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NEWS FROM 2006-12-11
Cowboys outsmarted by Parcells protege
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061211/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_saints_cowboys"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061211/capt.04eb8cb071e84cf68270554a1833a887.saints_cowboys_football_irv101.jpg?x=117&y=130&sig=WwKTxqUFj1uM.ftNedkxyA--" align="left" height="130" width="117" alt="New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked for a 7-yard loss by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Demarcus Ware (94) and linebacker Akin Ayodele (50) in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Irving, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - No matter how much Sean Payton insisted he wasn't trying to prove anything to Bill Parcells, Drew Brees knew his coach was lying.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chargers' L.T. grabs TD record, AFC West
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061211/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_broncos_chargers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061211/capt.cali10912110105.broncos_chargers_football_cali109.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=2F99bVjkS3aQI8komjYN9w--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson is carried by teammates after scoring his 29th touchdown of the season, breaking the NFL single-season record, in the fourth quarter of the Chargers 48-20 victory over the Denver Broncos in their football game in San Diego Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - LaDainian Tomlinson had barely swept into the end zone and the record book when he was engulfed by the behemoths on his offensive line.</p><br clear="all"/>
Drew comes up big as Jags trounce Colts
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061211/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_colts_jaguars"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061210/capt.38057273f52b4550a63c2b76ab52b74b.colts_jaguars_football_flpc204.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=tNt64jp5uOr_5XY4CSNG_Q--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, left, throws a second-quarter pass behind the block of teammate Jeff Saturday, during a National Football League game against the Jacksonville, Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)" border="0" /></a>AP - Fred Taylor slipped through the defensive line, cut right and gained 76 yards before Jason David caught up and made a touchdown-saving tackle.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rangers and Lofton close to deal
AP - Outfielder Kenny Lofton and the Texas Rangers are closing in on a contract agreement.
Surging Lakers take down Spurs 106-99
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061211/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_lakers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061211/capt.23b0d67f07ba4e10a15d542cf735d647.spurs_lakers_basketball_las103.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=DaQEU3yqun9MEO.zbaEj1w--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker of France puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers' Lamar Odom guards while Spurs' Tim Duncan, right, and Lakers' Kwame Brown watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday night, Dec. 10, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Lakers hit San Antonio with a third quarter the high-flying Spurs won't soon forget. Kobe Bryant had 34 points and eight rebounds, Lamar Odom just missed a triple-double, and Los Angeles took command in the third period en route to a 106-99 victory over the Spurs on Sunday night for its fifth win in six games.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tomlinson sets record with touchdown hat trick
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061211/sp_nm/nfl_tomlinson_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061211/2006_12_10t222808_450x330_us_nfl_tomlinson.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=pXIBeKQwiAhCW12t02ZmLQ--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="San Diego Chargers runningback LaDainian Tomlinson (21) is hoisted by teammates as he breaks the record for touchdowns in a single season during their NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in San Diego, California December 10, 2006. (Stan Liu/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Running back LaDainian Tomlinson
scored three touchdowns to set an NFL season record with 29,
leading the San Diego Chargers to a 48-20 win over the Denver
Broncos and the AFC west division title on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Suns shining bright as winning streak goes on
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061211/sp_nm/nba_sunday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061211/2006_12_11t025914_450x301_us_nba_sunday.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=jXE8Ydw9EHoZz6trmmg8lQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire stands on the free throw line during their loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles October 31, 2006 file photo. Led by 22 points from Stoudemire, the Phoenix Suns received double figure efforts from six players in a 114-84 thrashing of the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday to extend their unbeaten streak to ten games. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Led by 22 points from Amare
Stoudemire, the Phoenix Suns received double figure efforts
from six players in a 114-84 thrashing of the Charlotte Bobcats
on Sunday to extend their unbeaten streak to ten games.</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"/>
Chelsea, Arsenal tie in Premier League
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061211/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061210/capt.ac562d6760d3450eb98ce4c339b5ef52.britain_soccer_llp114.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=hiR3WJU2C_oT5_XHEjp7qw--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Chelsea's Frank Lampard, right, tries to score unsuccessfully during their English Premier League soccer match against Arsenal at the Stamford Bridge ground in London, Sunday Dec. 10, 2006. The match ended 1-1. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Michael Essien scored off a long shot in the 84th minute, sending Chelsea to a 1-1 tie against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Havlat, Smolinski lead Blackhawks in win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061211/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_oilers_blackhawks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061211/capt.cxa10312110112.oilers_blackhawks_hockey_cxa103.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=UopD_6QVSkIlw3sUzIBp0w--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Chicago Blackhawks' Martin St. Pierre, left, and Edmonton Oilers' Brad Winchester get tangled up along the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Martin Havlat picked up right where he left off.</p><br clear="all"/>
The ring leader
L.T. sets TD mark, Chargers win AFC West (AP)
LaDainian Tomlinson had barely swept into the end zone and the record book when he was engulfed by the behemoths on his offensive line. They hoisted him onto their shoulders and carried him toward the sideline, with Tomlinson holding the ball high in his right hand and waving his left index finger, a 48-20 win over the Denver Broncos and the AFC West title all wrapped up.
