|| Return to Sports News Main Page |
NEWS FROM 2006-12-02
Barry Bonds not offered arbitration
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061202/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_baseball_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061202/capt.0c3b3fdd37ff404b8e0fc8b6586ae3c9.giants_bonds_baseball_nyol334.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=hBcmw72NEnwwNMUZXXShyQ--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds points after hitting a two-run home run against the New York Mets in this April 26, 2006 file photo. The Giants declined to offer salary arbitration to Bonds before Friday night's deadline but can still negotiate with the free-agent slugger. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tom Glavine returned to the New York Mets and Ray Durham stayed with the San Francisco Giants on Friday as teams started preparing for next week's winter meetings. The Giants also declined arbitration with Barry Bonds, coming off a $90 million, five-year contract.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mavs win 12th straight after 0-4 start
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061202/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_kings_mavericks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061202/capt.83e1f8dccfc44682b9e5f1581f17b873.kings_mavericks_basketball_dna106.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=N4hjOYl.nRfJV1FECoyYmw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Dallas Mavericks guard Josh Howard (5) goes up for a shot between Sacramento Kings forward Kenny Thomas (9) and forward Ron Artest (93) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, in Dallas. Dallas won 109-90. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sure, the Dallas Mavericks have won 12 straight games and they haven't even trailed the last four. But they have a flaw that gnaws at coach Avery Johnson: They're getting bored with all the big leads they're piling up.</p><br clear="all"/>
Russell Baze rides into record books
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061202/ap_on_sp_ot/rac_baze_s_pursuit"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061201/capt.9774cbb3cad040dd8735a05b305f9893.aptopix_baze_pursuit_horse_racing_cajc107.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=J82YJfyWuDCkvm0KRu.GXQ--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Jockey Russell Baze, second from right, celebrates at a ceremony for his 9,531st victory to eclipse Laffit Pincay Jr.'s, far right, career record at Bay Meadows in San Mateo, Calif., Friday, Dec. 1, 2006. Baze won the fourth race riding Butterfly Belle. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Russell Baze fell off a horse when he was a teenager and his father thought he didn't have a future riding the animals. Good thing Baze didn't listen to dear old Dad.</p><br clear="all"/>
Selig says he plans to retire in 3 years
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061202/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_selig"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061201/capt.46e247c3e82c43899812ffaa3ffc1f52.steroids_baseball_nyol556.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=RF.7R8pnaLhuvAEuMrlDyw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="This is a 2006 file photo of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Selig reiterated Friday that he intends to retire when his current term as commissioner comes to an end after the 2009 season. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bud Selig says he plans to retire as baseball commissioner in three years — and he really means it this time.</p><br clear="all"/>
Players union files 2 suits against NBA
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061202/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_players_grievance"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061201/capt.cff991390d8c499e98f2f653bbf10e43.players_grievance_basketball_nyol333.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=apEBH0g6GzmTnXX6bk1t3A--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="The new official NBA basketball is displayed at the NBA store in New York in this June 28, 2006 file photo. The NBA players' association filed an unfair labor practice charge Friday against the league over its issues with the microfiber composite ball and a crackdown on player complaints. (AP Photo/John Marshall Mantel, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The players' association filed two unfair labor practice charges Friday against the NBA over issues with the new ball and the league's crackdown on player complaints.</p><br clear="all"/>
Browns' Tucker out with mental disorder
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061202/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_browns_tucker"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061201/capt.65190618380547b6aaa346f682d8eda5.browns_tucker_football_co108.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=HJloh2UyAfxrPojMuFyS1w--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Ryan Tucker (72) watches football training camp practice with teammate Cosey Coleman Monday July 31, 2006, in Berea, Ohio. Cleveland Browns starting right tackle Ryan Tucker is battling an undisclosed mental disorder and hopes to return to football next season, the team said Friday, Dec. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Cleveland Browns starting right tackle Ryan Tucker is battling an undisclosed mental disorder and hopes to return to football next season, the team said Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hill beats Blazers in closing seconds
