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Bonds, Giants agree to $16M, 1-year deal (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061208/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_winter_meetings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061208/capt.ny20712080057.giants_bonds_baseball_ny207.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=6DNj3V9gvIX2i3assK16nw--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds sits in the dugout and watches the Giants play the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, int this Sept. 30, 2006. Bonds and the Giants moved closer to reaching an agreement Thursday night, with the sides hoping to complete a deal that would keep the controversial slugger in the Bay Area. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)" border="0" /></a>AP - Barry Bonds is headed back to the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to a $16 million, one-year deal just hours after the winter meetings ended with just one major trade and only a handful of free-agent signings.</p><br clear="all"/>

Suns defeat Nets 161-157 in double-OT (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061208/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061208/capt.era10712080443.suns_nets_basketball_era107.jpg?x=130&y=117&sig=dCBkPRj_vbVspej14XfUIw--" align="left" height="117" width="130" alt="Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash, right,of Canada, drives to the basket as he is guarded by New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd, left, in the first overtime during NBA basketball Thursday night, Dec. 7, 2006, in East Rutherford, N.J. Nash led all scorers with 42 points as the Suns beat the Nets, 161-15, in double-overtime. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - For almost three hours, two of the NBA's best point guards went head to head in a shootout, neither willing to let his team lose a game that will go down as a classic. In the end, Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns beat Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets 161-157 in a double-overtime thriller on Thursday night that was as good as it gets in the NBA.</p><br clear="all"/>

Lopsided losses piling up for 76ers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061208/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_awful76ers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061207/capt.cxa10412070330.76ers_bulls_basketball_cxa104.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=W29h_q5SkeToxw.8P9CXlA--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson watches a loose ball against Chicago Bulls during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - Allen Iverson is hurting. So is Chris Webber. Nothing has been quite as painful for either of Philadelphia's stars as the lopsided losses that are piling up at an alarmingly rapid rate. Although the 76ers were hardly expected to be a playoff team, the blowouts, finger pointing and overall grumpiness has been an unpleasant surprise only 17 games into the season.</p><br clear="all"/>

San Jose loses in return home (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061208/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061208/capt.a8258c544ede47c994a39063c97641af.avalanche_sharks_hockey_sja106.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=O2mkd278XiXYBJzXRSGW1A--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Colorado Avalanche left wing Wojtek Wolski, left, of Poland, works for the puck against San Jose Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo in the third period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006. Colorado won 5-2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maybe San Jose should stay out on the road some more. The Sharks, who have played just 11 home games in the first nine weeks of the season, returned from a 3-1 trip Thursday night to open a stretch in which they play 12 of 15 games at the Shark Tank.</p><br clear="all"/>

Carter helps Irish upset No. 4 Alabama (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061208/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_college_bkb_folo"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061208/capt.injr10612080308.alabama_notre_dame_basketball_injr106.jpg?x=63&y=130&sig=52h4FddOPw6gc2HduACpUw--" align="left" height="130" width="63" alt="Notre Dame guard Russell Carter (43) reacts after making a basket during first-half action in a basketball game with Alabama, Thursday Dec. 7, 2006, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)" border="0" /></a>AP - Most coaches might not like the 18-foot baseline jumper Russell Carter quickly took when he was defended with 2 minutes left. However, it's a shot Notre Dame's Mike Brey wants Carter to take.</p><br clear="all"/>

Griese ready but job still Grossman's (AP)
AP - As Brian Griese carried his lunch down a hallway, he noticed a mob of media that had descended Thursday on Halas Hall and had this observation: "There are a lot of people here today." All of them were pretty much talking about the same thing.

Wade leads Heat to 93-91 win over Kings (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061208/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_heat_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061208/capt.sca10112080449.aptopix_heat_kings_basketball_sca101.jpg?x=80&y=130&sig=jpyrLy8IBVB4A_DiVCvZwQ--" align="left" height="130" width="80" alt="Miami Heat Dwyane Wade, right, stuffs over Sacramento Kings guard John Salmons during the first quarter of NBA basketball in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)" border="0" /></a>AP - Although he missed a potential game-winning shot in regulation, Dwyane Wade still was the player the Miami Heat wanted taking the big shots in overtime. Wade had 32 points, including seven in the extra period, and added 11 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Heat to a 93-91 victory over the slumping Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bonds set to resign with San Francisco Giants (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061208/sp_nm/baseball_bonds_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20061208/capt.sge.tjp96.081206070158.photo00.photo.default-379x512.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=UjcaNRJULx3vIfB8VCf_hQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Barry Bonds agreed on a one-year deal worth 16 million dollars with the San Francisco Giants, ensuring the controversial outfielder will chase Major League Baseball history in 2007(AFP/Getty Images/File)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Controversial slugger Barry Bonds will continue his pursuit of Major League Baseball's all-time home run record with the San Francisco Giants after agreeing to a one-year, $16 million deal on Thursday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bradley to take over for Klinsmann (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061208/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_us_coach"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061207/capt.ny20512072330.us_klinsmann_bradley_soccer_ny205.jpg?x=75&y=130&sig=LDjVSpDrXnnCv1g9u.IXPQ--" align="left" height="130" width="75" alt="Chivas USA coach Bob Bradley looks on as the New York Red Bulls beat Chivas USA, 5-4, during MLS soccer in this May 20, 2006 file photo, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Bradley, the coach of Major League Soccer's Chivas USA team, was to be announced Friday as the interim coach of the national team, a soccer official with knowledge of the decision told the AP. He also spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Juergen Klinsmann took himself out of consideration as coach of the U.S. soccer team, a surprising turn of events that led to Chivas USA's Bob Bradley getting the job on an interim basis.</p><br clear="all"/>

