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Garcia, Eagles rally past Panthers 27-24 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061205/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_panthers_eagles"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061205/capt.0f9e2d0f293f4a85a5344c2eb0b6886e.panthers_eagles_football_patm102.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=UG84pVsb.r3UES_PF9KUQQ--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jeff Garcia (7) launches a pass under pressure from Carolina Panthers defensemen Damione Lewis (92) and Michael Rucker, right, during the second quarter of an NFL football game with the Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeff Garcia can't make them forget Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia, can he? Well, if he plays like vintage McNabb, as he did Monday night in leading the Eagles past the Carolina Panthers 27-24, Garcia certainly will ease the pain of not having the injured star quarterback.</p><br clear="all"/>

Poll voters explain why Gators in BCS (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061205/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_bcs_why_florida"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061204/capt.dfcbe025b46648a2ada03629fd0a92e4.sec_florida_arkansas_football_nyol570.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=NTf0cvVMcRwJ3xUU6KOo3A--" 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. The Gators were selected Sunday to take on Ohio State in the national title game on Jan. 8. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)" border="0" /></a>AP - Avoid a rematch. Stronger schedule. Conference champion. Those were the main reasons cited Monday by many poll voters for jumping Florida over Michigan on their final ballots, setting up a Gators-Buckeyes matchup in the BCS national title game Jan. 8.</p><br clear="all"/>

Nelson, Magic get rare win in Sacramento (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061205/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_magic_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061205/capt.dce074e2c2ff435687f50bbb4b1386d6.magic_kings_basketball_camx105.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=__CIp7tjOb.DpqTh.HBw2A--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson, center, drives between Sacramento Kings guard Mike Bibby, left, and forward Kenny Thomas, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Dec. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Max Whittaker)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jameer Nelson hit a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left, and the Orlando Magic snapped an 11-game losing streak in Sacramento with a 92-89 victory over the Kings on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

No. 12 Kansas bounces back, beats USC (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061205/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_usc_kansas"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061205/capt.edc0216a3ca34de0a12057232a528383.southern_cal__kansas_basketball_ksow106.jpg?x=130&y=128&sig=B62dHCQthHqV6_UgVa7K4Q--" align="left" height="128" width="130" alt="Kansas guard Mario Chalmers, right, reaches for the ball while covering Southern Cal guard Daniel Hackett during the first half of their college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Dec. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brandon Rush had another rough night from the field. The Kansas sophomore swingman also had the admiration of Jayhawks coach Bill Self, for his willingness to keep shooting and to defend Southern California's top scorer.</p><br clear="all"/>

Giants want Bonds; Do BoSox want Manny? (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061205/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_winter_meetings"><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 want Barry Bonds back. It's unclear whether the Boston Red Sox feel the same about Manny Ramirez.</p><br clear="all"/>

Garcia helps Eagles past Panthers into playoff race (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061205/sp_nm/nfl_eagles_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061205/2006_12_05t002331_450x389_us_nfl_eagles.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=kOBPZa9otr_P9u7T02UYOA--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Reggie Brown (86) pulls in a pass from quarterback Jeff Garcia and beats Carolina Panthers corner back Chris Gamble (20) for a touchdown during fourth quarter NFL action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Decemeber 4, 2006. (Bradley C Bower/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Backup quarterback Jeff Garcia orchestrated a late scoring drive to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 27-24 win over the Carolina Panthers that moved them back into post-season contention on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Ginobili's back; Spurs rout Warriors (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061205/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_warriors_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061205/capt.24950d93bf8b4a8793837e4c39a5f03c.warriors_spurs_basketball_saa107.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=VmQ1uP52De7poF2v7q3W_A--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, is defended by Golden State Warriors forward Jason Richardson (23), guard Monta Ellis (8) and forward Mike Dunleavy (34) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Monday, Dec. 4, 2006. San Antonio won 129-89. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Spurs didn't need the return of Manu Ginobili to sail past the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Padilla, Texas agree on $33 million deal (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061205/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_rangers_padilla"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061204/capt.c41e13955c63475cb5b64d108f5e25c4.winter_meetings_baseball_flrm116.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=Z_xAhiQUsu0rYJ_IpbiIHg--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="New Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington laughs during the baseball Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)" border="0" /></a>AP - Starting pitcher Vicente Padilla and the Texas Rangers reached a preliminary agreement on a $33 million, three-year contract Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Thierry Henry may need change of scenery (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061204/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061202/capt.5611ef2fb4854aa69c3079f4108121aa.britain_soccer_premiership_arsenal_tottenhan_xag114.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=uKNKjFJU08oQojNn3NO21w--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Arsenal's captain Thierry Henry, front left, walks onto the field of play with teammate Robin Van Persie following their English Premiership soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at Arsenal's Emirates stadium in London, Saturday Dec. 2, 2006. Arsenal won the game 3-0. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant )" border="0" /></a>AP - Thierry Henry keeps falling short &#151; runner-up with Arsenal in the Champions League and with France at the World Cup, third in the European player of the year award.</p><br clear="all"/>

