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Alexander runs for 201 in Seahawks' win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061128/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_packers_seahawks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061128/capt.0553097652b84718a18e20d79a9175f2.packers_seahawks_football_sea112.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=wvNjRaLoVaIIXiybAZUwnA--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Seattle Seahawks' Shaun Alexander (37) tries to evade Green Bay Packers' Brady Poppinga during the second quarter of a football game in Seattle, Monday, Nov. 27, 2006. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brett Favre's kind of weather. Shaun Alexander's kind of night. Dashing through the rare Seattle snow, Alexander ran for a season-high 201 yards Monday night to return to relevance and rally the Seattle Seahawks to a 34-24 victory over Favre's Green Bay Packers.</p><br clear="all"/>

AP: McGwire may fall short in Hall vote (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061128/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_hall_of_fame_mcgwire"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061127/capt.668eb85a98ac466fac86c0295f0a8d77.hall_of_fame_mcgwire_ny166.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=cIKnirLFjdKnGwk5mfoxpg--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire smiles as he rounds the bases after hitting his 70th home run of the season in the seventh inning against Montreal Expos pitcher Carl Pavano, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, in this Sept. 27, 1998 file photo. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)" border="0" /></a>AP - For one glorious summer, Mark McGwire was bigger than baseball itself. America stopped to watch each time he came to the plate, and cheered every time he sent a ball into orbit. He could do no wrong, it seemed. Surely he would be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame someday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Warriors put end to Spurs' road show (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061128/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_warriors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061128/capt.8d1f21b096b340d698e2b194e96875fc.spurs_warriors_basketball_oas102.jpg?x=130&y=125&sig=ERHcfgxYEavhVy0_kKF9mA--" align="left" height="125" width="130" alt="San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, right, is defended by Golden State Warriors' Jason Richardson, top left, Troy Murphy, center, and Andris Biedrins (15) of Latvia during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Nov. 27, 2006. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jason Richardson scored 26 points and dunked during a key fourth-quarter run, and the Golden State Warriors stopped San Antonio's franchise-best road start at seven wins with a 111-102 victory over the Spurs on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Wade outduels A.I. as Heat beat Sixers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061128/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn76ers_heat"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061128/capt.321346dc3b15423f8c462a550c08b56e.76ers_heat_basketball_aaa110.jpg?x=80&y=130&sig=JPWmlYM7jhonFUDfAnPFkQ--" align="left" height="130" width="80" alt="Miami Heat's Dorell Wright, right, blocks a shot by Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson in the third quarter of a basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2006. The Heat won 103-91. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Miami Heat used half a dozen different defenders on Allen Iverson, from 6-foot-1 Jason Williams to 6-10 Alonzo Mourning. They trapped and blitzed him and even used a zone against him. And they were happy to hold him to 45 points.</p><br clear="all"/>

In battle of Thompsons, Georgetown wins (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061128/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_ball_state_georgetown"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061128/capt.46ddc627c1f84d7ab75c8f6f29b1ae92.ball_st_georgetown_basketball_vzn105.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=X_q.howHKEXBQZ2wjD6Zug--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Georgetown's head coach John Thompson III, left, meets and embraces his brother and Ball State's head coach Ronny Thompson at the conclusion of their college basketball game, Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, in Washington. Georgetown won 69-54.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)" border="0" /></a>AP - Hall of Fame coach John Thompson objected when his sons came up with the idea of playing each other. Sometimes, it seems, Pops knows best.</p><br clear="all"/>

'Lights Out' coming back on for Chargers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061128/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_chargers_merriman_returns"><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 - The lights flickered back on for Shawne Merriman, who returned to the San Diego Chargers from his four-game steroid suspension on Monday, flashing a funky haircut and eager to resume pounding on quarterbacks.</p><br clear="all"/>

Magic beat Jazz in East-West clash (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061128/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_magic_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061128/capt.66fe102020b749c19e08108c824e1a2c.magic_jazz_basketball_slcc104.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=VCB8KWeWfKxY74cYYzzaLg--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams, right, reaches out and keeps Orlando Magic forward Grant Hill (33) from taking off on a fast break during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dwight Howard's inside presence was too much for the Utah Jazz to handle. Howard had 21 points and 16 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Jazz 88-75 Monday night in a matchup of the teams with the best records in each conference.</p><br clear="all"/>

Estrada finds next new home with Brewers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061128/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_brewers_diamondbacks_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061125/capt.0d280a144a5b47ce9870e0d4f1414837.brewers_diamondbacks_trade_baseball_ny151.jpg?x=130&y=44&sig=iCDnY2rXwSSPvD205XzDbg--" align="left" height="44" width="130" alt="The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired left-hander Doug Davis from Milwaukee on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006 in a six-player deal that sent catcher Johnny Estrada to the Brewers. Right-handers Greg Aquino and Claudio Vargas also went to Milwaukee, while the Diamondbacks obtained a pair of youngsters, left-hander Dana Eveland and outfielder Dave Krynzel.(not shown) (AP Photo/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Johnny Estrada resigned himself to the fact he'd be traded yet again. This year it happened a little earlier than expected. Now, the catcher just hopes his latest stop in Milwaukee will finally bring some stability after he was dealt last weekend for the third time in six years.</p><br clear="all"/>

