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NEWS FROM 2006-11-21
Coughlin fumes as Giants lose to Jags
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061121/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_giants_jaguars"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061121/capt.5ecbb66e992e474e970116ae6da1f995.giants_jaguars_football_flpc213.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=TSJkFJix_gnS7Dk5KhVfFg--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin comes off the ground as he argues a call during the second half of a National Football League game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, in Jacksonville, Fla. Coughlin thought a pass interference penalty should have been called against the Jaguars. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tom Coughlin's homecoming ended with a locker room tirade. It's OK coach, you're not alone. The Jacksonville Jaguars' defense tends to frustrate just about everyone.</p><br clear="all"/>
Spurs remain perfect on the road
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061121/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061121/capt.112b6e87387b4472ae553251b0002f94.spurs_trail_blazers_basketball_pda104.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=0fCIwf7U5wMKJ71cwcoKjw--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, left, looks to maneuver against the defense from Portland Trail Blazers center Jamaal Magloire during NBA second-half basketball action in Portland, Ore., Monday, Nov. 20, 2006. Duncan scored 25 points as the Spurs beat the Blazers 107-98(AP Photo/Don Ryan)" border="0" /></a>AP - It shapes up as a late-November treat: San Antonio at Utah, coming next week. The Spurs haven't lost on the road. The Jazz are nearly perfect no matter where they play.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabres top Lightning with big 2nd period
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061121/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061121/capt.de3bf57795414795b188d88c3aa3e53c.lightning_sabres_hockey_nydh103.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=flGnhdjsjUqjkz3_2.j7Ow--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Buffalo Sabres center Paul Gaustad, top right, shoots the puck past Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Marc Denis during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y. on Monday, Nov. 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)" border="0" /></a>AP - Winning isn't enough for the Buffalo Sabres anymore. Now, they are just blowing everyone away.</p><br clear="all"/>
No. 4 Ohio State routs San Francisco
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061121/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_college_bkb_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061121/capt.29f0d50948db45e3b62dfcd81ab7dad8.san_francisco_ohio_st_basketball_ohtg104.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=DfSFFBpkDxhqwENDzk3V9Q--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Ohio State's Jamar Butler (14) shoots over San Francisco's Manny Quezada (10) during the second half of a basketball game Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio. San Francisco's Jared Casey (3) and Ohio State's Matt Terwilliger (42) look on. Ohio State won 82-60. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Many teams have trouble finding a quality point guard. No. 4 Ohio State starts two of them.</p><br clear="all"/>
Phillies' Ryan Howard wins NL MVP award
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061121/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_nl_mvp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061120/capt.5dee76789c68496390bdb2601c951ab7.nl_mvp_baseball_pamr107.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=wSl8Z7QCOVvSPYeQiLubHQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="A person photographs a banner honoring Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Monday, Nov. 20, 2006. Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies was voted the National League's Most Valuable Player on Monday, beating out the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ryan Howard had a season that defied convention, one that made him only the second player voted Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in consecutive years.</p><br clear="all"/>
Garrard helps Jaguars maul Manning and Giants
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061121/sp_nm/nfl_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061121/2006_11_19t212032_450x309_us_nfl.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=CQ5hDYeN0hu4Mzlv6fhedA--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison (R) and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bradie James eye the loose ball after Harrison fumbled in the first quarter of their NFL football game in Dallas, Texas November 19, 2006. Dallas recovered the fumble. (Mike Stone/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - David Garrard threw for 249 yards and the
Jacksonville Jaguars smothered Eli Manning and his New York
Giants offense in a 26-10 home victory in the Monday Night
Nash's 3 lifts Suns over Warriors
