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NEWS FROM 2006-12-07
Knight ties Rupp as Texas Tech wins
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061207/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_texas_tech_louisiana_tech"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061207/capt.laab10412070355.texas_tech_louisiana_tech_basketball_laab104.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=0gDn1jN1bWw9JIXKieTWbA--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Texas Tech coach Bob Knight talks to his team during a time out in the second half of their basketball game with Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006. Texas Tech won 66-59.(AP Photo/Chris Graythen)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bob Knight reflected back on his own playing days after his latest coaching milestone, summing up his thoughts as only Knight can.</p><br clear="all"/>
Reports: N.C. State to hire O'Brien
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061207/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_nc_state_coach"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061207/capt.ny15012070524.nc_state_coach_football_ny150.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=Wwbkdp7VIkSbkancdAG2CA--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien walks the sidelines during the first half of a football game against North Carolina State in this Sept. 23, 2006 file photo in Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina State appears ready to hire O'Brien as its new football coach, according to multiple reports. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - North Carolina State appears ready to hire Boston College's Tom O'Brien as its new football coach, according to multiple reports.</p><br clear="all"/>
Smith, Quinn, McFadden vie for Heisman
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061207/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_heisman_finalists"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061205/capt.ny15412051915.heisman_smith_football_ny154.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=L5JMBxcIlB2FP1QFMoAO5A--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith throws a pass during the fourth quarter against Penn State Saturday, Oct 8, 2005. .(AP Photo/Chris Gardner)" border="0" /></a>AP - Troy Smith booked his trip to the Heisman Trophy ceremony before the invitations went out. Why wait? Smith, the heavy favorite to win college football's most prestigious award, was selected as a Heisman finalist Wednesday, along with Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden.</p><br clear="all"/>
Phillies acquire 17-game winner Garcia
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061207/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_white_sox_phillies_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061204/capt.bfe55700d5b745d2bba18baedf860ba8.winter_meetings_baseball_flrm101.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=0524IgBeGQoZ6XZPqc8Whw--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, left, and general manager Pat Gillick talk in a cafe during the baseball winter meetings at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista Fla.. on Monday Dec. 4, 2006 . (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)" border="0" /></a>AP - In the first big trade at baseball's winter meetings, the Chicago White Sox sent starting pitcher Freddy Garcia to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night for right-hander Gavin Floyd and a player to be named.</p><br clear="all"/>
Oilers beat Hurricanes in Cup rematch
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061207/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_hurricanes_oilers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061207/capt.edm10412070436.hurricanes_oilers_hockey_edm104.jpg?x=130&y=129&sig=mNqUxa.iN15IgOqC5l.kjA--" align="left" height="129" width="130" alt="Carolina Hurricanes' Mike Commodore, right, checks Edmonton Oilers' Petr Sykora during the second period of NHL hockey action at Edmonton's Rexall Place on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, John Ulan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Edmonton's injuries and its opponent made this one even sweeter for Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. Jason Smith's first goal of the season snapped a second-period tie and lifted the Oilers to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chargers set to decline outside suitors
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061207/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_chargers_stadium"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061203/capt.ca8cd958f06f4b3786e46986b2baabf8.chargers_bills_football_otkdd101.jpg?x=130&y=81&sig=iMV0bH1C55X6VKL5kVKb3Q--" align="left" height="81" width="130" alt="San Diego Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer, center, talks about a holding penalty with referee Ed Hochuli , right, and head linesman Mark Hittner during the NFL football game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006. (AP Photo/David Duprey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Still without a deal for a new stadium after 4 1/2 years of trying, the Chargers aren't quite ready to punt on San Diego County.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bryant returns despite sore ankle but NBA Hornets thump Lakers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061207/sp_afp/basketnbalakers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20061207/capt.sge.szv44.071206074906.photo00.photo.default-512x402.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=682vL2eoYRdS_p6_nc9hjg--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Tyson Chandler (R) of the New Orleans Hornets drives against Kwame Brown (L) of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Hornets won 105-89(AFP/Getty Images/Lisa Blumenfeld)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant bounced back from a sprained right ankle to score 24 points here but the New Orleans Hornets pounded the Lakers 105-89.