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Chat with Gardenhire makes Morneau MVP (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061122/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_al_mvp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061121/capt.37842a840f964d4fbd736fef93c5d6f9.al_mvp_baseball_mp102.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=PL5av4K9KFVDCArKKI4FTw--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau gets a hug from Hall of Famer and former MVP Harmon Killebrew Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006 in Minneapolis after Morneau was named the American League Most Valuable Player. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)" border="0" /></a>AP - Back in June, Justin Morneau walked into manager Ron Gardenhire's office with a .236 batting average and was benched. Though he didn't realize it at the time, he walked out an MVP. "It woke me up," Morneau said Tuesday after edging Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees to win the AL's Most Valuable Player award. "He lit a fire under me."</p><br clear="all"/>

Mbah A Moute leads UCLA over Kentucky (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061122/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_kentucky_ucla"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061122/capt.a1f2281bd2a44e49a829d2166531a60e.kentucky_ucla_basketball_himc117.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=WqJcEz6xTUxMs8qXXO.UEQ--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Kentucky forward Bobby Perry, right, fouls UCLA's Josh Shipp as he shoots in the first half of a second round game at the Maui Invitational college basketball tournament in Lahaina, Hawaii Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Arron Afflalo was able to smile after one of the worst shooting performances of his career.</p><br clear="all"/>

Marquette beats Duke in CBE title game (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061122/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_marquette_duke"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061122/capt.2b430024b3804ffe8d7f6db4ca2a0683.markette_duke_basketball_moez112.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=9Zd66H65slHdWgZL7k_vhQ--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="Duke guard Greg Paulus, left, has his shot blocked by Marquette guard Dominic James (1) in the first half of a basketball game in the CBE Classic Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tom Crean has guided Marquette to consecutive wins over teams coached by Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski the past two nights.</p><br clear="all"/>

Selanne scores 499th; Ducks beat Sharks (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061122/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sharks_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061122/capt.4d07639bf3f64b6bbb18da449fd57daf.sharks_ducks_hockey_capm103.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=QNszAU1x5wd0mgzjn.KKXQ--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton,left , is defended by Anaheim Ducks' Scott Niedermayer during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006 in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Phil McCarten)" border="0" /></a>AP - The two best teams in the Pacific Division began their eight-game season series, and the first one was no contest. The Anaheim Ducks were all over the San Jose Sharks from start to finish.</p><br clear="all"/>

Kobe leads Lakers past Clippers 105-101 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061122/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_clippers_lakers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061122/capt.9209a2acd0b24b79a9b2ea5c4824e87b.clippers_lakers_basketball_las102.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=J6BVmWxS.B.s.U8xb_hFEA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, shoots a layup while being defended by Los Angeles Clippers' Sam Cassell during the first half in an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe Bryant scored 40 points, 10 in the final 5:38, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Clippers 105-101 on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

49ers' Bryant arrested on DUI charges (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061122/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn49ers_bryant_arrested"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061121/capt.ebc8c372f4ca43a2960cfca7bfd8db1f.49ers_bryant_arrested_football_fx102.jpg?x=130&y=114&sig=Zivfqo4pm0eshE8eCt3C7w--" align="left" height="114" width="130" alt="San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant jumps under the goal post after scoring against the St. Louis Rams during a football game, in this file photo taken Sept. 17, 2006, in San Francisco. Bryant was arrested on reckless and drunken driving charges after his Lamborghini was seen speeding faster than 100 mph on a freeway. Bryant, 25, was arrested Sunday night , Nov. 19, 2006, on suspicion of misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, driving under the influence and resisting arrest, police said. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant was arrested on reckless and drunken driving charges after his orange Lamborghini was seen speeding faster than 100 mph on a freeway.</p><br clear="all"/>

Karl happy with 'good' J.R. Smith (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061122/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bulls_nuggets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061122/capt.3846681ab4c24b29bbc6faa4dfee3a20.bulls_nuggets_basketball_dxa107.jpg?x=105&y=130&sig=BcxnvfQmJFenRkq1dWtQdQ--" align="left" height="130" width="105" alt="Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith, left, hugs forward Carmelo Anthony after in the Nuggets' 113-109 victory over the Chicago Bulls in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006. Smith, who was traded to the Nuggets from the Bulls, scored a career-high 36 points in the game while Anthony added 29. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nuggets coach George Karl saw the good side of J.R. Smith on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Catalanotto returns to Texas Rangers (AP)
AP - Frank Catalanotto always loved hitting in Texas, even though he was never sure where he might play on defense. Back with the Rangers, Catalanotto now has a better idea which glove he'll be using most of the time.