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061121/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_suns_warriors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061121/capt.44cb1c13ed7e4e7e9553601864611ac6.suns_warriors_basketball_oas103.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=eqEE4RDue.ZPLr6J2brUBw--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash (13) of Canada looks to pass away from Golden State Warriors' Andris Biedrins of Latvia in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)" border="0" /></a>AP - Although the Golden State Warriors did a pretty sharp impersonation of the fast-breaking, high-scoring Phoenix Suns, it wasn't quite as good as the genuine article.</p><br clear="all"/>
Soriano to Cubs; Dodgers focus on Pierre
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061121/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_baseball_rdp"><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 - Alfonso Soriano is focused on bringing a World Series title to Wrigley Field for the first time.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham told to skip TomKat wedding
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061120/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061117/capt.5169518693f2482c8ab87ee1078ed528.aptopix_italy_cruise_holmes_wedding_xgb101.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=s98h69t9LjL75SMCX67.tA--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Real Madrid soccer player and former England captain David Beckham and his wife Victoria arrive at Ciampino airport in Rome, Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, to attend the expected wedding of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, likely to take place Saturday in Bracciano, a medieval lakeside town outside Rome. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)" border="0" /></a>AP - Not even David Beckham can get a day off to attend a friend's wedding. The soccer star-pop idol wanted to stay in Rome for an extra day to watch Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes tie the knot, but Real Madrid didn't like that idea.</p><br clear="all"/>
Injured Morrow spurs Stars to 5-4 win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061121/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_avalanche_stars"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061121/capt.db5dc57eb8cb46739f854830a8a31114.avalanche_stars_hockey_dna109.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=.4Y.HkFmbqrKyHFfPeJgTw--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="Dallas Stars' Brenden Morrow, left, competes against Colorado Avalanche's John-Michael Liles (4) for control of a puck in the second period of a hockey game in Dallas, Monday, Nov. 20, 2006. Morrow limped off the ice during a shift change midway through the second period and never returned in the Stars 5-4 win. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brenden Morrow wasn't on the ice or the bench when the Dallas Stars scored their final two goals. Still, the Stars would never have been in position for their impressive 5-4 comeback victory over the Colorado Avalanche without their captain.</p><br clear="all"/>
The holiday spirit
As Thanksgiving Day nears, we take a look at the teams especially thankful and those not feeling so fortunate during Week 11.
Jaguars' defense dominates Giants, 26-10 (AP)
Tom Coughlin's homecoming ended with a locker room tirade. It's OK coach, you're not alone. The Jacksonville Jaguars' defense tends to frustrate just about everyone. The Jaguars wore all black, Jack Del Rio sported a blue tie, and Jacksonville's defense followed suit Monday night with a thorough bruising of the New York Giants.
Hasselbeck to start for Seahawks (AP)
Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will be following league MVP Shaun Alexander out of the training room and back into the Seahawks' offense this week. That alone could cool the possibility of another Mike Holmgren postgame eruption. Seattle's perfectionist coach ripped into his sloppy, undisciplined players so fiercely following a 20-14 loss at the San Francisco 49ers that made the NFC West a...
Jaguars' Darius breaks leg, out for year (AP)
Jacksonville's injury-depleted defense suffered another setback Monday night when safety Donovin Darius broke his right leg against the New York Giants and was lost for the season. It's the second consecutive season that Darius' season ended early. He missed most of last year after tearing a ligament in his left knee.
Rodgers breaks foot, Favre doing better (AP)
The Green Bay Packers lost a quarterback for the season on Monday. It wasn't Brett Favre. Backup Aaron Rodgers said he didn't know how he broke his left foot in the third quarter of Sunday's game against New England and thought he was just feeling sorry for himself because of his poor performance. Rodgers had replaced Favre, who hurt his elbow earlier in the game, but is expected to return in time...
Ex-player Andre Waters commits suicide (AP)
Andre Waters, a defensive back who spent most of his 12 seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound early Monday. He was 44. His body was found at about 1:30 a.m. at his Tampa home, the medical examiner's office said. He had shot himself in the head.
Chargers RB Tomlinson on top of his game (AP)
LaDainian Tomlinson isn't about to start pondering his place in NFL history, and he's still trying to put into perspective what it means to have scored 100 touchdowns faster than any other player. This much L.T. is certain of -- he's never been better. "I would say yes. You guys are getting to see every aspect of my game, of what I can do on the football field," the San Diego Chargers' star running...
