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Ohio St. tops Michigan in thriller 42-39 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061119/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_michigan_ohio_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061119/capt.cfa8115dc7464c51ac1bd7c80f53d128.michigan_ohio_st_football_ohcle203.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=QZZjRLR1LIIlY6Nyfl4iKQ--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Ohio State receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. (7) leaps into the arms of teammate Rory Nicol, after Ginn scored a touchdown in the second quarter of a football game against Michigan at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Marvin Fong)" border="0" /></a>AP - Troy Smith and his Ohio State teammates touched off a raucous celebration on the field, the national championship game squarely in their sights. And when the No. 1 Buckeyes get to Arizona to play it, No. 2 Michigan might be waiting there for a rematch.</p><br clear="all"/>

No. 4 USC shuts down No. 17 Cal 23-9 (AP)
AP - Pete Carroll would love to lead his team in the national championship game for a third straight year. Right now, though, he's content on celebrating No. 4 Southern California's fifth consecutive Pac-10 championship.

No. 7 Rutgers stunned by Cincy 30-11 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061119/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_rutgers_cincinnati"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061119/capt.c80e95f036b3412b889ff20635621051.t25_rutgers_cincinnati_football_ohab107.jpg?x=130&y=114&sig=RVaMJQgY4ocP1arQQS6A3Q--" align="left" height="114" width="130" alt="Cincinnati cornerback Mike Mickens (21) intercepts a pass in the end zone in front of Rutgers receiver Tiquan Underwood (7) in the second quarter of their college football game, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nick Davila fought back tears while hugging his family and friends in the middle of a rare, raucous Cincinnati celebration. He had good reason to get choked up.</p><br clear="all"/>

Alou, Mets close on 1-year deal (AP)
AP - The New York Mets were close to an agreement Saturday on a one-year contract with Moises Alou, who would replace oft-injured left fielder Cliff Floyd.

No. 3 Gators pound W. Carolina 62-0 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061119/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_wcarolina_florida"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061118/capt.d3ace2b6d6b54972bb1a3849e5e3ca53.western_carolina_florida_football_gvp108.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=hKMOcTVzo.AkN1xcY_O3BQ--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Florida's Tim Tebow (15) scores a touchdown on a one yard urn over Western Carolina's Jeff Bradley (41), as Florida's Tate Casey (84) blocks during the third quarter in a football game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006.(AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Florida looks ready for Florida State &#151; and the future. Freshman Tim Tebow ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more, and the third-ranked Gators overwhelmed Western Carolina 62-0 on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Jags' Leftwich to have ankle surgery (AP)
AP - Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich will have surgery Tuesday on his injured left ankle, possibly ending his season.

Clippers win in overtime against 76ers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061119/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn76ers_clippers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061119/capt.bdf9c303d464428cb5003ea20fe902a9.76ers_clippers_basketball_cabk112.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=aC3oISG3t0zq6.lmrAhA7g--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Los Angeles Clippers' Elton Brand shoots a layup as Philadelphia 76ers' Andre Iguodala, left, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006. Brand had 32 points as the Clippers won 103-97. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)" border="0" /></a>AP - Allen Iverson and his Philadelphia 76ers tried to ruin Sam Cassell's 37th birthday. Elton Brand and Corey Maggette wouldn't let them. Brand had 32 points and 12 rebounds and Maggette added 21 points for the Los Angeles Clippers, who capitalized on the absence of Chris Webber and rallied Saturday night for a 103-97 overtime victory that made them 6-0 at home.</p><br clear="all"/>

Hickey hired as Rays' pitching coach (AP)
AP - Tampa Bay hired Jim Hickey as pitching coach Saturday, replacing Mike Butcher, who left the Devil Rays for the same position with the Los Angeles Angels.

Rooney scores twice in Man U win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061118/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061118/capt.2ee7a58d95934e48b731c887ae8d0038.britain_soccer_bsd113.jpg?x=130&y=126&sig=OXKg5z2RrQXivxtXH1RBdA--" align="left" height="126" width="130" alt="Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, battles for the ball with Sheffield United defender Mikele Leigertwood during their English Premier League soccer match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006. Manchester United won the match 2-1. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Wayne Rooney scored two goals as Manchester United defeated Sheffield United 2-1 Saturday and maintained its three-point lead atop the Premier League.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sharks skate past Flyers, 6-1 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061119/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_flyers_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061119/capt.8674395951464d279cc2c37f4be07437.flyers_sharks_hockey_cadv107.jpg?x=130&y=75&sig=ZubA7cLncWZLkakH0ZGt6w--" align="left" height="75" width="130" alt="San Jose Sharks' Mike Grier scores a breakaway goal against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Robert Esche during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)" border="0" /></a>AP - With Jonathan Cheechoo sidelined, the San Jose Sharks got their offense from almost everyone else on the team. Patrick Rissmiller and Milan Michalek scored in the opening 5 minutes and the Sharks kept up the pressure from there, getting points from 12 players in a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.</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.

