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NEWS FROM 2006-12-18
Tomlinson has record-shattering night
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061218/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_chiefs_chargers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061218/capt.cali10712180403.chiefs_chargers_football_cali107.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=OSpcUmQkFSuwYPwfm_Yd0Q--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson stiff-arms Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Kawika Mitchell while gaining 11 yards during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Diego, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)" border="0" /></a>AP - It was an electrifying run in a charged-up season. LaDainian Tomlinson turned a simple off-tackle play into an 85-yard touchdown run, lighting up Qualcomm Stadium and carrying the San Diego Chargers to a 20-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Arenas torches Lakers for 60 points
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061218/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_wizards_lakers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061218/capt.cama10112180345.wizards_lakers_basketball_cama101.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=0vwBF0UM_aOmJ5EtDBlQKA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas slams against Los Angeles Lakers forward Ronny Turiaf in the second quarter of a NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/ Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gilbert Arenas set a franchise record with 60 points, 16 of them in overtime, to lead the Washington Wizards to a 147-141 victory over Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Garcia rallies Eagles past Giants 36-22
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061218/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_eagles_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061218/capt.eru21112180112.eagles_giants_football_eru211.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=kUidycxlOaEAP7Kqf5aZBw--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Philadelphia Eagles' Jeff Garcia throws a pass over New York Giants' Antonio Pierce and Eagles' Matt Schobel in the fourth quarter during NFL football action Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006 in East Rutherford, N.J. Garcia threw for 237 yards and one touchdown in the Eagles' 36-22 win. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jeff Garcia's fiery temper could easily have cost the Eagles the season. His subsequent play Sunday has Philadelphia somewhere no one expected — on the verge of a playoff berth and possibly the NFC East title.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bears escape with 34-31 OT win over Bucs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061218/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_buccaneers_bears"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061217/capt.cxa20112172221.buccaneers_bears_fooball_cxa201.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=mQWVMgynH0Lx3vbwcOsOBQ--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Chicago Bears place-kicker Robbie Gould, right, celebrates with his teammate punter Brad Maynard after kicking the game-winning field goal to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during overtime in an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec.17, 2006. The Bears won 34-31.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Chicago Bears checked another item off their to-do list. A division title, a first-round bye and now home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs have been secured.</p><br clear="all"/>
Favre breaks Marino's completions mark
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061218/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_lions_packers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061217/capt.wimg11012172205.lions_packers_football_wimg110.jpg?x=130&y=120&sig=rH4pURvD68ygJESxNQyVtw--" align="left" height="120" width="130" alt="Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre drops back to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, in Green Bay, Wis. Favre connected on a 21-yard pass to receiver Carlyle Holiday just before halftime for his league-record 4,968th career completion. The Packers won 17-9. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brett Favre became the NFL's all-time completions leader Sunday and the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions. Listening to a dour Favre speak after the game, you wouldn't have known it.</p><br clear="all"/>
McNair hurt, but Ravens make playoffs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061218/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_browns_ravens"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061217/capt.baf11612172047.browns_ravens_football_baf116.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=cgzJcsAOWqfAWGyLi7TxfQ--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Demetrius Williams (87) scores as he slips out of the grasp of Cleveland Browns cornerback Daven Holly during the third quarter of NFL football action in Baltimore, Md. Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kyle Boller finished what Steve McNair started. With McNair watching from the sideline with an injured right hand, Boller carried the Ravens into the playoffs, throwing two touchdown passes in a 27-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raptors win overshadowed by Calderon injury
Reuters - The Toronto Raptors ran their winning
streak to a season-high three games with a 120-115 victory over
the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.
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.
Man U's lead in Premiere League cut to 2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061218/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061217/capt.985f525edfd44e27acf6667d2c0e5cc9.britain_soccer__lth101.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=lTxfmc64.icZNl8zyPWdcw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="West Ham United's Bobby Zamora, right, tackles Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic during their English Premier League soccer match at the Upton Park stadium, London, Sunday Dec. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manchester United's lead in the Premier League was cut to two points Sunday after it lost to West Ham 1-0 and Chelsea rallied past Everton 3-2.</p><br clear="all"/>
Blues fall to 0-4 under Andy Murray
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061218/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_predators_blues"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061218/capt.motg10912180206.predators_blues_hockey_motg109.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=JAnA10D_nCJZPHyuWY9STg--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Nashville Predators' Kimmo Timonen, of Finland, center, is congratulated by teammates after he scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the St. Louis Blues in their hockey game Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, in St. Louis. The Predators beat the Blues 2-1 in overtime.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Given 11 power-play chances, the Nashville Predators finally cashed in. Kimmo Timonen scored on a slap shot on a 4-on-3 advantage with 1:49 left in overtime for a 2-1 victory over the sagging St. Louis Blues on Sunday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Marty gone wild
L.T. runs wild as Chargers beat Chiefs (AP)
It was an electrifying run in a charged-up season. LaDainian Tomlinson turned a simple off-tackle play into an 85-yard touchdown run, lighting up Qualcomm Stadium and carrying the San Diego Chargers to a 20-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. "It was absolutely perfect," Tomlinson said.
