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NEWS FROM 2006-12-04
Gators will face Buckeyes for BCS title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061204/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_bcs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061203/capt.58964df65ccb4487823f9917b0ff81aa.sec_florida_arkansas_football_gadm117.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=64qq5kSoZgyrVV8G8JfGDA--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="Florida Gators gather around quarterback Chris Leak (12) as he prays following a nine-yard touchdown run against Arkansas during the Southeastern Conference Championship football game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)" border="0" /></a>AP - Florida beat Michigan on Sunday in the only game that mattered. The Gators, who lobbied hard for this victory, were picked to play No. 1 Ohio State for college football's national championship, ending any chance for the Wolverines to get the rematch they so desired and thought they deserved.</p><br clear="all"/>
Brown's 50-yarder dooms Cutler, Broncos
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061204/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_seahawks_broncos"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061204/capt.bdc2d005c3024b15b0d898b166bb1c2e.seahawks_broncos_football_dxs112.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=JfZSdBidcbWe11zzH7_mnA--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Seattle Seahawks' Josh Brown celebrates after kicking the winning field goal with only seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Seahawks' 23-20 victory over the Denver Broncos in an NFL football game in Denver on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Josh Brown tied an NFL single-season record with his fourth winning field goal in the final minute, nailing a 50-yarder with 4 seconds left to give the Seattle Seahawks a 23-20 win over the stumbling Denver Broncos on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cowboys win NFC showdown with Giants
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061204/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_cowboys_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061204/capt.fa71007920dd4797b14900b3cb9016e9.cowboys_giants_football_eru205.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=Rnj41eGqv9JRL.Ib3MoDjw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Dallas Cowboys kicker Martin Gramatica (7), from Argentina, celebrates his game-winning field goal in the arms of Cowboys tight end Jason Witten after the Cowboys defeated the Giants 23-20 in their football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bill Parcells has never been crazy about kickers. Martin Gramatica may have changed the Dallas coach's opinion. Gramatica, signed last Monday after Parcells cut the enigmatic Mike Vanderjagt, kicked a 46-yard field goal with a second left Sunday to give the Dallas Cowboys a 23-20 win over the New York Giants and a two-game lead in the NFC East.</p><br clear="all"/>
USC, Michigan back in the Rose Bowl
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061204/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_rose_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061203/capt.41bae97b11de4cc7a975284277dc4146.usc_ucla_football_cacc108.jpg?x=130&y=116&sig=kX2uG.xF3FnfuUli_WrVQw--" align="left" height="116" width="130" alt="Southern Cal's coach Pete Carroll, center, walks off the field after their 13-9 loss to UCLA during their college football game in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006. UCLA won 13-9. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - There was no celebrating a traditional matchup in the Rose Bowl — at least by the participants. Those associated with the game are overjoyed. Southern California and Michigan will meet New Year's Day in the granddaddy of 'em all, with each playing in the game for the third time in four years.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bears beat Vikings to clinch NFC North
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061204/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_vikings_bears"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061203/capt.7e21957fe98b4476b7f96a3669c15376.vikings_bears_football_cxb108.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=cM856DABDd4hzvlIipLgHw--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman (8) celebrates with teammates as he heads back onto the field after the Bears' Lance Briggs intercepted a pass by Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Now that they've clinched their second straight division title, the Chicago Bears can focus on bigger goals: a No. 1 seed and, maybe, the conference championship.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pats escape with 28-21 win over Lions
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061204/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_lions_patriots"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061203/capt.aec1afa8827f4f49b2c8a248d1454c14.lions_patriots_football_maea101.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=QDwJgZSHpRCRgRHG1JI1Dg--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="New England Patriots running back Corey Dillon (28) runs past Detroit Lions safety Daniel Bullocks (27) into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter of their football game in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006. Blocking for Dillon are Patriots (82) Daniel Graham and center Dan Koppen (67). (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Patriots know how to finish games. The Lions just finish themselves off. Corey Dillon scored two of his three touchdowns in the last 8:35, Detroit turned the ball over on its last three possessions and New England avoided a stunning upset with a 28-21 victory Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hawks win 1st in Portland since 1997
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061204/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_hawks_trail_blazers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061204/capt.f2fd629baf764f758731b28d372fae63.hawks_trail_blazers_basketball_pda105.jpg?x=80&y=130&sig=25sWADWc7Fbz8uuBmGI26w--" align="left" height="130" width="80" alt="Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson, right, puts a shot up against Portland Trail Blazers guard Martell Webster during second half basketball action in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006. Johnson led the Hawks in scoring with 33 points to beat the Blazers 107-96.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joe Johnson had 33 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Trail Blazers 107-96 Sunday night, snapping a nine-game losing streak to Portland. The Hawks had not won at the Rose Garden since Dec. 15, 1997. The nine-game overall losing streak dated to 2002.</p><br clear="all"/>
Braves sign righty Tanyon Sturtze
AP - The Atlanta Braves signed right-hander Tanyon Sturtze to a one-year contract Sunday on the eve of the winter meetings, hoping he will be able to come back from rotator cuff surgery.
