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NEWS FROM 2006-12-12
Hester makes history as Bears beat Rams
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061212/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_bears_rams"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061212/capt.str11112120348.bears_rams_football_str111.jpg?x=130&y=117&sig=9Jumest6gnaK3ErPFIdw.Q--" align="left" height="117" width="130" alt="Chicago Bears' Devin Hester, right, runs past St. Louis Rams' Jerametrius Butler on a 94-yard kick off return for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 11, 2006 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Devin Hester expects teams to keep on kicking deep to him.</p><br clear="all"/>
Spurs clobber Clippers 103-81
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061212/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_clippers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061212/capt.cama10112120413.spurs_clippers_basketball_cama101.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=RoM_Q5WZgR7ri0Ne20t7aw--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) shoots a lay up in front of Los Angeles Clippers forward Aaron Williams in the first quarter of NBA basketball in Los Angeles Monday, Dec. 11, 2006. (AP Photo/ Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tony Parker scored 21 points, Manu Ginobili added 18 and the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 103-81 on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jazz beat Mavs for Sloan's 1,000th win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061212/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_mavericks_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061212/capt.b1617a7e526d425aba63108984d957e9.mavericks_jazz_basketball_slcc108.jpg?x=130&y=108&sig=AIDGJ_hxH_qrrwjcwd0y.Q--" align="left" height="108" width="130" alt="Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan is congratulated by center Jarron Collins, right, after the Jazz's 101-79 win over the Dallas Mavericks in a basketball game Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, in Salt Lake City. The victory was Sloan's 1,000th as an NBA coach. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - As much as he wanted to treat it like any other victory, Jerry Sloan had to suffer through a little adulation after the Utah Jazz gave him his 1,000th win as an NBA coach.</p><br clear="all"/>
NHL-worst Blues fire coach Kitchen
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061212/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_blues_kitchen_fired"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061212/capt.ny16612120435.blues_kitchen_fired_hockey_ny166.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=ivjeYhzlHg.7FCKjZCy4RQ--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="St. Louis Blues head coach Mike Kitchen explains a drill on the opening day of training camp in this, Sept. 15, 2006 file photo in St. Louis. The Blues fired Kitchen on Monday, Dec. 11, 2006 and replaced him with former Los Angeles Kings coach Andy Murray. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - The St. Louis Blues, last in the NHL standings again despite a change in ownership and several player upgrades, fired coach Mike Kitchen on Monday night and replaced him with former Los Angeles Kings coach Andy Murray.</p><br clear="all"/>
Old School: NBA to go back to old ball
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061212/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nba_new_ball"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061211/capt.ny16112112235.nba_new_ball_basketball_ny161.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=26zOI9.FAMm.ug4DoEBPVg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="The new NBA basketball sits on the court in this Oct. 27, 2006 file photo in Los Angeles. The NBA will scrap its new microfiber composite ball and bring back the old leather one beginning Jan. 1, an official told The Associated Press on Monday, Dec. 11, 2006. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Turnover, NBA. The league will scrap its new microfiber composite ball and bring back the old leather one beginning Jan. 1.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hester kickoff returns lead Bears to big win over Rams
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061212/sp_nm/nfl_monday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061212/2006_12_12t011933_450x320_us_nfl_monday.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=a_g3iMc2SBJzFWLNO.GHaA--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="REFILE - CORRECTING BYLINE Chicago Bears corner back Devin Hester returns a kick return for a touchdown on the St. Louis Rams during the second half of their NFC NFL football game in St. Louis, Missouri, December 11, 2006. (John Gress/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Devin Hester scored two touchdowns on
kickoff returns to help the Chicago Bears beat the Rams 42-27
in St. Louis on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