Brees' five TDs help Saints rout Cowboys (AP)
No matter how much Sean Payton insisted he wasn't trying to prove anything to Bill Parcells, Drew Brees knew his coach was lying. The facts support Brees' side of the story. Facing his former boss for the first time, Payton called for a reverse on a fourth-and-1 and made featured players out of guys who had never scored.
Jaguars run over Colts in 44-17 victory (AP)
Fred Taylor slipped through the defensive line, cut right and gained 76 yards before Jason David caught up and made a touchdown-saving tackle. "I wasn't warmed up yet," Taylor said. Indeed, Taylor and the Jacksonville Jaguars were just getting started. Maurice Drew ran for a career-high 166 yards and two TDs, Taylor added 131 yards and a score before leaving with a sore right hamstring and the...
Giants end four-game skid, Delhomme sits (AP)
Eli Manning and Tiki Barber put the New York Giants back in playoff shape. Chris Weinke couldn't revive Carolina's sinking season. Manning threw three touchdown passes and Barber ran for 112 yards as the Giants snapped a four-game losing streak with a 27-13 win over the banged-up Panthers on Sunday. The Giants (7-6) remained tied with Philadelphia and Atlanta for the NFC wild-card lead.
Bad day for Brady, Miami beats Pats 21-0 (AP)
As Tom Brady prepared to take a snap, he shouted and pointed across the line, anticipating a blitz from end Jason Taylor lined up at middle linebacker. Maybe Brady's teammates didn't hear him. They failed to block Taylor, who swooped up the middle untouched to force a harried, errant pass. It was that kind of day for Brady and the Patriots, who lost to the Miami Dolphins 21-0 Sunday.
Ravens hand K.C. rare December home loss (AP)
Baltimore did what it does best, and accomplished something no other team had done in almost a decade. The Ravens' defense dominated in Sunday's 20-10 victory over Kansas City, making Baltimore the first visiting team to win at Arrowhead Stadium in December since 1996. The win also moved Baltimore a step closer to clinching the AFC North title.
Big plays lift Bills over Jets 31-13 (AP)
Erik Coleman knew the New York Jets had just blown a great opportunity to improve their playoff chances, so he couldn't hide his frustration. "This is a big hiccup right here," the Jets safety said softly. "We'll see what kind of team we are. We'll see if we bounce back." Three big plays by the Buffalo Bills put a huge crimp in the Jets' postseason plans Sunday.
Falcons lose Dunn, Norwood but beat Bucs (AP)
Justin Griffith makes a living blocking for Michael Vick, Warrick Dunn and Jerious Norwood. Turns out the Atlanta fullback is a capable runner, too. The NFL's top rushing team lost Dunn and Norwood within a span of five plays in the third quarter Sunday, but the seldom-used Griffith came on to finish a 71-yard drive with a 21-yard touchdown burst, helping the Falcons beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...
Cardinals beat fumbling Seahawks 27-21 (AP)
The Seattle Seahawks gave away a chance to clinch their third straight NFC West title Sunday. Arizona scored 14 points off Seattle fumbles and a Seahawk comeback came up a half-yard shy at the finish in the Cardinals' 27-21 victory over the reigning NFC champs. "We were just too careless with the ball," Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said.
The problematic prospect
Kentucky's Randolph Morris technically is a free agent, but signing him in midseason would be costly for the NBA.
Kobe returns, surging Lakers top Spurs (AP)
The Lakers hit San Antonio with a third quarter the high-flying Spurs won't soon forget. Kobe Bryant had 34 points and eight rebounds, Lamar Odom just missed a triple-double, and Los Angeles took command in the third period en route to a 106-99 victory over the Spurs on Sunday night for its fifth win in six games.
Stoudemire, Suns extend win streak to 10 (AP)
Amare Stoudemire is letting his game do his talking, and after a tough start, the Phoenix Suns look as if they're serious Western Conference contenders. Stoudemire had 22 points and 12 rebounds to help the Suns win their 10th consecutive game, 114-84 over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday. Stoudemire had his seventh double-double in eight games as Phoenix posted its biggest win during the streak.