Unseeded Gauchos win NCAA soccer title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061204/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_ncaa_men_s_final"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061203/capt.932a2bb748b344b0a152d913df1ff8ca.uc_santa_barbara_ucla_soccer_stl103.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=G.t_pARYM2uly2XMuClINg--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="UC Santa Barbara's Nick Perera, center rear, heads the ball away from the goal after a corner kick by UCLA in the championship game of the NCAA Men's Division I soccer championships Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - UC-Santa Barbara coach Tim Vom Steeg started thinking about next year after the Gauchos got off to a slow start this season. His team had other ideas.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cloutier, Frolov lead Kings over Ducks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061204/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_kings_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061204/capt.f43c875067fb4bea93f53eb58548567c.kings_ducks_hockey_las110.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=npVMtfndpkleBjFC52ZVeg--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Kings goalie Dan Cloutier knocks down Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf's third period shot during an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006 in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Los Angeles Kings have to win games in blue-collar fashion. "We've said all along that we're not going to out-skill teams, we're going to outwork teams," Kings goalie Dan Cloutier said Sunday night after Los Angeles' 3-2 win over the high-flying Anaheim Ducks.</p><br clear="all"/>
New K Gramatica gets Cowboys past Giants (AP)
Bill Parcells has never been crazy about kickers. Martin Gramatica may have changed the Dallas coach's opinion. Gramatica, signed last Monday after Parcells cut the enigmatic Mike Vanderjagt, kicked a 46-yard field goal with a second left Sunday to give the Dallas Cowboys a 23-20 win over the New York Giants and a two-game lead in the NFC East.
Bironas 60-yard FG lifts Titans by Colts (AP)
Magic is in the air around the Tennessee Titans. Just ask Rob Bironas. Bironas kicked a 60-yard field goal -- the franchise's longest ever -- with 7 seconds left, and the Titans upset Indianapolis 20-17 Sunday for their first victory over the Colts since December 2002 and their second straight amazing comeback.
Bears win second straight division title (AP)
Now that they've clinched their second straight division title, the Chicago Bears can focus on bigger goals: a No. 1 seed and, maybe, the conference championship. Devin Hester ran into the record book again. Ricky Manning Jr. returned an interception for a touchdown, and the Bears claimed their second straight NFC North title with a 23-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on a frigid Sunday...
Bush has four TDs, Saints rout 49ers (AP)
Like his father, Reggie Bush was a 49ers fan growing up. Not on Sunday. With San Francisco in town, Bush's father, LaMar Griffin, attended a game in the Louisiana Superdome for the first time since his son turned pro, wearing Bush's No. 25 Saints jersey. Bush delighted his parents and everyone else wearing black-and-gold, showing like never before that all those electrifying plays he made in high...
Tomlinson scores two TDs, Chargers win (AP)
If Mother Nature couldn't slow down LaDainian Tomlinson, what chance did the Buffalo Bills have? Tomlinson was the Chargers' ideal tonic for a blustery winter afternoon in Buffalo on Sunday, producing 178 yards rushing and two touchdowns in San Diego's 24-21 win over the Bills. To hear Tomlinson put it, the weather -- blowing winds and persistent flurries -- got him excited.
Brown's late FG saves Seahawks again (AP)
Josh Brown tied an NFL single-season record with his fourth winning field goal in the final minute, nailing a 50-yarder with 4 seconds left to give the Seattle Seahawks a 23-20 win over the stumbling Denver Broncos on Sunday night. Rookie defensive lineman Darryl Tapp returned Jay Cutler's first interception 25 yards for a touchdown and the Seahawks (8-4) took advantage of five turnovers to send...
