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NEWS FROM 2006-12-10
OSU quarterback Troy Smith wins Heisman
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061210/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_heisman_trophy"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061209/capt.ny15312091927.heisman_smith_footbnall_ny153.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=Fl6LBejGsIUzbQRbIqdAjw--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith calls out a play in this Oct. 28, 2006 file photo, during a college football game in Columbus, Ohio. Smith is an overwhelming choice to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 in New York. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)" border="0" /></a>AP - Winning the Heisman Trophy was easy. The hard part for Troy Smith was staying composed.</p><br clear="all"/>
Magic edge Iverson-less 76ers 86-84
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061210/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn76ers_magic"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061210/capt.doa11012100254.76ers_magic_basketball_doa110.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=NgeW28APOkWVRRG4aNbb5w--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Orlando Magic guard Grant Hill, right, puts up a shot in front of Philadelphia Sixers forward Chris Webber during the second half of their basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006. The Magic won, 86-84. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maurice Cheeks liked what he saw. With a break or two, his 76ers might have even got a victory without Allen Iverson.</p><br clear="all"/>
No. 1 UCLA survives Texas A&M 65-62
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061210/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_texas_a_m_ucla"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061209/capt.ana10212092055.texas_a_m_ucla_basketball_ana102.jpg?x=122&y=130&sig=LTAoFUUPQn1ZouXaoG0s4g--" align="left" height="130" width="122" alt="UCLA's Arron Afflalo, right, is fouled by Texas A&M's Josh Carter as he attempted to shoot a jumper during the first half of the John R. Wooden Classic college basketball game in Anaheim, , Calif., Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - The last time the rest of the country looked in on UCLA, the Bruins played their way into the national championship game with defense. They needed a big dose of it Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Arizona State hires Erickson as coach
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061210/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_arizona_st_erickson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061210/capt.ny16112100222.arizona_st_football_ny161.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=JoytyHsKCO.Sc8isLIby5A--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Idaho head football coach Dennis Erickson looks toward the field in thisSept. 9, 2006 file photo during a college football game against Washington State at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. Erickson has accepted the head coaching job at Arizona State, Idaho athletic director Rob Spear said Saturday night, Dec. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dennis Erickson has accepted the head coaching job at Arizona State, Idaho athletic director Rob Spear said Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Timberwolves snap Bulls' 7-game streak
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061210/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_timberwolves_bulls"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061210/capt.57226e41c145409cab71c7cae7294333.timberwolves_bulls_basketball_cxa108.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=p9x7AsDyouWei_iySGy0xw--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="Chicago Bulls' Ben Wallace (3) reacts after being hit in the forehead with an elbow from Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett, right, resulting in an offensive foul called on Garnett during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 in Chicago. The Timberwolves won 91-81. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kevin Garnett scored 18 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat Chicago 91-81 Saturday night, snapping the Bulls' seven-game winning streak.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bengals' Deltha O'Neal charged with DWI
AP - Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Deltha O'Neal was charged with driving while intoxicated early Saturday after being stopped at a traffic checkpoint.
76ers coach: Iverson not a distraction
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061210/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn76ers_no_iverson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061209/capt.ny16912090010.76ers_iverson_out_basketball_ny169.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=zP5eDd2VqeDYhswbIfsspw--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson watches his teammates play against the Phoenix Suns as he waits in front of the scorers' table to get back into the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in this Nov. 17, 2006 file photo, in Phoenix. Iverson's tumultuous career in Philadelphia took another turn Friday when the 76ers sent him home and ruled him out of their next two games, and the former MVP hinted that a trade may be best for both sides. With his name swirling in heavy trade rumors, Iverson didn't play Friday against Washington, and 76ers president Billy King said the All-Star would not play on Saturday. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - ORLANDO, Fla. — When the subject turned to Allen Iverson, Maurice Cheeks refused to budge.</p><br clear="all"/>
Pettitte signs one-year deal to return to New York
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061210/sp_nm/baseball_pettitte_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061210/2006_12_09t220458_450x352_us_baseball_pettitte.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=tl8OwI5ivlZxnutV6Vri7g--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Houston Astros starter Andy Pettitte throws a first inning pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during their National League baseball game in Los Angeles, California May 9, 2006. Pettitte agreed a one-year deal with the New York Yankees on Friday, the veteran returning to team where he started his career after spending the last three seasons with the Houston Astros. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Starting pitcher Andy Pettitte agreed
a one-year deal with the New York Yankees on Friday, the
veteran returning to team where he started his career after
spending the last three seasons with the Houston Astros.</p><br clear="all"/>
Man United extends Premier League lead
AP - Manchester United beat Manchester City 3-1 Saturday to extend its Premier League lead to nine points.