Ridnour rallies Sonics past Warriors (AP)
Luke Ridnour and his Seattle teammates smiled as the clock ticked away on a most unlikely victory. Meanwhile, Baron Davis leaned against the press table, with his arms folded, watching the final moments instead of participating. Ridnour scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, as the SuperSonics rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit for a 117-115 win over the Golden State Warriors on...
Kings snap five-game skid, beat Hawks (AP)
Playing a struggling team without its best player was just what the Sacramento Kings needed to halt a five-game losing streak. Brad Miller scored a season-high 19 points and the Kings won easily for a change, humbling the Atlanta Hawks, who played without injured Joe Johnson, 117-92 on Sunday night. The lopsided victory was a welcome respite for the Kings, who had lost three of their previous four...
Iverson's destination remains unknown (AP)
Here's what an NBA team in the market for a former MVP would get with Allen Iverson: One night, Iverson scores 45 points in 48 minutes against Miami, the second time he tops 40 points in three games. Two nights after scorching the Heat, Iverson is whacked with a heavy fine for blowing off a Philadelphia 76ers' bowling event for season-ticket holders and corporate sponsors.
Warriors' Nelson gets 1,200th win (AP)
Don Nelson's players gathered around him as soon as the game ended to pose for a picture and give their coach the game ball to commemorate his 1,200th win. After failing in his first four attempts to reach that milestone, it was more of a relief than a celebration. "The pressure was starting to mount," Nelson said.
Blazers win without suspended Randolph (AP)
Jarrett Jack lifted the Trail Blazers to a road win without Zach Randolph. Jack had 22 points, a career-high nine rebounds and eight assists and Portland won without the suspended Randolph, 93-83 over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Martell Webster added 22 points and eight rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who won for just the second time in nine games.
Carlisle kicks Jackson off Pacers' bench (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 114-109 (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.
Bob Gainey's daughter swept off ship (AP)
The daughter of hockey Hall of Famer Bob Gainey was swept off a Nova Scotia ship during an Atlantic storm, and Canadian and U.S. rescuers are looking for her in an extensive ocean search. Laura Gainey, a 25-year-old crew member whose father is the Montreal Canadiens' general manager, was washed off the covered deck of a Caribbean-bound vessel by a large wave Friday night.
Straka stays hot, Rangers beat Panthers (AP)
Kevin Weekes knew the question before it could even be asked. The best scoring chance the goalie faced all night occurred because of his turnover in front of the net. With a rising shot ticketed for a corner, Weekes flashed his glove up and snared it. "That was my mistake," Weekes said with a half-smile after leading the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.
Jackets get 5 power-play goals, top Sens (AP)
The new Columbus Blue Jackets bear little resemblance to the team that lost 15 of its first 20 games. Rick Nash and Dan Fritsche each scored twice and the Blue Jackets set a franchise record with five power-play goals to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-2 on Sunday night. "We're playing with a lot of energy and taking it to teams," said defenseman Ron Hainsey, who had a goal and two assists for his first...
Havlat helps Blackhawks beat Oilers 4-1 (AP)
Martin Havlat picked up right where he left off. Havlat and Bryan Smolinski each had a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night. Havlat has three goals and two assists in two games after being out for seven weeks and missing 19 games with a sprained right ankle.
Blackhawks sign forward Peter Bondra (AP)
The Chicago Blackhawks signed veteran forward Peter Bondra to a one-year contract. The 38-year-old Bondra, who signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2005-06 season, is a five-time NHL All-Star who has 498 career goals. "He's a proven goal scorer," General Manager Dale Tallon said in a statement Sunday.
Flames win ninth in a row at home (AP)
Once the Calgary Flames grabbed an early lead, the rest was relatively easy in the comforts of home. Led by captain Jarome Iginla, the Flames tied a franchise record with their ninth straight home win. Iginla scored his team-leading 16th goal and added two assists to help Calgary take a three-goal advantage.
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.
Lehtinen lifts Stars over Coyotes in OT (AP)
A couple of bad hops gave the Dallas Stars a win without the need of a shootout. Jere Lehtinen scored the winning goal with 4.6 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. The goal, Lehtinen's second of the game, stood up after a dispute and a video review.
Wings score five PP goals, top Leafs 5-1 (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.
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.
Boys just wanna have fun, too
NASCAR champion Johnson breaks wrist at golf tournament (AP)
Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson broke his left wrist when he fell off a golf cart during a celebrity tournament, his team said Sunday.
Jimmie Johnson breaks wrist at charity golf event (SportsTicker)
Reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has a broken left wrist, Hendrick Motorsports announced Sunday.
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.
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.