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NEWS FROM 2006-11-23
Tiger wins 7th straight PGA Grand Slam
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061123/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_grand_slam"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061123/capt.d3474ea859fc4ff7b1daf7b9fb9c3954.grand_slam_golf_cacc101.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=keYIFWitIBsa5o.Tbjjksw--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Tiger Woods watches his drive on the first hole during final round in the Grand Slam of Golf at the Poipu Bay Golf Course in Poipu Beach, Hawaii, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - It started shaky but ended the same way for Tiger Woods — surrounded by hula dancers on the 18th green, wearing a floral lei and posing with a trophy.</p><br clear="all"/>
U.S. women earn 2007 World Cup berth
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061123/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_mexico_us_women"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061123/capt.616d95fe013144d789ad9041f71fcec3.gold_cup_m_exico_usa_soccer_ksd111.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=IxoY2p7mBmBQGog.UYnjpw--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="USA's Abby Wambach, left, celebrates her goal with teammate Lindsay Tarpley, center as Mexico's goalie Sophia Perez looks on during the first half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer semi final game in Carson, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Abby Wambach scored twice and the United States beat Mexico 2-0 in their CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal Wednesday night to earn a berth in the 2007 World Cup and run its unbeaten streak to 31 games.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gonzaga upsets No. 2 Tar Heels 82-74
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061123/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_gonzaga_ncarolina"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061123/capt.b00844085afc4fb8bcb542538ddb9392.gonzaga_north_carolina_basketball_nyjj115.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=bHNp4PMueLeA0tIjO_YGgw--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Gonzaga's Derek Raivio, center, drives the lane for a shot against North Carolina's Wes Miller in the first half during the semifinals of the NIT basketball competition Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Derek Raivio scored 21 points to help Gonzaga upset No. 2 North Carolina 82-74 in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Spurs easily rout depleted Heat 106-86
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061123/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_heat_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061123/capt.0bcc012705b54c7abd9b89fc89a281cd.heat_spurs_basketball_txds105.jpg?x=94&y=130&sig=jakXQ72xMbUP6dcDCaUXtQ--" align="left" height="130" width="94" alt="San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20) of Argentina, drives past Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem during second half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006. San Antonio won 106-86.(AP Photo/Doug Sehres)" border="0" /></a>AP - Without Shaquille O'Neal, the Miami Heat aren't playing championship-caliber basketball.</p><br clear="all"/>
Suns win 92-83 to snap Hornets' streak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061123/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_hornets_suns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061123/capt.2c78d5961cdf45f98b09b7fc6039bf96.hornets_suns_basketball_azrd101.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=UnsUYKSe76UWbwBgkPDEDA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, left, drives the lane on New Orleans Hornets' Jannero Pargo, to score two points, during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Roy Dabner)" border="0" /></a>AP - The high-scoring Phoenix Suns turned to their defense on a rare night when their offense wasn't in sync. Steve Nash scored 24 points and the Suns held New Orleans to 13 points in the third quarter of a 92-83 win Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Garcia gets nod to replace McNabb
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061123/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_eagles_garcia"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061119/capt.b334a16608cd40919c61490e9ad246a6.titans_eagles_football_pagw111.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=ASte42lvo4PzyC6gtVL.Jw--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jeff Garcia throws against the Tennessee Titans in the third quarter Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, in Philadelphia. Garcia was 26-for-48 for 189 yards and one touchdown after replacing Donovan McNabb who was injured in the second quarter. The Titans won, 31-13. (AP Photo/Miles Kennedy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeff Garcia will replace Donovan McNabb as the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback Sunday against Indianapolis. Eagles coach Andy Reid said he thinks Garcia, signed last March, was simply the best person for the job.</p><br clear="all"/>
Head, Rockets hold on to beat Wizards
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061123/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_wizards_rockets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061123/capt.ce0b39bc9dc848ba83add6ab960f0105.rockets_wizards_basketball_txtj107.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=dBbkPJaYLE8N7n_JcdaznQ--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Houston Rockets' Rafer Alston hugs teammate Luther Head (2) after Head hit a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006 in Houston. Rockets beat the Wizards 86-82.(AP Photo/Tim Johnson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Luther Head followed his coach's curious order to help the Houston Rockets survive another fourth-quarter meltdown. Head made a free throw with 3 seconds left, then rebounded his intentional miss, got fouled and made two more to finally put away Houston's 86-82 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dodgers sign Pierre to $44 million deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061123/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_dodgers_pierre"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061122/capt.e86ca29487694537b87838e72a16d1fb.dodgers_pierre_baseball_ny164.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=oxjXhhO.MwPPYkbDXZP3kw--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="Chicago Cubs Juan Pierre attempts a bunt while at bat in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during a baseball game in St. Louis in this April 22, 2006 file photo. Pierre and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a five-year contract worth about $45 million on Wednesday, giving the team additional speed at the top of the lineup. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)" border="0" /></a>AP - With power in short supply on the free agency front, the Los Angeles Dodgers went for speed. Juan Pierre and the Dodgers finalized a $44 million, five-year contract Wednesday, giving the club another dangerous threat at the top of the lineup to go with Rafael Furcal.</p><br clear="all"/>
U.S. drops from top 30 in FIFA rankings
AP - The United States is not ranked among the top 30 in soccer rankings for the first time in more than seven years.