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bonds creates stir at winter meetings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061207/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_winter_meetings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061206/capt.flpe11312061812.winter_meetings_bonds_baseball_flpe113.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=QzPA1vlM8jzVNEe5XCiQtg--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants free-agent Barry Bonds, center, rushes to a elevator with his entourage during the Major League Baseball winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds swept through the lobby at the winter meetings, and Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry was hospitalized as baseball's annual gathering neared its conclusion.</p><br clear="all"/>
Man United, Arsenal reach second round
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061206/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061206/capt.b163d36dd48c4ec3b81c7c4d9a3c3122.britain_soccer_champions_league_mdt111.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=JhtITVNOXg8NWgFy_D._WA--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Benfica's Nelson, centre, celebrates scoring against Manchester United during their Group F Champions League soccer match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Wednesday Dec. 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Steven Governo)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manchester United, Arsenal, FC Porto and Lille qualified for the second round of the Champions League on Wednesday, completing the 16-team field for the first knockout stage.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks beat Preds in battle of top teams
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061207/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_predators_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061207/capt.acdeec5bc52e446898ec71e0018e29c8.predators_ducks_hockey_ana104.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=IzNoMhuw072qPT5PFQ4PYA--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks' Teemu Selanne (8), of Finland, celebrates his goal with Andy McDonald (19) and Chris Kunitz (14) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Teemu Selanne has been thriving the past two seasons with young linemates Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz. It reminds him of the success he had all those years ago in Anaheim with Paul Kariya.</p><br clear="all"/>
Another burden to Bear
Already dealing with offensive issues, the Bears could be without DT Tommie Harris and CB Nathan Vasher for Monday's game against the Rams.
Panthers QB Delhomme questionable (AP)
Carolina coach John Fox has insisted that, barring injury, struggling Jake Delhomme would remain the Panthers' starting quarterback. But Delhomme is no longer healthy, sitting out Wednesday's practice with a sprained right thumb, meaning Chris Weinke could make his first start in almost five years Sunday against the New York Giants.
Favre says he likely needs ankle surgery (AP)
Brett Favre's aching left ankle probably needs arthroscopic surgery to clean out bone spurs, and he's listening to Hall of Fame quarterbacks Troy Aikman and John Elway for tips on dealing with the losing. So ratchet up the speculation whether he returns to Green Bay next season. "My left ankle probably needs it," he said Wednesday.
T.O. admits tuning out Parcells' speech (AP)
When Bill Parcells told the Dallas Cowboys what it takes to win a championship, Terrell Owens wasn't listening. "The championship speech? I must have went to sleep on that one," T.O. said, laughing. Parcells gave his speech Monday, a day after a pivotal win in New York and hours before Owens flew to Los Angeles for an ostentatious 33rd birthday party he threw himself.
Rams' Bulger has no regrets over remarks (AP)
Marc Bulger had no regrets. The St. Louis Rams quarterback simply wanted to move on a few days after calling out some unnamed teammates for not caring enough about their jobs. The same went for the two second-year players widely speculated as Bulger's targets, center Richie Incognito and tackle Alex Barron.
Childress chooses his QB, isn't telling (AP)
Coach Brad Childress knows who will start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Detroit. He's not telling yet. Childress said Wednesday he has made a decision between veteran Brad Johnson and rookie Tarvaris Jackson, then resorted to gamesmanship when pressed about which player will be under center against the Lions.
Steelers can get even with Browns (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers haven't had a chance like this since they first played the Cleveland Browns 56 years ago. Finally, the Steelers can get even with the Browns. Even if their relatively insignificant Thursday night game in early December lacks the importance that normally befits a Rust Belt rivalry that has been meaningful and colorful since its inception in 1950.
Start for Dolphins-Bills moved again (AP)
The NFL's new "Flex" schedule has been "Un-Flexed." The league announced late Wednesday evening that kickoff for the Miami Dolphins' game at the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 17 has been changed again -- this time switched back to its original 1 p.m. EST start. The change came a day after the NFL moved the game to 4:05 p.m.
Woman sends Bart Starr extortion letter (AP)
An 81-year-old woman has been charged with trying to extort $2 million from Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr. Ruby Y. Young mailed a letter to Starr, 72, alleging a romantic encounter with him in 1960, prosecutors said. Starr, MVP of the first two Super Bowls with the Green Bay Packers, denies knowing the woman, according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed against Young in Birmingham, Ala.
