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NEWS FROM 2006-11-20
LT electrifies as Chargers top Broncos
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061120/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_chargers_broncos"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061120/capt.9f87aefbd4af4814ac9eda8f723e79de.chargers_broncos_football_dxs114.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=vmJwsiJZm9iC0RZvP6zqmg--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson smiles as he leaves the field after leading the Chargers to a victory over the Denver Broncos during an NFL football game in Denver, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. Tomlinson scored four times and reached 100 touchdowns faster than any player in NFL history Sunday night, leading the Chargers past the Denver Broncos 35-27. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - For once, LaDainian Tomlinson was relevant in the Mile High City. San Diego's remarkable running back scored four times and reached 100 touchdowns faster than any player in NFL history Sunday night, leading the Chargers past the Denver Broncos 35-27.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cowboys hand Colts 1st loss 21-14
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061120/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_colts_cowboys"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061120/capt.821467edf04a45aea26be38febaebe1c.colts_cowboys_football_irv119.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=K2V7NhBpFOjQmJBjjcIWsg--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) walks off the field after the Colts lost to the Dallas Cowboys 21-14 in their football game in Irving, Texas., Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maybe the burden of an unbeaten season was becoming too much for the Indianapolis Colts. They sure played like it.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cubs, Soriano agree to $136 million deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061120/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_cubs_soriano"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061119/capt.c41b985863a84589935fb32b08f10eab.cubs_soriano_baseball_ny152.jpg?x=130&y=118&sig=l_NUOkiS70GXjrZjKqKQig--" align="left" height="118" width="130" alt="Washington Nationals' Alfonso Soriano swings for a solo home run against the New York Mets during the seventh inning in Major League Baseball action Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, at Shea Stadium in New York. Free agent Soriano and the Chicago Cubs have reached a preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract worth about $136 million, a major league official told The Associated Press on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Memo to the National League. The Chicago Cubs mean business. The team without a World Series title since 1908 has tackled the offseason with a fury and is on the verge of landing Alfonso Soriano, one of the game's top offensive players.</p><br clear="all"/>
McNabb goes down as Eagles fall 31-13
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061120/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_titans_eagles"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061119/capt.d876014169b9481a9901abf100b8cdd3.titans_eagles_mcnabb_injured_football_pagw101.jpg?x=117&y=130&sig=WUDMczFalSxqA.neePpHvg--" align="left" height="130" width="117" alt="Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb holds his injured right knee as he is carted from the football field against the Tennessee Titans after the second play of the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Miles Kennedy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Donovan McNabb's season is over early — again. The Philadelphia Eagles lost their star quarterback for the rest of the year with a torn knee ligament in a 31-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ohio St.-Michigan still 1-2 in AP Top 25
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061120/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_college_fb_poll"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061119/capt.e6d4498312104e20bb3a20b397ed96c1.ohio_st_michigan_football_ohks139.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=k_ZCZc4Ayszmb1raxk0ecw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel sings the school's alma mater 'Carmen Ohio' after Ohio Strate beat Michigan 42-39 in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" border="0" /></a>AP - The game of the year didn't change the top of The Associated Press poll. Ohio State was No. 1 and Michigan was No. 2 in the Top 25 on Sunday. The Big Ten rivals have held the top two spots in the media poll since Oct. 15. After the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines 42-39 in Columbus on Saturday in their regular-season finale, the voters decided to keep them there.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gore runs over Seahawks in 20-14 win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061120/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_seahawks49ers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061119/capt.f55f64685b434aac862a86c67227e1e4.seahawks_49ers_football_cams103.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=MxfTixhN.WHptoTdFQaVeA--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) is chased by Seattle Seahawks' Bryce Fisher, left, LeRoy Hill, second from left, and Jordan Babineaux, right, in the first half of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - For a few gut-wrenching moments, Frank Gore thought his fumble had ruined it all. The best game of his career, the 49ers' biggest upset bid in years — it was all in the San Francisco defense's hands against the defending conference champs.</p><br clear="all"/>
Odom leads Lakers past Bulls as Bryant struggles
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061120/sp_nm/nba_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061120/2006_11_20t005603_450x363_us_nba.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=_tJzWUqi6LjcAYti9H7GmQ--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Chicago Bulls' Luol Deng of England (L) fights for a rebound with Los Angeles Lakers' Lamar Odom during their NBA game in Los Angeles November 19, 2006. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Lamar Odom poured in 23 points and
pulled down 10 rebounds to guide the Los Angeles Lakers to an
82-72 win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Garciaparra to stay with Dodgers
AP - Nomar Garciaparra is staying with the Los Angeles Dodgers, agreeing to a two-year contract. The deal with the All-Star first baseman will be formally announced Monday, Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck said Sunday.