Avs spoil Selanne's 500th career goal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061123/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_ducks_avalanche"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061123/capt.eb10e6f68aa64fc6a8c9fa4e6fd172f4.ducks_avalanche_hockey_cojd102.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=VvX3RTG1DMq4tOL6m2uFcQ--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic (19) fights for possession with Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne (8) from Finland during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joe Sakic scored in a shootout and the Colorado Avalanche overcame Teemu Selanne's 500th career goal to beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Taking a back seat
Miami QB Joey Harrington's return to Detroit could be overshadowed by the play of teammate Jason Taylor, who is wreaking havoc right now.
NFL suspends Bears DB Manning one game (AP)
Chicago Bears defensive back Ricky Manning Jr. was suspended one game by the NFL on Wednesday for his role in a restaurant altercation and will not play this week at New England. Manning, the Bears' leader with four interceptions, pleaded no contest in September to a felony assault charge stemming from an altercation with a man in a Los Angeles restaurant.
Eagles' Garcia to start Sunday vs. Colts (AP)
Jeff Garcia will replace Donovan McNabb as the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback Sunday against Indianapolis. Eagles coach Andy Reid said he thinks Garcia, signed last March, was simply the best person for the job. "I think it's important that I have the confidence from coach Reid that I am the guy, that this team knows who the quarterback is going to be," said Garcia, who was chosen over...
Bucs DE Simeon Rice out for season (AP)
Simeon Rice's streak of consecutive seasons with double-digit sacks ended at five Wednesday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed him on injured reserve because of a lingering shoulder injury. The three-time Pro Bowl selection had never missed a game because of injury before sitting out the Bucs' loss to the Carolina Panthers on Nov.
Hasselbeck not certain to start just yet (AP)
Matt Hasselbeck is a Pro Bowl and Super Bowl quarterback. Yet he still has some things to prove. Such as being able to run. Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said Wednesday it is not certain Hasselbeck will start Monday night's game against the Green Bay Packers. Hasselbeck, listed as probable, must show Holmgren that he can avoid pass rushers and escape further injury to his sprained right knee, which...
49ers won't suspend WR Bryant for arrest (AP)
Receiver Antonio Bryant won't be suspended by the San Francisco 49ers after his weekend arrest on charges on reckless and drunken driving. Although the NFL could issue disciplinary action against Bryant when his case is resolved, coach Mike Nolan said Wednesday he will allow Bryant to keep practicing and playing.
Saints rookie WR Colston questionable (AP)
Top Saints receiver and rookie sensation Marques Colston was not in pads during practice Wednesday, but was able to put weight on his sprained left ankle as he played catch with fellow receivers. "I'm making a little progress day by day," Colston said. "It's really too early to tell at this point. We still have a couple days to evaluate and see where this thing goes.
Barber upset by lack of carries vs. Jags (AP)
A frustrated Tiki Barber criticized the New York Giants' play calling on Wednesday, saying abandoning the running game against Jacksonville was a slap in his face and a sure way to lose more games. The mild blowup from Barber came two days after the Giants (6-4) called only 14 running plays in a 26-10 loss to the Jaguars.
Foster, Lucas miss Panthers practice (AP)
Carolina Panthers running back DeShaun Foster and cornerback Ken Lucas missed practice with injuries Wednesday and are questionable for Sunday's game at Washington. Guard Mike Wahle did practice with a shoulder injury, but is also listed as questionable. Foster suffered a hyperextended left elbow after falling awkwardly after a run in the second quarter of last Sunday's win over St.
Cowboys hope to keep 'Romo-mentum' (AP)
When NFL and network scheduling mavens decided to have Tampa Bay play Dallas on Thanksgiving, they must have envisioned hyping the names Simms and Bledsoe and their shared connection, Cowboys coach Bill Parcells. Well, the game is here, and the quarterbacks aren't. Chris Simms (son of Phil, the MVP of Parcells' first Super Bowl team) is hurt.
Duncan, Spurs pound Heat 106-86 (AP)
Without Shaquille O'Neal, the Miami Heat aren't playing championship-caliber basketball. "We just don't have any respect for winning," the Heat's Udonis Haslem said after a 106-86 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Tim Duncan scored 19 points, and Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili each added 17 for the Spurs.
Nash, Suns down Hornets 92-83 (AP)
The high-scoring Phoenix Suns turned to their defense on a rare night when their offense wasn't in sync. Steve Nash scored 24 points and the Suns held New Orleans to 13 points in the third quarter of a 92-83 win Wednesday night. "We were being active," said Shawn Marion, who finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Bosh, Raptors end six-game skid (AP)
Chris Bosh and the Toronto Raptors were grateful to be home after a woeful road trip. Bosh had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and the Raptors ended a six-game losing streak with a 95-87 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Joey Graham added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who returned home following an 0-5 western trip.
