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Addai helps Colts soar over Eagles 45-21 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061127/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_eagles_colts"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061127/capt.1761741e2fdb4b06ab6d03f7fc2e8b6f.eagles_colts_football_nad109.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=LwICpNSdzUxkGeI_Tjzehw--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai (29) runs 15 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummmings)" border="0" /></a>AP - Indianapolis opened the season with a precarious chase of perfection through the air. They were finally grounded &#151; and on Sunday night, Joseph Addai took off running.</p><br clear="all"/>

Titans' furious rally beats Giants 24-21 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061127/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_giants_titans"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061127/capt.c8ccadad565647babe1b2f17edafa5c2.giants_titans_football_tnmh113.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=vvhY3PLHwiVJcl37bm7glA--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas (2) is hugged by holder Craig Hentrich after Bironas kicked a 49-yard field goal with 11 seconds left in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Giants, 24-21, in an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006. New York Giants cornerback Kevin Dockery (35) leaves the field at right. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Adam "Pacman" Jones jumped up and down, waving his arms, encouraging the fans who stuck around to stand and cheer their Tennessee Titans.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pats overcome miscues to top Bears 17-13 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061127/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_bears_patriots"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061127/capt.7705cc210466440faa86eaa30824984e.bears_patriots_football_mass101.jpg?x=130&y=110&sig=2pdXT0gAl9j6oVuuZ7xWuQ--" align="left" height="110" width="130" alt="New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson (84) is congratulated by teammates Mike Vrabel, left, and Matt Light after Watson caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006. The Patriots defeated the Bears 17-13. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tom Brady's decision to run on two key plays was a surprise. That he didn't fumble may have been more of a shock.</p><br clear="all"/>

LT carries Chargers past Raiders 21-14 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061127/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_raiders_chargers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061127/capt.6ad35a78ae0f4cc69fd919e3e1d5f01e.correction_raiders_chargers_football_cali112.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=8XwI487rJN_tny0FMhvcvQ--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson celebrates his 10-yard, game-clinching touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the Chargers' 21-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders in their football game San Diego, Calif. Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - Once all the confusion was sorted out and the ball still belonged to the San Diego Chargers, they made sure to get it into LaDainian Tomlinson's hands.</p><br clear="all"/>

Report: Alabama fires coach Mike Shula (AP)
AP - Alabama fired coach Mike Shula less than a year after the Crimson Tide finished a 10-2 season, according to a newspaper report.

Jackson's spike sets off confusion (AP)
AP - A moment of celebration by San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson turned into 10 minutes of confusion in the fourth quarter of the Chargers game with the rival Oakland Raiders.

Off-form Bryant still leads Lakers past toiling Nets (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061127/sp_nm/nba_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061127/2006_11_27t021221_447x450_us_nba.jpg?x=129&y=130&sig=uljmaXR_kK2p.gsGz7oI3w--" align="left" height="130" width="129" alt="Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (L) drives past New Jersey Nets Jason Kidd during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles November 26, 2006. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Lamar Odom poured in 21 points and Kobe Bryant chipped in with 19 to power the Los Angeles Lakers to a 99-93 win over the New Jersey Nets on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Orioles, Baez agree to $19 million deal (AP)
AP - Free-agent reliever Danys Baez and the Baltimore Orioles reached a preliminary agreement on a $19 million, three-year contract Sunday night, a move that further solidifies a bullpen that finished with the second-worst ERA in the major leagues last season.

Iran's suspension for Asian Games lifted (AP)
AP - Iran's suspension from international soccer was temporarily lifted by FIFA, and the country will be allowed to defend its Asian Games soccer title.

Drury helps Sabres top Rangers 3-2 in OT (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061127/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sabres_rangers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061127/capt.eae4dfb1cb954985bb680d991e2cc321.sabres_rangers_hockey_nyha106.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=QMMfK48SOpufNo38RNhngg--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Buffalo Sabres' Teppo Numminen, of Finland, celebrates after he assisted on a goal by teammate Chris Drury during overtime of their 3-2 hockey victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)" border="0" /></a>AP - In Buffalo, losing streaks start and end at one. After the Sabres squandered a two-goal lead late in regulation, Chris Drury deflected in Teppo Numminen's shot 1:36 into overtime and Buffalo rebounded from a rare loss with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Tale of two QBs


Streaking Ravens roll past Steelers 27-0 (AP)
While sacking Ben Roethlisberger nine times, the Baltimore Ravens smothered almost any chance the Pittsburgh Steelers had of successfully defending their Super Bowl title. The Ravens yielded only 36 yards in the decisive first half Sunday and coasted to their fifth straight victory, a 27-0 blowout that left the Steelers with only a mathematical chance of reaching the playoffs.

Addai's 4 TDs power Colts past Eagles (AP)
Indianapolis opened the season with a precarious chase of perfection through the air. They were finally grounded -- and on Sunday night, Joseph Addai took off running. Against a strong Philadelphia defense, the running back slashed and powered his way to a career-high 171 yards, setting a franchise rookie record by scoring four touchdowns in the Colts' 45-21 rout of the Eagles.