No A.I, no wins in 8 games for Sixers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061212/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_trail_blazers76ers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061212/capt.7c62024e49a1427f970650c38b485647.trail_blazers_76ers_basketball_patm107.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=H1rU2UBi3SeeMb89cBcONg--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="A fan holds a sign reflecting her displeasure directed at team president Billy King and team owner Ed Snider over the rumored trade of Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson (3) during an NBA basketball game with the Portland Trail Blazers, Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, in Philadelphia. Iverson was still a Sixer on Monday night, though he was not in the arena for Philadelphia's game against Portland, the third straight contest he was on the inactive list.(AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)" border="0" /></a>AP - The next time the Philadelphia 76ers win a game, Allen Iverson will probably be electrifying the crowd for some other team. While the end is near for the A.I. era, there's seemingly no end in sight for the Sixers' losing streak.</p><br clear="all"/>
Red Sox to meet with Matsuzaka's agent
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061212/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_red_sox_matsuzaka"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061212/capt.cabk10212120340.red_sox_matsuzaka_baseball_cabk102.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=_XPqxzAw7OW6e6cde5hMtQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Scott Boras, Daisuke Matsuzaka's agent, gives a press conference in Newport Beach, Calif. on Monday, Dec. 11, 2006 to announce he is still in negotiations to to get his client to play baseball in the United States. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)" border="0" /></a>AP - Scott Boras, the agent for Daisuke Matsuzaka, said lengthy meetings with Boston Red Sox executives were planned as the parties try to work out a deal with the Japanese pitcher before a Thursday night deadline.</p><br clear="all"/>
Freddy Adu bids D.C. United adieu
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061212/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_adu_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061211/capt.ny16212112339.mls_adu_trade_soccer_ny162.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=DF6omuJEl1WAMWzmyfBrZA--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="D.C. United midfielder Freddy Adu takes a break during a pre-season practice session with his team in this Feb. 6, 2006 file photo in Washington. Adu was traded Monday, Dec. 11, 2006 from D.C. United to Real Salt Lake. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Freddy Adu was traded Monday from D.C. United to Real Salt Lake, ending a sometimes tumultuous three-year run in Washington for the highly touted teenager who clashed with his coach and was often frustrated by his role.</p><br clear="all"/>
Search for Gainey's daughter suspended
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061212/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_canadiens_gainey_daughter_overboard"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061211/capt.ny11912110012.gainey_daughter_overboard_ny119.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=diqbJoNBUNJ5XmifCPE6AA--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="Laura Gainey is shown in this undated photo provided Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006 by the tall ship Picton Castle. Gainey, the daughter of hockey Hall of Famer Bob Gainey was swept off a Nova Scotia ship during an Atlantic storm on Friday night, Dec. 9, 2006, and Canadian and U.S. rescuers are looking for her in an extensive ocean search. (AP Photo/Picton Castle)" border="0" /></a>AP - The U.S. Coast Guard's aerial search for the daughter of hockey great Bob Gainey was suspended Monday night, three days after she was washed overboard in the Atlantic during a storm while working on a sailing ship bound for the Caribbean.</p><br clear="all"/>
Show of support
Philadelphia's Jeff Garcia is once again proving that he's an effective quarterback when he has productive teammates.
Bears clinch bye as Hester sets record (AP)
Devin Hester expects teams to keep on kicking deep to him. And he expects to keep right on returning those kicks to the end zone. The high-stepping rookie got the Rams' home dome rocking with chants of "Let's Go Bears!" as he set an NFL record with his fifth and sixth returns for touchdowns this season, a 94-yard kickoff runback in the second quarter and a 96-yarder in the final period Monday...
Raiders' Moss questionable for next game (AP)
Oakland receiver Randy Moss is questionable for the Raiders' game against St. Louis after twisting his ankle. Moss injured the ankle after a 16-yard catch on the second play of the second quarter in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Moss limped off the field and did not return. "When you turn an ankle over like that, it can be difficult, especially when you're a so-called skill guy...
Lions RB Kevin Jones may be out for year (AP)
Detroit Lions running back Kevin Jones will not play at Green Bay on Sunday, and team officials are concerned his foot injury could keep him out a lot longer. Jones injured his left foot late in Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and was undergoing testing on Monday. He may have a fracture/dislocation of the foot, an injury that kept linebacker Teddy Lehman on the sidelines for nearly 12...
Parcells not too down after blowout loss (AP)
No team ever gained more yards against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. Only Philadelphia scored more points against a Dallas team coached by Bill Parcells, and the New Orleans Saints missed matching that 49 only because they stopped trying to score. Drew Brees took a knee on four straight snaps after first-and-goal at the 4 with three minutes left.
