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NEWS FROM 2006-12-17
Nuggets and Knicks erupt in wild brawl
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061217/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nuggets_knicks_brawl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061217/capt.msg10912170346.aptopix_nuggets_knicks_basketball_msg109.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=TU6Mc743VnVYV8URv2vbvQ--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony takes a hand to the throat from New York Knicks' Jared Jeffries as Jeffries is restrained by Nuggets' Eduardo Najera as Knicks' Mardy Collins, left, Channing Frye, second from right, and Nate Robinson, right, look on during a fight that broke out in the second half of basketball action at Madison Square Garden in New York Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006. Ten players, including NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony, were ejected for fighting during a wild brawl near the end of Saturday night's game between the Nuggets and Knicks. (AP Photo/\Frank Franklin II\)" border="0" /></a>AP - The NBA has another ugly scene to recover from. This one involved its leading scorer and happened in its most famous arena. Denver's Carmelo Anthony and the other nine players on the court at the time were ejected for fighting during a wild brawl between the Nuggets and Knicks, triggered in part by a New York team that felt it was being shown up on its home floor.</p><br clear="all"/>
T.O. helps Cowboys ground Falcons 38-28
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061217/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_cowboys_falcons"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061217/capt.garc11412170330.cowboys_falcons_football_garc114.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=eqmnR9o8PIQflVPCrffSTQ--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Dallas Cowboys' Terrell Owens (81) eludes Atlanta Falcons' DeAngelo Hall (21) for his second touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, in Atlanta. At far right is Falcons' Chris Crocker (25). (AP Photo/Todd Bennett)" border="0" /></a>AP - Michael Vick and Morten Andersen got their records. Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys got a crucial victory. Owens hauled in a couple of touchdown passes, Marion Barber scored on two punishing runs and the Cowboys protected their NFC East lead with a 38-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vick breaks 34-year-old rushing record
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061217/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_vick_rushing_record"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061217/capt.garc11012170259.cowboys_falcons_football_garc110.jpg?x=98&y=130&sig=pOvhDiBaoXZ2Ob6V2YToqQ--" align="left" height="130" width="98" alt="Atlanta Falcons' Michael Vick scrambles for yardage against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Bennett)" border="0" /></a>AP - Michael Vick broke a 34-year-old record Saturday night and set his sights on another milestone — 1,000 yards. The Atlanta Falcons' one-of-a-kind quarterback eclipsed Bobby Douglass' mark for most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback in Saturday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys.</p><br clear="all"/>
Morten Andersen breaks NFL scoring mark
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061217/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_andersen_scoring_record"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061217/capt.garc10512170241.cowboys_falcons_football_garc105.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=0O_oGpGodcehk5oomk2Orw--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Atlanta Falcons kicker Morten Andersen jumps into the arms of holder Matt Schaub after kicking an extra point against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, in Atlanta. Andersen became the leading scorer in NFL history with the kick, his second extra point of the game. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)" border="0" /></a>AP - Morten Andersen threw both hands in the air, then leaped into the arms of his holder. With the simplest of kicks, the Great Dane became the greatest scorer in NFL history.</p><br clear="all"/>
Knight 1 win from tying Smith's record
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061216/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_texas_tech_arkansas"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061216/capt.ardj10512162130.texas_tech_arkansas_ardj105.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=pAywSO4yOODB154xqOTSjA--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight, right, talks with an official during the second half of the college basketball game in North Little Rock, Ark., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006. (AP Photo/David Quinn)" border="0" /></a>AP - Texas Tech played like a Bob Knight team and moved him within one victory of Dean Smith's all-time coaching record.</p><br clear="all"/>
Falcons' Andersen becomes all-time scoring leader
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061217/sp_nm/nfl_andersen_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061217/2006_12_16t225848_250x450_us_nfl_andersen.jpg?x=72&y=130&sig=QVqDJst6WqTKgupFbrvIUw--" align="left" height="130" width="72" alt="Atlanta Falcons kicker Morten Andersen of Denmark reacts after becoming the NFL all time leading scorer after an extra point against the Dallas Cowboys in Atlanta, Georgia December 16, 2006. (Tami Chappell/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Atlanta Falcons kicker Morten Andersen
became the NFL's all-time scoring leader with an extra point on
Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys.</p><br clear="all"/>
76ers suffer 11th straight loss to Spurs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061217/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn76ers_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061217/capt.txgf10212170217.76ers_spurs_basketball_txgf102.jpg?x=130&y=80&sig=98F0jik0dL0_DiK92ILpTQ--" align="left" height="80" width="130" alt="Philadelphia 76ers' Andre Inguodala (9) and Kevin Ollie (12) listen to coach Maurice Cheeks, as they watch a free throw in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio on Saturday, Dec 16, 2006. (AP Photo/Gloria Ferniz)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manu Ginobili saved the San Antonio Spurs from giving a game away to the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers. Ginobili scored eight of his 17 points late to lead the Spurs to a 103-98 victory Saturday night, handing the 76ers their 11th straight loss.</p><br clear="all"/>
Yanks discussing deals involving Cabrera
AP - The Yankees are discussing trading young outfielder Melky Cabrera in a deal that would bring Pittsburgh reliever Mike Gonzalez to New York.