Pats overcome five turnovers, beat Bears (AP)
Tom Brady's decision to run on two key plays was a surprise. That he didn't fumble may have been more of a shock. Cutting on new artificial turf instead of the mud that was there two weeks ago, Brady set up New England's decisive touchdown in a turnover-filled game and the Patriots beat the Chicago Bears 17-13 Sunday.

Titans' 24-point fourth stuns Giants (AP)
Adam "Pacman" Jones jumped up and down, waving his arms, encouraging the fans who stuck around to stand and cheer their Tennessee Titans. He and Vince Young made it worth their while, too, delivering the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history with a stunning rally. The Titans cornerback intercepted two passes and had a 23-yard punt return that revived his teammates in the fourth...

Tomlinson's TDs get Chargers by Raiders (AP)
Once all the confusion was sorted out and the ball still belonged to the San Diego Chargers, they made sure to get it into LaDainian Tomlinson's hands. L.T. has been a touchdown waiting to happen for nearly two months, by running, catching or throwing. The star running back once again saved San Diego, keying yet another second-half rally to give the AFC West-leading Chargers a 21-14 win over the...

Bills top Jags 27-24 on FG with :00 left (AP)
From awful to awesome: In a matter of weeks, J.P. Losman has taken the bumble and stumble out of the Buffalo Bills' offense. Delivering on the patience his coaches and teammates have provided him all season long, the second-year starter produced his second straight last-minute, game-winning drive in a 27-24 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Campbell helps Redskins top Panthers (AP)
Seeking his first win as an NFL starting quarterback, Jason Campbell faced a vital third down with his team trailing late in the fourth quarter. Through his helmet transmitter, he heard his position coach call the formation. Then silence. The transmitter went dead. Campbell had to call the play himself, based on the players sent onto the field.

Brees' big plays lift Saints by Falcons (AP)
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints did just fine without their top receiver. The Atlanta Falcons are still looking for someone who can catch the ball. Brees went deep on the third play of game to Marques Colston's backup, delivered another long touchdown on a desperation throw at the end of the first half and put up another 300-yard performance in Sunday's 31-13 victory.

Vick sorry for making obscene gesture (AP)
Michael Vick apologized for making an obscene gesture toward Atlanta fans as he walked off the field after the Falcons' fourth straight loss Sunday. Vick used both hands to deliver the gesture and flashed an angry look toward the handful of fans remaining in the Georgia Dome. Those who hung around booed the home team loudly after its dismal 31-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Bull market?
A poor start could force Chicago to package young talent and picks for a marquee post player. Someone like K.G.

'Melo, Smith get Nuggets past Clippers (AP)
Don't tell the Denver Nuggets this was just another game. Not after what the Los Angeles Clippers did to them in the playoffs last year. Carmelo Anthony had 33 points, J.R. Smith added 23 and the Nuggets got at least a small amount of revenge against their nemesis, beating the Clippers 103-88 on Sunday night for their fifth straight win.

Spurs stay unbeaten on road, top Sonics (AP)
Tony Parker was blunt in his own assessment. For three quarters, he did very little to help San Antonio. Parker's nearly perfect fourth quarter, however, kept the Spurs perfect away from home. Parker scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Spurs improved to 7-0 on the road with a 98-78 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday night.

Bell's 30 help Suns past Trail Blazers (AP)
The Phoenix Suns' rebound appears to be complete. After a 1-5 start to the season, the Suns have gone 6-1 and won their fourth straight in a 119-101 rout of the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night. "That was maybe our best game of the year," reigning MVP Steve Nash said. Raja Bell had a season-high 30 points, including seven 3-pointers, and all four of his fellow starters scored in double figures...

Odom, Kobe lift Lakers by Nets 99-93 (AP)
The stars led the way. It was the other guys who made the difference. Lamar Odom scored 21 points, Kobe Bryant added 19 points and a season-high 10 assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Jersey Nets 99-93 on Sunday night. But the two combined to make 14 shots in 40 attempts. Their teammates were 23-of-42.

Bosh powers Raptors past Pacers 92-83 (AP)
Andrea Bargnani is starting to show why the Toronto Raptors took a chance on the soft-shooting Italian forward with the top pick in the draft. Chris Bosh had 17 points and 11 rebounds and four other Raptors reached double figures in scoring, and Toronto held on for a 92-83 victory over the slow-starting Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

Howard's quick start helps Mavs win (AP)
Josh Howard got his team off to a fast start, and the Dallas Mavericks coasted the rest of the way. Howard scored 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter, and Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and nine rebounds to help the Mavericks stretch their winning streak to nine games with an 85-73 victory over the short-handed New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night.

