lead wasn't big enough for the Nashville Predators, who couldn't hold off the hard-charging Minnesota Wild. The Predators got it to a shootout, but Brian Rolston's goal was the difference in the tiebreaker as the Wild escaped with a 7-6 victory Thursday night. Down 6-3 in regulation, the Wild refused to give in to the Predators in a game that was a shootout from start to finish.
Jokinen has hat trick, Panthers end skid (AP)
After goalie Ed Belfour protected Florida's lead in the first period, Olli Jokinen made sure that the Panthers built on it. Belfour made 13 saves in the first period and Jokinen's second career hat trick broke open a 1-0 game as the Florida Panthers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
Umberger rallies Flyers past Kings 4-3 (AP)
A West Coast trip was just what the Philadelphia Flyers needed to save their season. R.J. Umberger scored the tying and go-ahead goals 2 1/2 minutes apart, capping a three-goal rally in the third period and lifting the Flyers to a stunning 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night. "The whole key is that you keep playing, stick with it, get pucks deep and don't give up hope," said...
Reason to race
Martin wins race; Bodine wraps up title. (AP)
Mark Martin made his last race in a Roush Racing truck a memorable one, pulling away for a hard-earned victory Friday night, while Todd Bodine wrapped up the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship with a 21st-place finish.
Montoya makes field for first NASCAR Nextel Cup race (SportsTicker)
HOMESTEAD, Florida (Ticker) - After easily making the transition to stock cars, former Formula One driver Juan Montoya has stepped up to NASCAR's highest level as he made the field for his first Nextel Cup series race.
F1 defector Montoya makes first Nextel Cup race (AP)
Cameras followed Juan Pablo Montoya all across the NASCAR circuit the past three weeks.
Kahne wins sixth NASCAR pole of season (SportsTicker)
Title favorite Johnson qualifies 15th (AP)
Jimmie Johnson, on the cusp of winning his first NASCAR Nextel Cup championship, had a few anxious moments Friday on the way to qualifying 15th for the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Personal changes helped Knaus get close to title (AP)
When Jimmie Johnson whacked the wall at New Hampshire, his crew chief slumped in his seat atop the pit box. Another season had just been wrecked, this time in Round 1 of the Chase for the championship, and it would probably cost the most dominant team in NASCAR the Nextel Cup title.
Yates expects to race two Cup cars in 2007 (AP)
Robert Yates doesn't know who will drive one of his cars and who will be the primary sponsor for the No. 88, but he insists it's full speed ahead with two NASCAR Nextel Cup cars for Robert Yates Racing in 2007.
Goody's Headache Powder replaced by Tylenol in NASCAR (AP)
Goody's Headache Powders, a staple in NASCAR since 1977, will be replaced by Tylenol next season as the sport's official pain reliever. It's yet another break the stock car racing series is making from its longtime, but regional, partners.