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NEWS FROM 2006-12-13
Red Sox and Matsuzaka appear to be apart
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061213/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 - Red Sox officials left agent Scott Boras' office Tuesday night apparently still apart with Daisuke Matsuzaka with time running out for a deal.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lakers avoid collapse against Rockets
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061213/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061213/capt.htr10712130332.lakers_rockets_basketball_htr107.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=vqj8ucxmetG_Dq2DPntA9g--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, right, steals the ball from Houston Rockets' Shane Battier during the third quarter of their NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006 in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe Bryant thought he was done for the night, until he had to go back into the game to help stop the Los Angeles Lakers from blowing a big, fourth-quarter lead.</p><br clear="all"/>
Murray loses coaching debut with Blues
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061213/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061213/capt.motg11012130409.blackhawks_blues_hockey_motg110.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=B6rm1WbW6ET60Zpin6xrxw--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="St. Louis Blues new head coach Andy Murray smiles behind the bench during the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks in their hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006 in St. Louis. Murray becomes the 22nd coach in team history replacing Mike Kitchen. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andy Murray only has to look to Chicago and Columbus to see the impact a new coach can have on a struggling team.</p><br clear="all"/>
Fazekas scores 2,000 points for Nevada
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061213/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_college_bkb_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061213/capt.nvbh10512130601.nevada_saint_marys_basketball_nvbh105.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=rOI_pVabN8UHj_0RRNqxBw--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Nevada forward Nick Fazekas (22) blocks the shot of Saint Mary's forward Diamon Simpson during the second half of their college basketball game in Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at Lawlor Events Center. (AP Photo/Brad Horn)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nick Fazekas came close to forgoing his senior year at Nevada and entering the NBA draft in June. He's glad he decided to return to the Wolf Pack.</p><br clear="all"/>
76ers in no rush to trade Allen Iverson
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061213/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_trading_iverson"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061211/capt.ny15412111802.trading_iverson_basketball_ny154.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=kF_GTnjwQIL8m6Kuw27haQ--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson is shown at the team's media day in Philadelphia, in this Sept. 29, 2006 file photo. Iverson's days with the 76ers are numbered and the NBA's leading scorer may soon have his trade demand granted. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)" border="0" /></a>AP - Allen Iverson began another day with the Philadelphia 76ers. Unable to swing the right deal for the seven-time All-Star, team president Billy King appeared in no hurry to rush a trade Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Seahawks hope to shut down 49ers Gore
AP - Mike Holmgren is hoping to get a better defensive effort against
Warriors defeat Kings 126-113
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061213/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_kings_warriors"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061213/capt.oas10812130530.kings_warriors_basketball_oas108.jpg?x=62&y=130&sig=VBW8npDEVaEAxwFRWWcCRQ--" align="left" height="130" width="62" alt="Golden State Warriors' Matt Barnes, right, shoots over Sacramento Kings' Kevin Martin (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - The tattoo on Matt Barnes' shoulder reads "Sac Town's Finest," and the Golden State forward certainly was better than anything his hometown team had to offer. Barnes set career highs with 32 points and 11 rebounds, and Andris Biedrins added 20 points and 14 rebounds in the sharp-shooting Warriors' 126-113 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Astros get Jennings, Rangers sign Gagne
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061213/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_baseball_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061212/capt.ny17012122304.rockies_astros_trade_baseball_ny170.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=QaNHNC93CVmbxGyHTHidBg--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="Colorado Rockies' Jason Jennings works against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning of a baseball game in this Sept. 13, 2006 file photo in San Francisco. Five days after a potential deal with the White Sox came apart, the Houston Astros acquired Jennings from the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006.(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - While Daisuke Matsuzaka's status remained uncertain, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers found some pitching help.</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"/>
Canucks start fast, beat Coyotes 5-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061213/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_coyotes_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061213/capt.vcrx10612130534.coyotes_canucks_hockey_vcrx106.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=HEl1oOrc.2sDwq4P503zvw--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky yells instructions from the bench to Coyotes' Ed Jovanovski (55) during the second period of NHL hockey against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Chuck Stoody)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Vancouver Canucks can ease the grip on their sticks. The offense is rolling and the pressure is gone. Kevin Bieksa and Jan Bulis scored 51 seconds apart midway through a four-goal first period, and the Canucks further came out of a season-long scoring drought with a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Passing the torch
Chiefs founder Hunt fighting for life (AP)
Lamar Hunt was fighting for his life in a Dallas hospital Tuesday, and friends and family of the 74-year-old pioneer of the modern NFL were hoping for "miracles." Hunt has battled cancer for several years and was hospitalized the day before Thanksgiving with a partially collapsed lung. Doctors discovered that the cancer has since spread, and Hunt has been under heavy sedation since last week.