Arsenal's rally helps Liverpool gain 3rd
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061217/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061216/capt.7d96c8ef15f9461aa50255932c959a59.britain_soccer_lst118.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=bKmQbTJhoQyvqFvcpBmzcg--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Liverpool's manager Rafael Benitez throws the ball back onto the pitch as he watches the English Premiership League soccer match against Charlton Athletic at The Valley, London, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006. Liverpool won the match 3-0. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Arsenal rallied from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 tie with Portsmouth on Saturday, allowing Liverpool to advance to third place in the Premier League after beating Charlton 3-0.</p><br clear="all"/>
Iginla's 4 points ignites Flames
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061217/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_flames_coyotes"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061217/capt.pnj10412170336.flames_coyotes_hockey_pnj104.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=SxE5DcB9ZD4O_p9BBxhRxQ--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Calgary Flames right winger Jarome Iginla, left, is congratulated by teammates Alex Tanquay, center, and Daymond Langkow, right, after Iginla scored against the Phoenix Coyotes in the first period of a hockey game Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, in Glendale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jerome Iginla scored two goals and assisted on two others and the Calgary Flames downed the Phoenix Coyotes 6-3 on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
The 'greatest?' Not yet
LaDainian Tomlinson is unquestionably a terrific back, but the suggestion that he's the best ever is quite premature.
Cowboys turn back Falcons for key win (AP)
Michael Vick and Morten Andersen got their records. Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys got a crucial victory. Owens hauled in a couple of touchdown passes, Marion Barber scored on two punishing runs and the Cowboys protected their NFC East lead with a 38-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.
Attorney: Johnson had no role in killing (AP)
Chicago Bears nose tackle Tank Johnson, already facing weapons charges after a raid on his home, is not responsible for the deadly shooting of his friend inside a nightclub, the player's lawyer said Saturday. Johnson was cooperating with the investigation into Willie B. Posey's death on Saturday, but police have asked him not to discuss the shooting, attorney Thomas Briscoe said.
Falcons' Andersen breaks scoring record (AP)
Morten Andersen threw both hands in the air, then leaped into the arms of his holder. With the simplest of kicks, the Great Dane became the greatest scorer in NFL history. The 46-year-old Andersen broke Gary Anderson's career scoring record Saturday night with the second of three extra points in the first half of the Atlanta Falcons' game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Falcons QB Vick sets rushing mark (AP)
Michael Vick broke a 34-year-old record Saturday night and set his sights on another milestone -- 1,000 yards. The Atlanta Falcons' one-of-a-kind quarterback eclipsed Bobby Douglass' mark for most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback in Saturday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Vick broke off an 11-yard run with 10 1/2 minutes left in the fourth quarter, giving him 975 yards for the...
Chiefs owner Hunt remembered at service (AP)
As much as Lamar Hunt enjoyed running pro sports teams and leagues, what he loved most was the excitement of a ball game. And, sometimes, a good hot dog. Yet when hunger hit, this son of an oil tycoon born into wealth and privilege didn't summon anyone to fetch it for him. He'd walk over to a concession stand, get in the back of the line and wait his turn, just like any other fan.
Panthers' Delhomme doubtful vs. Steelers (AP)
Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme is doubtful for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh because of ligament damage in his right thumb, meaning Chris Weinke most likely will make his second straight start. Delhomme had been listed as questionable and didn't practice all week, although he did throw on the side Friday.
Seahawks wonder what happened vs. 49ers (AP)
Mike Holmgren addressed his players in a darkened room Friday morning, the result of a wind and rain storm that knocked out power to much of the Seattle region. The setting matched the Seahawks' mood. What was expected to be a celebration of a third straight NFC West crown on Thursday night turned into an examination of just what was wrong with the reigning NFC champs after a shocking 24-14 loss to...