Saints prepare to play without DT Thomas (AP)
Some of Hollis Thomas' teammates remained were puzzled Wednesday by the Saints' starting defensive tackle's suspension for using a banned steroid. Backed by his doctor and the team, Thomas said his asthma medication, which has certain steroids in it -- as asthma medication often does -- likely caused a "false positive" for a banned substance.
Dropping the ball
Having expressed regret over the NBA's new ball, David Stern should make another change and bring back the old one.
Spurs rip Bobcats to avenge earlier loss (AP)
It was a strange sight: Tim Duncan missing dunks. Three times he tried to slam it over Emeka Okafor and three times the ball clanged off the back rim -- all in the first quarter. But it didn't take long for him to break out of his funk. Duncan shook off the slow start to score 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs avenged a surprising home loss to Charlotte with a 96-76 win over the Bobcats on...
LeBron rallies Cavs past Raptors (AP)
The Toronto Raptors had two choices: Double team LeBron James or defend him one on one. Neither worked. James scored 26 points, added 10 assists and provided everything Cleveland needed in the final minutes, rallying the Cavaliers to a 95-91 win over Toronto on Wednesday night. With Cleveland trailing 84-77, James dished out three assists -- two for consecutive 3-pointers -- grabbed a rebound and...
Paul powers Hornets past Lakers (AP)
The guard slashing to the basket and blowing by defenders on the way down the court wasn't Kobe Bryant. Chris Paul upstaged the Lakers' superstar with 26 points and 11 rebounds in the New Orleans Hornets' 105-89 victory Wednesday night that snapped their season-high five-game losing streak. "You won't be seeing too many dudes like that this season, getting into the paint like that," said Bryant,...
Jackson lifts Pacers by Magic 94-80 (AP)
Stephen Jackson didn't let his outside issues distract him. Jackson scored a season-high 26 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 94-80 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. He began the day at a court hearing in which a judge set a Feb. 12 trial date on charges that Jackson fired a gun during a fight outside a strip club.
Wizards top Knicks for first road win (AP)
He couldn't make a 3-pointer last time he was here, but Gilbert Arenas knew he was hot from the minute he showed up Wednesday night. Actually, he knew even before that. Arenas scored 38 points, and the Washington Wizards used a sizzling performance from 3-point range to beat the New York Knicks 113-102 Wednesday night for their first road victory of the season.
Sonics All-Star G Allen out indefinitely (AP)
Seattle guard Ray Allen has a bruised bone in his right ankle and will meet with doctors on Thursday to determine when he will be able to play. An MRI revealed the contusion Wednesday, one day after Allen missed Seattle's win over Atlanta with what the team initially announced was a strained tendon in his right foot.
Gordon powers Bulls to rout of Sixers (AP)
Ben Gordon started the first quarter onslaught with a 3-pointer, and in a flash he had 17 points. Just as quickly, the Chicago Bulls were on their way to 121-94 victory Wednesday night, and the Philadelphia 76ers' misery was deepening. Gordon scored 17 of his 31 points in a lopsided first-quarter, and the Bulls won their sixth straight.
Gay, Grizzlies top Celtics 98-96 (AP)
Rudy Gay hadn't hit a game-winning shot since high school. Gay's jumper in the closing seconds lifted the Memphis Grizzlies to a 98-96 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies squandered a 17-point fourth-quarter lead, but Gay bailed them out when he took Mike Miller's pass and sank a 15-foot jumper from the top of the key with 2.6 seconds left.
Garnett powers Wolves past Rockets (AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves showed the league's stingiest defense that they can play a little bit of it, too. Pushing Yao Ming out of the post as much as possible and denying Tracy McGrady as many shots as they could, the Timberwolves harassed the Houston Rockets all night and emerged with 90-84 win on Wednesday.
Oilers top 'Canes in Cup finals rematch (AP)
Edmonton's injuries and its opponent made this one even sweeter for Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. Jason Smith's first goal of the season snapped a second-period tie and lifted the Oilers to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup finals.
Stars blank Coyotes for third time (AP)
With four of their injured top forwards in street clothes, the Dallas Stars needed a stingy effort from goalie Marty Turco and the rest of the defense. Turco delivered with a 25-save performance for his 27th NHL shutout, and defenseman Sergei Zubov scored an early power-play goal in the Stars' 3-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.