Celtic, AC Milan reach second round (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061121/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061121/capt.345b15a77e2c4827a57e38c89296c75d.greece_soccer_champions_league_xpg111.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=3CNMsPPiD1C5h0zY3VV0WA--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="AC Milan's Brazilian striker Kaka, right, runs for the ball with AEK's Akis Zikos during their group H Champions League soccer match at the Athens Olympic stadium, on Tuesday, Nov. 21 , 2006. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)" border="0" /></a>AP - Celtic and AC Milan reached the second round of the Champions League on Tuesday, joining six other clubs that have qualified.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sykora helps Oilers beat rival Flames (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061122/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_flames_oilers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061122/capt.7459675c13de43509e9932bbfd097d3d.flames_oilers_hockey__edm103.jpg?x=73&y=130&sig=j.9hXlQrWecXtLGsVXWdFw--" align="left" height="130" width="73" alt="Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Smyth (94) celebrates over Calgary Flames' goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, of Finland, after teammate Petr Sykora, not shown, scored during the first period of NHL hockey action in Edmonton on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, John Ulan)" border="0" /></a>AP - When the Edmonton Oilers signed Petr Sykora last summer, they knew they were getting a player who could score. They also knew they were getting a player with a history of success against one of their biggest rivals. Sykora had two goals and the Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Where's the love?
In the latest mailbag, readers give their opinions on nominees they feel are being snubbed for Hall of Fame consideration.

49ers WR Bryant arrested for DWI (AP)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant was arrested on reckless and drunken driving charges after his orange Lamborghini was seen speeding faster than 100 mph on a freeway. Bryant, 25, was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, driving under the influence and resisting arrest, police Capt.

McNabb officially placed on IR (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles placed Donovan McNabb on injured reserve Tuesday, ending the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback's season early for the third time in five years. McNabb tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Sunday's 31-13 loss to Tennessee, and is expected to have surgery within a month.

Lions DT Rogers to miss Thursday's game (AP)
The Detroit Lions will have to wait at least one more week before the return of Shaun Rogers, their best defensive player. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle has missed the last four games while serving a four-game suspension for substance abuse, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery during his time away and has not recovered enough to be activated for the Thanksgiving Day game against Miami.

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.

Broncos SS Ferguson done for year (AP)
Nick Ferguson usually bounded through the locker room, knocking objects -- namely food -- out of teammates' hands, cracking jokes and making of fun of whoever stood in front of him. The locker room seemed quieter Tuesday without the Denver Broncos strong safety. Ferguson had season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee.

Packers sign Bouman, put Rodgers on IR (AP)
The Green Bay Packers signed quarterback Todd Bouman on Tuesday and placed quarterback Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve. Bouman, 34, has nine years of NFL experience, mostly with the Minnesota Vikings. Bouman spent the past three seasons in New Orleans, where Packers coach Mike McCarthy was the offensive coordinator in 2003 and 2004.

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.

The time is Yao

Kobe scores 40 as Lakers beat Clippers (AP)
Kobe Bryant scored 40 points, 10 in the final 5:38, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Clippers 105-101 on Tuesday night. Bryant got the Lakers going again after they went scoreless over a span of almost seven minutes beginning in the final minute of the third quarter and extending into the fourth. Lamar Odom added 18 points for the Lakers.

Pistons beat 76ers as Iverson sits out (AP)
The Detroit Pistons had too much balance for a Philadelphia team without Allen Iverson. Rasheed Wallace had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Pistons took advantage of Iverson's absence to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 97-87 on Tuesday night. Tayshaun Prince added 25 points and Richard Hamilton scored 16 as Detroit (6-5) led all the way and won its third straight game.

Nowitzki, Mavericks win seventh straight (AP)
Gilbert Arenas looked like he was on his way to another 40-point game after getting the Washington Wizards off to a fast start. But Dirk Nowitzki had another stellar performance for Dallas, and got much more help from his teammates than Arenas in what became a runaway romp for the surging Mavericks. "We tried to run them out of the gym in the first half, but it backfired," Arenas said.