Red Bulls trade Guevara to Chivas (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061128/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_red_bulls_guevara"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061127/capt.94b03d97cfa34abda308c2383210cc50.mls_red_bulls_guevara_ny165.jpg?x=130&y=123&sig=91agjhd7fOo6DXxobLWtPQ--" align="left" height="123" width="130" alt="New York Red Bulls' Amado Guevara (20) kicks the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer game against the Kansas City Wizards in East Rutherford, N.J. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006. The Red Bulls won 3-2. The New York Red Bulls traded MVP Amado Guevara to Chivas USA on Monday Nov. 27, 2006 for a designated player slot and a third-round draft pick. (AP Photo/Tim Larsen)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New York Red Bulls traded former MVP Amado Guevara to Chivas USA on Monday for a third-round draft pick and a "designated player" slot, which can be used to land an expensive player such as Brazilian superstar Ronaldo or former England captain David Beckham.</p><br clear="all"/>

Devils can't get their due on the road (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061128/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_devils_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061128/capt.080cb4398b56438bbd626f610476abab.devils_kings_hockey_cabk102.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=RWuQeTMR_hb13wVQ7j4tAw--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="New Jersey Devils' Travis Zajac gets the puck past Los Angeles Kings goalie Mathieu Garon to score a power play goal in the second period as the Kings' Aaron Miller, second from right, and Devils' Mike Rupp, right, look on during an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 27, 2006. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Cammalleri and Lubomir Visnovsky scored during regulation and the Los Angeles Kings got shootout goals from Anze Kopitar and Alexander Frolov to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Take a seat!
With so much on the line in Chicago, coach Lovie Smith needs to bench QB Rex Grossman and turn to Brian Griese as his starter.

Alexander gets Seahawks by Packers 34-24 (AP)
Brett Favre's kind of weather. Shaun Alexander's kind of night. Dashing through the rare Seattle snow, Alexander ran for a season-high 201 yards Monday night to return to relevance and rally the Seattle Seahawks to a 34-24 victory over Favre's Green Bay Packers. Alexander is rounding back into his 2005 league MVP form after missing six games with a broken foot, and it couldn't have come at a better...

Cowboys cut Vanderjagt, sign Gramatica (AP)
This is how serious Bill Parcells is taking the Dallas Cowboys' stretch drive: He cut inconsistent kicker Mike Vanderjagt on Monday. Hailed as the answer to the Cowboys' kicking woes when signed in March, Vanderjagt wasn't living up to his statistical claim to fame as the most accurate kicker in league history.

Shanahan names Cutler as Broncos starter (AP)
Jay Cutler's been the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback all of one practice and he's already a rattled rookie. Cutler was playing it cool in his first interview at the podium when fellow rookies Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler began heckling him from the side. Cutler tried to keep from laughing and couldn't.

Patriots place Seau on injured reserve (AP)
The New England Patriots placed linebacker Junior Seau on injured reserve Monday after he seriously injured his right arm in Sunday's 17-13 with over the Chicago Bears. The 12-time Pro Bowl selection will miss the rest of the season after coming out of a brief retirement to join the Patriots this summer.

Chargers' Merriman back after suspension (AP)
The lights flickered back on for Shawne Merriman, who returned to the San Diego Chargers from his four-game steroid suspension on Monday, flashing a funky haircut and eager to resume pounding on quarterbacks. Merriman's first game back will be at Buffalo on Sunday, when the AFC West-leading Chargers (9-2) will try to extend their winning streak to six.

Giants hold players-only meeting (AP)
With their season unraveling after an embarrassing fourth-quarter meltdown against Tennessee, the Giants held a players-only meeting Monday. An attempt to regroup before their NFC East showdown with Dallas this weekend, the 15- to 20-minute meeting was described by center Shaun O'Hara as "a little extra time among friends." It took place after coach Tom Coughlin spoke to the team about having its...

Agent: Colts sign veteran WR Proehl (AP)
Ricky Proehl's agent said the veteran receiver signed Monday with the Indianapolis Colts, who have been without Brandon Stokley for most of the season. The 38-year-old Proehl agreed to a one-year deal that would be prorated on a $1.2 million base salary, his agent Alan Herman said. The Colts made no announcement about the signing, and coach Tony Dungy said earlier Monday that the team was talking...

Vick apologizes for obscene hand gesture (AP)
Michael Vick's frustrations with fading playoff hopes and unexpected insults from home fans caused him to flash an obscene hand gesture on Sunday. Vick, who apologized in a written statement late Sunday for making the gesture toward fans with both hands following the crushing 31-13 loss to New Orleans, vowed on Monday to never make the same mistake.

Steelers WR Ward undergoes knee surgery (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Monday and will miss at least one game. Ward, a four-time Pro Bowl receiver, first hurt the knee Nov. 19 against Cleveland -- an injury initially called a hyperextension. He took painkilling shots to play in a 27-0 loss Sunday at Baltimore, but the injury flared up again during the third quarter and he left the...