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061202/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_magic_trail_blazers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061202/capt.dcfce2ae30854346bad6505c8162e66f.magic_trail_blazers_basketball_pda105.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=JFxdp5in_.nT2uhr6LeTRA--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="Orlando Magic players, from left, Grant Hill, Hedo Tukoglu, from Turkey, and Jameer Nelson celebrate the Magic's 91-89 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 1, 2006. Hill, who finished with 16 points, scored with less than a second to go. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)" border="0" /></a>AP - With the game on the line, Orlando coach Brian Hill drew up the right play and Grant Hill executed it perfectly. Grant Hill scored off the inbounds pass with 1.5 seconds left to give the Magic a 91-89 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Giants decline arbitration for Bonds
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061202/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_giants_bonds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061202/capt.0c3b3fdd37ff404b8e0fc8b6586ae3c9.giants_bonds_baseball_nyol334.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=hBcmw72NEnwwNMUZXXShyQ--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds points after hitting a two-run home run against the New York Mets in this April 26, 2006 file photo. The Giants declined to offer salary arbitration to Bonds before Friday night's deadline but can still negotiate with the free-agent slugger. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The San Francisco Giants declined to offer salary arbitration to Barry Bonds before Friday night's deadline, prompting his agent to say the team has not made bringing the slugger back a priority.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gunmen kidnap soccer official in Baghdad
AP - Gunmen have kidnapped the Sunni head of one of Iraq's leading soccer clubs, an official said Friday, the latest in a series of attacks against sports figures amid spiraling sectarian violence.
Flames rally to beat Blue Jackets
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061202/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_blue_jackets_flames"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061202/capt.f4b194f4c7a34a4e8097726c6808dac6.nhl_blue_jackets_flames_hockey_lmd104.jpg?x=118&y=130&sig=9eg1csnU_H6Kq9MQ3vQp_Q--" align="left" height="130" width="118" alt="Columbus Blue Jackets' Rich Nash, top, is checked high into the boards by Calgary Flames' Rhett Warrener during second-period NHL hockey in Calgary, Canada, on Friday, December 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Larry MacDougal,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Chuck Kobasew's game-winning goal was far from a work of art, but it served the purpose. Kobasew scored his first goal in 16 games Friday night as the Calgary Flames rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jaguars put Leftwich on injured reserve (AP)
The Jaguars placed quarterback Byron Leftwich on injured reserve Friday, officially ending his season 10 days after ankle surgery. Leftwich started the first six games, completing 59 percent of his passes for 1,159 yards, with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. He said he initially hurt his left ankle Oct.
Vick makes donations as part of his fine (AP)
As part of his fine for an obscene gesture made to fans, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is giving $5,000 to the family of a firefighter who recently died. Another $5,000 will go to The Warrick Dunn Foundation, which helps single mothers become homeowners, according to a statement posted on the team's Web site Thursday.
Browns' Tucker out with mental disorder (AP)
Cleveland Browns starting right tackle Ryan Tucker is battling an undisclosed mental disorder and hopes to return to football next season, the team said Friday. The loss of Tucker is the latest setback for the banged-up Browns, whose shaky offensive line already is missing Pro Bowl center LeCharles Bentley, out all season with a knee injury suffered on the first day of training camp.
Colts' Stokley, Sanders to play Sunday (AP)
The Colts figure to get a big boost on Sunday against Tennessee with the expected returns of wide receiver Brandon Stokley, safety Bob Sanders and outside linebacker Gilbert Gardner. The All-Pro Sanders has missed eight of the Colts last nine games with soreness and swelling in his right knee. He had arthroscopic surgery on the knee in September.
Bengals keep Ravens from AFC North title (AP)
Playing with a chance to win a title, the Baltimore Ravens crossed midfield once in the first three quarters. Their fearsome defense got caught flat-footed by a sandlot play. Maybe T.J. Houshmandzadeh is right after all. Houshmandzadeh caught a 40-yard touchdown pass on a flea-flicker Thursday night, sparking the Cincinnati Bengals to a 13-7 victory that kept the AFC North title up for grabs.
Jets sign DE-LB Thomas to extension (AP)
The New York Jets signed defensive end-linebacker Bryan Thomas to a contract extension Friday. Thomas, the Jets' first-round pick out of UAB in 2002, is on pace for his best season. He has a career-high five sacks, including two last Sunday against Houston, and is sixth on the team with 58 tackles. Thomas is splitting time at defensive end and linebacker after primarily playing on the line his first...