Cavs hold off Grizzlies' rally attempt (AP)
Damon Jones offered an apology before the game. He wasn't sorry for anything he did during it. Jones, who was ejected for the first time in his career in Cleveland's previous game, made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and two free throws in the final seconds, helping the Cavaliers hold off the Memphis Grizzlies 97-94 on Tuesday night.

Hornets' reserves spark run to top Heat (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets turned to their bench to put away the defending NBA champions in the fourth quarter. Bobby Jackson, Rasual Butler and the Hornets' reserves opened the final period with a 10-point run to back a 23-point performance from Peja Stojakovic in a 101-86 victory Tuesday night over the Miami Heat.

O'Neal, Pacers rally past Bucks, 93-88 (AP)
The Indiana Pacers may not yet have an answer for the zone defense. They certainly have mastered the art of comebacks. The Pacers scored the final 14 points Tuesday night, and used a strong offensive performance from Jermaine O'Neal and an even better defensive effort from Jamaal Tinsley to get past Milwaukee 93-88.

Rockets' Snyder sidelined 8-10 weeks (AP)
Rockets guard Kirk Snyder will miss eight to 10 weeks after breaking his right hand when fouled by Knicks center Jerome James while driving to the basket. Snyder was examined by doctors Tuesday and underwent surgery, the team said. The 6-foot-6 guard was hurt during the second quarter of Houston's 97-90 victory in New York on Monday night.

Smith, Anthony lead Nuggets past Bulls (AP)
Nuggets coach George Karl saw the good side of J.R. Smith on Tuesday night. "He pushes both buttons, good and bad," Karl said. "There are times when you are happy with him when you walk out of the arena and other times you would like to strangle him." Smith scored a career-high 36 points, including five 3-pointers, and the Nuggets beat the struggling Chicago Bulls 113-109.

Suns win on Nash's 3 with 4.1 to play (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.

Selanne one shy of 500 after Ducks' win (AP)
The two best teams in the Pacific Division began their eight-game season series, and the first one was no contest. The Anaheim Ducks were all over the San Jose Sharks from start to finish. Teemu Selanne scored his 498th and 499th career goals, Jean-Sebastien Giguere recorded his 24th career shutout, and the Ducks routed San Jose 5-0 Tuesday night to take a five-point lead over their California...

Jagr, Lundqvist lead Rangers past 'Canes (AP)
Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan streaked into the Carolina zone, more than 1,200 NHL goals in the bank and only the goaltender standing in the way of another one. Jagr took a pass from Shanahan and ripped a shot over the net, a rare miss for the newest members of the 600-goal club. "That was funny," Jagr said.

Sykora, Oilers edge Flames 2-1 (AP)
When the Edmonton Oilers signed Petr Sykora last summer, they knew they were getting a player who could score. They also knew they were getting a player with a history of success against one of their biggest rivals. Sykora had two goals and the Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 Tuesday night. The teams were tied with just over 6 minutes left when Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff allowed a rebound on...

Sabres' seven-goal second sinks 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.

Stars' Morrow hampered by groin strain (AP)
Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow didn't skate in practice Tuesday and likely will miss at least one game because of a slight groin strain. Morrow didn't return to Monday night's 5-4 victory over Colorado after he was gimpy coming off the ice during a shift change in the second period. He was evaluated Tuesday.

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.

Predators' Arnott out 3-6 weeks (AP)
Nashville Predators center Jason Arnott is expected to miss up to six weeks because of a knee injury. The team also placed defenseman Mikko Lehtonen on injured reserve with a concussion. The Predators recalled forward Alexander Radulov, the team's 2004 first-round draft pick, from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

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.

Rangers F Ortmeyer cleared to practice (AP)
Rangers forward Jed Ortmeyer, out all season because of a pulmonary embolism, received clearance Tuesday to start practicing without contact. The 28-year-old right wing has been sidelined since the diagnosis on Aug. 13 of the pulmonary embolism, a sudden blockage of an artery in the lung, usually caused by one or more blood clots.

Passing the torch

Johnson tells Letterman that penalty wasn't that bad (AP)
David Letterman's idea of cheating is apparently much more severe than Jimmie Johnson's. Johnson appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman," on Tuesday night, and the host grilled NASCAR's new champion about a penalty his team incurred before the season opening race. Johnson's crew chief, Chad Knaus, was fined $25,000 and suspended for four races for making an illegal modifications to...

2006 a time of change for NASCAR (AP)
Jimmie Johnson opened and closed the 2006 season on top, for very different reasons.

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.

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