Parrish sends Wild past Blackhawks in OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061210/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_blackhawks_wild"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061210/capt.d5bad19283434ea592d5971fc77b3b5ec.correction_blackhawks_wild_hockey_mnah101.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=ZiLKboPvEYYasYnmP_oumg--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Minnesota Wild right wing Mark Parrish, left, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Brian Boucher, right, , during the first period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mark Parrish was revived, Pavol Demitra returned and the Minnesota Wild rediscovered a second line that can score.</p><br clear="all"/>
Weinke expected to start for Panthers
Backup quarterback Chris Weinke is expected to start for Carolina on Sunday against the Giants.
O'Neal is 8th Bengal arrested this year (AP)
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Deltha O'Neal was charged with driving while intoxicated early Saturday after being stopped at a traffic checkpoint. The two-time Pro Bowl player had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10, above Ohio's legal limit of 0.08, the State Highway Patrol said. O'Neal was alone in his car and arrested at the scene, Sergeant Kevin Long said.
Delhomme misses third straight practice (AP)
Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme did not practice for a third straight day Friday with a right thumb injury, making it more likely Chris Weinke will start for the Panthers in Sunday's game against the New York Giants. Delhomme, who has ligament damage in the thumb of his throwing hand, said he had hoped to practice Friday.
Patriots' Seau plans to return next year (AP)
New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau, out for the year after his third straight season-ending injury, said he plans to return next year for an 18th season. Seau's season ended after he broke his arm against the Bears on Nov. 26. Seau, who turns 38 next month, signed a one-year deal with the Patriots this summer after a brief retirement.
Redskins RB Betts signs $11M extension (AP)
Running back Ladell Betts signed a five-year, $11 million contract extension with the Washington Redskins on Friday, opting to remain in Clinton Portis' shadow rather than test free agency after a career-best season. Betts, getting a regular chance to start while Portis is on injured reserve, has rushed for 100 yards in back-to-back games for the first time, including a career-high 155 last week...
Broncos' Elam sounds OK, Wilson is 50-50 (AP)
Broncos kicker Jason Elam said he's playing. Middle linebacker Al Wilson isn't sure. Elam said his injured left hamstring feels much better and that he will play Sunday against San Diego. "I wish I had another week to get it completely better, but I feel good and should be OK," Elam said on Friday. Wilson, who injured his neck running into teammate Gerard Warren against Seattle last Sunday night,...
Keyshawn Johnson fined for helmet toss (AP)
Carolina Panthers receiver Keyshawn Johnson was fined $5,000 by the NFL on Friday for throwing his helmet late in the fourth quarter of this week's loss at Philadelphia. Johnson was upset that pass interference wasn't called on Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard, who was covering Johnson and intercepted Jake Delhomme's pass in the end zone with 25 seconds left to preserve the Eagles' 27-24 win.
Cowboys claim S Parrish off waivers (AP)
The Dallas Cowboys claimed veteran safety Tony Parrish off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers and released rookie kick returner Skyler Green. Parrish, who was picked up Thursday, is a nine-year veteran with 30 career interceptions. He was an All-Pro selection in 2003 when he had nine interceptions for the 49ers.