More surgery for Dolphins' Culpepper (AP)
Daunte Culpepper underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday to remove a piece of cartilage that has hampered his recovery from reconstructive surgery a year ago. The problem was discovered when Culpepper was examined Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. "Behind his kneecap there was a little piece of articular cartilage that was causing some catching," coach Nick Saban said.
Giants say they're in perfect harmony (AP)
The New York Giants say they are a team in perfect harmony, even if they can't quite sing that way. A day after defensive end Michael Strahan ignited a controversy when he dressed down a television reporter who questioned him about critical remarks he had made on a radio show, several of the Giants entered the locker room Thursday singing the Twisted Sister anthem, "We're Not Gonna Take It." It...
Giants DE Strahan doesn't practice (AP)
New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan did not participate in practice on Thursday, a day after he took part in his first individual drills since spraining his right foot against Houston four weeks ago. Strahan is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. "It's not a setback," coach Tom Coughlin said.
Nowitzki returns, Mavs win 12th straight (AP)
Sure, the Dallas Mavericks have won 12 straight games and they haven't even trailed the last four. But they have a flaw that gnaws at coach Avery Johnson: They're getting bored with all the big leads they're piling up. Fueled by a 38-point first quarter and a 62-point first half, the Mavericks cruised past the Sacramento Kings 109-90 Friday night despite some obvious bouts with complacency.
Players union files unfair suit vs. NBA (AP)
The players' association filed two unfair labor practice charges Friday against the NBA over issues with the new ball and the league's crackdown on player complaints. The charges were filed with the National Labor Relations Board. "I think that's right within the NBA's wheelhouse," Dallas owner Mark Cuban said.
Pistons win eighth straight, beat Knicks (AP)
Chauncey Billups was angry with the way he played Thursday night against the Miami Heat. That turned out to be bad news for the New York Knicks. Billups went 8-for-9 from the floor and finished with 22 points and a season-best 16 assists to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Knicks 108-100 Friday night for their eighth straight victory.
Surging Suns continue dominance of Bucks (AP)
As they have for nearly two decades now, the Suns beat the Milwaukee Bucks in Phoenix. This one, though, was tough. Shawn Marion scored 27 points, 12 in the fourth quarter, and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the Suns hold off Michael Redd and the rest of the Bucks 122-116 on Friday night. The Suns beat Milwaukee at home for the 19th time in a row, matching the longest active streak of its kind in the...
Iverson blames medicine for no-show (AP)
Allen Iverson, fined by the Philadelphia 76ers for skipping a bowling event, said Friday the effects of medicine after a dental procedure made him a no-show. He was fined an undisclosed amount for missing the event on Wednesday. He said the medicine "put me out" after having two abscessed teeth pulled.
Sonics' Ridnour beats buzzer, Pacers (AP)
Luke Ridnour shocked his teammates when two free throws with 19 seconds left failed to drop. Moments later, the Ridnour was given another opportunity and this time stunned the Indiana Pacers. Ridnour split two defenders and made a high-arching 6-footer over the outstretched arms of Danny Granger as time expired to give the Seattle SuperSonics a 105-103 win over the Pacers on Friday night.
LeBron's 31 help Cavs beat Hawks (AP)
This time, no one could accuse LeBron James of leaving the court too early. Dominating the fourth quarter, James scored 31 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away from the Atlanta Hawks for a 106-95 victory Friday night. James scored 13 points in the final period, including a trio of three-point plays.
Hill's bucket lifts Magic over Blazers (AP)
With the game on the line, Orlando coach Brian Hill drew up the right play and Grant Hill executed it perfectly. Grant Hill scored off the inbounds pass with 1.5 seconds left to give the Magic a 91-89 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. Dwight Howard had 18 points and 16 rebounds and Hill scored 16 points for the Magic, who led nearly the whole game until a late Portland...
Anthony, Najera power Nuggets by Wolves (AP)
Carmelo Anthony took care of the scoring, while Eduardo Najera and Reggie Evans covered everything else for Denver on Friday night. Anthony had 35 points, Najera and Evans outworked Minnesota's post players for 27 rebounds -- 16 on the offensive end -- and the Nuggets beat the Timberwolves 106-92. "Those are commitment things, those are heart things, those are gut things," coach George Karl said.