Falcons end four-game skid, top Redskins (AP)
The big defensive lineman rumbled 41 yards until he ran out of gas. The rookie running back had plenty of fuel -- enough to embarrass a would-be tackler near the end of a 69-yard touchdown run. No one will ever confuse the running styles of defensive end Chauncey Davis and rookie running back Jerious Norwood, but each made the type of big play a team needs when it's mired in a four-game losing...
Jets cruise to 38-10 win over Packers (AP)
New York Jets coach Eric Mangini showed his team a tape of the "Ice Bowl," and fullback B.J. Askew ran around shirtless in pregame warmups to prove the cold wasn't so bad. Then Chad Pennington stoked the Jets' hopes of an improbable playoff run. Pennington, who snapped out of a midseason streak of shaky performances in a victory over Houston last week, put together three touchdown drives of 70 yards...
Backup QB leads Browns over Chiefs in OT (AP)
By his 10th birthday, Derek Anderson wore size 17 shoes. On Sunday, those gigantic feet ran the Cleveland Browns to an improbable win. Anderson threw two touchdown passes to Steve Heiden in the final 8:55 of regulation and then scrambled 33 yards in overtime to set up Phil Dawson's 33-yard field goal, giving the Browns a 31-28 victory over the stunned Kansas City Chiefs.
Bobcats end Pistons' 8-game win streak (AP)
The Charlotte Bobcats struggle against most teams, and are making a habit of playing their best against the NBA's elite. Sean May scored 17 points, fellow reserve Matt Carroll added 16 and the Bobcats snapped Detroit's eight-game winning streak with a 97-89 victory Sunday night. The Bobcats' backups outscored the Pistons' reserves 46-14 to help Charlotte end a two-game losing streak and continue...
Brand, Clippers rout East-leading Magic (AP)
Elton Brand scored 31 points on 12-for-14 shooting to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat Orlando 116-91 on Sunday night, snapping the Magic's seven-game winning streak. Tim Thomas added 20 points on 5-for-7 3-point shooting for the Clippers. Los Angeles won for just the second time in eight games, rebounding from a 97-88 home loss to the Lakers on Saturday night.
Davis, James power Wolves past Sixers (AP)
Ricky Davis couldn't shut up the few courtside Philly fans gesturing and yapping at him in the fourth quarter. His clutch baskets and some sharp 3-point shooting from Mike James was more than enough to quiet the skidding 76ers. Davis scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and Kevin Garnett had 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 95-84 win over Philadelphia on...
Hawks end nine-game slide in Portland (AP)
Joe Johnson had 33 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Trail Blazers 107-96 Sunday night, snapping a nine-game losing streak to Portland. The Hawks had not won at the Rose Garden since Dec. 15, 1997. The nine-game overall losing streak dated to 2002. Salim Stoudamire, a Portland native, hit a 3-pointer that gave the Hawks an 87-70 lead, their biggest of the game.
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.
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.
March of the Penguin
Kozlov moves Islanders atop Atlantic (AP)
Viktor Kozlov put the New York Islanders in first place with the first four-goal game of his NHL career. Kozlov's scoring spree offset Brendan Shanahan's 18th hat trick and helped the Islanders take the Atlantic Division lead with a 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night. "This is the first time I ever had four goals in any game, maybe except junior," Kozlov said.
Frolov helps Kings end skid versus Ducks (AP)
The Los Angeles Kings have to win games in blue-collar fashion. "We've said all along that we're not going to out-skill teams, we're going to outwork teams," Kings goalie Dan Cloutier said Sunday night after Los Angeles' 3-2 win over the high-flying Anaheim Ducks. "We may not have the skill that the Ducks have, so we have to do it in other ways.
Oilers' Ryan Smyth out with broken thumb (AP)
Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers is out indefinitely with a broken right thumb, sidelining a player who has 16 goals in 24 games. The forward hurt his thumb during the first period of a 4-0 loss to Columbus on Saturday night. To fill the roster spot, the Oilers on Sunday recalled left wing Alexei Mikhnov, a 6-foot-5 Ukrainian, from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.
Blues G Sanford out six to eight weeks (AP)
Blues goalie Curtis Sanford will be sidelined six to eight weeks with a pulled groin, the team said Sunday. Jason Bacashihua was recalled from Peoria, Ill., of the AHL. Sanford, the backup goalie behind Manny Legace, had to be helped off the ice early in the first period in Chicago on Friday after a play that led to the game's first goal.
Ovechkin ejected, Caps rip Sabres 7-4 (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...
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.
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.