Quincy Carter busted for drug possession (AP)
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter was arrested Friday on marijuana possession charges at the home of a woman who called police saying Carter had been "throwing things around." Carter was booked in lieu of $500 bond and was released Friday afternoon, Irving police spokesman David Tull said.
Browns' Anderson to start against Ravens (AP)
First, Pittsburgh. Now, Baltimore. Derek Anderson's first two NFL starts for the Cleveland Browns couldn't get much tougher. "Hey, that's the way it goes in this division (AFC North)," Anderson said Friday. "Every game is going to be tough. It's a good opportunity." Anderson, drafted and released by the Ravens last year, will make his second career start on Sunday against his former team.
Questions and The Answer
Guess which 6-foot scoring machine was the topic of conversation in the latest batch of letters.
Ten ejected in wild Knicks-Nuggets brawl (AP)
The NBA has another ugly scene to recover from. This one involved its leading scorer and happened in its most famous arena. Denver's Carmelo Anthony and the other nine players on the court at the time were ejected for fighting during a wild brawl between the Nuggets and Knicks, triggered in part by a New York team that felt it was being shown up on its home floor.
Spurs extend Sixers' skid to 11 games (AP)
Manu Ginobili saved the San Antonio Spurs from giving a game away to the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers. Ginobili scored eight of his 17 points late to lead the Spurs to a 103-98 victory Saturday night, handing the 76ers their 11th straight loss. Ginobili "has unbelievable will (to win)," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
Wade scores 41 in return as Heat win (AP)
Dwyane Wade picked up right where he left off after missing two games. Wade, who sat out the last two games after having his wisdom teeth pulled, scored a season-high 41 points to lead the Heat to a 98-90 victory over Memphis on Saturday night to hand the Grizzlies their sixth straight loss. "I couldn't wait to get back," Wade said.
Nowitzki's strong second-half lifts Mavs (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki grimaced as if he wanted to be anywhere but a basketball court. It wasn't only because he had missed eight of his first nine shots, not to mention his first foul shot. When pressed about his health after the game, a sniffling and coughing Nowitzki said he had a sinus infection, but didn't want to use that as an excuse.
Pierce leads Celts to fifth straight win (AP)
The Boston Celtics went to their go-to guy. The Charlotte Bobcats, as usual, had no one turn to. Paul Pierce scored 35 points and hit the clinching jumper in the final minute to lead the Celtics to their fifth straight win, 106-100 over the Bobcats on Saturday night. Pierce hit the go-ahead free throws with 2:06 left and a fadeaway 17-footer with 39 seconds remaining, part of a 10-0 run to give the...
Pistons pull away from Nets for win (AP)
Playing without Rasheed Wallace, the Detroit Pistons stayed close and then turned things over to Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton. It's a strategy that has produced a lot of wins in recent years. Billups had 27 points, 11 assists and two of his five steals late and Hamilton scored 26 points and hit a go-ahead basket with 1:35 to play to lead the Pistons to a 90-82 victory over the New Jersey...
Hill, Howard help Magic end skid (AP)
The Orlando Magic hope to build off their latest win. The Magic recovered from a 13-point deficit in the first quarter Saturday night to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 81-74 and end a three-game losing streak. "There are certain games in a season where you can feel the momentum swing for your team and I'm hoping this is one of those for us," Magic coach Brian Hill said.
Nocioni's free throws in OT lift Bulls (AP)
The tying free throws Ben Wallace made in the final minute of the fourth quarter might have surprised some people, though not his Chicago Bulls teammates. Trailing by a point, Andres Nocioni hit a pair of free throws with 13.4 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Bulls to a 106-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.
Bell's steal, 3-point play lifts Bucks (AP)
Charlie Bell's last-minute steal and three-point play left Kevin Garnett shaking his head. Bell stole a bad pass by Garnett and made a layup and ensuing free throw with 33 seconds remaining to help the Milwaukee Bucks to a 108-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. Garnett scored 26 points to lead the Timberwolves, who have lost consecutive games after a four-game winning...
Red Wings earn rare win in New Jersey (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings waited more than 13 years to win a game in New Jersey. Brett Lebda scored midway through the third period Saturday to give the Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the Devils that ended a lot of pent-up frustration. "What a great win, coming back from behind," said Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek, who made 21 saves.
Flyers' Forsberg has concussion in loss (AP)
Inspired by the return of Peter Forsberg, the Philadelphia Flyers began their bid to end a five-game losing streak by scoring first against the Washington Capitals. By the end of the first period, the lead was gone. So was Forsberg, who missed the final 40 minutes with a concussion after absorbing a wicked hit from Washington's Alex Ovechkin.