March of the Penguin
Hasek helps Red Wings blank Wild (AP)
Shutouts are hard to come by in the NHL, especially against the Minnesota Wild. Dominik Hasek used his head to make his latest one look easy. Hasek needed just 20 saves to record his 72nd career shutout in the Detroit Red Wings' 3-0 victory over the banged-up Wild on Friday night. "I made three head saves," Hasek said.
Briere lifts Sabres past Rangers in SO (AP)
It doesn't matter if it's in regulation, overtime or a shootout -- the Buffalo Sabres have the New York Rangers' number. Daniel Briere scored the lone goal in the shootout, Ryan Miller made 36 saves, including six in overtime, and Brian Campbell had a goal and an assist in the Buffalo Sabres' 4-3 win over the New York Rangers on Friday night.
Blackhawks win again under Savard (AP)
They were less than perfect on Friday night, but the Chicago Blackhawks have a perfect record under new head coach Denis Savard. Tuomo Ruutu scored his fifth goal in six games and Nikolai Khabibulin made 29 saves to lead Chicago to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Chicago won its second straight, improving to 2-0 under Savard, who replaced Trent Yawney on Monday.
Devils snap four-game skid, top Penguins (AP)
A return to New Jersey and a rare bad game by Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury were all the Devils needed to get back on track. Checking forward Jay Pandolfo capitalized on a bad night by Fleury to score the tie-breaking goal and the New Jersey Devils snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Penguins on Friday night.
Flames extend home win streak to seven (AP)
Chuck Kobasew's game-winning goal was far from a work of art, but it served the purpose. Kobasew scored his first goal in 16 games Friday night as the Calgary Flames rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The goal came after a bizarre sequence that began when Kobasew's close-in shot hit the goal post, causing the goal light and the horn in the arena to come on by mistake.
Blues G Sanford injures leg in loss (AP)
St. Louis goalie Curtis Sanford crumpled in the crease in pain and had to be helped off the ice in the first period of the Blues' 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night. Sanford, who missed three games in November with a strained groin, went down in the butterfly position to block Patrick Sharp's shot just 6:15 into the game.
Hossa's hat trick, assist lift Thrashers (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers ended three years of frustration against Toronto. Marian Hossa had three goals and an assist, Kari Lehtonen stopped 36 shots and the Thrashers beat the Maple Leafs 5-0 Thursday night for a victory that meant the most to Atlanta's veterans. "I think we sent them a message that we're not going to accept it anymore," said Slava Kozlov, who savored his four assists after playing...
Surging Bruins beat Lightning in SO (AP)
Bruins rookie Phil Kessel made his first shootout attempt a memorable one. Tim Thomas saved all seven shots in the shootout and Kessel scored on Boston's seventh attempt, giving the surging Bruins a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. Thomas and Tampa Bay goalie Marc Denis matched each other for the first six attempts, but after Thomas stuffed Ruslan Fedotenko for his seventh...
Ducks win fourth straight, top Canucks (AP)
Ryan Getzlaf is finding his groove for an Anaheim Ducks team that has been in one all season long. Getzlaf scored the tiebreaking goal on a two-man advantage with 7:34 left, sending the Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. It was the second straight game-winner for Getzlaf, who capped a stunning comeback Tuesday in Edmonton by scoring in overtime after the Ducks tied...
Y! Sports' NASCAR awards
Sure, the 'real' awards are being doled out in New York, but we have our own '06 season hardware to hand out.
Johnson cashes in on great season (AP)
Jimmie Johnson believes his NASCAR Nextel Cup championship is something special, and not just because it came after several frustrating near misses.
NASCAR hits the Big Apple (AP)
Jeff Gordon was taking a leisurely stroll past Central Park when he heard someone calling his name from a passing car. In one of the few cities where the NASCAR star still maintains some anonymity, he was taken aback.
Earnhardt Jr. like being best at something (AP)
Congratulations, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
A different New York for new champ Johnson. (AP)
Times Square has never seemed quite so vibrant to Jimmie Johnson.
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.