Bears' OT win gives them home field (AP)
The Chicago Bears checked another item off their to-do list. A division title, a first-round bye and now home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs have been secured. But this much is also certain: Chicago will have to play better than it did in the second half Sunday or the stay in the postseason will be short.
Titans get three defensive TDs, top Jags (AP)
The Tennessee Titans found three more ways to keep their magical ride alive. The 24 points in 10 minutes to beat the New York Giants? Stunning. A 60-yard field goal to beat Indianapolis? Historical. Vince Young's 39-yard touchdown run in overtime at Houston? Impressive. On Sunday, Young and the offense couldn't move the ball against the Jaguars.
Saints lose, but clinch playoff berth (AP)
The New Orleans Saints returned to their lockers to find hats and T-shirts commemorating the franchise's first playoff berth since 2000. Most players hastily stuffed them in bags as they dressed and left the stadium looking frustrated. "I won't be celebrating at all tonight if that's what you're wondering," quarterback Drew Brees said after the Saints clinched the NFC South by default Sunday while...
McNair hurt, but Ravens reach playoffs (AP)
Kyle Boller finished what Steve McNair started. With McNair watching from the sideline with an injured right hand, Boller carried the Ravens into the playoffs, throwing two touchdown passes in a 27-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Because of his fine play in the Ravens' first 13 games, McNair put Baltimore in position to clinch a postseason berth by defeating the Browns.
Steelers all but eliminate Panthers (AP)
It may be too late, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are finally playing like last season's Super Bowl team. Willie Parker rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown and Ben Roethlisberger threw for a score and ran for another to lead Pittsburgh past the Carolina Panthers 37-3 on Sunday, delighting the thousands of their loyal fans who turned Bank of America Stadium into a virtual Steelers home game.
Eagles bolster playoff hopes, rip Giants (AP)
Jeff Garcia's fiery temper could easily have cost the Eagles the season. His subsequent play Sunday has Philadelphia somewhere no one expected -- on the verge of a playoff berth and possibly the NFC East title. Minutes after being whistled for a taunting penalty and then throwing an interception to set up New York's go-ahead fourth-quarter score, Garcia threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Reggie...
Favre passes Marino for most completions (AP)
Brett Favre became the NFL's all-time completions leader Sunday and the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions. Listening to a dour Favre speak after the game, you wouldn't have known it. "I have to remind myself that this is a win," Favre said. Favre broke Dan Marino's career completions record, but the Packers had to overcome three interceptions by the three-time MVP for a 17-9 victory over the...
T.O. spits in Hall's face as Cowboys win (AP)
Terrell Owens was spitting mad, and he made the Atlanta Falcons pay in a big way. Owens hauled in a couple of touchdown passes, leading the Dallas Cowboys to a playoff-bolstering 38-28 victory over Atlanta and getting back at Falcons nemesis DeAngelo Hall along the way Saturday night. But, T.O. being T.O., there had to be some controversy, too.
Counterpunch to Commish
The brawl at the Garden was just another knockdown of David Stern's effort to clean up his league's image.
Arenas' 60 power Wizards by Lakers in OT (AP)
Gilbert Arenas got on quite a roll, putting up the most points in franchise history and more than anybody, except Wilt Chamberlain, has scored against the Lakers. In a Kobe-like performance, Arenas had 60 points and outscored Los Angeles' Bryant by 15 Sunday night in the Washington Wizards' 147-141 overtime victory.
NBA likely to rule on brawl Monday (AP)
In Carmelo Anthony, Denver has the NBA's leading scorer. Sometime Monday, the Nuggets should learn how long they have to make do without him. And the New York Knicks were expected to be told of their penalties as well from Saturday's brawl -- including if the league thinks coach Isiah Thomas had any role in triggering it.
Sixers in no rush to trade Iverson (AP)
Allen Iverson might stick around Philadelphia a while longer. Philadelphia 76ers team president Billy King told The Associated Press on Sunday night he would not rush to deal Iverson, the disgruntled former MVP who has drawn heavy trade interest from around the league. "We never put a timetable on this," King said.