Colts hope loss gives them motivation (AP)
If Tony Dungy didn't have the attention of his players when they were chasing perfection, he certainly does now. After complaining for weeks about the Colts' run defense and mental errors, and more recently a rash of turnovers, Dungy believes Sunday's loss to Dallas sent a stronger message. Play smart, stay focused, and the wins will follow.
Chiefs hope to get healthy for Broncos (AP)
A thick brace remains attached to Brian Waters' right knee, and whenever Derrick Johnson tries to cut left and right, his ankle still stings. Whether those two key starters will be back in time for Kansas City's AFC West showdown with Denver on Thanksgiving night remained anybody's guess. "I'm just practicing," said Waters, the Pro Bowl left guard who has missed the last two starts.
Bengals stay in playoff contention (AP)
The defense gives up nearly 600 yards, but gets three critical interceptions. The offense bogs down, only to light up when Chad Johnson gets free behind the coverage. For the Cincinnati Bengals, it felt like the good, old days. A 31-16 victory in New Orleans on Sunday got the defending AFC North champions back to .500 and kept them in the middle of the pack of playoff contenders, though there's...
The time is Yao
Suns edge Warriors on Nash's 3-pointer (AP)
Although the Golden State Warriors did a pretty sharp impersonation of the fast-breaking, high-scoring Phoenix Suns, it wasn't quite as good as the genuine article. Steve Nash hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left, and the Suns made the final rally in a thrilling fourth quarter to snap the Warriors' five-game winning streak with a 113-110 victory Monday night.
Jazz improve to 10-1 as Boozer scores 35 (AP)
Carlos Boozer's big game on his birthday and a breakout performance by rookie Paul Millsap helped the Utah Jazz to yet another win. Boozer scored a season-high 35 points on his 25th birthday, rallying Utah past the Toronto Raptors 101-96 Monday night for its 10th victory in 11 games and the best start in franchise history.
Mavs hold off Bobcats, win sixth in row (AP)
It took an off night to convince Dallas coach Avery Johnson that the Mavericks have erased the memories of their 0-4 start. Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Jason Terry scored five straight points in a late run Monday as Dallas held off the Charlotte Bobcats 93-85. The Mavericks won their sixth straight game despite shooting 39 percent from the field and missing 13 free throws.
Spurs go to 6-0 on road, beat Blazers (AP)
Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili kept the San Antonio Spurs' road winning streak very much intact. Duncan scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter and Ginobili had 18 of his 25 in the fourth as the Spurs rallied to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-98 Monday night, extending their perfect road start to 6-0.
Van Gundy's Rockets beat Knicks again (AP)
Just when the Knicks finally started to solve Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady stepped up. Two stars was one too many for struggling New York on Monday night. Yao had 26 points and nine rebounds in another strong game against the Knicks, and McGrady added 24 points in the Houston Rockets' 97-90 victory over New York.
Sonics surge past Nets in fourth quarter (AP)
Perhaps it was a benching in the previous game. Or maybe the presence of Navy personnel from his native France, flying a huge, red-white-and-blue French flag behind one basket. Whatever the case, Johan Petro was far better than his previous 10 games on Monday night. Ray Allen scored 29 points and Petro had 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks -- including a pivotal one of Vince Carter late in a...
Warrick helps Grizzlies end 7-game slide (AP)
In one of those rare occurrences of the Grizzlies' young season, Memphis not only rallied in the fourth quarter, but closed out the game pulling away. Hakim Warrick's 15 points in the fourth quarter keyed a late rally Monday night to help Memphis defeat the Orlando Magic 95-86, just their second win of the season.
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.