Jags QB Leftwich to have ankle surgery (AP)
Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich will have surgery Tuesday on his injured left ankle, possibly ending his season. Leftwich missed three games before visiting renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., this week. He was told to rest the ankle, then return for a re-evaluation. The Jaguars released a statement Saturday that said Leftwich has opted for surgery.

Haynesworth joins roster, likely to play (AP)
Albert Haynesworth officially rejoined the Tennessee Titans' active roster Saturday, and likely will play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Titans waived rookie linebacker Terna Nande and moved Haynesworth to the roster before flying to Philadelphia. Saturday marked the end of a one-week exemption that allowed Haynesworth to practice without being added to the 53-man roster, following his...

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.

Redskins WR Moss downgraded to doubtful (AP)
Redskins receiver Santana Moss was downgraded to doubtful on the injury report Friday, with coach Joe Gibbs saying there is only "some slight hope" that his top receiver will play in Washington's game Sunday at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Moss missed the Dallas game two weeks ago with a strained hamstring.

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.

Making triple trouble


Jazz improve to 9-1, beat Suns in OT (AP)
Utah's Paul Millsap isn't playing like a rookie. The second-round draft pick looked more like a veteran Saturday night, helping the Jazz match the best start in team history by scoring six of his 18 points in overtime of a 120-117 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Millsap also had 10 rebounds for his first career double-double as the Jazz rallied from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Arenas scores 45 as Wizards rip Cavs (AP)
For Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards, this game against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers felt as critical as a mid-November matchup can. After all, the Wizards had lost three consecutive games. Arenas had been held below 30 points for four straight. And James and Co. keep barely beating Washington.

Wade's 37 lift Heat over Hawks in OT (AP)
The Miami Heat sent a get-well to Shaquille O'Neal, snapping their three-game losing streak on the eve of the big guy having surgery. Dwyane Wade scored 37 points, Jason Williams hit the go-ahead basket on a 3-pointer from the corner and the Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 93-88 in overtime Saturday night.

Mavs sweep home-and-home with Grizzlies (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks needed Jason Terry's hot 3-point shooting to overcome a sloppy, 21-turnover performance. Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points and 13 rebounds, Terry hit his first five 3-pointers and added 19 points, and the Mavericks extended their winning streak to five games with an 89-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

Stojakovic's 3-pointer lifts Hornets (AP)
Chris Paul was dominating the Minnesota Timberwolves with the highest-scoring night of his young NBA career. But in the final seconds, the New Orleans Hornets turned to Peja Stojakovic for the game-winning play. Stojakovic's 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds to play lifted the Hornets over the Timberwolves 99-96 on Saturday night.

Clippers win in OT, run home mark to 6-0 (AP)
Allen Iverson and his Philadelphia 76ers tried to ruin Sam Cassell's 37th birthday. Elton Brand and Corey Maggette wouldn't let them. Brand had 32 points and 12 rebounds and Maggette added 21 points for the Los Angeles Clippers, who capitalized on the absence of Chris Webber and rallied Saturday night for a 103-97 overtime victory that made them 6-0 at home.

Pistons top Rockets, climb back to .500 (AP)
Richard Hamilton is trying something new this weekend. So far, he and his Detroit Pistons teammates are very happy with the results. Hamilton scored 30 points and Chauncey Billups added 23 to help Detroit beat the Houston Rockets 104-92 Saturday night. Instead of gradually working his way into the flow of a game, Hamilton has tried attacking the basket from the opening tip, and it has resulted in 57...

Howard's 20-20 effort powers Magic (AP)
Give another round to Dwight Howard in the debate over who should have been the No. 1 pick in 2004. Howard posted his second 20-20 game this season with 24 points and 21 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic ran away from the Charlotte Bobcats 97-83 Saturday night. It was the fourth time in his career that Howard had 20 points and 20 rebounds, and the second against Emeka Okafor, taken one spot behind...