Burst by Oilers wipes out Canucks 4-0 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061205/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_oilers_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061205/capt.a579d04459374d35810faf9895067111.oilers_canucks_hockey_vcrz104.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=oluwcNVdcYDIMf0QCXZ8Iw--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks' Matt Cooke (24) tries to backhand a shot past Edmonton Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson during the second period of NHL hockey action in Vancouver Monday, Dec. 4, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Richard Lam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Daniel Tjarnqvist and Joffrey Lupul scored 34 seconds apart early in the second period and Dwayne Roloson made 36 saves to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Keeping the status Mo'
Staying on a roll in December is the key for elite teams like San Diego and Dallas.

Garcia's 3 TDs rally Eagles by Panthers (AP)
Jeff Garcia can't make them forget Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia, can he? Well, if he plays like vintage McNabb, as he did Monday night in leading the Eagles past the Carolina Panthers 27-24, Garcia certainly will ease the pain of not having the injured star quarterback. And if he guides them into the playoffs -- at 6-6 they are tied for the NFC wild-card spots -- Garcia won't be hearing the boos...

Parcells believes Cowboys could go far (AP)
Bill Parcells is talking championship. Well, sort of. Parcells isn't about to make any sort of proclamation, even if others are starting to say his Dallas Cowboys have the look of a Super Bowl team. But now that they've won four straight games and five of six, grabbing control of the NFC East along the way, Parcells is starting to believe they could be playing well into January and maybe even...

Tomlinson nears all-time touchdown mark (AP)
LaDainian Tomlinson's touchdown binge has carried him to the cusp of NFL history and the San Diego Chargers to the verge of returning to the playoffs. It's also practically rendered his coach speechless, and that's saying something. Marty Schottenheimer, who was an English major at Pitt and loves to talk, doesn't know what to say anymore about Tomlinson's TDs, which now total 26 with a quarter of...

Giants' goal now just to end losing skid (AP)
Repeating in the NFC East is a long shot at best for the New York Giants. The playoffs? That's another story. The Giants (6-6) still control their own fate despite a four-game losing streak that has seen them slide from a team contending for the best record in the conference to one scratching and clawing for a wild-card berth.

Smith maintains Bears will not change QB (AP)
Let the fans boo and the critics ramble. Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith refused to budge Monday. He's sticking with Rex Grossman as his starting quarterback. A day after the Bears wrapped up their second straight NFC North championship, Grossman's lowly performance in a 23-13 win over the Vikings was still the main topic.

Colts caution against panic after losses (AP)
Tony Dungy isn't panicking. But with two losses in three games, a run defense that continues to allow nearly 164 yards per game and an offense that has topped 20 points only once in four weeks, Dungy certainly is concerned about his Indianapolis Colts. A day after their second loss dropped them into a tie with San Diego for the AFC's best record, Dungy again pleaded with his players to correct...

Holmgren hopes Seahawks will improve (AP)
Seattle coach Mike Holmgren isn't buying into the theory that the Seahawks should be encouraged because they are 8-4 and in command of the woeful NFC West. He's more concerned that they haven't gotten the offensive boost they expected from the return of stars Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander. "No, it bothers me.

Patriots struggling, but still winning (AP)
Don't put all of those December games in the win column for the New England Patriots yet. The AFC East leaders showed Sunday that a seemingly easy road to the playoffs may be filled with hazards, no matter how much their opponents have struggled. They barely avoided losing Sunday to Detroit, tied with Oakland for the NFL's worst record at 2-10.

Patriots sign veteran DB Mickens (AP)
The New England Patriots signed defensive back Ray Mickens and placed safety Eugene Wilson on injured reserve Monday. Mickens played all 16 games last season with the Cleveland Browns after spending the previous nine years with the New York Jets, although he sat out the 2004 season with an injury. He signed with the Jets again as a free agent last May 31 but was released Sept.

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Mavs' 12-game streak snapped by Wizards (AP)
Gilbert Arenas and the Wizards ended the Dallas Mavericks' 12-game winning streak, determined to begin a streak of their own. "It feels great," Arenas said after scoring 38 points with eight assists during the Wizards' 106-97 victory on Monday night. "It shows what we're capable of doing if we come out and play hard.

Jazz's Sloan earns 999th coaching win (AP)
The Utah Jazz kept Michael Redd from leading the Milwaukee Bucks to another big comeback. The Jazz held Redd to two points in the second half and 18 points total in a 101-88 Monday night, playing Jerry Sloan's kind of defense in honor of his 999th coaching victory. "Our guys tried very hard to keep him from getting every opportunity," Sloan said.