Time Warner files suit against DirecTV (AP)
A bitter dispute between cable and satellite TV over the broadcast of NFL games has intensified, with Time Warner Cable Inc. accusing DirecTV Group Inc. of deceptive trade practices. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan claims DirecTV lied about the accessibility of NFL broadcasts in an attempt to pry away customers from Time Warner Cable.
Bears make plans without DT Harris (AP)
The Chicago Bears say it will take a team effort to overcome the likely loss of their second Pro Bowl defender this season. The Bears lost safety Mike Brown six games into the season. Now it's defensive tackle Tommie Harris who is unlikely to return. "It's going to be tough to replace him. It's going to be like Mike Brown, you're not going to replace him," linebacker Brian Urlacher said Friday.
Mavs, C's eye A.I.
The Mavericks and Celtics have emerged as the early leaders to trade for disgruntled 76ers star Allen Iverson.
Magic hand 76ers seventh straight loss (AP)
Maurice Cheeks liked what he saw. With a break or two, his 76ers might have even got a victory without Allen Iverson. Philadelphia played for the second straight night without its disgruntled star Saturday, losing 86-84 to the Orlando Magic in a game that could serve as a confidence booster for the sagging 76ers, who've lost seven straight.
Carlisle tosses Jackson in Pacers' loss (AP)
Stephen Jackson didn't last until halftime. By then, the Indiana Pacers were done anyway. LeBron James scored 24 points -- mostly with Jackson trying to guard him -- in the first half and finished with 27 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 107-75 win over the flustered Pacers on Saturday night. Indiana's ugly loss was compounded by an incident in the first half involving Jackson, who was kicked...
Yao rallies Rockets past Wizards (AP)
Defending Yao Ming is difficult enough withoug having to rely on third- and fourth-string centers against him. Yao took advantage of Washington's injuries in the middle to score 23 of his season-high 38 points in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets ended the Wizards' three-game winning streak with a 114-109 victory Saturday night.
Wolves snap Bulls' seven-game win streak (AP)
Kevin Garnett scored 18 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat Chicago 91-81 Saturday night, snapping the Bulls' seven-game winning streak. The Timberwolves built a 21-point lead in the third quarter and withstood a push by the Bulls on the way to their fourth straight victory. Garnett struggled from the field, hitting 6-of-19 shots after scoring a season-high 31 points in Friday's 110-103...
Blazers' Randolph suspended for gesture (AP)
Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph was suspended for a game for an obscene gesture he made to the crowd in Friday night's loss at Indiana, the team announced Saturday. Randolph will miss Sunday's game in Toronto. He also will be fined, the team said. Randolph had 29 points and four rebounds before fouling out with 15 seconds left.
Howard, Mavericks roll by weary Nuggets (AP)
Josh Howard matched his career high with 30 points, and Dirk Nowitzki added 25 to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 105-90 victory over the weary Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. Jason Terry scored 14 of his 24 points in the first quarter to help the Mavericks build leads of as many as 18 points in the opening 12 minutes.
Pierce beats buzzer as Celtics edge Nets (AP)
Paul Pierce was confident as the seconds ticked down and ball was in his hands for the final shot. Pierce hit the buzzer-beater Saturday night and the Boston Celtics rallied from an early 20-point deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets 92-90 and snap a five-game losing streak. "I knew I was going to be able to get it off," Pierce said.
Clippers top Grizzlies in first road win (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers are glad people can finally stop talking about their winless record on the road. Elton Brand scored 26 points and had a strong defensive effort Saturday night to help the Clippers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 89-82 for their first road victory of the season. The Clippers, the last NBA team without a road win, were 0-7 away from Staples Center.