Colts WR Stokley may be done for season (AP)
Colts receiver Brandon Stokley may be lost for the season with an injured right Achilles' tendon. Coach Tony Dungy said he did not know the severity of the injury, but recently signed receiver Ricky Proehl acknowledged he expected to get more playing time after Stokley apparently ruptured the tendon.
Tomlinson playing like Hall of Famer (AP)
He's known around here simply as L.T., and in the opinion of long-suffering San Diego Chargers fans, running back LaDainian Tomlinson is ready for nothing short of enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. Tomlinson's TD surge -- he set the single-season record with No. 29 Sunday -- has certainly captivated a city tarnished by financial and political scandals.
Eagles control their playoff destiny (AP)
Counted out after losing Donovan McNabb for the season, the Philadelphia Eagles are making a strong playoff push behind Jeff Garcia. With three games remaining on their schedule, the Eagles (7-6) are tied with the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons for the final two wild-card spots in the NFC. They're only one game behind the East-leading Dallas Cowboys (8-5).
Bucs' Gruden not worried about job (AP)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden insists he's not concerned about the possibility that missing the playoffs for the third time in four seasons could cost him his job. The Bucs (3-10) officially were eliminated from postseason contention after Sunday's 17-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. They've lost six of their last seven games and haven't scored a touchdown in the past 11 quarters.
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.
I love L.A.
NBA to go back to old ball on Jan. 1 (AP)
Turnover, NBA. The NBA will scrap its new microfiber composite ball and bring back the old leather one beginning Jan. 1. The league sent a memo to its teams Monday, telling them that the change would be made for the remainder of the 2006-07 season. In the memo, NBA president Joel Litvin said that Spalding had 450 new leather balls on hand for use.
Suns win 11th straight, defeat Magic (AP)
A little defense is about all the Phoenix Suns need to win basketball games these days. The NBA's top-scoring team played one very good quarter of defense and that was more than enough to coast to their 11th straight victory, a 103-89 victory over the Orlando Magic. The Suns held the Magic to 27.8 percent shooting and forced seven turnovers in the third period while outscoring Orlando 30-14 to...
Jackson suspended, Pacers lose to Bulls (AP)
Kirk Hinrich and his teammates didn't have any sympathy for Indiana. Ben Gordon scored 23 points off the bench and Luol Deng added 22 to lift the Chicago Bulls over the short-handed Indiana Pacers 106-91 on Monday night. Indiana starters Jermaine O'Neal, Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson all missed the game.
Sloan gets 1,000th win as Jazz beat Mavs (AP)
As much as he wanted to treat it like any other victory, Jerry Sloan had to suffer through a little adulation after the Utah Jazz gave him his 1,000th win as an NBA coach. Jazz fans saluted Sloan with a chant of "Jer-ry! Jer-ry!" for the final two minutes, then a standing ovation at the end of Utah's 101-79 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.
Blazers extend Sixers' skid to eight (AP)
The next time the Philadelphia 76ers win a game, Allen Iverson will probably be electrifying the crowd for some other team. While the end is near for the A.I. era, there's seemingly no end in sight for the Sixers' losing streak. Zach Randolph scored on a driving layup with 2.4 seconds left to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to an 81-79 win over the Iverson-less Sixers on Monday night.
Wade's 37 power Heat by Raptors, 99-77 (AP)
Tooth pain couldn't hold Dwyane Wade down Monday night. Wade tied his season high with 37 points to lead the Heat to a 99-77 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Plagued by tooth discomfort during the Heat's recently concluded four-game road trip, Wade hit 13 of 21 shots from the field against Toronto. He also had individual runs of 11 and 10 points for the Heat.
Carter's 3s lift Nets past Grizzlies (AP)
Vince Carter was unstoppable, just what the New Jersey Nets needed to get back on track. Carter put on a long-range show, setting a Nets' single-game record with nine 3-pointers in a 105-92 victory over the struggling Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. "He could have shot with anything tonight," Grizzlies guard Chucky Atkins said.