Rooney scores twice in Man U win
<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"/>
Luongo strong in 3rd as Canucks win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061120/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_blackhawks_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061120/capt.0227df2d792c49c1be04f39387f95e4d.blackhawks_canucks_hockey_vcrz105.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=ueNFtGdYq3cHd1g0MBwuvw--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo stops Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp (10) in close during the second period of NHL hockey action in Vancouver Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Richard Lam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Josh Green scored his first goal of the season early in the second period and Roberto Luongo made 13 saves in the third, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vick still a mystery
Last unbeaten falls as Cowboys top Colts (AP)
Maybe the burden of an unbeaten season was becoming too much for the Indianapolis Colts. They sure played like it. Peyton Manning and the Colts looked nothing like their perfect record Sunday, turning the ball over on four of their first six possessions and coming up empty on their final two drives to lose 21-14 to the Dallas Cowboys.
McNabb done for season with torn ACL (AP)
Donovan McNabb tore a ligament in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season, the third time in five years the Eagles will finish a campaign without their hard-luck quarterback. McNabb was rolling to his right and was bumped out of bounds after throwing an incomplete pass Sunday when he grabbed his leg in pain early in the second quarter of Philadelphia's 31-13 loss to the Titans.
Tomlinson powers Chargers over Broncos (AP)
History and big leads aren't safe around LaDainian Tomlinson and the San Diego Chargers. San Diego's remarkable running back scored four times and reached 100 touchdowns faster than any player in NFL history Sunday night, leading the Chargers past the Denver Broncos 35-27 in a showdown for first place in the AFC West.
Favre hurts elbow nerve, status unclear (AP)
Not even the Patriots who sacked Brett Favre on his last play Sunday knew the three-time MVP was injured until there was a lull in the action. Favre, making his 251st consecutive start including playoffs, hurt his right elbow late in the second quarter of Green Bay's 35-0 loss to New England and did not return.
49ers' Gore upstages Alexander's return (AP)
For a few gut-wrenching moments, Frank Gore thought his fumble had ruined it all. The best game of his career, the 49ers' biggest upset bid in years -- it was all in the San Francisco defense's hands against the defending conference champs. Yet the defense didn't drop the ball, stuffing the Seattle Seahawks over and over again in the final minutes of a watershed win for a long-suffering franchise...
Chad Johnson's three TDs lead Bengals (AP)
If anyone doubted how seriously Chad Johnson takes his role on the Cincinnati Bengals, consider this: He was too hurt to perform his trademark end zone celebrations. He retained the will to score game-breaking touchdowns. For a second Sunday in a row, Johnson and quarterback Carson Palmer terrorized an opposing defense, connecting for 190 yards and three touchdowns.
Green leads late TD drive to lift Chiefs (AP)
Trent Green looked and felt just like new. He was at his best when Kansas City needed him most. After passing for barely 50 yards in his return from a 10-week layoff, the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback coolly threw for 50 yards in one game-winning fourth-quarter drive. Hitting three of five in the final minutes, Green set up Larry Johnson's 1-yard go-ahead touchdown run and rallied the sluggish...
Sams' returns help Ravens beat Falcons (AP)
For 30 minutes, the Baltimore Ravens' rejuvenated offense was rendered powerless by the depleted Atlanta Falcons. Then B.J. Sams kick-started the Baltimore attack with two long returns, and the Ravens pulled away to a 24-10 victory Sunday. Sams returned six kicks for 212 yards and Jamal Lewis tied a career high with three touchdowns to lead the Ravens (8-2) to their fourth straight win.