Jazz suffer first loss in nine games (AP)
Matt Barnes said the Utah Jazz weren't ready for what the Golden State Warriors had for them defensively. The NBA's best team probably wasn't ready for Barnes, either. Making just his second start of the season in place of ailing Mickael Pietrus, Barnes scored a career-high 24 points, including 17 in the third quarter, to lead Golden State to a 91-78 victory on Saturday night.

Pistons top Wizards, win sixth straight (AP)
The Detroit Pistons are an offensive juggernaut? Racing out on fast breaks? Trading possessions with the high-scoring Washington Wizards? Believe it. With Chauncey Billups guiding his team, Pistons coach Flip Saunders feels comfortable with any type of tempo. Billups scored 29 points, including Detroit's final nine at the foul line, and the Pistons set all sorts of season highs, beating the Wizards...

Wade's 35 points, 12 assists lift Heat (AP)
Injuries have allowed Dwyane Wade to show another facet of his game: He's a great passer. Wade scored 35 points, 13 in the fourth quarter, and added 12 assists Saturday night as the Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 102-93. Wade, forced to play a lot at point guard with Jason Williams and Gary Payton nursing injuries, has 27 assists in two games.

March of the Penguin


Drury's OT goal lifts Sabres by Rangers (AP)
In Buffalo, losing streaks start and end at one. After the Sabres squandered a two-goal lead late in regulation, Chris Drury deflected in Teppo Numminen's shot 1:36 into overtime and Buffalo rebounded from a rare loss with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night. Drury won a faceoff back to Numminen, who ripped a drive that Drury knocked past goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Holmqvist helps Lightning past Senators (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning looked for a reliable goalie last offseason. They might have found one in Johan Holmqvist. Holmqvist made 22 saves to win for the eighth time in his last nine starts, leading the Lightning past the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Sunday. "That's how you win a lot of games in the league, your goaltender," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said.

G Wall solid in debut, Ducks beat Flames (AP)
When Michael Wall was 11, he attended his first NHL game in Edmonton and marveled at Oilers goalie Bill Ranford and Detroit counterpart Chris Osgood. Now it's Wall's turn, and the rookie made quite an impression in his first game with the Anaheim Ducks. With Norris Trophy-winning defensemen Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer leading the way, the Ducks limited the Calgary Flames to only 11 shots...

Sharks win fifth straight at home (AP)
Joe Thornton jumped on the ice during a brief moment of miscommunication on San Jose's bench. Then he jumped on a turnover and turned it into a crucial goal. Thornton picked off an errant pass and scored midway through the third period, lifting the Sharks to a 2-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

Blue Jackets get Hitchcock first win (AP)
Whatever Ken Hitchcock is selling, the Columbus Blue Jackets seem to be buying it. Sergei Fedorov had two goals and two assists to lead the Blue Jackets past the Minnesota Wild 5-3 Saturday night, ending an eight-game losing skid and handing Hitchcock his first win as coach. "I am pleasantly surprised how quickly the players bought it," said Hitchcock, 408-249-100 in stints with the Dallas Stars...

Backup G Mason leads Predators by Wings (AP)
The defense is providing much of the offense for the Nashville Predators this season. The youth of the defensive unit, led by Kimmo Timonen, the only player on the unit with more than two years of NHL experience, prompted concerns about their ability. While some of those concerns have been realized, there is no question that they can score.

Sundin returns, but Bruins top Leafs 3-1 (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs thought they'd have an easier game coming off a rout over Washington and with Mats Sundin back in the lineup. But Petr Tenkrat, Marc Savard and Brad Boyes scored for Boston, Tim Thomas made 27 saves, and the Bruins held on for a 3-1 victory over Toronto on Saturday night. Sundin returned to the lineup and scored a power-play goal in the third period, but the Maple Leafs...

Thrashers' Lehtonen beats Panthers 1-0 (AP)
One night after failing to hold the lead with seconds left in regulation, Kari Lehtonen made sure to avoid a similar fate. "I didn't want the same thing to happen twice," he said. "You know ... seconds left, and it's 6-on-3. I kind of felt the same way as last night." Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 16th goal, and Lehtonen stopped 37 shots to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 1-0 victory over the Florida...

Wolski's four points lift Avs by Canucks (AP)
All it took was a one-game benching to motivate Wojtek Wolski and make Colorado Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville happy with the results after keeping the rookie left winger off the ice. "Consider the message received," Quenneville said. "I saw better overall play from him and it extended to his line." Wolski had a goal and three assists and Colorado Avalanche's third line produced three goals in a...

Rights and wrongs
Whether standing by its guns or standing by helplessly, NASCAR gave its fans plenty to talk about in 2006.

Germany's Hulkenberg wins Malaysia feature race (AP)
German teenager Nico Hulkenberg won Sunday's rain-washed A1 Grand Prix feature race in Malaysia, his second win of the season. The 19-year-old Hulkenberg, a part-time forklift driver, sped past pole-sitter Neel Jani of Switzerland on the race's first lap on a rain-hit track. He was never challenged on the 3.44-mile Sepang International Circuit, winning by 42 seconds ahead of Britain's Robbie Kerr...

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

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