Jazz end seven-game skid against Pacers (AP)
Utah's best defensive performance of the season gave the Jazz their first victory over Indiana in four years. Carlos Boozer scored 18 points and Mehmet Okur added 17 to help the Jazz start a five-game trip with a 104-94 victory Sunday. Utah held the Pacers to 36.5 percent shooting, and the presence of shot-blocker Andrei Kirilenko under the basket forced Indiana to rely on its outside shooting with...
Stojakovic has surgery, West next (AP)
New Orleans Hornets guard Peja Stojakovic had lower back surgery Sunday, and the team gave no timetable for his return. Stojakovic, a three-time All-Star who has missed nine games already, had a disc fragment removed. He initially was diagnosed with back spasms. The Hornets also said forward David West will have surgery on his right elbow.
Yao sparks McGrady-less Rockets to win (AP)
The Houston Rockets proved to themselves that they could win a game without Tracy McGrady. The next step is tightening up their defense. Yao Ming had 32 points and 10 rebounds, Rafer Alston added 24 points and eight assists, and the Rockets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 108-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday in their fourth game without McGrady.
Maxiell lifts Pistons past SuperSonics (AP)
Jason Maxiell knows that he doesn't have long to work his way up the Detroit Pistons' depth chart. Sunday night, with Rasheed Wallace sidelined by sore ankles, Maxiell made his case. The second-year player finished a career night with the winning shot in Detroit's 97-93 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.
Suns win 14th in a row to tie team mark (AP)
Steve Nash knew it would be a struggle before he even arrived at the arena to play the Phoenix Suns' seventh game in 10 days. Nash and his teammates dug down and managed to do just enough Saturday night to earn their way into the team record book with a record-tying 14th straight win. "I didn't feel good tonight at all," Nash said following the Suns' 105-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Calderon injured as Raptors top Warriors (AP)
A scary back injury to backup Raptors' guard Jose Calderon overshadowed Toronto's third straight victory without Chris Bosh. Morris Peterson had 23 points and T.J. Ford added 21 points and 14 assists to lead the Raptors to a 120-115 win Sunday over the Golden State Warriors. Calderon, Toronto's backup point guard, was removed from the court on a stretcher and placed in a neck brace after injuring...
Devils hand Rangers embarrassing loss (AP)
The defensive-minded New Jersey Devils put on an offensive show at the expense of the New York Rangers. Patrik Elias and Sergei Brylin each scored two goals and Martin Brodeur made 35 saves to hand New York its second embarrassing loss in two days. On Saturday night in Toronto, the Maple Leafs routed the Rangers 9-2.
Aucoin powers Blackhawks past Avs, 2-1 (AP)
Adrian Aucoin jumped right into the fray for the Chicago Blackhawks. Back in the lineup after missing 11 games because of a groin injury, Aucoin scored a power-play goal with 7:02 left in the second period to help the Blackhawks beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Sunday night. Aucoin blasted a rising, screened shot past Jose Theodore to snap a 1-all tie.
Timonen lifts Predators by Blues in OT (AP)
Given 11 power-play chances, the Nashville Predators finally cashed in. Kimmo Timonen scored on a slap shot on a 4-on-3 advantage with 1:49 left in overtime for a 2-1 victory over the sagging St. Louis Blues on Sunday night. "We felt if we kept working and skating and doing the right things, they were going to come unglued, and they did," coach Barry Trotz said.
Forsberg returns, leaves with concussion (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.
Thornton rallies Sharks past Ducks 4-3 (AP)
In Anaheim's latest thrilling trip to San Jose, the difference between the Sharks and the Ducks clearly was smaller than the width of Scott Niedermayer's shin guard. And that's exactly where Joe Thornton put the puck that decided the second chapter in what seems certain to be a dynamite rivalry this season.
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 3-1 (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.
Koivu's two goals lift Habs over 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.
Iginla carries Flames past Coyotes 6-3 (AP)
If Jarome Iginla wants to be considered an elite captain, playing like he did Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes is a good place to start. Iginla scored two goals and assisted on two others and the Calgary Flames downed the Phoenix Coyotes 6-3. "Jarome's focus is to be top captain in this league," said Flames coach Jim Playfair.
Surging Canucks defeat Wild, 2-1 (AP)
If Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo knew whether the puck was in the net, he wasn't telling. The Wild were pretty sure it crossed the line, but not all were talking. Mattias Ohlund scored the winner on a power play midway through the third period to lift Vancouver to a 2-1 victory over the Wild on Saturday night, but it was the goal that didn't count for Minnesota that had everyone talking afterwards.
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.