Billups, Pistons keep Hawks reeling (AP)
The Detroit Pistons are slowly adapting to playing without Ben Wallace in the middle. Chauncey Billups had 24 points and 10 assists and Detroit pulled down a season-high 18 offensive rebounds in a 103-98 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. Wallace signed with Chicago in the offseason and the Pistons have struggled to rebound without him.
Yao, McGrady lead Rockets past Wizards (AP)
Luther Head followed his coach's curious order to help the Houston Rockets survive another fourth-quarter meltdown. Head made a free throw with 3 seconds left, then rebounded his intentional miss, got fouled and made two more to finally put away Houston's 86-82 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Davis, Garnett lead Wolves past Knicks (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves moved the ball around and gave Kevin Garnett all the scoring support he could ask for. Getting some shots to fall for once, the Wolves used 21 points from Ricky Davis and put together their most complete performance of the season to beat the New York Knicks 107-89 on Wednesday night.
Morrison, Bobcats hold off Celtics 92-83 (AP)
Adam Morrison was answering a reporter's question when someone turned on the television in the locker room, showing that North Carolina had an early 10-point lead on his old school, Gonzaga. "Oh no," Morrison said, stopping in mid-sentence. Raymond Felton, a North Carolina product, then started ribbing him.
Nelson, Howard help Magic beat Pacers (AP)
Dwight Howard had a chance to make NBA history. He settled for another workmanlike double-double and a win for his division-leading Orlando Magic. Howard had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Jameer Nelson scored 22 points as the Magic held off a late rally to beat the Indiana Pacers 96-91 on Wednesday night.
Redd powers Bucks to victory over Sixers (AP)
Andre Iguodala and the short-handed 76ers outplayed the Milwaukee Bucks for almost 47 minutes. Veterans Michael Redd and Ruben Patterson stopped that just in time. Redd scored 11 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and the Bucks overcame Iguodala's triple-double to beat Philadelphia 98-94 on Wednesday night.
March of the Penguin
Blue Jackets hire Hitchcock as coach (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets, seeking an experienced hand to develop their young players, hired veteran Ken Hitchcock as head coach Wednesday. Hitchcock, fired this season by the Philadelphia Flyers, was to be formally introduced as the team's fifth head coach at a news conference Thursday. Team president and general manager Doug MacLean announced Hitchcock's hiring shortly before the team took the...
Ducks RW Selanne scores 500th goal (AP)
Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks scored his 500th career goal Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche. Selanne sent a wrist shot past goalie Jose Theodore at 14:54 of the second period. Andy McDonald set up the goal with a cross-ice pass. The 36-year-old Selanne became the 36th player in NHL history to reach the milestone.
Stars rookie Smith shuts out Predators (AP)
Marty Turco's status as Dallas' No. 1 goalie isn't in jeopardy, but rookie Mike Smith is giving the Stars a solid backup. Smith made 17 saves for his second shutout in his fourth career start in the Stars' 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night. "That's what I'm here for, to push (Turco)," said Smith, who improved his record to 4-1 and lowered his goals-against to 1.23.
Briere rallies Sabres over Maple Leafs (AP)
Aggravation quickly turned to motivation for the Buffalo Sabres. Daniel Briere scored two goals and broke a third-period tie, and the Sabres erased another two-goal deficit in a 7-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. Of Buffalo's 18 wins, seven have come after it has trailed by at least a pair of goals.
Bruins top Crosby-less Pens in shootout (AP)
Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas liked the lineup he faced in a shootout -- one that didn't include Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby. Marco Sturm scored one of three Boston goals during a second-period flurry, then won it by being the only player to score in the shootout as the Bruins squandered a two-goal lead before beating the Penguins 4-3 Wednesday night.
Holik scores 300th as Thrashers top Caps (AP)
The outcome was already decided when fights started breaking out all over the ice between the Atlanta Thrashers and Washington Capitals. By the time the brawls were over, blood was oozing from a cut on the head of Atlanta defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski and there were nine fighting majors handed out -- five to Washington and four to the Thrashers.
Sharks put Cheechoo on injured reserve (AP)
The San Jose Sharks placed right wing Jonathan Cheechoo on injured reserve Wednesday and recalled top prospect Joe Pavelski to replace the NHL's top goal scorer last season. Cheechoo, who won the Maurice Richard Trophy with a franchise-record 56 goals, has missed two games with a left leg injury incurred last week when Colorado's Karlis Skrastins fell on top of him during a goal-mouth scramble.
Morrison rallies Canucks by Wings in OT (AP)
Brendan Morrison's hard work is starting to pay off. Morrison scored his second goal of the game 3:01 into overtime and Vancouver overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 Wednesday night. Morrison has struggled this season, with only six goals and five assists in 22 games. "I'm really happy for Brendan.
Islanders dominate Hurricanes, win 4-2 (AP)
The New York Islanders were focused on getting off to a good start against the Carolina Hurricanes. Jason Blake and Alexei Yashin each had a goal and an assist, leading New York to a 4-2 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions and former Islanders coach Peter Laviolette on Wednesday night. "The biggest thing is that we came out hard," Blake said.
Top stories of 2006
Jimmie Johnson demanded the biggest headlines, but there was far more to '06 than his first championship.
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.