Hartnell, Predators beat Kings 4-1 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061208/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_predators_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061207/capt.c2f2c1ac155b4203a70eb230f465cfd1.predators_ducks_hockey_ana103.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=OSBFisMP83nhBoNgktvWzA--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) makes a save as Nashville Predators' Scott Hartnell (17) and Ducks' Chris Pronger look on during the first period of their hockey game at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec.6, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - After getting thoroughly dominated by the top team in the NHL down the freeway in Anaheim, the Nashville Predators came to Staples Center and dominated one of the league's most inconsistent clubs. Scott Hartnell celebrated his 400th NHL game with a power-play goal and the Nashville Predators beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Kicking anonymity
Josh Brown's quartet of game-winning kicks this season has made him more of a celebrity around Seattle.

Parker's record night powers Steelers (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers running backs are supposed to be big and strong, rugged and durable, perfect symbols like Jerome Bettis and Franco Harris of a tough-as-it-gets franchise. Willie Parker is much different, and he finds himself in their record book because of it. Parker, a speed back in an offense built around power, broke the Steelers' single-game rushing record with 223 yards -- a game better...

Bears DT Harris may be out for season (AP)
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris, who made the Pro Bowl a year ago, could miss the remainder of the season with a severe hamstring injury. Harris left Sunday's game against Minnesota in the third quarter with what was originally announced as a sprained left knee. Coach Lovie Smith said Monday the injury was not considered season-ending.

Steelers' Porter insults Browns, Winslow (AP)
Steelers linebacker Joey Porter ridiculed the Browns following Pittsburgh's win Thursday night, calling tight end Kellen Winslow a derogatory name and saying the team is too soft to be a true rival to the Super Bowl champions. With Willie Parker running for a franchise-record 223 yards, the Steelers outrushed the Browns 303-18 during a 27-7 victory Thursday night that was nearly as one-sided as...

Panthers' Delhomme misses practice again (AP)
Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme missed practice again Thursday with ligament damage in the thumb on his throwing hand, increasing the chance backup Chris Weinke will start on Sunday against the New York Giants. "It's just real sore," Delhomme said. "There's a lot of swelling and we're trying to get the swelling out.

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.

Meadowlands stadium gets funding help (AP)
The New York Giants and Jets will receive $300 million in funding help from NFL owners for their new stadium at the Meadowlands. The ballpark is projected to cost between $1.1 billion and $1.2 billion. The owners approved the league stadium financing request, a loan, at the NFL owners meeting in Frisco, Texas, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.

Lambeau Field turf to get update in 2007 (AP)
The famous tundra at Lambeau Field is getting a modern update at the end of the season that will include a new surface, drainage and heating system. In the meantime, the middle portion of the field is being replaced this week before the Packers play their final two home games in the span of five days beginning Dec.

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.

The next Nowitzki?
Freed from the bench, Andrea Bargnani is getting the chance to show whether he can really be like Dirk.

Suns outlast Nets 161-157 in 2OT (AP)
Two overtimes, 318 points, 34 lead changes, 21 ties and a dramatic showdown between two of the best point guards in the game. The Phoenix Suns beat the New Jersey 161-157 on Thursday night in a game that was as good as it gets in the NBA. "I think we can go home and turn on Classic NBA," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Wade lifts Heat past Kings in OT (AP)
Although he missed a potential game-winning shot in regulation, Dwyane Wade still was the player the Miami Heat wanted taking the big shots in overtime. Wade had 32 points, including seven in the extra period, and added 11 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Heat to a 93-91 victory over the slumping Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.

