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NEWS FROM 2006-12-03
UCLA pulls off shocker against No. 2 USC
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061203/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_usc_ucla"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061203/capt.ca9d7ed8d97a486ca1c05ece45067d7e.usc_ucla_football_cacc112.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=.oCpdoO7JxvM8ZH287m5fQ--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="UCLA's Chris Markey, left, and Junior Taylor celebrate after their 13-9 win over No. 2 Southern California during their college football game in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Southern California's dejected players trudged off the Rose Bowl field, oblivious to the celebration going on around them. Their national championship hopes had just ended with the biggest upset of the season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gators make their case with SEC title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061203/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_sec_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061203/capt.2322822d6117408aa7145243b1e28597.sec_florida_arkansas_football___gadm138.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=E.pKTN3m07O.opRiwS7ukA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Members of the Florida football team react at the end of the Southeastern Conference Championship football game against Arkansas at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006. Florida won the SEC Championship, 38-28. (AP PhotoJohn Amis)" border="0" /></a>AP - As silver confetti blew all around them, the Florida Gators celebrated their first Southeastern Conference since the "Fun 'n' Gun" days. The party didn't last long, though. It was time to start lobbying for a chance to play for the biggest title of all.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sooners earn BCS bid with Big 12 title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061203/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_big12_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061203/capt.0c9e9200cb444e6aa3c01ce652cff8e3.nebraska_oklahoma_big_12_football_moow115.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=51SeGag3DIdh5M7KhAVpFg--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Oklahoma defensive end Calvin Thibodeaux (58) and linebacker Rufus Alexander (42) lift the championship trophy after winning the Big 12 Championship football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006. Oklahoma beat Nebraska, 21-7. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)" border="0" /></a>AP - So what if it's a week earlier than Oklahoma had hoped for? The eighth-ranked Sooners will still finish their season in Glendale, Ariz., and that's good enough for coach Bob Stoops.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mountaineers slam door on Rutgers' hopes
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061203/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_rutgers_wvirginia"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061203/capt.795b997d14734e1598e50fcfa9eb7b12.addition_aptopix_rutgers_west_virginia_football_wvjg109.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=FBPt3nhQGcMuoqvfENY_fg--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="West Virginia's Dorrell Jalloh celebrates catching the game-winning two-point conversion pass against Rutgers' Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, during the final of three overtimes in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia won, 41-39. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)" border="0" /></a>AP - Given extra chances on a championship stage, Rutgers couldn't finish the job. No. 15 West Virginia knocked down Mike Teel's 2-point conversion pass in the end zone to preserve the Mountaineers' 41-39 triple-overtime win over No. 13 Rutgers on Saturday night, denying the Scarlet Knights their first BCS berth and handing Louisville the Big East's automatic bid as conference champion.</p><br clear="all"/>
Alpine skier Kildow crushes field in downhill win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061202/sp_nm/alpine_skiing_women_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061203/2006_12_02t165056_450x322_us_alpine_skiing_women.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=JccHY.bXgc8nt8LfxdiT_g--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Lindsey Kildow of the U.S. turns past a gate while on her way to winning the second Women's World Cup downhill alpine ski race of the season in Lake Louise, Alberta, December 2, 2006. (Mike Blake/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - American Lindsey Kildow
continued her love affair with the Canadian Rockies on
Saturday, obliterating her rivals to win a women's World Cup
downhill by more than a second.</p><br clear="all"/>
Falcons, Redskins keep hope alive
AP - The Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins have reached the point of the season where thoughts can get a bit fanciful. Maybe we can win the rest of our games. Maybe 9-7 will be good enough to get into the playoffs this year. Maybe even 8-8.
Bryant helps Lakers beat Clippers 97-88
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061203/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_lakers_clippers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061203/capt.1f0622b1fa3e4fb5ab93c8dc1eb81dbe.lakers_clippers_basketball_las107.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=JnFfABK5kPybw4hHBh9i1g--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant drives to the basket past Los Angeles Clippers' Corey Maggette during the second quarter of an basketball game in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Los Angeles Clippers were supposed to be shoving the Los Angeles Lakers out of the limelight. So far this season, Kobe Bryant and his Lakers teammates are still taking the bows.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mariners, Guillen closing in on deal
AP - The Seattle Mariners and free agent outfielder Jose Guillen were closing in on a $5.5 million, one-year contract Saturday.