Bruins' Kessel discusses cancer surgery (AP)
Bruins rookie Phil Kessel was shocked when he learned he had testicular cancer. "I couldn't believe it," Kessel said before Boston's game against Florida on Saturday night. "It was tough. I had a hard time with it." Kessel, the 19-year-old former University of Minnesota player drafted in the first round this year, is expected to rest for two weeks before getting back on the ice.
Spezza powers Senators past Sabres (AP)
Jason Spezza and Ray Emery will not admit that the Ottawa Senators have solved the Buffalo Sabres. It sure seems as if they have. Spezza scored two power-play goals and added an assist, while Emery made 35 saves in Ottawa's 3-1 victory over the Sabres on Saturday night. The Senators have handed the Buffalo three of its six regulation losses this season.
Wellwood, Maple Leafs rip Rangers, 9-2 (AP)
A scoring outburst in the last three games has vaulted the Toronto Maple Leafs into fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Kyle Wellwood had three goals and two assists to lead the suddenly high-scoring Maple Leafs to a 9-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night. Carlo Colaiacovo, Alexei Ponikarovsky and John Pohl also scored in a five-goal first period for the Maple Leafs, who have...
Koivu's two goals lift Habs past Pens (AP)
Saku Koivu is developing another offensive weapon to add to his playmaking abilities -- putting the puck in the net himself. Koivu scored twice for the second game in a row, and the Montreal Canadiens scored four straight goals in the second period en route to a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
Predators win 10th straight over Blues (AP)
Paul Kariya scored the only goal in a shootout and the Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Saturday night. Kariya, who also scored a power-play goal in regulation, beat Manny Legace with a high shot for the game winner. Scott Nichol also scored for Nashville. Keith Tkachuk had a goal and an assist and Doug Weight added a goal for St.
Blackhawks hang on to top Blue Jackets (AP)
New coach, new approach for the Chicago Blackhawks. Lasse Kukkonen scored a late clinching goal and four teammates had at least a goal and an assist to lead the Blackhawks past the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-4 on Saturday night. Martin Havlat had a goal and two assists and Denis Arkhipov, Jeffrey Hamilton and Tuomo Ruutu each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who almost lost first-period...
Hurricanes end slide, top Lightning 3-2 (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes haven't been playing like the defending Stanley Cup champions. A team meeting resulted in a step back in that direction. Eric Staal scored the go-ahead goal, Cam Ward had 30 saves, and the Hurricanes stopped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.
DiPietro, Islanders rout Thrashers, 6-0 (AP)
The New York Islanders added to the Atlanta Thrashers' misery. Rick DiPietro stopped 37 shots for his second shutout of the season, and Shawn Bates, Viktor Kozlov and Mike Sillinger each had a goal and an assist in the Islanders' 6-0 victory over the Thrashers on Saturday night. After blowing a lead in the last minute and losing in overtime to Washington at home Friday night, the Thrashers ran into...
Reason to race
Mark Martin's dreams of a Cup championship may be gone, but he's not ready to walk away.
Ekstrom defeats Loeb to win Race of Champions (AP)
Mattias Ekstrom beat three-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb Saturday to win the Race of Champions at Stade de France. Loeb raced for the first time since breaking his arm in September and reached the final for the third straight year. The Frenchman won last year and lost to Finland's Heikki Kovalainen in 2004.
Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital Opens (AP)
Jeff Gordon saw firsthand the strain and heartache childhood illnesses bring early in his career when Ray Evernham's young son was diagnosed with leukemia.
Documentary traces NASCAR's roots (AP)
John Warner set out to make a simple movie about NASCAR driver Wendell Scott.
Alabama site picked for $600 million Earnhardt project (AP)
A $600 million Dale Earnhardt race track and entertainment complex will be built on 2,500 acres just north of Mobile, the track's investors announced Friday.
Gordon excited about impending fatherhood (AP)
Jeff Gordon insists he won't trade his Ferrari for a family-friendly vehicle any time soon. That doesn't mean NASCAR's four-time champion isn't thrilled about becoming a father.
Burton signs Nextel Cup deal with Morgan-McClure (AP)
Former Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton landed a full Nextel Cup ride Wednesday, signing a deal to drive the State Industries-sponsored No. 4 Chevrolet for Morgan-McClure Motorsports.
Speed to replace Johnson in Race of Champions (AP)
Scott Speed, the only American driver in Formula One, was tabbed Wednesday to replace NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson on Team USA's entry in the Race of Champions Nations Cup in Paris. Johnson had to withdraw from the race after breaking his wrist over the weekend in a fall from a golf cart. Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish Jr.