Bears notch second shutout of season (AP)
Mark Bradley turned and caught the short pass from Rex Grossman, and then realized Drew Coleman was the only thing standing between him and the end zone. "Every receiver loves a one-on-one situation," the Chicago Bears' second-year standout said. "It's just you and the DB on the island, and may the best man win." On this play, it was no contest.
Making triple trouble
Duncan scores 35 as Spurs beat Kings (AP)
Brent Barry already had a buzz cut, making sewing up his head that much easier for the Spurs' medical staff. As in nine sutures at the surface and another three stitches below to close a deep, 2-inch gash. That's the way it went for San Antonio and Sacramento in the teams' first meeting since the Spurs beat the Kings in the sixth game of their first-round playoff series in May.
Shaq has knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks (AP)
Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal had surgery Sunday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and will be sidelined four to six weeks. The procedure lasted about 45 minutes, and was performed by team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick. O'Neal injured the knee in a collision with Houston's Chuck Hayes last Sunday.
Odom, Lakers beat Bulls in sloppy game (AP)
Lakers coach Phil Jackson usually delegates the responsibility of watching tape of his team's next opponent to his assistants. This time, with the Chicago Bulls coming to town, he did it himself. Call it a pang of nostalgia. Jackson, who coached the Bulls to six NBA titles and the Lakers to three, improved his record against Chicago to 9-4 as Lamar Odom's 23 points and 10 rebounds carried Los...
Wizards' Hayes out of hospital (AP)
Washington Wizards guard Jarvis Hayes was out of the hospital and listed as day-to-day Sunday after bruising his back and banging his head in a collision during a game. X-rays showed he didn't do any structural damage, the Wizards said. Hayes left the hospital Saturday night after being taken there for precautionary tests.
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.
Peja's 3 with 0.6 left 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.
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.
Rangers' Jagr scores 600th career goal (AP)
Jaromir Jagr plans to give the puck from his 600th NHL goal to his mother, and he hopes he can add to her collection soon. Jagr got another milestone out of the way early in the first period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to help the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 Sunday night.
Kunitz, Selanne lead Ducks over Coyotes (AP)
After the first three-goal game of his NHL career, Chris Kunitz tipped his hat to teammate Teemu Selanne. Selanne, closing on 500 career goals, passed up scoring chances Sunday night and set up his linemates instead. He finished with a career-high five assists in the Anaheim Ducks' 6-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Canucks hold off Blackhawks, 2-1 (AP)
Josh Green scored his first goal of the season early in the second period and Roberto Luongo made 13 saves in the third, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. Markus Naslund added his 10th goal of the season as Vancouver won consecutive games for the first time in more than three weeks.
Senators hand Sabres first road loss (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.
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.
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.
Sakic's shootout goal helps Avs over Wild (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's 43 saves help Isles top Florida (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 to beat Flyers (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.
Marbles: One last look
Montoya gets "warm welcome" in his NASCAR Nextel Cup debut (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Johnson finally joins NASCAR's elite with first career Cup (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Kenseth and other contenders come up short (AP)
Matt Kenseth made the most of his fighting chance, coming up with the strong performance he'd been missing in the last few races of this Chase for the championship.
Johnson wins elusive first Nextel Cup title (SportsTicker)
Johnson caps dream season by winning Nextel Cup championship (AP)
Jimmie Johnson's California cool turned to euphoria when he won the Daytona 500. At Indianapolis, his emotions were overwhelmed again after a win he never expected.
Montoya escapes first Cup race OK after fiery crash (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya learned a lot in his first Nextel Cup race: how to run in traffic, communicate with his crew and climb out of a flame-engulfed stock car ready to explode.
Biffle finished season on high note -- again. (AP)
Greg Biffle is getting used to winning and being overlooked at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Montoya crashes out in NASCAR debut (AFP)
Former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya's elite-level stock car debut ended in a fiery crash but the Colombian racer escaped without injury to finish 34th at the Ford 400.