Selanne, Ducks defeat Predators 4-0 (AP)
Teemu Selanne has been thriving the past two seasons with young linemates Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz. It reminds him of the success he had all those years ago in Anaheim with Paul Kariya. Selanne had two goals and an assist, Kunitz had a goal and three assists, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere recorded his 25th NHL shutout to help the Ducks beat Kariya's Nashville Predators 4-0 Wednesday night in a...
Oilers to retire Mark Messier's No. 11 (AP)
Mark Messier's famous No. 11 is going to the rafters -- again. This time "The Captain" will be honored by the Edmonton Oilers, his first NHL team that he helped lead to five Stanley Cup titles in seven years. "I'm not promising anybody I'm not going to cry. That would be a big mistake," he said Wednesday.
Elias lifts Devils past Canadiens in OT (AP)
The Devils always find a way to beat the Montreal Canadiens in New Jersey. The Devils victimized the Canadiens, the NHL's top penalty killers, for a power-play goal with 7.3 seconds remaining in overtime for a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night. Patrik Elias scored the winner as the Devils improved to 19-1 with four ties in their last 24 home games against Montreal.
Back problems force Nieuwendyk to retire (AP)
Florida Panthers forward Joe Nieuwendyk retired Wednesday because of chronic back problems, ending a 20-year NHL career. Nieuwendyk, who won three Stanley Cup titles and helped Canada capture an Olympic gold medal in 2002, missed 14 of the Panthers' first 29 games this season because of the injury. He made the decision to retire when doctors told him that his back simply wouldn't improve.
Clark, Capitals rip Senators 6-2 (AP)
Chris Clark's wide grin revealed the big gap where he lost a couple of teeth when he was hit by a puck last month. The Washington Capitals captain kept right on smiling, thrilled with his performance and thrilled by his team's turnaround. Clark scored twice off assists from Alex Ovechkin and suddenly surging Washington beat the Ottawa Senators 6-2 Wednesday night for its fourth consecutive victory.
Stars sign D Robidas to 3-year extension (AP)
The Stars signed defenseman Stephane Robidas to a three-year contract extension worth $4.5 million Wednesday. Robidas had a career-high 15 assists and 20 points for the Stars in 2005-2006. This season, the 29-year-old has appeared in 27 games and has registered eight assists. His contract was set to expire at the end of the season.
Niedermayer, Lidstrom top All-Star votes (AP)
Defensemen Scott Niedermayer of Anaheim and Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit lead the All-Star balloting in the Western Conference. Niedermayer has 329,657 votes, roughly 12,000 more than Lidstrom, according to figures released by the NHL on Wednesday. Colorado forward Joe Sakic is third with 260,397. He's followed by San Jose center Joe Thornton (245,083), Chicago Blackhawks winger Martin Havlat...
Briere's hat trick lifts Sabres to win (AP)
Daniel Briere needed 429 games for his first NHL hat trick. It was worth the wait. Briere had three goals, including two during a three-goal first period, as the Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo Sabres beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Tuesday night. "400 something games, I don't know why," Briere said.
Big challenges ahead
Implementing the Car of Tomorrow and raising TV ratings and attendance are two of NASCAR's top tasks for 2007.
Top drivers prepare in Homestead for 24 Hours of Daytona race (AP)
Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Sam Hornish Jr. tested their prototype cars Wednesday for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 24 Hours of Daytona race. "It's been a blast," Gordon said. "Yesterday, I was pretty excited just to be able to drive a car that performs like this on a road course. It's a lot of fun.
Richert to serve as Vickers' crew chief at Team Red Bull (SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Brian Vickers is looking for a fresh start at Team Red Bull. At least he can rely on a crew chief with a proven track record.
Drag racer Dwayne Wilcox dies at 66 (SportsTicker)
TORRANCE, California (Ticker) - Dwayne Wilcox, one of drag racing's early stars, died Saturday of kidney failure. He was 66.
DirecTV to take NASCAR fans inside the car (AP)
The sport that already offers unprecedented fan access is going one step further in 2007, allowing DirecTV viewers to watch an entire NASCAR race from behind the wheel.
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.