Warriors release G Dajuan Wagner (AP)
The Golden State Warriors released guard Dajuan Wagner on Monday, two months after the former college star recovered from a serious illness to make an NBA comeback. Wagner, the sixth pick in the 2002 draft by Cleveland, signed with the Warriors in late September after missing most of the previous two NBA seasons while recovering from an inflammation of his colon, which was removed.
Sabres get seven goals in 2nd, rip Tampa (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres knew what they needed to do after a sluggish first period, and they didn't need a pep talk to figure it out. Thomas Vanek and Paul Gaustad each scored twice in Buffalo's seven-goal second period, and Ales Kotalik had three assists to lead the Sabres to a 7-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.
Flyers give coach Stevens two-year deal (AP)
A month after elevating John Stevens to the head coaching job, the Philadelphia Flyers gave him a two-year contract on Monday. Stevens, who replaced the fired Ken Hitchcock, went 4-7-1 in his first 12 games. "This stabilizes the situation in terms of his leadership of the hockey team," general manager Paul Holmgren said.
Sens get off to quick start, defeat Wild (AP)
Ray Emery made the Ottawa Senators' big lead stand up. Emery stopped 42 shots, and Andrej Meszaros, Chris Kelly and Chris Neil scored first-period goals, leading Ottawa to a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. Meszaros and Kelly scored 1:08 apart before seven minutes elapsed. Neil made it 3-0 with his sixth goal on a power play at 14:06, and Daniel Alfredsson scored his sixth goal 7:56...
Penguins improve to 4-0 against Flyers (AP)
Ryan Whitney says that there a number of reasons why the Pittsburgh Penguins have dominated the Philadelphia Flyers this season. Whitney had a goal and two assists, and Sidney Crosby and Dominic Moore each added a goal and an assist as the Penguins defeated the Flyers 5-3 on Monday night despite not having Crosby on the ice in the third period.
Miettinen's goal lifts Stars over Avs (AP)
Brenden Morrow wasn't on the ice or the bench when the Dallas Stars scored their final two goals. Still, the Stars would never have been in position for their impressive 5-4 comeback victory over the Colorado Avalanche without their captain. Before leaving Monday night's game with a groin injury, Morrow scored twice in the final three minutes of the first period to rally the Stars from a horrendous...
Kariya, Erat lead Predators past Jackets (AP)
Less than two months in the season, the Nashville Predators are already preparing for the playoffs. Paul Kariya and Martin Erat each had a goal and an assist as the Predators -- two points ahead of Detroit atop the Central Division -- beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 Monday night. "Winning hockey games is our job.
Panthers snap Bruins' four-game streak (AP)
A visit to Boston was just what the Florida Panthers needed to help their road woes. Alex Auld made 29 saves, Martin Gelinas scored a power-play goal and the Panthers snapped the Bruins' season-high, four-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory Monday night. Joe Nieuwendyk netted a third-period, power-play goal, and Nathan Horton scored in the second period for the Panthers, who won for the second...
Tucker scores 13th goal, Leafs top Isles (AP)
Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice wasn't satisfied with his team's latest victory. "We weren't handing out roses after this one," Maurice said. Darcy Tucker scored his 13th goal and Toronto held on for a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Monday night. John Pohl, Kyle Wellwood and Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for the Maple Leafs, who ended a two-game losing skid.
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 knock off Blackhawks 2-1 (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks have been in such a scoring drought that two goals seem to be a lot. Against Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, it was. Markus Naslund scored his 10th of the season on an early power play and Josh Green added his first in the second period as the Canucks overcame a brilliant 37-save outing by Khabibulin to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Sunday night.
Passing the torch
NASCAR's new champion lags in fan popularity (AP)
There's an Internet video of a family in its kitchen watching October's last-lap wreck at Talladega. When Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson crash on the final lap, the family flies into an expletive-laden rage against Johnson.
NASCAR owners has formula for winning championships. (AP)
Jack Roush has a unique knowledge of what it takes to win a NASCAR Nextel Cup championship.
Johnson caps dream season by winning Nextel Cup championship (AP)
Not long ago, Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus were considering a split.
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)
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.