Cowboys new stadium to keep hole in roof (AP)
The Dallas Cowboys are taking their distinctive hole-in-the-roof design with them to their $1 billion new stadium. Only this time, the playground will feature a sliding lid to keep the elements out. That's a must considering there's going to be a 60-yard-long, 50-foot-high scoreboard hanging over the football field.
NFL hoping to break network deadlock (AP)
The NFL has offered one free week of its network programming to two cable TV operators who don't carry the channel, and one will show the Texas Bowl between Rutgers and Kansas State. Cablevision will broadcast the NFL Network only for the Dec. 28 bowl game, showing all pre- and post-game coverage. Commissioner Roger Goodell told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the week of Dec.
Dolphins place QB Culpepper on IR (AP)
Daunte Culpepper's first season with the Miami Dolphins is officially over. The Dolphins put Culpepper on injured reserve Tuesday, ruling out any chance of the quarterback returning from knee problems that kept him sidelined for much of his first season in Miami. "Even though Daunte was making good progress in his rehabilitation, we both felt, along with our medical staff, that it would be very...
Bears clinch bye, defeat Rams 42-27 (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...
Romo expects to rebound from ugly outing (AP)
Tony Romo did a good job of taking success in stride the last six weeks. So he's not letting his first lousy outing get him down. "You just think that it's a wake-up call that you have to be on top of your game every game in the NFL," Romo said Tuesday, his first day back at practice since the Dallas Cowboys lost 42-17 to the New Orleans Saints.
Vikings assistant Woods charged with DUI (AP)
Minnesota Vikings defensive backs coach Joe Woods was charged Tuesday with two counts of drunken driving. Woods was pulled over by a state trooper shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday while driving south on Highway 169 in Minnetonka, according to the criminal complaint filed by the city attorney's office. The officer clocked him driving 63 mph in a 55-mph zone and crossing over lane lines without signaling...
Williams: Some Broncos have given up (AP)
Pass rush. Pass protection. Run defense. Special teams. Pass coverage. Locker room turmoil? Mike Shanahan's long list of things he must address for the Denver Broncos to recover from their four-game losing streak grew by one very big item Monday when second-year cornerback Darrent Williams suggested some of his teammates don't believe their season is salvageable.
Lions place RB Kevin Jones on IR (AP)
The Detroit Lions placed running back Kevin Jones on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season two days after he injured his left foot. Jones hurt the foot late in Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, and team officials said Monday they were concerned he may have a Lisfranc fracture-dislocation, an injury that kept linebacker Teddy Lehman on the sidelines for nearly 12 months.
The problematic prospect
Kentucky's Randolph Morris technically is a free agent, but signing him in midseason would be costly for the NBA.
Bryant, Lakers hold off Rockets 102-94 (AP)
Kobe Bryant was already icing his knees, believing the victory was secure. The next thing he knew, Phil Jackson was asking him to rescue the Los Angeles Lakers from the hard-charging Houston Rockets. Bryant scored 23 points and the Lakers overcame the loss of Lamar Odom and the Rockets' near-historic comeback to beat Houston 102-94 Tuesday night.
Lakers F Odom has sprained knee (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom sprained his right knee in the first quarter of Tuesday's game against the Houston Rockets and Coach Phil Jackson said he might be out for more than a month. The 6-foot-10 Odom, the Lakers' leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, landed awkwardly after Shane Battier blocked his shot on a drive.
Barnes' career game powers Warriors (AP)
The tattoo on Matt Barnes' shoulder reads "Sac Town's Finest," and the Golden State forward certainly was better than anything his hometown team had to offer. Barnes set career highs with 32 points and 11 rebounds, and Andris Biedrins added 20 points and 14 rebounds in the sharp-shooting Warriors' 126-113 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
Heat's Wade to miss at least one game (AP)
Dwyane Wade had two wisdom teeth removed Tuesday, and the Miami Heat's star guard will miss Wednesday night's game against Phoenix. Wade -- averaging 28 points, fifth in the NBA -- did not practice Tuesday. He began experiencing pain last week, and visited dentists three times before the decision was made to extract the teeth.
Boykins, Nuggets pull away from Hawks (AP)
The Atlanta Hawks couldn't stop the smallest guy on the court. Earl Boykins -- all 5-foot-5 of him -- sparked a 17-1 run at the start of the fourth quarter that carried the Denver Nuggets past the Hawks 100-87 on Tuesday night. While Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points, Boykins led the Nuggets in the final period with nine of his 19 points.
Artest to A.I.: Get back in action (AP)
If Ron Artest could relive his journey from Indiana to Sacramento last season, he wouldn't have spent seven weeks out of action while waiting to make the trip. Allen Iverson is currently stuck in a similar imbroglio in Philadelphia: deactivated and sidelined while the 76ers attempt to accommodate his trade request.