Spurs get 75 bench points, rout Warriors (AP)
The Spurs didn't need the return of Manu Ginobili to sail past the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. Ginobili came off the bench and played 16 minutes in his first action since Nov. 24, having missed the last four games with a lower back contusion. He had six points and nine assists in fewer than 16 minutes, but San Antonio hardly needed it in a 129-89 blowout of the Golden State Warriors.

Bulls win fifth straight, rip Celtics (AP)
Teammates passed it around after the game. Some tried it on. Ben Wallace wanted the rest of the Chicago Bulls to get a good look at his boulder-sized championship ring. And he wanted them to know they can win one, too. While it's premature to plan a parade, the Bulls are living up to their billing as Eastern Conference contenders after a slow start.

Curry leads Knicks to rare home win (AP)
The shot was so ugly, all Quentin Richardson could do was laugh. But the shot, a turnaround, fallaway off the wrong foot as the shot clock expired, went in -- and the Knicks really needed something to go right at Madison Square Garden. Eddy Curry scored 26 points and the Knicks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 98-90 Monday night for just their second home victory of the season.

Stern visits Sacramento to work on arena (AP)
NBA commissioner David Stern still believes he can keep the Kings in Sacramento, and he seems willing to meet with anyone who has a good idea about the best way to do it. Stern visited California's capital city on Monday in the first step of the latest effort to devise a funding plan for a new arena that would keep the Kings in their home since 1985.

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...

Clippers rout East-leading Magic 116-91 (AP)
Elton Brand helped the Los Angeles Clippers take back some of their turf. Brand scored 31 points Sunday night and the Clippers rebounded from a home loss one night earlier to the crosstown rival Lakers by beating an Orlando Magic team that was treating every floor as its own. Brand shot 12-for-14 from the field in a 116-91 Clippers' victory that snapped the Magic's seven-game winning streak.

Davis, James help Wolves beat 76ers (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...

March of the Penguin

Turco, Stars blank Sharks 1-0 (AP)
Marty Turco bailed out the short-handed Dallas Stars with a stellar display of goaltending. Turco stopped 25 shots for his 26th career shutout and Mike Modano scored a power-play goal before leaving with an injury on Monday night in the Stars' 1-0 victory that ended San Jose's season-high five-game winning streak.

Stuart helps Bruins edge Canadiens 6-5 (AP)
The Boston Bruins had to work a lot harder than they expected to finish off the Montreal Canadiens. Bruins defenseman Brad Stuart scored his second goal of the third period with 1:42 remaining and Boston held off Montreal 6-5 on Monday night. Stuart scored midway through the period to give the Bruins -- who blew a 4-1 lead in the second -- a 5-4 advantage before Montreal's Sheldon Souray tied it...

Former GM Clarke returns to Flyers as VP (AP)
Bob Clarke returned to the Philadelphia Flyers as a senior vice president Monday, more than six weeks after he quit as the team's general manager because of burnout. "Bob's experience as a player and general manager over the last 37 years is invaluable," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. "This is a way to keep Clarkie involved in the organization and utilize the knowledge that he has gained over the...

Coyotes extend home win streak to five (AP)
Patrick Fischer scored with 11:20 remaining to lift Phoenix past the Nashville Predators 3-2 Monday night for the Coyotes' fifth straight home victory. Oleg Saprykin and Yanic Perreault also scored and Mikael Tellqvist earned his first win for the Coyotes, who have won four of five. Steve Sullivan and Alexander Radulov scored for the Predators, who lost in regulation for just the third time in 23...

LW Cory Stillman activated by Hurricanes (AP)
Cory Stillman was activated by the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, nearly four months after the left wing had surgery on his right shoulder. Stillman is expected to play during the team's four-game road swing that begins Tuesday night in Calgary. He had surgery Aug. 18. Stillman had 21 goals and 55 assists last season and became only the sixth player in NHL history to win the Cup in two straight...

Aquilini family completes Canucks sale (AP)
The Aquilini Investment Group took full control of the Vancouver Canucks and their arena Monday. The NHL's board of governors approved the group's purchase of the remaining 50 percent of the team and GM Glance from Seattle businessman John McCaw. The Aquilini group, owned by Vancouver businessmen Francesco, Roberto and Paolo Aquilini, bought the first 50 percent of the team and the arena in...

Thrashers D Sutton to miss two months (AP)
Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Andy Sutton is expected to miss at least two months because of an ankle injury that will require surgery to repair. Sutton, set for surgery Tuesday, was injured in practice Nov. 27 and missed the last three games. An MRI revealed a torn tendon. The 31-year-old Sutton has one goal and seven assists in 25 games for the first-place Thrashers.

Kozlov's four goals put Isles in first (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.

Kings end seven-game skid to Ducks, 3-2 (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.

Across the river
NASCAR's New York dreams are on hold, but they could be rekindled in New Jersey.

ISC scraps plans to build NASCAR track on Staten Island (AP)
International Speedway Corp. scrapped plans Monday to build a track on Staten Island, stalling NASCAR's dream to bring a race to the New York area.

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.

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