Curry's 36 power Knicks over Bucks (AP)
From criticisms of his rebounding to questions about his toughness, Eddy Curry has endured plenty of negativity since arriving in New York. Nobody is complaining about him these days. Curry powered his way to a career-high 36 points Saturday night, leading the Knicks to a 115-107 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Penguins snap skid, top Thrashers in OT (AP)
Back-to-back losses by one goal, including one in overtime, had the Pittsburgh Penguins thinking they were overdue to win a close one. The wait -- and the Penguins' four-game losing streak -- ended on Saturday night. Colby Armstrong scored on a wrist shot in front of the net off a pass from rookie Evgeni Malkin to give the Penguins a 4-3 overtime win over the Atlanta Thrashers.
Lundqvist helps Rangers top Sens, 3-1 (AP)
Both the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators praised winning goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist was sharp in making 34 saves and led the Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Senators on Saturday. "We played pretty solid, but Hank was great in the nets -- he made a lot of big saves," said Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr, who had a goal and assists.
Ducks' road win streak reaches five (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks have started a long trip in great fashion. Dustin Penner had two goals and the NHL-leading Ducks tied the franchise record with their fifth straight road win, a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Teemu Selanne and Chris Kunitz added goals for Anaheim, 10-1-2 on the road this season.
Red Wings net five PP goals, rout Leafs (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings' sleeping power play appears to have woken up. Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson each scored two of Detroit's season-high, five power-play goals and added an assist in the Red Wings' 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Dan Cleary had a goal and an assist for Detroit, which won its fifth in six games.
Capitals hand Flyers third straight loss (AP)
Washington Capitals defenseman Bryan Muir makes the few goals he scores really count. Muir netted the go-ahead tally at 7:40 of the third period to help lift the Capitals to a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. It was only his second goal of the season. "It was just a great play by Kris Beech," Muir said.
Devils top Bruins for fifth straight win (AP)
The New Jersey Devils' winning formula remains the same: play good defense and then count on Martin Brodeur to make the saves. Jay Pandolfo and Jamie Langenbrunner scored first-period goals, and Brodeur stopped 19 shots to lead the Devils to their season-high, fifth straight win, a 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Parrish's hat trick helps Wild to OT win (AP)
Mark Parrish was revived, Pavol Demitra returned and the Minnesota Wild rediscovered a second line that can score. Parrish had a hat trick, including the unassisted winner 3:18 into overtime, to lift the Wild to a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. Demitra and Mikko Koivu also had a goal and two assists each, giving Parrish plenty of opportunities to escape his slump.
Vanek lifts Sabres by Canadiens in SO (AP)
Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff might have been the only person not surprised by Tomas Vanek's surprising choice on a shootout attempt. Vanek drove a slap shot past goalie Cristobal Huet on Buffalo's second shot in the shootout to lead the Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Shutout streak ends in Blue Jackets' win (AP)
Ken Hitchcock insists any coach could have gotten Columbus out of its early-season slump. He just happened to get the job after the Blue Jackets dismissed Gerard Gallant last month. "When a coach gets fired and the slate's clean, it's really on the players," he said. "I said before I took the job I thought there was a good spirit.
Islanders rally past Panthers in SO (AP)
Miroslav Satan has a knack of getting shootouts going in the right direction for the New York Islanders. Satan and Viktor Kozlov scored in the tiebreaker as the Islanders completed a rally and beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Saturday night. "I like going first," Satan said of his kickoff spot in shootouts.
Boys just wanna have fun, too
Biffle dislocates shoulder in crash (AP)
Greg Biffle dislocated his right shoulder in a fiery accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and was unable to attend the Busch Series banquet Friday night.
Andretti eyes another Indy 500 at age 44 (AFP)
Michael Andretti, who was three laps away from winning his first Indianapolis 500, plans to try again next May but the retired US racer must find financing for his one-race bid.
The Year of Harvick: Driver concludes career-best season (AP)
Kevin Harvick started the season looking for a brief escape from the uncertainty surrounding his career.
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.
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.