Imbalance of power


Howard lifts Mavs to 10th straight win (AP)
With 10 straight missed shots, the Dallas Mavericks nearly missed their chance for a 10th straight win. Then Josh Howard ended the skid with a floater. Soon after, Erick Dampier came up with a huge block. Just like that, the Mavs were able to hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves 93-87 Monday night, continuing their tremendous turnaround from an 0-4 start by matching the fourth-longest winning streak...

Warriors hand Spurs first road loss (AP)
Jason Richardson scored 26 points and dunked during a key fourth-quarter run, and the Golden State Warriors stopped San Antonio's franchise-best road start at seven wins with a 111-102 victory over the Spurs on Monday night. Tim Duncan had 22 points, 16 rebounds, six blocks and four assists, but had three straight shots blocked by Andris Biedrins midway through the fourth quarter that allowed the...

Dwight Howard leads Magic by Jazz (AP)
Dwight Howard's inside presence was too much for the Utah Jazz to handle. Howard had 21 points and 16 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Jazz 88-75 Monday night in a matchup of the teams with the best records in each conference. Howard recorded his sixth straight double-double and ninth this season.

Iverson scores 45, but Heat beat 76ers (AP)
The Miami Heat used half a dozen different defenders on Allen Iverson, from 6-foot-1 Jason Williams to 6-10 Alonzo Mourning. They trapped and blitzed him and even used a zone against him. And they were happy to hold him to 45 points. Iverson started out hot but failed to keep up with the Miami Heat, who shot a season-high 59 percent and beat the Philadelphia 76ers 103-91 Monday night.

Bulls downplay benching Ben Wallace (AP)
No headbands, no problems. That was the message the Bulls sent Monday afternoon, two days after Chicago center Ben Wallace flouted a team rule against wearing a headband during a game. Wallace was benched Saturday during a 106-95 victory over the New York Knicks for wearing the red headwear, which runs afoul of a rule set by executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson.

Carmelo, Smith get Nuggets by 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.

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.

NBA fines Hornets G Bobby Jackson $20K (AP)
The NBA fined New Orleans Hornets point guard Bobby Jackson $20,000 on Monday for verbally abusing officials and failing to the leave the court in a timely fashion after being ejected. Jackson was tossed in the third quarter of the Hornets' 85-73 loss at Dallas on Saturday night when he was hit with two technicals.

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...

March of the Penguin


Blackhawks fire Yawney, Savard steps in (AP)
After losing 12 of 15 games, the Chicago Blackhawks went on the offensive Monday, switching coaches and styles. The Blackhawks fired defense-oriented coach Trent Yawney, replacing him with assistant Denis Savard -- a Hall of Fame player whose No. 18 hangs from the United Center rafters. With the new coach comes a faster pace.

Red Wings snap five-game skid, top Stars (AP)
The way the Detroit Red Wings killed penalties, you'd think they were the ones with an advantage. Kris Draper and Mathieu Schneider scored short-handed goals in the third period to rally Detroit to a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. Dominik Hasek made 20 saves for the Red Wings, who broke a five-game winless streak (0-2-3).

Kings top slumping Devils in shootout (AP)
Mike Cammalleri and Lubomir Visnovsky scored during regulation and the Los Angeles Kings got shootout goals from Anze Kopitar and Alexander Frolov to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Monday night. Brian Gionta and Travis Zajac scored during New Jersey's first two power plays, but it wasn't enough as the Devils ended a five-game road trip with their fourth straight defeat -- matching their longest...

Isles top scorer Yashin out 2-to-4 weeks (AP)
Alexei Yashin will be out at least two weeks with a sprained right knee, and the New York Islanders' leading scorer could miss a month. Yashin, who has 10 goals and 18 assists in 22 games this season, was injured late in Saturday night's 4-1 victory over Washington when he smacked legs with Capitals forward Matt Bradley.

Crosby practices, could return Tuesday (AP)
Sidney Crosby played an entire practice, but the 19-year-old Penguins center remained questionable for Tuesday night's game against the New York Islanders. Crosby, eighth in the league with 30 points in 19 games, has missed three games since injuring his groin Nov. 20 in Philadelphia. Pittsburgh is 0-1-2 and has scored only five goals in three games without him in the lineup.

Sharks put Michalek on injured reserve (AP)
The San Jose Sharks put left wing Milan Michalek on injured reserve Monday, losing another high-scoring forward to the injury bug. Michalek has 23 points in 22 games this season, emerging as San Jose's third-leading scorer in just his second full NHL campaign. The 21-year-old Czech forward was injured in Anaheim last week when his arm was bent awkwardly against the boards while chasing a puck,...

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...

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

Bank of America revs up plans for NASCAR (AP)
Banking on NASCAR fans' sponsor loyalty to drive more retail business to their ATMs and branches, Charlotte-based Bank of America Corp. has signed a five-year deal as the official bank of the popular racing series.

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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