Spurs earn L.A. split, rip Clippers (AP)
Tony Parker scored 21 points, Manu Ginobili added 18 and the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 103-81 on Monday night. The Spurs bounced back with a wire-to-wire win over the Clippers after losing by seven to the Los Angeles Lakers in the same arena a night earlier. The victory also was the Spurs' second lopsided win over the Clippers in four days.
Hornets top cold-shooting Cavaliers (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets held a promotion Monday night to encourage their fans to vote for Chris Paul as an All-Star starter, even having Paul take the microphone at the Ford Center before the game to ask for support. His performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers proved a more eloquent argument than anything Paul, or anyone else, might say.
Blues fire Kitchen, bring in Andy Murray (AP)
The St. Louis Blues, last in the NHL standings again despite a change in ownership and several player upgrades, fired coach Mike Kitchen on Monday night and replaced him with former Los Angeles Kings coach Andy Murray. Blues president John Davidson told the Associated Press that Murray received a longterm contract after negotiations in New York on Sunday.
Malkin carries Penguins past Caps in SO (AP)
Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby set the stage, Evgeni Malkin made the difference. The ballyhooed matchup of last season's top two rookies lived up to the hype, but Malkin -- this year's leading rookie -- was the star on Monday night. He notched a goal and assisted on one by Crosby in regulation, then scored the decisive tally in the shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins erased a four-goal deficit and...
Search for Gainey's daughter suspended (AP)
The search for the daughter of hockey great Bob Gainey was suspended Monday night, three days after she was washed overboard in the Atlantic during a storm while working on a sailing ship bound for the Caribbean. Laura Gainey was on the deck of the tall ship Picton Castle on Friday night when a large wave swept her overboard.
Pavelski, Toskala lift Sharks by Coyotes (AP)
Joe Pavelski was reminded how difficult it is to score against Curtis Joseph. He also learned how to sneak one past him. Pavelski scored for the fifth time in nine games and Vesa Toskala stopped 23 shots for his third shutout of the season, lifting the San Jose Sharks to a 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.
Avalanche continue domination of 'Canes (AP)
The frustration runneth over for the Stanley Cup champions. The Carolina Hurricanes couldn't protect a third-period lead Monday night, when they gave up four goals, three on power plays, to fall 5-2 to the Colorado Avalanche and conclude a winless four-game road trip. "Our problems have been snowballing on this trip," Carolina goaltender John Grahame said of the 0-3-1 trip.
Afinogenov expected to play Tuesday (AP)
Buffalo Sabres forward Maxim Afinogenov missed practice Monday because of a sore groin, but is expected to play in Buffalo's game at New Jersey on Tuesday. Coach Lindy Ruff said Afinogenov was held out as a precaution, giving him an extra day off while the Sabres are in the midst of playing eight games in 16 days.
Jackets lose Foote, Leclaire to injuries (AP)
With injuries to captain Adam Foote and goaltender Pascal Leclaire, the Columbus Blue Jackets added defenseman Filip Novak and goalie Ty Conklin to the roster Monday. They were called up from the club's AHL affiliate in Syracuse. Foote and Leclaire sustained undisclosed lower-body injuries in Sunday night's 6-2 victory over Ottawa.
Flyers waive C Nedved for second time (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers decided to put veteran center Petr Nedved on waivers Monday, despite a flurry of new injuries at his position. It's the second time this year the team waived the 34-year-old. His tenure with the Flyers is probably over, even if he clears waivers and is sent to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.
Bruins' Kessel out with medical issue (AP)
Bruins rookie Phil Kessel, the fifth pick in this year's NHL draft, is being treated for a medical issue unrelated to hockey and will miss Boston's game at Montreal on Tuesday night. The team issued a statement from his family that he would receive treatment Monday. No further details were released at the family's request, team spokesman Matt Chmura said.
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.
Boys just wanna have fun, too
NASCAR champ horsing around when hurt (AP)
Jimmie Johnson was ``horsing around'' on top of a moving golf cart when he fell off and broke his left wrist, his team told The Associated Press on Monday.
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.