Anthony leads Nuggets to first home win (AP)
Alex English sped up his pace in order to catch up with Carmelo Anthony. The Toronto Raptors assistant coach had something he wanted to tell Anthony. "I told Carmelo that I hope he breaks all my records," English said after Denver's 117-109 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. "He's that good of player." Anthony scored 34 for his sixth straight game of 30 or more points.

Frolov has two goals again as Kings win (AP)
Craig Conroy made sure that Alexander Frolov's third consecutive two-goal game wasn't wasted. Conroy netted the go-ahead score with 11 minutes left, leading Los Angeles to a 5-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday. The Kings, who gave up three goals in a 3:10 minute span late in the third period of a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday, surrendered three goals on seven shots by the...

Staal, Williams lift 'Canes past Stars (AP)
Eric Staal had some shots during his longest slump of the season. He just couldn't score any goals. All it took to end the Carolina star's drought were a couple of fortunate bounces and an empty net. Staal scored three goals, and Justin Williams snapped a tie with 6:32 remaining to lift the Hurricanes to a 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Penguins top Rangers, Jagr stuck on 599 (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins disappointed Jaromir Jagr twice on the rink he used to call home. Mark Recchi scored two goals, and the Penguins' defense shut down Jagr and the New York Rangers with a 3-1 victory Saturday night. Jagr, one goal away from 600 in the NHL, often looked frustrated and lethargic and was booed with each touch of the puck.

Emery leads Sens past Sabres again (AP)
Once the third period came, the Ottawa Senators made quick work of the Buffalo Sabres' record-setting road winning streak. Peter Schaefer and Dany Heatley each had a goal and an assist, and Ray Emery made 23 saves as the Senators beat the Sabres 4-1 Saturday night and handed Buffalo its first road defeat in 11 games this season.

Brodeur, Devils stymie Maple Leafs 2-1 (AP)
Martin Brodeur looked a lot sharper against the Toronto Maple Leafs this time. Brodeur made 33 saves, and Jaime Langenbrunner scored in his fourth straight game to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Brodeur had one of his worst games of his career against Toronto on Oct.

Torres, Oilers turn back Red Wings in SO (AP)
Raffi Torres salvaged a win that the Edmonton Oilers almost threw away. Torres scored the game-winner in the shootout to help the Edmonton Oilers beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Saturday night. He had been struggling with only six points entering the game, and hopes scoring the shootout winner and the Oilers third goal of the game has ended his slump.

Budaj, Sakic help Avs top Wild in SO (AP)
Joe Sakic has never had much trouble putting the puck in the net during a brilliant 18-year career, except when it comes to shootouts. Sakic notched his first shootout goal in eight tries on Saturday night and Peter Budaj made 28 saves to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Dunham, Islanders turn back Panthers (AP)
Mike Dunham made 43 saves the easy way. Dunham, the Islanders backup, looked every bit as sharp as regular goalie Rick DiPietro, and Arron Asham broke a second-period tie, lifting New York to a 4-1 victory against the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. "It was just one of those games where the puck was hitting me," Dunham said.

Sharks score early, often in win (AP)
With Jonathan Cheechoo sidelined, the San Jose Sharks got their offense from almost everyone else on the team. Patrick Rissmiller and Milan Michalek scored in the opening 5 minutes and the Sharks kept up the pressure from there, getting points from 12 players in a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

Huet, Canadiens shut down Thrashers (AP)
Cristobal Huet gave a big nod to his defense on a night the Montreal Canadiens honored Serge Savard, one of their best defensemen ever. Huet made 39 saves, and Michael Ryder and Alexander Perezhogin each ended lengthy goal-scoring droughts, leading Montreal to a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

Chasing excitement


Harvick caps season of the ages with Busch championship (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

Johnson nervously in search of Nextel championship (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

Kenseth wins Busch Series Ford 300 (SportsTicker)


Kenseth wins Busch Series race at Homestead (AP)
Matt Kenseth passed teammate Carl Edwards for the lead with 11 laps to go Saturday night then pulled away for his second consecutive Busch Series victory.

Montoya set for NASCAR debut Sunday (AFP)
Former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia will compete in his first elite-level stock car event here Sunday, when he starts 29th in the season-ending Ford 400 closed-cockpit race.

Johnson fears mostly himself as he prepares to wrap up his first Nextel Cup title (AP)
The Nextel Cup title is Jimmie Johnson's to lose. Unfortunately for Johnson, he knows how easy that is to do.

Confident rookie eyes unlikely championship (AP)
Denny Hamlin feels like a kid who sneaks into a stadium and winds up sitting in the front row.

Todd Bodine finally gives family a NASCAR championship (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor

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