Gauchos, Bruins reach College Cup final
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061202/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_ncaa_men_s_semifinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061202/capt.c8c2108d6dbb48cda2d55e472fbbb93d.wake_forest_uc_santa_barbara_soccer_motg112.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=e9muu7TB7TDilXlT.G6bKQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="UC Santa Barbara's Greg Curry (6) and Andy Iro keep the ball away from Wake Forest's Julian Valentin in front of their own goal in their semifinal round game of the NCAA Men's division I soccer championships Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006 at Saint Louis University in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sophomore Eric Avila scored the deciding goal on UC-Santa Barbara's fifth penalty kick and the unseeded Gauchos beat Wake Forest 4-3 in the tiebreaker Saturday to advance to the College Cup final.</p><br clear="all"/>
Luongo makes 40 saves to turn away Avs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061203/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_avalanche_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061203/capt.8c3d0d81f2644d148ad4a9ea6bcc8617.nhl_canucks_avalance_hockey_vcrz107.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=1ZXDHfxhHhudvVKpf0S4ew--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) stops Colorado Avalanche's Andrew Brunette (15) in close during the second-period of NHL action in Vancouver, Canada, Saturday, December 2, 2006. Canucks' Willie Mitchell tries to help out on the play. (AP Photo/Richard Lam,CP) CANADA" border="0" /></a>AP - Roberto Luongo wasn't worried about a personal slump against Colorado on Saturday night. He just wanted to end the Canucks' skid.</p><br clear="all"/>
Giants sign 44-year-old P Landeta (AP)
The New York Giants signed 44-year-old punter Sean Landeta as insurance Saturday because it is uncertain if Jeff Feagles can play because of a knee injury in the NFC East showdown against Dallas. Landeta played on both of the Giants' Super Bowl championship teams under Bill Parcells, who now coaches the Cowboys.
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 face Titans (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.
Ravens must wait to clinch AFC North (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens' midweek trip to Cincinnati didn't go the way they had planned. With a chance to clinch the AFC North title, their offense sputtered and their vaunted defense gave up a big play on a flea-flicker in a 13-7 loss to the Bengals on Thursday. They also have to find a replacement now for top kick returner B.J.
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...
Rockets overcome McGrady's concussion (AP)
LeBron James watched another open shot clang off the rim, then screamed as he turned and trotted down the court. It was that kind of night for the Cleveland Cavaliers -- so bad, it almost ended up in the record books. Yao Ming scored 24 points and the Houston Rockets overcame a mild concussion to Tracy McGrady to beat the cold-shooting Cavs 81-63 on Saturday night.
Carter's 41 points power Nets over 76ers (AP)
Jason Kidd and Vince Carter seemingly didn't care that the New Jersey Nets almost squandered an eight-point lead in the final 24 seconds. Winning a couple in a row makes every thing right. The same couldn't be said for Allen Iverson down the hall in the Philadelphia 76ers locker room. Losing is a downer.
Jazz top Sonics on Okur's late 3-pointer (AP)
Mehmet Okur is quickly becoming the Utah Jazz's shot-maker with the game on the line. Okur hit a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to help the Utah Jazz hold off the Seattle SuperSonics 109-107 on Saturday night. "Since last year, he has hit so many big shots for us. He can struggle all game, it doesn't matter, he'll take that big one," said Deron Williams, who had 18 points and nine assists.
Heat win on Posey's 3-pointer at buzzer (AP)
James Posey got a good look, and the Miami Heat earned a big win. Posey hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer Saturday night to give the Miami Heat a 98-97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Trailing 97-95, Miami controlled a jump ball with 1.8 seconds left and called timeout to set up the final play. Jason Williams threw the ensuing inbounds pass to Posey on the left baseline, and he launched a shot from 26...
Bowen leads Spurs over Kings 100-98 (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs were happy to come away with a victory. Bruce Bowen scored a season-high 23 points and San Antonio held off a surge by the Sacramento Kings Saturday night to eke out a 100-98 victory. But with a nearly 10-point lead both at the half and at the end of the third period, the Spurs faced a difficult fourth quarter when they were outscored by the Kings 27-20.
Bulls hand Wizards another road loss (AP)
The Chicago Bulls are starting to emerge and meet the lofty expectations they carried into this season. Ben Gordon scored 28 points and Andres Nocioni added 24 to lead Chicago to a 112-94 victory Saturday night over the Washington Wizards, who set a franchise record with their eighth straight road loss to start the season.
Anthony scores 38 as Nuggets rout Pacers (AP)
Carmelo Anthony took a quick shower and slipped out through a side exit, proving just how hard he is to stop on and off the court. Anthony finished with a season-high 38 points in the Denver Nuggets' 121-101 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. So J.R. Smith became Anthony's unofficial spokesman.