Pistons end Mavs' home dominance of East (AP)
Rasheed Wallace was feeling good. So good that he took 3-pointers on three of four possessions -- and made them all. Wallace was having fun, too. After nailing his second 3 in that stretch, he jabbed his index finger and screamed "Pow!" When the next one banked in, he hollered, "I called that!" With Wallace sinking five 3-pointers and scoring 19 points, the Detroit Pistons built a big lead over the...

Sonics G Allen out at least seven games (AP)
All-Star guard Ray Allen will miss at least the next seven games for the Seattle SuperSonics because of a bone bruise in his right ankle. The Sonics said Thursday that Allen has a contusion of the talus bone in his right ankle. The injury caused Allen to miss the Sonics' win over Atlanta on Tuesday night, and an MRI Wednesday morning revealed the injury.

Bucks F Simmons likely out for season (AP)
Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Simmons is expected to miss the rest of the regular season because his ailing right ankle and foot will require two surgeries. Simmons is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle on Dec. 18, general manager Larry Harris said Thursday.

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...

Paul upstages Kobe, Hornets beat 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,...

After day in court, Jackson lifts Pacers (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.

Lecavalier, Lightning rip Thrashers 8-0 (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning were just looking for a win. Vincent Lecavalier made sure it was an impressive one. Lecavalier had three goals and two assists, helping the Lightning stop a four-game losing streak with an 8-0 victory over the Southeast Division-leading Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night. "We were looking to win one game," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said.

Lundqvist carries Rangers by Pens in SO (AP)
This is the kind of shootout that Henrik Lundqvist loves. Coming off a disappointing outing four days earlier when he allowed four goals on eight shots in one period, Lundqvist made 28 saves and stopped all three Pittsburgh attempts in the shootout to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Penguins on Thursday night.

Datsyuk, rallies Wings by Blues in OT (AP)
Pavel Datsyuk wanted to pass the puck, but it rolled on him and he couldn't. So he took a shot and it went in. His goal 3:23 into overtime completed a comeback from a three-goal deficit and gave the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Datsyuk picked up a loose puck in his own zone and skated the length of the ice on a 2-on-1 with Nicklas Lidstrom and beat Blues...

Wild post league-best seventh SO victory (AP)
The Minnesota Wild have won more games by shootout than any other team in the NHL, and it's Brian Rolston and Mikko Koivu who are driving that success. Rolston and Koivu scored in the shootout and Manny Fernandez stopped two of three shots, leading the Wild to a 3-2 victory on Thursday night in a game bogged down by 18 penalties -- nine for each side.

Bruins surge past struggling Leafs 3-1 (AP)
Toronto blew a third-period again, allowing Boston to get its fourth straight win against the Maple Leafs. Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeau, and Patrice Bergeron each scored in the final period and the Bruins beat Toronto 3-1 on Thursday night. "It seems like we step up our game when we play against them," Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said.

Sakic, Clark power Avs past Sharks 5-2 (AP)
Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche may be down in the standings, but they're far from out. Just when their season seemed to be slipping away, they score a big win over one of the NHL's elite. Sakic and Brett Clark each had two goals and an assist, and the Avalanche snapped out of a slump with a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

Jackman, Panthers stun Sabres 3-1 (AP)
The Florida Panthers hope this short winning streak is the beginning of a longer one. Ric Jackman scored the winner and Alex Auld made 17 saves as the Panthers beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Thursday night. Stephen Weiss and Olli Jokinen also scored for the Panthers, who won back-to-back games for just the second time this season.

Koivu lifts Canadiens past Islanders 4-2 (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens made the New York Islanders pay for careless penalties. Saku Koivu's two power play goals powered the Canadiens to a 4-2 victory over the Islanders on Thursday night. Two of the six penalties called against New York were for too many men, and though Montreal didn't score on either one, that did not appease Islanders coach Ted Nolan.

Predators use special teams to top Kings (AP)
After getting thoroughly dominated by the top team in the NHL down the freeway in Anaheim, the Nashville Predators came to Staples Center and dominated one of the league's most inconsistent clubs. Scott Hartnell celebrated his 400th NHL game with a power-play goal and the Nashville Predators beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Thursday night.

Coyotes defeat Blackhawks in SO (AP)
Shane Doan finally scored on a breakaway against Nikolai Khabibulin - and it counted. Doan, Phoenix's sixth shooter in the shootout, beat his former teammate with a sweeping forehand move to give the Coyotes' a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. Doan played with Khabibulin for three seasons in Phoenix and one year in Winnipeg before that.

Boys just wanna have fun, too


As Cup drivers crash Busch party, questions linger about NASCAR's junior series (AP)
The best of the Busch Series gathered Thursday to celebrate a successful season for NASCAR's junior varsity series.

Biffle in accident at Las Vegas tire test (AP)
Nextel Cup driver Greg Biffle was in a fiery crash Thursday while testing tires at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and was helped from his burning race car by Kyle Busch.

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.

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