76ers not rushing to trade Iverson (AP)
Allen Iverson began another day with the Philadelphia 76ers. Unable to swing the right deal for the seven-time All-Star, team president Billy King appeared in no hurry to rush a trade Tuesday. While it seemed likely Iverson would be gone by now after chairman Ed Snider said last week they were seeking to trade him, the search went on for a new home for the point guard and his 31.2 points per game.
Redd, Patterson rally Bucks past Sonics (AP)
Andrew Bogut knows the outcome could have been different, and he'll take it. Bogut had 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists and hit what proved to be the game-winning free throw with 1:14 remaining to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the Seattle SuperSonics 94-93 Tuesday night. "It was a coin toss," Bogut said.
Dolan: Isiah has season to show progress (AP)
Whatever "evident progress" is, Knicks coach Isiah Thomas has the full season to show it. That's good news for Thomas. The bad news? His boss hasn't seen enough of it yet. "If we end up the season where we are now, in terms of this development, I think we would all be disappointed," Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan said Tuesday.
Gainey's daughter gets ovation, Habs win (AP)
Sergei Samsonov ended a 19-game goal drought in style on a night the Montreal Canadiens desperately tried to turn their thoughts back to playing hockey. Samsonov scored twice and David Aebischer made 31 saves, leading Montreal to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Andrei Markov and Guillaume Latendresse also scored for the Canadiens, who have not lost in regulation in four games...
Bondra, Blackhawks spoil Murray's debut (AP)
The early part of the season was family time for Peter Bondra while the five-time All-Star healed from a groin injury and waited for the right situation. Soon after he landed with the Chicago Blackhawks, his 499th career goal helped spoil the debut of new St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray in a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.
Flames run home win streak to 10 (AP)
Jarome Iginla was at his best against Minnesota, and the Wild were no match for the Calgary Flames captain. Iginla had two goals and two assists, tying a career high with four points, and the Flames earned a franchise-record 10th straight home victory by beating the Wild 5-2 Tuesday night. "In the standings, it was a big win, and as far as the streak goes at home, Calgary's had some very good teams...
Bruins rookie Kessel has cancer surgery (AP)
Bruins rookie forward Phil Kessel underwent cancer surgery and is "on the road to recovery," his agent said Tuesday. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed that the 19-year-old Kessel, the fifth pick in this year's NHL draft, had "cancer-related surgery" and that any further update on his treatment or the length of his absence would come from Kessel's family.
Leafs end seven-game skid, top Lightning (AP)
Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice's tirade during a timeout worked. Darcy Tucker and Jeff O'Neill scored in the third period and Toronto stopped a seven-game skid with a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Chad Kilger scored twice and Alex Ponikarovsky also scored for the Maple Leafs, who used their timeout after falling behind 3-1 early in the second.
Blue Jackets stay hot, beat Stars 3-1 (AP)
Ken Hitchcock has quickly turned the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets into the NHL's hottest team. Rookie goalie Fredrik Norrena stopped 25 shots, and the Blue Jackets stretched their season-high winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. The Blue Jackets are 6-3 since Hitchcock replaced fired coach Gerard Gallant on Nov.
Ducks stay hot on road, top Panthers 5-4 (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks have won so often, now they're even criticizing their victories. Chris Pronger's second goal of the game snapped a third-period tie and helped the Ducks improve the best start in franchise history with a 5-4 victory over Florida on Tuesday night. "That's the way it has been here all year," Pronger said.
Rookie Pavelski powers Sharks by Kings (AP)
Joe Pavelski is still getting used to his new NHL career. Playing his 10th game since being called up last month, the 22-year-old rookie scored two goals and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 36 shots in the San Jose Sharks' 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. "I was pretty tired at the end," said Pavelski, who helped the University of Wisconsin win the national championship last season...
Sabres hold on to beat Devils, 3-2 (AP)
Daniel Briere and Buffalo Sabres made the most of rare mistakes by the New Jersey Devils. Briere set up all three Buffalo goals as the Sabres took a comfortable lead and then held on in the final minute for a 3-2 victory over the Devils on Tuesday night. New Jersey, one of the NHL's top defensive teams, twice turned the puck over to Briere in the third period.
Four-goal first sparks Canucks to win (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks can ease the grip on their sticks. The offense is rolling and the pressure is gone. Kevin Bieksa and Jan Bulis scored 51 seconds apart midway through a four-goal first period, and the Canucks further came out of a season-long scoring drought with a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Marbles: Don't slow down
There is little rest for the weary NASCAR fan as the circuit rolls through its brief offseason.
Hornish won't replace Johnson in Race of Champions (AP)
Sam Hornish Jr. declined an invitation to replace Jimmie Johnson on Team USA's entry in the Race of Champions Nations Cup in Paris. Hornish, the Indy Racing League champion, was contacted by Team USA officials after Johnson broke his wrist in a fall from a golf cart during a celebrity tournament last weekend.
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.