Bucks rally to stun Warriors, 115-110 (AP)
Don Nelson will have to wait for his 1,200th coaching victory -- again. Although the Milwaukee Bucks had every opportunity to fold, they were unwilling to become a footnote in the history of their franchise's winningest coach. Mo Williams scored 10 points in the fourth quarter after missing his first 12 shots of the game, and the Bucks roared from behind for an improbable 115-110 victory over the...
Clippers contain Kobe, lose to Lakers (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers were supposed to be shoving the Los Angeles Lakers out of the limelight. So far this season, Kobe Bryant and his Lakers teammates are still taking the bows. Bryant had a relatively quiet game with 29 points, and the Lakers beat the Clippers 97-88 Saturday night to defeat their arena co-tenants for the second time in less than two weeks.
March of the Penguin
Ovechkin ejected as Caps defeat Sabres (AP)
Alex Ovechkin wasn't around to see the Washington Capitals finish off the Eastern Conference's best team, but his teammates used their superstar's absence as a rallying point. Now the Capitals will wait to see if Ovechkin is further penalized for what the Buffalo Sabres thought was a cheap shot. Richard Zednik and Bryan Muir scored 34 seconds apart during the Capitals' four-goal first period and...
Blackhawks improve to 3-0 under Savard (AP)
New Chicago Blackhawks coach Denis Savard accentuated the positive as soon as he took over this week. So far, his players are responding. Jeffrey Hamilton scored a career-high three goals, including the overtime winner, and the Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Saturday night. Chicago is 3-0 under Savard, who replaced the fired Trent Yawney on Monday, and is perfect in three games...
Selanne helps Ducks win fifth straight (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks played near perfect hockey for two periods. The final moments of their fifth straight victory didn't measure up. Teemu Selanne had two goals and an assist, Rob Niedermayer scored in his 800th NHL game, and the Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Saturday despite giving up two power-play goals in the final 2 minutes.
Stars end slump, defeat Wild in shootout (AP)
Returning home and getting into a shootout was the right formula for the Dallas Stars. Sergei Zubov, Jussi Jokinen and Mike Ribeiro scored in the shootout and the Stars snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the slumping Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. The Stars, who were coming off an 0-3 road trip, improved to 14-1 over the past two seasons in a shootout.
Pyatt, Luongo spark Canucks over Avs (AP)
Roberto Luongo wasn't worried about a personal slump against Colorado on Saturday night. He just wanted to end the Canucks' skid. Luongo made 40 saves and Taylor Pyatt scored the go-ahead goal on a power play in the third period, lifting Vancouver to a 2-1 victory over the Avalanche, who also lost goaltender Jose Theodore to a hip flexor injury.
Sharks rally late for fifth straight win (AP)
The San Jose Sharks have no desire to play any longer than 60 minutes. Joe Pavelski's goal with 5.9 seconds remaining capped San Jose's comeback and gave the Sharks a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. San Jose, which won its fifth straight, also got goals from Patrick Marleau and Mark Bell.
Oilers lose Smyth, fall 4-0 to Columbus (AP)
Fredrik Norrena and the Columbus Blue Jackets refused to give in to the slumping Edmonton Oilers. Fredrik Norrena made 21 saves in his first NHL shutout, lifting the Blue Jackets to a 4-0 win Saturday night over the Oilers, who also lost captain Ryan Smyth to a fractured thumb. Dan Fritsche had a goal and two assists, and Alexander Svitov, Gilbert Brule and Anson Carter also scored for Columbus,...
Kozlov, Sillinger power Isles past Pens (AP)
The New York Islanders finally found some offense with Alexei Yashin out of the lineup. Winless in two games with only four goals since their leading scorer sustained a knee injury, the Islanders busted out in a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Viktor Kozlov and Mike Sillinger each had two goals and Miroslav Satan scored his 300th career goal for New York, who will be...
Devils end slide, top Flyers in shootout (AP)
Sometimes it pays to be both lucky and good. Just ask New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur and defenseman Brad Lukowich. Zach Parise and Brian Gionta scored on backhanded shots during the shootout to give the New Jersey Devils a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. Brodeur blanked Philadelphia's Simon Gagne and Petr Nedved in the tiebreaker -- with a little luck.
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.
Reeds wins Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP opener (AP)
Yamaha's Chad Reed won the opening race of the Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP at Rogers Centre on Saturday night in front of 33,412 fans. Ricky Carmichael finished second, and James Stewart was third. "I came here with an open mind, and here I am on the top of the podium," Reed said. "The first time James passed me, he almost knocked me over and that fired me up.
Cup champ Johnson earns nearly $16M (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.